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'Fire whirl' sucked up crews' hose in British Columbia blazes, video shows

Dramatic footage of a rare “fire whirl” filmed by a Canadian forest firefighter has shown the intensity – and danger – of the record blazes that engulfed much of western Canada this summer.<p>In a video posted to social media, a fire crew in British Columbia can be seen struggling to regain control …

British Columbia

Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris prize, Canada's top music award

Jeremy Dutcher, a singer performing in the indigenous Wolastoq language, has won Canada’s most prestigious pop music award, the Polaris prize.<p>The prize – the equivalent of the UK’s Mercury prize – was announced at a gala in Toronto on Monday. It is voted for by a panel of journalists, broadcasters …

Canada

Doug Ford slashes number of Toronto voting districts mid-campaign

Canada’s largest city is in political chaos after Ontario premier Doug Ford used a rarely-deployed constitutional mechanism to dramatically reduce the number of voting districts in Toronto’s October election.<p>The “notwithstanding clause” – which has never before been invoked in Ontario, and is …

Canada

Joint venture: Coca-Cola considers cannabis-infused range

Coca-Cola is considering developing a range of marijuana-infused beverages to help ease physical problems such as inflammation, pain and cramps.<p>The world’s largest drinks company is in talks with major Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis, but stressed that it was interested in the …

Costa Coffee

Jian Ghomeshi essay on sexual assault trial met with backlash

Former Canadian radio star Jian Ghomeshi has pointed to a “systemic culture of unhealthy masculinity” to explain his behaviour with women, in a personal essay whose publication by a prestigious American magazine has fuelled a broader debate over the lasting consequences for those felled by …

Jian Ghomeshi

Spectacular ice age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada

The Klondike region of Canada is famous for its gold, but now other remarkable ancient treasures have been unearthed from the melting permafrost.<p>Two mummified ice age mammals – a wolf pup and a caribou calf – were discovered by gold miners in the area in 2016 and unveiled on Thursday at a ceremony …

Ice Age

'One of the boys': lost narwhal finds new home with band of beluga whales

Whale researchers in Quebec’s St Lawrence River are celebrating a remarkable discovery: a juvenile narwhal far from its arctic home, that appears to have been adopted by a band of beluga whales.<p>The narwhal, more than 1,000km outside its typical range, was filmed by a drone swimming and playing with …

Beluga Whales

‘Nicole From Last Night’: how one man’s quest for love led to a surprising sisterhood

<b>Name:</b> Nicole.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Mutable. Blue-eyed one day; hazel the next. Sometimes Dutch; sometimes Canadian.<p><b>Ah, Nicole. I went out with a Nicole at secondary school. She got hit</b> <b>on the head with a cricket ball.</b> Was that why she went out with you?<p><b>In retrospect, probably. Why</b> <b>is Nicole in the news?</b> A …

University of Calgary

Canadian navy calls off search for German pop star missing from cruise

The Canadian navy has ended a search for a young German pop singer who was believed to have jumped from a cruise ship, giving him up for dead.<p>Daniel Küblböck, 33, was believed to have gone overboard from the AIDAluna cruise ship early on Sunday about 200km (110 nautical miles) north of St John’s, …

Celebrity Gossip

Entertainment One faces shareholder revolt over pay

Entertainment One, the company behind The Hunger Games and Peppa Pig, is braced for a shareholder revolt this week over its chief executive’s pay packet, for the second year in a row.<p>City advisory firms Glass Lewis and ISS are recommending investors vote against the FTSE 250-listed company’s …

Peppa Pig

First Nations group proposes oil pipeline that protects indigenous rights

First Nations have played a central part in Canada's national debate over pipeline projects, leading protests that have seen thousands take to the streets or building tiny homes in hopes of thwarting construction.<p>Behind the scenes, however, one group has been quietly refining a precedent-setting …

Canada

US, Canada, France and Germany back UK over novichok attack

Theresa May has received strong international backing for her claim that the Salisbury attack was perpetrated by Russian secret service agents, in a joint statement from the French, Canadian, US and German governments.<p>As Britain prepares to confront Russia at the UN security council, the four …

Sergei Skripal

Ex-hostage says husband abused her while family held captive in Afghanistan

The American woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for five years – giving birth to three children while in captivity – has accused her husband of physically and emotionally abusing her while the family was being held by Taliban-linked militants.<p>The allegations levied by Caitlan …

Crime

'I wanted to honor my coach': hockey, recovery and the Saskatchewan bus crash

It was a sun-drenched Friday, the last day of August. Fitting because Kaleb Dahlgren was in a sunny mood. He breathed in the warm campus air for the first time as a member of the York University Lions varsity hockey team.<p>Go back to another Friday, only five months ago, and the scene was very …

Fundraising

'Everybody fits in': inside the Canadian cities where minorities are the majority

Ethnicity and religion are strong ties that bring people together<p>The expression of the incredible diversity of the community doesn’t really manifest itself on the ground<p>I had a moment where I felt I’m going to be a minority … it felt like I was being pushed out<p>The Foody Mart in Markham, a sprawling …

Markham

Trump v Trumka: president marks Labor Day with attack on union leader

Donald Trump started his Labor Day holiday with an attack on a top union leader.<p>Responding to criticism from the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, the president tweeted that he “represented his union poorly on television this weekend”.<p>He added: “It is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A …

Donald Trump

What the US can learn from Canada about how to treat moms

I’ve now come to see that ​​12-month period as an official, federally mandated recognition of how life-changing it is to become a parent<p>When my daughter was 11 months old, we were strolling down a sunny street when she casually reached her hand out of her stroller and made the sign for “airplane”. …

Canada

Canada’s ballet world rocked by abuse scandal spanning 30 years

From a small dance company on the prairies of Canada it grew into one of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions – gaining international prominence as the first ballet in the Commonwealth to receive the royal charter from the Queen.<p>Now, however, the spotlight is on the Royal Winnipeg …

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

US-Canada trade talks miss deadline as Trump courts Mexico

Days of high-stakes talks between Canada and the US have faltered, failing to yield a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) before a Friday deadline set out by Washington.<p>On Saturday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: “There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. …

Canada

Trans Mountain pipeline halted after Canadian court overturns approval

A Canadian court has overturned Ottawa’s approval of a hotly-contested pipeline project – throwing plans to nearly triple the flow of Alberta’s landlocked bitumen to the west coast into limbo – in a ruling hailed by environmentalists and Indigenous groups.<p>In a unanimous decision released on …

Canada

Nafta: what is it and why is Trump trying to renegotiate?

<b>What is Nafta?</b><p>The North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada has bound the economies of the two countries together for more than 20 years, enabling the free flow of goods.<p>The agreement dates back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan, who established a US-Canada free trade …

Free Trade

Nafta: Canada and US trade talks gain urgency as deadline nears

Talks between Canada and the United States over renegotiating the Nafta trade agreement are going to the wire as Washington pushes for a deal by Friday.<p>“We’ve moved into a very intense rhythm of the negotiations, where our officials are working hard preparing issues for some high-level ministerial …

Canada

Nafta betrayal points to bleak future for US-Canada relationship

There are no poison pills left — only bitter ones for Canada to swallow Meredith Lilly, former trade adviser<p>It is a threat that has loomed since Donald Trump took power, bursting into view each time the US president attacks Canada’s trade policies. But this week Canadians have been forced to …

Canada

Trudeau: Canada will aim to meet Nafta deadline but 'no deal is better than a bad deal'

Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that it may be possible to reach a deal on Nafta ahead of Donald Trump’s Friday deadline.<p>“We recognize that there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility, because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for …

Canada

Is citizenship of the country you are born in an absurd privilege? | Arwa Mahdawi

Should you automatically have a right to citizenship of the country in which you are born, regardless of where your parents are from?<p>Most governments around the world would answer “no”. Jus soli, also known as birthright citizenship, is not terribly common these days. In the UK, for example, anyone …

Immigration

Global stocks soar on US-Mexico trade breakthrough as Canada is sidelined

Stock markets worldwide rose to a six-month high on Tuesday as fears of a global trade war receded after Donald Trump announced a US-Mexico trade deal.<p>Global stocks reacted positively to the breakthrough, with investors expressing optimism the deal could signal a change in the Trump …

Business (Canada)

First known Australian refugee sues Canadian officials over asylum process

An Australian police informant who infiltrated an outlaw motorcycle gang and later became a refugee in Canada – believed to be the first Australian granted asylum by a foreign country – has launched a lawsuit against Canadian officials, alleging that the drawn-out process of seeking asylum left him …

Immigration

Major prison strike spreads across US and Canada as inmates refuse food

A prison strike has begun to take hold in custodial institutions across North America, with reports of sporadic protest action from California and Washington state to the eastern seaboard as far south as Florida and up to Nova Scotia in Canada.<p>Details remain sketchy as information dribbles out …

Forced Labor

John Calder obituary

In the 1950s the publisher and bookseller John Calder, who has died aged 91, introduced a British readership to some of the best writing from Europe, including the work of Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Marguerite Duras. In partnership with Marion Boyars in the company Calder & Boyars in the …

Heart Surgery

Bandidos informant granted refugee status by Canada after cover blown in Australia

A former police informant who infiltrated an outlaw motorcycle gang has become the first Australian known to have been granted refugee status by a foreign country after a tribunal in Canada found authorities here blew his cover.<p>On Monday the ABC revealed that Stevan Utah won a landmark asylum claim …

Utah