City of Toronto, contractor cleaning up North York oil spill

City of Toronto staff and a contractor hired by an automotive manufacturing company are working to clean up an oil spill into the Humber River. On Monday, Toronto 311 received reports of an oil spill into a catch basin near Weston Road and Finch Avenue West. Lawson Oates, Toronto Water’s director environment and administration, said … Read more

Tim Hortons first London, U.K. store aspires to impress

When Tim Hortons opened its first branch in London, England, on Canada Day this year, it had the best opening day of any of the iconic Canadian chain’s UK locations. The line up to grab a donut and a double-double was so long that “unless you were camping out, you couldn’t get in,” said Mohamed … Read more

Whitby spa warned pools weren’t safe to open, claims $5M lawsuit

A lawsuit against a recently-opened Whitby spa has now amassed 80 plaintiffs. Thermëa Spa opened to the public on Oct. 6 after several delays due to the pandemic. Just over a week after opening, the Durham Region health department ordered the spa’s “Kalla” saltwater pool closed due to pseudomonas and staphylococcus (staph) contamination, as well … Read more

Toronto conservation authority preparing for court after provincially significant wetland cleared for farming

A conservation authority is preparing for court after a provincially significant wetland near Toronto was altered. The wetland was previously set to be the site of a highly-protested Amazon distribution center. As first reported by the Narwhal, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) found earlier this month someone had cleared and tilled nearly 90 … Read more

Conservation officers’ semi-automatic guns cause tension in B.C.

VANCOUVER—Theo Hallamby was baffled to learn what kind of guns conservation officers in British Columbia are now using. “That’s completely unnecessary. Are they trying to shoot 10 bears at once?” said the retired detective in the BC Conservation Service’s major investigative unit. The officers have traded in bold-action rifles for semi-automatic longarm rifles. Conservation officers … Read more

Trudeau adviser contradicts Brenda Lucki at ‘Freedom Convoy’ inquiry

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser says the head of the RCMP failed to inform the federal cabinet when it was on the cusp of invoking the Emergencies Act of her view that police had not exhausted all legal tools to deal with last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, an … Read more

Here’s what school boards will do in case of a strike Monday

Once again, the union representing education workers is threatening to strike. When negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) and the Ontario government, ten of thousands of Ontario school support workers walked off the job to picket on Nov. 7. The province-wide strike and negotiations resumed the next day, when Premier Doug Ford … Read more

Threat of CUPE strike leaves parents and students feeling frustrated as schools prepare to shut down and switch to online learning

The threat of a strike by education workers next Monday has parents and students feeling frustrated at the prospect of schools shutting down, again, and learning switching to online. On Wednesday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 55,000 school support staff in Ontario, said if a contract agreement with the province isn’t reached … Read more

Children’s Tylenol listed for as much as $300 on resale websites

Desperate parents in Canada have taken unconventional approaches to finding children’s Tylenol and Advil in Canada and beyond. The popular children’s cold and flu medications are at the center of a nationwide shortage, reportedly caused by an influx of COVID-19, RSV and influenza infections as well as federal labeling standards, which require medications’ packaging include … Read more

Canada in contact with allies after report a Russian missile killed two people

OTTAWA — Canada joined other allies Tuesday in holding back judgment on whether reports of an allegedly Russian-made missile hitting Poland could mean the war between Russia and Ukraine has now encroached on NATO’s turf. But world leaders did seem to be moving into high-alert mode, with both US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary … Read more