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FEDS ORDER THOUSANDS OF OLDER RAIL TANK CARS TAKEN OFF THE RAILS

Ottawa is pulling 5,000 older tank cars off the rails immediately – as the federal government adopts major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board. Speaking today, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the least crash-resistant of Canada’s fleet of … read more

MICHIGAN DOCTORS CREATE ‘BIONIC EYE’ FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

A few patients who’ve lost their sight due to a rare disorder are regaining some vision thanks to a procedure performed at the University of Michigan.  The Ann Arbor school’s Kellogg Eye Center is the first such facility in the U.S. … read more

TOUGHER RAIL-SAFETY RULES EXPECTED FROM OTTAWA IN WAKE OF LAC-MEGANTIC DISASTER

Rail-safety rules are about to be strengthened in Canada following last summer’s disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.  There are published reports this morning that Ottawa will require railways to prepare for catastrophic explosions and other disasters by making emergency response plans … read more

MASSIVE COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS WAKE UP BRAMPTON RESIDENTS

Explosions from a massive fire woke residents up early this morning near Steeles and Airport Road in Brampton.  The blaze broke out before 5 o’clock at a storage facility on Thamesgate Drive where butane lighters and aerosol cans of bug spray … read more

THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE INTENSIFIES AGAIN

A number of developments in the crisis in Ukraine this morning. The Ukrainian government has ordered its military to resume an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern part of the country. The decision follows the discovery of the body … read more

A NEW CEO FOR THE TORONTO SYMPHONY?

Big news on the Toronto arts scene. The Toronto Star reports that Jeff Melanson is returning to take over the Toronto Symphony. The news follows Melanson’s sudden departure from the Banff Centre. Melanson established himself as one of Canada’s leading … read more

GARCIA MARQUEZ UNPUBLISHED WORK DISCOVERED

Nobel prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to release while he was alive. Penguin Random House Mexico says Garcia Marquez’s family hasn’t yet decided whether to allow the book to come … read more

CANADA – TOPS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

A surprising new study suggests middle-class Canadians are doing better than members of the American middle class. The New York Times reports that Canada’s middle class is leading the rest of the developed world when it comes to income. The … read more

RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR HECKLED DURING TORONTO SPEECH

Georgiy Mamedov addressed the Empire Club today amid tension over Moscow’s involvement in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian gunmen have taken control of government buildings there to back demands for closer ties with Russia. Ottawa`s slapped sanctions against Moscow and has warned that intervention … read more

SCATHING REPORT INTO TCHC PRACTICES

It`s all about failure of leadership from the top. That`s how the Toronto Ombudsman summarizes her report “Unrule(y) Behaviour“, into hiring practices at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Fiona Crean says much of the blame lies with CEO Gene Jones, … read more