• Love Viral Rollerskaters? Celebrate The Black History Behind The Trend

    Rollerskating is having a moment right now, thanks to TikTok, which has flooded feeds with clips of carefree skaters cruising on eight wheels as they soak up sunshine on pavement and boardwalks. The mesmerizing trend— which has been slinking in the background of recent pop culture, like HBO’s “Euphoria” and “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” — seems to be the perfect antidote to pandemic blues: Strapping on a pair of skates is synonymous with summer
  • Float Plane Crash Near Edmonton Airport Kills 3: RCMP

    LEDUC COUNTY, Alta. — RCMP say three people have died in a plane crash south of Edmonton.Mounties say they were alerted Friday morning that a float plane went down in a field in Leduc County east of the Edmonton International Airport.Three bodies were found in the wreckage.Cpl. Laurel Scott said it’s believed no one else was on the aircraft.A manager at the nearby Cooking Lake Airport said the plane’s owner, who is from the area, had gone up with an experienced flight instructo
  • Why Mandatory Masks Indoors Helps Fight COVID-19 In Canada

    Over the last couple of weeks, a particular genre of amateur filmmaking has begun clogging up our social media feeds. Each is filmed in some seemingly arbitrary location, a setting unaccustomed to the spotlight of internet infamy. Grocery stores. Curb-side cafes. Local Walmarts. In all of these clips, the viewer bears witness to the unfolding of a modern horror story: customers, emboldened by their private sense of justice, refuse to wear their masks. Most of these clips have been filmed in
  • LEGO's Art Kits For Grownups Are Here To Turn Your Home Into A Museum

    Here’s the truth: we aren’t all artists. If we were, the world would certainly be a different place. Another truth: most of us are stressed out. New data from Health Canada found roughly 11 million Canadians are experiencing high levels of COVID-19-related stress, and an IPSOS poll saw a majority of men and women claiming their mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Enter a distraction that’s typically reserved for kids! On Wednesday, LEGO an
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  • Washington Redskins Set To Change Racist Name, But The Edmonton Eskimos Won’t

    The Washington Redskins likely won’t be called that for much longer.On Friday, the NFL football team announced in a statement it will be undergoing a thorough “review” of their controversial name “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from [the] community.”It looks like the racist slur “Redskins” against Indigenous Americans is finally on its way out in Washington D.C. But what does that mean for other racist team names, particularly
  • Hockey Culture Wants 'Good Canadian Boys,' Just None That Look Like Me

    Anyone who grew up playing hockey in Canada could probably tell you about their first goal. Mine happened in a house league game at a local rink in Ajax, Ont. when I was five or six years old — one of my earliest memories. I don’t remember that goal as much as I do the euphoria of scoring it. But I knew I wanted to chase that feeling for the rest of my life.Reflecting on all those years I was defined by the game, it’s not the championships, the scouting tournaments or the place
  • Military Member Faces Charges After Ramming Through Rideau Hall Gate

    OTTAWA — A man who rammed his truck through a gate at Rideau Hall Thursday was loose on the grounds with a gun for 13 minutes before police laid eyes on him, the RCMP said Friday.Mounties then talked to the man for more than 90 minutes before the suspect finally gave himself up and was arrested.Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme said the man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences Friday and is already in court awaiting a bail hearing. Police and
  • 7 Activities To Do As A Family This Summer

    Are the kids getting restless? Are your teens looking for adventure? Summer is the perfect season to take advantage Quebec’s beautiful outdoors for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, or some good old-fashioned family fun time. Since the simplest activities are often the most popular, Babybel is proposing seven ways to make the most of the summer as a family or with a close-knit group of friends. Go On A HikeReady for a hike? With over 11,000 kilometres of marked trails, Quebec is a hik
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  • WE Charity, Feds Pull Plug On $900-Million Partnership Amid Backlash

    OTTAWA — Youth Minister Bardish Chagger says the WE organization won’t manage the federal government’s $900-million program to pay students and fresh graduates for volunteer work this summer.In a statement put out on Friday morning, Chagger says it’s a “mutually agreed upon decision.”Since the charity founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger was announced as the manager of the program last week, the sole-sourced deal has been criticized because of Prime M
  • Feds 'Censored' Indigenous Land Acknowledgement On Canada Day: Musician

    MONTREAL — Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson says Heritage Canada edited out a land acknowledgment he made to Indigenous peoples before his Montreal Canada Day performance.Watson posted on Facebook Thursday he was “deeply upset” to discover his statement did not make it into the hour-long broadcast, which was pre-recorded and filmed in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.The virtual show was funded by the federal government as a replacement for the annual festivities held
  • Blue Jays Get Federal Approval To Hold Training Camp In Toronto

    TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays will be facing a unique situation when they open their summer training camp this weekend.As the lone MLB team north of the Canada-U.S. border, they’ll have some added rules to follow — like self-isolating in the hotel when not at the field and being separated from family — to keep themselves and the general public safe amid the global coronavirus pandemic.The Blue Jays had to ask for special permission from the Canadian government
  • Canada Day Tractor Accident Kills 3 Kids In Quebec, Driver Charged

    NOTRE-DAME-DE-STANBRIDGE, Que. — A 38-year-old Quebec man was charged with criminal negligence Thursday after three young children were killed and seven people were injured when they were thrown from the front loader of a tractor.Six children and four adults were riding in the loader of the trailer Wednesday evening when the accident occurred on a country road in the small town of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, about 55 kilometres southeast of Montreal.The three victims were aged five and under
  • Migrant Farm Workers "Hid" From COVID-19 Testers Out Of Fear: Ford

    TORONTO — Migrant workers at an Ontario farm struggling with a major COVID-19 outbreak “hid” to avoid getting tested when health officials visited recently, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday, refusing to name the business.Ford said fears among temporary foreign workers that they would not be paid or sent back to their home countries if they tested positive for the virus are hindering efforts to address the outbreak at the farm in the Windsor-Essex region that has seen 191 wo
  • 3D Dinosaurs Are Ready To Invade Your Phone Via Google Search Update

    If you’ve run out of at-home family activities, why not bring the kids to Jurassic Park?Well, a virtual edition, at least. Google Search’s most recent update has added life-sized dinosaurs to their augmented reality (AR) zoo. Families can now use their phone cameras to project the towering reptiles in their dining rooms and backyards, by searching “dinosaur” in the Google app and tapping the “view in 3D” option. Thought AR cats and tigers were fun? N
  • As A Comedy Club Server, I Bore Witness To A Broken, Sexist Culture

    Mid-way through my shift as a cocktail server at a Vancouver comedy club, I’m in the women’s washroom, washing my hands before I go back into the showroom. Expecting to see a giggling female patron who’s maybe had a few too many vodka sodas, instead I see a man. The headlining comedian that night.We make eye contact, and he laughs.“L-O-L,” he says, pronouncing each letter with gusto and a smile, as if a 40-year-old man walking into a women’s washroom was the f
  • WE Charity Contracts With Liberal Government Should Be Reviewed By Procurement Watchdog, Conservatives Say

    Conservatives are calling on the federal procurement watchdog to review several sole-sourced contracts between the Liberal government and WE Charity, the international, youth-based organization recently tapped to administer a $900-million student-grant program.In a letter sent Thursday to Procurement Ombudsman Alexander Jeglic, Tory MPs Kelly Block, Dan Albas, and Raquel Dancho said “justifiable concerns” have been raised about the government’s decision to outsource the program
  • What Is COVID-19 Antibody Testing And How Does It Work?

    Maybe you had COVID-19 and didn’t even know it.It’s a thought on many Canadians’ minds as we enter another month of the coronavirus pandemic. While the total number of test-positive cases in Canada has surpassed 100,000, the number of people who have actually been infected with the virus is likely much much higher. That’s because many people show few or no symptoms, didn’t get tested or were infected before we understood the scope and scale of the virus.One way to b
  • Kellyanne Conway’s Teen Daughter Is A Pro-BLM, Anti-Trump TikToker

    “The apple,” some say, “doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This idiom predicts we’ll all become our parents, or at least some version of them, and we have little to no say in the matter. But in the case of Kellyanne Conway — longtime Republican pollster, everlasting meme, and counsellor to US President Donald Trump — the inverse couldn’t be any more true: her daughter has gone viral, over the last week, for totally opposing her m
  • Meghan Markle's Vogue Issue Wins U.K. Press Diversity Award

    Meghan Markle’s relationship with British press has been turbulent, with recent developments in her ongoing lawsuit against the Daily Mail’s owners the latest proof that tabloids have eroded the Sussex royal’s mental health.But her own contribution to bettering the U.K.’s media industry is currently a source of pride for the Duchess of Sussex, who was recognized on Tuesday with a diversity award for the record-breaking Vogue issue she guest-edited last year.Watch: Me
  • Jagmeet Singh Is All Of Us Who've Been Told To Apologize For Calling Out Racism

    When I first heard Jagmeet Singh was removed from the House of Commons, I tried to ignore it. He had called Bloc Quebecois MP Alain Therrien a “racist” for not supporting a motion addressing systemic racism in the RCMP, and refused to apologize for using unparliamentary language. Singh hadn’t invoked a banned word, mind you. It came down to  “tone.”But when I watched Singh’s tearful statement in response to the demands of a handful of white MPs, I cried w
  • Face Masks Could Cut COVID-19 Infections In Half, Revive The Economy: Report

    A mandate to wear face masks in public could be a partial “substitute” for future COVID-19 lockdowns, sparing the economy billions of dollars in damage, researchers at investment bank Goldman Sachs say.By comparing COVID-19 data from 125 countries, and by comparing U.S. counties with and without face mask mandates, the researchers concluded that a government order to wear face masks in public could cut the virus’s infection rate by nearly 60 per cent, and reduce fatalities by n
  • Armed Intruder Arrested Near Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa Home

    OTTAWA — An armed man has been arrested on the grounds of Rideau Hall, where Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau live.The RCMP announced the arrest hours after a large number of police officers descended on the sprawling estate Thursday morning.The RCMP said an armed man got onto the grounds around 6:40 a.m. local time. The force said in a tweet that neither Payette nor Trudeau were present at the time.(1/2) At approximately 6:40 this morning, an armed man was ab
  • Supreme Court Won't Hear B.C. First Nations' Appeal Over TMX Pipeline

    OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a new appeal from British Columbia First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The court dismissed the appeal on Thursday morning from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the years-long legal battle over the project.The First Nations successfully halted federal approval of the project in 2018 when the Federal Court of Appeal said Ottawa
  • Aeromexico Files For Bankruptcy With Plan To Resume Flights

    MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s oldest legacy airline, Aeromexico, said Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, a form of bankruptcy in which the carrier can keep operating while its debts and obligations are sorted out.The airline said “this legal process will not interrupt the airline’s operations” and that all tickets, reservations and bonus points would continue to be honoured.Like many airlines throughout the world, Aeromexico has been squeezed by a decline
  • Canada’s 5 Big Banks To Stop Buying Ads On Facebook Over Hate Concerns

    TORONTO — All five of Canada’s biggest banks are joining an international boycott of Facebook over concerns that the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation.Scotiabank, RBC, CIBC, BMO and TD have pledged to stop purchasing ads on the site for the month, aligning themselves with brands such as Lululemon Athletica and MEC in signing onto the #StopHateForProfit campaign.The initiative, spearheaded by organizations such as the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation
  • Pompeo Says Canada Day ‘Dimmed’ By Canadians Held Captive In China

    OTTAWA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marked Canada Day Wednesday by accusing the Chinese government of dimming celebrations this year with “trumped-up espionage charges” against two Canadians detained in China.Pompeo cited the Chinese Communist Party to suggest Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are being detained in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. “Canada’s national day celebrations are dimmed by the CCP’s
  • Will And Kate Send Thanks To B.C. Hospital Workers In Video Call

    Hospital workers in B.C. received a special royal thank you for the work they’ve done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in a Canada Day video call with six Fraser Health staff members at Surrey Memorial Hospital.Prince William and Kate spoke with the health care workers about the challenges the workers faced fighting COVID-19, including dealing with being away from their families.“[We] just wanted to touch base and say how proud
  • Edmonton And Toronto Expected To Be Named NHL Hub Cities In Best Canada Day Gift Ever

    It looks like hockey is finally coming back — and specifically to the Great White North. Barring unforeseen setbacks, Edmonton and Toronto are expected to be named as hub cities for the revised NHL playoffs, according to TSN. And the news that the rest of the NHL season will be played exclusively on Canadian soil comes perfectly timed on our country’s 153rd birthday. So yes, hockey’s coming back. Best Canada Day gift EVER. Hockey fans have Canada’s relative
  • Canada Day Fireworks 2020 Are Still Happening, Depending On Where You Live

    Canada’s 153rd birthday will be unlike any before it in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.Gone are the concerts, huge gatherings and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds viewing fireworks. Instead, with social distancing measures still in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, events will be much more low-key or entirely online.While restrictions are easing in some parts of the country, as of Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported 103,918 reported cases of COVID-19, includ
  • Cineplex Is Reopening After Deep Losses During Pandemic

    If you’ve been fantasizing about sitting in a dark auditorium with a big bag of popcorn and a blockbuster on the big screen, your dreams might soon become reality.Cineplex Inc., Canada’s largest movie theatre chain, is reopening some of its theatres in July after closing in mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.“All of our processes, from when a guest even thinks about going to a movie to the moment that they exit, it’s going to be different,” Cineplex spokesp
  • This Mother Has Held The Same Heart-Warming Sign At Every NYC Pride March

    Original story by James Michael Nichols“I Adore My Lesbian Daughters / Keep Them Safe.”For many New Yorkers, this sign has long been an instantly recognizable sight among the sea of faces at the NYC Pride march every year. It was held by Frances Goldin, 94, a mother of two lesbian daughters who began attending the march in 1971 ― the year both of her daughters came out.Given the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is the first year NYC Pride has been cancelled in 50 years. It&rsq
  • Celebrating Canada Day Doesn’t Erase Its Ugly History, So, What Can We Do?

    July 1 is a national holiday in a country that doesn’t always agree on all that much. Most people get the day off work. In non-pandemic years, there are Canada Day parties and BBQs and specialty beers and discounts at furniture stores. It’s a day to think about the freedoms we have in this country. It’s also a day that celebrates genocide.Reconciling those ideas is something Canadians struggle to do at all times of the year, and have for generations. But this year, three years
  • WE Charity Walks Back Claim PM’s Office Reached Out Over $900M Program

    OTTAWA —One of the co-founders of WE Charity says he “misspoke” when he told youth leaders that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s staff reached out in April to see if the organization would administer what became a $900-million federal student-aid program.The Canadian Press has obtained video of Marc Kielburger telling youth leaders during a conference call earlier this month that Trudeau’s office contacted the charity one day after the prime minister announced plans
  • Pandemic Isolation More Than Doubles Maternal Mental Health Concerns

    When Amanda Munday returned home after the breech birth of her daughter, she was in shock, both physically and emotionally. It’s no wonder, really: Four hours after giving birth, she was discharged. The 36-year-old mother of two vividly recalls her first few weeks of motherhood: “I couldn’t sleep. I started to feel really high anxiety that the baby would die. Then I started to tell myself, ‘If the baby dies, I’ll kill myself,’” she told HuffPost Can
  • What You Need To Know Before Heading To Reopened Salons

    Whether you’re as shaggy as Cousin It or currently avoiding Zoom meetings to hide a disastrous at-home trim, the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us fantasizing about frequenting hair salons once more. And manicure fanatics who have exhausted their colour collections are just as keen.  In many parts of the country that are entering new pandemic stages and allowing personal care services to start up again, Canadians can make their dreams come true and visit their favourite reope
  • Is It Mandatory To Wear A Mask In Public In Canada? Depends On Where You Live.

    Do you have to wear a mask? Well, it depends on where you live. While Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam formally recommended mask use when social distancing is not possible in late May, most provinces have not taken steps to implement regulations around mask-wearing. But recent weeks have seen numerous municipalities move to mandate mask wearing through bylaws and regulations. Provinces and the feds have shied away from straight-up mandating masks for a host of
  • Anti-Canada Day Events Challenge Canadians To Expand Perception Of History

    Canadians can’t continue to be bystanders on July 1, a day that celebrates colonization and genocide. That’s the message Tinthi Tembo, who co-founded BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Colour] Creatives Association, wants to send this year on Canada Day.Tembo, who runs an online news start-up, formed the group with a dancer and a DJ about two weeks ago. The Vancouver trio want to see changes in the arts industry, including facilities to support Black and Indigenous music and art pro
  • Canada Border Closed For Most Foreign Travellers Until At Least July 31

    OTTAWA — The federal government says it has extended tight rules barring most foreign travellers from entering Canada until the end of July as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.The restrictions covering everyone except Canadian citizens and permanent residents — as well as Americans entering Canada for essential reasons — were set to expire at midnight tonight.The order, originally imposed in March on the authority of the federal cabinet, will now last until a
  • Canadians Could Be Allowed Into European Countries By July 1

    Canada has made the list of a few countries the European Union will consider opening their borders for on July 1.The European Council released a list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted on Tuesday. Canada is on a list of 15 countries that also includes China, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand.The United States is not on the list. The U.S. currently holds the most number of COVID-19 cases in one country, having had a total of 2.6 million cases. Canada will continue to
  • Britney Spears' Instagram Is Chock Full Of Talented Canadians

    You’re not alone, Nelly Furtado stans: Britney Spears enjoys the underrated Canadian pop star’s music, too. On Monday night, the global superstar posted a video of herself dancing on Instagram. No choreography, just freestyle, she explained in the caption. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on Jun 29, 2020 at 5:19pm PDTKeen CanCon fans — or anyone who appreciates great pop music, really — would recognize the song that inspired
  • Sergeant Tommy Prince, Indigenous War Hero, Deserves To Be New Face Of Canada’s $5 Bill: MPs

    Canada’s most decorated Indigenous war veteran, Sgt. Tommy Prince, deserves to be the face of the new $5 bill, say Manitoba’s Conservative MPs.Prince’s life exemplifies both incredible sacrifice and bravery and the persistent racism faced by Indigenous people in Canada, said Sen. Donald Plett and eight MPs, including Conservative House leader Candice Bergen and National Defence critic James Bezan, in a letter sent to the Minister of Finance last week.  Prince earned 1
  • Reusable Items You Should Pack For A Zero-Waste Picnic

    With many parks across Canada open to the public and summer in full swing, picnics can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the season with your bubble, or while keeping physically distant with your non-bubble group. Whether you’re celebrating Canada Day or simply enjoying a meal outside, cleaning up after yourselves is a must, but why not go a step further and pack a zero-waste picnic instead?We’ve found some eco-friendly items to set up a summer picnic that can be reused over and ov
  • Cirque Du Soleil Slashes 3,500 Jobs, Moves Toward Bankruptcy

    MONTREAL — Cirque du Soleil, whose aerobatic shows have been halted by COVID-19, has filed for creditor protection while it develops a plan to restart its business.The company says it will seek court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act at a hearing Tuesday at Quebec Superior Court.Cirque du Soleil also announced the termination of approximately 3,480 employees previously furloughed in March.“We know, because of the proposal on the table
  • Alessia Cara Captures 3 Juno Awards In Virtual Ceremony

    TORONTO — Alessia Cara emerged the top winner at this year’s Juno Awards, scooping up three trophies in a pre-recorded ceremony that paired celebration with an acknowledgment that more needs to be done to represent the diverse voices of Canadian artists.While the Junos usually mark the biggest night for the country’s music industry, the Monday event, which streamed online, took on a noticeably different tone in isolation. Missing were those euphoric acceptance speeches ins
  • Queer Motherhood Is A Constant Lesson In What Others Take For Granted

    Sara Graefe is the author of Swelling With Pride: Queer Conception And Adoption Stories. She’s married to her partner of 14 years, Amanda Oliver, and they live in Vancouver, with their 12-year-old son, who goes by his middle name, Michael. When I came out in my early twenties, I thought, ‘I will never get married in my lifetime.’ I wanted kids and felt that by coming out, I was kissing that option goodbye. So sometimes, I pinch myself when I look at my life today and
  • Jack Black, Sophie Turner Play The Same Character In Hilarious 'Princess Bride' Remake

    A remake of “The Princess Bride” that lives up to the charming original? Inconceivable! But a bunch of celebs hilariously recreating iconic scenes at home is exactly the comedic homage bored families needs right now, and it’s a reality thanks to Quibi’s newest series now available online.“Home Movie: The Princess Bride” has enlisted practically every big Hollywood name for the playful project. Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Hamm, Adam Sandler, Hugh Jackman and m
  • Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively Donate $200,000 To Support Indigenous Women Leaders

    ANTIGONISH, N.S. — Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $200,000 to an institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia to help promote Indigenous women’s leadership.A release says the donation by the Hollywood couple is to kick-start the Coady Institute’s goal of raising $1 million for its International Centre for Women’s Leadership and the centre’s Indigenous programming.Reynolds is a Canadian actor who has starred in films such as &ldq
  • Emo, Ontario Hosts Pride Convoy Despite Council Vote Against Recognizing Pride

    There almost wasn’t going to be Pride in the Ontario township of Emo this year.The municipal council rejected a resolution to recognize June as Pride month and fly a rainbow flag in community of 1,300 near the Ontario-Minnesota border — but people came together anyway to celebrate its LGBTQ community in an entirely fabulous way.Over 70 vehicles carrying hundreds of people and rainbow flags showed up for what was playfully dubbed an “ambush” of Emo, organized by Borderland
  • Canada's COVID-19 Models Show Virus Under Control In Most Of The Country

    OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health officer says the country appears to have largely gotten a handle on the spread of COVID-19, limiting transmission after weeks of restrictions that are being slowly eased — raising the possibility of numbers going back up.Dr. Theresa Tam said efforts since mid-March to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus seem to place the country far enough down from the peak of the first wave of the outbreak.The figures released Monday by the Public
  • How To De-Escalate A Mental Health Emergency Without Calling The Police

    Every time Asante Haughton leaves his home, he sees someone in distress. For the Jamaican-born mental health advocate, encountering a person experiencing homelessness going through a bad mental health episode in public happens often in his Toronto neighbourhood. What’s also common, Haughton said, is seeing them become victims when police get involved.  “People get tackled to the ground, hogtied, choked out and beat up because someone called the police and they escalated the