Saturday, June 17, 2023

Canada: Air quality alert issued in Midwest amid Canadian wildfires

ABC News on Youtube has the story.

ABC News’ Alex Perez is in Chicago as wildfires push unhealthy air and smoke from Canada, causing Minneapolis to have its worst air quality since 1980.

Auto theft is now a “crisis” in Canada, leading to $1B a year in losses, CFLA says

Global News on Youtube has the story.

As auto thefts surge across Canada, a new report is urging action to counter emboldened thieves.  

In Toronto, vehicle thefts have gone up about 300 per cent since 2015, according to a report released Thursday from the Canadian Financing and Leasing Association (CFLA), and the problem appears to only be getting worse. 

Michael Rothe, president and CEO of CFLA, says auto theft is a crisis in this country and can lead to $1 billion a year in losses. 

Kyle Benning has more on the growing problem and what can be done about it.

Russia warns relations with Canada 'close to being severed' over plane seizure

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

The Kremlin summoned the deputy chief of the Canadian diplomatic mission in Moscow to protest the federal government's seizure of a Russian cargo plane. Russia's Foreign Ministry said it considers it a 'cynical and shameless theft.'

Canada: Bell cuts 1,300 jobs, including a 6% cut to Bell Media

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

BCE Inc. is cutting 1,300 positions - about three per cent of its workforce - and closing or selling nine radio stations as the company plans to significantly adapt how it delivers the news. The eliminated positions include a six per cent cut at Bell Media. But what do these layoffs mean for the journalism industry and local news?

Why did the Bank of Canada raise interest rates?

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate to 4.75 per cent - the highest it's been since 2001. About That producer Lauren Bird breaks down three key indicators from recent weeks that led to the rise.

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season could further delay housing construction

Global News has the story.

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season is forcing the forestry industry to shutter sawmills, driving up lumber prices and setting production back for months just as housing construction has slowed due to higher costs and a tight labour market. 

The fires are blazing through Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, all provinces with active forestry industries. 

Meanwhile, the situation has prompted Canada’s Home Builders’ Association to speak up about the need to revamp building codes to reflect more frequent and intense weather events. 

Anne Gaviola has more on how the wildfires are impacting an industry already struggling to meet demand.

Canada’s wildfires - conspiracy theories - who's fuelling them

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

False claims about the origins of Canada’s wildfires have been getting millions of views online. The National’s Adrienne Arsenault talks with investigative reporter Justin Ling about who’s behind the disinformation and why they’re pushing it.

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Video of helicopter conducting a planned burn doesn’t show Canada wildfires are a ‘set up’

CLAIM: A video of a helicopter dropping flames on treetops in Canada shows wildfires in the country are "a set up."

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The footage shows firefighters conducting a planned burn last weekend on the Donnie Creek wildfire in northeastern British Columbia. The ignition was being used to help contain the fire by taking away fuel, not to spread it.

Friday, June 16, 2023

15 confirmed dead, 10 hospitalized in horrific Manitoba crash

CBC News shows that fifteen people have been confirmed dead after a crash between a semi-trailer truck and a bus full of seniors heading to a casino in the southwestern Manitoba town of Carberry on Thursday, the commanding officer of the province's RCMP said.

Young Canadians facing consequences of rising household debt

Global News has the story.

In tonight's top story: Canada's ratio of household debt to disposable income rose to nearly 185 per cent in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics Canada. Eric Sorensen explains the impact this is having on Canadians already struggling to pay their bills and how it's shutting younger generations out of homeownership.
The Canadian news media landscape has shrunk again, with Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) Inc. eliminating the jobs of 1,300 people, including some veteran CTV News journalists. The company is also shuttering six radio stations and selling off three others. Touria Izri reports on the cuts, the reason for them, the reaction and the crushing blow to Canadian journalism.
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre wants Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to step down over the way Mendicino and his office handled information about the transfer of serial rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo to a medium-security prison. David Akin tells us of the new information sparking Poilievre's demand, Mendicino's response and the concerns from the families of Bernardo's victims.
Plus, there is outrage in Kelowna, B.C., after a couple allegedly harassed a nine-year-old girl and her parents in a transphobic tirade at a school track meet. Neetu Garcha reports on the school district's investigation and what experts say is fuelling bigotry.
And, when you think of fruit and vegetable gardens, you probably imagine tilled, tidy rows without weeds. But land was cultivated differently for centuries before colonization. Melissa Ridgen tells us about how some Indigenous people in Winnipeg are now using traditional methods of gardening to nourish both bodies and souls.