Tetris s’attaque à Fortnite et entre dans l’arène des « battle royale »


Tetris 99, annoncé mercredi, lors du traditionnel Nintendo Direct, permet aux joueurs de Switch d’affronter 98 autres personnes en même temps dans une partie. L’expression « Que le meilleur gagne » prend alors tout son sens, puisque sur les 99 joueurs, un seul peut remporter la victoire.

Fondamentalement, Tetris 99 est on ne peut plus classique. Le principe de base est le même que le jeu original de 1984 : aligner les pièces qui tombent du haut de l’écran de façon à former des lignes.

Là où le jeu diffère, c’est dans sa mécanique de « lignes poubelles ». Les joueurs qui complètent des lignes (et qui les éliminent ainsi de leur écran) envoient des lignes aux autres joueurs au hasard. Ces lignes sont pleines, à l’exception d’un bloc. Les personnes qui en reçoivent doivent donc réagir rapidement pour les éliminer, au risque de perdre la partie si leur pile de blocs atteint le sommet de leur écran.

Des critiques qui l’ont essayé l’ont décrit comme une façon rafraîchissante de jouer à l’un des jeux les plus classiques du genre. L’envoi de « lignes poubelles » encouragerait en effet un rythme de jeu plus rapide, ce qui défavoriserait les joueurs trop stratégiques. Toutefois, en fin de partie, alors que les blocs et les « lignes poubelles » s’empilent, la rapidité doit être accompagnée d’une bonne dose de talent et de stratégie si l’on veut triompher.

Tetris 99 est offert gratuitement aux abonnés du service Switch Online, le système de jeu en ligne de Nintendo.


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Norwegian musicians release ‘Moose Truce’ in battle of world’s tallest moose


Just when you thought the battle of Mac the Moose and Storelgen couldn’t get any more entertaining — Moose Truce was released.

Mac the Moose weighs in on the battle to reclaim his title as ‘world’s tallest moose’

Composed by VIMARIDA and Ganic and produced by Jonas Holteberg Jensen, the song highlights Moose Jaw’s fight to reclaim the title of the world’s tallest moose and the call for a peaceful solution.

“We wanted to do something funny and we hope that people understand the humor in it,” said Adam Bielek, VIMRIDA guitarist and manager.

“We love Canada and we hope that this case can connect people from Canada and Norway.”

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Linda Otnes Henriksen, deputy mayor of Stor-Elvdal, called for a “moose truce” about two weeks ago.

An article published in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet on Feb. 1 said Henriksen had reached out to Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie about possibly visiting the Canadian town and reaching an agreement on building up Saskatchewan’s Mac the Moose to the same height as Storelgen.

Norway seeking ‘moose truce’ in battle for world’s tallest moose

The epic battle was sparked by the hosts of YouTube’s the Justin & Greg Show, who pointed out that Mac was dethroned by a mere 30 centimetres.

Canada’s Moosehead Breweries recently donated $25,000 towards the Mac the Moose fund run by the City of Moose Jaw and Tourism Moose Jaw.

A GoFundMe page has also raised close to $13,000.


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Firefighters battle blaze at vacant home in Lower Sackville – Halifax


Firefighters were busy Tuesday afternoon battling a fire at a vacant home in Lower Sackville.

The blaze broke out in the 300-block of Sackville Drive.

READ: Halifax firefighters get longer response times, study expanding service in Fall River

Acting District Chief Stephen Turner says fire crews arrived to find the house “fully involved.”

“We immediately established a defensive position as it was too involved to have firefighters on the inside,” Turner said.

He says five Halifax fire trucks and some support vehicles responded to the scene. As well, police, fire and EHS were on scene. There were no reported injuries.

Turner says crews would be on scene for “quite some time” due to the age of the structure, its layout and the safety concerns for firefighters.

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Peterborough and The Kawarthas battle bitter cold – Peterborough


For the second day in a row, residents in Peterborough and The Kawarthas had to deal with bitterly cold temperatures.

The mercury sat in the minus teens all day on Friday.

Factor in the windchill, and it felt colder than -20 Celsius.

The frosty winter air kept auto shops and tow truck operators busy.

“[In a] typical cold snap we get battery boosts and door unlocks for people starting up their vehicles, that lock when they walk away, but mostly battery boosts and the odd tow here and there,” said Dave Ephgrave, towing manager at Fitzsimmons Towing & Repair.

READ MORE: Most of Rideau Canal Skateway opens as cold snap hits Ottawa

The rush of cold air flooded in on Thursday. The chilly weather led to a water main burst on one of the city’s busiest arteries — Chemong Rd. — on Thursday night.

“Even though the mains are six-feet down, there’s a lot of movement,” said David Whitehouse, spokesperson for Peterborough Utilities. “You get frost and that move the pipes. The metal pipes contract because of the cold. They’re brittle and you get a water main break.”

One Roof Community Centre on Water St. extended its hours for residents needing shelter until 9:30 p.m. on Friday. The Warming Room at the Murray Street Baptist Church is open Friday from 9:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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Surrey fire crews battle large house fire – BC


Surrey firefighters battled a large house fire on the morning of New Year’s Eve Day.

Crews were called to the house near 133A Street and 112 Avenue around 9 a.m.

Surrey house fire being investigated as possible arson

Flames and black smoke could be seen pouring out of a second-storey balcony of the abandoned house, which had also been boarded up.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but neighbours say this is the second time the house has gone up in flames in only a few months. However, there is no known connection at this time.

The fire is being considered suspicious.

Fire crews put down 2-alarm blaze at empty Surrey home

An investigation is underway.

Fire crews on scene at a house fire near 133A Street and 112 Avenue on New Year’s Eve. Credit: Tony Clark / Global News

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Taquisha McKitty, woman at centre of life-support battle, has died


A woman at the centre of a legal battle in Ontario over how to define death died Monday morning of natural causes while she was on life-support.

Taquisha McKitty died of « natural causes » at 3 a.m. ET, according to Hugh R. Scher, a lawyer who had been representing her family during their court battle to keep her on life-support.

McKitty, who had a young daughter, had been on life-support since September 2017, when she went into cardiac arrest following a drug overdose in Brampton, Ont. She was declared neurologically dead by doctors shortly thereafter.

Since then, her family had fought to keep McKitty on a mechanical ventilator, arguing she had shown signs of life and her Christian fundamentalist beliefs said she was alive as long as her heart was beating.

But in June, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled McKitty could be considered dead and be removed from life-support.

Unlike four other provinces, including Manitoba and Nova Scotia, Ontario does not have a statutory definition of death, the court decision noted. Instead, death in Canada is determined by physicians in accordance with accepted medical practice.

« There is no legislation that requires physicians to consider an individual’s views, wishes or religious beliefs as factors to be considered in the determination of death, » Judge Lucille Shaw wrote in her decision.

Earlier this month, McKitty’s parents argued their case at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

At that time, Scher argued that Shaw erred in not recognizing McKitty’s charter rights, and not taking into account her religious beliefs. A decision was expected in the new year.


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Liberals pick daycare operator to battle NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Burnaby South byelection


BURNABY, B.C. – The federal Liberal party has selected the owner of a daycare business as its challenger against NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in an upcoming byelection in British Columbia.

Karen Wang, who owns Angels Playhouse and previously ran in the 2017 provincial election with the B.C. Liberals, was named the Liberal candidate at a nomination meeting in the riding on Saturday.

She defeated biotechnology scientist Cyrus Eduljee, who is product manager for Stemcell Technologies, after 123 members cast ballots.

Jagmeet Singh readies for B.C. by-election battle ahead of 2019 election

“I’m so excited and I am so honoured to be selected by you here,” Wang said, before reading a poem she said was written by a Chinese poet.

“My eyes are full of tears because I love this land so deeply,” the poem began.

Wang told reporters she believes she has what it takes to take on Singh, because she has lived in the riding for 20 years and has strong connections in the community.

“He’s not from our local community. He cannot represent you, represent us,” she said.

READ MORE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh campaigning in Outremont ahead of federal byelection

“I believe we will have a good chance to win in Burnaby South as I believe right now I’m very familiar with our community. I’m one of the people here.”

Wang said her top three priorities would be improving housing affordability by increasing supply, creating more jobs and improving public transit.

WATCH: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with GM employees in Oshawa

READ MORE: Playing long game, new NDP leader Singh says of poor byelection showing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet set a date for the byelection in Burnaby South, which was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver’s mayor.

Trudeau is expected to call byelections for the Burnaby South, Outremont, Que., and York-Simcoe, Ont., ridings early in the new year.

The byelection, expected for February, marks Singh’s biggest political test to date, while he also tries to calm party fears about fundraising, slumping polls and a growing list of veteran MPs who say they won’t run in 2019.

Trudeau to call 3 byelections for February, Singh gets chance to win B.C. byelection as Ontario seat opens

Singh has said he plans to focus on campaigning in the riding over the next month, so he can check “elected” off his to-do list for the critical campaign year ahead.

In the 2015 federal election, the NDP won Burnaby South by just over 500 votes.

WATCH: Trudeau says byelections in seats vacated ‘mere weeks ago’ will be filled ‘soon’

A party leader who can’t win a seat customarily steps aside, although that hasn’t happened in a byelection since the 1940s.

Singh won’t say what he’ll do if he loses.

WATCH: ‘It shows a lack of respect for the people of this country: Singh on Trudeau not calling byelections

Corporate lawyer Jay Shin is running for the Conservatives in the byelection, while Green party leader Elizabeth May has said the Greens won’t field a candidate.

Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada plans to name a candidate in the next two weeks, spokesman Martin Masse said.

Because the party is so new and only recently established electoral district associations in the riding, the candidate won’t be selected through a typical nomination voting process.

READ MORE: Ipsos poll says it’s advantage Liberals going into 2019, with Conservatives needing a Trudeau stumble

“Essentially, the leader will choose the candidate in each byelection,” Masse said.

Ahead of the nomination vote Saturday, Eduljee told a crowd of about 100 party members gathered at a banquet hall in Burnaby that the “whole country” will be watching the vote in Burnaby South’s byelection.


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Jagmeet Singh readies for B.C. by-election battle ahead of 2019 election


OTTAWA – It will be a big January for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh as he looks to get a much-needed seat in the House of Commons.

Singh plans to hunker down next month in the B.C. riding of Burnaby-South as he tries to check “elected” off his to-do list for a critical campaign year ahead.

The byelection, expected for February, marks Singh’s biggest political test to date while he also tries to calm party fears about fundraising, slumping polls and a growing list of veteran MPs who say they won’t run in 2019.

READ MORE: Ipsos poll says it’s advantage Liberals going into 2019, with Conservatives needing a Trudeau stumble

Singh has been to the riding a number of times, said Jennifer Howard, his new chief of staff.

Howard is a longtime party strategist who was elected as a Manitoba provincial politician in 2007.

The party has secured a volunteer team and an office as it sets its sights on a victory for their leader, she said, adding that the New Democrats are not taking anything for granted as they work on a win.

WATCH: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with GM employees in Oshawa

“He is going to become Jagmeet the candidate,” Howard said.

“We are doing all the things that you do to get ready for a campaign so I am very confident.”

For his part, Singh has declined to say whether he will step down as leader should he lose in the riding, which was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver’s mayor.

Howard said she’s not letting any other thought enter her mind either.

“He is going to win,” she said. “We aren’t focused on any other outcome because in order to get that outcome, we have to focus on running that race and doing what we need to do to win it.”

READ MORE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh campaigning in Outremont ahead of federal byelection

In addition to taking on the byelection battle, Singh also faces the task of looking at the party’s roster for the 2019 election campaign.

Earlier this month, MP Fin Donnelly joined a growing list of NDP incumbents who will not seek re-election. It includes Romeo Saganash, Helene Laverdiere, Tom Mulcair, David Christopherson, Irene Mathyssen and Linda Duncan.

B.C. MPs Nathan Cullen and Murray Rankin are also mulling their futures during the holiday break.

WATCH: NDP claim Liberals are holding back on calling byelections

Canadians should not draw unnecessary conclusions from the departure of veteran NDP MPs, Howard said.

“I don’t see any basis for that,” she said. “I don’t think that this is anything different than (what) typically happens at this stage (as) you get closer to an election … This is about the time in the cycle when people make those decisions.”


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Beer battle brewing between Regina craft brewer and Minhas distillery


Regina’s Minhas brewery is accused of selling somebody else’s beer and it’s causing a stir in the local craft beer industry.

Rebellion Brewing owner Mark Heise says the Minhas Sask brewery in the Queen City has been selling his craft beer as its own.

He says he received an anonymous tip about it during the Wednesday lunch hour.

He says he knew he had not sold the keg to Minhas, and his business acted quickly to retrieve its suds. 

« I think it was just the rage, the emotional rage that someone had done that to us and that’s our product. It belongs to us, not to to them, » he said.

« It was very, very upsetting to know that our product, another manufacturer, acquired our product and was reselling it as their product, without our knowledge. » 

Mark Heise is a spokesman for Rebellion Brewing in Regina. (CBC)

Moni Minhas is president and CEO of the company that opened its doors in Regina a few weeks ago.

He defended the decision to buy Rebellion Brewing’s IPA, saying he bought the keg from a friend who runs a tavern.   

« By [Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority] law, I am allowed to sell Saskatchewan made beers wines or distilled products in my place. Everybody can, » he said, acknowledging, however, that the beer was not labelled.  

« In one part, they were correct, that my tap handle did not say their name on it, because our graphic designer was still working on it. »

Moni Minhas talks about selling practices. 0:25

He took issue with what he called « innuendo » that the business had done something wrong, chalking it up to fear of competition. 

« As if we were doing something wrong, or illegal or unethical, I say no, » he said. « I think it’s a competitor who’s worried I would be selling better quality beer at half their price. »

The Regina Minhas facility does not brew its own beer as of yet, but Minhas said it plans to do so in the future. 

President and CEO for MinhasSaskatchewan Distillery, Winery and Brewery Moni Minhas says he is within his rights to sell beer made in Saskatchewan, and that he hasn’t done anything illegal or immoral. (CBC News)

Heise said he has taken his fight public in the hopes of stopping Minhas from continuing this type of practice, or targeting other local brewers by selling their beer without labelling it appropriately. 

« There’s been a full admission of guilt, and hopefully that will put an end to it, » he said. 

SLGA confirmed it is looking into complaints. It provided information about advertising and promotions. However, the material did not explicitly set out rules about labelling beer from other brewers. 

Heise said he’s trusting SLGA to do its due diligence in investigating the issue.

with files from Stephanie Taylor


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Ontario ready to fire latest volley in federal carbon tax battle, environment minister says


Ontario is set to lay out its legal argument against a looming federal carbon tax, according to the province’s environment minister, one day after the Progressive Conservative government released its new climate change plan. 

Rod Phillips, minister of environment, conservation and parks, said in an interview Friday that the province intends to file a factum in Superior Court later today. The government is spending some $30 million to oppose a federal carbon tax, the details of which were revealed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in late October. 

The province’s lawyers will argue that Ottawa’s plan to levy a tax of $20 on every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2019 — rising by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022 — is an unconstitutional « intervention into inter-provincial rules and rights, » Phillips told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

« It’s a significant issue, » he continued, adding that on Thursday, New Brunswick became the latest province to join a court-challenge to the federal carbon tax (Saskatchewan was the first). 

You can listen to the full Metro Morning interview with Phillips in the player below.

The Environment Minister says a carbon tax isn’t the only way to fight greenhouse gas emissions. Ontario has a brand new strategy to tackle climate change, one that also addresses clear air, land and water. Minister Rod Phillips delivered the plan yesterday. 12:55

Two years ago, most provinces and territories in Canada signed onto a federal climate change framework that included an agreement to put a price on a carbon. At the time, however, Saskatchewan and Manitoba both declined to join. 

In response, Ottawa announced that provinces and territories that do not have climate pricing plans of their own that meet federal standards, like those in Quebec, and B.C., will face the imposition of a federal carbon tax, as well as a new regulatory fuel tax. 

That group now includes Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Yukon and Nunavut, and possibly Ontario. 

The cap-and-trade system put into place under Ontario’s previous Liberal government met federal standards, however the PCs repealed that legislation earlier this year. That move put Queen’s Park on a collision course with Ottawa. 

The province’s new climate change plan, presented by Phillips on Thursday, does not include a carbon tax.

Phillips argued, however, that it does make polluters pay for emissions and also meets emission reductions agreed to in Paris in 2013. He said that he hopes to meet with his federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna, to explore whether it satisfies Ottawa’s requirements. 

In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics just hours after the plan’s release, McKenna was skeptical. 

« It’s very light on details, so it’s hard to know what the plan entails. But the reality is that they still seem to think it should be free to pollute, » she said, adding that the PCs plan is « far less ambitious » than that of their predecessors. 

Phillips pointed out that Ontario has managed a 22 per cent reduction in emissions since 2005, more than any other single province in the country. As part of the Paris agreement, Canada committed to an overall 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.

Ontario’s plan keeps the province on track to achieve its own 30 per cent reduction in that time frame, according to Phillips. That amounts to about 18 fewer megatonnes emitted per year by 2030. The previous Liberal regime had set a goal for a 46 megatonne drop.

« Ontario has backtracked, » McKenna said of the revised target. 

Phillips, however, said Friday that the plan will keep emissions in check while maintaining the province’s economic competitiveness.


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