Fire blazing through building in Montreal North – Montreal


A building fire in Montreal North could cause power outages, according to Montreal’s fire department.

Residents are being asked to avoid the area near Jean-Meunier Avenue, which is an industrial area.

Ian Ritchie, Montreal fire department chief of operations, said the fire started in a garage and has gone through the roof.

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RCMP investigating alleged assault between hockey teammates on North Shore Winter Club boys team


North Vancouver RCMP confirm they are investigating an alleged assault involving players on a minor boys hockey team from the North Shore Winter Club.

The allegations stem from two incidents on Dec. 10, 2018, at the private North Vancouver club, although details weren’t brought to police until seven weeks later, on Jan. 27, 2019.

It’s unclear exactly what happened, but the complaint involves incidents where two players on the team acted against a teammate off the ice.

According to a statement from the North Shore Winter Club, the family of the alleged victim told head coach Brad Rihela about the incidents on the day they happened.

After talking to players the next day, Rihela kicked the alleged perpetrators off the team. 

Coach Brad Rihela stepped down after a disciplinary committee at the North Shore Winter Club reversed his decision to kick two players off the team for good. (Chris Corday/CBC)

But when the North Shore Winter Club disciplinary committee later reinstated the boys, reducing their punishment to a suspension, a written letter of apology and mandatory attendance in an anti-bullying session, Rihela quit.

« At the end of the day, a coach’s job is to create a culture and you have to give your players a positive working environment, » said Rihela, who was a paid coach in his first year with the club.

« I just think the decision that was made doesn’t line up with my morals or my beliefs. »

In the emailed statement, the general manager of the North Shore Winter Club said the club « acted decisively » in dealing with what she described as « two instances of bullying. »   

« While all might not agree with the outcome, we feel a fair process was established and followed, » wrote Joanna Hayes.

A team parent who asked not to be named said they were unhappy the two boys were allowed to rejoin the team and unhappy the North Shore Winter Club didn’t support Rihela.

Hockey Canada has a policy commonly referred to as « two deep, » which states that players should be supervised by at least two adults at all times. It’s unclear if there was adult supervision during either of the incidents. 

Sport advocate Matt Young said given the number of high-profile bullying and abuse cases, hockey organizations need to have clear policies and procedures in place and then follow them when problems arise. 

« To minimize [the incidents], or redact the punishment because of whatever reason, is to basically condone it. »

North Vancouver RCMP say the police investigation is ongoing.


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Take that Canada! Yellowknife cold weather warning just another day in the North


With temperatures as low as –36 C in Yellowknife, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning on Sunday afternoon through to Monday morning, and Canadians continued the tradition of one-upping each other’s chilly cities.

Last Friday, the City of Toronto issued an extreme cold warning for –8 C, which prompted a cheeky « Aww that’s cute » response from a Winnipeg Twitter account.

Manitoba has seen extreme cold warnings for days, with wind chills making it feel like –53 and daytime temperatures around –30 C.

But by Yellowknife’s standards, Toronto’s weather seems almost pleasant. 

« I think this [is] the coldest place I’ve been in my life, » exclaimed Jessie Zou, who was visiting the territory’s capital from Vancouver, or as she describes it: « The warmest city in Canada. »

She says the coldest day she’s experienced in British Columbia is a balmy –6 C, a full 30 degrees warmer than Monday morning in Yellowknife. She was glad to be going home to Vancouver on Monday.

Jessie Zou was visiting Yellowknife from Vancouver. She experienced an extreme cold warning in Yellowknife Monday, on the last day of her trip. (Andrew Pacey/CBC)

Patrick Jacobson also hails from Vancouver, and has been in the North for four years. To him, there’s no comparing B.C.’s weather to Yellowknife’s.

« You don’t hit extreme temperatures like this, but [in Vancouver] you do kind of get that chilled through to your bone kind of sensation, » Jacobson said.

The extreme cold criteria is based on climatology and people’s capacity to adapt to extreme cold.– Matt MacDonald, Environment Canada

« There’s a bit of a survivor mentality [in Yellowknife], it kind of feels good to get through a winter up here… It feels like something that Canadians should be used to. »

Jacobson said he had « a bit of a chuckle » at an extreme cold warning issued for Vancouver on Jan. 15, when it was about –1 C outside.

‘It kind of feels good to get through a winter up here,’ said Patrick Jacobson. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

How do cold warnings work?

For Trisha Paradis, who’s lived in the North for almost 15 years, Monday was just a typical day. She has trouble understanding what prompts some weather warnings.

« The ones that I don’t understand [are] when they put in Edmonton it’s –20 with the –25 wind chill and they get an extreme cold warning, and we’re at –40-something, no extreme cold warnings. »

« Our extreme cold warnings are based on a specific criteria for different locations, » explained Matt MacDonald, a spokesperson for Environment Canada. 

For Trisha Paradis, Monday morning’s –36 C weather was just a typical January day in Yellowknife. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

For example, in Yellowknife Environment Canada issues an extreme cold warning when the wind chill or air temperature drops to –50 for at least two hours; on B.C.’s south coast it’s –35, and for Toronto it’s –30.

« The extreme cold criteria is based on climatology and people’s capacity to adapt to extreme cold, » MacDonald said.

As long as we dress for it, it’s not a big deal.– Trisha  Paradis , Yellowknife resident

However, he said sometimes cities will issue cold weather warnings, especially if they have a large homeless population.

Yellowknife’s overnight temperature drops below zero 225 days a year, according to Environment Canada. By comparison, Vancouver sees an average of 40 nights a year drop below zero.

Of course, this week’s cold weather also isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year. The average low for Jan. 28 is –30.4 C. It’s supposed to warm up to a comfortable high of –26 C in Yellowknife on Tuesday. By Thursday, the city is forecasted to be back to a low of –37 C.

Paradis has advice for getting through the cold.

« Get a little bit more bundled up, then we’re fine… as long as we dress for it, it’s not a big deal. »


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Canadian jets intercept 2 Russian bombers near North American coastline: NORAD – National


Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were travelling near the North American coastline.

Canadian CF-18 fighters intercept Russian bombers for first time since 2014: Norad

The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.

There were no reports of conflict between the Russian and the U.S. and Canadian jets.

The bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory, according to NORAD.

NORAD says it uses radar, satellites and fighter aircraft to patrol the skies and monitor aircraft entering U.S. or Canadian airspace.

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“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement.

Canadian fighter jets have intercepted Russian bombers before in April 2017 and December 2014.


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Charges laid after 2-year-old killed by snake venom in North Vancouver


Charges have been laid nearly five years after a two-year-old Aleka Esa-Bella Scheyk Gonzales was poisoned and killed by snake venom in North Vancouver.

RCMP said Henry Thomas, 51, had the girl in his care on May 18, 2014 and returned her to her mother that same day.

Hours later, at 5 a.m., the child’s mother phoned RCMP and said the toddler was dead.

A statement said Mounties searched Thomas’ home in Agassiz and seized snakes and « related equipment » in July 2015.

Further biological DNA testing was run in 2016 and 2017, confirming the two-year-old’s cause of death.

Thomas, 51, was arrested at his home on Friday. He’s been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.

« This is a very tragic incident that resulted in a complex, unique investigation by police and support agencies, » said Supt. Chris Kennedy, the officer in charge of the North Vancouver RCMP. 

« Our condolences are extended to the family and community of the deceased child. »


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North Shore SAR uses helicopter in first rescue of 2019 – BC


North Shore Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to their first call of 2019 on Monday.

A man got lost on Grouse Mountain just west of the BCMC Trail and had to call for help.

A spokesperson for North Shore SAR said that because of the nature of the terrain, the man was rescued by helicopter.

“The helicopter managed to basically gear up, pick him up and get him out literally just a few moments before it got dark,” Greg Miller said.

North Shore Search and Rescue save father and 6-year-old son

The man was cold but uninjured.

Miller said the incident is a reminder that the days are usually shorter than you think they are, and a flashlight is always a good idea to bring along on outdoor excursions.

In 2018, the North Shore SAR had a record-breaking 142 calls.

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Located safe: young First Nation teen reported missing from North Okanagan – Okanagan


UPDATE: RCMP said 14-year-old Haven “Jack” Williams has been located safe.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 14-year-old Spallumcheen girl has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 30, and RCMP are asking for help finding her.

Haven “Jack” Williams disappearance is out of character, according to police.

“Police are very concerned for Haven’s health and well-being,” RCMP said on Wednesday.

Williams is described as having:

  • Black hair
  • Is of medium build
  • A height of five-foot-six

Anyone with information about the teen’s whereabouts is urged to contact local police of by leaving an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at


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Man last seen by family in Saskatchewan found dead north of community


RCMP in Saskatchewan say a man who was reported missing over the weekend has been found dead.

Police say in a news release that the man – who they didn’t name – was 32 and was from the Kawacatoose First Nation.

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They say he was last seen by family members late Saturday afternoon on the Day Star First Nation.

Wynyard EMS later notified police that a man’s body was found on a grid road north of the community, and it was confirmed that it was the missing man.

RCMP say the investigation into his death is continuing.

An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.


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Woman killed by police led them on hours-long north Calgary car chase, police say


A woman led police on a multi-kilometre, hours-long vehicle chase before she was shot and killed by an officer early Christmas morning, the Calgary Police Service said in an afternoon statement.

Officers noticed the driver — believed to be in her 30s — just after midnight driving dangerously in the Inglewood area, police said, but she wouldn’t stop when directed.

« The driver then drove throughout northwest Calgary, running red lights and travelling at various speeds. Two more traffic stops were attempted at approximately 12:30 a.m., but again the driver did not stop, » police said in a statement. 

« For safety reasons, the officers disengaged from following the vehicle at 12:40 a.m. »

Things escalated quickly, police say

Police received a report the driver was in the northeast community of Falconridge at around 2:20 a.m. and later saw her driving into oncoming traffic several times.

About 20 minutes later, police say, they were able to stop the vehicle on McKnight Boulevard near 68th Street N.E., where things escalated quickly and she was shot and killed by an officer with 10 years on the force.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is currently investigating the incident and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


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Teen killed in collision on Pine Grove Road north of Kingston: police – Kingston


Days before Christmas, a 16-year-old male was killed in a car crash on Pine Grove Road near Highway 15 in Kingston.

Man charged with careless driving after collision in North Bay

The collision happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 22nd, and the Kingston police say they responded at around mid night. The teenager involved in the collision was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

“The vehicle had one sole occupant a 16 year old male who was injured at the time of the collision,” said Kingston police Sgt. Darren Keuhl.

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Police told Global News that the cause of the collision is still unknown, but reconstructionists are using several methods to find an answer, such as using a drone to create an aerial map of the scene to collect more evidence.

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However, police did not mention whether icy road conditions were a factor.

The vehicle’s data recorder still needs to be reviewed by police to determine its velocity and steering input.

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The name of the deceased has not been released.


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