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Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Prairie farmers pray for rain as drought, grasshoppers ravage crops and pastures

Scorching temperatures have left crops in poor condition across wide swaths of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)

Extreme heat waves are putting lakes and rivers in hot water this summer

Many people may perceive lakes and rivers to be refuges from unprecedented heat, but freshwater systems are no less sensitive

  • Jul 16, 2021
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)
New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in June: CMHC

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts fell 1.5% to 282,070 units in June compared to 286,296 in May

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Justin Trudeau listens as Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, Vice President of Vaccine Logistics and Operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, is seen via videoconference on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada pivoting vaccine plan as supplies begin to outstrip demand: Brodie

In the coming weeks, there will be enough doses to vaccinate every eligible citizen

Justin Trudeau listens as Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, Vice President of Vaccine Logistics and Operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, is seen via videoconference on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Canadians likely to be targeted by foreign actors in next election, cyber agency says

Holding a federal election during the pandemic would reportedly increase the threat of foreign interference

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to his seat at the start of the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada aiming to allow vaccinated Americans into country by mid-August: PM

Fully vaccinated travellers from around the world could begin arriving by early September

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to his seat at the start of the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney poses for a photo as he hosts the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021. Kenney reaffirmed Thursday his government’s commitment to a referendum on equalization payments while announcing a second vote on daylight time to be held during municipal elections this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Albertans to vote on equalization, daylight time during municipal elections this fall

United Conservatives promised a referendum on equalization payments during the 2019 provincial election

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney poses for a photo as he hosts the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021. Kenney reaffirmed Thursday his government’s commitment to a referendum on equalization payments while announcing a second vote on daylight time to be held during municipal elections this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

Manitoba’s new Indigenous relations minister sparks backlash over residential school remarks

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew walked up to Lagimodiere and interrupted the news conference

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert
A deer is seen at the Michel-Chartrand Park in Longueuil, Que., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. The continuing spread of a fatal wildlife disease in Alberta and Saskatchewan has a federal agency recommending a deer cull across a wide swath of the Prairies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Spreading wildlife disease threatens deer, elk — and maybe humans, new research says

Alberta found 11 per cent of animals submitted by hunters tested positive

A deer is seen at the Michel-Chartrand Park in Longueuil, Que., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. The continuing spread of a fatal wildlife disease in Alberta and Saskatchewan has a federal agency recommending a deer cull across a wide swath of the Prairies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance watches a news conference from the front row of seats Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Retired general Vance, former chief of the defence staff, has been charged with obstruction of justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance watches a news conference from the front row of seats Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Retired general Vance, former chief of the defence staff, has been charged with obstruction of justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Muskoday First Nation chief say Saskatchewan RCMP should investigate sign as hate crime

‘This is a clear indication that some, not all, non-First Nations people are still racist’

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In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections and have concluded no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in almost a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)

1st female grizzly in 40 years collared in Washington state

The grizzly, along with her three cubs, were released to help biologists learn more about the endangered animals

In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections and have concluded no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in almost a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)
A stock photo of a walrus skull from Alaska found and registered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A walrus skull was one of several items seized at the Yukon-Alaska border on May 25.(Wikimedia Commons)

Ivory, turkey talon, bobcat skins seized at Yukon-Alaska border; U.S. man charged

The man who claimed the goods faces fines and four criminal charges

A stock photo of a walrus skull from Alaska found and registered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A walrus skull was one of several items seized at the Yukon-Alaska border on May 25.(Wikimedia Commons)
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Possible drowning at Wizard Lake; efforts to recover adult male continue

A 49-year-old male was lost and feared drowned after rescuing a nine-year-old family member.

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Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Three Lethbridge officers have been cleared of misconduct after a restaurant worker in a “Star Wars” storm-trooper costume and carrying a plastic gun was forced to the ground and ended up with a bloody nose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Three Lethbridge officers have been cleared of misconduct after a restaurant worker in a “Star Wars” storm-trooper costume and carrying a plastic gun was forced to the ground and ended up with a bloody nose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Three Lethbridge officers have been cleared of misconduct after a restaurant worker in a “Star Wars” storm-trooper costume and carrying a plastic gun was forced to the ground and ended up with a bloody nose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Three Lethbridge officers have been cleared of misconduct after a restaurant worker in a “Star Wars” storm-trooper costume and carrying a plastic gun was forced to the ground and ended up with a bloody nose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que. A coalition of frustrated legislators from across the U.S. Midwest is formally asking the White House and Canada’s federal government to reopen the border to fully vaccinated travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

State legislators formally ask Ottawa, White House to reopen Canada-U.S. border

The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020

The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que. A coalition of frustrated legislators from across the U.S. Midwest is formally asking the White House and Canada’s federal government to reopen the border to fully vaccinated travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bank of Canada will act to cool inflation if prices run too hot, Macklem says

The central bank forecast inflation will run above 3 per cent this year

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Mendenhall Glacier, seen in May 2016. (Angelo Saggiomo/Juneau Empire)

Western Canada heat wave accelerates rate of glacier melt, experts say

Most of the glaciers in Alberta and B.C. mountains are projected to disappear by the end of the century

The Mendenhall Glacier, seen in May 2016. (Angelo Saggiomo/Juneau Empire)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, greets tourists as he takes a stroll on the boardwalk near the Percé Rock with Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, left, following a meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Percé, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Trudeau announces $25M to expand GE wind turbine plant in Gaspé region

Feds say the project, with 107-metre-long blades, would be the largest in the world

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, greets tourists as he takes a stroll on the boardwalk near the Percé Rock with Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, left, following a meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Percé, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot