After renting downtown for 10 years, I bought my first home — in a rural town

As a 30-year-old renter and first-time millennial homebuyer from Toronto, I purchased a rural cottage during the pandemic, writes Katherine Wong Too Yen.Katherine Wong Too Yen stands in the backyard of her cottage in January. (Graeme Guthrie)This First Person column is written by Katherine Wong Too Yen who became a first-time homeowner during the pandemic.…Continue Reading

Gas stoves leak methane even while off, boosting climate change

Gas stoves are contributing more to global warming than previously thought because of constant tiny methane leaks while they’re off, a new study found.In this photo provided by climate scientist Rob Jackson, researcher Eric Lebel attaches sensors to a stove to measure how often it is used in Stanford, Calif., in 2020. According to a…Continue Reading

Two days set aside for former vaccine task force chief’s sexual assault trial

Two days have been set aside for the criminal trial of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the former head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s two-day criminal court hearing has been set for Sept. 19-20, 2022. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)Two days have been set aside for the criminal trial of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the former head of…Continue Reading

Omicron infections have peaked nationally, Canada’s top doctor says

Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday that cases of the Omicron variant have peaked nationwide and the number of new infections has dropped significantly over the past week.COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations hit record highs in CanadaAcross Canada, the number of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations have climbed to record highs. But it appears the Omicron wave…Continue Reading

P.E.I. potatoes could head to Puerto Rico within 2 weeks, minister says

The federal agriculture minister says she’s optimistic that shipments of Prince Edward Island potatoes will start to head to Puerto Rico within two weeks, and to the mainland U.S. shortly after that, ending a ban in place since November.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and P.E.I. MP Lawrence MacAulay answer questions after a Thursday meeting with officials…Continue Reading

Russia says further talks on Ukraine still possible after U.S., NATO reject demands

Russia said on Thursday it was clear the United States was not willing to address its main security concerns in their standoff over Ukraine, but kept the door open for further dialogue.U.S. offers no concessions in response to Russian demands to head off new conflictThe U.S. and NATO have given their formal responses to Russia’s…Continue Reading

Conservative post-election report says O’Toole was ‘over-managed’ during the campaign

A post-election report on the Conservative Party’s 2021 campaign performance found leader Erin O’Toole had a strong start to the 36-day electoral contest but faltered at the finish because he was “over-managed” and “over-coached” by senior staff.Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole leaves a news conference on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)A post-election…Continue Reading

Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen charged with sexual assault

Jake Virtanen, a former Vancouver Canucks forward, has been charged with one count of sexual assault following an investigation, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Jake Virtanen, seen playing for the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 18, 2020, has been charged with one count of sexual assault, according to the Vancouver Police Department. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)The Vancouver…Continue Reading

Bodies found frozen near Canada-U.S. border confirmed to be family from India

Four people found frozen in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.S. border last week have been officially identified as a family of four from India.Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, left, and his wife Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, second from right, are shown in a handout photo with their son Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel and daughter Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel. (Amritbhai…Continue Reading