US airstrikes target facilities in Syria

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militias. The Pentagon said the strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed a civilian contractor and injured a member of the U.S. service and other coalition troops. The airstrike was the first military action […]

RIP Mr. Potato Head. The beloved toy spud is fame

Mr. Potato Head is no longer a gentleman. Hasbro, the company that makes the plastic potato-shaped toy, is giving the spud a modern makeover and a neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on the boxes this year. “It’s a potato,” said Ali Mierzejewski, editor of toy review site The Toy Insider. “But kids like to see themselves […]

Dairy farmers advised to stop adding palm oil to diet as butter controversy intensifies

After media coverage of butter becomes more difficult to melt, possibly due to palm oil additives in livestock feeds, the Dairy Farmers of Canada Association recommends that producers stop the practice for the moment. Gordon MacBeath, a member of the national group’s board of directors and president of PEI Dairy Farmers, said the group was responding to recent concerns about […]

B.C. mayor refuses to resign after comparing gun owners to Holocaust victims

The mayor of a small village in British Columbia said she would not resign for the posts she posted on social media comparing gun owners to Holocaust victims, and another which seems to denigrate the way indigenous peoples maintain their homes. Lorraine Michetti insists she’s sorry for posting the posts and will seek training on cultural sensitivity, but also says […]

COVID-19 tents and cabins turn into homes in First Nations facing housing crisis

Four canvas walls reinforced with plywood and two-by-fours, along with a few blankets and a wood-burning stove, are Andrew Missewace and his pup Niska’s only defense against the freezing cold of northwestern Ontario, even when the temperature drops to –48 C. Missewace, 36, has no bathroom, kitchen or running water. But after waiting 13 years for a home in Eabametoong […]

This fleet of Canada Post trucks got psychedelic thanks to an artist’s ‘funny idea’ from London, Ontario

Over the past few months, London, Ontario has welcomed one of Canada Post’s new colorful delivery trucks, emblazoned with the words “Thank you Thank you” on either side and an assortment of happy symbols. The vehicle is just one van in a dynamic fleet of trucks that deliver mail across the country in psychedelic style. But originally, the design was […]

Alberta budget to focus on health care and jobs, as public sector braces for cuts

Canadian finance ministers have traditionally held a pre-budget media event to unveil their new shoes and give clues to the government’s plan for the next fiscal year. As with many traditions, the pandemic has forced this practice to sit on the sidelines, at least for 2021. Instead, the Government of Alberta released a fully produced video on Wednesday showing Finance […]

Drunk and reckless driving charges dropped against Bruce Springsteen

The U.S. government on Wednesday dropped the drunk driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen following an incident in November, admitting the rocker’s blood alcohol level was so low it didn’t warrant the accusations. Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge, consuming alcohol in a closed area, Gateway National Recreation Area. Better known as Sandy Hook, it’s a peninsula […]