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December 10, 2018 / 10:02 | History:
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A Quebec man, who targeted hydro-Quebec power lines in an air strike, left tens of thousands without power in December 2014, was convicted Monday to seven years in prison.

Normand Dube, a local entrepreneur, was found guilty in September to use his little plane in what the crown described as an unprecedented strike on institutions and ordinary Quebecers.

Dube, described in local media as a "pilot to the stars" for his former life carrying Quebec entertainers, was inappropriate when Quebec judge Paul Chevalier handed his sentence on Monday to three counts of evil.

Although Dube, 56, has no previous criminal records, his responsibility for the crimes was complete, said Chevalier.

"The use of his crime shows that he carefully prepared it and did not act impulsively," the judge said. "The legal motive – revenge – emphasizes his moral guilt."

The krone had sought the maximum 10-year penalty for the attack on two power lines northwest of Montreal, as described by prosecutors like jugular and spine in the Hydro-Quebec network.

The manner in which the crime was committed and the extent of the damage made it a first in Canada, where neither the crown nor the defense could find legal precedents. But Chevalier concluded the Crown's recommendation was excessive.

The exact method used to create short circuits in the attack on 4 December 2014 can not be reported in accordance with a publication ban imposed for national security purposes.

Much of the trial took place with the public blocked, and the decision found Dube guilty in September partly redacted.

The Armed Forces had argued for a much shorter sentence – either three years in prison or less than two years in a provincial prison followed by three years of probation.

A lawyer for Dube, Mario Lavigne, said that he plans to appeal the sentence and punish and seek security for his client. He refused comment on Monday's decision.

The krona said a hearing about the defense question is expected before the Quebec Court of Appeal on Thursday. Dube was taken prison after the verdict was made.

The pilot, inventor and entrepreneur had a deep grudge against Hydro-Quebec, stemming from a dispute about the work done by the tool on the ground he owned in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, north of Montreal.

According to the prosecution, Dube also owed the use of its tax problems.

The crown claimed Dube deserved an exemplary sentence for a tampering act that almost remained the Hydro-Quebec power grid.

Some 188,000 people were left without power during two winter days as a result of the attack.

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December 10, 2018 / 9:47 | History:
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The Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says he slowly turns to life in space.

Quebecer spoke to journalists for the first time since they arrived at the International Space Station on December 3rd. The Canadian Space Agency established a video connection at the headquarters south of Montreal.

Saint-Jacques says that he adapts to the feeling of living in microgravity and proves his point by dropping his microphone and continuing to speak as it remained floating in place.

He says he was thunderstormed when he emerged from the Soyuz capsule that brought him to the station along with other astronauts Anne McClain from NASA and Oleg Kononenko from the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

He says that he was dazzled by the vision of the sun rising above the earth and of the cosmos's general beauty.

The 48-year-old doctor is expected to carry out a series of experiments in circuits on subjects such as the physical effects of gravity on the body.


December 10, 2018 / 9:46 | History:
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Canadian environmental groups are at the global climate change conference in Poland, which today calls the federal government to let the oil and gas industry undermine Canada's efforts to be climate director.

Environmental Defense and Stand Earth is among the groups that release a report that shows that oil and gas sector emissions continue to rise and intensive lobbying from the industry means that about 80 percent of these emissions will be exempt from the federal carbon price .

Environmental Defense National Program Manager Dale Marshall says it's incredibly frustrating that federal and provincial governments continue to crash in the industry with large subsidies and now buy a $ 4.5 billion pipeline, and yet the industry continues to claim that it Do not get any federal support.

He says caving to the oil and gas industry is stopping Canada's climate policy and is the most important thing that prevents Canada from being considered a global climate leader.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna arrived in Katowice, Poland for the COP24 negotiations today, where the world's nations intend to agree on the rules for how the climate change agreement will be implemented.

Canada is also pushing an anti-coal alliance to blow the world from coal power by 2050, but Marshall said that Canada should also show leadership in oil and gas, which is far greater problems for Canada's emissions target than coal.

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December 10, 2018 / 9:40 | History:
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Ontario's financial watchdog says the province's deficit will rise to 12.3 billion. Dollars in this fiscal year, half a billion more than he predicted for the spring's election.

Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman says that political decisions like cancellation of the cap-and-trade program and reversing more tax increases combined with a weaker economic forecast contributed to the change.

In his autumn's financial and budgetary outlook, Weltman says that the deficit is expected to exceed 16 billion. Dollars in 2022-23 without further political changes.

He says that while the government's drop-out economy statement did not contain a budget forecast beyond this year, the balancing of the books in a mandate would require "significant changes" to policies that could have far-reaching consequences for Ontario households and businesses.

FAO's spring release, published just weeks before the provincial election, said the province's deficit would jump to 11.8 billion. USD in 2018 due to higher spending in the budget presented by the then liberal, and weak earnings gains.

Liberals had expected a loss of 6.7 billion. Dollars, a speech that was also challenged by the Secretary General of Ontario's Auditor.

Tories has since accepted the accountant's general account, but said a study committee and a financial survey called to investigate government spending found the province's deficit will grow to $ 15 billion this year. They said in the fall that different savings measures had brought it down to $ 14.5 billion.

FAO says its projections do not contain electoral promises that the government has not yet dealt with or announced.


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For the first time in a decade, Ontario will not receive a settlement transfer from Ottawa, whereby the provincial finance minister will have to participate in calls for the federal government to investigate how the program was created.

Canada's finance ministers are in Ottawa for the second of their two-year meetings, which started with a workday at a Ottawa hotel on Sunday evening.

Just before that afternoon, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau publicly announced the amount of money that Ottawa will transfer to provinces and territories in 2019-20, including nearly $ 20 billion in settlement.

It is almost $ 880 million from this year, but the amount will be shared between only five provinces – Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. For the first time since the recession in 2008, Ontario put on the non-province list, Ontario is not among them.

Quebec, on the other hand, receives more than $ 13 billion from the program, an increase of almost $ 1.4 billion.

Technically, Ontario's economic growth was good enough in 2016-17 to push it out of non-status when a provinces economy is considered to be lower than the average and qualifies them for compensation. But because of the way the program works, Ontario still received $ 963 million in 2018-19.

The government was aware that it would not qualify for compensation this year, but Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said that it is a further proof of why the smoothing program needs an audit. He said that Ontario will contribute $ 8 billion to compensation and will not get anything from it. Overall, Ontario will give Ottawa 12.9 billion. Dollars more in taxes than it will receive from federal expenses, he said.

"So, we certainly invite feds to review their federal transfer payments because we want to ensure that Ontario companies and families get our fair share," said Fedeli.

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland have also called for changes to the formula.

Morneau said that the formula was renewed earlier this year for a five-year period after extensive discussions from his department, but he knows that the formula will be lifted at the table.

"Ontario moving out of this program is a reflection of sustained positive financial performance in Ontario, and I expect it generally positive, but it will almost certainly be a discussion," said Morneau.


December 10, 2018 / 8:33 | History:
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Researchers release results of a decade of research value that has revealed a vast and mysterious world of microbes deep underground that could help explain how life began on Earth and how it could look at other planets.

"The branches of life, as we knew, are not all that's out there," said Karen Lloyd of the University of Tennessee. "There are actually deep branches on the tree of life that no-one has ever known before and many of them are in the underground."

Lloyd is one of hundreds of scientists from all over the world who is involved in the Deep Carbon Observatory, studying the impact impact many miles underground. Members of the team are looking at how this carbon allows for underground life to present their results this week at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting.

Scientists have known that microbes can live well below the surface as they were first discovered in oil deposits in the 1920s. But over the last 10 years it has become clear that the genetic diversity of small creatures living in the microscopic pores and blood vessels under our feet is at least as much as the surface.

Nearly three quarters of the Earth's bacteria and archaea (a type of microbe) live in the underground, researchers say. All types of cellular life, including the kind that make up the known flora and fauna of the surface, are found there.

These beasties have colonized up to 2.3 billion cubic kilometers – almost twice as much as the oceans. Some live in temperatures up to 121 ° C; Others echo an existence more than 10 kilometers under the oceans.

Overall, the amount of carbon contained in the bacteria is between 245 and 385 times greater than that found in humans.

It is a strange world where microbes draw energy from sources like radiation, "eat" sulfur and "breathe" rust.

"How can life sustain itself, even though there is no potential for solar energy," said Barbara Sherwood Lollar of the University of Toronto. She has found microbes in 2.7 billion years of water from deep within the Canadian shield.

"They breathe other things," said Rick Colwell of Oregon State University. "Many of them are able to use oxidized iron as we use oxygen."

Sherwood Lollar calls the chemosynthetic life as opposed to life on the surface, which depends on photosynthesis.

Things are slow down there. Microbes from the depth can go hundreds or even thousands of years without creating a single new cell. Instead, they repair damaged molecules and wait for the next earthquake to open a new nutrient channel.

"These things occur at far longer times than we are used to waiting," said Lloyd.

Many questions remain. Among the most exciting is whether life is filtered down from the surface or growing up below.

"Given that there are all the energy and carbon sources needed to drive life in the deep underground, and so much of our history included a very terrible surface world, it is reasonable to assume that life originates from the underground and is moved up, "said Lloyd.

The same logic applies to other planets, said Sherwood Lollar.

"If we go to other planets, photosynthetic life is never possible. But maybe chemosynthetic life did it," she said.

"That's part of the reason why studying these deep chemosynthetic organisms on this planet is so directly relevant to the quest for life on other planets."

It's rare for a scientist to help reveal a whole new vista of life, says Lloyd.


December 10, 2018 / 8:26 | History:
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A Canadian physicist has received one of the highest honors of science.

Donna Strickland, professor at the University of Waterloo, is one of three winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics and collected the prize with a big smile in Sweden today.

The Nobel Committee says that Strickland and French scientist Gerard Mourou will each receive one-fourth of the price of 1.01 million. USD for their joint work in laser physics.

Strickland's winner makes her the third woman to win the physics prize, and the first Canadian female scientist does.

Her award winning work was performed in the early 1980s while she finished her PhD. under the mourous supervision.

She and Mourou discovered Chirped Pulse Amplification, a technology that supports today's cardiac pulse, high intensity lasers, which has become an important part of corrective eye surgery.

The 59-year-old native of Guelph, Ont., Found the discovery while completing her PhD education at the University of Rochester, New York. The other half of the prize went to Arthur Ashkin from the United States, who was the third winner of the prize.

University of Waterloo says it's brilliant with pride in Strickland's performance.

"Universities around the world would dream of receiving a Nobel Prize among their professorships," spokesman Matthew Grant said. "This is a huge moment for our Nobel Prize winner, our campus and Canada as a whole."


Dec 10, 2018 / 5:17 am | History:
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Jennifer Critch hopes to spend Christmas morning watching his two young daughters play with a brand new train table.

But the southwest Ontario mother is worried that the toy will not be delivered in time by Canada Post, which says it tries to clear an unprecedented delay after a week's long work disorder.

Canada Post weeks, plus Greyhound's exit from Western Canada in October, creates headaches for many Canadians in the holiday season.

Critch's daughters who are three and 18 months are transfixed by the train in their local library every time they visit and she wants to get them something similar to the home.

"It should be their great Christmas this year," she said. "I was hoping to set it up and make them wake up to Christmas Eve."

Critch does not run and lives in a rural area, so online shopping seemed like a stress-free opportunity. However, the expected delivery date is sliding while the parcel sits in a warehouse an hour away in Mississauga, Ont.

"I'm fine if I get it for Christmas Eve," she said. "I just want it before Christmas."

The federal government forced the members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to their jobs late last month after five weeks of rotating strikes over wage equity, security and other concerns.

Canada Post deals with a parcel volume two to three times higher than usual for this time of year, spokesman Jon Hamilton says. The backlog of six million packages is concentrated in major processing centers like Toronto and Vancouver.

Guarantees that a package is delivered within a particular window has been suspended so far.

"We are doing everything to deliver as much as possible, but demand and irregularities mean delivery will be very unpredictable," said Hamilton. "We deliver a lot before Christmas, but we continue to monitor to see what we may not get until Christmas."

The Crown has leased 1,400 additional vehicles for deliveries and 500 more for moving items between facilities. It has also added 4,000 seasonal workers.

But protests at Canada Post facilities and the prospect of unpleasant winter weather means that there is no one to tell when it will be back to the business as usual.

Union national president Mike Palecek disputes the rotating strikes caused any backlog.

"They wanted to develop a line to create a sense of urgency about back-to-work legislation, which has always been Canada Post's only game at the negotiating table," he said.

On delay delays, Palecek said, "This sounds like a matter of bad management to me."

Travelers have been stuck in Calgary after a suspicious package was found at Calgary International Airport on Sunday.

The event is assumed to have unfolded just after kl. and the Calgary police hurried to YYC to investigate.

"My son has been stuck in Calgary Airport from Mexico for over two hours," said a Castanet News reader. "Airport closed down because of suspicious package."

People went to social media and said that a bombing team was being investigated and people were still on the plane.

"Still sitting on the plane without saying that the airport was" repopulated ", it would be nice to get an update as we go for three hours just sitting here," said a person on Twitter.

A spokesman for the airport said "that bag will now be removed by the Calgary Police."

Just after kl. The airport said that they now have permission from the police to repopulate the area.

It is not clear at this time how many flights have been affected.


December 9, 2018 / 11:39 | History:
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A Nova Scotia professor strives to create the ideal Christmas tree, in the only research laboratory of its kind in the world.

Dalhousie University Raj Lada is director of the Christmas tree research center in Truro, N.S., a unique laboratory dedicated to improving balsamgran Christmas trees.

"We are the pioneers regarding what we have done," said Lada, a plant, wood and ecophysiology professor at the School's Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences.

The center's flagship product is SMART Balsam, which embodies the distinctive Christmas tree: architecturally sound, fragrant and able to maintain its blue-green needles for up to three months.

Lada said that resolving industrial challenges, such as needle control, are crucial to the survival of the Christmas tree industry's multimillion dollar dollar in Atlantic Canada, as it competes with other markets and artificial trees.

His interest in Christmas trees was triggered more than a decade ago when a producer approached him after he had not been paid for a shipment to British Columbia because of needle loss.

"I could see it in his eyes," he said. "The trees had lost needles, but it seemed as if he had lost his life as if he had lost his business, his credibility."

He began to investigate the manufacturer's situation, investigate freight processes and other factors that affect the trees during transport.

Lada then went to the Christmas tree council in Nova Scotia.

"It thought it was a common problem all these years," he said.

By that time there had been no examination of the physiology of needle loss after harvesting in balsam trees. And then Lada took it as her personal mission.

He brings together producers from all over eastern Canada to form the Atlantic Sea Research and Development Consortium of the Christmas Tree, and they produced research priorities.

Manufacturer's No. 1 concerns: needle retention.

Eventually, Lada received a grant from Ottawa's Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency.

Among his latest research projects is the SMART tree, which Lada believes will revolutionize the Christmas tree industry.

Lada and his team started by screwing balsam fire for ideal features, including fullness and ability to preserve needles. Genetic markers for these features were identified.

SMART trees are now mass produced to the market.

Lada expects planting to start next year.

"They will look good, smell good and they will also have a higher needle retention capacity," said Lada. "Nothing will beat the SMART trees."

The center has also developed and licensed needle absorbents applied with water.

Likewise, Lada's team has created freight and storage technologies that help keep Christmas trees fresh for at least two months.

Lada's partners include provincial government departments in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

"This is not done in such a coordinated, consolidated way in the past," he said. "The industry has managed the situation, but now we have solutions to it."


December 9, 2018 / 10:24 | History:
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The imprisonment of a chief executive in Huawei, Canada, has traced British Columbia's trade mission to China.

The delegation led by B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson will no longer stop in China, and will instead finish his trip after a visit to Japan.

The province says in a statement the decision was taken because of the ongoing judicial process with Huawei Finance Director Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested last week while changing flights in Vancouver.

The United States is trying to get Meng handed claiming that she tried to evade US trade sanctions against Iran.

A public hearing began in Vancouver on Friday, and Meng uses a weekend in prison before it continues next week.

The Chinese government has warned Canada that if Meng is not released, the country faces serious consequences.


December 9, 2018 / 7:40 | History:
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Emad Mishko Tamo looks excited about his light green mountain bike and tells him how he looks forward to summer bike experiences with other Yazidi refugee children in his community.

For the 14-year-old boy, the bicycle for freedom is something that was snapped away from him and his family a few years ago when they were taken by Iraqi militants and held captive for three years.

Now he is behind a move to bring new bicycles to all Yazidi refugee children in Winnipeg.

"I saw so many children they suffered when they were caught by ISIS. There were so many children they cried. They were dead." We saw many things, "Emad said through translator Khalil Hesso, president of the Yazidi Association of Manitoba.

"Since then I promised children, I want to see I want to help."

Emad lived happily with his family in an Iraqi village until summer 2014 when attacked by Islamic state militants.

Emad was divorced from his mother, Nofa Mihlo Zaghla, as thousands of members of the Kurdish minority Yazidis were expelled. His mother was detained for two years, but in an attack on the connection, she finally managed to escape with four of her children. She headed to Canada and settled in Winnipeg.

She thought that the young son was dead.

But after some Yazidis were liberated in Mosul in 2017, an image online was created by a young boy who was covered with dust sitting in the front of a vehicle.

That was Emad.

Rapidly took steps to reconcile the teenager with his surviving family in Winnipeg. When he arrived at his new home, in a new country, a bicycle was waiting for him.

"Emad came from three years to be hostage. He did not have anything like a bike or basketball or football," Steve Maman, founder of the liberation of Christians and Yazidi Children in Iraq (CYCI), said in an interview from Montreal .

He was the one who donated Emad's bike.

"For him, a bike was something he had never expected to ever own, lives in Kurdistan as a child … I could imagine a child like a bike would mean something very important – a dream."

Emad and his family worked hard to make a living and find happiness in Winnipeg, but there were still fighting and worries in Iraq.

Emad's uncle, Hadji Tamo Rafo Zaghler, points to a wall in their apartment, where the faces of 12 family members hang on a poster. They include Emad's father, as Zaghler says, found in a mass grave. They do not know what happened to most of the others.

When Maman was embarking on Emad on a phone call last summer, he learned that the bike had been stolen. Maman knew how much it meant for the teenage refuge, so he offered to buy him another. Emad insisted that he only wanted someone else if they could find a way to get all Yazidi refugee children in Winnipeg bikes.

"He would … help victims of genocide because he thinks of other children who have nothing," said Maman. "It's impressive. I would like to be able to fulfill his will with him who believes in himself."

At first, it seemed like it could be a difficult task to pull off, Maman said, but soon it began to fall into place.

It was just coincidence that he wanted to connect Bryan Phillips, a car enthusiast from Terre Haute, Ind., Who bought engine parts from Maman to repair an old – but nice – Bentley. While the two men discussed cars, the goal was to get bicycles for refugee children.

Phillips said he did not think twice about offering Bentley for sale to help fulfill Emad's dream.

Maman gained profit from the car's sale and bought 100 bicycles to be delivered to refugee children during a special Yazidi Eid fortress on Friday.

Maman said it was important to fulfill Emad's desire to encourage him to continue helping others and show how he could achieve something.

As Emad and his cousins ​​dream about hot spring days, pretend to ride a bicycle in the apartment, Hesso smiles and says the bikes will mean everything to the children.

"The Yazidi community, we will not forget it."

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