Amateur-built helicopter bursts into flames in Manitoba; occupants escape unharmed

Amateur-built helicopter bursts into flames in Manitoba; occupants escape unharmed

STEINBACH, MAN.—Authorities in Manitoba say two occupants of a recreational helicopter escaped injury after the machine rolled onto its side and burst into flames on Saturday. Steinbach Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Chausse says firefighters, RCMP and EMS were dispatched to the city’s airport in the morning. Chausse says when they arrived, they saw the […]

Toronto to put more resources into derelict trash bins

Toronto to put more resources into derelict trash bins

If Toronto’s street garbage bins are not much better than the trash that goes in them, at least the city is trying to make things a bit better. One of our recent columns was about a litter bin on St. Clair Ave. W. missing panels on two sides, making it look distinctly trashy. The bins […]

Tourist taking photos killed after falling into Grand Canyon

Tourist taking photos killed after falling into Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — Two people have died at the Grand Canyon in separate incidents this week that included one man stumbling over the edge of the rim while trying to take pictures, officials said. A helicopter lifted the body of the Hong Kong man from 1,000 feet (305 metres) below the rim Thursday […]

How to tap into the growing power of the ‘green’ energy market

How to tap into the growing power of the ‘green’ energy market

There was a story in last Monday’s Wall Street Journal that caught my eye. It reported that German industrial giant Siemens AG is teaming up with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to build an underground 560-kilometre transmission line that will carry power from Iowa to the Chicago area. It will be called the SOO Green Renewable Rail. […]

Genetic Study of Nicotine and Alcohol Use Offers Insight into Addiction

Genetic Study of Nicotine and Alcohol Use Offers Insight into Addiction

A new genetic study looking at smoking and drinking has confirmed much of what we already know about their impact on your health, but the study also found genetic associations that offer new insights into alcohol and tobacco use, as well as addiction. Published this week in the journal Nature Genetics, the study is one […]

Canada’s Bouchard cruises into second round at Australian Open

Canada’s Bouchard cruises into second round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, downing wild card Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour. The 24-year-old Bouchard came out firing, winning the first set in just 28 minutes. The match lasted 59 minutes total. The 33-year-old Peng showed some life in […]