Highlights / disaster

Arts & Entertainment, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Canada History: Apr. 3, 1956- the roots of an entire thrilling film genre

What do the the 1980 comedy hit film ‘Airplane’, the 1970’s disaster film genre, and Canada all have in common?  They all began in Canada with the hugely successful novelist and screenwriter, Arthur Hailey. who wrote blockbuster novels and movies »

Environment & Animal Life

Canada history: Feb 14-15, 1982: The Ocean Ranger disaster

On Valentine’s Day, 1982, most of the 84 crew of the oil exploration/drilling rig Ocean Ranger would be thinking of loved ones far away on the mainland. The platform was in the Atlantic over 260 kilometers from St John’s drilling »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Fish farming controversy over massive salmon die-off

The fact is that a huge number of farmed Atlantic salmon died last month in pens in Newfoundland. After that it gets murky as the company Northern Harvest Sea Farms, owned by Norwegian aquaculture giant Mowi, say the problem and »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Canada stands ready to assist hurricane-stricken Bahamas, say officials

Ottawa has dispatched federal government officials to the Bahamas to assess the situation as the Caribbean island nation ramps up rescue efforts in the wake of a devastating hurricane that killed at least seven people and damaged or destroyed thousands »

Economy, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology

Canada history: Aug 29, 1907 Quebec Bridge tragedy (No.1 of 2)

It was, and still is, the longest cantilever bridge in the world but one with a tragic history. The Quebec Bridge at 987 metres long (3,238 ft) spans the St. Lawrence river between the south shore city of Levis and »


Tainted blood scandal comes to life in tv series, book

In what has been called Canada’s worst-ever preventable public health disaster, thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through tainted blood transfusions in the 1980s and 90s. The public broadcaster, CBC, has produced an eight-part television series »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Disaster costs increasing worldwide: UN

A United Nations report found that between 1998 and 2017, disasters cost affected countries $2.245 billion US and 77 per cent of that was climate-related. Overall reported losses from extreme weather events rose by 151 per cent between that period »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Global Water Futures conference: Water problems seeking solutions

Its becoming more common to hear of unexpected flood disasters, drought disasters, and lack of safe drinking water, not only in Canada, but around the world. A major initial gathering to discuss issues concerning water is wrapping up a four-day »

Economy, International, Society

History Canada: Dec. 6, 1917: WWI strikes Halifax

Worst domestic tragedy in Canada, the biggest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history. In was December 6, 1917 and deadly war in Europe still dragged on with its massive destruction and horrific toll in lives. Canada’s east coast port city of »


Jury selection begins in deadly Lac-Mégantic train disaster trial

Four years after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people, the criminal trial for the three men charged in one of Canada’s worst railway disasters is set to begin this morning with »