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New Canadians encouraged to START Boating this summer

The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s leading organization responsible for drowning prevention, has launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. START Boating is a comprehensive program designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills. The program will launch today in …

Wayward Bullock’s oriole to fly home to B.C. on Air Canada flight

OTTAWA— A Bullock’s oriole that landed in eastern Ontario in 2015 will finally be flying home to British Columbia  by plane. The little western bird drew national attention when she arrived in Packenham, Ont., in December 2015  likely after being blown off her migration course. Birdlovers flocked to the area to witness the rare sighting, …

Cases of HPV related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada: study

TORONTO — The proportion of oral cancers caused by the human papillomavirus has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies. In a cross-Canada study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers found the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased …

This pizza captures the taste of New England clam chowder

Fresh shellfish is one of the hallmarks of a good summer vacation, and it is best eaten barefoot with a sea breeze and chilled rose. But life is not always a beach and we are, regrettably, not always on vacation. Luckily, with a few staycation-ready recipes stored away, you can easily transport yourself and all …

Tianjin Cruise Port eyes PH as cruise ship destination

TIANJIN CITY, Aug. 13 — More Chinese tourists aboard cruise ships from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port will see for themselves the beautiful islands of the Philippines in the coming years. According to Tianjin Cruise Port general manager Zhang Zhendong, the Philippines is one of the target destinations being considered under future expansion plans and …

Wildfire in British Columbia forces music festival to wrap up one day early

SALMO, B.C.—A wildfire has forced a popular music festival in southern British Columbia to end early and organizers say the decision will be a costly one. Organizers for the Shambhala Music Festival said Saturday afternoon that the flames aren’t threatening the festival or attendees, but they made a decision to cancel Sunday’s entertainment after consulting …

Beautiful Bruges: Old world Europe in the present

BRUGES, Belgium — Walking through central Bruges is like a romantic journey into the past. With centuries-old gabled buildings lining a web of canals and cobblestone streets, the vibe is quintessential old-world Europe. Bruges also is one of the most beautiful cities in Western Europe, a place that has been called the Venice of the …

Fifty years of celebrating island culture at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival

In the aftermath of Toronto’s lively Caribbean Carnival last weekend — the 50th “jump up” since 1967 — it might seem naive or even rude to ask: Why have a Caribbean Carnival in Canada? The festival celebrates Caribbean culture in Canada. It also reminds us of the history of creative resistance in which dehumanized, enslaved …

Tips on how to manage the chaos of back to school meal times

TORONTO — Ah, the lazy days of summer. This will all seem like a distant dream for parents of school-aged kids soon to be thrust onto the hamster wheel of packing school lunches, rushing to morning volleyball practice, and shuttling kids between after-school soccer games and dance class. September can be one of the most …

Coming to you from a Cairo village: Egypt’s first minicar

KERDASA, Egypt — In Egypt, where many suffer under economic hardship, 35-year-old entrepreneur Ahmed Saeed el-Feki has been working hard to make something of himself. He has launched his own business building a minicar in a country that relies heavily on imports of small automobiles. In a village not far from the Giza pyramids, el-Feki …

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