‘Harsh conditions’ help force shutdown of Sable Island wind project

The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar — more than 15 years after it launched the initiative. Parks Canada said wind turbines don’t meet the needs of the wind-swept Nova Scotia island, famous for the wild horses that have roamed there since the 18th century. ...

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James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73. His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital around noon. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a ...

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Remembering Stuart: What everyday act of an ordinary person in your community do you think should be honoured?

Sunday February 19, 2017 Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: remembering Stuart Long-time radio storyteller and journalist, Stuart McLean died on Wednesday after a long battle with melanoma cancer. McLean welcomed listeners every Sunday into the world of The Vinyl Cafe, a radio program of essays, short stories and music, with his magnanimous voice and his keen ability to connect with strangers. ...

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Federal Ottawa-Vanier byelection happening April 3

Ottawa-Vanier will elect a replacement for Mauril Bélanger on April 3, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Bélanger represented the urban riding for the Liberals from February 1995 until August 2016, when he died less than a year after announcing he had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those running to replace him include: Nirmala Dookeran for the Green ...

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SpaceX launches rocket with supplies to International Space Station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was sent into space Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The launch was the first from Kennedy Space Center since the shuttles were retired six years ago. This launch was rescheduled to Sunday after being scrubbed on Saturday due to concerns over the rocket’s steering system. It ...

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Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace’s consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? We got you. Here’s this week’s Marketplace cheat sheet. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Sign up for the Marketplace newsletter. Rotten reno Paul Gough says he’s had to take time off work to act as a contractor and make his home livable again. (CBC) First, a tree landed on his roof. Then he ended up with rats rotting in the walls. ...

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Taking on vitamin D headlines, and health professionals weigh in on Donald Trump

This week, we look behind breathless headlines about vitamin D and a reported spike in autism spectrum disorder. We also find that it’s difficult to determine who “owns” science or to diagnose from a distance.  Get the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday morning. Subscribe to Second Opinion. What’s with this week’s vitamin D hype? Vitamin D beats colds and ...

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When will oil demand peak? Depends on our driving habits

In the past, forecasters had a relatively simple method of estimating whether demand for oil would increase or decrease and by how much. For the most part, they simply looked at the economy. If people were making more money, it was safe to assume they would spend more, travel more and head to the car dealership more often. Now, technologies like electric cars, ...

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Donating body to science ‘the last best thing,’ says prof

Hundreds of people in Canada know what’s going to happen to them after they die: they’re going back to school. They’ve arranged to give their body to science and advance the learning of future medical students.  17 medical schools in Canada including the University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and McMaster University in Hamilton accept body donations.  Donating your body ...

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Graphic artist turns talent toward sharing Algonquin language

A graphic artist is turning his talent towards getting more people speaking the Algonquin language — using Twitter to share illustrations of simple Algonquin words. Originally from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, Jay Odjick is known for creating the Indigenous superhero Kagagi, which began as a graphic novel and is now a successful animated television series that airs ...

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