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January 4, 2017 7:10 AM Blackouts in Quebec blamed on freezing rain

MONTREAL -- More than 58,000 Hydro Quebec customers were without electricity early Wednesday due to freezing rain. Hydro-Quebec says most outages are due to ice-covered branches snapping and falling onto power lines. The regions most affected are the Laurentians north of Montreal, communities south of the city and in western Quebec. The freezing rain is expected 7

January 3, 2017 11:36 PM Canadian who drowned in Thailand remembered as 'bright light'

Clinton Munkittrick, 26, from Quebec's Eastern Township region died early Sunday morning A man from Quebec's Eastern Townships region who died in Thailand on New Year's Day is being remembered as a "bright light" by his loved ones. Clinton Munkittrick, 26, died on Koh Phangan, an island in southeast Thailand, early Sunday morning, his father confirmed 22

January 3, 2017 3:36 PM Quebec man identified by family as victim after New Year's Eve party in Thailand

MONTREAL -- Relatives of a Canadian man who died after a New Year's Eve party in Thailand are remembering him as a "bright light" whose sudden death has devastated them. Family members have identified the victim as Clinton Munkittrick, 26, from Quebec's Eastern Townships region. Tributes have poured in on social media since news of his death began to spread 18

January 3, 2017 12:25 AM Rebels in Syria halt talks over peace negotiations

Power knocked out near Damascus, 8 killed in air raids near Turkish border Syrian rebel groups said on Monday they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies end what they said were violations of a ceasefire 40

January 2, 2017 6:04 PM Leafs' Auston Matthews named NHL first star of the week

As the Leafs keep winning, the playoff options for a team that finished at the bottom of the NHL standings last season keep broadening. Following Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win over Detroit in the Centennial Classic thriller, the Leafs are now in the middle of both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference wildcard picture. Winners of five in a row - all of them away from the Air Canada 21

January 2, 2017 10:01 AM Turkish Canadians left 'scared and shaking' after Istanbul's nightclub shooting

Turks from Toronto call the Istanbul nightclub shooting a 'bad start' to 2017 Huseyin Nurgel started off 2017 by teaching his 10-year-old daughter about terrorist attacks. Nurgel lives in Toronto, but he and his family flew to Adana, Turkey to spend the holidays with family. Their New Year's Eve celebration took a somber turn when they flipped on the news and learned 48

January 2, 2017 2:33 AM Leafs' Rielly pumped about team's direction after Centennial Classic

Morgan Rielly didn’t mind failing to score on a breakaway in overtime after all. Not when Auston Matthews put the puck in the net a moment or so later. And the jubilation that was being felt in the Maple Leafs’ dressing room at BMO Field following a 5-4 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic? “This is different than anything 17

January 2, 2017 1:59 AM In 1967, change in Canada could no longer be stopped

We like to believe it was a series of political decisions, parliamentary votes, royal commissions and court rulings that remade Canada in its centennial. However, Doug Saunders writes, in its 100th year, the country was officially reflecting realities, ideas and notions of identity that had been brewing beneath the surface for two decades Each month 45

January 1, 2017 12:53 PM Putin’s Real Long Game

A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was smoking a cigarette while we watched Southeast DC hipsters bustle by and talked about ‘the war’ — the big war, being waged by Russia against all of us, which from this porch felt very far away. I can’t 36

January 1, 2017 12:52 PM U.S. general offers vote of confidence for Iraqis in Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq -- A senior U.S. military commander in Iraq on Sunday gave a vote of confidence to Iraqi forces fighting to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, saying they were currently "at their peak" and adjusting well to changing realities on the battlefield. Speaking to The Associated Press in an interview, Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe 13