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Snow causes headaches for Montreal drivers

Snow causes headaches for Montreal drivers

MONTREAL – Driving in and about the city was a bit of a bumpy ride Monday.

Montrealers woke up to a snowfall that covered highways and major arteries in the region, causing slippery roads, delays, stalled cars and numerous accidents.

“Off island, particularly was very, very slippery,” said Global News traffic reporter Debbi Marsellos.

“Right off the Île-aux-Tourtes span, on the T-Can eastbound at Morgan, we had stall after stall, accident after accident.”

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    For drivers near Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, things were even worse.

    A series of collisions involving three to four trucks and about 15 to 20 vehicles forced the closure of all westbound lanes on Highway 20, east of Saint-Hyacinthe.

    One person died and several others were injured as a result of the accidents.

    CAA-Quebec said on days like this, drivers need to make sure they slow down to be extra cautious.

    “The key thing that we should know is really to decrease our speed,” said CAA-Quebec spokesperson Anne-Sophie Hamel.

    “So, just trying to not go as fast and make sure everybody is safe on the road.”

    CAA-Quebec said by 12 p.m. Monday, they received about 1,600 calls.

    That number could reach 3,000 by Tuesday morning.

    Hamel told Global News that one thing everyone can do to help reduce those calls is to properly clean their cars before driving.

    “Sometimes people only take the snow off their windows, but make sure that there’s no snow on the roof and your hood,” she said.

    The snow may not be over yet – the forecast features more of the same – snow, high winds and cold temperatures for the next 24 hours.

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Deaths of seven Quebecers strengthen resolve in terrorism fight: Couillard

Deaths of seven Quebecers strengthen resolve in terrorism fight: Couillard

QUEBEC CITY – Premier Philippe Couillard said nothing can explain attacks on people who work to build a better world.

Couillard paid tribute Monday to seven Quebecers who died in terrorist attacks abroad late last week in Indonesia and Burkina Faso.

READ MORE: 6 Quebecers killed in Burkina Faso terror attack identified

A Laval resident died Thursday in Jakarta while six people from the Quebec City area were killed during a siege in Ouagadougou late Friday.

WATCH: Terror in Ouagadougou

Justin Trudeau offers condolences for Burkina Faso victims

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The premier said in a statement at the legislature in Quebec City that the fight against terrorists must continue.

Couillard said the violence that seemed so far away in the past very much affects people here at home and the heinous acts should strengthen the determination to fight the perpetrators of these acts.

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Scholastic pulls children’s book over slavery criticism

Scholastic pulls children’s book over slavery criticism

Scholastic has pulled an illustrated children’s book after complaints that the storyline makes light of slavery.

The book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, presents a problem the first U.S. president’s “servants” face when making his cake — a lack of sugar.

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    The title’s description on Scholastic’s website says the story is based on real events, and claims to “Serve up a slice of history in a picture book narrative that will surely satisfy.”

    READ MORE: Outrage after textbook calls black slaves ‘workers’, publisher admits error

    “Hercules, a slave, takes great pride in baking the president’s cake. But this year there is one problem — they are out of sugar.”

    It details the story of Hercules and his daughter Delia, who no matter how sweet the cake turns out to be, “will not taste the sweetness of freedom.”

    The story was penned by New York Times food writer Ramin Ganeshram and illustratated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. It was released on Jan. 5.

    The cover of the book “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” by by Ramin Ganeshram.

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    The book has been slammed on Amazon, with 80 per cent of reviewers giving it one star.

    “I can’t believe people are celebrating a children’s story that depicts happy, joyful slaves. Horrible. Please don’t let your children read this,” says one reviewer.

    “An insulting tale that sprinkles glitter on rape, murder, torture and servitude,” says another.

    “Next there will be a book about the Jews baking a cake for Hitler! Disgusting.”

    On Sunday Scholastic released a statement announcing it would stop distributing the book.

    “While we have great respect for the integrity and scholarship of the author, illustrator, and editor, we believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves and therefore should be withdrawn,” the statement reads.

    Despite positive intentions by the author, the statement goes on, the book does not meet Scholastic’s “standards of appropriate presentation of information to younger children.”

    The author’s 桑拿会所 account appears to have been removed since Scholastic’s decision, but in a blog post last week Ganeshram wrote that she spent four years researching the book, and defends the choice to depict the characters as proud, happy people.

    Scholastic says it will accept all returns of the book.

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Alberta tells Catholic school trustees to ‘sort themselves out’ over LGBTQ issue

Alberta tells Catholic school trustees to ‘sort themselves out’ over LGBTQ issue

EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says Edmonton Catholic School Board trustees need to “sort themselves out” when it comes to drafting a plan to help LGBTQ students.

David Eggen says the law demands equality for all students, and says board trustees need to do the job they were elected to do.

READ MORE: Calgary bishop slams LGBTQ rules; calls Alberta NDP ‘anti-Catholic’

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    Eggen adds that the majority of Albertans want safe learning environments for all students, including those with different gender identities.

    “Alberta Education created the guidelines released last week in response to school board requests. They serve as a tool for boards working to submit and implement policies that ensure welcoming, caring and safe schools. Obviously, we are seeing a variety of opinions on these best practices, but I would remind everyone that this is about providing students with a sense of security in their place of learning,” Eggen said in a statement to Global News.

    “How an elected board of trustees chooses to communicate with its parents is up to them, but all boards are aware of my expectations around professionalism and decorum in public. We will continue to work actively with all school authorities to build greater understanding and acceptance.”

    All 61 school boards are drafting policies that must be submitted to the province by the end of March on how they will protect LGBTQ students.

    Calgary’s Catholic Bishop Fred Henry has denounced the plan as heavy-handed and contrary to church teachings.

    READ MORE: Alberta government establishes LGBTQ guidelines for schools

    In his letter, Henry wrote: “The Alberta Government “Guidelines” issued on January 13th show no evidence of consultation with or sensitivity to the Catholic community.

    “They breathe pure secularism.

    “This approach and directive smack of the madness of relativism and the forceful imposition of a particular narrow-minded anti-Catholic ideology. Such a totalitarian approach is not in accordance with the Supreme Court of Canada opinion (Loyola) delivered on March 19, 2015 and must be rejected.”

    This weekend, the Edmonton Catholic trustees sent Henry’s letter to all parents in their district.

    With files from Global News.

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Airbnb’s 10 most desired destinations and accommodations

Airbnb’s 10 most desired destinations and accommodations

The two biggest things that travellers want, according to Airbnb, are a unique place to sleep and some sun.

Destinations like Belize, Turks and Caicos and Australia dominate the list of the company’s most coveted destinations.

Treehouses, meanwhile, top the list of most in demand properties. A cottage in B.C. made the list as well.

“Small is the new big,” reads a release from Airbnb.

“All 10 of the most wish-listed properties are not villas but rather tiny homes, treehouses, and cottages.”

The top 10 wish-listed property types are:

    TreehouseIglooVanLighthouseCaveIslandYurtTrainLoftCabin

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The top 10 cities with the most wish-listed homes are:

    Belize City, BelizeOkinawa, JapanSavannah, GeorgiaTurks and CaicosMendocino, CaliforniaKyoto, JapanSan Juan, Puerto RicoMargaret River, AustraliaJervis Bay, AustraliaTamarindo, Costa Rica

Airbnb’s top 10 most wish-listed properties are:

1. Secluded Intown Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia

The tree house consists of 3 separate rooms, each connected by rope-bridges.

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2. The Seashell House ~ Casa Caracol in Mexico

3. Casa Barthel in Tuscany, Italy

4. Unique Cob Cottage in Mayne Island, BC, Canada

5. Aroma(n)tica TreehouseinMonferrato in San Salvatore Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy

6. Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos, CA

7. Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway in Topanga Canyon, CA

8. Balian Treehouse with private pool in Bali

9. Brand New Mini Loft in Rome, Italy

10. Off the Gridit House, in Pioneertown, CA

SOUND OFF: What’s the coolest place you’ve ever stayed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Human-caused heat dumped in oceans has doubled since 1997: Study

Human-caused heat dumped in oceans has doubled since 1997: Study

WASHINGTON – The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

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    Scientists have long known that more than 90 per cent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground. And they’ve seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.

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    The world’s oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

    To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth’s oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years.

    “The changes we’re talking about, they are really, really big numbers,” said study co-author Paul Durack, an oceanographer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. “They are nonhuman numbers.”

    Because there are decades when good data wasn’t available and computer simulations are involved, the overall figures are rough but still are reliable, the study’s authors said. Most of the added heat has been trapped in the upper 2,300 feet, but with every year the deeper oceans also are absorbing more energy, they said.

    But the study’s authors and outside experts say it’s not the raw numbers that bother them. It’s how fast those numbers are increasing.

    “After 2000 in particular the rate of change is really starting to ramp up,” Durack said.

    This means the amount of energy being trapped in Earth’s climate system as a whole is accelerating, the study’s lead author Peter Gleckler, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore, said.

    Because the oceans are so vast and cold, the absorbed heat raises temperatures by only a few tenths of a degree, but the importance is the energy balance, Gleckler and his colleagues said. When oceans absorb all that heat it keeps the surface from getting even warmer from the heat-trapping gases spewed by the burning of coal, oil and gas, the scientists said.

    The warmer the oceans get, the less heat they can absorb and the more heat stays in the air and on land surface, the study’s co-author, Chris Forest at Pennsylvania State University, said.

    “These finding have potentially serious consequences for life in the oceans as well as for patterns of ocean circulation, storm tracks and storm intensity,” said Oregon State University marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, the former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    One outside scientist, Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, also has been looking at ocean heat content and he said his ongoing work shows the Gleckler team “significantly underestimates” how much heat the ocean has absorbed.

    Jeff Severinghaus at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography praised the study, saying it “provides real, hard evidence that humans are dramatically heating the planet.”

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Raptors’ DeRozan named finalist to U.S. Olympic team

Raptors’ DeRozan named finalist to U.S. Olympic team

DeMar DeRozan is a step closer to making his Olympic debut.

The star Toronto Raptors guard was among 30 players selected Monday as finalists for the U.S. basketball team that will attempt in Rio de Janeiro to win a third straight gold medal.

DeRozan joins an elite group including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, each looking for a fourth Olympic berth, and Stephen Curry, who is in line for his first.

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DeRozan was part of the American squad that finished 9-0 and won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. He averaged 4.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 11.7 minutes, while shooting .536 from the field.

DeRozan scored 10 points off the bench during the gold medal game against Serbia.

DeRozan and teammate Kyle Lowry are also hoping to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star game, which comes to Toronto in February. At last count, Lowry was third and DeRozan seventh in votes among Eastern Conference guards.

The native of Compton, Calif., has spent his entire seven-year career with the Raptors. He is averaging a team-best 22.6 points (11th in the NBA) through 40 games this season and ranks second in the league in free throws made (279) and attempted (330).

The final 12-player roster will be chosen this summer. If James and Anthony are on it they would become the first American men to play in four Olympics.

The other candidates for Rio are:

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City);Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers);Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio);Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes (Golden State);Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (Cleveland);Dwight Howard and James Harden (Houston);Anthony Davis (New Orleans); Paul George (Indiana);DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (Sacramento);John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington);Jimmy Butler (Chicago); Mike Conley (Memphis);Andre Drummond (Detroit);Kenneth Faried (Denver) andGordon Hayward (Utah).

“The depth of talent that exists in the national team program is extraordinary. Repeating as gold medallists at the 2016 Olympics will not be easy, but we feel confident that we have 30 finalists who offer amazing basketball abilities and special versatility,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

Kobe Bryant, who is retiring after this season, took himself out of the running for a third Olympics this weekend.

James and Anthony have already joined Hall of Famer David Robinson as the only U.S. men to play in three Olympics, winning bronze in 2004 before leading the U.S. to gold in Beijing and London. Paul could join that list this summer.

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Two-four of beer, NHL cheap seats the same price as barrel of oil

Two-four of beer, NHL cheap seats the same price as barrel of oil

The price of oil is hovering just below US$30 a barrel, a 12-year low, which works out to about C$43.50 at current exchange rates.

Here’s an entirely unscientific look at a few things US$30 could buy you, some of which are definitely more fun than a barrel of oil.

Buy (maybe half) a tank of gas


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    At those rates you could buy between 56 and 39 litres of fuel —; unlikely to fill up a large vehicle’s tank.

    Treat the office to a round of double-doubles

    For the price of a barrel of oil, you could treat your coworkers to Canada’s No. 1 human fuel —; coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons.

    Grabbing a dozen medium coffees (at $1.75 each) will run you $21, throw in a dozen donuts and Timbits and you’ll be everyone’s favourite officemate for the day.

    Coffee cups sit at a Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ont. on September 16, 2013.

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    Take in an NHL game

    OK, this one is a stretch. To catch the Habs host the Leafs Feb. 27 will run you $200 a ticket, with only single seats remaining.

    But you could catch the Edmonton Oilers (how appropriate!) hosting the Ottawa Senators Feb 23, starting at $21 a seat on StubHub.

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    Grab a two-four

    If catching the game live is off the table, grab some brewskies and stay in.

    For the cost of a barrel of oil you could get 24 cans of Molson Canadian —; $43.95 in Ontario and $44.58 in B.C.

    Cans of Molson Canadian beer are shown on the can line at Molson Breweries in Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Beer is still the drink of choice for many Canadians who consume alcoholic beverages, in volume and dollar value.

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    Suit up in a Canadian tuxedo

    The denim-on-denim look can be yours with this sweet jean jacket from Mark’s Work Wearhouse, for only $34.88.

    It’s our formal wear, Canada, own it.

    How much to fill the barrel?

    A barrel of oil is 42 gallons, just shy of 160 litres.

    Bottled water goes for about $1.25 per 500 ml bottle or more, depending on how fancy your tastes are. At that rate it would cost at least $200 to fill a barrel with bottled water.Milk costs on average $2.33 per litre, totalling about $373 to fill a barrel.Maple syrup goes for about $12 for 500 ml; filling a barrel would run you about $3,840.
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Blue Monday: How a PR stunt created the ‘most depressing’ day of the year

Blue Monday: How a PR stunt created the ‘most depressing’ day of the year

If you’ve got a case of the Monday blues don’t blame it on “the most depressing day of the year,” a debunked theory that experts warn could trivialize clinical depression and other mental health issues.

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The third Monday of January or “Blue Monday” has been around since 2005 when the now defunct Sky Travel holiday agency, based in the U.K., commissioned a former lecturer at Cardiff University to find the most depressing day of the year as a way to market winter vacations.

Cliff Arnall, part-time tutor at the university, developed a “mathematical formula” to find the most depressing day of the year by combining weather, debt, time since Christmas, motivation levels, the time since New Year’s resolutions were made and the need to take action.

What he allegedly found was the third Monday is the worst day of the year because your Christmas spirit has worn off, you’ve failed to keep your New Year’s resolutions, your credit card statements from holiday shopping are due and the weather is cold.

WATCH: What is ‘Blue Monday’?

The science behind the idea was immediately refuted by researchers looking to dispel the myth behind the public relations stunt.

Scott Patten, a psychiatrist and professor with the department of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, calls it “exploitive” pseudoscience.

“The formula itself is completely nonsensical,” Patten said. “If you’re used to working with formulas you would recognize that it subtracts and measures things that are not measured on the same scale or don’t have any units. It’s not clear how you subtract debt from weather.

Mental health experts have warned that the myth surrounding the so-called “most depressing day of the year” can be detrimental  to discussing real issues around mental health.

“There is a difference between the days when you don’t want to do anything compared to clinical depression where you can’t get out bed and you’re really struggling,” said Tana Nash, executive director Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

“We never want to trivialize how somebody is really feeling with clinical depression or to make light of it,” she said. “We are doing so much work about breaking down the stigma of [mental health] and doing a really great job of it and so we don’t want to go backwards with the progress we’ve created.”

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Mara Grunau, with Calgary’s Centre for Suicide Prevention, agrees.

“When we talk about depression, clinical depression or a major depressive disorder, people facing that face that all the time,” Grunau told Global News.  “It’s not something that can be cured with a new pair of shoes or a sunny holiday.”

While Blue Monday is the stuff of fiction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to the changes in seasons according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

CMHA says some people “are vulnerable to a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. For them, the shortening days of late autumn are the beginning of a type of clinical depression that can last until spring.” Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto says light therapy is one of the most effective treatments for SAD and help with “winter blues” as well.

The city of Winnipeg is working with the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and has installed light therapy lamps at libraries across the city to help combat SAD symptoms.

*With a file from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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‘It’s killing me’: Rising cost of food hitting restaurants, impacting menu prices – Halifax

‘It’s killing me’: Rising cost of food hitting restaurants, impacting menu prices – Halifax

Foodies can expect to shell out more money when eating at restaurants in the near future, thanks to the skyrocketing cost of food.

Six in 10 restaurant operators plan to raise their menu prices over the next six months, according to the fourth quarter results of the 2015 Restaurant Outlook Survey.

The survey hasn’t been released yet, but Global Halifax has learned that the rising cost of food is now the number one issue impacting the food service industry.

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“It’s killing me,” said Bill Pratt, owner of restaurants Habaneros, Cheese Curds and Truck-Side.

“I cannot continue to jack the prices up for the customers because then you scare them away.”

According to vice president of Restaurants Canada, Luc Erjavec, the weakening Canadian dollar is driving the food costs up. He adds that the impacts of the rising food costs really depends on who restaurants cater to.

“If you’re someone whose using a lot of root vegetables, local potatoes, there’s probably not as much pressure as if your someone whose importing peppers or fresh fruits,” Erjavec said.

Many food service operators say the rising cost for beef and chicken is putting a strain on them, but the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is also putting a lot of pressure on small business owners.

“We’ve seen inflation in the range of about 10 per cent for beef, dairy, fruit, vegetables and with the dollar continuing to go down, we’re going to see more and more pressure on food costs,” said Erjavec.

A worker at Habaneros in Dartmouth serves up tacos to a customer.

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Being a business that relies on almost entirely fresh food and produce, Pratt says he’s really feeling the burn of rising costs.

“It’s dramatic, simply because the price of tomatoes in the summer is $20, and now I’m paying $70,” said Pratt.

“What makes it difficult for us is that we’re not using all the processed products and that we’re making this stuff from scratch and the scratch products, the raw product, costs are going so high, it’s making it difficult to do that.”

If the cost of food continues to go up, Pratt says he will have no choice but to look at adjusting his menus.

“We’re going to have to raise the prices to keep up to that. We cannot stay in business you know, if we’re losing money on that.”