South Korea could be getting a floating city — a concept that could work in Toronto, company says

A United Nations group and a large New York-based biotech company are among the players joining forces to build what could become the world’s first floating city adaptable to rising sea levels. Called Oceanix Busan, it’s named after the large coastal city in South Korea that the yet-to-be built project is slated for. The project … Read more

At least nine dead after severe thunderstorm tears through Ontario

In one afternoon, a thunderstorm comparable in ferocity to a tornado made its way from Sarnia through Quebec and into Maine Saturday, along the way killing at least nine people, tearing up the earth and demolishing electrical infrastructure. The full scale of damage was still being calculated Sunday with additional deaths being reported into the … Read more

Republicans channel unapologetic trashiness of reality TV

WASHINGTON—At her 224th — and last — briefing as White House press secretary just over a week ago, Jen Psaki had some farewell messages. “People always ask me — and I’m sure you guys get asked this too — about whether Washington is rotten; you know, whether everybody is corrupt here,” she said. “And I, … Read more

‘This is unbelievable’: Intense thunderstorm rolls through Toronto

Sunny skies darkened in the blink of an eye. A severe thunderstorm with “almost hurricane force winds,” according to one meteorologist, materialized out of nowhere Saturday afternoon, down hydro linescutting power and smashing up houses across Ontario. “Wow, this is unbelievable,” said Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson in a video dispatch during the storm. Robinson … Read more

Doug Ford is taking aim at NDP strongholds. Here’s why his team thinks the strategy will work

Call it the Big Blue Collar Machine. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are taking aim at traditional NDP ridings in the June 2 election with a union-friendly pitch not seen from the Tories since the era of former premier Bill Davis’s Big Blue Machine in the 1970s. Ford is in the midst of a five-day blitz … Read more

What is the secret to Doug Ford’s popularity?

It was, at first glance, a typical political photo op. A grinning candidate, surrounded by admirers, shaking hands, and posing for the occasional selfie. But it was Doug Ford, and this was at a Stelco plant in Hamilton. Even in the heart of what would traditionally be NDP country, the PC leader has plenty of … Read more

String of driveway carjackings a gunpoint ‘spree,’ Toronto police say

Three Toronto residents had their cars stolen from them at gunpoint while standing in their own driveways during early evening hours Wednesday, leading police to seek public help in what they’re calling a carjacking “spree”. The unsolved robberies all occurred in the northern part of the city near Sheppard Avenue East, in a stretch from … Read more

Canada bans Huawei from 5G network

OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government is banning two Chinese telecommunications giants, Huawei and ZTE, from Canada’s next generation 5G wireless networks, finally following its closest allies in blocking the privately held Huawei along with the partially state-owned ZTE as potential security risks. The move, announced late Thursday by Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Public Safety Minister … Read more

Original Freedom Mobile founder enlists Rogers rival Telus to sweeten his bid for the wireless business

Anthony Lacavera, the founder and one-time CEO of the company that became Freedom Mobile, is sweetening his offer to acquire the wireless business by teaming up with Telus on a network-sharing agreement. The fate of the Freedom Mobile wireless business is the central issue holding up Rogers’ $26-billion deal to acquire Shaw after the Competition … Read more

Here’s why Conservatives fear Pierre Poilievre

OTTAWA—Criticism of Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre’s promise to fire the governor of the Bank of Canada emerged from his parliamentary peers Wednesday as concerns grow about the future of the party after its contentious leadership race comes to an end. Heading into the weekly caucus meeting of Conservative MPs, finance critic Ed Fast said … Read more