‘You really want to be prepared’: Canadian Hurricane Centre calls for extra storm readiness

Active Hurricane Season 20200522

COVID-19, plus an anticipated “extremely active” hurricane season, are among the reasons why the Canadian Hurricane Centre is encouraging people to be prepared for a major storm before there’s one in the forecast.


Fraudsters create fake Canadian company, steal foreign website to victimize job seekers

Cryptocurrency ATM in Gerrard St. convenience store

A Toronto woman thought she had taken all the right steps to avoid a job scam. She didn’t know that the company that hired her, which she thought was Canadian, was fake and using a stolen Ukrainian website.


Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees

Bees in a flower

In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the downside of urban beekeeping and whether 2020 might end up being the hottest year on record.


Atlantic hurricane forecasts for the coming weeks revised — and not in a good way

Tropical Weather New Jersey

Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as in a normal year.


Provinces not moving fast enough to assess, mitigate flood risk, report says

Flood Prevention 20200130

A new report from the University of Waterloo says provincial governments aren’t moving fast enough to protect homes and other buildings from the ravages of flooding. On average, the report gave provinces a grade of C for flood preparedness.


U.S. astronauts discuss ‘humbling experience’ aboard SpaceX craft

NASA SpaceX press conference

U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who were the first to ride a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station and the first to make a splashdown landing in 45 years, shared their experiences with the media Tuesday afternoon.


Hurricane Isaias spawns tornadoes along U.S. East Coast, at least 4 dead

Tropical Weather Pennsylvania

At least four people were killed as tropical storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.


How microbes could help clean up Nova Scotia’s abandoned mines

Montague gold tailings

Researchers from three Maritime universities are hoping microbes collected from the bottom of a lake near an abandoned gold mine in Dartmouth, N.S., will provide a model for how to clean up contaminated sites across the province in a quicker and less-intrusive way.


Shark sighting a surprise for St. Martins kayakers

St. Martins sea caves

Kayakers at St. Martins say they were surprised to spot a shark swimming about 50 feet from them in the water near the sea caves on Wednesday.