Pedestrians look on near the scene of a shooting in Toronto early on July 17, 2012, that left at least 19 people injured and two dead. The shooting took place after an altercation at an outdoor barbecue.
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Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaks to media near the scene early Tuesday.
Alastair Jamieson of NBCNews.com reports — Two people have died and at least 19 others were wounded in a shooting at a block party in the eastern Toronto suburb of Scarborough Monday night, according to Canadian media reports.
Toronto police Chief Bill Blair told CBC that a teenage girl and a man aged about 20 had been killed in the violence shortly before 11 p.m. ET Monday.
"I've been a cop for 35 years, this is the worst incidence of gun violence in my memory anywhere in North America," Blair said. Read the full story.
Local residents react to the news that rescue workers have recovered a body at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada on June 27. Officials recovered a body Wednesday after spending the night dismantling a partially collapsed Ontario mall in a renewed rescue effort after angry residents had shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue. Part of the roof collapsed last Saturday afternoon. At least 22 people had minor injuries.
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Local residents light candles at a memorial while rescue workers wait to access the wreckage of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada on June 27. Officials recovered a body Wednesday after spending the night dismantling a partially collapsed Ontario mall in a renewed rescue effort after angry residents had shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue. Part of the roof collapsed last Saturday afternoon. At least 22 people had minor injuries.
AP reports -- Officials have recovered two bodies after starting to dismantle a partially collapsed Ontario mall. The renewed rescue effort came after angry residents shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue.
Bill Neadles, a spokesman for the Toronto-based Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team, said Wednesday a second victim is being removed.
Robotically controlled sailboats begin their race on English Bay in Vancouver on Monday. The boats took part in the 6th International Robotic Sailboat Championships. Several teams from Canada, the U.S. and Europe designed and built two-metre boats that were required to sail robotically, making its own on-board decisions about sail trim and course direction without human assistance.
Demonstrators covered in an oily substance conduct a die-in as they protest against the Keystone Pipeline and Alberta Tar Sands development on May 17 in Chicago. This was the fourth day of protests in what is expected to be a full week of demonstrations as the city prepares to host the NATO Summit May 20-21.
A student protester in a panda suit confronts a policeman in downtown Montreal on May 17, 2012. The students are striking over a planned tuition hike of 82 percent or over $1,700 as part of the government's efforts to rein in a budget deficit.
Reuters reports — Quebec's government moved late on Wednesday to end a sometimes violent 14-week mass student strike in the Canadian province that officials fear could harm the economy and deter tourists.
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Policemen aim a teargas gun.
Premier Jean Charest said his government would shortly unveil legislation to ensure students could freely attend classes, although he did not give details. He did not address speculation that the bill would allow strikers to be fined.
"It is time calm was restored ... the current situation has gone on for too long," Charest said in a late-night statement to reporters.
Some 155,000 people - more than a third of the college and university students in the predominantly French-speaking province - are striking to protest against a steep rise in what are some of the lowest tuition fees in north America. Read the full story.
Canadian troops were on hand April 9 in Vimy, northern France for a ceremony marking the 95th anniversary of the Crete de Vimy battle during World War I. Although the four-day battle of Vimy Ridge was considered a victory for the Canadians as they seized the ridge back from the Germans, a total of 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed and an additional 7,004 were wounded.
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A young Canadian soldier stands in the rain April 9 in Vimy, northern France, during the commemoration ceremony marking the 95th anniversary of the Crete de Vimy battle during World War I.
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Canadian cadets arrive to participate in a ceremony April 9 to remember soldiers who fought in the World War I battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France.
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Spectators gather near the Canadian National Vimy Memorial which sits on a hill in Northern France and is inscribed with the names of Canadian soldiers listed as missing or presumed dead in France.
These latest videos are notable because they're assembled from still pictures that were taken at a rate of one frame per second, rather than the usual frame every three seconds. As a result, the pace of the videos is more leisurely and a somewhat closer match to the true speed of the space station.
The video above documents a minute of flight heading east from the Pacific over the Canadian West Coast, heading toward southern Alberta near Calgary. I love watching the ripples and flashes of the green aurora over Canada — seasoned with a dash of red from the atomic oxygen that exists at higher altitudes. Why is there red as well as green in the aurora? We've addressed that question before, but this Aurora FAQ from the University of Alaska provides a quick explanation.
This video was taken from the International Space Station on Jan. 29 during a pass from just southwest of Mexico to the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Newfoundland. As the space station travels northeast over the Gulf of Mexico, you can see New Orleans, Mobile, Jacksonville and Atlanta. Continuing up the East Coast, the cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City stand out brightly. The northern lights shine in the background as the pass finishes near Newfoundland.
This video was taken from the International Space Station on Jan. 26 during a pass from North Dakota to central Quebec. The northern lights can be seen near the space station, with small patches of the green auroral light dancing around.
If auroras, atmospheric phenomena and solar activity are your thing, you can't do much better than SpaceWeather.com, which is keeping track of lovely aurora pictures like this one from Chad Blakley at Abisko National Park in Sweden. Be sure to check out Blakley's Lights Over Lapland website while you're at it.
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Photographer Chad Blakley captured this view of the northern lights over Sweden's Abisko National Park on Feb. 6. "The lights started around 6:00 p.m. and continued into the very early hours of the morning," Blakley told SpaceWeather.com. Check out Blakley's gallery on SpaceWeather.com for still more stunning views.
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The rippling northern lights share the skies with a nearly full moon over Yellowknife in Canada's Northern Territories early today, as seen by the Canadian Space Agency's AuroraMAX wide-angle camera. To keep on top of northern Canada's aurora extravaganza, check the AuroraMAX website and Twitpic account.
Update for 3:25 p.m. ET Feb. 8: I originally wrote that the pace of the latest videos from the space station was nearly a true match to the station's orbital speed, but after double-checking with the folks at Johnson Space Center, I'd say it's more accurate to call them a "truer" match than usual. The videos were assembled from still photographs that were captured by a digital camera at the rate of one frame per second, rather than the usual frame every three seconds. That makes for a slower-paced video, but not a real-time speed, because the Web video plays at a rate that's more than one frame per second.
Four-thousand, nine-hundred, eighty-three students, faculty and staff try for the Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game at the University of Alberta on Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.
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Four-thousand, nine-hundred, eighty-three students, faculty and staff participated game of dodge ball attempting to break the Guinness World Record.
From University of Alberta -- The University of Alberta’s ownership of the Guinness dodgeball record has been much like a yoyo game—now you have it, now you don’t. And so on Feb. 3, U of A students, staff and faculty were back at it for a third attempt to reclaim the Guinness World Record for the largest number of players in a game.
After more than an hour-long of pushing, running and throwing by players, the Guinness World Record adjudicator, Philip Robertson, who flew in from New York for the game, took to the stage.
“What can I say,” he says. “I’ve never seen so many people throw dodge balls against each other before. It was tremendous to watch, really good fun. The guidelines were all followed. And with that, I’m happy to announce that University of Alberta, Canada, has a new Guinness World Record.”