Ryan Shay was unaware of it, but by the time his plane had landed at the EdmontonÂ his chance to medal at the National Track and Field Championships this weekend was all but over. Shay, 21, a paratrack wheelchair racer from Yarmouth, N.S., said his chair did not survive the Westjet flight. "As soon as I got here and checked my chair, the front forks were just bent and twisted a little bit - squished inwards - Â so they're probably, it's beyond repair," he said.
A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said there were also concerns that the fumes contained cyanide, a byproduct of burning the chemical acrylonitrile, which was leaking from the train car. A manufacturing plant, Denso Manufacturing, closed down Thursday morning because of its proximity to the derailment, Blount County firefighter Kermit Easterling said.
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. In an interview, Hubbard said the pageant is the issue, not Trump.
Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. "Everything was all right â€” then 'boom!' in New York," Limnioti said.
Mayors and British Columbia politicians each say the other side must pay for crucial transportation upgrades now that Metro Vancouver residents have voted against paying a higher sales tax to fund major projects. Mayors and representatives from 21 municipalities, an electoral area that includes the University of British Columbia and a First Nation called on the province to address the funding gap after Elections BC released the results Thursday. "Doing nothing is simply not an option," Stone told a news conference as he endorsed the mayors' plan for more buses, roads, a subway extension, a new bridge and other infrastructure.
Quebec City is giving Calgary a music pavilion, which will be built in the East Village at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers. The gazebo structure will be a replica of a popular one located in historic Quebec City, Calgary's sister city since 1956. The gift reciprocates Calgary's gift to the Quebec capital of a sculpture by Joe Fafard in 2008 to mark that city's 400th anniversary.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Rejecting Ches Crosbie as a federal Conservative candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador is a headline-making blow to a party that needs all the help it can get in the province, says a former adviser. Tim Powers said Crosbie, a successful lawyer and son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, is the sort of prospect the Conservatives should embrace. "The rationale that has been brought forward to deny Ches his candidacy seems awful flimsy to me," Powers said Thursday from Ottawa.
Forest fires and thick smoke forced more people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan Thursday and emergency officials were looking to the skies for some respite. Evacuations began a week ago in the areas of La Ronge and La Loche and, as of Thursday morning, more than 5,000 people had registered at centres in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. Crews were managing to keep fires out of the communities, although flames did reach the edges of Montreal Lake and Weyakwin, said Daryl Jessop with Saskatchewan Environment's wildfire support services department.
The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. How frequently do airlines have to contend with bomb threats? Edward McKeogh, President of Canadian Aviation Safety Consultants, says it's not unheard of for airlines to go a full year without fielding a threat of real substance.
The Calgary Police Service is boosting its Checkstop program during Stampede week thanks to the arrival of two new custom-built vehicles. The new Checkstop trucks cost $150,000 each, much less than the estimated $1-million price tag to replace the now-retired Checkstop bus, said staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.