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No Canadian Teams Make NHL Playoffs, Will Nation Tune In?

Forget growing a playoff beard, the majority of Canadians might just ignore this year's chase for the Stanley Cup. That's a finding reported by the Angus Reid Institute, whose online poll showed 54 per cent of Canadians who typically watch the sport may tune out of the 2016 National Hockey League playoffs. 

Distracted Driving Could Soon be Leading Cause of Teen Death in B.C.

At the moment, distracted driving isn't the leading cause of death for British Columbia's teenage motorists, but that will soon change. That's the prediction coming from Steve Wallace of Wallace Driving School on Vancouver island. 
"Texting … will quickly become in Canada the chief cause of death behind the wheel for teens," Wallace said to CBC News. "It is time that the penalties for texting [and driving] are exactly the same as impaired driving."

Government of Canada conducts train derailment exercise to improve collaboration and response capabilities

On March 12 and 13, 2016, Transport Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department of National Defence (DND), will conduct Exercise Vulcan to improve Canada's response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train carrying flammable liquids, such as crude oil

Nazi U-boat from "Battle of Niagara Falls" Found in Great Lakes

Another closely guarded secret of the Third Reich has surfaced. Literally.

A sunken Nazi submarine recently pulled from of Lake Ontario's frigid depths confirms Adolf Hitler came closer to infiltrating North America than previously believed. 

“We have known for a long time that the Nazis sent some of their U-boats in the St. Lawrence River, but this is the first proof that they actually reached the Great Lakes,” said professor Mark Carpenter, who leads the team of archeologists from Niagara University who helped locate and recover the submarine. 

Toronto Gets Seinfeld Restaurant, Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Lace up those Himalayan walking shoes--or take an unwitting salesman on a prolonged test drive--to Toronto this summer and visit a pop-up replica of Monk's Coffee Shop, the preferred gathering spot for the "Seinfeld" gang.

Dishes refer to plots and jokes from the American sitcom's 9-season run. The official facebook page shows eggplant calzones, Junior Mints, chicken from Kenny Rogers' Roasters and, yes, big salads among the fare. 

The pop-up restaurant opens Friday July 15 with a Seinfeld-themed extravaganza. Tickets will go on sale soon, according to the group's page.

Blue Jays (Finally) Install Dirt Infield

Rogers Centre history contains many firsts, but now the home of the Toronto Blue Jays has become one of the last to change.  By installing an all-dirt infield this offseason, the Jays become the 29th team out of 30 to play on the natural surface. Now only the Tampa Bay Rays remain as a team playing on an artificial infield. 

Federal Aid for Alberta's Slumping Economy?

Up to a quarter-billion dollars in federal assistance could be on its way to Alberta in the coming weeks.

Falling commodity prices--specifically oil--battered the economy of the province that's home to 4.1 million people. To make matters worse, Alberta's government projects a double-digit dip in revenues for 2015-16. 

Alberta's eligible for the fiscal stabilizatoin program because its revenues fell more than 5 percent from one year to the next. 

Bill Morneau, the nation's finance minister, said Ottawa would push through any request as quickly as possible.

Officials: Zika Risk in Canada is Low

Four people across Canada have been diagnosed with the Zika virus in recent days, but the country's chief public health officer said reports of the mosquito-borne infection are no cause for alarm.

“The mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not established in Canada and are not well suited to our climate,” said Dr. Gregory Taylor during a Friday morning news conference in Ottawa. “For this reason the risk of Zika virus infection in Canada is considered very low.”

All four cases involve patients who contracted the illness overseas and came home.

Tremblay Station construction on O-Train Confederation Line on track

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; John Fraser, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa South, and Mayor Jim Watson visited the construction site for the future Tremblay Station, part of the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which showcases how progress on the O-Train Confederation Line LRT project remains on track and on time.

6-year-old Ontario Boy on No-Fly List, Parents Seek Answers

Parents of a Canadian 6-year-old want to know why their son receives extra scrunity before getting on an airplane. Ontario native Syed Adam Ahmed is "Deemed High Profile" which causes airport security to follow special safety precautions before clearing him.

The incident at Toronto's Pearson International Airport became news last week when the boy's father--also a native Canadian--tweeted a photo of a security screen indicating the child's status and how officals should handle him. 

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is investigating the boy's placement on the list. 

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