Peter Rakobowchuk, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada feels mild effects from solar storm

MONTREAL - Our planet will continue to be bombarded by radiation from a solar storm through Wednesday but it shouldn't cause any immediate problems for cellphone users or air travellers.A research scientist at the Canadian Space Agency says the impact from the solar flares is actually quite mild —...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10:54 PM

Canada's smooth, stretchy, waterproof new money

MONTREAL - Canada's new plastic, see-through currency feels a lot like the celluloid film you used to load into your old-fashioned camera.The smooth, stretchy, polymer bills may prove popular with the beach crowd because you can easily tuck the water-proof money into your bathing suit and take it...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 1:50 AM

In Pictures: Royals arrive in Quebec City on Day 4 of tour

QUEBEC - Speaking only in French, Prince William hailed Quebecers' "vitality and vigour" on Sunday as he visited a city where a key British military victory more than 250 years ago still resonates politically."It's an honour for me to be here with you in Quebec today," he said in Quebec City after...

Sunday, July 3, 2011, 8:50 PM

Hawking warning about bad aliens prompts defence by their biggest Canadian fan

MONTREAL - Stephen Hawking's warnings of an alien invasion have prompted a vigorous defence of extraterrestrials by their most prominent Canadian fan.Former federal defence minister Paul Hellyer, 86, believes not only that aliens have visited Earth but also that they have contributed greatly to...

Sunday, May 2, 2010, 6:59 PM

Canada's first space tourist to bleed for science during trip into orbit

LONGUEUIL, Que. - Canada's first space tourist may have already been squeezed out of $35 million for the pleasure of spending 12 days in orbit. But some folks are hoping to make Guy Laliberte bleed a little more.The Cirque du soleil founder, who blasted off early Wednesday aboard a Russian...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:12 PM

Cirque du soleil founder blasts off to host the biggest party in the universe

The billionaire founder of Canada's Cirque du soleil will rocket to international attention after blasting off into outer space to host one of the most unique spectacles in human history.The fact that Guy Laliberte becomes, over the next two weeks, Canada's first-ever commercial space tourist is...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 12:52 AM

Record-setting astronaut Thirsk sends note home on 100th day in space

MONTREAL - Canada's longest-travelling astronaut sent home the closest thing to an anniversary card from outer space Thursday.As he celebrated his Canadian record-setting 100th day aboard the International Space Station, Bob Thirsk sent an eight-page note describing his extraterrestrial life. He...

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 11:28 PM

Accused fraudster's now-broke relatives say he seemed like 'a very good guy'

MONTREAL - Earl Jones's relatives say they're broke, have been swindled out of all their savings, and are feeling devastated.But until recently the accused Ponzi schemester was, to them, a perfect family member."I liked him, he was a good friend, a good brother-in-law, a very good guy," his sister-...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 10:58 PM

Novice spaceman Guy Laliberte hopes to hold his own while on space trip

LONGUEUIL, Que. - Quebec billionaire Guy Laliberte has promised not to be a burden or cause any trouble when he becomes Canada's first space tourist during a 12-day stint aboard the International Space Station this fall."My first priority is to be able to take care of myself up there," the Cirque...

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 11:12 PM

Canada's Julie Payette never gets tired of Earth-gazing from space station

LONGUEUIL, Que. - Earthbound star gazers may have had their eyes fixed on the moon this week, but Canadian astronaut Julie Payette never gets tired of staring down at Earth from the International Space Station."The planet is beautiful," Payette said Tuesday during a live broadcast in response to a...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 1:18 AM

Canadian astronaut Thirsk speaks of the 'surreal life' on space station

LONGUEUIL, Que. - Some of Bob Thirsk's mementoes in space are pure Canadiana.The Canadian astronaut, who will spend the next six months on the International Space Station, will be able to look at a photo of Jean Beliveau signed by the former Montreal Canadiens great.He can also read excerpts from "...

Monday, June 1, 2009, 11:15 PM

Upcoming space station visits by two Canadians may be last for five years

LONGUEUIL, Que. - Canada's landmark mission to the International Space Station could be the last visit by its astronauts to the orbiting laboratory for five years.A Russian Soyuz space capsule blasted off on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying veteran Canadian astronaut...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 11:43 PM

Clown calls for protest of ads with clown being hacked to pieces

MONTREAL - Giovanni Iuliani isn't laughing about an ad campaign by Quebec's biggest convenience store chain which features happy clowns meeting gruesome deaths in two separate ads.One of Couche-Tard's online ads has a multi-coloured clown giggling uncontrollably as he is hacked to pieces.The other...

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 11:43 PM

Montreal couple creates mini Bell Centre in basement of suburban home

MONTREAL - To say Brigitte Chartrand, her husband and four sons have a passion for hockey and the Montreal Canadiens may be an understatement.In fact, when the boys, who range in age from five to 12, get the urge to play ball hockey, they strap on their inline skates and head to the basement of...

Sunday, April 19, 2009, 9:18 PM

Parents of Quebec girl in disbelief after virus leads to heart stoppage

MONTREAL - The father of a 16-year-old girl can't believe a simple viral infection has ended up putting his daughter on a waiting list for a new heart."It is something I would not have dreamed of," Robert Seguin said Wednesday. "That same virus that can give you a runny nose can attack the heart."...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 2:29 AM

Opposition suggests Tories manipulated public after cheating in 2006 election

MONTREAL - Opposition leaders accused Stephen Harper's Tories of manipulating the public and cheating in the 2006 federal election campaign as the Conservatives were hammered Monday over newly revealed allegations of election overspending.Accusing the Tories of an attempted cover-up, Liberal Leader...

Monday, April 21, 2008, 11:40 PM

Allegations by Elections Canada suggest Tories cheated in last election: Dion

MONTREAL - Allegations levelled at the Conservative Party by Elections Canada suggest the Tories "cheated" in the last federal election campaign, Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said Monday.Accusing the Tories of an attempted cover-up, the federal Opposition leader called on Prime Minister Stephen...

Monday, April 21, 2008, 9:16 PM