‘A great day’: Young North Atlantic right whale freed from fishing gear by crews in St. Lawrence

A team of whale rescuers were hollering, screaming and high-fiving Wednesday afternoon when they freed a young whale caught in fishing gear in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The whale, believed to be one of the calves of a 35-year-old female named War (ID number 1812) was first observed on June 22 off of New Brunswick, … Read more

Flowing lines, intricate designs: Renowned artist Alex Janvier dies at age 89

One of Canada’s greatest painters, who wedded Indigenous elements to the mainstream of modern art, has died. Alex Janvier, whose thousands of works hang in private homes and public galleries across the country, was 89. “Painting says it all for me,” Janvier said in a statement in 2012. “It is the Redmantalk in colour, in … Read more

Veteran singer Usha Uthup’s husband Jani Chacko Uthup passes away at 78 in Kolkata : Bollywood News

Indian music diva Usha Uthup’s husband Jani Chacko Uthup, died on Monday in Kolkata, according to his family. Jani, 78, complained of discomfort while watching television at their home. He was taken to a local hospital, but pronounced dead, according to reports. Veteran singer Usha Uthup’s husband Jani Chacko Uthup passes away at 78 in … Read more

Indonesian river trip retraces Joseph Conrad voyages that inspired Lord Jim, other novels

Conrad – who died a century ago this summer – is best remembered as the author of Heart of Darkness (1899), the Congo-set novella that became the basis for the movie Apocalypse Now. Yet half of everything he wrote is set in the equatorial regions of Asia, including several novels inspired by this very river. … Read more

U.S. singer Jelly Roll raising funds for Indigenous youth at Canadian debut in St. Catharines, Ont.

When award-winning Nashville musician Jelly Roll makes his Canadian debut at a St. Catharines, Ont., concert Monday night, he’ll do so while supporting programming for local Indigenous youth. The 7 p.m. show at the city’s Meridian Centre is raising money for the Heather Winterstein Foundation.  The foundation was set up after Winterstein’s death in late 2021. The 24-year-old died less than … Read more

‘Otherworldly’ Portuguese man-of-war becoming more common on Nova Scotia’s inshore

With a little help from the warming Gulf Stream, Nova Scotia beachgoers are encountering a strange creature with a balloon-like body whose sting packs a bigger punch than that of jellyfish. Last week, a Portuguese man-of-war appeared at a surfing hot spot on Lawrencetown Beach near Dartmouth, N.S. The animal, a species of siphonophore — … Read more

After death of beloved bear in B.C., experts look for lessons

In the spring of 2023, a Parks Canada team strung electric fence along a section of the Trans Canada Highway from Lake Louise to the boundary between B.C. and Alberta. It was part of an attempt to help keep animals including a beloved white grizzly bear named Nakoda away from the dangers of the road. … Read more

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan named Canada’s newest chief of the defence staff

The federal government has named Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan as defence chief. As CBC News first reported last week, Carignan’s appointment makes her the first woman to hold the Canadian Armed Forces’ top job. She is currently the military’s chief of professional conduct and culture, a position created following the sexual misconduct crisis. Several high-ranking leaders were forced … Read more

Robert Towne, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Chinatown and other classics, dead at 89

Robert Towne, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of Shampoo, The Last Detail and other acclaimed films, whose work on Chinatown became a model of the art form and helped define the jaded allure of his native Los Angeles, died Monday surrounded by family at his home there, said publicist Carri McClure. She declined to comment on any cause of death. … Read more

Ex-gang leader charged in Tupac killing could get house arrest ahead of trial

A Nevada judge is being asked to decide Tuesday if a former Los Angeles-area gang leader will be freed from jail to house arrest ahead of his murder trial in the 1996 killing of hip-hop music legend Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas. Duane (Keffe D) Davis, now 61, has sought to be released since shortly after … Read more