Dog trying to steal pancakes leads to fire — and a warning from firefighters

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A golden retriever trying to steal leftover pancakes off a stove started a fire inside a Massachusetts home.

Footage of the incident was captured by an emergency alarm system, which alerted first responders to the fire before it spread beyond the stove.

READ MORE: Why a travel safety harness could save your dog’s life

The video, posted on Facebook by the Southwick Fire Department, shows the dog standing up to grab pancakes off the stove and, in the process, pressing a button that turned on the appliance. Soon after, a fire begins.

The dog, along with another canine, sit on the couch and watch as smoke fills the room and an alarm sounds off.

Firefighters then enter the home and extinguish the flame.

WATCH: Video shows hair dryer bought off Amazon shooting fire

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While the situation was handled before it worsened, firefighters posted the video online with the owners’ permission as a warning to pet owners.

A Jan. 30 post listed a few takeaways from the incident — first, never leave food on the stove.

Second, firefighters said the incident proves why home alarms are important.

READ MORE: B.C. woman urges vigilance after recalled stove burns down home

“The homeowner was connected to a monitored alarm system calling responders saving severe damage,” the post explained.

“If you have pets or young children in the home look into safety covers for your stove controls.”

WATCH: Dry Christmas tree vs. well-watered Christmas tree

The Red Cross elaborated on its website that stoves are often involved in fires that pets unwittingly start.

“Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house,” the organization advises. “A stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.”

READ MORE: How to make sure your furry friends stay safe while travelling

The Red Cross also says pet owners should opt for fake, light bulb candles instead of real ones.

“Take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.”

Pets should also be confined away from “fire-starting hazards” if they are left home alone, the Red Cross explains.

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Justin Trudeau backtracks on ‘peoplekind’ comment, calls it a ‘dumb joke’

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clarified his “peoplekind” remark Wednesday morning, after receiving backlash from several media outlets.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau’s ‘peoplekind’ remark draws ridicule in U.S. and U.K. media

While in Ottawa, Trudeau told media that the comment was just a “dumb joke,” which seems to have gone viral.

“I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral in the room on the ‘peoplekind’ comment,” he said.

WATCH: Trudeau corrects woman who said ‘mankind’ during Edmonton town hall

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The prime minister’s controversial comment came last week during his Edmonton town hall when he interrupted a woman who used the term “mankind” in a question.

“We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind,’ because it’s more inclusive,” Trudeau said.

The woman was asking Trudeau to look into conservative religious policies.

READ MORE: Right-wing U.S. media attacks Trudeau’s abortion stance

“Maternal love is going to change the future of mankind,” the woman said.

Trudeau’s comment resulted in cheers from the audience but drew ire from conservative media outlets in the U.S. and U.K.

WATCH: Fox & Friends segment on Justin Trudeau’s ‘peoplekind’ remark

Fox and Friends was among the programs that played the footage of Trudeau. British media personality Piers Morgan also wrote about the remark, sarcastically saying, “Mankind ended last night.”

Morgan’s piece criticized Trudeau as the most “touchy-feely Prime Minister in the history of world politics.”

“He marched at Canada’s version of Gay Pride, he’s pro-choice on abortion, pro legalizing marijuana and pro just about anything else that he thinks might win him the hearts of global liberals,” the opinion piece continued.

The Opposition Conservatives also got in a few jabs, with deputy Tory leader Lisa Raitt urging the prime minister to “person up” during a testy exchange in the House of Commons.

WATCH: Conservative MP urges Trudeau to ‘person-up’

On Wednesday, Trudeau said that the joke “played well in context” of the setting — but not out of context.

“It’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny,” he said.

WATCH: Singh calls Trudeau ‘peoplekind’ comment an example of ‘mansplaining’

— With files from Global News reporter Rebecca Joseph,  

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ star Diane Neal announces run for Congress

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Pundits are predicting that a record number of women will be throwing their hats into the ring in U.S. political races in the months to come, and the latest woman to announce plans to run for office is Diane Neal, known to Law & Order: SVU fans for portraying Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak.

Neal — who has also had recurring roles in such TV series as Suits, Power, The Following and NCIS — revealed her intention to run for Congress in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Despite having “nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party,” the 42-year-old actress proclaimed that “goal is bigger than parties. Goal is no negativity. Goal is HIGH ROAD all the way.”

READ MORE: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ to take on Harvey Weinstein scandal

Neal followed that up by sharing a mock-up of her campaign poster:

“It going to be a wild ride,” she added in another tweet. “I’ll be beholden to no one but US and to integrity & to the best version envisioned by imperfect, but wise, men centuries ago. Let the Grand Experiment live on!!!

In an interview with the Daily Freeman, Neal admitted her political views are “a lot of everything” and don’t fit into a neat Republican or Democrat ideology.

“I’m a little Libertarian, I’m a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do,” she explained.

It looks like Neal already has a fellow actor in her corner: former Northern Exposure star Rob Morrow, who lent his support via 苏州美甲学校:

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New ‘Deadpool 2’ trailer features Josh Brolin’s Cable

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The latest trailer for Deadpool 2 features the incoming villain Cable, played by Josh Brolin.

“I was born into war, bred into it,” Brolin’s new villain says in the footage. “People think they understand pain, but they have no concept of it. What’s the most pain you’ve ever felt?”

READ MORE: 21 movies we’re looking forward to in 2018 (and you should be too)

Brolin also shared a small taste of the Cable reveal on his personal Instagram.

“Hey Smart Ass, meet Bad Ass,” Brolin captioned the Instagram post, tagging Ryan Reynolds.

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Hey Smart Ass, meet Bad Ass. Link in Bio. #Cable #Deadpool @vancityreynolds

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The new footage comes one day after Reynolds revealed a new Flashdance-esque poster for the movie.

This Reynolds Fox film is the sequel to the fan-favourite Deadpool. Morena Baccarin returns as Wade’s partner Vanessa Carlysle. TJ Miller has said that he “believes” that he’ll be back as sidekick Weasel — despite recent sexual misconduct allegations. Domino, played by Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz, will make her on-screen debut in the movie.

Deadpool 2 arrives in theatres on May 18.

Watch the trailer in the video above.

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‘Canada is falling behind’: CAPP on lack of oil and gas competitiveness

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The CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) says Canada’s crude oil is the cheapest in the world because we can’t get our raw product to market and compete on a global scale.

Tim McMillan shared his insights with Global News Wednesday in Edmonton (scroll down for full interview), where he will address the Chamber of Commerce in a lunch-hour speech on the ever-evolving Canadian energy sector.

He will talk about the latest trends at the sold-out event and highlight the ways in which Canadian oil and gas producers are positioning themselves to meet the needs of the global marketplace.

The Alberta and Canadian energy sector has struggled for years with getting oil and gas products to the international market due to a lack of pipelines.

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One of the options approved by the federal government is upgrading the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and the B.C. lower mainland, but last week the B.C. government moved to possibly halt it entirely with proposed regulations to ban increased flows of oil pending new research.

This week, Premier Rachel Notley cut off imports of wine from B.C. in retaliation.

READ MORE: B.C. wine boycott could hurt Albertans, say food and beverage industry entrepreneurs

In advance of his speaking engagement, CAPP’s Tim McMillan joined Erin Chalmers on Global News Morning to talk about the challenges the energy sector faces. Below is a transcript of their conversation.

ERIN: First of all Tim, let’s talk about this trade dispute because it all comes down to getting Alberta’s oil to tide — a big issue building these pipelines. Where do you think things are at? Are you impressed to see the move that the Notley government has made?

TIM: You know, I think it’s important we have a response from the producing side, the province of Alberta. I think it’s also important that the federal government continues to say, “this is our responsibility, we looked at it in detail, the oceans protection plan is in place and this project going to go forward.” And I think having them take the high ground and continue to put confidence into the system is important, and Alberta to give a response to a very political and irresponsible action from B.C.

Chalmers: And the prime minister has said ‘We stand by, we’ve already approved this pipeline.’ Does he need to do more?

McMillan: I think he needs to do that again and again and again, and in the past week I’ve heard three separate statements, all of which were very concrete about the federal government’s role here. I think that Canadians, and certainly British Columbians, will need to hear that on a weekly basis, maybe even a daily basis until this project’s concluded.

Chalmers: So overall how do you think things look for the oil industry?

McMillan: It is a very difficult time and prices have rebounded, we’re back up to some stability in the mid-$60s, but in Canada we are seeing a lack of investment. Global investment bounce back this year, another five to nine per cent — Canada’s actually losing capital investment and global demand continues to increase at almost record pace — Canada’s just missing out. This is just one more challenge on market access, but we’re also seeing on the cost side, on the regulatory efficiency — we’re falling behind.

READ MORE: Alberta ranks 33rd on global list of attractive places for oil, gas investment: Fraser Institute

Chalmers: And we’re seeing, we just reported earlier this month about companies that are sending their rigs down to the (United) States, they’re going to Texas, they feel like it’s better there, lower taxes, they’re building pipelines there, they’re getting the oil out. What do you do about that?

McMillan: It’s so frustrating that Canada has world-class resources, we have a workforce that’s sophisticated, mature … we can compete with anyone in the world, but the U.S. and other countries have been very deliberate about saying, “We want investment, we’re going to streamline our regulatory process, we’re going to build the infrastructure needed or allow industry to,” and Canada’s fallen behind. And the effects are, we’ve seen a divestment by some companies in Canada, and retaking that capital to Iran and to Brazil. We’re seeing rigs leaving Canada for the U.S., at a time when we’re struggling to get employment numbers back to where we want them in our industry.

READ MORE: Canadian drillers moving oil rigs south to chase better prospects in Texas

Chalmers: So what needs to happen?

McMillan: You know, I think it needs to be a very deliberate approach. Those that are getting the investments today have taken that, they’ve publicly and politically said, ‘We are going to compete for investment,” and they have streamlined their regulatory systems. In Canada, we continue to layer on challenges. In many cases, we’re going it alone on regulatory initiatives and I think that’s OK, but we have to do in the very thoughtful manner and today the markets are choosing other places.

Chalmers: And I think too, having those conversations within communities about how the oil industry does work. I read one article where you were saying ‘there’s misconceptions out there and we need people to speak up around the tables, around Tim Hortons, about the way things are working.’

McMillan: Absolutely and that’s why it’s so great to be invited to the chamber in Edmonton, that business leaders with the credibility to talk about our industry and talk about the effects it has on their business, their community is crucial. Those who have opposed our industry have gotten ahold of the loudspeaker and have been very effective at causing us problems. Those who know our industry well, those who are working in it, those that have businesses — if we aren’t prepared to get the microphone back, we’re going to be challenged for a long time.

Chalmers: What do you feel is the timeline? Do you think that they will be a turnaround in the next five, 10 years?

McMillan: You know, I think so. Global demand continues to rise for both oil and natural gas. Canada has some of the largest resources: we’re third in the world in resources on oil, we’re sixth-largest producer of gas, and we have the lowest prices in the world. We’re getting half the world price on oil today; natural gas we are getting the lowest price in North America. North America has the lowest gas prices in the world and it’s all because we can’t get our products offshore. So I think the fundamentals are in place for us to succeed, we just need to step up and take responsibility for our regulatory system, our costs as governments, as industry, and we need to work together to create the jobs we all want.

READ MORE: Pipeline problems, not carbon taxes, the bigger factor in energy competitiveness

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Crowdsourced Facebook page provides indispensable resource for South Shore commuters

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For the better part of a decade, South Shore commuters have quietly benefited from a service offered by David Lahache. Lahache offers real-time traffic information through a Facebook page with more than 5,000 members.

“I have access to some information at the Ministry of Transport. And I just started putting it on a Facebook page and made it accessible to everyone,” he said during a ride-along with Global News. The Facebook page updates traffic information in the Mercier Bridge area and the Turcot interchange.

According to Paul Graif, news director of K103.7 radio, the page is a huge resource for the radio station — and fills an innovative niche because there are no cameras on the south side of the Mercier Bridge, which itself is administrated in different sections by federal and provincial authorities.

Lahache’s work updating the page is not really a hobby — it does fit into work he does for the Mohawk Council — but it isn’t quite an occupation either. He thinks of it as a community service. And it’s real time, he says. “People are on the road and they’re going to be providing you with updates.”

Chateauguay commuters are some of the primary beneficiaries of a Facebook page offering updates on the Mercier Bridge area.

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The page promises to be a watched resource for information in the summer, when roadwork is slated to begin on the Mercier Bridge.

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Indigenous deaths in Timmins, Ont., involving police spark sorrow, anger

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The weekend police killing of a young man and the death of an ailing older woman after her arrest has sparked grief and anger among Indigenous people in northern Ontario.

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Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents nearly 50 Indigenous communities in the region, expressed concern over the incidents in Timmins, Ont., a hub for many First Nations activities, but said it would be “premature” to make assumptions about the deaths of two people from the same remote First Nation community north of the city.

“It’s very troubling,” Fiddler said Wednesday in a brief interview from Timmins. “The families have a lot of questions.”

READ MORE: First Nations leaders call for RCMP to probe recent Thunder Bay, Ont. teen deaths

In the first incident, Timmins police shot and killed Joey Knapaysweet, 21, on Saturday. Details are scant but the province’s Special Investigations Unit said officers responded mid-morning to the Emergency Medical Services building and a man fled.

“There was an interaction between the man and officers and one of the officers discharged a firearm,” the unit said in a statement. “The man was struck. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”

The death of Agnes Sutherland, 62, also on the weekend, occurred after she had sought help at the Timmins District Hospital. According to the investigations unit, Sutherland was asked to leave and did so by taxi.

However, she was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance at a shelter. Police took her to the station and put her in a cell, the unit said in a statement. The same evening, officers called for an ambulance to take her to hospital, where she was pronounced dead late Sunday.

READ MORE: Ontario Children’s Aid Societies call for inquest into aboriginal youth deaths

“It is alleged that when police attended at the scene of the local shelter, Ms. Sutherland was treated roughly while being taken into police custody,” Fiddler and two other Indigenous leaders said in a joint statement. “She suffered severe complications during her detention.”

Knapaysweet and Sutherland were from the James Bay community of Fort Albany —; more than an hour’s flight from Timmins _ where funerals for both were to take place.

In their statement, Fiddler, Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of the Mushkegowuk Council and Fort Albany First Nation Chief Andrew Solomon expressed shock that two Fort Albany members had “died at the hands of police” and urged a speedy and thorough investigation.

“We have seen systemic racism in the city of Thunder Bay, and must now wonder if this is also happening in Timmins,” they said.

Timmins Mayor Steve Black acknowledged the incidents had increased racial tensions in the city, and said the focus had to now be on rebuilding frayed trust.

READ MORE: Chiefs call for inquest into deaths of First Nations youth in Ontario care

“I don’t believe there’s room for racism in any community,” Black told from his office.

“If changes need to be made or things need to be done to improve those relationships, we’re definitely willing to work with our partners on improving those relationships.”

Still, Black said, the city hosts many First Nations events and relations between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, unlike in some other northern centres, were generally positive. He urged calm, stressing the police shooting was a rare event for the city.

Relatives were not immediately available to talk about the deaths. However, Sutherland’s son, Glen Sutherland, told the Timmins Daily Press he was frustrated doctors allowed his “mentally unstable” mother, a survivor of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school who needed a wheelchair to get around, to refuse dialysis treatments for her failed kidneys. Her frequent trips to the emergency room were a cry for help, he said.

“We’ve been trying to get her help by a psychiatrist,” Sutherland told the paper.

“We just didn’t know what to do, how to help our mom. We tried the best we can.”

Black, who knows some of Knapaysweet’s family personally, attended a vigil in the city for the young man on Tuesday afternoon which reportedly drew about 100 people, some weeping, while others hugged and comforted one another. They stood in a circle around a bouquet of red roses, candles and photographs.

Knapaysweet’s funeral is to be held in Fort Albany on Saturday. He is survived by his parents. Details of a funeral for Agnes Sutherland, a mother of six with six great grandchildren, were not immediately available. However, the service will also take place in her native Fort Albany.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: February 2018

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Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, Global Saskatoon features a viewer submitted picture for the Your Saskatchewan photo of the day.

Please email us if you have a picture you would like to submit for Your Saskatchewan.

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Here is the Your Saskatchewan photo gallery for February:

The Feb. 1 Your Saskatchewan photo of the super blue blood moon over Saskatoon on Wednesday morning was taken by Jason Kwok.

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Sandy Bay was the setting for Scott MacPhee to take the Your Saskatchewan photo for Feb. 2.

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Dre Erwin took the Feb. 3 Your Saskatchewan photo in Pinehouse.

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Beth Antoshkiw took the Feb. 4 Your Saskatchewan photo in Churchbridge.

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The Feb. 5 Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Justin Peevers at Buffalo Pound.

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Micheline Creary took the Feb. 6 Your Saskatchewan photo near Shell Lake.

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Garry Brecken took the Feb. 7 Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Linden Black took the Feb. 8 Your Saskatchewan photo at Patuanak.

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Helen Anderson took the Feb. 9 Your Saskatchewan photo near Saskatoon.

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Colleen Janvier took the Feb. 10 Your Saskatchewan photo at Patuanak.

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Steve Elder took the Feb. 11 Your Saskatchewan photo near Wilkie.

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Jim Gawluk took the Feb. 12 Your Saskatchewan photo at Cranberry Flats.

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Aaron Kenny took the Feb. 13 Your Saskatchewan photo in Île-à-la-Crosse.

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Mike Wells took the Feb. 14 Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Angie Merasty took the Feb. 15 Your Saskatchewan photo in Pelican Narrows.

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Glen Maclachlan took the Feb. 16 Your Saskatchewan photo near Eyebrow.

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The February 17 Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ryan Olson at Turtle Lake.

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Cochin was the setting for Carol Neabel to take the February 18 Your Saskatchewan photo.

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Garfield MacGillivray took the February 19 Your Saskatchewan photo at Quill Lake.

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Brock Shearer took the Feb. 20 Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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The Your Saskatchewan photo for Feb. 21 was taken by Julianna Roslinski near Alvena.

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Jeanine Holowatuik took the Feb. 22 Your Saskatchewan photo near Hudson Bay.

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Notanee Bourassa took the Feb. 24 Your Saskatchewan photo near Regina.

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Tim Sands took the Feb. 25 Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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The Your Saskatchewan photo for Feb. 26 was taken by Diane Zilkowsky in Saskatoon.

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Maple Creek was the setting for Michael Staples to take the Your Saskatchewan photo for Feb. 27.

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The Feb. 28 Your Saskatchewan photo of Molly the moose was taken by Blanche Allingham in Young.

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Foreign homebuyer tax? Not the best fix for Vancouver, Toronto: CMHC

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Want to fix the unaffordability crisis in Canada’s two largest cities? Building more new homes may be a better way to go about it than taxing foreign buyers, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said Wednesday.

That is a key takeaway from a new report by the agency, which concluded that the housing price surge experienced by Vancouver and Toronto is, in part, the result of a failure to create enough living spaces to meet demand from both new residents and investors.

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The research appeared to question the effectiveness of recent provincial measures aimed at limiting the flow of capital from abroad into the Vancouver and Toronto, such as a tax on foreign homebuyers.

“Measures targeted at alleviating supply challenges are more likely to have positive impacts on high-priced markets than measures focused on the demand side,” the agency said in a statement.

Over half of Vancouver and Toronto homebuyers recently polled by CMHC believed that foreign buyers have an impact on local home prices. And on Tuesday, the agency released data showing that nearly 10 percent of mortgages issued to people under the age of 25 in Vancouver and Toronto in 2016 went to non-permanent residents. This signifies “some younger NPR (non-permanent residents) may be receiving parental support to purchase homes,” it noted.

Today’s report, however, points to weak housing supply as a main culprit for runaway prices.

READ MORE: How over 46,000 wealthy immigrants took a back door into Vancouver and Toronto’s housing markets

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“When you have weak supply responses, as you do in these markets, prices have nowhere to go but up,” said Aled ab Iorwerth, deputy chief economist at CMHC.

The trouble, according to the report, is that the pace at which both cities increased their housing stock was much slower than the pace at which both received new inflows of people wanting to settle and buy a house there. By contrast, in Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton, housing supply and demand remained roughly aligned, with home prices climbing at a much slower rate.

WATCH: Vancouver home prices have some living in campers

The research shows the weighted average home price in Vancouver rose nearly 50 per cent between 2010 and 2016. Population growth and climbing local disposable incomes, coupled with low mortgage rates, accounted for 75 per cent of that growth, according to CMHC.

READ MORE: Foreign buyers may not live in Vancouver, but their money sure does: StatsCan

In Toronto, home prices rose by 40 per cent over the same period, with 40 per cent of that growth attributable to those conventional economic factors.

According to the CMHC, much of the unaccounted-for price growth was due to policies restricting new residential construction – especially of new single-family homes.

In both cities, price growth was driven by detached homes, which faced the biggest supply shortage. In the condo segment, where the supply-demand mismatch wasn’t so severe, prices climbed at a slower rate, the report shows.

“Supply responses have been proportionately greater for condominium apartments than for single-detached housing,” the CMHC said.

The report follows new data released by Statistics Canada late last year that showed that non-residents homeowners account for 3.4 per cent of homes in Toronto and 4.9 per cent in Vancouver. While that number appears low, several economists and housing experts say the share of foreigners buying homes in a given period may be significantly higher, with potentially sizable effects on prices.

But CMHC noted that the same StatCan numbers also show that the percentage of non-residents homeowners is higher for condos, which didn’t see as pronounced a price increase as single-family homes.

READ MORE: There’s so much we still don’t know about foreign homebuyers

Understanding the extent to which foreign capital affects home prices in Canada remains extent “a persistent challenge,” the report said.

– With a file from Reuters

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When the roads are slick, drive slow says driving instructor – Kingston

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Just as Kingston residents put away their shovels from Tuesday’s snowfall, they’re likely to take them back out. Ten to 15 centimetres is expected to fall on the Limestone City by the end of Wednesday.

“This is going to be a fairly significant storm, probably one of the bigger events we’ve had this winter,” said Damon Wells, the city’s director of public works.

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Wells is responsible for dispatching nearly 40 snow plows to clear the thousands of roads within Kingston city limits. As is typically the case during significant weather events, getting to all roads at once is next to impossible, meaning motorists will need to exercise caution, both in town and on the 401.

“You have to drive to the conditions,” said Karen Young, Instructor with Joe’s Driving Academy. “You’re not going to accelerate quickly, and you’re going to break sooner and smoothly.”

Unlike most, Young looks forward to taking new drivers out on snowy days because it’s an opportunity to teach new drivers potentially life-saving skills behind the wheel.

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Life-saving skills are also important before turning the ignition — like when it’s time to brush the snow and ice from your windshield.

“That’s when accidents happen,” Young said. “You’ll see cars driving down the road that have maybe a spot about 12 inches, a round circle in front of the driver, and that’s it.”

Young adds proper driving etiquette could mean the difference between getting home safely, or ending up in the ditch — or worse.

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Frigid overnight lows prompt Middlesex-London Health Unit to issue cold weather alert

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Officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) have issued a cold weather alert as temperatures in London are set to dip down to -15 C over the next few nights.

The alert, the fifth issued this year the health unit says, will come into effect Wednesday night and stay in effect until Saturday.

Forecasters with Environment Canada say London will see overnight lows of -15 C on Wednesday, -14 C on Thursday, and -18 C on Friday.

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Daytime highs aren’t much better. Temperatures are expected to hover around -7 C for the next three days, not including wind chill.

The MLHU issues cold weather alerts when temperatures dip down to their threshold of -15 C.

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Special weather statement issued for London and area

The health unit’s public health inspector, Randy Walker, says being aware of the forecast and dressing for the conditions are important steps in the prevention of frostbite and hypothermia.

“Even though cold temperatures like these are an expected part of winter, we often underestimate the impact it can have on our bodies,” Walker said in a statement. “With proper planning and foresight, there’s no reason why we can’t prevent cold-related health concerns and injuries.”

According to the health unit, symptoms of frostbite include skin turning red or blue, or grey/white in later stages, pain, numbness and stiffness. Those who see frostbite are reminded to not rub the area affected, but instead warm it by placing it next to warmer skin or immersing it in warm, not hot, water.

With hypothermia, a condition in which the body’s temperature drops below normal, symptoms can include pale skin, lethargy, confusion and hallucinations. Although shivering is part of the early stages of hypothermia, a person may shiver less as their body temperature drops. In severe cases, a person may lose consciousness, breathe shallowly, and have an irregular or hard-to-detect pulse.

A city-issued list of warming centres and emergency shelters can be found on the London苏州美甲学校 website. The city can also be contacted at [email protected]苏州美甲学校 or at 519-661-2489, ext. 1852.

The health unit says anyone who witnesses someone outdoors and in distress from the cold should contact London CAReS at 519-667-2273, or 911 if it’s a medical emergency.

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Coal-industry lobbyist gets high-ranking job at U.S. environment agency

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Republican senators used their majority to advance President Donald Trump’s nomination of a former coal-industry lobbyist to serve as the second-highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Environment and Public Works Committee voted along party lines 11-10 on Wednesday to send the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to the full Senate for a vote.

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Before his nomination as EPA’s deputy administrator, Wheeler was a lobbyist whose clients included Murray Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal mining companies.

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Wheeler accompanied company CEO Bob Murray last year during meetings to lobby the Trump administration to roll back environmental regulations affecting coal mines. Asked about the meetings during a November hearing before the Senate committee, Wheeler said he couldn’t remember details. The administration later carried out some of the recommended actions.

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Peggo auto reload glitch charges Winnipeg man thousands of dollars

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Scott Hazlitt has a car, but instead of looking for parking downtown, he takes the bus to and from work.

He signed up for the auto-reload function for his peggo card, which automatically charges his credit card $50 whenever his peggo account is running low, sending a confirmation email each time.

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“Friday morning I was sitting on the bus and decided to go check my email. It was sending me over a hundred emails, and I thought, ‘Oh well, must just be a glitch in the system,’” Hazlitt said. “The next day I went to check my bank statement and I saw that my Visa card had been charged numerous times.”

“As of Tuesday, it was $8,050 but I think it’s closer to $11,500. It went right until it could max out my credit card.”

Hazlitt sent an email to 311 outlining what happened and he got a call Monday from the city to work out a way to refund the over-payment. Despite the thousands of dollars he was charged, Hazlitt’s peggo card was empty.

Winnipeg Transit confirmed on Wednesday that 36 different customers had been hit with overcharges totaling $70,000. They still can’t say exactly what went wrong.

“We’re not really sure of the cause,” Alissa Clark of Winnipeg Transit Communications said. “With any large-scale implementation of an electronic system such as peggo, there have been a few problems.

“We do realize this is a pretty significant impact to those few customers that were affected and we do apologize for that.”

Hazlitt told Global News that some of his refund started coming through Wednesday morning, but he still has a sizable balance on his Visa.

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“They didn’t seem to realize the inconvenience. I was lucky that I didn’t need my credit card for an emergency. If I hadn’t contacted them, I’m not sure how I would have heard about it,” Hazlitt said. “I think they should be apologizing to customers for sure to make sure it doesn’t happen again. There may be people out there where it really impacted their life.”

According to the city’s website, the auto reload function has been temporarily disabled because of “an issue affecting a small number of customers.”

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