It’s been described as “the most successful ditching in aviation history,” but in reality, it was more than that. It was nothing short of heroic.On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of Canada geese after taking off from LaGuardia International Airport in New York. The collision caused both of the Airbus A320-214’s engines to shut down, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. That left Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg and crew needing to make a decision in seconds: the plane was coming down – it was just a matter of where.When Sullenberger discovered he was unable to turn back toward LaGuardia, he soon realized he only had one option: the Hudson River. Other options risked him crashing in densely-populated areas in New Jersey, according to Fox News. More than 150 people’s lives were in Sullenberger’s hands when he brought the aircraft to a glide descent into the Hudson River, then opened his cockpit door and demanded the crew and passengers to evacuate.It was a frigid January day, with temperatures outside about -7 degrees Celsius in the air, and 5 degrees Celsius in the water, according to a subsequent NTSB report. Some passengers stood on the plane wings, knee-deep in water, waiting to be rescued by emergency personnel.Incredibly, despite the circumstances of the landing and the icy temperatures in the air and water, all 155 people on board US Airways Flight 1549 survived. According to NPR, many passengers were treated for hypothermia and minor injuries, but no one died.Sullenberger was rightly deemed a hero, and the event was dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson.” He was personally thanked by outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, and incoming U.S. President Barack Obama invited him to his inaugural balls.Since then, he has received numerous accolades, including the keys to the city from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and various awards for bravery. A movie about the “Miracle on the Hudson” was made, starring Tom Hanks as Sullenberger. He has since written two books, and works for CBS News as an aviation and safety expert.Check out the gallery above for some shots of that fateful day, and some things that have happened to Sullenberger since.
They were musicians, writers, politicians, chefs and groundbreaking scientists. We lost many of our most beloved heroes, creators and leaders in 2018.Both the 41st U.S. president and the 41st U.S. first lady are also gone.Several of the 20th century’s most awarded authors, from Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe to Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Simon, were laid to rest.Unfortunately, this was also a year marked by a number of high-profile suicides, including Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Avicii and Verne Troyer.Each of these losses was difficult in its own way. Click through the gallery above for a look back at celebrities we said goodbye to in 2018.
Chaos broke out at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday when a group of migrants attempted to breach the border at Tijuana, Mexico, and U.S. border authorities fired tear gas and rubber bullets into Mexico in response.The 500 people who rushed the border were part of a group of about 5,000 migrants, mostly Hondurans, who have been walking toward the U.S. for weeks, Agency France-Presse reports.U.S. and local authors say they arrested 39 people who tried to breach the border with the U.S. on Sunday. Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrette said the migrants tried to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana in a “violent way” and would be deported, AFP reports.On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the incident by threatening to “permanently close” the U.S.-Mexico border on Twitter.Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018Mexico also said on Monday it would increase its security at the border after the weekend’s incident, the Associated Press reports.Check the gallery above for some photos from the border melee.With files from AP and Yahoo News
“You’ll probably like the exhibit. After all, you helped create it.”Torontonians may have seen this stunning – and indicting – advertisement plastered on streetcars over the last few months. It’s for Anthropocene, an exhibit currently at the Art Gallery of Ontario the showcases the “human impact on the planet.”It opened Sept. 28 at the AGO and is being simultaneously staged at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa – the first time the two galleries have staged exhibits in tandem.The Toronto exhibit is curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator of Photography and features images from Edward Burtynsky and the work of award-winning Toronto filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.Anthropocene is part of a project that is the result of a four-year investigation into what humans have done to the Earth, and reflects “the urgent, global nature” of the conversation humanity is having about this, according to a press release from the AGO. The Toronto exhibit features images from potash mines in Russia, Italian marble quarries, Kenyan landfills, the aftermath of logging British Columbia, and concrete seawalls off the Chinese coast.The AGO’s version of the exhibit features 40 photographs by Burtynsky, including seven short films by Baichwal and de Pencier, showing the aerial impact of humans on different locations.In an interview with Maclean’s, Burtynsky said the word “Anthropocene” was coined by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen, who used it to describe how the world is shifting to a planet where “one species is the agency of change.”Any change carries with it infinite possibility – and despite much talk about humans’ negative impact on the planet from everything to climate change to war, Burtynsky emphasized to Macleans this change doesn’t have to be bad.“It doesn’t mean that it has to be a bad Anthropocene, or that we won’t survive it,” he said. “But it does mean that we have to become aware of it, and the raising of a consciousness is what we as artists are trying to do through the film and the exhibitions and the photographs.”The exhibit also features a look at how Anthropocene could result in positive change, Burtynsky emphasized to Maclean’s. It includes images of solar power plants in Chile’s Atacama Desert and Seville, Spain. Burtynsky also told Maclean’s the photos of China’s concrete seawall show how China is trying to protect its coastline, and he also says the country is trying to move toward solar, nuclear and wind energy “on a level that is incredible.”If you’re looking to attend the AGO exhibit, you can book tickets through its website. Entry is free for AGO members. Anthropocene is at the AGO until Jan. 6. The exhibit runs at the National Gallery of Canada until Feb. 24.If you’re curious to see some of the Burtynsky photos before you hit the exhibit, check out the gallery above.
“Hawaiian pizza” may in fact be the one controversial thing Canada has given to the world. A simple search will show you just how full the internet is with people expounding on how much they love or hate pineapple as a pizza topping. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the Fiery Hawaiian Pizza is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
At least 31 people are dead and 228 others are unaccounted for in a wildfire that wiped out a swath of Northern California over the last few days. The Camp Fire destroyed nearly the entire town of Paradise, Calif. last week. The death toll from that blaze stands at 29, and matches California’s record for deaths in a single fire, authorities say. More than 6,700 buildings have been destroyed in that fire, according to AP. Two people were also killed in a wildfire in Southern California that’s destroyed homes in the Los Angeles suburb of Malibu. Some of those who’ve returned home to discover their houses razed to the ground by the Woolsey Fire include Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Gerard Butler. More than 150,000 people are still displaced throughout the state because of the fires, according to AP. Here are some photos from those blazes.
Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.Most of those who lost their lives were elderly worshippers who had gathered on the Jewish Sabbath for a service that included a bris for a gay couple’s twins, according to LGBTQ publication The Advocate.Numerous reports have said suspected gunman Robert Bowers burst into the Tree of Life synagogue, shouting “All Jews must die” before opening fire on the congregation. Bowers was wounded and taken into custody, where other reports say he made similar statements to police. According to Reuters, Bowers has a “history of posting anti-Semitic material online and faces 29 counts, including a hate crime charge. He will appear in court on Monday.The attack is the deadliest on the U.S. Jewish community in American history, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism and violent incidents against Jewish people in the U.S.Here is a look at those who lost their lives. At the time of this writing, photos were not available for every victim, but this slideshow will be updated as soon as we have them.
They were elated, thrilled, ecstatic, overjoyed… and some just wanted to chill.On Wednesday, some Canadians waited in massive lines to buy their first legal grams of cannabis. Plenty were also keen to celebrate by legally smoking weed in public for the first time — something that’s still illegal in some parts of the country.Of course, plenty of people, such as those in Ontario, blazed without standing in line first. The province is beginning its pot rollout with online sales and moving to private retail stores in April 2019 at the earliest.There were plenty of events, both planned and impromptu. Toronto potheads lit up in Trinity Bellwoods Park, University of British Columbia students poured onto a hill beside a student centre to partake, and some immediately got high right outside cannabis stores.Here’s a look at how some folks spent their first day using cannabis legally.
As of 12:01 a.m., recreational cannabis became legal across Canada. Well before the hour struck, lineups were queueing up outside pot stores in the country’s biggest cities.Ian Power was the first person to purchase legal marijuana in Canadian history. He lined up at midnight in St. John’s during the opening of the Tweed retail location. That event was attended by Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, which owns the Tweed brand.“I’m elated,” Power told CBC News. “I’m so excited, I can’t stop smiling. I’m not cold. It’s freezing cold out, but I’m not cold.”Power also told The Canadian Press he was not actually going to smoke the first bud he bought, and would keep it as a memento “forever.”On Wednesday morning, stores began opening in other provinces, and more Canadians made their first purchases.Among those waiting outside the store in Sydney River, N.S. was none other than Canadian fiddling legend Ashley MacIsaac.“I don’t need to be a criminal anymore, and that’s a great feeling,” MacIsaac told The Canadian Press. In 2001, he was arrested for possession in Saskatchewan. “And my new dealer is the prime minister!”But not every province and territory has brick-and-mortar locations available. Sales in Ontario will only be through the Ontario Cannabis Store’s website until April 2019 at the earliest. It was down early Wednesday morning, but was back up as of this writing.Alberta’s online pot store also received heavy traffic as soon as 12:01 a.m. hit.At 12:07 a.m. local time, the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission tweeted: “You like us! Our website is experiencing some heavy traffic. We are working hard to get it up and running.”Here’s a look at some of the first Canadians to get their hands on legal pot.With files from The Canadian Press.
It’s high time, buds. Recreational cannabis is legal across the country. Canada has gone to pot. A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf in the middle is seen on Parliament Hill. It also regulates and restricts access to it in Canada, meaning it lays out specific do’s and don’ts for consumption of the drug across the country.
Calgarians woke Tuesday morning to discover they’d been given a nasty October surprise: Their city had rapidly been transformed into a snowscape, resembling something akin to the planet Hoth from “Star Wars.”Calgary received close to 40 cm of snow in 24 hours from overnight into Tuesday to Wednesday morning, according to city officials. The storm broke two October snowfall records, according to Environment Canada.The snow caused significant traffic problems throughout the city and region. The Trans-Canada Highway east of Canmore was closed because of the storm, stranding some drivers on the freeway for up to 13 hours, CBC News reports.There were collisions throughout the Calgary area, including a fatal crash involving more than 20 vehicles on the highway between Calgary and Edmonton. That artery was closed overnight because of that crash.Meanwhile, city buses were abandoned throughout the day on Tuesday as drivers found themselves overwhelmed by the amount of snow that fell.Late Tuesday, Edmonton announced it was sending Calgary some snow plows to help it dig out of the mess. The Alberta capital said it would loan Calgary the plows for 24 to 36 hours, according to the Edmonton Journal. Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Okotoks have also since pitched in with their own plows, Calgary city officials tweeted on Wednesday.The early winter blast of course prompted plenty of people to take to social media and document what they were seeing. Here are some photos of the snowpocalypse.
The Ottawa area is picking up the pieces after two tornadoes hit the region on Friday, leaving extensive damage.Over the weekend, Environment Canada confirmed two twisters touched down —one in Dunrobin, west of the city, and again in Gatineau, Que., and another in the southwest of the city.The tornado that struck Dunrobin was an EF-3, meaning it had wind speeds up to 265 km/h, according to CBC News. That tornado then went across the river to Gatineau, where it caused more serious damage. The area around Hunt Club and Greenbank roads saw an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds up to 220 km/h, CBC News reports.The twisters ripped roofs off homes, damaged houses, flipped cars and ripped trees out by their roots. About 400,000 people were without power on Friday night. By Monday, Hydro Ottawa, Hydro One and Hydro Quebec were reporting some 8,100 people in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding areas were still without power.At least six people were severely injured because of the storm, according to The Canadian Press. Hundreds of people have also been displaced in Gatineau because of damage to their homes, CBC News reports.On Monday, Ottawa’s police chief urged residents to work from home because crews are still cleaning up damage on the roads.Here are some photos of damage from the twisters and storm.
Bert and Ernie are one of the most lovable duos in the history of children’s television. For decades, the goofy “Sesame Street” Muppets have enchanted and enthralled children while teaching them about everything from numbers and words to important life lessons — all while engaging in adorable banter. On Tuesday, an interview with former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman, who is gay, went viral.
Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines over the weekend. The deadly storm lashed the islands with winds, rain and flooding that caused landslides and destroyed homes.At least 66 people have died because of the storm in the Philippines, according to the Associated Press. Dozens more are presumed dead in a landslide caused by the storm in Itogon, the news agency reports.The storm later slammed into Hong Kong on Sunday, drenching the island rain and with blistering winds up to 173 km/h, according to CNN. The storm ripping windows out of buildings and causing more flooding before making its way up to mainland China. There, it ripped out trees and caused even more devastation on Sunday and Monday.Here are some photos of the storm’s destruction.
A statue of John A. Macdonald, which has since been removed, is seen outside Victoria’s City Hall. Outside Victoria, B.C.’s city hall stands an unassuming black metal plaque. “In 2017, the City of Victoria began a journey of Truth and Reconciliation with the Lekwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, on whose territories the city stands,” the message reads.
British Columbia’s wildfire season is now the second worst in the province’s history, officials say.The blazes have burned 9,450 square kilometres of land so far in 2018, government statistics indicate. This year has seen almost 600 wildfires more than 2017, but officials say they’ve been more manageable due to late spring rains. But disturbingly, officials say more than 400 of this year’s blazes were completely avoidable and caused by humans through campfires, cigarettes, flares and car accidents. Smoke from the wildfires has been causing air quality issues, visibility problems and turning the sky black in some places. Earlier his month, it looked like nighttime during the day in cities such as Prince George. Numerous flights were also grounded throughout the province. Authorities in some cities warned resident air quality was a “very high” health risk and cautioned them to stay indoors.The haze drifted as far south as the U.S. states of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wyoming, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was reported as far east as Hudson’s Bay in Ontario, and was wafting over the Atlantic to Irelandthis weekend. Here are some photos that show what Canada’s west is going through.
“Even with children who are currently with their parents, who have been reunited, we see tremendous challenges.”
A tarp lays on top of a body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians.
Canada’s largest city is reeling from a van attack that left 10 people dead and at least 15 others injured. Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the attack, along with 13 counts of attempted murder. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “senseless” and said it was “a horrific tragedy,” according to The Canadian Press.
People around the world have been paying tribute to the team by doing everything from signing up to be organ donors, to leaving hockey sticks on their front porches as part of #SticksOutForHumboldt. And the GoFundMe campaign to help families of the Broncos had surpassed $10.5 million as of Friday.On Thursday, the hockey community and Canadians coast-to-coast wore jerseys as part of #JerseysForHumboldt. CBC News reports the campaign was started by Jennifer Pinch, a Langley, B.C. resident who encouraged Canadians to wear jerseys to work, school, or wherever they were on April 12 to show the Broncos’ families and those living in Humboldt, Sask. their support.Here are some of the best #JerseysForHumboldt photos, from current and former players to politicians and soldiers:
On Friday, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided with a semi truck, killing 15 people and leaving more than a dozen others injured.The tragedy has affected not just Canadians, but people around the world. An outpouring of grief has prompted people to pay tribute to the team in myriad ways.A GoFundMe campaign to help the Broncos’ families has raised more than $8 million, and is now one of the most successful GoFundMe campaigns of all time, CBC News reports.Tim Hortons created green-and-yellow doughnuts to honour the team, and will donate all the proceeds to the Broncos.News that Broncos player Logan Boulet, who died in the crash, had donated his organs to six people prompted a surge in new organ donors in multiple provinces, according to CTV News.Kerry MacGregor, a Canadian living in France, created a heartbreaking drawing that combined the late Broncos players and Ottawa ‘Butterfly Boy” Jonathan Pitre.Canadians are planning on wearing sports jerseys to work on Thursday, and have been tweeting their plans with #JerseysforHumboldt.But arguably no tribute has gotten as much viral traction as #SticksOutForHumboldt. The trend involves people placing hockey sticks outside their front doors to honor the team. Everyone from the Canadian Forces in Iraq to NHL teams has taken part.Here are some of the best #SticksOutForHumboldt photos people have shared.
Toronto’s police have withdrawn their application to march in the city’s Pride parade later this year after Pride Toronto asked them to do so. In a statement made Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he hopes the move “will be received as a concrete example” of the fact that he is listening closely to the community’s concerns. On Monday night, Pride Toronto called investigations into the deaths of six men, some of whom have been connected to the city’s gay village, “insufficient.” Pride Toronto also says the community’s worries a serial killer was targeting men in the neighborhood were “dismissed” by police.
Earlier this week, it was revealed the federal government directed front-line workers at Service Canada locations to use gender-neutral language when dealing with customers. The feds asked workers who handle queries to avoid using terms such as Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss and other “gender-specific” honorifics. “The use of honorifics in client interactions… can also be seen as gender specific by a client,” the note, dated Jan. 19, says.
A universal flu vaccine would protect against all strains of the virus and be durable for multiple years – if not a lifetime. Manitoba’s school boards have voted against lobbying the provincial government to make vaccination mandatory for all children in the province’s schools. On Friday, the Manitoba School Boards Association (MSBA) rejected a motion put forward by Linda Ross, chair of the Brandon School Divison’s board of trustees.