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Thirty-nine seconds after takeoff, the co-pilot of a Beechcraft King Air reported a problem with the right engine to the control tower at the Quebec City airport and said the aircraft was returning to land.

“We’re unable to climb,” he reported on the early morning flight to Sept-Iles on the north shore of the St. Lawrence before the last communication on June 23, 2010.

The damaged front motor

The damaged front motor and propellor of a Seair Beaver floatplane that crashed Nov. 29, 2009 in Lyall Harbour off Saturna Island. Six passengers, including an infant, died. The pilot and another passenger survived.

Nine seconds later, the small plane, less than 50 metres above the ground and travelling at 100 knots, disappeared from radar. It crashed into a field, hurtled 35 metres along the ground, hit a berm, then broke up and caught fire.

The two crew and five passengers survived the initial impact, but died quickly, likely from the fire’s intense heat.

The accident was a brutal, tragic example of a peril facing Canadians who travel and work in places served by small air operators. Because of their small size, crashes involving these companies don’t usually garner national attention. Yet they are shockingly common.

Just as shocking is the regulatory vacuum into which these small commuter operations have fallen — an issue that alarms Canada’s Transportation Safety Board.

Some recent accidents: (more…)

Speaker of The Legislative Assembly Gene Zwozdesky touches the portrait of the late Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, in Edmonton on Friday March 29, 2013.

Speaker of The Legislative Assembly Gene Zwozdesky touches the portrait of the late Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, in Edmonton on Friday March 29, 2013.

A longtime friend of Alberta premier Ralph Klein said Saturday the family wanted his journey to end where it all began 44 years ago.Rod Love said the family was offered a state funeral for Klein, 70, who died peacefully in his sleep Friday after a long illness.

He said the answer was no.


“Mrs. Klein and the family say he walked into the Old Calgary City Hall as a 26-year-old kid reporter and Mrs. Klein just said that’s where it all started and that’s where I want it to end,” said Love, Klein’s friend and confidant in an interview with The Canadian Press outside his Calgary home Saturday.

A celebration of Klein’s life was expected to be held next Friday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, across the street from where Klein was a reporter and later Calgary’s mayor. (more…)

Ralph Klein, the former premier of Alberta, died early Good Friday at age 70, surrounded by relatives and close friends, his family said in a statement.

Mr. Klein, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and frontotemporal dementia, spent his last years in a full-time care facility. His death came four months after his wife, Colleen, tearfully accepted the Order of Canada and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on his behalf at a special ceremony in November, 2012.

file photo. Mr. Klein,

Premier of Alberta Ralph Klein smiles at the end of the First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa in this October, 26, 2004 file photo. Mr. Klein, 70, died March 29, 2013 in Calgary.

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Posing for photographs with Governor-General David Johnston, she made sure everybody remembered her ailing husband the way he was in his heyday. With a mischievous smile, she pulled back the lapel of her blazer to flash a campaign button emblazoned with her husband’s grinning face from 1992, the year he won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party and became Alberta’s 12th premier.

A poor boy from a broken home, Mr. Klein was a high school drop-out who parlayed a following as a radio and television personality into a formidable political career in a boom and bust economy. Short, rumpled and outspoken, he served three consecutive terms as an immensely popular mayor of Calgary and presided over the 1988 Winter Olympics before beginning his 14 year stretch as Alberta premier.


Skateboarder killed in Caledon

Skateboarder killed in Caledon

TORONTO – A skateboarder is dead after he was struck by a vehicle in Caledon early Friday.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on Hwy. 10 near Escarpment Side Rd. around 2:30 a.m.

The male victim was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

Hwy. 10 is closed between Olde Baseline Rd. and Charleston Side Rd. for the investigation.

we will update this news after we got more information, so please check again latter.


Blackberry CEO Thorsten HeinsBlackberry CEO Thorsten Heins


oday BlackBerry announced a surprising fourth-quarter profit of $98 million. A year earlier, the company lost $125 million over the same period.

The rare bit of good news for the Canadian tech giant comes at a crucial time for the company. Earlier this year, after a series of disheartening delays and setbacks, BlackBerry (BBRY) finally began rolling out its new BlackBerry 10 series of phones based on its all-important new mobile operating system—the success or failure of which is likely to determine the fate of the struggling company.

Given the timing, it’s tempting to see BlackBerry’s sudden return to profitability as evidence of a broader comeback driven by strong demand for the new line of phones. But in fact, the BB10 phones have little to do with it. The smartphones’ staggered rollout began in the U.K. on Jan. 31, then moved on to Canada, Asia, and Europe. The new line of phones arrived in the U.S. on March 22—several weeks after the company’s fourth quarter ended.

In reality, BlackBerry’s return to profitability is a result not of a hot new product but rather of Chief Executive Thorsten Heins‘s cool-minded cost-cutting efforts. When Heins took over as CEO in January 2012, he identified organization inefficiency as a major problem facing the company, which had grown so fast (from $300 million of revenue in fiscal 2003 to $3 billion in 2007) that projects had proliferated out of control.

Heins has since eliminated 5,000 workers and shuttered several manufacturing sites. Along the way, he has managed to achieve a profitable quarter even as overall revenue dropped 36 percent from the previous year.

In terms of the much debated question of the company’s future viability, little has changed. BlackBerry still needs a hit smartphone.

“Management is doing a good job operationally, but their ultimate success will be judged on the acceptance of BB10,” Ittai Kidron and George Iwanyc of Oppenheimer wrote today. “Here the verdict is clearly still out.”