What do you do with an old cellphone? Company hopes to reduce Canada’s e-waste

TORONTO — As more Canadians replace their old electronics with new technology, one Ontario-based company hopes its initiative will combat the country’s electronic waste problem, one smartphone at a time. Tony Perrotta, president and CEO of Greentec, says he sees his company as being a small part of the solution. “Part of the problem we’re … Read more

Canada Post honours Black communities with commemorative stamps

TORONTO — Canada Post is honouring two small communities with deep connections to Black history with commemorative stamps. Amber Valley, Alta. and Willow Grove, N.B. were both home to hundreds of African Americans who sought refuge in Canada while escaping violence and slavery in the U.S. more than 100 years ago. Ralph Thomas, an 82-year-old … Read more

Capitol rioter charged with threatening to ‘assassinate’ Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

The Justice Department revealed new charges against a Texas man who allegedly participated in the Capitol attack and posted online death threats against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Garret Miller of Texas faces five criminal charges stemming from the Capitol insurrection, including trespassing offenses and making death threats. Miller allegedly tweeted, … Read more

Coronavirus cases in Quebec rise by 1,685, 76 more deaths

MONTREAL — Quebec reported Saturday that 1,685 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 252,176 since the start of the pandemic. The number is above the seven-day average for daily increases which is now 1,601 new cases per day. The Quebec Institute … Read more

Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience says rapid COVID-19 test approved by Health Canada

OTTAWA — Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience says its rapid COVID-19 testing device has been approved by Health Canada after the company had to recall and resubmit its product last year. The company had developed a portable device that promised to deliver rapid results and received federal approval in April 2020, but the device was recalled a month … Read more

Coronavirus: U.K. variant confirmed at Roberta Place in Barrie, Ont.

BARRIE, ONT. — Public health officials confirm a new, more easily transmissible variant of COVID-19 first identified in the United Kingdom has torn through Roberta Place Long-Term Care in Barrie, sickening nearly all of its residents. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit revealed Saturday that 127 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Three more residents … Read more

Celebrities, public figures react to Larry King’s death

TORONTO — Condolences and personal anecdotes poured in after news of Larry King’s death Saturday, as celebrities and public figures alike react his passing. The legendary TV host and media personality died at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to an announcement posted to his official twitter account Saturday morning. King … Read more

Legendary TV host Larry King dead at 87

TORONTO — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company, Ora Media, tweeted. No cause of death was given, but a spokesperson said … Read more

Senator urges study of vexing barriers to using secret information in court cases

OTTAWA — A Senate committee should examine the hurdles that make it difficult to use secret intelligence in Canada’s courts, says the government representative in the upper chamber. Sen. Marc Gold says “a fresh look” at the vexing issue would help highlight possible solutions that could make terrorism and espionage cases unfold more smoothly. “This … Read more

Facebook goes down, leaving thousands of users across the U.S. and Europe unable access pages

Facebook goes down: Thousands of users across the U.S. and Europe are locked out of the site while others report PORN in their video feeds amid fears it has been hacked Facebook went down for thousands of users on Friday night The outages were being reported across the US and Europe Problems prevented users from … Read more

Joe Biden backs DELAYING Donald Trump’s impeachment trial

President Joe Biden expressed support for the idea of delaying a Senate impeachment trial of predecessor Donald Trump – expressing at least general support for an idea put forward by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He endorsed the idea after rolling out his economic plan Friday afternoon – one of the many items likely to … Read more

PM urges Canadians to cancel travel plans after data reveals 1M travelled over holidays

TORONTO — Young people and wealthy, white Canadians were more likely to travel overnight over the holidays despite provincial lockdown measures, according to new analysis of mobile phone data. Data analysis by marketing research firm Environics Analytics for The Globe and Mail suggests that more than a million Canadians travelled away from their home postal … Read more

Hank Aaron, baseball legend and former home run king, dies at 86

Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, the Baseball Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record and lived a life as an ambassador to the game, has died. He was 86. “It is with great sadness we share the passing of our home run king, Hank Aaron, who passed away peacefully in his sleep,” … Read more

QAnon after Trump: Believers of the conspiracy theory at risk of further radicalization, experts warn

TORONTO — Over the course of Donald Trump’s presidency, QAnon conspiracy theorists – those who believe in a “deep state” plot against Trump, along with a shadowy cabal of pedophiles and child traffickers embedded in the upper echelons of U.S. power – have “waited and watched” for a reckoning in the U.S. government. Biden’s inauguration … Read more

COVID-19 Ontario: Province reports fewer than 2,700 cases of COVID-19 as positivity rate continues to drop

TORONTO — Ontario health officials are reporting less than 2,700 new cases of COVID-19 as the province’s positivity rate dropped for the third day in a row. The province logged 2,662 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 87 more deaths related to the disease. With more than 71,000 COVID-19 tests … Read more

5 things to know on CTVNews.ca for Friday, January 22, 2021: Payette resigns, Pfizer delays, long-term care homes

TORONTO — Canada has had more than 731,400 total cases of COVID-19, with more than 65,700 cases still active. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day. 1. Payette resigns: Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has resigned from her post following reports of a “damaging” workplace harassment investigation.  2. Vaccine shipments: Prime Minister … Read more

Margaret Court to receive Australia Day award despite same-sex marriage views

Tennis legend Margaret Court is set to be recognised on the Australia Day honours list, despite continued outrage over her controversial views on same-sex marriage. Court, 78, holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles won by a woman, but in recent years has more regularly made headlines her opposition to same-sex marriage … Read more

Here’s what medical experts say about the importance of kids returning to school

OTTAWA — Parents, medical experts and provincial governments are weighing the risks of sending kids to school during a pandemic against the potential mental health issues of keeping them at home. While it’s understandably a difficult dilemma, some medical experts believe keeping children at home should only be used in dire circumstances. A new report … Read more

Google threatens to remove its search function in Australia

Google has threatened to remove its search function in Australia if a new law requiring it to pay news organisations for content is passed.  The proposed law, introduced to the Australian Parliament in December, will force Facebook and Google to negotiate fees with news companies whose stories appear on their platforms.  Under the world-first code, if … Read more

Joe Biden offers Vladimir Putin a five-year extension on last-remaining nuclear weapons treaty

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden offers Vladimir Putin a five-year extension on last-remaining treaty limiting nuclear weapons By Associated Press Published: 18:06 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 18:56 GMT, 21 January 2021 The Biden administration is proposing to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting the number of U.S. and Russian strategic … Read more

Now hiring: StatCan needs 32,000 Canadians to administer 2021 census

TORONTO — Statistics Canada plans to hire 32,000 employees across Canada to conduct the next census in May 2021. StatCan said in a press release on Thursday that individuals will be hired in “”both big and small communities” to collect “crucial data that will be used to plan for the future.” The agency says positions … Read more

Biden signs 15 executive orders on inauguration day, more to come

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate change. Signing several actions in front of reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon, Biden said there … Read more

Joe Biden’s adorable eight-month-old grandson Beau steals the show

President Joe Biden danced with his youngest grandchild in his arms as he watched his inauguration concert from within the White House, in scenes which touched hearts at the end of an emotional day. Biden, 78, held eight-month-old Beau Biden as the family watched the show. The baby is the son of Hunter Biden, 50, … Read more

Biden stands at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial and calls on Americans to heal at concert

President Joe Biden reiterated his calls for unity and insisted he believes the best is yet to come for the nation during his speech at the primetime inauguration special, Celebrating America, on Wednesday night. Speaking at the Lincoln Memorial just hours after he was sworn into office as the 46th US President, Biden said: ‘It … Read more

Joe Biden walks into the White House hand-in-hand with Jill

President Joe Biden made a grand entrance into the White House Wednesday, walking hand-in-hand with First Lady Jill Biden to their new home and saying: ‘It feels like I’m going home.’ His first official action was to proclaim a ‘day of national unity’ echoing the theme of his inaugural address, before walking into the Oval … Read more

New president stands with Obama, Bush and Clinton to lay wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In their first show of unity, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier besides past presidents and first ladies from both parties – with the obvious exception of Donald Trump.  Standing behind Biden and Harris at Arlington National Cemetery were former presidents Barack … Read more

Ontario hospital apologizes after staff director gets family member early COVID-19 vaccine

KITCHENER — A hospital in Orangeville, Ont., is apologizing after a staff director had a family member receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of schedule. In a statement to CTV News, Headwaters Health Care Centre President Kim Delahunt said the family member received the vaccination during a break in scheduled appointments at … Read more

Madrid blast kills 2; apparently linked to gas leak: mayor

MADRID — A loud explosion apparently caused by a gas leak has partially destroyed a residential building in the centre of Spain’s capital on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least two more, according to officials. The first images and footage shared on social media showed a tower of smoke coming out from the … Read more

Trump and Melania leave the White House ahead of Biden inauguration

Donald Trump used his final speech as President on Wednesday to gush over his family, congratulate himself for the ‘incredible’ things he has accomplished in four years and threaten that he’ll ‘be back’ before flying to Mar-a-Lago on Air Force One ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Trump spoke at Joint Base Andrews on a make-shift … Read more

From Alberta’s oil sands to tariffs, how Biden’s presidency could change Canada

TORONTO — No more trade wars. A multi-billion dollar Alberta pipeline on the chopping block. A jolt of interest — and major investments — in cutting-edge green technology. Canadians can expect some major changes under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, who campaigned on a platform that diverged drastically from Donald Trump’s policies in both substance … Read more

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family. The last-minute clemency, announced Wednesday morning, … Read more

Donald Trump ‘decides to pardon Steve Bannon’

Donald Trump has pardoned Steve Bannon in one of his final acts from the White House, a senior administration official said overnight Tuesday.     The outgoing president’s former aide was in August charged with defrauding MAGA supporters out of millions over the border wall. Bannon, 67, helped Trump win election in 2016 and was a senior White House … Read more

Donald Trump has ‘discussed forming a new political party called the Patriot Party’

My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans. As I conclude my term as the 45th … Read more

These are Canada’s fastest growing communities as cities see record exodus

TORONTO — In her 40 years in Halifax real estate, agent Sandra Bryant has never seen as many buyers flocking to town shopping for homes as she did in 2020. “It was my best year ever,” Bryant told CTVNews.ca on Tuesday. The surging demand has sparked bidding wars in a city where low prices and … Read more

Biden charters plane to DC after Trump REFUSED him government jet

Donald Trump delivered Joe Biden one more snub Tuesday, forcing him to charter his own plane to fly from Delaware to Washington D.C. instead of authorizing an Air Force jet. The president-elect flew the short hop from his home state, after a tear-stained speech eulogizing his dead son Beau, on a private Boeing 737 – … Read more

Photo of sexually suggestive cupcakes leads to baker’s arrest in Egypt

TORONTO — A woman was reportedly arrested in Egypt on allegations of “violating family values” by baking cupcakes with sexually suggestive icing that were served at a party. A photo of the cakes, showing them decorated with icing shaped like genitalia and underwear, has been circulating widely on Egyptian social media in recent days. The … Read more

Bill Barr says Trump’s election fraud claims ‘precipitated’ Capitol riot

Bill Barr has said that Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud and his claims that the Presidency was ‘stolen’ from him ‘precipitated’ the DC riots, in his first TV interview since resigning as Attorney General. Barr was asked about Trump and his campaign’s claims about the legitimacy of the election, and appeared to take a … Read more

Thief berated mom for leaving kid in car he stole: police

BEAVERTON, ORE. — A car thief who found a toddler in the backseat of a stolen vehicle drove back and chastised the mother for leaving the child unattended before taking off again, police in Oregon said. The woman went into a grocery store about 15 feet (4.5 metres) from the car Saturday, leaving her 4-year-old … Read more

FBI arrests Pennsylvania care worker, 22, accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during siege

Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg was arrested Monday in Central Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said. She is charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct after she was filmed rioting inside the Capitol on January 6 The FBI has arrested the fugitive Pennsylvania care worker accused of stealing a computer device from … Read more