How Hiroshima rose from the ashes – BBC
Warnings for Puerto Rico as already battered island faces new hurricane season. The Atlantic storm season begins in just two weeks, and the island has yet to fully recover from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Maria – CBC
A camper north of Dawson Creek, B.C. woke up to find a black bear sniffing him inside his tent. He chased it off. Twice. – CBC
Alberta now has the largest protected boreal forest in the world – CBC
- Yesterday, more than 13,600 square kilometres of land, more than twice the size of Vancouver Island, was declared protected.
A Canadian doctor was shot by an Israeli military sniper near the Gaza border – Globe and Mail
1770: Austrian princess Marie Antoinette, 14, marries France’s Louis-Auguste, 15, who later became King Louis XVI.
1888: Nikola Tesla describes the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.
1919: A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for the Azores, then onto mainland Portugal, on the first transatlantic flight.
1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
1975: Japan’s Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was the first woman to reach the Seven Summits.
Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated – BBC
Mom’s prefer experiences over gifts on Mother’s Day – Globe and Mail
Vanilla ice cream is under threat. A huge spike in pure vanilla extract prices is making some bakeries and ice cream makers think twice about whether to keep making it. We might be stuck with chocolate to help cool down – CBC
South Korea is cracking down on texting while walking with an app that locks devices after detecting users have been walking for more than five steps while using their phones. – Yonhap News Agency
On Wednesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a thinly veiled rebut to the U.S. President’s backing out of the Iran nuclear weapons deal and stressed Canada remains aligned with most countries in supporting the deal – Globe and Mail This was a rare and complex deal that involved many countries. Not unlike what we are going through with North Korea, the issues on the table are pretty complex. Lets hope the rest of the world can take the lead where the US breaks promises and signed agreements, because the U.S. President is dropping the ball with his America First/America Alone policy and the world is a more dangerous place because of it.
Dr. Dre lost a trademark court battle with a gynecologist. The raper argued that Dr. Drai, the real doctor, would cause confusion among fans. – Chicago Tribune
1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn into office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. This was a day to celebrate a historic victory over a racist regime. “Let freedom reign,” Mandela said in his inauguration speech.