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Canadian man says seeing volcano erupt was 'surreal'

A Canadian man says he is still “shaky” from the experience of witnessing the beginnings of a volcanic eruption in New Zealand.

The volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted yesterday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said.

Therapy dogs the newest items to borrow at library

VANCOUVER—You can take out almost anything from libraries these days, but this one requires a leash.

Eight therapy dogs will be available to borrow from the Canine Library on Saturday for 15-minute outings as part of the Vancouver's Poetry in Parks initiative.

On Friday, Anna Boekhoven put her arm around Pig the dog as she read him his favourite poem.

Time is on man's hands

Every spring and fall, John Scott climbs up clock towers across Toronto to change time.

“The keymaster, the time master—I've been called a lot of titles,” says the 61-year-old.

“Never the time lord, though.”

Scott began maintaining and servicing clocks 35 years ago as an apprentice for his uncle, C. Arthur Scott, at Hamilton-based Scotiabell.

Climate change melting Canada's glaciers

VANCOUVER—Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history—threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say.

David Hik, an ecology professor at Simon Fraser University, said the region is one of the hotspots for warming and the magnitude of change in the glaciers is dramatic.

Newly-discovered cave closed to public

VANCOUVER—A newly-discovered cave and the surrounding area in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park has been closed off to the public, with threats of fines up to $1 million for those who don't stay away, says an order from BC Parks.

The order issued this week says anyone who enters the surrounding area or the cave can be fined and face imprisonment for up to a year.