Sikhs from Canada to India are celebrating a B.C. woman's historic appointment as the first turbaned Sikh judge in the country. Lawyer Palbinder Kaur Shergill will be serving as a judge at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. The announcement came Friday from federal Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. Pompeo said the United States needs to redouble its efforts to stem leaks of classified information.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the many people attending Fete nationale celebrations in Quebec on Saturday. Trudeau was mobbed by crowds as he visited a street party in his Montreal riding with his wife and three children. In a statement, he said the annual June 24 holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the French language and Quebec culture.
Vancouver's Strathcona Business Improvement Association has begun a summer series of events to draw more people to East Hastings Street and make the area more walkable. "The idea is to make it, on a human level, a more comfortable, social place to be," said Emma Carscadden with the business improvement association. The association held a street party on Saturday, which unveiled a series of murals on local buildings, featured local artisans, food trucks, a beer garden along with music, dancing and tours of the area.
Frederick Lee of Kamloops died a century ago in battle during the First World War but his story is only just being told now. At age 21, Lee was killed during the Battle of Hill 70 at Vimy Ridge. A memorial is being constructed at the Kamloops Chinese Heritage Cemetery and, at the site of the battle in France, a walkway will be named after him.
When Jean Larrivée told his family he wanted to give up his career as an auto mechanic and start making guitars, they were skeptical. "There were no guitar makers in this country at this time," Larrivée told The Early Edition on Friday morning. Now, looking back on a career that has seen his guitars played around the world — and even in outer space — that gamble has more than paid off.
Travel-Net communications customers were left with questions but no access to internet, email or web hosting on Wednesday, after the Ottawa-based internet service provider shut down without notice. Jean Daniels uses her email to stay in touch with family in England and her relatives in Ottawa and King City, Ont. Daniels said her cousin received an error message when he tried to tell her his granddaughter had been born.
It's been a year of big achievements for P.E.I.-born curler Brett Gallant as he won at both the Brier and the world championships. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with a seafood reception and dinner.
North America's oldest ashram, on the shores of Kootenay Lake, is getting ready to welcome a new, lotus-like worship space three years after it was all but destroyed by a fire. The original Temple of Light at Yasodhara Ashram was built 22 years ago, with seven entrances representing the world's major faiths, but it was seriously damaged in a blaze that began with a spark inadvertantly ignited by a work crew in June, 2014. The award-winning Vancouver firm Patkau Architects took on the redesign as a research project, putting the cost within reach of the ashram.
A Gander pub has been stockpiling hundreds of pounds of ribs, potatoes and vegetables to prepare a major-sized meal for bikers rolling through on Saturday. Thingamajiggers Pub and Eatery is cooking 400 rib dinners for this year's Ride for Sight in Gander.
Recent art school graduate Violet Gatensby only dreamed of having her work showcased at the Vancouver airport — a hot-spot for beautiful Indigenous art from big-name artists. The YVR Art Foundation unveiled Gatensby's piece last month — a carved and painted round panel piece she worked on for a year. "It definitely feels like a big deal," said Gatensby, an artist from Carcross Tagish First Nation in Yukon who won the 2016 YVR youth scholarship.
From a sunny spot in his favourite chair on the veranda, Sid Braaksma watches car after car slow down to stare at his house.
Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, is re-evaluating its long-term targets because tougher market conditions have made them appear "daunting", the company's chairman said on Saturday. Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka had said earlier that the IT services company was likely to struggle to reach its ambitious $20 billion revenue target by 2020 due to a challenging market environment. "The 2020 goals certainly appear daunting in the timeframe in which these goals have been talked about because of the kind of headwinds and the shift in marketplace that we have seen," company chairman R. Seshasayee told his last annual meeting before his planned retirement in May next year.
"It's a big moment to see that's she's now starting to begin the trip back home," said Jan Wanggaard, manager for the Maud Returns Home project. The wooden ship was named for Queen Maud of Norway and christened when polar explorer Roald Amundsen shattered a piece of ice against its hull. Amundsen's creditors sold it to the Hudson's Bay Company and it sank in 1930.
The first official tartan of Colchester County, N.S., has joined an exclusive international club. The tartan, designed to commemorate the first Colchester Highland Games and Gathering, taking place this fall, was accepted last month by the Scottish Register of Tartans. "Colchester County is known for the Bay of Fundy and our red loam soil, so red is the predominant colour because it's the colour of the land we live in," Finnie said.
Streets in Winnipeg's St. Boniface neighbourhood are being turned into a canvas thanks to a new public art project. Creator and co-ordinator Stephane Dorge said it's a way for people to connect with all aspects of the city, including the roads. The project is also a great way to celebrate Canada 150 and the upcoming Canada Summer Games, he said.
Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China.
Members of the legendary Canadian rock trio Rush are thrilled at the news that the offspring of Toronto's wandering capybaras will bear their names. "We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names!" the band's publicist Meghan Symsyk said on behalf of lead vocalist Geddy Lee. The so-called "capybabies" born in February to the famed escape artists Bonnie and Clyde will be named Alex, Geddy and Neil for the band's members, said the High Park Zoo.
A new poll shows support for the Bloor Street bicycle lanes has gone up — and it's millennials leading the push. More than 80 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds polled want to make the lanes permanent, compared to just 55 per cent of those aged 55 and older, according to the survey of more than 800 Toronto residents conducted by Angus Reid in June. Set for release on Monday, the poll also found roughly 70 per cent of all those surveyed want to keep the bike lanes that were first launched as a pilot project back in August 2016.
The name Maralinga brings blank stares from most people, the melodic word hardly indicative of what happened in that isolated stretch of Australia -- secret nuclear tests by Britain. A leading violinist, Lara St. John, is trying to bring the episode further into the public eye with the piece "Maralinga," whose orchestral version will have its US premiere Tuesday in a free concert in New York's Central Park. Britain, seeking to become a nuclear power after World War II, carried out 12 major tests in Australia and hundreds more minor ones with the permission of prime minister Robert Menzies.
Five people were taken to hospital on Friday night after being exposed to a mix of chlorine and acid at Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club in west Ottawa. Paramedics and fire services responded to a call at the club around 8:10 p.m., where 13 people ranging in age from 2-49 years old were reacting to toxic fumes. The other five — aged 17-39 — were sent to hospital in stable condition with respiratory inflammation.
The federal government's decision to allow industrial activity inside its newest proposed marine protected area has raised the ire of scientists and environmentalists. On Friday, Ottawa released the draft regulations for the Laurentian Channel, located off Newfoundland's southwest coast. The channel is home to the endangered leatherback sea turtle, various species of shark, the Northern wolfish, coral, as well as the highest population and only pupping grounds of black dogfish in Canada.
By Paul Sandle GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rock star reception at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, telling a headliner-sized crowd that millions of young people who voted for him would not be silenced or sidelined. Dismissed as a left-wing no-hoper before elections on June 8, Corbyn attracted a surge of support from 18-24 year-olds that helped his Labour Party deny Prime Minister Theresa May a parliamentary majority. The 68-year old's popularity at Worthy Farm in south-west England could be measured by the number of pro-Corbyn banners on display and Corbyn T-shirts.
Negotiations between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers will remain a secret ahead of a possible strike that could begin as early as Monday. The LCBO and Ontario Public Service Employees Union had said they planned to negotiate around the clock ahead of the union's threat of job action at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The LCBO said it had extended store hours — detailed on its website — so customers could get their shopping done.