The real reason the Liberal government hasn't been able to re-establish relations with Iran is due to its adherence to a "stupid" Canadian law allowing the seizure of Iranian assets, says Canada's recently expelled ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Dennis Horak, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia in August after its rulers were incensed by a tweet from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, offered that blunt assessment as he shed new light on another controversial moment in Canada's Middle East relations. Six years ago, the previous Conservative government abruptly severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada.
OTTAWA — A recent UN climate change report has given humanity 12 years to get its act together to curb rising temperatures to avoid unprecedented environmental disaster.
Prince Harry paid tribute to Australian service members by opening a new wing of a war memorial on Saturday before heading to a delayed opening of the Invictus Games as he and wife Meghan continued their visit to Australia and the South Pacific. A thus-far joyous debut royal tour by the couple, buoyed by news that they are expecting their first baby, turned solemn as the Duke of Sussex opened a long-awaited extension to the Anzac Memorial in downtown Sydney's Hyde Park on Saturday morning.
Patrick Brown is down, but he may not be out yet. The embattled politician, who was forced to resign as leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives months before the party won a majority government, is trying to resurrect his political career with a run for mayor in Brampton, a fast-growing city northwest of Toronto where over 70 per cent of residents identify as visible minorities. Brown faces an uphill battle against incumbent Mayor Linda Jeffrey, a former Liberal cabinet minister who has the support of high-profile politicians from major parties, including some of Brown's former colleagues.
Six hostages were freed on Saturday from Islamic State, which has held several women and children captive since it attacked Syria's Sweida city three months ago, state media and a monitor said. Islamic State militants staged multiple suicide attacks in Sweida and overran nearby villages in southwestern Syria on July 25, killing more than 200 people, many of them civilians. Sweida, which is under state rule, has a mainly Druze community.
In 2009, Kim MacNearney and her husband Craig were arrested after police received an anonymous tip the two were operating a grow-op out of their home. "All along, it's been patients that have been pushing from the medical side," she said.
Sharon Pratchler and her 10-year-old son know what it's like to struggle to cope with childhood anxiety, and not know where to go for help. "It's very important to us, to tell other parents, they're not isolated, they're not alone," Sharon Pratchler said. Pratchler has also started a closed Facebook group, which she said has seen an explosion in interest not just in Saskatchewan, but beyond.
Saskatoon's Jorgen Hus knows that reality well. The 29-year-old is in his fourth season as the Saskatchewan Roughriders long snapper and you'd be hard-pressed to think of a time he made a mistake snapping the football. Before joining the Riders, Hus' ability to master the craft of long snapping was noticed by multiple NFL teams.
(This Oct. 19 story has been refiled to fix wording in fourth paragraph) By Foo Yun Chee and Paresh Dave BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. The new fee goes into effect on Oct. 29 for any new smartphone or tablet models launched in the European Economic Area and running Google's Android operating system, the company announced on Tuesday. Companies can offset the charge, which applies to a suite of apps including the Google Play app store, Gmail and Google Maps, by placing Google's search and Chrome internet browser in a prominent position.
Youth from across the Northwest Territories and the Yukon came to Inuvik to discuss issues facing young people last weekend. It was the first time Bringing Youth Toward Equality (BYTE) held a leaders in training conference in the Northwest Territories. Attendees, which included guest speakers and BYTE employees, talked about mental health, healthy relationships and safe partying.
The reasons people get into beekeeping are as varied as the plants the bees pollinate. Eaton has between 650 and 700 hives. About 350 of those are producing colonies, while the rest are nucleus hives — starter colonies building in population for the next year.
If you are heading to the local cannabis shop, some experts suggest you do a little homework. CBC Radio in Saskatchewan reached out to Jonathon Page, a botany professor and cannabis tester at the University of British Columbia, and Tim Cullen the CEO of Colorado Harvest Company for a newcomer's crash course on recreational cannabis,. Be careful and ask about the THC percentage.
The man described as Africa's youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania's commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa. "I thank Allah that I have returned home safely," said a statement released by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji's foundation.
Punjab state's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city's fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said. Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dusshera festival.
There has been a lot of talk about new cannabis legislation coming into effect this week and its ability to trigger the munchies. While it's true that your cannabinoid receptors — which are scattered throughout your body but exist mostly in your brain and nervous system — are involved in processes that include mood and appetite, and the active compounds in cannabis alter these receptors, it's also true that most of us can come down with a severe case of the munchies on any given day, THC on board or not. Classic snack foods are crispy, crunchy, chewy, gooey … they stimulate other senses and satiate a sensory need more than a nutritional one.
Moments earlier, a ding rang in the airplane and two flight attendants darted to the front. "Your mind goes in a billion different directions, like is this a medical emergency? Could we be hijacked? What is going on?" Hove, 34, said over the phone from his hotel room in Saguenay, a city about 200 km north of Quebec City.
(This October 19 story corrects penultimate paragraph to show that Tenable shares have gained, not declined, since the company's IPO) By Liana B. Baker and Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cybersecurity software maker CrowdStrike Inc has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare for an initial public offering that could come in the first half of next year, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. CrowdStrike is the latest in a wave of Silicon Valley startups, including ride hailing firms Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc, that are eyeing a 2019 stock market listing after repeatedly turning to private investors for funding.
If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. The theory was that bigger jackpots would draw more attention, leading more players to plop down $2 for a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket.
A public tribute is being held today for Lise Payette, the celebrated journalist, feminist and former Parti Québécois minister, who died last month at the age of 87. The ceremony at the Impérial theatre on Bleury Street in downtown Montreal began Saturday at 3 p.m. The tribute is in place of a funeral because Payette asked for there not to be any religious ceremony in honour of her death.
Stargazing tourists from around the world are trekking to the Canadian Rockies this weekend to catch the final few days of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. This year's event, which ends Sunday, drawing an estimated 3,500 tourists for discussions with experts, such as NASA astronauts twins Mark and Scott Kelly, stargazing walks and a visit to the new 50-seat planetarium. What began eight years ago has grown "from a small gathering to a globally-recognized celebration of dark sky and science," said James Jackson, general manager for Tourism Alberta.
Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China's stance toward their island. China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has been ratcheting up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan in a bid to compel her to agree to Beijing's insistence that the self-governing island democracy is a part of China. "I want to loudly say no to China," said 43-year-old demonstrator Ping Cheng-wen, who is self-employed.