Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on Saturday called on the government to halt legislation on changes to the judiciary, saying the bitter dispute over the measures poses a danger to national security. Though others in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-right governing coalition have voiced some misgivings about the contentious judicial shake-up, Gallant's was the first clear, public objection by a senior cabinet member. "Legislation at this time must be stopped," Gallant said.
A Kanata movie theatre was evacuated Saturday after a strong "chemical-like" odour was detected coming from one of the theatres, according to Ottawa's fire department. Firefighters were initially dispatched to Landmark Cinemas after getting a call about a fire alarm at 11:51 a.m., Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) said in a media release. Once there, crews encountered a powerful smell coming from one of the theatres. A hazardous materials team was also dispatched, OFS said, and firefighters got everyon
Rose Celeste of Toronto says she spent years avoiding a visit to the doctor. As an undocumented migrant worker from the Philippines, she feared something as simple as a checkup could lead to a run-in with the law and jeopardize her life in Canada. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit three years ago, that changed. The province directed hospitals to temporarily provide medically necessary care to patients without coverage while it reimbursed them for the expense — something that led Celeste, 61, to
The worst of the bird flu epidemic on Canadian poultry farms seems to be over, but the highly contagious and deadly disease continues to spread among wild birds and farmers are worried spring and fall migrations will bring further outbreaks. The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza was first detected in Canada in late 2021 and prompted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to impose strict biosecurity measures to curb its spread. Before egg farmer Juschka Clarke enters her chicken encl
A 21-year-old snowmobiler has died after hitting a tree in a wooded area near the community of Terra Nova early Saturday morning. In an email to CBC News on Saturday afternoon, an RCMP spokesperson says police received a report at 1 a.m. that a man was injured and unconscious after striking a tree. RCMP say the snowmobiler was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Police and paramedics responded to the incident, the RCMP said, and the man died after being transported to a waiting ambulance.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The West’s steady criticism of Hungary on democratic and cultural issues makes the small European country’s right-wing government reluctant to offer support on practical matters, specifically NATO’s buildup against Russia, Hungary’s foreign minister said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó also said Friday that his country has not voted on whether to allow Finland and Sweden to join NATO because Hungarian lawmakers are sick
One person has been displaced after a fire destroyed a mini-home in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., on Friday. Firefighters with the North River Fire Department responded to the fire along Route 19 at noon. Officials said a woman called 911 after she returned home to discover the fire. "Reports were there was nobody trapped or anyone inside the home at the time when we arrived on scene," said North River fire Chief Anson Grant. Grant said the mini-home was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Fire cre
TORONTO — The largest archdiocese in Canada's Catholic Church has a new man at the helm as of today. About 1,200 people were expected to attend the mass of installation for Frank Leo, who now serves as Archbishop of Toronto. The installation ceremony at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica in downtown Toronto took place about six weeks after Pope Francis formally named Leo to the post. Leo succeeds Cardinal Thomas Collins, who offered his resignation on his 75th birthday in January 2022 in complianc
Thunder Bay, Ont. — The Ontario government’s budget presented on Thursday was the hot topic during the second day of the Thunder Bay District Municipal League conference Friday at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel. Thunder Bay-Atikokan Progressive Conservative MPP Kevin Holland opened up the afternoon session touting the “all-Ontario budget” with a record $204.7 billion economic bar set by Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government. Holland spoke on the monies being doled out for highway safety, hi
An elder from a First Nation in western Saskatchewan wants a public apology from the provincial government, after conservation officers raided his home in 2021 and confiscated moose meat he says was given to him by community members for a ceremonial gathering and feast. Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation Elder Doug Morningchild, 70, spoke along with his wife, Flora Morningchild — a medicine woman — and their friend Gale Takakenew at a Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations news conference on Fri
The decision to stop most migrants from coming to Canada via Roxham Road sparked indignation in New York state on Saturday, even as it was celebrated by the Quebec government. Migrants had for years used the town of Plattsburgh, N.Y., as a pit stop on their way to Roxham Road, the irregular border crossing south of Montreal that was used by tens of thousands of people as a way to enter Canada and declare asylum. Thanks to a renegotiation of the Safe Third Country Agreement, announced jointly by
Teenage striker Evan Ferguson isn't getting carried away after scoring his first goal for his national team. The rest of Ireland will gladly do that for him. The 18-year-old Ferguson is having a breakout season with Premier League club Brighton and now for Ireland, which hosts France on Monday in European Championship qualifying. His first-half strike in Ireland's 3-2 win over Latvia in a friendly on Wednesday at Aviva Stadium made him Ireland's youngest goalscorer since Robbie Keane netted as a
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Canada has pledged a significant increase in spending to improve water quality in the Great Lakes following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, whose administration also has boosted funding for the shared waters. Following their discussion Friday in Ottawa, Trudeau said his government would spend $420 million — about $306 million in U.S. dollars — over the next decade on the lakes, still suffering fron 20th century industrial polluti
An expanding anti-corruption probe in Venezuela has led to the detention of 10 officials and 11 businessmen, the country's attorney general said on Saturday, adding that arrest warrants for 11 more people have been issued. The investigation, which began in October, is focused on state oil company PDVSA, a government entity supervising crypto currency operations, and the judiciary. This week, it led to the resignation of the country's powerful oil minister, Tareck El Aissami, who had served the government for two decades.
Firefighters responded to the Université de Moncton Saturday morning after a small explosion in one of the university's labs. Moncton Fire Department responded to the university's science building and found a small fire linked to some laboratory equipment. Platoon Chief Keith Guptill said the department was investigating if the fire was linked to a malfunction with a machine that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries have been reported. An in
Russia has a deal to station tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of neighbouring Belarus, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, adding this will not violate non-proliferation agreements. The United States has said the world faces the gravest nuclear danger since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis because of remarks by Putin during the Ukraine conflict, but Moscow says its position has been misinterpreted. Kyiv and its Western allies fear tactical nuclear weapons could be used in battle after Putin and others warned Russia was prepared to use all its vast arsenal in defence.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill allowing firing squads to execute death row inmates when lethal injection drugs are unavailable, making Idaho the fifth U.S. state to allow the execution method. The new law, which takes effect in July, will give the Department of Correction up to five days after a death warrant is issued to determine whether lethal injection is available. If not, the department must carry out the execution by firing squad. Little s
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May presented U.S. President Joe Biden with a chocolate bar made by Nova Scotia company Peace by Chocolate during his state visit to Ottawa on Friday. The company was founded by Tareq Hadhad in 2016. Hadhad and his family moved to Nova Scotia as refugees in 2015 to flee the violence in their home country of Syria. Biden handed off the chocolate bar after receiving it but later asked to have it returned following a signing ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders strongly condemned an assault on a Jewish lawmaker who was assaulted and punched in the face Saturday while campaigning for the country's April 2 general election. President Sauli Niinisto tweeted that Saturday’s physical attack on veteran conservative politician Ben Zyskowicz, 68, was “a cowardly act” that delivered a blow to Finnish democracy. Zyskowicz told Finnish media that a large man who appeared to be between the ages of 30 and 40 confronted him at a met
As U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Ottawa wound down, one of the United States' top diplomats touted co-operation with Canada on a variety of key global issues — and vowed to help defend Canadian democracy against foreign interference. Brian Nichols, who serves as assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, maintained in an interview on CBC's The House airing Saturday the sunny attitude that Biden brought to his events around Parliament Hill on Friday. Leaders from Canada an