Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with peacefully. Xi made the assurances after holding talks with President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials on a visit to the Philippines aimed at deepening relations with the American treaty ally. Xi's overnight visit to the Philippine capital, Manila, was his last stop on a three-nation swing through Asia, where he has offered infrastructure loans and aid and championed free trade amid a rivalry for regional influence with the United States.
Three Austrians and 17 Swiss were aboard the Junker Ju-52 aircraft when it crashed on Aug. 4 in the mountainous canton of Grissons. The 1930s-era military aircraft was used by tourist flight operator JU-Air. "There were no indications through the date of publication of this interim report that pre-existing technical defects would have caused the accident," the board said.
Magistrates ordered the MSF-operated ship Aquarius, which has saved thousands of migrants since 2016, to be impounded but the charity denied any wrongdoing and accused Italy of seeking to criminalize humanitarian search and rescue missions. The Aquarius has been blocked at the French port of Marseilles since September, after failing to find a country willing to register its trips to the southern Mediterranean. The public prosecutor's office in Catania, Sicily, said it believed crew on the Aquarius, and its sister ship VOS Prudence, had illegally dumped potentially dangerous medical waste among ordinary rubbish between January, 2017 and May, 2018.
The pay for a top manager and contractor on the Muskrat falls project was revealed at the inquiry Tuesday — despite legal efforts a few days ago to forbid questions on the topic. "This has to be in public and there will be no restrictions," said commissioner Richard LeBlanc. Paul Harrington was paid $1,676 a day from April 2010 to March 2011 — that's an hourly rate of $209.
A brain cramp that cost his team seven points on the scoreboard may lead to Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose missing the most important game of the season. Hours later, the 25-year-old appealed the one-game suspension, but a CFL source told The Canadian Press it is unlikely an arbitrator will be able to hear the case and make a decision before kickoff Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium. With Ottawa leading 27-6, Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness against Tiger-Cats receiver Bralon Addison and booted from the game when he bumped into an official.
Former governor general David Johnston publicly released an expense report on Tuesday detailing $76,650 worth of costs he has incurred since leaving Rideau Hall. The expenses, incurred from Oct. 2, 2017 to March 31 of this year, include $13,911.87 for travel, accommodation and meals, $54,463 for office support and $8,274 for office supplies and miscellaneous costs. Johnston also noted the office expenses mainly include an executive assistant for correspondence, scheduling, accounting, speeches, publications and events.
Other smaller coins also skidded sharply as a broader cryptocurrency sell-off, said by traders and market makers to be rooted in heavy selling at leveraged Asian exchanges, gathered steam. "We'd been waiting for a break-out," said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro. Bitcoin has plummeted over 75 percent this year from a peak of $20,000 touched in December as retail investors piled into a one of the largest bubbles in history.
People living along a rural road on the shore of the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ont., say they're fed up with slow internet service, and are demanding their township council do something about it. Tree Haven Road is a wooded, L-shaped residential street off Highway 2, bordering Cooper Marsh Conservation Area in the community of Summerstown. People living there have submitted a petition to South Glengarry township councillor-elect Sam McDonell demanding his help bringing fibre-optic high-speed internet to the 32 households on the road.
A group that loans expensive medical gear is finding more people than ever need help to keep living at home and stay mobile and dignified. Despite moving to a new location this fall due to demand, the Lending Cupboard in Red Deer, Alta., is still very busy with requests for free loans of crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs, hydraulic bath lifts and other equipment to patients in central Alberta. "They're filling up quickly and they're busy, and we don't expect that to slow down at all," executive director Dawna Morey told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday.
Surrey city council has voted unanimously to approve free two-hour parking at city hall and in the area surrounding Surrey Memorial Hospital. "I firmly believed that people visiting their loved ones at Surrey Memorial Hospital should not pay for parking, nor should our citizens have to pay to park their vehicles when conducting business at their 'house,' which is city hall," said Mayor Doug McCallum in a release. According to the report, the city operates 927 parking spaces at its city hall parkade, which serves the municipal office, the library, a hotel and a university, as well as other businesses in the area.
Last year, Kellie Wuttunee got lost as she was driving to her home on the Red Pheasant Cree Nation, about 30 kilometres south of North Battleford, last year. When she arrived at her destination, Wuttunee started phoning other people in her community, asking why this lake, located only 20 kilometres away from her home, bore such a horrific name. After speaking to an elder, she discovered the name commemorated a massacre where a group of Cree women were killed by Blackfoot soldiers more than 100 years ago.
Billionaire Chinese actress Zhao Wei and her husband have been barred from taking on key positions at listed companies for five years for violating securities regulations, the Shanghai Stock Exchange said on Tuesday. The exchange's announcement comes more than a month after another Chinese actress Fan Bingbing came under fire for failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes and fines. On Tuesday, the exchange said Zhao and her husband Huang Youlong, as well as several other former executives of Tibet Longwei Culture Media and Zhejiang Sunriver Culture Co Ltd, were unfit to be directors, supervisors and senior executives of listed companies.
The spill is the largest-ever off the coast of the Canadian province, the regulator Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said. Husky, the operator of the White Rose Field, detected the problem on Monday during surveys by a remotely operated underwater vehicle, company spokeswoman Colleen McConnell said. The spill involved 250 cubic meters (1,572 barrels) of oil.
MP James Bezan told an Ottawa press gallery that the Conservative government prefers to follow the auditor general's recommendation to train more pilots instead of buying more planes.
A wayward otter who moved into the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver is making a meal of the attraction's valuable koi fish. The animal, identified as a river otter, was first spotted Saturday in a pond shared by the garden and the adjacent public park. "The kois are part of our team so it's quite devastating for us," said communications director Debbie Cheung.
The global chemical weapons watchdog's initiative to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks survived two institutional challenges from Russia on Tuesday and is set to become operational next year. The U.S. and other Western powers at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons staved off a challenge by Russia and China to a June decision to set up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. It means a major change in the rules of the group, which has often been considered as toothless because it could never pinpoint who was behind a chemical attack even if it proved it had happened.
The Grey Cup festival is expected to draw locals and visitors to downtown Edmonton over the next few days, and with it, more headaches for rush hour commuters.
A new survey suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit and approve of those automated self-checkout lanes. The study out of Halifax's Dalhousie University underscores that the "worst part" of shopping for many consumers is waiting for a cashier, says lead investigator and professor Sylvain Charlebois, who predicted even more grocery technology is on the horizon.
Poachers in British Columbia will pay a deer price for their actions. Valentin Alatiit, 74, was ordered to pay more than $5,500 after he was nabbed trying to buy illegal venison worth $145, according to the documents. Enforcement of poaching laws usually comes through inspections, tips from the public, patrols and checkpoints, MacPhee said.
The provincial NDP is questioning the province's response to Nutrien executives moving out of Saskatchewan. Nutrien only has one senior executive living in Saskatchewan, according to a report from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Nutrien announced in February it was cutting 33 office jobs in Saskatchewan.
After the deaths of a former high school football player and an assault victim, Toronto has the distinction of having the highest homicide rate of Canada's largest cities. At 3.3 homicides for every 100,000 people, Toronto easily surpasses cities including Winnipeg with a rate of 2.6 and Hamilton, Ont. at 1.1, as of Monday. "I am a little bit surprised to see this to be honest, because historically Toronto has been below the national average," said Jooyoung Lee, a sociology professor at University of Toronto.
Just as Pierrefonds-Roxboro Library's $24.4-million library renovation project nears completion, a member of Montreal's executive committee is calling for a change of plans. On Monday, before city council approved another contract for the project, borough Mayor Jim Beis took a moment to discuss some of its highlights, including the planned drive-thru book return he billed as a first for the province.
A Corner Brook company is hoping to sweeten the pot — literally — for the province's cannabis users now that it officially has a license to cultivate from Health Canada. BeeHighve just became the first company in the province licensed to produce cannabis, which means people in Newfoundland and Labrador will soon be able to buy locally-grown products at retail stores for the first time. "The sky is the limit, actually," said Rita Hall, BeeHighve's CEO.
Former Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson came out swinging Monday when he claimed the Liberal government purchase of used Australian aircraft "makes no sense" and there is no capability gap.
Simultaneous ceremonies were held around Labrador Monday to mark 100 years since the deadly Spanish Flu arrived. "You mark significant events like this hopefully to avert another event like this from occurring," said Alex Saunders, who is the son of a survivor. The illness was brought to the isolated Northern community by infected crew members aboard a supply vessel from St. John's in October of 1918.