SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim's 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even more weight? Is he struggling for breath after relatively short walks? What about that cane? Why did he miss that important state anniversary? Now, the 37-year-old faces fresh speculation in the South about his health again. But this
OTTAWA — The Liberal government introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen the protection of French in Canada as part of the biggest overhaul to the Official Languages Act in more than three decades, just days before the House of Commons is expected to break for the summer. "Once it becomes law, more francophones will be able to work and live in French," Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly told a news conference in Ottawa. "More English-speaking parents will be able to send their kids to
An immunization clinic in Peel didn’t just borrow the model of the "Hockey Hub" from Grey-Bruce – 25 staff members were there as well to lend a hand. Both clinical and non-clinic staff from the health unit to the north worked with Peel staff members at the immunization clinic held at the CAA Centre in Brampton on Saturday, Jun. 12, Grey Bruce Public Health said in a press release. “Most of what we do in Public Health is seldom immediate and the benefit is usually long-term before we see results.
More than two years after he was charged, and six months after he was found guilty of a violent assault on a young Black woman, a Calgary police officer has still not been sentenced and there are concerns the delay could result in the conviction being tossed. In December, Const. Alex Dunn was convicted of assault causing bodily harm for the 2017 violent takedown of Dalia Kafi, who was thrown on the ground head first while handcuffed. Although there was no evidence Dunn's assault on Kafi, who was
Canada is looking at a possible phased approach to adjusting, loosening border measures.
A day before Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to arrive in Geneva for a historic summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, a look-alike was spotted in the Swiss city at a protest calling for the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Bare-chested and wearing army pants to mimic summer holiday shots of the real Russian president, protester Alexander Lyubuschin donned a Putin face mask and sat in on a bench of a sunny Geneva square, pretending to neck Vodka. Nearby, a few dozen protesters shouted for Navalny's release from a Russian jail where he is serving a 2-1/2 year sentence.
NEW YORK (AP) — The tragedies of Brian Wilson's life is a rock ‘n’ roll story well told. The postscript — that he's a survivor nearing age 80 who appears to be supported personally and professionally in a way he never really had before — is less familiar. Despite some uncomfortable moments in “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road,” that important update is the point of the documentary that premieres Tuesday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film's heart is a series of drives around south
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government is working with the provinces on a plan for providing proof of vaccination for international travel. He also says the federal government will soon have more to say on a phased approach for reopening the U.S.-Canada border, as the current order is in place until June 21.
OTTAWA — The Bloc Québécois is taking a second stab at getting MPs to recognize Quebec's right to unilaterally change the Constitution in line with proposed reforms to the province's language law. Leader Yves-François Blanchet tabled a motion Tuesday in the House of Commons asking lawmakers to recognize that right, after confronting a single "nay" from a lone member of Parliament last month that stonewalled the Bloc's initial move. Blanchet's motion seeks to clear a path for House recognition of
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory. The more than 15,000 delegates in attendance picked as their next leader Ed Litton, a white pastor from Alabama who was nominated by Fred Luter, the only Black pastor to serve as president of the United States’ largest
BRUSSELS (AP) — Over the four years of Donald Trump's presidency and through the seeming eternity of pandemic misery and isolation, America’s partners in world affairs were waiting to exhale. As they cycled through Group of Seven, NATO and European Union summits over the last week, exhale they did, between bites of haggis mousse, pineapple weed and Dover sole. President Joe Biden — “dear Joe” to the European Commission's chief — engaged fellow world leaders in hours of small talk, hours of large
Saudi Arabia has executed a man for offences rights groups say he allegedly committed while under the age of 18, despite the kingdom's insistence that it has abolished death sentences for many childhood crimes. Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish was arrested in May 2015 and charged with protest-related offences, many of which occurred when he was 17. The state-backed Human Rights Commission told Reuters in February that the ban only applied to a lesser category of offence under Islamic law known as "ta'zeer."
Ontario reported 296 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the fewest on a single day since last September, as well as the deaths of 13 more people with the illness. The rolling seven-day average of daily cases, one of the most critical indicators of the pandemic's growth or decline, is down to 479, its lowest point since Sept. 29, 2020. The measure peaked in Ontario at nearly 4,400 in April. Labs completed 17,162 tests and Public Health Ontario logged a positivity rate of 2.3 per cent, down
VICTORIA — Expanded measures are about to take effect to protect the environment while helping people enjoy some of British Columbia's most popular and crowded parks this summer. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy says the second phase of its free day-use pass pilot program rolls out June 22 in five provincial parks, four of them on the south coast. A statement from the ministry says day-use passes at Joffre Lakes, east of Pemberton, Golden Ears near Maple Ridge, and specifi
A 33-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder, after a 55-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment in the Quebec City neighborhood of Limoilou early Tuesday morning. Quebec City police received a call for a domestic dispute at around 2 a.m., in an apartment building on Duval Avenue, near the corner of Sapinière-Dorion Street, spokesperson Sandra Dion said. At the scene, officers found Nathalie Piché, 55, unresponsive with signs of violence on her body. She was pronounced dead
HALIFAX — Three out of four Atlantic provinces announced Tuesday that they will lift border restrictions and open to travel from across the region beginning next week, while New Brunswick said its opening could come even sooner. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador said a June 23 reopening is possible because of steadily declining COVID-19 rates across the region. The move means travellers won't have to isolate for 14 days upon entering each province. "This decision wa
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fire Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan following what they describe as years of mismanagement and coverups. Opposition Leader Erin O'Toole threw down the gauntlet in the House of Commons Tuesday, saying Sajjan's record as defence minister speaks for itself as he listed past controversies. Those include Sajjan having overstated his role in Canada's largest battle in Afghanistan, the failed prosecution of former vice-admir
The Regina Police Service is once again asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen. Alandra Young, 15, was last seen in the 3100 block of Harding Street on June 3. Police said Young is considered vulnerable because of how young she is, and that there is a concern for her well-being and safety. Young is described as around five-feet seven-inches tall, about 120 pounds and thin. She has wavy dark-blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue leggings, a grey tank top and gl
TORONTO — Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa is adding Ontario's top literary prize to her trophy case. Thammavongsa was awarded the Trillium Book Award for "How to Pronounce Knife,'' published by McClelland & Stewart. The Toronto-based writer's debut book of short stories won the Giller last fall. Thammavongsa was also recognized with a Trillium prize in 2013 for an early work of poetry. Danièle Vallée's "Sept nuits dans la vie de Chérie," published by Éditions David, took t
Investigators have been called in to review Yukon RCMP's use of a "less lethal" sponge projectile-firing weapon to subdue a hatchet-wielding woman in Whitehorse earlier this month. In a news release on Tuesday, police say they responded to a call on the evening of June 4 to find a woman trying to break into the Multicultural Centre of the Yukon downtown. The "agitated" woman was armed with a hatchet. Police say they attempted to mollify the woman but were unable. They then used an "extended rang