The Federal Standing Committee on Finance will hear from a variety of speakers about economic disparities, including gender inequality, Tuesday in Charlottetown. Jenny Wright, executive director of the St. John’s Status of Women Council, posted a tweet Tuesday highlighting the irony of the fact that she was about to speak in front of an all-male government panel about income inequality for women. About to address the federal standing committee on Finance on economic equality for women.Read More »
Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms as long as 27 centimetres (11 inches), hospital officials said. The soldier, whose name and rank have not been disclosed, defected to South Korea last Monday by driving a military jeep near a line that divides the Koreas and then rushing across it under a barrage of bullets. Hospital officials said Saturday that it was too early to tell whether he will make a recovery.
When Irene Patterson's son Roger Wong didn't show up for a baseball game the two had planned to attend in June, she became worried. "That was the moment my life ended," the Toronto mom recalled. Now, his 61-year-old mother is joining a campaign called Moms Stop The Harm to raise awareness about Canada's opioid crisis because "my son is not a statistic," she wrote in an email.
A team of volunteers from southern Alberta drove 11 hours north this week to rescue dozens puppies and adult dogs from a remote community near High Level, Alta. AARCS executive director Deanna Thompson said her team received a tip on Monday from a woman who worked in the area that there was a large number of dogs that needed rescue.
Lena Dunham apologized on Saturday for defending a writer on her HBO show Girls, after some on social media slammed her not believing a woman who accused him of sexual assault. "I never thought I would issue a statement publicly supporting someone accused of sexual assault, but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend's situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months," the Girls actor, writer and director said. The social media backlash started Friday night, after the Hollywood Reporter published a story stating that Girls writer Murray Miller had been accused of sexual assault by actor Aurora Perrineau.
Abbey Amisola, 27, was found dead at a hostel in the south Cambodian city of Kampot on Tuesday along with her 22-year-old British travelling companion, Natalie Jade Seymour. Pierre Plourde, medical director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's travel health and tropical medicine services, said he's hesitant to draw conclusions about Amisola's death before the investigation is complete. To get your message across, Timothy Chan, the Canadian spokesperson for adventure travel company G Adventures, recommends flipping through a guidebook or — his personal preference — reaching for Google Translate to explain your ailment.
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten told the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have discussed what would happen if the president ordered a nuclear strike he believed to be unlawful under international law. Hyten would be in charge of U.S. nuclear forces in a war.
Tia Nicholaichuk said she was struck by how quickly the rumours spread on Facebook about Barbara Kentner, the Anishinaabe woman who died this summer after she was struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving car in northern Ontario. The 34-year-old social work student from Thunder Bay, Ont. said she was also bothered by the tone of some Facebook comments directed at Kentner after her family announced she was dying and also after her death. "The lies had been going around for quite a while." said Nicholaichuk.
One person is dead after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in Kingston, Ont., Saturday morning. Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene near the Westbrook Road overpass shortly after 5 a.m. OPP said the victim was outside his truck when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle, causing a "chain reaction" crash involving two other vehicles.
A Banff hotel company has found a unique alternative to traditional housing for its employees. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group tore down its decades-old staff housing at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge and is replacing it with an apartment complex made of shipping containers. The 22 steel units will be built using up to 90 per cent recycled materials and are designed with a timber exterior, making them unrecognizable as a shipping container.
Argentina's Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that officials believe may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn't been heard from in three days. The communication attempts "indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions," the Navy said on its Twitter account, adding that the calls lasted between four and 36 seconds. Argentine authorities clarified that it has not been confirmed the calls came from the submarine, the ARA San Juan, though that is the working hypothesis.
Manitoba's premier is giving some more details about a wilderness hike in New Mexico where he broke his arm and became lost. Brian Pallister has refused to do media interviews about the ordeal, which happened on Monday but was only revealed to the public on Friday. Instead, he and his wife, Esther, answered questions posed by a member of his staff in a video posted on Facebook that's just over four minutes long.
There was a new sheriff in town when the 2017 Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade rolled through downtown Winnipeg Saturday. Four-year-old Preston Burns took over the reigns as chief of police for the day while members of the force took part in the annual parade down Portage Avenue. "Technically he can [tell me what to do] and he has a couple times already," laughed deputy chief Gord Perrier of his new boss for the day as the pair got ready for the parade.
The two-year-old vessel, which services Fogo Island and Change Islands, is out of service for the third time. According to Newfoundland and Labrador's minister of transportation, Steve Crocker, there's an issue with the ferry's thruster, the second time the boat has had that kind of problem. "We purchased $50-million vessels with a one-year warranty," Crocker said.
The admission comes in response to a letter containing several questions sent Nov. 15 to the BCUC by the provincial deputy ministers responsible for energy and finance. - Did the BCUC include money already spent on Site C when calculating how cancellation of Site C could affect BC Hydro rates.
Pennsylvania residents who came to the aid of a rookie police officer who was fatally shot and killed during a traffic stop say he was "gasping for air" and not responsive when they arrived at the scene. Brian Shaw was shot in the chest around 8:15 p.m. Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles (29 kilometres ) northeast of Pittsburgh.
Giddy with joy and finally free to speak out, vast throngs of demonstrators turned Zimbabwe's capital into a carnival ground on Saturday in a peaceful outpouring of disdain for President Robert Mugabe and calls for him to quit immediately. People in Harare clambered onto tanks and other military vehicles moving slowly through the crowds, danced around soldiers walking in city streets and surged in the thousands toward the building where Mugabe held official functions, a symbol of the rule of the 93-year-old man who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980. It was a historic day when the old Zimbabwe, a once-promising African nation with a disintegrating economy and a mood of fear about the consequences of challenging Mugabe, became something new, with a population united, at least temporarily, in its fervour for change and a joyful openness that would have seemed fanciful even a few days ago.
PARIS (Reuters) - Tunisian-born fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who dressed stars from Greta Garbo to Grace Jones and Lady Gaga, died in Paris at the age of 77, the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion said on Saturday. The designer was a star of the Paris fashion world in the 1980s and 1990s, when models Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell strode down the catwalks in his trademark figure-hugging designs. Dubbed the "King of Cling", his dresses were worn by former U.S. first lady Michele Obama, pop singer Madonna and French actress Marion Cotillard. ...
Kaetlyn Osmond lost her hold on the top spot after falling during a disappointing free skate program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Internationaux de France in Grenoble on Saturday. Osmond had been leading the pack after putting up a 69.05 during Friday's ladies' short program. Osmond finished with an overall score of 206.77, while Sotskova and Zagitova posted 208.78 and 213.80, and qualified for the Grand Prix final.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday batted back an apology from the NATO military alliance after his name appeared on an "enemy poster" at a drill, saying such disrespectful behavior could not be so easily forgiven. "You have seen the disrespectful behavior at the NATO drill yesterday. There are some mistakes that are done not by fools but only by base people," Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television.
Nearly every weekend is filled with a holiday party, and for most people, that means more drinking than usual. But one Parkdale bar is changing the way people raise their glasses this season with "placebo" cocktails. "If you're pregnant, or a recovering alcoholic, or don't drink for religious reasons or just don't like it, you should still be able to enjoy a bar," Robin Goodfellow, the owner of Pretty Ugly, says. Goodfellow and Evelyn Chick, the bar's manager, spent a year trying, brewing and mixing different ingredients to get the tastes and textures right so their customers would have non-boozy options.
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said. Winning the green light from both competition authorities would take Qualcomm a major step forward to closing the deal and reinforce its fight against an unsolicited $103-billion takeover bid from Broadcom. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) "is expected to clear Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP imminently," the source said.
A northern Ontario town that offered generous incentives to potential newcomers in a bid to revitalize the community says its efforts were successful enough to merit a second round. Officials in Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., recently launched a campaign to woo newcomers to the area and help rebuild a town that had been in a financial tailspin since the closure of a local pulp and paper mill. As part of the campaign, the municipal government put 15 parcels of town land up for sale and offered prospective buyers rebates of up to 90 per cent, resulting in some lots being available for as little as $500.
British finance minister Philip Hammond's budget statement this week will include measures to encourage the development of driverless and electric cars, artificial intelligence and telecommunications, the finance ministry said on Sunday. Measures to drive technological improvements would chime with his desire to improve UK productivity, which is growing very slowly, and create high quality jobs. The finance ministry said Hammond would announce regulatory changes to the driverless car industry so that developers could apply to test their vehicles on UK roads without a human operator for the first time.
One of the world's top technology executives is urging democratic countries to turn to youth in a bid to find innovative solutions to looming security problems. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., was in Nova Scotia on Saturday, speaking to the Halifax International Security Forum.