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If Meng Wanzhou resolves the federal charges against her in the U.S. and returns to China, Lynette Ong, an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto and the Munk School of Global Affairs, says she is 'cautiously optimistic' that will lead to Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig being allowed to return to Canada from China.(Credit: CBC/Ben Nelms)
Six city wards in Ottawa are slated to get new names, including one that references a 19th-century British slave owner with no apparent ties to Canada. Late last year, council approved a decision to redraw the city's electoral boundaries and include another ward. The new voting map now includes 24 wards — 12 urban, nine suburban and three rural. The new names are designed to reflect geographical areas and identifiable communities, while keeping the naming conventions used for existing wards, acc
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a human being” that has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative.” Newsom on Friday signed a law that removes the word from various sections of the California state code. California passed laws in 2015 and 2016 that removed the word from the state's labor and education code. But the law Newsom signed on Friday finishes the job by removing the
The deaths of six members of a Nova Scotia family in a camper fire two weeks ago was described by mourners Friday as an unfathomable tragedy. Hundreds of friends, family members and strangers gathered outside at Victoria Square in Amherst to remember the Sears-Robertson family. Describing the loss as "incomprehensible," Rev. Will Ferry said it was important that the community mourn together while observing public health guidelines. On Sept. 12, firefighters discovered the bodies of R.J. Sears, 3
IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva criticized as "false and spurious" the findings of an independent probe into allegations that as World Bank head she pressured staff to manipulate data to make China's business climate appear more favorable. In a statement she plans to present to the executive board of the International Monetary Fund, Georgieva also accused the office of the World Bank's past president, Jim Kong Kim, of manipulation. She said she intervened to block a proposal from a member of Kim's staff to include Hong Kong data in China's ranking in the World Bank's Doing Business 2018 report, which would have significantly improved its standing.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has kept alive the CBC's efforts to unseal evidence pertaining to a now-quashed murder conviction from more than 30 years ago. The top court ruled Friday that the Manitoba Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to reconsider a publication ban on an affidavit in the case of a Manitoba man who spent 23 years in prison for first-degree murder before the decision was overturned. The question of access to records remains open for the appeal court to weigh, even though t
Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. A look at the nuts and bolts of this new phase of the vaccination campaign: WHO SHOULD GET THE PFIZER BOOSTER? People who got two Pfizer shots at least six months ago and who fall into one of these groups should get the booster: — People 65 and older, nursing home residents and assisted living residents. — Others ages 50 to 64 with a long list of
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court seemed to indicate Friday that it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that seeks to overturn its landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion before ruling on the appeal of a lower court's ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in December on an attempt by Mississippi to overturn the high court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the right to an abortion.
A jointly-signed statement between the Innu Nation, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the federal government indicates the parties are more interested in talking out the issues that were potentially holding up the finalization of the $5.2-billion agreement-in-principle Muskrat Falls rate mitigation deal. The Innu Nation was seeking a court injunction that would halt talks to finalize the agreement-in-principle between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, signed July 28. Judge Alex
NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businesses. Newberg, a town of 25,000 residents situated 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Portland in gorgeous wine country, has become an unlikely focal point of a battle between the left and right across the nation over schooling. The City Council has condemned the action by the Newberg Scho
Longtime political allies Jason Kenney and Scott Moe, the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, respectively, are facing nearly identical health-care crises, but only one is facing a leadership review. Kenney's handling of the fourth wave of COVID-19, which has hit Alberta harder than other provinces, has led to questions about his future as premier. He met on Wednesday with his United Conservative Party caucus, with his political future said to be in the balance. Kenney emerged from the meeting
A 19-year-old woman died in single-vehicle crash Friday night in Yarmouth County. Yarmouth RCMP responded to a call on Highway 1 near Darlings Lake at 10:24 p.m. According to a news release, the car was heading south when it struck a guardrail and crashed. The driver from nearby Port Maitland, who was the only occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP are investigating. MORE TOP STORIES
Professor Gordon Houlden of the University of Alberta China Institute discusses the release of Meng Wanzhou and what the resolution means for Canada/China relations.
Something Saskatchewan's doctors suspected has now been confirmed: the province is withholding COVID-19 modelling data from them. In the early stages of the pandemic, modelling data was provided to doctors. Although modelling is not a crystal ball that shows the future, it does give health professionals and policymakers information that can help them inform decisions. That transparency stopped several months ago that transparency stopped. It was never made clear why. Doctors were finally given a
Nova Scotia reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the active caseload to 169. Thirty-two of the new cases are in the central zone, including 19 that are under investigation, 12 that are close contacts of previously reported cases and one that is related to travel. One case is in the northern zone and is a close contact of a previous case, and one is in the western zone and is under investigation. The Health Department says there are signs of community spread in the central zone a
Volcanic explosions spewed red hot lava high into the air on La Palma on Saturday as a new emission vent opened, forcing the small Spanish island to close its airport and causing long queues for boats off the island. The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute, Involcan, said the new emission vent that had opened was to the west of the principle vent. The national Geographical and Mining Institute said its drones had shown the volcano's cone had broken.
MONTREAL — The Quebec government will spend another $90 million to hire more than 100 police officers and experts to fight gun-related crime, Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault said Friday. Guilbault, surrounded by members of Quebec's various police forces at a news conference in Montreal, said the government's newest initiative to reduce gun violence and gun trafficking will be called Operation Centaur. The money will go toward new equipment and hiring 107 officers and other crime exp
Britain's Prince Andrew has accepted service in the United States of a sexual assault lawsuit by a woman who said the Duke of York forced her to have sex with him at the London home of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The prince and his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, have agreed that service was effective as of Sept. 21, according to a joint filing on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Subject to court approval, Andrew would have until Oct. 29 to formally respond to the lawsuit.
HALIFAX — A trial of inmates accused of attempting to murder a prisoner in his Nova Scotia jail cell heard from a witness Friday who recalled hearing a prisoner shouting he hoped the man would die. Katlyn Hubley, one of two captains on duty the night of Dec. 2, 2019, testified that as she arrived at the scene she pleaded fruitlessly with inmates to let her and other guards advance and assist. Hubley, who left the corrections service in January, said she heard inmate Kaz Cox, who was standing in
SAN MARINO (AP) — Residents of San Marino, a tiny republic surrounded by Italy, voted Sunday whether to decriminalize abortion, with the Roman Catholic Church firmly opposed and the “yes” camp hoping to make the procedure legal in some circumstances. The ballot proposal calls for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and beyond then if the woman’s life is in danger or if her physical or psychological health are at risk because of fetal anomalies or malformations. Women in