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Making your urban backyard a safe and welcoming space for birds to make a stop on their way south, isn't as complicated as some people might think, experts say. "We can improve our backyards by having little attractants, like a water station," Matt Wallace, a director at Nature Calgary, told CBC News in an interview. "We can hold off on our fall clean up, keeping debris on our lawns, keeping things a little bit longer to hold moisture, in which promotes more insects." And those insects fill the
Ontario's special investigations unit (SIU) is looking at how a man became critically injured near an apartment where Ottawa police were responding to a 911 call. Ottawa police were called at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening to an apartment on Kilborn Avenue in the Alta Vista neighbourhood regarding a woman who was seriously injured. In a press release issued on Thursday, the SIU said police found a man on the ground outside the apartment, who was taken to hospital in critical condition. "It i
The main national party leaders' scheduled public appearances for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. All times are local. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Windsor, Ont. 9 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. No address provided. _____ Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole London, Ont. 12:30 p.m. — Announcement and media availability. Bellamere Winery and Event Centre, 1260 Gainsborough Rd. St. Catharines, Ont. 7:30 p.m. — Event with supporters. Trenergy Inc., 81 Eastchester Ave. ____ NDP Leader Jagmeet Sing
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” just two years after its first. The company said Thursday that “X” will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert O’Hara that will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah. Baritone Will Liverman will sing the title role and soprano Leah Hawkins will sing in the staging, a co-production of the Met, Michigan, Opera Omaha and the Seattle Opera. The production will
Brandon University reduced the hours of its sole co-ordinator dedicated to sexual violence education and prevention on campus by 75 per cent amid COVID-19 budget constraints at the start of 2021. The position — which is equal parts advocate and educator — was created five years ago to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, help them navigate reporting options, and implement a new policy on investigating cases, among other duties. Both the co-ordinator and sexualized violence poli
Twenty years after beginning her policing career, Farica Prince is set to embark on her biggest role yet. Prince was formally named deputy chief of the Prince Albert Police Service on Wednesday, marking the first time an Indigenous woman has held the position in the 135-year history of the force. She will also be the only woman in any of Saskatchewan's four largest cities currently serving as deputy chief, and she understands the significance of her hiring. "I know that it's a big announcement f
CANUPAWAKPA — Bringing nation members together through the solid beat of drums and traditional songs, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation’s One Day Contest Wacipi was a welcomed return to normal for dancers. Don Smoke and his daughter Sophia Smoke travelled from Dakota Plains First Nation, located 36 kilometres south of Portage la Prairie, to attend the Canupawakpa celebration on Aug. 4. Sophia said it was great to be back at powwow performing the jingle dance. The event marked the second powwow for the f
WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each side is taking vastly different approaches to guiding the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill through Congress. The party is again confronting the competing political priorities between its progressive and moderate wings. The House v
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson sai
Although the Watson Lake Daycare remains open, many parents are staying home with their kids who attend it after a COVID-19 exposure notice was issued on Wednesday, according to the town's mayor. Chris Irvin acknowledged the exposure notice put many parents in "a difficult situation" as there is only one daycare in Watson Lake. "People are staying home from work," he said. "There are some people that can afford to do that. Some people that can't." The exposure notice was for children and staff w
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile resembling the U.S. Tomahawk that can be potentially topped with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of making fuel for potential nuclear bombs. Likely they are an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if
As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage. Chinese officials delivered the message in closed meetings this year amid broader efforts to bring the city to heel under a sweeping national security law and make it more "patriotic," according to three major developers and a Hong Kong government adviser familiar with the talks. Beijing is no longer willing to tolerate "monopoly behaviour," the source added.
Stranded on a remote island in eastern Manitoba, four volunteers raised more than $203,000 for STARS Air Ambulance. Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) vice-president Jake Ayre survived Rescue on the Island with three other volunteers — Olympic curling gold medallist Jill Officer, Association of Manitoba Municipalities executive director Denys Volkov and Cargill Canada president Jeff Vassart. Their goal for the day was to fundraise as much as possible for STARS. “Over the years, we’ve [KAP] ha
A Calgary man has been charged in connection with two instances of church vandalism from mid-summer — which occurred after the uncovering of mass graves at former residential schools. Calgary police asked for the public's help after 11 churches were vandalized around Canada Day. In some cases, the churches were marked with orange and red hand prints and the number 215. Police say this suggests the vandalism was in response to the finding of residential school graves. Preliminary findings in May
Faced with surging COVID-19 hospitalizations, Saskatchewan's premier introduced a slew of new public health measures, including mandatory masks for indoor public spaces beginning on Friday, and a proof-of-vaccination system that starts next month.
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — I wake up as the loudspeaker outside my window starts the community broadcast at 7 a.m. I try to recall the date. Vietnam’s pandemic lockdown has been so long I’ve lost my sense of time. I now count by weeks. This is the ninth I’ve been stuck in Vung Tau, a seaside resort more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from my home in Hanoi. I get out of bed, keeping to my routine of yoga before breakfast. As I roll out the mat, the broadcast gives the latest pandemic news and bl
APSLEY — The self-guided Apsley Autumn Studio Tour, a decades-old celebration of community arts, is returning this year — with a modern twist. For this year’s 28th annual studio tour, which will see 28 artists — from painters and sculptors to metalwork artisans — present new works at 13 studios across North Kawartha and Wollaston townships, organizers are introducing a new mobile app to help guests navigate the tour while discovering talented creatives along the way. The first-of-its-kind, free-
B.C. says it won't be able to take any of Alberta's extra intensive care unit patients at a time when that province's hospitals are buckling under the weight of patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. In a statement, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the ministry met with its Alberta counterparts Thursday. A day earlier, Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS) said she would ask other provinces if they would take ICU patients who need care, or spare staff that
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prosecutor tasked with examining the U.S. government's investigation into Russian election interference charged a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on Thursday with making a false statement to the FBI five years ago. The indictment accuses Michael Sussmann of hiding that he was working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during a September 2016 conversation he had with the FBI’s general counsel, when he relayed concerns from cybersecurity researchers about potentially
AirTransat has resumed its flights from Canada to the U.K., which some hope points to a recovery for international travel that has been hampered by a mishmash of rules and low consumer confidence.