China's young workers in the capital Beijing are locked out of the property market
China's young workers in the capital Beijing are locked out of the property market
A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to salvage one of its leading priorities. Vice-President Mike Pence and other top administration officials were offering to let states request federal exemptions from insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. About two dozen top GOP lawmakers met for two hours Tuesday evening with Pence and other White House officials, but participants said differences remained over giving states flexibility to drop those mandates.
Alberta's two conservative parties, working on a deal to join forces, are at odds when it comes to social clubs for gay students in schools. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says he disagrees with Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. Kenney says schools, in some circumstances, should tell parents when their child joins a gay-straight alliance, also known as a GSA.
Singer Kishori Amonkar, renowned for her innovative interpretation of classical Indian music, has died, one of her students said Tuesday. Amonkar, 84, died late Monday at her home in central Mumbai after a brief illness, said Gandhar Bedekar. Music students in India often live with their mentors, and Bedekar's mother was one of Amonkar's oldest disciples.
Hammam al-Alil, a town south of Mosul once famous throughout Iraq for its healing hot waters, is back in business after a U.S.-backed offensive retook the area from Islamic State militants and authorities reopened its spa. This oasis of leisure now coexists, however, with camps housing more than 30,000 of the people displaced in the region by the campaign to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, its the last major city stronghold in Iraq. "It's refreshing and good for your skin." Residents have been flocking back since Islamic State was expelled from the town in early November, ending the days when bathers had to wear a tunic covering them from knee to navel as part of the Sunni Muslim movement's strict modesty code.
The Dutch Supreme Court has approved the extradition to Canada of a convicted cyber blackmailer who faces charges in the case of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, who killed herself after allegedly being extorted online. Because of several factors, however, it remains unclear when 38-year-old Aydin Coban could be sent to Canada following Tuesday's ruling. First, his extradition must be approved by the Dutch security and justice minister.
It is "disgusting" if girls at a private Islamic school in Stockholm are directed to the back door of a school bus while boys use the front door, as claimed by a television documentary, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Tuesday. "It does not belong in Sweden" to have primary schools dividing children, aged between 6 and 10, by gender, Lofven said. In Sweden "we take the bus together whether you are a girl or a boy, a woman or a man," Lofven said.
The recently suspended chief of the Acho Dene Koe First Nation in Fort Liard, N.W.T., is asking a federal court judge to reinstate him. Harry Deneron has been chief of the First Nation off and on since 1975. On March 9, four out of the six Acho Dene Koe councillors — Sonia Timbre, Dennis Nelson, Irene McLeod and Joe Bertrand — held a special meeting and voted to suspend Deneron as chief.
Six days before Alberta Health rushed to deliver a $10-million grant to a private alternative-health foundation, the ministry abruptly changed the grant's purpose, eliminating the need for ethics approval for what experts say was a human-subject experiment on thousands of Alberta seniors. On Dec. 23, 2013, former Progressive Conservative health minister Fred Horne approved the funding to Pure North S'Energy Foundation to expand an unproven, alternative "wellness" program, ultimately to more than 7,300 seniors. Horne made the decision against the advice of officials from several ministries who had determined the Pure North program was not adequately supported by scientific evidence, could not prove the incredible health and economic benefits it claimed, and could cause adverse health effects in participants.
P.E.I.'s Brookvale Provincial Ski Park marked its 50th anniversary this year with a full season of skiing. Ski park superintendent Allan Matters said opening for the first day of the Christmas break on Dec. 22 and staying open through to the last day of March break on March 26 was the highlight of the season for him. There was a bit of cold snap to help out with the snowmaking just before opening day, and a bit of fresh snowfall on the day itself.
The National Arts Centre announced its lineup today for the Canada Scene festival in conjunction with the Canada 150 celebrations taking place across the country this year. The month-long event, which runs from June 15 to July 23 in Ottawa, includes music and theatre performances, independent movie screenings and installation art by more than 1,000 Canadian artists from all across the country.
Parents will still be able to apply for exceptions to school zoning following a review of school utilization that wrapped up Monday night, says Public Schools Branch director Parker Grimmer. The biggest controversy out of the meeting is the recommendation to close two schools, but the Public School Branch board of directors also approved many rezoning recommendations, particularly in the Charlottetown area. School review report author Bob Andrews has said zoning enforcement is important for controlling school populations, and Georgetown parents have argued their school wouldn't need to close if zoning was enforced.
The provisions that currently exist to protect journalists' sources are insufficient, three senior Quebec newsroom supervisors testified Monday at a provincial inquiry looking into the matter. The inquiry, which will look at police surveillance of journalists and the protection of confidential sources, heard from editorial bosses from Montreal newspapers La Presse and Le Devoir as well as Radio-Canada, the CBC's French-language network, at Day 1 of hearings. The inquiry was announced by the Quebec government last year after revelations that Montreal and Quebec provincial police obtained warrants to collect data from the smartphones of several prominent journalists.
Spanish police investigating a money laundering case on Tuesday raided properties and blocked dozens of bank accounts, including some belonging or linked to relatives of former Syrian vice-president Rifaat Assad — the exiled uncle of Syria's current leader. Two of Rifaat Assad's wives and six of his sons are among the 15 people investigated. The judge ordered the seizure of more than 500 properties owned by Rifaat Assad and his relatives, a court statement said.
On Monday night, workers voted to ratify a contract with management, putting an end to more than a year of negotiations. Both sides were separated over changes to the workers' pension plan. Any new workers will be added to a defined contribution pension plan.
Premier Stephen McNeil should deal with the province's outstanding issue of protected minority ridings before calling an election, says a member of a panel that investigated ridings changes in 2012. The last [NDP] government made that mistake," said Jim Bickerton, a political science professor at St. Francis Xavier University. Speaking to CBC's Information Morning on Tuesday, Bickerton recommended the Liberals revisit his panel's report.
Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor's attorney said Monday. Attorney Stephen Hofer wrote in a statement that the Federal Aviation Administration will not fine Ford and the actor will retain his pilot's license without restriction. "The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted," Hofer wrote.
A retired refugee specialist with the Catholic Diocese of London is concerned an inaccurate email circulating since 2014 is leading to incidents of hate in Windsor and Essex County. The email falsely claims that refugees earn more each year than Canadian seniors living on pension income. Immigration Canada has refuted the claims, but Sister Helen Petrimoulx told several people at a meeting in Windsor Monday night that she had seen signs in Essex County perpetuating the falsehood.
Toshiba Corp on Tuesday asked creditor banks for a new loan and offered a stake in its memory chip unit that is being split off as collateral, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. In a meeting with creditor banks, the troubled electronics conglomerate asked for "a new lending facility", said the sources, who did not want to be named as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Toshiba did not specify how much loan it was seeking, most of the sources said.
When dad invents a game about a monster in the pool vent, his kids scream for more. His youngest daughter has just said her first words, screaming "again". She is so delighted with the "terrifying" monster that she wants more. Dad happily plays along and keeps the game going. His oldest daughter lifts the vent lid on cue while the youngest lets out a shriek. Even the family dog comes over to see the fun. Few things are as heart warming as the little voice of a child learning to speak. This is one dad who knows how to makes his kids laugh!