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A Vancouver polyglot and popular YouTuber is teaching others his secret to learning a new language, after acquiring more than two dozen foreign languages for work and fun. Steve Kaufmann, 76, who has over half a million subscribers on his language teaching YouTube channel, said his love for learning new languages started when he met a professor at McGill University in Montreal who encouraged him to continue his academic studies in France. "Everything was in French so I became very fluent," Kaufm
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis on Sunday condemned recent attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and Britain, in an apparent reference to the stabbing death of parliamentarian David Amess. "Last week, various attacks were carried out, for example, Norway, Afghanistan, England, which caused many dead and wounded," he said at his weekly blessing in St. Peter's Square. At least 41 people were killed and 70 wounded in a suicide attack at a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Friday.
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jill Biden on Sunday returned to the South Carolina Baptist church where she says she began to repair her relationship with God following her son's death from brain cancer six years ago. The first lady quietly flew to West Columbia for a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary celebration for Pastor Charles B. Jackson Sr. of Brookland Baptist Church. But she ended up giving one of the most extensive explanations yet of how her faith wavered after Beau Biden's death
Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month. Whether people have held off on getting vaccinated because of a past reaction, or are seeking an exemption to inoculation mandates, Hanna said a previous allergic response doesn't mean you can't get your shots. Allergists across the country have safely inoculated most patients who come into their clinics, regardless
OTTAWA — An ancient Indigenous knife unearthed during the renovation of Centre Block will be the first artifact found on Parliament Hill to be returned to the stewardship of the Algonquin people who live in the Ottawa region. Archeologists say the return of the stone knife, which is estimated to be 4,000 years old, is a historic move that officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples inhabited the land — considered unceded territory — that is now the site of Parliament Hill. The Kitigan Zibi Anishina
The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote area outside the western Kazakhstan at 07:35 a.m. (0435 GMT), the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. The crew had dedocked from the ISS three hours earlier.
The chill in the air has some residents in a southeast Edmonton neighbourhood looking ahead to their winter transit options — and they are concerned. Residents in The Hills at Charlesworth, a new community in the rapidly growing area of Ellerslie Road between 34th and 50th Streets, are asking the city to improve transit service to the neighbourhood. Currently, there is no transit stop there. Residents have to walk about two kilometres to the nearest stop on 50th Street. "When I came here a few m
As the province rolls out its new COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination QR code, some businesses are citing concerns over how they will police the measures and say there hasn't been enough support from the government. Brittany Rosen has more.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -A U.S. Christian aid organization on Sunday said a group of its missionaries had been kidnapped in Haiti, a further sign the Caribbean nation's gangs are growing increasingly brazen amid political and economic crises. The group was in Haiti to visit an orphanage when their bus was hijacked on Saturday outside the capital Port-au-Prince, according to accounts by other missionaries, amid a spike in kidnappings following the murder of President Jovenel Moise. Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said it had no information on who was behind the abduction nor where they took the group, which includes 16 Americans and one Canadian.
Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of 5 million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, or nearly nine months, since March 2020. Australian and other media say this is the longest in the world, exceeding a 234-day lockdown in Buenos Aires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-03/melbourne-longest-lockdown/100510710.
BARCELONA (Reuters) -An Argentine judge investigating cases stemming from the Franco dictatorship in Spain has indicted a former Spanish minister on four counts of homicide, according to court papers seen by Reuters on Saturday. Judge Maria Servini de Cuba, sitting in Buenos Aires, issued the ruling against Rodolfo Martin Villa, 87, interior minister between 1976 and 1979. The judge wrote that she considered Martin Villa "the prima facie perpetrator criminally responsible for the crime of aggravated homicide, repeated on at least four occasions, of which Pedro María Martínez Ocio, Romualdo Barroso Chaparro, Francisco Aznar Clemente and Germán Rodríguez Saíz were victims".
A mandate requiring Montreal city council's next elected officials to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could be adopted by the city's executive committee in the coming days. According to incumbent mayor Valérie Plante, no one without two shots should be allowed to enter Montreal's City Hall. "Aspiring municipal officials are required to lead by example," said Plante in a Friday tweet, responding to an article from Radio-Canada. "This is why all elected officials will have to be able to show
An injured woman found lying on the highway near Fort Providence, N.W.T., has prompted a plea for the public's help from the RCMP. Officers were called to Highway 3, just south of the Big River gas station, at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, police said in a statement on Saturday. The woman, who had serious injuries, was medevaced to Alberta for treatment, they said. They did not provide her identity, age or current condition. Police are asking anyone with information to contact RCMP in Fort Provi
A first-degree murder charge has been laid in the death of an actress known for her role in the award-winning movie The Grizzlies. Emerald MacDonald's body was found at a cabin outside the hamlet of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, on May 3, according to Nunavut RCMP. She had been seen last in the hamlet on April 30, buying supplies to go to her family's cabin for the weekend, police had said earlier in their investigation. She then travelled by snowmobile to the cabin on Inutkoakakvik Island (Old Man Island
Family heirlooms are often tucked away in someone's basement. For Germaine Benuen, they were stored in the Canadian Museum of History, near Ottawa. Benuen, who lives in the Innu community of Sheshatshiu in central Labrador, was returning from a three-week cross-country road trip to British Columbia in September when she followed up on a tip that hand-beaded moccasins that her late mother made 62 years ago were on display at the Canadian Museum of History, which is in Gatineau, Que. "When we were
Two residents, including a person in their 50s, and one employee at the Villa Renaissance nursing home in Dalhousie have died of COVID-19, according to Michael Keating, interim executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes. Seven employees and seven patients at the nursing home have tested positive for the virus since Wednesday. Keating said the province has sent in people to help support staff at the Villa Rennaissance and that's allowing residents to get the care they ne
KINGSTON, Ont. — Police in Kingston, Ont. say numerous arrests were made Saturday and early Sunday morning after a "volatile" crowd gathered during Queen's University's unofficial homecoming weekend. Local police say one officer was taken to hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries after being hit with some form of projectile. Investigators linked the officer's injuries to a crowd of thousands they said swarmed the city's university district Saturday afternoon. Police declared the gatherin
DUBAI (Reuters) -An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. "The appeals court has approved the lower court's verdict without holding a hearing," attorney Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad website. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran's ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar's participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb. 1 military takeover. Myanmar objected to the decision by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to invite a non-political representative instead of Myanmar's military leader, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the grouping's chair Brunei said Saturday. The 10-member bloc has been under intense internation
A second person linked to a class at Whitehorse Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from public health officials in Yukon on Saturday. Yukon Communicable Disease Control said the case is linked to the Grade 5b class at the school. A COVID-19 case connected to the same class was announced last week Tuesday. In its Saturday letter, public health said students and staff connected to the class who attended school on Tuesday are close contacts of the COVID-19 cas