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The legalization of cannabis in Canada just had its third anniversary, which means it's time for the federal government to review and possibly tweak the policy. In some areas, the reviews are positive. Legalization has resulted in the emergence of a multibillion-dollar industry, new jobs and tax revenue. There have also been fewer cannabis-related drug convictions among young people. But despite some positive signs, some health experts are concerned that the rapid growth of the industry combined
A container fire that broke out on Saturday on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia is smoldering and appears to be under control, Canadian Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. Sixteen crew members were evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston on Saturday, while five remained onboard to fight the fire. The ship is anchored several kilometers off the southern coast of Vancouver Island.
One of Nova Scotia's largest landlords will likely be able to sidestep newly extended rent controls on a significant portion of its Halifax apartment empire because the cap will continue to allow rents to rise without restriction when one tenant moves out and a new tenant moves in. In recent years, upward of 30 per cent of the units owned countrywide by Killam Apartment REIT are turned over to new tenants annually. In turnovers, Killam often extracts rent increases in the high single digits, acc
HALIFAX — An aerospace engineer who lives in Halifax has been elected as the new leader of the Nova Scotia Green Party. In a vote held on Saturday, 86 of the 93 party members who cast ballots chose Anthony Edmonds as leader, with Jo-Ann Roberts elected as deputy leader. The duo were the only team on the ballot after Richard Zurawski and Nick Hendren withdrew from the race last month. Voters also had the option of choosing "none of the above" in the electronic voting system. Edmonds has run as a
The Canadian Coast Guard says the container fire that broke out Saturday on a freight ship off Victoria is "smouldering" and mostly under control, and an investigation will be soon be underway to assess damage. During a media briefing Sunday, the federal incident commander with the Canadian Coast Guard said the fire aboard Zim Kingston has burned the affected containers down to their shell. "We've just had a Coast Guard helicopter overtop and the majority of the fire is almost out. What we still
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The two women seeking the lieutenant governor's office in Virginia next month are fond of touting their unconventional political backgrounds. One thing is certain: Whichever one wins will be making history. Either candidate would be the first woman as well as the first woman of color to serve in a post that frequently serves as a launching pad to the governor’s mansion. Half of the past 10 lieutenant governors went on to become governor. The two will compete for votes on
Police east of Toronto say they've charged a 30-year-old man with murder in the deaths of his mother and grandmother. Durham Regional Police say they opened an investigation on Oct. 14 after family members called to request a wellness check on 85-year-old Tatilda Noble and her daughter, 58-year-old Ava Burton. Police say the women were not found at their home and remain missing, but are now presumed dead. Investigators say Joshua Burton of Whitby, Ont., was arrested on Friday in nearby Oshawa. H
A man has died from injuries he sustained earlier this week after being hit by a vehicle in the southeastern edge of the city, Edmonton police say. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a man was picking up items that had fallen from his truck onto the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle, police say. The vehicle, driven by a 60-year-old man, was travelling north on 34th Street SW, near 28th Avenue SW, when it struck the man. The 41-year-old victim was treated and sent to hospital with serious
LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) -Italy on Sunday ended talks with UniCredit over the sale of Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) in a major setback to years-long efforts by the Rome government to return the ailing Tuscan bank to private hands. Failure to bridge a multi-billion euro valuation gap between the parties leaves Italy unable to complete the restructuring of its banking system which it started six years ago. Rome will now seek an extension of deadlines agreed with European Union authorities to re-privatise MPS and a Treasury official said it did not expect discussions to be difficult.
As COVID-19 restrictions lift and travel picks up, the ski industry is anticipating a busy season ahead. But it could feel uncomfortably busy if Canadian ski resorts continue to have difficulties finding staff to operate the chairlifts and flip burgers in their mountaintop restaurants. According to the Canadian Ski Council (CSC), up to 30 per cent of job vacancies at ski resorts across the country could remain empty by the time ski season hits. The critical lack of workers prompted CSC president
A Pictou Landing First Nation man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Prabhjot Singh Katri in Truro, N.S., last month. In a news release issued Saturday morning, Truro police say 20-year-old Cameron James Prosper has been charged and remains in custody. He was already on remand for other pending charges and was arrested Friday in relation to Katri's death. Prosper was arrested on Sept. 9, four days after Katri's death, for breach of a release order, assaulting a police off
North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-says-it-conducted-successful-missile-test-submarine-kcna-2021-10-19 were "concerning and counterproductive" for efforts to reduce tensions, and Pyongyang should instead engage in talks, the U.S. envoy for North Korea said on Sunday. Speaking to reporters after meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul, Special Representative Sung Kim https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-nuclear-envoy-visits-skorea-amid-nkorea-missile-tension-stalled-talks-2021-10-23 said the United States is committed to exploring "sustained and substantive diplomacy" with North Korea. "Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," Kim said.
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of California wildfires, upwards of 10,000 trees weakened by fires, drought, disease or age must be removed, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees. The hazard trees could potentially fall onto people and cars on the section of State Route 180 known as Generals Highway, or they could create barriers for emergency and fire response, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks said Friday. The h
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) says it's sending reverse osmosis water purification units to Iqaluit at the request of the Nunavut government, after residents were ordered not to drink the water following evidence of fuel contamination in the city's treated water supply. Maj. Susan Magill, a public affairs officer with CAF's northern military unit — Joint Task Force North — told CBC News on Saturday one of the water purification units had arrived in the city that day, and another was expected o
As COVID-19 case numbers rise and more Saskatchewan children contract the illness, schools are scrambling to keep their students safe. At a recent physicians' town hall, doctors from the Saskatchewan Health Authority confirmed there were 17 children in the province hospitalized with COVID-19 — the highest number at any point in the pandemic so far — with the vast majority too young to be vaccinated. Many were under the age of five. Saskatchewan NDP education critic Carla Beck called the statisti
Texas-based ecologist Merlin Tuttle has been studying bats longer than video games have been around, and now, he's hoping that by sharing his decades of knowledge with a B.C. game creator, the duo can dispel some misconceptions he says people have about these nocturnal fliers by getting to know them better virtually. Tuttle, who has studied bats for over 60 years, has teamed up with AJ Dhalla, executive director of the non-profit society Thought Generation to create Find the Bats, an upcoming mo
Underwater videographer Bartolomeo Bove has captured some remarkable close-up encounters with Galapagos green turtles, the only species of sea turtle that nests in the Galapagos Islands. Amazing!
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Lionel Messi's first "Classique” ended in a 0-0 draw between Marseille and 10-man Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. The stalemate between the two bitter rivals reduced PSG's lead over Lens at the top of the French league to seven points after 11 rounds. PSG played with 10 men after Achraf Hakimi was sent off in the 56th minute at the Velodrome Stadium in traditionally the biggest match in French football. Hakimi brought down Cengiz Under on a counterattack. Messi almost str
A climate change adaptation project will soon take place at the shoreline near Cedar Dunes Provincial Park. Its purpose is to prevent coastal erosion that could destroy some of the nearby infrastructure. "Some of that infrastructure that's at the site where a project is going to take place includes the Cedar Dunes campground and the historic Lighthouse Museum, of course the beaches, and there's a seasonal hotel there as well," said Brian Thompson, a director with the Department of Transportation
OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the federal government has approved a request for pandemic aid in Saskatchewan, including military support. Blair issued a series of tweets saying the government approved the request in order to support Saskatchewan residents as the province faces a surge of COVID-19 cases. Blair also says the Canadian Forces will "provide communities the support they need to fight the pandemic." Blair's office earlier confirmed it had received and was reviewing a