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The Walrus from Space initiative is a rare chance for the public to make a meaningful contribution to climate science, experts say.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm America's “rock-solid” support for the self-governing island that is claimed by China. The visit came as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. China was quick to condemn the tr
OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Friday a pandemic aid program to help oil and gas companies cut their methane emissions will be revisited now that the industry is back on its feet. But he said the government is not going to consider aid programs that help the fossil fuel sector cut their emissions to be the "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" the government has promised to eliminate by the end of 2023. The Onshore Emissions Reduction Fund is under an unflattering spot
Heath Krevesky is a self-confessed political junkie — and a bit of a nerd. That's his way of explaining why he's been tracking his weekly grocery bill for years now. And why he's worried that inflation is taking a bigger and bigger bite out of his food budget. "In 2019, it cost me $9,826 to feed myself. In 2020, that cost of feeding myself went to $11,994, an increase of 22 per cent," he said. "I can't wait to find out how this year wraps itself out. It appears as though it's going to be close t
A fatal crash near McLure, B.C. on Wednesday afternoon saw four vehicles collide in snowy conditions, leaving one person dead and three others injured. The RCMP says the incident happened at 3 p.m. PT on Nov. 24 on Highway 5 north of Kamloops. The incident left the highway closed overnight, only reopening on Thursday morning. Investigators say two transport trucks collided head-on, with two other vehicles also involved in the crash. A passenger in the northbound truck, who was a senior in her 70
Ontario reported another 854 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as Premier Doug Ford asks public health officials to ramp up surveillance due to a new variant of concern that's cropped up in southern Africa. Ford wants officials to prepare for all possible outcomes. The federal government has banned travel from southern Africa due to the variant, which the World Health Organization has dubbed "omicron." Canadian citizens and permanent residents arriving home from the region must get a COVID-19 test
Mary J. Blige, Method Man, and Michael Rainey Jr. discuss the new season of the hit Starz show “Power Book II: Ghost.” (Nov. 27)
Jennifer Jones hopes to inspire the next generation of curlers. The 2014 Olympic gold medallist is currently competing with her rink at the Canadian curling trials in Saskatoon, trying to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Getting more children into curling is a goal as important as winning an Olympic medal, the Manitoba curler said. "I remember going to the Scotties [tournament] in Brandon when I was younger and just thinking, wow, I just hope one day I can play in one of these events,"
Just as one storm system winds down, the next is ready to ramp up, with already vulnerable parts of British Columbia set to see more heavy rain this weekend.
Canada has banned visitors from southern Africa after the discovery of a new variant of concern in the region. The new variant, deemed Omicron, first emerged in South Africa and coincided with a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in that region in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -A handful of local COVID-19 cases in eastern parts of China have prompted Shanghai city to limit tourism activities and a nearby city to cut public transport services, as China insists on zero tolerance against letting clusters spread. Shanghai city detected three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases with confirmed symptoms for Nov. 25, official data from the National Health Commission (NHC) showed on Friday.
China's military carried out "combat readiness" patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait on Friday as a U.S. Congressional delegation made a surprise visit to Taipei, offering strong support to the Chinese-claimed, democratically governed island. The five members of the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night for a previously unannounced two-day trip, the second time in a month U.S. lawmakers have visited. As with the last visit https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-opposes-us-legislators-visiting-taiwan-by-military-plane-state-media-2021-11-09, China's military announced the patrols in the vicinity of the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait that separates the island from its giant neighbour.
There is not enough information yet about a new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, which was first identified in South Africa, said infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch. But he says travel restrictions are 'probably not going to be that effective' at stopping its global transmission.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as tensions rose across the conflict-riddled nation with the population angry at the government’s inability to stem violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Several hundred protestors took to the streets, calling for President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign. The army and police drove through downtown Ouagadougou, the capital, during clashes wit
VICTORIA — Southern British Columbians braced for another severe storm Saturday, with a new set of evacuation alerts issued and officials in an already devastated agricultural community warning of another possible river overflow. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun told a news conference Saturday that the city has done everything it can with provincial and federal support to prepare, but the Nooksack River in Washington state presented an "unknown factor." The river's dikes in Whatcom County were damag
Durham police have arrested a driver after a hit and run that left one person dead and another critically injured in Ajax early Saturday. The collision happened in the intersection of Harwood Avenue and Kingston Road. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards. Durham police said the person who died is elderly. Paramedics have taken the injured person to a trauma centre. Roadways in the area are closed as officers investigate the fatal collision.
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have introduced a two-for-one piece of legislation that would provide sick leave to some workers, and bring the law down on anyone harassing health-care employees. The bill would provide 10 days of paid sick leave to federally regulated workers, a contingent that makes up a small percentage of the overall Canadian workforce. Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan says the sick leave plugs a hole in the country's social safety net that the pandemic exposed. At the same time,
Infectious diseases specialists Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Dr. Susy Hota discuss whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will help protect people against the omicron variant and if people should change their behaviour.
MONTREAL — Premier François Legault tried to reassure Quebecers on Friday that despite the fact health officials reported more than 1,000 new daily cases for the first time since May, hospitalizations remained stable because of the province's strong vaccination coverage. Health officials reported 1,037 new COVID-19 cases on Friday but no new deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. COVID-19-related hospitalizations dropped by four compared with the prior day, to 206, after 13 patients entered
Hammerhead sharks are fearsome looking beasts that patrol the waters in which they live as if they have no fear of anything in the ocean. It's not surprising that they are so confident considering the fact that they have highly evolved vision and sensory organs that make them especially capable hunters. Unlike most shark species, hammerheads school in groups of more than 100 individuals by day, although they are solitary at night when they are hunting. Often seen in large congregations in areas such as this one, in the Galapagos Islands, they drift slowly on the current. This is a magnificent sight to see and scuba divers come from all over the world to swim among these awe inspiring animals. Always in motion, most species of shark lack a swim bladder and they must constantly move to stay off the bottom. They are also able to breathe more easily as the movement causes greater water flow over their gills. Hammerheads are actually able to rest one hemisphere of their brain in a sleep-like state while the other hemisphere remains active to watch for threats. These hammerheads occasionally ventured close to the divers to investigate the strange and clumsy creatures that were perched on the rocks watching them with even greater interest. For scuba divers, seeing a wall of hammerheads cruising past them can only be described as the world's largest and most spectacular Imax theater experience. The Galapagos Islands are roughly 4 million years old. This is very young in geological terms. The islands formed through the eruptions of underwater volcanoes that shot pillars of lave and cooling rock towards the surface. These rocks eventually became home to plants and then birds, lizards, reptiles and other creatures that made their way through the air or on the ocean's currents. The currents have also brought an abundance of marine life as well. Three major currents converge here and create an upwelling of nutrients and food that brought small fish. Larger fish and animals that feed on those fish thrive here. This is one of the most diverse and fascinating areas of the planet. For nature enthusiasts and underwater adventurers alike, the Galapagos Islands represent one of the most thrilling worlds to explore.