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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's narrow election victory this week reinforced Canada's commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but workers in the country's sizable fossil fuel sector said they also expect him to keep his promises to retrain them for jobs in a clean-energy economy. Oil worker advocacy group Iron & Earth estimates Canada will need around C$10 billion ($7.8 billion) over 10 years to retrain fossil fuel workers, but is sceptical about government promises to help after past pledges failed to materialise. Da Silva said the country risks losing the skilled labour crucial to a clean energy economy if the government does not prioritise transition funding, which the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement recognizes as important to ensure no workers are left behind as the world decarbonizes.
LONDON, Ont. — A man facing terrorism charges for allegedly targeting and killing a Muslim family with his truck in southwestern Ontario has had his case adjourned for two weeks. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, Ont., has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in what prosecutors say was an act of terrorism. Police allege the June 6 attack was motivated by Veltman's hate against the Islamic faith. Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Sal
The Saint John Sea Dogs have been chosen to host the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament. The tournament features the three championship teams from major junior hockey teams from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The team from the host city also gets to compete for major junior hockey's biggest prize. The news that the city's bid was successful came Wednesday morning. The Quebec Remparts were also in the running to host. This will be the fir
The Government of Alberta has brought in vaccine passports and implemented new health measures in order to mitigate the surge of COVID-19. Alberta declared a state of public health emergency and announced these measures on Sept. 15. “We are taking necessary and critical steps to prevent our health system from being overwhelmed and once again slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a news release. “These steps are not easy for anyone, but with COVID-19 hospitalizatio
Liberal candidate Jenica Atwin has defeated Conservative Andrea Johnson in the tight Fredericton election race. Atwin's lead ticked up to 502 votes over Johnson as Elections Canada counted mail-in ballots Wednesday morning. CBC's decision desk projected Atwin the winner. At the same time, Green candidate Nicole O'Byrne moved into third place in the count. On Monday night, O'Byrne was in fourth behind NDP candidate Shawn Oldenburg. Atwin had 37 per cent of the vote at noon Wednesday compared with
The Ottawa bus driver in a 2019 fatal crash at the Westboro transit station has been acquitted of all criminal charges. In a decision delivered Wednesday, Ontario Court Justice Matthew Webber acknowledged the "pure magnitude of human suffering" that gripped the city in the aftermath of the Jan. 11, 2019, crash. OC Transpo bus operator Aissatou Diallo was driving bus 8155 when she crashed into the steel awning of the Westboro transit station, killing three passengers — Anja Van Beek, Judy Booth a
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for taking part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building. Tam Pham entered the pleas Monday to two federal misdemeanor charges — entering a restricted building and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds — the Houston Chronicle reported. “Mr. Pham entered a plea to a very low level or petty misdemeanor and all other charges against him were dismissed,” Pham’s lawyer, Nicole
EDMONTON — A group that oversees the practice of medicine in Alberta says it has told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behaviour was unprofessional. Scott McLeod, registrar with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, says the regulator has also spoken to doctors who gave into pressure from patients wanting an exemption letter-- not grounded in clinical evidence — to avoid having to wear masks or vaccinations. McLeod says the college i
Bonfield councillor Eric Foisy wants racing events at the Bonfield Event Park cut to two per year, a move park owner Lisa Groves calls “ridiculous.” “I pay taxes for commercial property that is zoned for events year-round,” Groves said. With the pandemic having already cut into her company’s bottom line, reducing events to two per year would result in financial catastrophe. “For him to suggest that a property of this size and the property taxes that are charged could exist with operating a coupl
The district’s polls have closed, and spirits are high at Conservative headquarters. Candidate Steven Trahan continues watching pole results roll in—East to West—a wave of voters casting what he anticipates being a political sea-change from red to blue. About 15 people are at his campaign office at 1720 Algonquin Avenue. Close friends, family, his wife, Crystal, and his campaign staff are winding down from 36 days on the campaign trail to settle in for a long night of results. Trahan was in good
United Airlines Inc is facing claims that it unlawfully denied religious and medical exemptions from a requirement that employees receive COVID-19 vaccines after allegedly making it difficult for workers to apply for them. Six United employees filed a class action in Texas federal court on Tuesday claiming that workers who sought exemptions from the vaccine mandate were subjected to intrusive inquiries about their medical conditions or religious beliefs, including a requirement that they obtain letters from pastors. Chicago-based United in a statement said the lawsuit was without merit, and that it has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from employees since announcing its vaccine requirement last month.
L'ORIGNAL, Ont. — The case of an eastern Ontario doctor charged with murder has been adjourned for six weeks. Dr. Brian Nadler is accused of killing 89-year-old Albert Poidinger at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital earlier this year. Ontario Provincial Police say they were called to the hospital on March 25, after which Poidinger was declared dead and Nadler was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Police have also said they are investigating the doctor in connection with se
President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world. The purchase of another 500 million shots brings the total U.S. vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses through 2022. (Sept. 22)
President Joe Biden's administration plans to ease in early November COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions that have barred people from much of the world from entering the United States starting in early 2020. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still must issue a formal order that will provide details on the new rules and when they will begin. Here is a look at the U.S. travel restriction policy.
A teetering Chinese real estate developer unexpectedly struck an 11th-hour deal to pay some of what it owes to its domestic investors on Wednesday, but foreign investors still owed millions of U.S. dollars on Thursday have so far been left hanging. Investors around the world have been watching property developer Evergrande Group closely this week, as the company is in danger of defaulting under its crushing debt load. The company owes more than $300 billion US to various creditors and was strugg
Britain warned its food producers on Wednesday to prepare for a 400% rise in carbon dioxide prices after paying tens of million of pounds to get CF Fertilisers to restart production in a deal that will last for three weeks. The deal buys Britain some time to secure suppliers from other sources as it seeks to prevent the shutdown on production of a wide range of food and drinks. WHY IS CARBON DIOXIDE IMPORTANT?
About 172 staff members at Windsor, Ont. hospitals have been suspended without pay for not getting their COVID-19 shots by the deadlines set out by their employers. Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) both have policies mandating that as of Wednesday, Sept. 22, all staff and physicians must have at least one dose of the vaccine to continue working unless an approved exemption is provided. WRH confirmed in a news release that 96 per cent of its employees are ful
VANCOUVER — Homicide investigators say more charges have been laid against the suspect in a stabbing attack that killed one woman and injured six other people in North Vancouver in March. A statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says five counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault have been laid against Yannick Bandaogo. A woman in her 20s was stabbed and killed near the Lynn Valley library branch on March 27. Six other people, ranging in age from 22 to 78,
Nova Scotia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases to 127. Fourteen of the new cases are in the central zone, two are in the northern zone, two are in the eastern zone and one is in the western zone. Ten people are in hospital with the virus, and none of them are in intensive care. Labs in the province finished processing 4,182 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, 73.8 per cent of Nova Scotians are fully vaccinated. Atlantic Canada case numbers
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s prime minister-designate announced Wednesday that a three-party coalition will form the country's next government. King Mohammed VI appointed billionaire Aziz Akhanouch as prime minister earlier this month after his party placed first in a legislative election, netting 102 out of the 395 seats in the lower house of parliament. The coalition includes Akhanouch's liberal National Rally of Independents Party, or RNI, the Authenticity and Modernity party (PAM) and the