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Peter Haentjens first came to Canada in 1975. That year, he was one of about 300 Belgian students who took a plane from Belgium to Ontario to work in tobacco farms. The trip was facilitated by an association called Flemmish in the World with the aim of helping Belgian-Canadian farm owners harvest their tobacco. “I had no idea what tobacco looked like. I had no idea what Canada looked like. So, it was an eye-opener.” It was a tough job, Haentjens said. He would wake up at the crack of dawn and wo
With Newfoundland and Labrador moving to Step 2 of its reopening plan on Sunday, some restaurant owners are breathing a sign of relief. In Step 2, there are no capacity restrictions for restaurants or bars, meaning owners can bring back more of their tables and allow more customers inside. However, there still needs to be space for social distancing, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald outlined on Friday. Deborah Bourden owns several business in the Twillingate area, including
DUBAI (Reuters) -The U.S. Navy is assisting an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker attacked off Oman with two crew members killed, the U.S. military said on Saturday, adding the ship was most likely hit by a drone strike. Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel that was attacked on Thursday, is being escorted by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. "U.S. Navy explosives experts are aboard to ensure there is no additional danger to the crew, and are prepared to support an investigation into the attack," said Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
MANAVGAT, Turkey (Reuters) -Days after a raging wildfire in southern Turkey drove his family from the home they lived in for four decades, Mehmet Demir returned on Saturday to discover a burnt-out building, charred belongings and ashes. Demir's home, near the coastal Mediterranean town of Manavgat and not far from the popular tourist resort Antalya, was hit by one of the some 100 fires that officials say broke out this week across southern and western Turkey. "The blaze spread through the highlands and raged suddenly," Demir told Reuters as he looked around the wreckage of his home, built in 1982.
Draft reports of an inquiry into foreign funding of alleged anti-Alberta energy activities show just a fraction of money flowing to Canadian environmental initiatives during the last 20 years was targeted at halting the extraction and transport of Alberta oil. Copies of draft reports penned by commissioner Steve Allan and forensic accounting performed by Deloitte, both of which were obtained by CBC News, say Deloitte found $1.28 billion came from outside the country to fund environmental initiat
A random, violent encounter on a weekday night in Leduc has changed a young man's life forever. Brian Chipley has been in hospital for the past 25 days. A week ago, his leg had to be amputated. The ordeal began on July 7 when Chipley, 24, was driving to his home in Leduc with a friend after running some errands. "He was driving by a guy on the sidewalk who yelled something at him, so Brian stopped," Chipley's father Jay told CBC News. "He thought it was this fellow that he knew." Jay said his so
It won't be quite what she had dreamed of, but Yukoner Jessica Frotten is still "over the moon" to be named to Canada's Paralympic team going to Tokyo next month. "I'm super excited," she said, soon after finding out she'd made the cut. "It was a really tough team to make. It was the smallest athletic team we've ever had, so you had to be ranked pretty high up there." It will be the first Paralympics for the wheelchair racer. Frotten had hoped to make the team going to Rio five years ago, but sh
NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Indian and Chinese army commanders met Saturday after a gap of three months to discuss the expeditious disengagement of thousands of forces in a bid to ease the 15-month border tensions and clashes. Indian army spokesman Col. Sudhir Chamoli said the meeting started on Saturday on the Chinese side of the border in the eastern Ladakh region but gave no other details. The meeting was expected to end later Saturday and both sides were likely to issue statements on Sunday. The 12
The speed at which we are changing Earth's climate may be the fuel driving record-smashing extreme weather events.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. Coast guard units were leading the operation and authorities asked private boats and yachts to assist in evacuation efforts from the sea as new wildfires erupted. The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey’s Mediterranean towns rose to six Saturday aft
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take effect Sunday. Roadways are receiving new names. Candidates for office are newly able to take unlimited sums from political action committees. Rules are being adjusted for when judges must recuse themselves. And a new cri
A number of Black-led organizations will gather in Fredericton on Sunday to commemorate Canada's first official Emancipation Day. Husoni Raymond, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Fredericton, says "it's about time" the day was marked in Canada. It's been commemorated for years in many countries around the world, including his native Jamaica, where it's an annual holiday. In March, MPs in the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada. The date ma
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy. When the auditors stopped the counting and returned the ballots this week, it hadn't gotten better. In the last week alone, the only audit leader with substantial election experience was locked out of the building, went on the radio to say he was quitting, then reversed c
More than 99 per cent of the waste from transportation construction sites in Calgary routinely gets recycled, according to the city. Between 70,000 and 150,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste materials are generated each year, and for the past nine years, the city has required contractors to report just where those materials are going when they're hauled away from road and bridge projects. In 2012, about 95 per cent of the waste was diverted from landfills, said Ethan Askey, manager
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In the past month, despite the hundreds of wildfires burning throughout B.C. and the fiery destruction of the village of Lytton, conservation officers have come across dozens of people ignoring the province-wide campfire ban. The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has issued 47 tickets — totalling $50,445 in fines — and 79 warnings for campfires across B.C., after the ban was put in place on June 30. Todd Hunter, the service's acting inspector for the South Coast region, said "people aren't getti
The head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency said on Saturday that pressure in a Russian service module on the International Space Station had dropped as a result of an air leak. Pressure had fallen over a two-week period before a Russian research module, the Nauka, threw the station out of control when its engines fired shortly after docking on Thursday, but Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said the two events were not linked. The fall in pressure was a result of a known minor air leak in an isolated transfer chamber of the Zvezda service module and pressure will be raised in the next 24 hours, Roscosmos said in a statement.
David Ridgen says Angel Carlick's case has long been on his radar. Now he's actually making calls and looking for any new information that might finally solve the Yukon teen's 2007 murder. Ridgen, host and creator of the podcast Someone Knows Something, launched a new investigative series in June called The Next Call. In it, he investigates unsolved cases through a strategic series of phone conversations. He says he'd heard about Carlick's case from police as well as friends in Yukon. Carlick, 1
The mastermind behind a 2019 attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops has been killed in a shootout with security forces, Indian police in Kashmir said on Saturday. Mohammad Ismail Alvi, the commander of militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed south of the regional capital Srinagar, Vijay Kumar, the police chief of Kashmir told Reuters.
This summer, CBC Edmonton's Tanara McLean is doing a special column focusing on gardening in our Zone 3 climate. Everything from knowing your planting zone, to ditching the lawn for a water-wise garden, she'll explain why certain garden practices help you get the best out of your Zone 3 garden. Imagine sitting next to a lovely pond, watching birds, squirrels, butterflies and bees visiting to take a cool drink on a summer's day. Aside from the emotional and mental well-being it brings us, water i