John Vickers explains plans for the Blue Abyss
John Vickers explains plans for the Blue Abyss
BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) -If the U.S. military were a nation state, it would be the world's 47th largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases, a 2019 study found. Facing a battle against global warming, NATO has for the first time made it a central focus of planning and strategy. Leaders of the Western military alliance are set on Monday to agree on a climate action plan to make their armed forces carbon-neutral by 2050, and to adapt to threats posed by global warming.
Recent developments: Ottawa Public Health reports 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, but no new deaths. What's the latest? Health officials in the nation's capital reported 34 new cases on Sunday. Five new cases were reported in western Quebec. No new deaths were reported in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The Ontario government announced Saturday that the wait between the first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be shortened from 12 weeks to eight weeks. Patients can also now choose b
TORONTO — Representatives have returned to Ontario's legislature for an emergency weekend debate on election finance law with implications for free speech that experts warn may backfire on Premier Doug Ford's government. Debate started overnight into Saturday morning and was set to continue over the next several days on the bill tabled this week using the notwithstanding clause — the rarely-used constitutional tool that allows legislatures to override portions of the charter of Rights and Freedo
Outbreaks of the delta variant at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary are sparking concern as some with both doses of the vaccine are still getting affected with the variant. "We're scared, very concerned," said Wayne Stopa, a registered nurse and a vice-president with United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) Local 115. "A lot of us have had the double vaccines already … and to find out people are still getting affected with the delta variants is quite concerning to all the staff." The delta variant,
CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND — The thorny issue of how to handle increasing competition and aggression from China came up as leaders of the world's wealthiest countries gathered Saturday in an English seaside resort, although it remains to be seen how far they will go in standing up for human rights. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has faced calls for stronger action on the issue, including from the Opposition Conservatives, who have urged him to press his fellow G7 leaders to take a collective s
A Summerside husband is thanking his lucky stars and an unknown Good Samaritan for finding his wife's diamond engagement ring — and getting him out of the "doghouse." Curtis Lynch said the ring had lots of sentimental as well as monetary value. It was delivered to his then-girlfriend Sharon, hidden inside a teddy bear in 2010 when she was working in Grand Prairie, Alta., and he was on P.E.I. He then proposed to her over Skype and they got married the following year. "She just thought she was get
Alberta is offering $3 million in cash to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Premier Jason Kenney announced Saturday the launch of the "Open for Summer" vaccine lottery. Three $1-million prizes will be available for Albertans aged 18 and over who have had at least one dose. Kenney credited Albertans who have already gotten at least their first dose of vaccine for helping the province overcome the spring spike of COVID-19. But demand for the vaccine has waned, Kenney said in a video
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is advocating for two Canadian detainees in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor to be released, while meeting with world leaders during the G7 summit in Cornwall, England. As Abigail Bimman reports, Trudeau also spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden, who is stealing the show.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada successfully disentangled a humpback whale pinned to the ocean floor by a mass of discarded fishing gear. The whale was trapped for hours near Nanaimo on Thursday, anchored by 50 traps, 3,000 feet of rope, two floats and two anchors. Paul Cottrell, who works with Fisheries and Oceans, said the situation was dire, with the whale barely able to move and desperately struggling to pull itself to the surface to breathe. Cottrell said the whale was 35 to 40 feet in length,
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents before going on a shooting rampage at his Oregon high school in 1998, killing two classmates and injuring 25 more, has given his first news interview, telling HuffPost he feels “tremendous, tremendous shame and guilt.” Kinkel, now 38, is serving a de facto life sentence at the Oregon State Correctional Institution. He spoke with the news site by phone for about 20 hours over 10 months. He said he felt guilty not just for what he did as a 15-y
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -Group of Seven leaders on Sunday scolded China over human rights in its Xinjiang region, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and demanded a full and thorough investigation of the origins of the coronavirus in China. After discussing how to come up with a unified position on China, leaders issued a highly critical final communique that delved into what are for China some of the most sensitive issues, including also Taiwan. The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to be one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times, alongside the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Cyle Larin's early goal gave Canada a 1-0 win over Haiti and the upper hand in their second-round World Cup qualifying playoff in CONCACAF. The 70th-ranked Canadian men and No. 83 Haiti meet again Tuesday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill., to decide who advances to the final round of qualifying in the region that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. Canada has not made the final round of CONCACAF qualifying since the lead-up to France '98. The Canadia
It is unlikely that we will reach full herd immunity for COVID-19. However, we are likely to reach a practical kind of herd immunity through vaccination.
NEW YORK (AP) — Candidates in New York City's heavily contested Democratic mayoral primary on Saturday urged people to go to the polls in the coming days as early voting kicked off. The start of early voting around the state marks the homestretch to primary election day on June 22. As some city mayoral candidates voted, others spoke at a get-out-the-vote rally hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is remaining neutral in the race. “Why on earth would you wait until the last day?” candidate Andrew
CHICAGO (AP) — Two people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in overnight mass shootings in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence during the coronavirus pandemic could continue as summer dawns and eased restrictions allow people more freedom to socialize. No one was arrested as of Saturday afternoon in any of the attacks, which took place late Friday or early Saturday in the Texas capital of Austin, Chicago and Savannah, Georgia.
When the leaders of NATO member states meet next week in Brussels, they'll need to strengthen their collective policy on an increasingly aggressive China, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "China does not share our values," Stoltenberg told CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton in an interview airing today on Rosemary Barton Live. "We see that in the way they crack down on democratic protests in Hong Kong, how they oppress minorities like the Uyghurs and also how they use
British Columbia is deploying more than 200 personnel to help fight wildfires in Ontario and Quebec. In a written statement, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said it was sending 184 firefighters on Friday and Saturday, and another 20 on Sunday. "COVID-19 precautions will be taken to protect the health of everyone participating, both during their time in Central Canada and on their return to this province," the ministry said. "Firefighters will rem
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on Saturday said she trusts she will not be sent back to prison after a judge reviews her freedom in a money laundering case and insisted that fraud was committed by her rival in a recent election she narrowly trails. With all the votes tallied from last Sunday’s presidential runoff, the leftist Pedro Castillo had 50.2% support against 49.8% for the conservative Fujimori. But electoral authorities said they are scrutinizing a small
Swift Current is home to Saskatchewan's first permanent rainbow pride crosswalk, installed in 2017. But since then it has been damaged every year, according to Shaun Hanna, a board member of Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. This year the damage was particularly bad. Earlier this week, a vehicle or vehicles left several tire marks on the crosswalk, located in the 200 block of Central Avenue. "It's pretty clear that they did it once and then drove around the block and did it multiple times at night,
Barâa Arar remembers her first clash with Islamophobia in Canada. A transit driver in Kamloops, B.C., told Arar, 11 at the time, and her grandmother they couldn't ride the bus unless she removed her hijab. "I didn't understand it at the time," said Arar, who had only started wearing the headscarf to be more like her mother. "I was in shock. We didn't know what to do." That shock has dissipated over time as Arar, now 24 and living in Ottawa, faced repeated harassment by strangers due to being vis