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HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived Thursday in Hong Kong to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the British handover of a city that his rule has transformed from a global hub known for its political freedoms to one that is much more tightly controlled by the Communist Party. In a staged event carried live on Chinese TV, students and others lined the platform of a high-speed rail station and packed a red carpet to greet the leader making his first trip outside of mainland China in n
OTTAWA — Thousands of celebrants who flocked to the national capital for Canada Day festivities heard an impassioned appeal for unity on Friday as the prime minister urged them to reclaim the Maple Leaf as a national symbol. The exhortation from Justin Trudeau and other dignitaries came on another potentially divisive day in Ottawa, as those intent on marking the first in-person Canada Day celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic honoured the occasion alongside protesters opposed to public healt
The chaos continues at some of Canada’s largest airports, with stories of hours-long waits and mountains of lost luggage.
HALIFAX — Domestic violence is likely under-reported in rural communities, an expert in rural economy and society said Thursday at the public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting that led to the deaths of 22 people. The community closeness and social cohesion that is typical of rural areas “has a double edge,” Dalhousie University sociologist Karen Foster said. The same closeness that may lead rural residents to solve issues among themselves and protect one another can result in them colle
Three of six police officers wounded in a shootout with armed robbery suspects remain in hospital, with one listed in intensive care. Saanich Police Department Chief Const. Dean Duthie says he visited the wounded officers and their families at hospital. He also says explosive devices found at the bank robbery scene were safely removed by the bomb squad and disposed of at a Victoria area landfill site.
LONDON (AP) — Europe prepared to lead the world in regulating the freewheeling cryptocurrency industry at a time when prices have plunged, wiping out fortunes, fueling skepticism and sparking calls for tighter scrutiny. The European Union took a first step late Wednesday by agreeing on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers. A much bigger move was expected as EU negotiators hammer out the final details late Thursday on a
TORONTO — Ontario legislators will return to provincial parliament on Aug. 8. Premier Doug Ford says the legislature will sit for approximately five weeks. The main item on the agenda is debate and voting on the provincial budget that was introduced but not passed before the spring election. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has said the budget will be largely the same as what was introduced this spring, with some changes, including an increase in Ontario Disability Support Program funding. It
There's outdoor fun, live music and fireworks on deck this Canada Day, according to the City of Toronto. With summer in full swing, the city says it's pleased to offer a wide variety of city-organized and community based public events to help Torontonians celebrate Canada's 155th birthday on Friday. Here's a list of some of those attractions and what's open and closed: Fireworks: You can also catch fireworks displays at Mel Lastman Square and at Downsview Park. Fireworks at Stan Wadlow Park have
France Marcoux was expecting to see more steady growth this summer in the number of families in the Beauport, Que., area subscribing to her organic produce baskets. After all, business had been increasing all through the pandemic, as people with plenty of time for cooking sought quality food. The Quebec government had encouraged people to support local businesses in their time of need, so the owner of the Potager France Marcoux increased production and waited for people to sign up. She was soon
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MARSEILLE, France — Having led Marseille back to the Champions League and united the hard-to-please fans behind him, coach Jorge Sampaoli left the team's preseason preparations in tatters when he quit on Friday. After Marseille announced his departure, Sampaoli claimed his objectives were not met by the club — even though there was seemingly no bitterness between him and club president Pablo Longoria. It seemed to be simply a matter of principle since Sampaoli didn't even ask for compensation. “
Canada has promised to send new drone cameras and armoured vehicles to Ukraine on the last day of the NATO leaders summit, which also emphasized the need for members to increase defence spending.
MONTREAL — A Quebec housing advocacy group says it's worried there will be a record number of households left without somewhere to live on the province’s July 1 moving day. “On the eve of July 1, in Quebec, we count 750 renter households that have not found housing,” said Véronique Laflamme, a spokeswoman for the Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain, in an interview. That estimate is based on requests for aid received by municipal housing offices in the province, Laflamme said, and c
Richard McLaren, who led investigations into Russian doping and corruption in the International Weightlifting Federation, will create Gymnastics Canada's culture review roadmap after athletes spoke out about abusive practices. McLaren Global Sport Solutions, headed by Canadian law professor McLaren, said on Thursday it will work with Gymnastics Canada as the national governing body seeks changes that will allow it to forge higher levels of trust with athletes.
HALIFAX — The contract-tendering process for a major development of a Halifax hospital will continue despite the fact there is only one bidder left, Nova Scotia’s premier said Wednesday. Tim Houston told reporters that the Halifax Infirmary project remains under “active procurement" after one of two interested parties dropped out. “The qualified bidders knew the process,’ said Houston. “They’ll make their decisions as they go through the process, but the province is committed to seeing that proc
Spectators gathered in St. John's Friday for a sombre service to honour the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, which lost many of its soldiers in a First World War battle more than a century ago. Hundreds watched marching bands and heard speeches, while descendants of the soldiers laid wreaths and framed photos of family members lost at Beaumont Hamel The battle was a defining moment for the Regiment, many of whom never came home, and has etched itself into Newfoundland history. On July 1, 1916, Briti
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers began a special legislative session Thursday with the intent of limiting the proliferation of firearms in public after the Supreme Court gutted the state’s century-old handgun licensing law. The state is overhauling its rules for carrying guns after the court decided that ordinary citizens had a right to arm themselves in public for self-defense, something New York had limited mostly to people working in law enforcement or security. New rules being rushed t
WARNING: This story contains distressing details Some people in Saskatchewan are changing the way that they mark July 1, with the emphasis shifting from an uncritical celebration of Canada to an opportunity for reflection, truth and reconciliation. "Canada Day celebrates 155 years of genocide and colonial violence," said Ezra Forest (they/them). The Cree 24-year-old, from Treaty 6 territory, has helped organize a Cancel Canada Day gathering happening Friday in Saskatoon. "This is really importan
Premier Tim Houston says his government turned down a proposed joint venture for the Halifax Infirmary redevelopment because the preference was to have multiple bids. "For me, I think any action by the province to immediately consolidate the bids down to one and make it so that there could only ever be one, I don't think that was in the best interest of Nova Scotians," Houston told reporters in Halifax on Thursday. "I didn't think it was at that time and I wouldn't say that it is now." A spokesp
Expectant patients in the Sea to Sky region might be diverted to hospitals in Metro Vancouver this month due to staffing issues at Squamish General Hospital. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) announced Friday some patients in labour might be sent to Lions Gate Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, B.C. Women's Hospital or Richmond Hospital due to a lack of appropriate staff at the Squamish hospital in early July. "We also recognize this operational adjustment may cause concern for those accessing maternit