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When Kamal Khera first arrived in Ottawa as one of Parliament’s youngest MPs back in 2015, she would sometimes be mistaken for a staffer. Now, some of her young volunteers from back then are moving up through the ranks themselves. Khera, who is seeking to retain her Brampton West seat for the Liberals, says she actively encourages young people, and especially other young women of colour, to get involved since their views help represent the demographic reality in Canada. “When I got elected in po
NORTH PERTH – A delegation from Listowel Minor Hockey approached council to ask for some relief for its financial woes on Sept. 13. Claude Leroux, president of Listowel Minor Hockey, told council they have been trying to find ways to provide the most quality, affordable, inclusive minor sports available to local members or local families. Currently, there are 295 registrants from about 200 families and it’s operated by 17 volunteers. “I’ve been on the executive for Listowel Minor Hockey going on
From frost advisories to 30-degree heat, summer continues to take charge across the Prairies on this final weekend of the season.
PERTH-WELLINGTON – Local candidates had two all-candidates meetings in Perth County – Stratford on Sept. 7 and Listowel on Sept. 9 – to let residents know how they plan to represent the riding if they are elected on Sept. 20. In Stratford, District Chamber of Commerce General Manager Eddie Matthews used his position as moderator several times to ask candidates to qualify their statements with facts. This is something People’s Party of Canada candidate, Wayne Baker, had a tough time doing when sp
Humpback whales come to Tonga to breed and mate in the peaceful and safe waters. It is one of the few places in the world where orcas and sharks do not inhabit the waters and pose a threat to the calves or their mothers while they are vulnerable. Tonga is also one of the few places in the world that will still allow people to slip into the water and share moments like these with one of the earth's most majestic and beautiful creatures. This whale was resting on the bottom he came up for air at the surface to the delight of the nature lovers swimming nearby. He is a large bull and he has come to these waters to find females willing to breed. He will compete with dozens of other males for an opportunity to pass along his genes. As recently as 100,000 years ago, humpback whales were the most intelligent animals on earth. They were intellectually superior to the ancestors of humans at that time. We are only now beginning to understand the complexity and the magnificence of these incredible giants. Yet sadly, some countries are still hunting and killing these whales.
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Doerr's “Cloud Cuckoo Land” is his first novel since his Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Light We Cannot See” and Powers' “Bewilderment” is his first book since the Pulitzer winning “The Ove
After a year and a half under COVID-19, when parents were busy working and students were largely learning online, activity levels for young people dropped dramatically, say Canadian experts, who now warn it will take more than just a return to classes to get them moving again. A survey from the research unit at Ottawa's children's hospital CHEO found children's movement declined abruptly at the beginning of the pandemic — only 2.6 per cent of children and youth met the 24-hour movement guideline
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations Security Council extended a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan on Friday for six months to allow for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to work out what changes might be needed after the Taliban seized control of the country. The annual mandate for the mission, known as UNAMA, was due to expire on Friday. A month ago the Taliban returned to power - 20 years after they were ousted by a U.S.-led campaign following the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
Health-care workers are feeling understaffed and overworked, with many saying enough is enough. It's been a point of contention in Newfoundland and Labrador for a long time, with health-care professionals from doctors to paramedics feeling the pressures of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, overflowing emergency rooms and a dwindling workforce. On Friday the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is mobilizing in an information picket blitz to demand urgent action to fix what they're calling a
Saskatchewan on Thursday became the latest province to announce plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine passport. Here's a look at what the provinces and territories have said about their proof-of-vaccination programs, or lack thereof. British Columbia Residents of B.C. need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized affairs like weddings. People have to show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to enter gyms, fitness centres and casinos. After
WARNING: This story contains content related to suicide. Shirley Fisher is five feet tall and 110 pounds, but feels 10 feet tall when she puts on her boxing gloves. Fisher came to Fredericton from Taiwan in 2009 and started working at a pizza shop. She and her husband wanted to start a family and had a little girl. During the pandemic, she lost her job, and her memories of childhood sexual abuse and trauma took over. "So what happened to me made me very suicidal," she said. "If I'm saying that I
Ontario's police watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a 53-year-old man who was arrested in Chatham earlier this month. The Special Investigations Unit said in a media release on Thursday that officers responded to a report of an "unwanted man" at a convenience store on Charing Cross Road just after 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. The man was arrested and taken to the police station but then to hospital "as he was in distress," the SIU said. He was treated for serious injuries and died on
Voting protocols will not be affected by new restrictions set to go into effect on election day in Alberta, but candidates may have to change their election night plans. Elections Canada said Thursday it has communicated with Alberta's public health authority and that there would be no changes to the process during Monday's federal election. The non-partisan service has previously prepared public health measures at voting locations, including mandatory masking, physical distancing, hand sanitize
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday denied allegations that she pressured World Bank staff to alter data to favor China during her time as World Bank CEO, as the IMF's executive board launched a formal review of the matter. Georgieva used a previously scheduled meeting with the IMF's 2,700-strong staff to address findings contained in an independent report issued on Thursday on data irregularities in the World Bank's now-canceled "Doing Business" rankings of country business climates.
B.C. Premier John Horgan's marquee campaign promise — the one that helped him get elected in 2017, then re-elected last fall — may be in jeopardy, or at least further complicated, depending on the outcome of this federal election. The main parties have all made varying child care pledges, and not all of them align with the province's. Mere weeks before the campaign officially started, Horgan made a $3.2-billion handshake with then-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That deal, however, is now hanging
Discover Charlottetown is hoping a new display along Kent Street will help make the street a new destination for both locals and visitors. The marketing firm is planning to install overhead cables which will run along the section of the street that's between Great George and Prince streets in the city's downtown. Lightning and other objects would hang from the cables, with the decor changing every season. "We'd love to have something colourful," Heidi Zinn, executive director of Discover Charlot
The study by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization, the first assessment of its kind, found that work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016. "It's shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, saying he hoped the report would be a "wake-up call". The study considers 19 occupational risk factors including long working hours but also workplace exposure to air pollution, asthmagens, carcinogens and noise.
Viktor Pylypenko has become a role model for dozens of LGBT+ Ukrainian war veterans and their supporters since he organised their participation two years ago in Kyiv's largest ever gay pride march. Pylypenko, 34, spent almost two years from 2014 to 2016 on the frontline fighting with Kyiv's forces against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has claimed at least 14,000 lives.
Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry. But after classes went virtual because of coronavirus lockdowns, he turned what had been a mere school project into a labor of love: a photographic and illustrated guide to the area’s urban avian life that t
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled Friday that doctors can prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to children under 16 without a parent’s consent, overturning a lower court’s decision that a judge’s approval should be needed. Appeals judges said the High Court was wrong to rule last year that children considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty. The December 2020 ruling said that because of the expe