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The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. U.S. Catholic and Protestant denominations operated more than 150 boarding schools between the 19th and 20th centuries. Native American and Alaskan Native children were regularly severed from their tribal families,
A second Alberta First Nation wants a court to allow it to appeal a review board's decision that an open-pit coal mine in the Rocky Mountains is not in the public interest. The Stoney Nakoda Nation has filed a request with the Alberta Court of Appeal to appeal the decision that blocks the development of Benga Mining's proposed Grassy Mountain project near the town of Crowsnest Pass in southwest Alberta. "The (panel) did not properly assess the impact that rejecting the project would have on Ston
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's President Xi Jinping made his first visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region as national leader this week, and urged people there to "follow the party", the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. Xi's July 21-22 visit - the first to Tibet by a Chinese leader in three decades - comes as the country faces increased security concerns as a result of clashes with India and the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan. The visit also shows the ruling Chinese Communist Party's confidence in having established order and gained support in the once-restive region, analysts say.
The price of lumber rose at its fastest pace in more than a year on Thursday, after timber companies warned that wildfires in Western Canada are hurting their business. The price of a lumber futures contract jumped by more than 10 per cent, triggering circuit breakers designed to halt trading. Late in the day on Thursday, a contract for 1,000 board-feet of lumber was going for $647 US, up by more than $60 from the previous day's close. Prices are spiking because lumber companies in B.C. and else
CALGARY — Alberta's top doctor says the majority of the province's new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated or within two weeks of their first shot. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who is Alberta's chief medical officer of health, says in a social media post that 96 per cent of Albertans who have tested positive for the virus since Jan. 1 hadn't had two doses of vaccine. She says 91 per cent of COVID-19 deaths and 95 per cent of hospital and intensive care unit adm
VANCOUVER — Police say there's been a "dramatic increase" in the number of vandalism or mischief incidents against properties owned by churches in Vancouver and they're concerned an escalation could lead to injury. Sgt. Steve Addison said Thursday there have been 13 incidents since early June including threats to set fires. Paint has also been used to deface buildings and rocks have been thrown through windows at Christian churches. One pastor found a canister with about four litres of lighter f
Pakistan called on the United Nations on Friday to investigate whether India used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to spy on public figures including Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Pakistani leader's phone number was on a list of what an investigation by a group of 17 international media organisations and Amnesty International said were potential surveillance targets for countries that bought the spyware. Pakistan's foreign office issued a statement accusing India of "state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by Republican threats of a boycott, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take on its “deadly serious” work whether Republians participate or not. The Republicans' House leader, Kevin McCarthy, called the committee a “sham process” and suggested that GOP lawmakers who take part could face consequences. McCarthy said Pelosi's rejection of two of the Republicans he had attempted to ap
LONDON (AP) — London’s mayor on Thursday sent a message of support to Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s crackdown on democracy to seek new live in the United Kingdom, saying his office will spend 900,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to help new arrivals with housing, education and finding jobs. Mayor Sadiq Khan said London is expected to welcome the largest proportion of arrivals from Hong Kong to the U.K. this year, after Britain’s government introduced a new immigration pathway for those with a Bri
Make sure your plans include indoor activities as a backup Saturday, thanks to a forthcoming cold front will sweep through the Great Lakes region. The timing of the front still isn't 100 per cent, but is still expected to generate heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Overwhelming evidence showing another vessel's lights were off at the time Linda O'Leary crashed into it means she shouldn't be found guilty in the deadly boat collision, her lawyer argued in court Thursday. In closing arguments, Brian Greenspan said his client ought to be exonerated in the August 2019 crash on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto, that killed two people. "She was doing all the right things at the right time when this terrible tragedy occurred," Greenspan said. "The Crown's case, in ou
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group’s negotiating team, laid out the insurgents’ stance on what should come next in a country on the precipice. The Taliban have swiftly captured territory in recent weeks, seized
Highlights of this day in history: Race rioting hits Detroit; Former President Ulysses S. Grant dies; Britain's Prince Andrew marries 'Fergie'; Vanessa Williams gives up Miss America crown; Golfer Tiger Woods wins career grand slam. (July 23)
Recent developments: Permanent residents are in limbo, waiting to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic. Pet owners scramble for animal care as vets face backlogs. Ottawa reported nine more COVID-19 cases on Thursday. What's the latest? There is a backlog of some 23,000 aspiring immigrants with expired or soon-to-be-expired documents waiting to enter Canada during the pandemic. Here are some of their stories. The influx of pandemic pets and catching up from a lockdown closure has created a "pe
Residents of a village in Colchester County, N.S., have rallied around a family who became homeless earlier this year — with the goal of building them a house in a matter of weeks. The entire experience has been both "overwhelming" and "uplifting," said Elaine Heighton, the mother of four who was the recipient of the community outpouring that will allow her family to move out of tents and into their own home. "It's been amazing," she said. "We're absolutely grateful and will forever be grateful
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called out federal security and tax agencies during a national summit on Islamophobia, saying they must do more to put an end to anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada. Speaking to the meeting organized by the government, Trudeau said the public service needed to put those Muslims who have experienced hate at the centre of federal efforts to address the issue. "From the (Canada Revenue Agency) to security agencies, institutions should support people, not target t
HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam will extend a strict lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City until Aug. 1, its health ministry said on Friday, as the Southeast Asian country battles one of its most challenging and unpredictable COVID-19 outbreaks to date. After successfully containing the virus for much of the pandemic, Vietnam has been facing a complicated outbreak of the virus, with southern business hub Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces accounting for most new infections. "Due to the rapid and unpredictable nature of the Delta variant and in order to protect people and minimise deaths, city authorities have decided to strengthen a number of measures to control the outbreak," Ho Chi Minh City's governing body said in a statement.
Russia and China failed on Thursday in a bid to get the U.N. Security Council to strip some powers from an international envoy overseeing implementation of a 1995 Bosnia peace accord and shut down the envoy's office in one year. Russia and China were the only two council members to vote for their draft resolution, while the remaining 13 council members abstained.
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc leaders say Indigenous people across Canada are being inundated with ground-penetrating radar specialist offers to survey former residential schools grounds, and worry some may be taken advantage of. "Not all opportunities are created equally," said Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir during a webinar — called Best Practices in Remote Sensing and Grave Detection — for Indigenous people to learn more about remote sensing technolo
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of two Iowa prison nurses fired for accidentally giving dozens of inmates large overdoses of the coronavirus vaccine is appealing her termination, arguing she is “blameless" for the mix-up. The Iowa Department of Corrections fired Amanda Dodson, a registered nurse at the maximum-security Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, after an investigation found 77 inmates received shots containing up to six times the recommended dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Dodson’s terminat