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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Tuesday the launch of a "strategic dialogue" with Indonesia, and Washington said the two countries committed to working together on issues that include defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Meeting in Washington, Blinken and Indonesian Foreign Minster Retno Marsudi also committed to work together against COVID-19 and the climate crisis and to boost bilateral trade and economic ties, the State Department said. Indonesia is the largest country and economy in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a bloc Washington sees as key to its efforts to stand up to China's growing influence in Asia.
Yellowknife artists showed off ways to turn trash into treasure over the weekend, during an art show that the head of Ecology North hopes got people thinking twice about garbage. More than a dozen pieces were on display at the Wildcat Café during the annual Trash-formation Art Show — which, this year, was a collaboration with the Yellowknife Artist Co-operative. "It's a great example to show how items, our old trash, can live another life," said Dawn Tremblay, the executive director of Ecology N
A Way Home Kamloops has parted ways with its executive director, Sadie Hunter, after about six months on the job. The non-profit’s acting head, Tangie Genshorek, confirmed the departure to KTW on Wednesday, noting she started last Friday. Genshorek would not say whether Hunter resigned or was let go by the organization. She said the official word from the non-profit’s board of directors was that the two sides have parted ways. Hunter, who is also a Kamloops city councillor, was announced as the
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The quickly approaching fall semester has America’s colleges under pressure to decide how far they should go to guard their campuses against COVID-19 while navigating legal and political questions and rising infection rates. Hundreds of colleges nationwide have told students in recent months they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before classes begin. California State University, the country's largest four-year public university system, joined the list last week, alon
Brieann Baldock crouches in front of her goal-post, tracing her fingers on the ground to feel the taped string — her best indication of her position on the court. She and her teammates wear opaque eyeshades to ensure they can't see anything despite all of them having varying degrees of visual impairment. The moment she hears the sound of jingling approaching at a fast clip, she dives for the ball. If she misses, the ball — which is a bit bigger than a basketball and weighs about 1.25 kilograms—
The Prairie Gleaners, a regional not-for-profit organization that sends food to the hungry all over the world, gave an overview of its output for 2021 at the halfway point of the year. “At this point in our year, we at the Prairie Gleaners have shipped our dehydrated vegetable mix to a number of countries in order to help Feed the Hungry of the World” a press release states. In January alone, the group shipped three pallets with 240 bags each and one with 320 bags to Caracas, Venezuela via East
Jagmeet Singh said it was harder than he thought to stand in front of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. “I just wanted to get a better sense of what it was like,” the federal New Democrat Party leader told reporters gathered outside the building. Singh was in Kamloops on Thursday visiting the grounds where the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc band announced in May it had found signs of probable graves of children connected to the residential school using ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Singh
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is sorry for comments on Canadian history he made in July. Pallister stirred up controversy when he said people who came to Canada, both before and after it became a country, did not come to destroy anything but to build.
OTTAWA — Health authorities are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A infections linked to frozen mangoes. It comes after Nature's Touch Frozen Food Inc. pulled several batches of frozen mangoes from grocery stores over concerns about potential contamination. The recall applies to certain Nature's Touch, Compliments, Irresistibles and President's Choice products sold in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and possibly other provinces and territories. The Canadi
Capacity limits will be eliminated for most businesses as Manitoba's next reopening steps take effect on Saturday — one month earlier than first planned. There will also be no restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences, and masks will no longer be required at indoor public places. However, due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 and the extra risk posed by the more contagious delta variant, health officials strongly recommend those who are not fully immunized continue to
David and Penny Chapman of Markdale have been recognized as “Hall of Fame” members by Grocery Business Magazine along with some of the grocery business’s most famous names: Carmine Fortino, Anthony and Gus Longo and Galen Weston (Loblaws) in the Retailers category, and Michael McCain in their own category of Suppliers,. The couple is among the initial group of 56 inductees, including “Legends” both living and posthumous. Their naming has launched the magazine’s Hall of Fame. When Chapmans Facebo
Environment Canada says smoke from growing wildfires in northwestern Ontario is leading to poor air quality in the region. The weather agency has issued air quality statements for much of the area, including Thunder Bay, saying the smoke is leading to high levels of air pollution and low visibility. It has also issued heat warnings for areas in the northwest, including Dryden, Ignace and Fort Frances, where temperatures are expected to hit nearly 30 degrees. The province says there are 110 fires
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Taliban and the Kabul government are far apart in U.S.-backed talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan, with the insurgents demanding "the lion's share of power" in any new government, the special U.S. envoy said on Tuesday. Afghan-born veteran U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad's bleak assessment of the peace process coincides with Taliban advances on provincial capitals that have uprooted tens of thousands of civilians as the U.S. troop pullout nears completion after 20 years of war. "At this point, they (the Taliban) are demanding that they take the lion's share of power in the next government given the military situation as they see it," Khalilzad told the Aspen Security Forum in an online conference.
(ANN) – A judge in Saskatchewan is refusing to release a document outlining how the Catholic Church fulfilled Residential School reparations to First Nation people. The alleged document details $25 million in “in-kind” services the Catholic Church provided as compensation for Residential school survivors — one of their obligations in the Residential School Settlement of 2006. Court staff have confirmed the existence of the document and have said that it doesn’t appear to be sealed or under a pub
COVID-19 can now be treated like any other "vaccine-preventable disease," according to the Nunavut government's newly released long-term plan for dealing with the pandemic. The document released Tuesday and called Nunavut's Path: Living with COVID-19, says the end goal is to lift the public health emergency, which has been in place for over a year. "The virus is now a vaccine-preventable disease that no longer requires immediate community shutdowns, drastic public health measures, or a complete
Concerns have been expressed by both Cypress County and the Alberta Opposition regarding a report released at the end of June, regarding helicopter emergency service in Alberta. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) report contains 11 recommendations for change in currently available service, but concerns have been raised surrounding the proposition to make Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) the dedicated service in the province. For citizens that rely on services such as HERO, b
TORONTO — Ontario students returning to schools next month will be able to play on sports teams, use instruments in music class, go on field trips and ditch masks outdoors. The government released its back-to-school plan today, which includes extracurricular activities resuming, relaxed rules on using shared spaces such as libraries and cafeterias, and continuing to require masks indoors for students in Grades 1 and up. Education Minister Stephen Lecce will not be available to answer questions a
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital, residents and officials said. Afghan government forces launched airstrikes, backed by the U.S., in a desperate effort to defend the city of Lashkar Gah. The fall of Lashkar Gah would be a major turning point in the offensive the Taliban have waged over the past months as U.S. and NATO forces complete their pullout from t
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday called on Congress to give the agency more authority to better police cryptocurrency trading, lending and platforms, a "Wild West" he said is riddled with fraud and investor risk. Gary Gensler said the crypto market involves many tokens which may be unregistered securities and leaves prices open to manipulation and millions of investors vulnerable to risks. "This asset class is rife with fraud, scams and abuse in certain applications," Gensler told a global conference.
P.E.I.'s Moonshine Endurance will have athletes both swimming the Northumberland Strait and biking the length of the Island to raise money for a new international project. Co-founder Logan Hayman started the fundraising group small, with a solo swim across the strait in 2016. It will be a bigger event this year, despite the challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19. "We went through and planned it anyway, and we figured if we couldn't pull it off, we'd pull the pin at the last minute,"