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Bruce Gurberg smiles as he talks about the taste of movie popcorn and rattles off the list of films screening at his theatre in Côte-des-Neiges, despite the fact that last year his business was brought to a standstill by the pandemic. "There's no question that our numbers have been down and it has not been pleasant," said Gurberg, owner and president of the Ciné Starz theatre chain. "Being closed, with curfews, no food sales, it's absolutely been difficult." Recent numbers published by the Insti
OTTAWA — Two years ago environment groups applauded the federal election results as a win after almost two in every three voters picked a party with a clear commitment to combating climate change. Monday's election may have returned almost the same seat counts as the last vote, but environment leaders say from where they sit there is one big distinction. "Now 95% of Canadians voted for climate action," said Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence. Only the People's Party of Canada
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for Tuesday's $60 million Lotto Max jackpot. None of the six available Maxmillions prizes of $1 million were claimed either. The jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 24 will be an estimated $65 million, with eight Maxmillions prizes up for grabs. The Canadian Press
BEIRUT (AP) — Coronavirus cases are surging to the worst levels of the pandemic in a rebel stronghold in Syria — a particularly devastating development in a region where scores of hospitals have been bombed and that doctors and nurses have fled in droves during a decade of war. The total number of cases seen in Idlib province — an overcrowded enclave with a population of 4 million, many of them internally displaced — has more than doubled since the beginning of August to more than 61,000. In rec
Recent developments: What's the latest? It's time to tuck your printed proof of vaccination in your wallet or save it on your phone, as Ontario's vaccine passport to access many activities and services is now in effect. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 59 new COVID-19 cases and no more deaths on Wednesday. The city has its first active long-term care and hospital outbreaks since May. Quebec Premier François Legault says he will introduce a special bill to prevent anti-vaccine protests in fron
(Reuters) -Police and FBI agents resumed their search of a swampy Florida wilderness for Gabby Petito's fiance on Wednesday, one day after a woman's body found in a Wyoming national park was identified as that of the missing 22-year-old travel blogger. Police have described the fiance Brian Laundrie, 23, as a "person of interest" in the case, which has captivated Americans since Petito's family reported her missing on Sept. 11. Ten days earlier, Laundrie had returned home to North Port, Florida, without Petito from a cross-country road trip they had embarked on together and documented in social media posts.
An Australian-EU trade deal would be mutually beneficial and allow EU members a greater presence in the Indo-Pacific, said Australia's trade minister, as Canberra tries to repair ties with Paris after the scrapping of a $40 billion submarine deal. Australia last week cancelled a deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two countries. The cancellation has angered France, which accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back, and it recalled its ambassadors from both Canberra and Washington.
5.9 earthquake causes some damage in Australia, no injuriesView on euronews
PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican official in Arizona resigned Tuesday from the board overseeing Maricopa County after a recording emerged of him criticizing his GOP colleagues for opposing a review of the 2020 election. During the meeting recorded surreptitiously last March, Supervisor Steve Chucri suggested two fellow Republican county supervisors opposed the review by Senate Republicans because they nearly lost their own 2020 races. Chucri apologized in a statement announcing his resignation and sa
MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling days after a volcano erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and authorities are warning that more dangers from the explosion lie ahead. Here is a look at the volcanic eruption on La Palma and its consequences: WHERE DID THE VOLCANO ERUPT? The eruption occurred Sunday afternoon on La Palma, one of eight volcanic islands in Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago, which is strung along Africa’s northwestern coast.
A COVID-19 vaccine passport system kicks in Wednesday in Ontario, requiring people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province. Restaurants, bars, sports venues, gyms, theatres, cinemas and casinos are among the locations where staff must ask patrons to show certification that they received two doses of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before, along with identification that matches their vaccination document. Here's what you need to kno
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it will likely begin reducing its monthly bond purchases as soon as November and signaled interest rate increases may follow more quickly than expected as the U.S. central bank's turn from pandemic crisis policies gains momentum. The slight hawkish tilt was signaled in a new policy statement and economic projections that showed nine of 18 Fed officials ready to raise interest rates next year in response to inflation that the central bank now expects to run at 4.2% this year, more than double its 2% target rate.
FIELD, B.C. — A mountain goat is believed to be responsible for the death of a grizzly bear found slumped near a trail in British Columbia's Yoho National Park earlier this month. David Laskin, a wildlife ecologist with Parks Canada, says a necropsy on the carcass found wounds consistent with the size and shape of mountain goat horns, with one under each of the female bear's armpits and one on the side of its neck. He says other causes of death were ruled out, including human involvement. Laskin
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 22 ... What we are watching in Canada ... Starting today, patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues in Ontario must present a receipt of full vaccination along with government identification as the province's new COVID-19 vaccine certificate system goes into effect Doctors’ notes for medical exem
China's pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing's own domestic coal programme is still propping up the dirty fossil fuel. Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a pre-recorded address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China would help developing countries build green energy production and halt construction of coal power plants abroad. China has been under international pressure to announce an end to overseas coal financing as part of its updated package of national climate pledges to be submitted to the United Nations.
Battery power may be the frontrunner to become the car technology of the future, but don't rule out the underdog hydrogen. That's the view of some major automakers, including BMW and Audi, which are developing hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle prototypes alongside their fleets of battery cars as part of preparations to abandon fossil fuels. It is already betting billions on hydrogen fuel in sectors like steel and chemicals to meet climate targets, and closely-fought elections this month could see the Greens enter the coalition government and further push the technology.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Australia’s second-most populous city near the town of Mansfield at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), Geoscience Australia said. Minor structural damage to chimneys, facades and older buildings was reported around the Melbourne metropolitan area. A hospital near the epicenter los
Many Ottawa businesses say they're ready to make yet another pandemic-era pivot and start screening customers for proof of vaccination if it means they can stay open. Business owners have posted signs on doors alerting patrons that as of Wednesday the Ontario government now requires they show a paper or digital receipt of being fully vaccinated, along with identification. Under the provincial rules announced at the beginning of September, people age 12 and older will need such vaccination proof
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters. Trump’s lawsuit, filed in state court in New York, accuses Mary Trump of breaching a settlement agreement by disclosing tax records she received in a dispute over family patriarch Fred Trump’s estate. The lawsuit accuses the Times and three o
Tadoussac residents and those wanting to visit the scenic region may have to wait longer than usual to take the ferry across from Baie-Sainte-Catherine. The Société des traversiers du Québec, the provincial ferry corporation, has reduced the frequency of crossings across the Saguenay river because of a shortage of deckhand workers. There are normally two ferries departing simultaneously every 20 minutes from 7:40 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. during weekdays. But starting today, both ships are in service fo