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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They’re feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security initiative, unveiled this week, appears to have brought Biden’s summer of love with Europe to an abrupt end. AUKUS, which notably excludes France and the European Union, is just the latest in a series of steps, from Afghanistan to east Asia
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson sai
Making your urban backyard a safe and welcoming space for birds to make a stop on their way south, isn't as complicated as some people might think, experts say. "We can improve our backyards by having little attractants, like a water station," Matt Wallace, a director at Nature Calgary, told CBC News in an interview. "We can hold off on our fall clean up, keeping debris on our lawns, keeping things a little bit longer to hold moisture, in which promotes more insects." And those insects fill the
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — I wake up as the loudspeaker outside my window starts the community broadcast at 7 a.m. I try to recall the date. Vietnam’s pandemic lockdown has been so long I’ve lost my sense of time. I now count by weeks. This is the ninth I’ve been stuck in Vung Tau, a seaside resort more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from my home in Hanoi. I get out of bed, keeping to my routine of yoga before breakfast. As I roll out the mat, the broadcast gives the latest pandemic news and bl
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is facing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country, the state epidemiologist said Thursday, adding that it's not clear when the situation might stabilize. “A lot of it's going to depend on vaccination coverage rates” and measures such as masking, distancing and avoiding crowds, Dr. Joe McLaughlin told reporters. Health officials said hospitals are stressed, with staffing and capacity issues. The state health department reported about 20% of patients ho
PARIS/CANBERRA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a $40 billion French-designed submarine contract. The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the seriousness of the matter, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. On Thursday, Australia said it would scrap the $40 billion deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership.
Brandon University reduced the hours of its sole co-ordinator dedicated to sexual violence education and prevention on campus by 75 per cent amid COVID-19 budget constraints at the start of 2021. The position — which is equal parts advocate and educator — was created five years ago to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, help them navigate reporting options, and implement a new policy on investigating cases, among other duties. Both the co-ordinator and sexualized violence poli
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile resembling the U.S. Tomahawk that can be potentially topped with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of making fuel for potential nuclear bombs. Likely they are an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if
The pamphlet by Renate Siekmann compares the B.C. vaccine passport to residential schools and was distributed to thousands in the riding. Neetu Garcha reports, including what some First Nations leaders are saying.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” just two years after its first. The company said Thursday that “X” will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert O’Hara that will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah. Baritone Will Liverman will sing the title role and soprano Leah Hawkins will sing in the staging, a co-production of the Met, Michigan, Opera Omaha and the Seattle Opera. The production will
Recent rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death among unvaccinated Albertans have been at least eight times higher — and as much as 60 times higher — compared to the fully vaccinated population, depending on which age range you look at. That's according to a new CBC News analysis of data published by the provincial government. Data experts with Alberta Health reviewed the analysis and confirmed the methodology as an effective way to compare severe outcomes relative
As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage. Chinese officials delivered the message in closed meetings this year amid broader efforts to bring the city to heel under a sweeping national security law and make it more "patriotic," according to three major developers and a Hong Kong government adviser familiar with the talks. Beijing is no longer willing to tolerate "monopoly behaviour," the source added.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each side is taking vastly different approaches to guiding the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill through Congress. The party is again confronting the competing political priorities between its progressive and moderate wings. The House v
CANUPAWAKPA — Bringing nation members together through the solid beat of drums and traditional songs, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation’s One Day Contest Wacipi was a welcomed return to normal for dancers. Don Smoke and his daughter Sophia Smoke travelled from Dakota Plains First Nation, located 36 kilometres south of Portage la Prairie, to attend the Canupawakpa celebration on Aug. 4. Sophia said it was great to be back at powwow performing the jingle dance. The event marked the second powwow for the f
Last week Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) DCL 901 launched a petition asking Queen’s University to make September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday. The Government of Canada announced September 30th as a statutory federal holiday which was previously known as Orange Shirt Day. “This is an important issue since it is the 80th call to action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee as part of the way to address the legacy of residential schoo
HAMIOTA — Acres for Hamiota volunteers were in the field Sept. 7 clearing the organization’s first-ever fundraising crop. Acres for Hamiota chairperson Travis Brooks said the fundraiser came together quickly. “It’s been pretty exciting just to see the support we’ve got from the community,” Brooks said. “Once we announced what we were doing, people were calling wondering how they could help or what they could do. Anybody we asked offered to help right away.” Brooks expects the project will raise
Mazergroup has donated $500,000 to Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre in an effort to grow the agricultural industry. Mazergroup has been a long-standing supporter of ACC, said Derrick Turner, the director of advancement. The latest donation will help ensure the post-secondary school can help expand and innovate the agricultural sector. “It’s nice to have somebody like Bob [Mazer, Mazergroup president] step up. It shows the importance of this type of project happening, not
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The first of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced Thursday night he will not seek reelection next year. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio would have faced Max Miller in the 2022 primary. Trump has endorsed Miller, a former White House and campaign aide, as part of his bid to punish those who voted for his impeachment or blocked his efforts to overturn the results of th
B.C. says it won't be able to take any of Alberta's extra intensive care unit patients at a time when that province's hospitals are buckling under the weight of patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. In a statement, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the ministry met with its Alberta counterparts Thursday. A day earlier, Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS) said she would ask other provinces if they would take ICU patients who need care, or spare staff that
Ontario's special investigations unit (SIU) is looking at how a man became critically injured near an apartment where Ottawa police were responding to a 911 call. Ottawa police were called at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening to an apartment on Kilborn Avenue in the Alta Vista neighbourhood regarding a woman who was seriously injured. In a press release issued on Thursday, the SIU said police found a man on the ground outside the apartment, who was taken to hospital in critical condition. "It i