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Nova Scotia RCMP have ended their criminal investigation into a failed $3-million feta cheese importation business involving the Glooscap First Nation. The Mounties found no evidence of criminal offences on the part of the band's private-sector partner in the scheme, Ilia Gourmet Inc., of Windsor N.S. In 2020, the Glooscap First Nation said it discovered financial irregularities by Ilia Gourmet in a business venture to import, process and distribute 25 tonnes of feta cheese from Greece. Glooscap
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole is evading questions about what he thinks of the Alberta government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic. O'Toole wouldn't utter the name of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney despite repeated questions from reporters today about the provincial premier's decision on Wednesday night to call a public health emergency and introduce a vaccine passport system. Alberta's NDP Opposition says Kenney and his United Conservative Party had pushed to reop
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday unveiled a new strategy for boosting economic, political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, just hours after the United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security alliance likely to reshape their relations with the vast region. The EU believes the region, which stretches from India and China through Japan to Southeast Asia and eastward past New Zealand to the Pacific, is growing in importance given its rising population and political
Ottawa reported 60 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday. Hospitalizations are stable, outbreaks increase. Quebec reported 21 more cases in the Outaouais. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 60 more COVID-19 cases Thursday and no deaths. It's up to 433 known active cases. Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has asked people to "approach September with caution" given the more infectious delta variant that's behind the fourth pandemic wave. Numbers to watch 14: As
A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with Iraq less unstable, Rasheed has decided to contest a Oct. 10 election for the assembly, even if abuse and intimidation of women would-be lawmakers persist. Passing a new domestic violence law, and more representation for women in the executive branch of government, are among the goals of some of the would-be female lawmakers.
County of Stettler council was angry about a social media attack on their chief administrative officer (CAO) and reaffirmed their support for her at the regular meeting of council Sept. 8. At the beginning of the regular meeting Coun. Wayne Nixon, when asked by Reeve Larry Clarke if there were any additions to the meeting agenda, stated he wanted to discuss the topic of harassment of county staff. Councillors agreed to discuss the subject. Nixon stated he was concerned about staff, including the
OTTAWA — Federal leaders are pointing the finger at each other over the spiralling COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, each seeking to forge a link in voters' minds between the health emergency in the province and the others' policies. Justin Trudeau, speaking from Montreal this morning, said conservative politicians across the country have not been as effective in fighting the pandemic, and questioned whether Tory Leader Erin O'Toole should be sitting across from them at the premiers' table. Minutes la
GENEVA (AP) — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Davos conference will host the high-profile gathering of elites in the Swiss Alps in-person again in January. The World Economic Forum said Thursday that its next annual meeting will take place from Jan. 17-22 in the resort village of Davos in eastern Switzerland. A virtual version was held in January this year after repeated attempts to reschedule an in-person event were thwarted by health concerns a
NEW YORK (AP) — L. Steven Taylor got the call that would change his life in 2005: Would he like to make his Broadway debut in “The Lion King”? It was just a six-month contract but he took it, uprooting his family and moving to New York. “Six months has turned into 16 years,” Taylor says with a smile. “The show just kept kind of pulling me back, calling me back. It’s home for me.” Taylor got the honor to restart “The Lion King” this week as Mufasa, the king, after 18 months of silence due to the
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on Poland’s prime minister to cancel a case in which he asks a top Polish court whether Poland’s or the European Union's law takes precedence in the country. The court’s ruling, when it eventually comes, could be of fundamental nature for the EU legal order and for Poland's relations with the bloc. Poland's right-wing government insists that law systems are the sole responsibility of member states, not of the EU.
Personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq breaks down the latest money promises from the campaign trail including support for new parents and student loan forgiveness.
Two lawsuits are alleging that a Wendy's fast-food restaurant in Sydney, N.S., was negligent in failing to protect female employees from repeated sexual assaults by a supervisor. One of the lawsuits was filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court against T-Roy Enterprises Ltd., the owner of the Wendy's location, back in March. A second is expected to be filed later Thursday. Halifax-based Valent Legal, the law firm behind the lawsuits, said the restaurant took no steps to investigate or address the repor
Last week, the Town of Coaldale held its regular council meeting. During the council meeting, all councillors had discussed what to do based on the statutory holiday for truth and reconciliation based on the federal government placing it on Sept. 30. The Act had been created as a new federal statutory holiday, the National day for Truth and Reconciliation, which will be observed on September 30 of each calendar year beginning September 30, 2021. On June 3, Bill C-5 — an act to amend the Bills of
Though case counts remain high, the COVID-19 rate in Windsor-Essex has shown some improvement in the last week, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. The average number of cases the region is reporting daily has fallen to about 60, from 70 the previous week, Ramsey D'Souza, manager of epidemiology for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, told reporters. Despite the decrease, case rates are higher here than almost anywhere else in the province. The latest provincial statistics show
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials announced Thursday that more than 1 billion people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the world’s most populous country, or about 72% of its 1.4 billion people. Through Wednesday, 2.16 billion vaccine doses had been administered and 1.01 billion people had been fully vaccinated, National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said at a news conference. The announcement came as China battles a new outbreak of the delta variant in the southeaster
With Alberta now in the grip of another public health emergency after a summer largely free of COVID-related restrictions, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said today Canadians can't trust Conservatives to run the country during a pandemic. Pointing to Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's past praise for the Alberta government's handling of the pandemic, Trudeau said Canadians should take a pass on a leader who has expressed admiration for a failed approach to the pandemic. "Just a few days ago, Mr.
Taxi drivers in Iqaluit stopped providing service around 7 p.m. Saturday evening to protest against youth throwing rocks at their cars, an issue one cab company owner said has been going on for the past three years. At least 20 Caribou Cabs taxis parked near the Northmart, and they weren't taking any passengers. Danny Savard, the owner of Caribou Cabs, negotiated with the drivers to go back on the road, but the drivers said they were fed up. Taxi driver Omar Yuosef said drivers have called the R
The Government of Canada’s investment in its foreign service and broader foreign policy apparatus at GAC requires a significant overhaul and increase in resources.
MONTREAL — A question at the English-language federal leaders' debate last week has become a major issue in Quebec, boosting the Bloc Québécois in the polls and drawing criticism from Quebec politicians, federal party leaders and the province’s media. For people who follow Quebec politics, the widespread negative response to the question, which described two Quebec laws as discriminatory, wasn't a surprise. They say it comes at a time when many Quebecers are particularly sensitive to the idea th
TORONTO — The fate of many of this year's Canadian Emmy nominees has already been decided going into Sunday's big show on CTV and CBS but there are still plenty of reasons to wave the Maple Leaf. The Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles last weekend handed out awards in most of the categories in which Canucks were nominated, with filmmaker James Cameron among the early winners. Here are five things to know about homegrown talent at the 73rd Emmy Awards: THE SETTING: Sunday's show was originally se