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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
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
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
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
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
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in the closely watched race met at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, a small town in southwest Virginia, where the debate got off to a relatively heated start, with cross-talk and occasional snide remarks. The first questions of t
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
The B.C. Supreme Court heard Thursday from lawyers who say peaceful protesters with concerns about protecting old-growth trees from logging on South Vancouver Island are being treated like terrorists by the police and forestry company Teal Jones. The lawyers represent about half a dozen people who oppose a court application by Teal Cedar Products Ltd. to extend a B.C. Supreme Court injunction order against old-growth logging blockades in the Fairy Creek watershed area until late September 2022.
Stranded on a remote island in eastern Manitoba, four volunteers raised more than $203,000 for STARS Air Ambulance. Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) vice-president Jake Ayre survived Rescue on the Island with three other volunteers — Olympic curling gold medallist Jill Officer, Association of Manitoba Municipalities executive director Denys Volkov and Cargill Canada president Jeff Vassart. Their goal for the day was to fundraise as much as possible for STARS. “Over the years, we’ve [KAP] ha
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) — The architect of a Washington protest planned for Saturday that aims to rewrite history about the violent January assault on the U.S. Capitol is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard worked as an analyst for the Republican Party, crunched data for a small election firm and later started a consulting business that attracted few federal clients, records show. He started a nonprofit after he was dismissed by Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign following several months on the job, but st
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
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
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
Russians are voting in parliamentary elections, but with much of the opposition pushed out of the race, the country or put in jail, supporters of President Vladimir Putin are headed for an easy victory.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily when Biden, Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a trilateral defense alliance that will provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines. Ch
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prosecutor tasked with examining the U.S. government's investigation into Russian election interference charged a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on Thursday with making a false statement to the FBI five years ago. The indictment accuses Michael Sussmann of hiding that he was working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during a September 2016 conversation he had with the FBI’s general counsel, when he relayed concerns from cybersecurity researchers about potentially
Michelle Hanson, an Amaranth mother charged in relation to the death of her three-year old son Kaden Young, will now not face trial until 2022. Hanson appeared in Orangeville court via Zoom briefly on Monday (Sept. 13), where a date for the start of her trial was expected to be determined. While the trial was expected to take place in Kitchener this fall, Justice Giselle Miller informed the court there were no longer dates available. “I heard from the regional senior justice in Kitchener, who to
With the federal election only days away, candidates are busy working to address as many concerns of residents as they can. With significantly less activity in mining and resource extraction, in addition to border closures, economic recovery is top of mind for business leaders in the Northwest Territories. In 2019-2020, the tourism sector brought in approximately $205 million in visitor spending, according to NWT Tourism CEO Donna Lee Demarcke. And the industry was projecting further growth "by
Members of Hamilton's Pakistani community are trying to come to terms with the kidnapping of Faqir Ali during a violent home invasion early Thursday that left one of his sons dead and another son with gunshot injuries. Ali, 63, was later found in serious condition, police said. Usman Khan, founder and former chairman Jinnah Cultural Society of Hamilton, said he arrived in Canada in 2004 and has known Ali since then. Khan described Ali as a longtime Hamilton resident who is known to the community