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This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, York University, Canada Summer 2021 saw a succession of record breaking disasters. Wildfires raged in Greece, Turkey, the United States and Canada. Floods hit western Europe and China and have caused hundreds of
A Nova Scotia doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient is expected to testify in his own defence when his trial resumes later this week. The lawyer for Dr. Oluwarotimi (Tim) Fashoranti told the court Tuesday his client will be the last defence witness. Fashoranti, 64, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his walk-in clinic in Springhill, N.S., on July 31, 2020. Pam Bryan, a woman who worked in Fashoranti's clinic, described the complainant as "poisonous" in testimony Tuesday. Amon
There are likely to be three new Indigenous members of Parliament in the House of Commons following a federal election with a record number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit candidates. Blake Desjarlais, who is Métis, holds the lead in Edmonton Griesbach, which has been held by Conservative MP Kerry Diotte since the riding was created in 2015. Mail-in ballots are still being tallied. Lori Idlout has kept Nunavut orange and will replace NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who decided not to run again. Adam C
Drone footage shows Haitian migrants crossing a river which separates Mexico and the US as officials from both nations worked to move them away from the border. (Sept. 21)
The premier of Canada's Alberta province replaced his health minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases swamped the healthcare system and the government came under fire for mishandling the pandemic. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney replaced Tyler Shandro with Jason Copping, who previously served as minister of labour and immigration. Shandro took Copping's former role.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill on Tuesday that would protect the right to abortion and annul some new restrictions passed by Republican-controlled state governments. If the "Women's Health Protection Act" passes the Democratic-controlled House, it is unlikely to succeed in the 100-member Senate, where Republicans also are a minority but hold enough votes to prevent it from reaching the 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation. Democrats sent the bill to the full House after a law took effect in Texas early this month that almost completely bans abortion in the state.
A federal judge on Tuesday set May 18 as a tentative date for the start of a trial of four men allegedly affiliated with the "Proud Boys" movement on charges stemming from their participation in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said that a May trial slot was the first available for a large courtroom at the Washington D.C. federal courthouse often used on ceremonial occasions. In conversations with defense lawyers, the judge discussed the possibility of a trial running four to six weeks.
TTC employees have been given an extra 10 days to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status after their deadline was extended for a second time. Mayor John Tory announced in August that City of Toronto employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 30 and would need to disclose their vaccination status by Sept. 13. Despite transit workers and Toronto police being exempt from the regulations, TTC chief executive Richard Leary immediately released a statement after Tory's announcemen
The Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division approved one of two separate requests allowing two families to keep sending their children to Ecole Debden School, despite living in the Canwood School busing area. The Sask. Rivers board has been dealing with transportation issues in the Debden-Canwood area since last year, including several busing appeals in the last two months. Two families made their appeals before the board Monday after changes changes were made in the French Immersion transpor
OTTAWA — If Conservative incumbent James Cumming narrowly loses his seat to the Liberals, he might want to blame Brock Crocker. As of Tuesday afternoon, Cumming was almost 140 votes behind Liberal Randy Boissonnault, who held Edmonton Centre from 2015 until the Conservative flipped it in 2019. The result might have been different if not for Crocker, the People's Party of Canada candidate who garnered just over 2,000 votes, signifying a potential pocket of support on the right that could have lau
LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister apologized and his ministry suspended an official Tuesday after a “significant” data breach involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters hoping to settle in the U.K. A Defense Ministry email to more than 250 Afghans who are eligible for relocation and still remain in Afghanistan was mistakenly copied to all applicants Monday instead of blind copied. British media reports said the people whose email addresses were distributed included som
Despite high vaccination rates among Saskatchewan senior citizens, the province has logged COVID-19 cases in 30 personal and long-term care homes in the past two weeks. The cases range from just one or two to outbreaks of 17 and are scattered across the province. Last week Sherbrooke Community Centre, a long-term care home in Saskatoon, notified families that 17 of its residents had tested positive for the virus causing COVID-19. "This kind of scattered smattering of numbers is concerning becaus
New Brunswick's largest forestry company and its wealthy owners have urged members of the provincial legislature to not give in to what they call "misinformation" about the herbicide glyphosate. J.D. Irving Ltd. co-CEO Jim Irving told a committee of MLAs on Tuesday morning that a ban on the product would curtail the company's ability to maximize the output of its logging leases on Crown land. "We shouldn't throw away the tools without knowing where we're going to land," Irving said. "It would be
Several makes and models of gas furnaces across the province have a design flaw that could lead to carbon monoxide exposures, warns Technical Safety B.C. In a report, the safety authority which administers regulations for electrical and gas systems, says they have received multiple incident reports about a common product line of residential gas-burning furnaces by the Carrier Corporation. Jeff Coleman, the director of risk and safety knowledge at Technical Safety B.C. says the furnaces use a par
Terrace-raised Allyson Kis is a medical student at McGill University who was recently awarded the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award. As part of this award, she will be working with leaders in her field to research the overall impact of surgical care on Northern Quebec’s population as well as quantifying the impact for future such services. She is currently working with Dr. Evan Wong. Kis spoke to The Terrace Standard from Montreal and explained her research, her inspirations growing
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed in his bid to win a Liberal majority government after a low-energy campaign in the middle of the pandemic, and party insiders see an increasing chance he will step down before the next vote. Trudeau, 49, called Monday's election two years early seeking to benefit from his government's handling of COVID-19. Four senior Liberals said there was no sign of a coordinated move to oust Trudeau, who has imposed tight control over a party known for previous bouts of infighting.
R. Kelly's sex trafficking trial entered the homestretch on Tuesday, with the presiding judge forecasting that closing arguments could begin the next day and jurors could soon deliberate the R&B star's fate. Kelly, 54, has been on trial in Brooklyn federal court since Aug. 18 on charges he preyed on women and girls he lured into his entourage as far back as the mid-1990s. The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly and is perhaps best known musically for his 1996 Grammy-winning song "I Believe I Can Fly," has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering and illegally transporting people for prostitution.
VANCOUVER — Jagmeet Singh says he feels secure in his leadership despite the NDP's seat count barely shifting amid a pandemic election in which Canadians consistently ranked him as the most popular leader. The NDP leader says his team will still get work done in Parliament even though they hover within a few seats of their 2019 tally. The New Democrats had 24 seats in the House of Commons at dissolution and while some close races are still being counted it appears they have only gained a seat or
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is requiring all workers at San Francisco International Airport to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing if employees are exempt. The mandate announced Tuesday applies to all on-site personnel, of which there are about 46,000. Mayor London Breed's office said the mandate, which goes into effect immediately, is the first for a U.S. airport. Some airline companies have already announced vaccination mandates for employees. San Francisco also re
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday urged U.S. passenger airlines "to commit to take more action" to address reports of violent or unruly passengers. The FAA said the industry is facing a record number of airline passenger disturbances, and it plans to soon hold similar meetings with representatives from airports and labor. The meeting with groups, including Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, discussed "ways the industry can work together to reduce the number of unruly passenger incidents," the FAA said, adding it "believes additional action by the airlines and all aviation stakeholders is necessary to stop the unsafe behavior."