NEW YORK (AP) — “Gaslighting” — behavior that's mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster's word of the year. Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before. But something else happened. There wasn't a single event that drove significant spikes in curiosity, as it usually goes with the chosen word of the year. The gaslighting was pervasive. “It’s a word that has risen so quickly in the English language, and especial
VANCOUVER — B.C.’s human rights commissioner is calling for the end of liaison officer programs that put police in schools just as Vancouver's school board prepares to vote on a motion to bring them back. In a letter to the B.C. School Trustees Association, commissioner Kasari Govender recommends that the programs be ended by all districts unless they can demonstrate an evidence-based need for them that can't be met some other way. The letter, dated Nov. 25, came ahead of an expected vote by the
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Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — Robert Downey Jr. affectionately pays tribute to this late father, Robert Downey Sr. in “Sr.,” an intimate documentary the younger Downey spent three years filming with his dad before his death in 2021 at 85. Downey Sr. was a noted cult filmmaker in the ‘60s and ’70s. His freewheeling movies also featured his son's firs
A former Hydro-Québec employee charged with spying for China was released on bail Monday. Yuesheng Wang, 35, was arrested by the RCMP on Nov. 14 and has been in custody since. Federal prosecutors had opposed his release, saying they considered Wang a flight risk. Wang had argued he was committed to staying in Quebec to clear his name and restore his reputation. The judge said he was satisfied with the $200,000 in financial guarantees put forward by the accused. Wang will also have to turn in his
AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Croatia booted Canada out of the World Cup on Sunday, then kicked it when it was down. While the Canadians still have one game left to play in Group F, Sunday's 4-1 loss to Croatia ended their hopes of advancing to the knockout round. John Herdman's men will go home after facing No. 22 Morocco on Thursday. They will hope to leave on a winning note. But at 0-2-0 at the bottom of their group, the 41st-ranked Canadians can finish with no more than three points and cannot catch Mo
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is rolling back on a promise to introduce legislation this fall that would have outlawed restrictions on people not vaccinated against COVID-19. Government house leader Joseph Schow says such a bill will not be introduced this fall, as the focus is on other priorities. He declined to say whether the bill is gone for good. Smith won the leadership of the United Conservative Party this summer promising to make the change, adding last month that the COVID-1
Canadian soccer fans are now mulling which teams to root for next after Canada was eliminated from the World Cup following their loss against Croatia. Many say they’re still proud of Team Canada despite the loss.
KYIV/KHERSON, Ukraine (Reuters) -President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned Ukrainians to expect another brutal week of cold and darkness ahead, predicting more Russian attacks on infrastructure which would not stop until Moscow runs out of missiles. Russia has been launching massive missile bombardments on Ukraine's energy infrastructure roughly weekly since early October, with each attack having greater impact than the last as damage accumulates and winter sets in. In an overnight address, Zelenskiy said he expected new attacks this week that could be as bad as last week's, the worst yet, which left millions of people with no heat, water or power.
A cyber attack has disabled online learning and left telephone and email services down, Durham District School Board said Sunday. Literacy tests have been cancelled for Monday and most student chromebooks will not work, the board said. In a letter to parents and guardians, the school board said it was first made aware of the "cyber-incident" on Friday and that IT teams have been working throughout the weekend to restore the services affected. "We have notified law enforcement and are working to
DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran will reject a newly-appointed independent U.N. investigation into the country's repression of anti-government protests, the foreign ministry said on Monday, as demonstrations showed no sign of abating. "Iran will have no cooperation with the political committee formed by the U.N. Rights Council," ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said. The U.N. Rights Council voted on Thursday to appoint a probe into Iran's deadly crackdown on protests.
Syrian Kurds have taken to the streets in the city of Qamishli in the far north of the country, along its border with Turkey. View on euronews
AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Alphonso Davies scored against Croatia on Sunday to give Canada its first-ever goal at the men's World Cup. The goal came 67 seconds into the game. Canada's goalkeeper Milan Borjan set up the play with a long goal kick that found Cyle Larin down field. Larin headed the ball to Tajon Buchanan on the right flank. A cross from Buchanan then found Davies flying through the air and the Bayern Munich star headed the ball past Croatian keeper Dominik Livaković to give Canada a 1-0 le
TORONTO — Excitement and jubilation after Canada scored its first-ever goal at the Men's World Cup gave way to dismay after Croatia came back with a string of goals to end the team's hopes of reaching the tournament's knockout round. Fans initially screamed, jumped out of their seats and embraced each other at a sold-out watch party in downtown Toronto Sunday as Alphonso Davies scored the historic goal. The star winger and Bayern Munich player headed the ball home to give Canada an initial 1-0 l
The capital of the German state of Saxony is trying to lead the way in sustainable city living. As part of the EU-sponsored MatchUp project, Dresden has been selected as one of the three ‘lighthouse’ cities, aiming to integrate mobility, ICT and energy in a sustainable way.
David Jensen has lived in Keswick Ridge since 2004 and has spent the last 18 years trying to get someone to fix a ditch that's been leaking water into his backyard. He has high hopes for Monday. He finally has the chance to vote for a mayor and council who might listen — and solve a problem neglected by other levels of government. "I feel good about it," he said of the municipal election being held in the new Central York Rural Community. "With a mayor or something, I might be able to talk to hi
OTTAWA — The Liberal government unveiled its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, announcing more military spending and closer ties with countries such as India. The strategy earmarks $2.3 billion for Canada to form closer ties with countries that span Pakistan to Japan, including some funding that the Liberals have announced in recent weeks. “What you’re seeing today is a reorientation of our foreign policy (that) we haven’t seen in a long time,” Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly t
The Nov. 28, 1905 storm was one of the worst storms to ever hit the Great Lakes.
A stunning development on Monday in a pair of Toronto homicides both dating back to 1983. Toronto Police have made an arrest and laid charges. Crime Specialist Catherine McDonald has more.
A union representing more than 500 workers at a Loblaw warehouse in Calgary accepted a deal with its employer hours before a lockout was set to begin on Friday. In a statement released on Saturday, Teamsters Local Union 987 said that 66 per cent of its voting members accepted a final offer from Loblaw just before being locked out of their Calgary Freeport facility. A total of 534 employees at the distribution centre had been laid off as the company prepared for a lockout. The union had been in c