SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet is urging Georgia officials to deny permits for a proposed mine near the edge of the famed Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge, saying the plan poses “unacceptable risk” to the swamp's fragile ecology. “I write to express serious concerns regarding proposed mining activities that have the potential to negatively impact the Okefenokee Swamp ecosystem and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland sa
The first hint the Crown might have trouble winning its case against a nightclub accused of posting videos on social media of patrons flouting COVID-19 restrictions came when the judge overseeing the proceedings asked what Facebook was. Things just went downhill from there. Over the course of an hour and a half last month, Judicial Justice Brent Adair shredded Northern Health's prosecution of Lambda Cabaret — rejecting public complaints as hearsay, questioning the relevance of video showing a li
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday said he has less than $12 million of the $1.5 billion he owes the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims, but they immediately questioned the accuracy of his statements. In the first hearing of Jones' bankruptcy in a Houston court, his attorney Vickie Driver said Jones wanted to settle with the Sandy Hook families. Jones said in a court filing that it would be "functionally impossible" for him to pay the defamation verdicts in full.
Raheem Younes is freshly motivated to build his new contracting business in his hometown of Windsor, knowing now that he is part of a larger network of Black entrepreneurs in the region. The Southwestern Ontario Black Entrepreneurship Network (SWOBEN) was launched in Windsor Tuesday at Art Windsor-Essex. More than 100 entrepreneurs and business owners, along with students, community members and organizations gathered for the launch of the program, which was made possible through a non-repayable
GENEVA (Reuters) -Global airlines are predicting their first industry-wide profit since 2019 next year as air travel rebounds from COVID-19 restrictions, while a new war of words erupted with airports on Tuesday over rising air fares and ground charges. Airlines lost tens of billions of dollars in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, but air travel has partially recovered and some airports have struggled to cope. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) now expects a net profit of $4.7 billion for the industry next year, with more than 4 billion passengers set to fly.
HALIFAX — Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual medicine offered a novel way for patients to see doctors during a lockdown and hope that technology could alleviate chronic pressure on a strained health system. For many in Nova Scotia, though, the early promise has proven illusory. Tim Neufeld, 28, from Dartmouth, N.S., has been on Nova Scotia’s wait-list for a family doctor for five years. He said in a recent interview that he was left frustrated after several unsuccessful attempts at securing
The federal government will spend up to $800 million on four Indigenous-led conservation projects, including projects in the N.W.T. and Nunavut. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made the announcement Wednesday, said each of the projects is unique because they are designed by the communities themselves. Trudeau told reporters the exact details of the agreements have yet to be worked out, including which portions of the lands will be shielded from resource extraction. The Indigenous partners, he
Reuters was unable to establish who created the abortion program or determine who in the military or government ran it. Nigerian military leaders denied the program has ever existed and said Reuters reporting was part of a foreign effort to undermine the country's fight against the insurgents.
Tough regulatory scrutiny and delayed commercial adoption of autonomous vehicle technology have delayed deployment of robotaxi services, leaving investors worried. The launch is part of a non-exclusive 10-year agreement between both the companies for driverless vehicles, with a rollout in Los Angeles expected to follow. In the multi-market deal, Motional's autonomous vehicles would also ferry both passengers and delivery items for Uber and its Uber Eats division.
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was a solitary figure as he walked off the field following a World Cup match in which he was not the center of attention. He’d come off the bench in a 6-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday that moved Portugal into the quarterfinals. Ronaldo's 21-year-old replacement scored a hat trick in the win — a performance sure to raise questions over Ronaldo's future with his national team. Ronaldo congratulated Gonçalo Ramos at midfield at the end of the game, then
Holding roses and candles, people gathered in Toronto on Tuesday to honour 14 women who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal 33 years ago. The candlelight vigil paid respects not only to the women gunned down by Marc Lépine that day, in an attack known as the Montreal Massacre, but also to all women around the world who have been murdered by men. The vigil was organized by a group called, Women Won't Forget. More than 50 people listened to speakers and music at Philosopher's Walk,
BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) -A suspected Islamist militant, angered by Indonesia's new criminal code, killed one other person and wounded at least 10 in a suicide bomb attack at a police station in the city of Bandung on Wednesday, authorities said. The suicide bomber was believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State-inspired group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had previously been jailed on terrorism charges, Indonesian police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo told a news conference. The police chief said the attacker, identified as Agus Sujatno, was released in late 2021 and investigators had found dozens of documents protesting the country's controversial new criminal code at the crime scene.
The RCMP has charged a CBC News journalist in P.E.I. with disobeying a court order, after an investigation into an alleged breach of a publication ban. The investigation related to the publication of a "news article," the P.E.I. RCMP said in a news release Wednesday, but did not specify where it was published, or in what form. The RCMP identified Jesara Sinclair as the person facing the charge, which has not been proven in court. Sinclair is a CBC journalist. According to the news release, the a
Infectious diseases specialists Dr. Fatima Kakkar and Dr. Isaac Bogoch explain why this year’s respiratory virus season has been so much worse for children than past years, and what we could expect to see with adults in the weeks and months to come.
ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Just in time for the holidays, Ludacris and Mercedes-Benz have surprised schoolchildren in Atlanta with more than 500 new pairs of shoes. “It’s all about giving kids moments that they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives,” Ludacris said Wednesday at Miles Elementary School. “And I think today is one of those days that just coming here and seeing the smiles on their faces and making sure that, you know, everything is just given to them and knowing that we’re here to
No charges will be laid in connection with privacy breaches of long-term care residents in Baie Verte, says the RCMP after concluding its investigation of the incidents. Central Health notified seven families in September about breaches of privacy, including inappropriate photos taken by staff of long-term care residents. The health authority said at the time that some staff were disciplined and at least one person has lost their job. Families had said they hoped the police investigation would y
MONTREAL — In the 73 minutes on Tuesday afternoon that it took for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and five other dignitaries to officially open the 15th global talks to save nature from human destruction, statistics suggest another 4,000 hectares of forest around the world was lost to that same force. It is the kind of damage the meeting is looking to stop as the world faces a biodiversity crisis that is risking human health, contributing to food insecurity and exacerbating climate change. "Natur
MONTREAL — The Quebec Press Council has upheld a complaint regarding a question the moderator asked Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet during the English-language federal leaders debate last year. The complaint was lodged against moderator Shachi Kurl and the CBC, one of the networks that broadcast the debate, by Julie Lapierre the day after the Sept. 9, 2021, debate. In her first question to Blanchet, Kurl described two Quebec laws — one restricting the wearing of religious symbols by
CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. will boost production in 2023 to meet what it believes will be continued strong global demand for oil in the year ahead. The Calgary-based oil and gas company released its 2023 budget Tuesday, saying it anticipates capital spending of between $4.0 billion and $4.5 billion in 2023. That amount includes spending of between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion on optimization and growth, including construction of the West White Rose project off the coast of Newfoundland, as w
Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work says raising interest rates is not the only way to tackle inflation in Canada.