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
HALIFAX — News this week of arrests in connection with copper wire thefts in New Brunswick was welcomed Tuesday by a telecommunications official, who says challenges remain in battling a persistent and costly problem. Dana Lohnes, Bell Aliant’s director of field operations in Atlantic Canada, said his company has seen further thefts in the Fredericton area over the last few days, adding to a recent spike. “The stealing of copper wire is not necessarily new, but it does seem to have significantly
WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of missteps by federal Bureau of Prisons officials preceded the October 2018 beating death of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report on Wednesday. The watchdog is recommending that at least six Bureau of Prisons workers be disciplined, according to the report. The inspector general found no evidence that there was “malicious intent” by any Bureau of Prisons employees involved in decisions made before
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is going to work as constructively as possible with Alberta after lawmakers passed Premier Danielle Smith's controversial sovereignty act. The legislature passed the legislation overnight after stripping out a provision that would have granted the provincial cabinet extraordinary powers. Indigenous groups had called for the bill to be scrapped and the Opposition New Democrats described it as “a hot mess express.” Trudeau says the
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
OTTAWA — Social Development Minister Karina Gould says 35,000 people have applied for the new child dental benefit since the program opened a week ago. Gould was responding to an opposition question in the House of Commons about Canadians who are struggling with the rising cost of living. The new benefit is aimed at children under the age of 12 from low- and middle-income families who do not have private insurance. Eligible families can get up to $650 per child per year to help with the cost of
A new initiative at Holland College is hoping to alleviate some of the stresses students are facing as grocery prices continue to rise. Food for Thought, a daily breakfast program at the school, offers students free breakfast and snacks. Manager of counselling services and student success Murray MacInnis said the program was developed in response to rising demand for food banks on campus. "A number of people have become aware of food insecurity concerns and we started just having some good discu
Saying she's 'overwhelmed with emotions,' Cherelle Griner, the wife of Brittney Griner, thanks the people who helped secure the basketball star's release from Russia as part of a prisoner exchange.
Toronto-born director Brandon Cronenberg's film "Infinity Pool" is among the Canadian films heading to the Sundance Film Festival. The sci-fi horror bound for the Midnight category stars Alexander Skarsgard, Mia Goth and Cleopatra Coleman. It follows two vacationers at an all-inclusive beach resort where a fatal accident exposes a "perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence, and surreal horrors." Also heading to the Park City, Utah festival next month is the documentary "Twice
Are you noticing the lights going out more often — and staying out for longer? If you answered yes, it's not just you. Power outages have become more common in Quebec over the last decade, and they are lasting longer than ever. That was one of the findings revealed this week in Quebec's auditor general's annual report, which was presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday. The report unveiled how Hydro-Québec, the province's state-owned energy provider, is struggling to maintain its aging in
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,
Gus, a two-year-old tabby cat, sits on a fluffy, white pet bed in his Calgary home, the afternoon sun making his orange fur glow. The tips of his ears are missing, and so is a part of his tail. A portion of his back toes are gone, and under a snug, green shirt, there are patches of skin where his hair will never grow back. But when Margaret Doyle enters the room with catnip, he bounces over to the piano bench, where her extended hand waits. "He's mentally exactly the same as any other cat, which
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.
A scuba diver dressed as Santa Claus has delighted onlookers by setting up Christmas decorations at the Tropicarium Shark Zoo in Budapest, Hungary. View on euronews
OTTAWA — Families Minister Karina Gould introduced legislation Thursday in an attempt to secure a long-term role for Ottawa in the new national daycare system. The proposed legislation, known as Bill C-35, sets out the federal government's commitment to long-term funding for provinces and Indigenous Peoples, as well as the principles that will guide those funds. It does not make any specific financial promises. The Liberal government brought in a national child-care plan that would cut daycare f
Liberal MLAs are calling on the Higgs government to hold a public update on the spread of respiratory illnesses in New Brunswick, the state of health care, and what people can do to protect themselves and their families in advance of holiday gatherings. "Right now everyone has friends, family members or colleagues who are uncommonly sick and we all know our hospital system isn't in a position to serve them," Rob McKee, leader of the Official Opposition and health critic, said in a statement Tues
There is limited supply left on P.E.I. of the high-dose influenza vaccine for those in the 65 plus age bracket, according to the Island's chief public health officer. Dr. Heather Morrison said 22,300 high-dose influenza vaccines arrived on P.E.I. this fall and some pharmacies have now exhausted their supply. No new supply has been ordered. "If it's not available, a standard dose vaccine is still important to get and is a very good vaccine," Morrison said. "I would be very happy with the regular
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from the starting lineup for Portugal's match against Switzerland on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The move came a day after his coach expressed frustration about his team captain's attitude in the last game. Gonçalo Ramos, a 21-year-old forward who made his international debut three weeks ago, made his first career start for Portugal in Ronaldo’s place at Lusail Stadium. Ronaldo jogged onto the field for the pre-match warm-up to
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.
Former President Donald Trump's namesake company was found guilty on Tuesday of scheming to defraud tax authorities. Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said the verdict would be appealed. Here are some of the way in which prosecutors said the company and executives cheated on their taxes.