The real reason the Liberal government hasn't been able to re-establish relations with Iran is due to its adherence to a "stupid" Canadian law allowing the seizure of Iranian assets, says Canada's recently expelled ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Dennis Horak, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia in August after its rulers were incensed by a tweet from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, offered that blunt assessment as he shed new light on another controversial moment in Canada's Middle East relations. Six years ago, the previous Conservative government abruptly severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada.
OTTAWA — A recent UN climate change report has given humanity 12 years to get its act together to curb rising temperatures to avoid unprecedented environmental disaster.
Patrick Brown is down, but he may not be out yet. The embattled politician, who was forced to resign as leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives months before the party won a majority government, is trying to resurrect his political career with a run for mayor in Brampton, a fast-growing city northwest of Toronto where over 70 per cent of residents identify as visible minorities. Brown faces an uphill battle against incumbent Mayor Linda Jeffrey, a former Liberal cabinet minister who has the support of high-profile politicians from major parties, including some of Brown's former colleagues.
There has been a lot of talk about new cannabis legislation coming into effect this week and its ability to trigger the munchies. While it's true that your cannabinoid receptors — which are scattered throughout your body but exist mostly in your brain and nervous system — are involved in processes that include mood and appetite, and the active compounds in cannabis alter these receptors, it's also true that most of us can come down with a severe case of the munchies on any given day, THC on board or not. Classic snack foods are crispy, crunchy, chewy, gooey … they stimulate other senses and satiate a sensory need more than a nutritional one.
(This October 19 story corrects penultimate paragraph to show that Tenable shares have gained, not declined, since the company's IPO) By Liana B. Baker and Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cybersecurity software maker CrowdStrike Inc has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare for an initial public offering that could come in the first half of next year, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. CrowdStrike is the latest in a wave of Silicon Valley startups, including ride hailing firms Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc, that are eyeing a 2019 stock market listing after repeatedly turning to private investors for funding.
The legalization of cannabis this week prompted an outpouring of questions from Canadians wondering everything from how and where to buy it, whether they can grow it and what to do when crossing an international border. Martin Davies, an associate professor of pharmacology, said it's a question scientists first started asking in the mid-80s. "A bunch of scientists thought it was really strange how this plant can affect the way our brains work, and the way we experience the world and make us feel hungry and things like this," Davies told CBC's Radio Active on Friday.
Purolator has the contract to deliver pot on P.E.I. and said it was confident it is ready. The Charlottetown Airport put up signs informing travellers they can take up to 30 grams of cannabis on domestic flights — they won't hassle you or even ask you about it. No pot on international flights though, even if consumption is legal at your destination — California, for instance.
Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China's stance toward their island. China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has been ratcheting up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan in a bid to compel her to agree to Beijing's insistence that the self-governing island democracy is a part of China. "I want to loudly say no to China," said 43-year-old demonstrator Ping Cheng-wen, who is self-employed.
A public tribute is being held today for Lise Payette, the celebrated journalist, feminist and former Parti Québécois minister, who died last month at the age of 87. The ceremony at the Impérial theatre on Bleury Street in downtown Montreal began Saturday at 3 p.m. The tribute is in place of a funeral because Payette asked for there not to be any religious ceremony in honour of her death.
Stargazing tourists from around the world are trekking to the Canadian Rockies this weekend to catch the final few days of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. This year's event, which ends Sunday, drawing an estimated 3,500 tourists for discussions with experts, such as NASA astronauts twins Mark and Scott Kelly, stargazing walks and a visit to the new 50-seat planetarium. What began eight years ago has grown "from a small gathering to a globally-recognized celebration of dark sky and science," said James Jackson, general manager for Tourism Alberta.
The professional trumpet soloist who serenaded motorists stranded on the Trans-Canada during a snow storm earlier this month is set to play Madison Square Garden this weekend. Jens Lindemann will play both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems ahead of Sunday's game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. "There's a profound reality when you get to do something as important as playing the national anthem for any country," he said.
Funded by the Status of Women Canada, the survey was developed in consultation with survivors of sexual assault and victim groups. "Gender-based violence poses a significant barrier to gender equality in Canada," said survey manager Julie Sauvé. Statistics Canada also consulted mental health professionals on the survey, she said.
After a decade of teaching people how to repair and take care of their bicycles, Good Life Community Bike Shop is shutting down. The shop had moved locations a few times, from Eau Claire Market, to the old Ant Hill building in Kensington, to Mission, to a building near Chinook Centre in south Calgary. Parker said the closure is a big loss for the cycling community.
Now a new film starring "Gone Girl" actress Rosamund Pike tells her story about being fearless on the battlefront. Focusing on the last decade of her life, "A Private War" takes audiences to the frontlines of fighting in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Colvin, reporting for Britain's Sunday Times, was killed in Syria in 2012.
Hundreds of Montrealers took part in a march aimed at raising awareness about the city's homeless population, Friday night. The event, called Night of the Homeless, ended at Cabot Square and included speeches from elected officials and advocates. Johanne Cooper started working with the Maison Tangente shelter 30 years ago.
In light of Saudi Arabia's admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, CBC News takes a closer look at the man in charge of Saudi Arabia.
Yellowknife's new city council will be sworn in next month, and some say it's more diverse than before. "This is probably the most diverse council there's ever been," said Cynthia Mufandaedza, one of the new faces coming into council. Stacie Smith was the only Indigenous candidate who ran in the 2018 election.
Moments earlier, a ding rang in the airplane and two flight attendants darted to the front. "Your mind goes in a billion different directions, like is this a medical emergency? Could we be hijacked? What is going on?" Hove, 34, said over the phone from his hotel room in Saguenay, a city about 200 km north of Quebec City.
If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. The theory was that bigger jackpots would draw more attention, leading more players to plop down $2 for a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket.
After a week of lineups at pot shops across the province, some store owners say there's not enough weed left to keep their doors open and they're struggling to order more. Not all retail stores are necessarily open this weekend — a shortage of stock on the AGLC's retailer website means some new stores aren't able to order any cannabis at all to stock their shelves, and those that have run out can't order enough to restock. The AGLC is the province's official supplier of cannabis, offering products from 15 licensed producers.
Motorists travelling between High River and Nanton, Alta., were treated to a rare site Saturday morning — a vintage, twin-engine plane used to train crews during the Second World War being trucked to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. The Cessna Crane — with its nearly 13-metre wingspan — was loaded onto a flatbed truck in High River and driven south to Nanton, having been donated to the museum by an Alberta family. Ben Schwartz, a board member at the museum, was behind the wheel of the flatbed truck and said one thing he had to be wary of was speed.
Regina's German Club says Christmas has come a little early, in the form of a donation that will save the organization an estimated $70,000 repair bill. The club faced its own nightmare before Christmas with the expensive replacement of its building's aging furnace system — but a local company has now offered to replace and install three new furnace units in the building free of charge. It's taken a huge hindrance off of our plate," said Kerri Van Loosen, president of the German Club.
LOS ANGELES — Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN awards as she warned against an "identity blind narrative" in the struggle for acceptance of all.
All six of the sharks tagged in Nova Scotian waters as part of a "historic" expedition can now be tracked on Ocearch's website, and appear to be scattering throughout the ocean. The research team came to Nova Scotia on a hunch in mid-September, and spent almost a month looking for sharks off the coast of the province in an effort to better understand their movements and mating habits. As of Saturday, Hal and Nova, two male great whites, were seen on Ocearch's shark tracker towards the southeastern part of Nova Scotia, between Lunenburg and Shelburne.
Nunavut musician Colleen Nakashuk, who performs as Aasiva, says music has been an important outlet for her. Nakashuk said it was a great experience visiting Resolute Bay, where she also attended a grant writing workshop, Inuit games and a storytelling circle. The musician, whose music features ukulele, Inuktitut lyrics and throat singing, also brought 50 ukuleles to the community and held workshops with some of the students.