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At the foot of Indonesia's Mount Semeru, what is left of the houses along the main village road are covered in a thick layer of hardened volcanic ash. Curah Kobokan was among the worst-hit areas when the 3,676-metre (12,060 ft) Mount Semeru erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous pyroclastic flows into villages below. Since day one of the disaster, volunteer Dodik Suryadiawan, 36, has driven on the bumpy roads in his personal four-wheel drive, helping to retrieve the remains of those who perished.
The holidays may be just a couple of weeks away, but we're sure many residents of Newfoundland and Labrador don't want to see a winter wonderland outside their window for at least another little while. Unfortunately, that won't be the case Thursday. Special weather statements are in place from Environment Canada across eastern Newfoundland, the Bay of Exploits and the Connaigre region, where 25-35 centimetres of snow could fall by the end of Thursday. The snow will come with wind gusts between 9
The MP for Ontario's Windsor West is calling on the federal government to increase its zero-emission vehicle incentives in Canada to match the proposed U.S. incentives. Brian Masse, the NDP's industry and international trade critic, on Monday responded to U.S. President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Bill, which is awaiting Senate approval. Masse and Unifor want Canada-U.S. harmonization of the incentives, which would include them applying to all vehicles built in this country. The U.S. proposal
OTTAWA — Jewish civil servants met the prime minister's special envoy on fighting antisemitism to ask for support dealing with anti-Jewish abuse and slurs in the federal public service. The government officials have formed a support network to provide a "safe space" where they can share experiences of antisemitism and to change the culture in the sector. On Tuesday, they met Irwin Cotler, the prime minister's antisemitism envoy, to relay to him the problem in government offices. Some expressed f
The Hawkesbury, Ont., fire department is working to put out a burning building at the corner of Main Street East and William Street. Ontario Provincial Police say a call for service came in at 7:33 p.m. The building on fire has commercial space on the main floor and residential units above. Sgt. Cynthia Savard says all occupants are safely out of the building and there are no injuries. Police are assisting the fire department by securing the scene. The fire was still burning at 10:30 p.m. on Mon
Climate change could cost Ontario's provincial and municipal governments up to $116 billion by the end of this century, according to a new report from the province's accountability officer. In a stable climate, the province's maintenance costs would be $10 billion a year, amounting to about $799 billion by 2100. But the report shows the changing climate could drive costs up dramatically. In the short term, the report found the effects of climate change will add about $6 billion to maintenance co
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in January 2020 that the case against Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and former air force commander Amir Eshel couldn't proceed because the men have “functional immunity from jurisdiction.” The Hague Court of Appeal said Tu
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announced Wednesday that a man arrested at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport for allegedly being linked to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was misidentified. The Paris General Prosecutor's office issued a short statement Wednesday after over 24 hours of checks, saying that the man arrested Tuesday was not the Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi who is wanted under a 2019 Turkish arrest warrant. “The (arrest) warrant does not apply to him,” the statement said,
Here’s the latest for Monday, December 6: Jussie Smollett takes the witness stand; New York to require vaccine mandates for city employers; Former GOP senator to challenge Georgia governor; Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies.
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OTTAWA — The government has expanded a pilot that allows refugees to apply for permanent residency through conventional economic immigration streams by removing some of the barriers that would traditionally have precluded them. The minister hopes to see only a six-month window between the date a successful candidate submits their application and the day they can start working in Canada. The pilot is an expansion of a 2018 program that aimed to identify 10 to 15 skilled refugees in the Middle Eas
IQALUIT, Nunavut — The Canadian Armed Forces says its water purification system in Iqaluit is up and running again after it was down for two weeks. The military has been in the Nunavut capital of 8,000 residents since Oct. 23 to purify river water using a reverse-osmosis system. Iqaluit has been under a state of emergency since Oct. 12 when fuel was detected in the city's drinking water. The military's water purification unit hasn't been operating since Nov. 22 when high winds knocked over a ten
A better understanding of language and its neuroscientific basis would help us handle linguistic issues throughout our lives.
British Columbia said Tuesday it will expand its booster shot program, as provincial officials reported five new cases of the omicron variant. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said those who are considered immuno-compromised and who received a three-dose primary series of vaccine will be offered a fourth shot. That booster will administered six months after the third shot, per new recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Henry also said the province
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow will face a severe economic pain if it tries to attack Ukraine, but promised prospective talks to address Russia's concerns about NATO's expansion. Biden said he was “very straightforward” with Putin during their call Tuesday, warning the Russian leader that he will pay a heavy price if he invades Ukraine. “There were no minced words," Biden said at the White House before departing f
The City of Windsor would "welcome" discussions about hiring another Indigenous housing support worker, after a recent count showed 22 per cent of people experiencing homelessness in the city identify as Indigenous. "We get a lot of questions and a lot of inquiries from various groups, various agencies," Jelena Payne, Windsor's Commissioner of Community Development and Health Services, said at a media event to unveil a new affordable housing project on Monday. "We sit down with everybody, we loo
HALIFAX — St. Francis Xavier University in northeastern Nova Scotia has confirmed 12 members of its campus community have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The cluster of cases was first reported Tuesday by provincial health officials, but no numbers were released. Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, said the cluster is related to the university's graduate ring ceremony held on Friday and the sanctioned and informal social events held on and around the campus ove
The holidays have enough natural sparkle that we can all safely enjoy.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba concedes it gave leadership candidates erroneous information before October's election — but says the actual ballots were counted fairly and accurately. In a 209-page submission to Manitoba's Court of the Queen's Bench, the PC Party seeks to dismiss candidate Shelly Glover's application to declare the results of the Oct. 30 leadership race invalid and require the party to hold a new vote. Glover lost that race by 363 votes to Heather Stefanson, who
In British Columbia, oil is once again moving through the Trans Mountain pipeline, which was shut down for weeks as a precaution after extreme weather set off disastrous floods and mudslides. The closure then triggered rules on gas rationing. Robin Gill explains why those measures are still in effect, and why gas prices ended up going down.