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B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon has removed longtime MLA John Rustad from the party caucus after Rustad boosted a social media post casting doubt on climate change science and urging people to "celebrate CO2." In posts on both Facebook and Twitter, Rustad, the MLA for the Nechako Lakes riding west of Prince George, shared a graphic and post arguing that people had been "hoodwinked" by climate change science and they should be glad CO2 is being emitted into the atmosphere. In response, Kevin Fal
Pessimism, as explored by the philosopher Schopenhauer, offers tools to come to terms with the idea that refusing to relentlessly pursue happiness is perhaps the most reasonable attitude.
Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of violence and refers to intergenerational trauma related to residential schools. There was bedlam in the courtroom as Everett Chief was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing two First Nation women Thursday. Yukon Supreme Court Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan accepted a joint submission from Crown and defence lawyers. Chief will serve two consecutive nine-year sentences for the killings and be designated as a long-term offender. Chief will al
The Toronto Zoo introduced a new member of its Indo-Malaya pavilion Friday: Wali, a baby Sumatran orangutan. Dolf DeJong, CEO of the Toronto Zoo, said the little ape was born at the zoo on April 8 and that his name means "guardian" in Indonesian. Sumatran orangutans are "guardians of the rainforest," he added. Wali is the second child his mother Sekali, whose first son was born at the zoo in 2006, DeJong said. Sekali is embracing her role again as a mother, with staff observing the pair in their
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender girls in Utah will be given the opportunity to participate in girls' sports as the school year begins, after a judge on Friday reversed a ban pending legal challenges from parents. Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now be sent before a commission that will determine on a case-by-case basis if their participation compromises fairness. Utah's Republican lawmakers created the commission in a law passed earlier this year as a fallback plan to be imp
Eleven Nova Scotians died from COVID-19 the week of Aug. 9-15, the province's updated COVID-19 dashboard showed Thursday. There were an average of 206 daily COVID-19 cases during that time, a decrease from 249 the previous week. Five deaths from COVID-19 were reported last week. New hospital admissions due to COVID-19 were 40, down from 46 a week ago. Nova Scotia Health reported Thursday that: 50 patients are in hospital being treated for COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care. 127 patien
(Reuters) -Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, as a rebound in commodity prices aided oil and materials stocks, although worries about aggressive central bank actions to tame inflation weighed on the global sentiment. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 0.19% to 20,219.82 by 9:49 a.m. ET. Canadian energy stocks gained 1.7% as oil prices rose nearly 2% on robust U.S. fuel consumption data and expected falls in Russian supply later in the year.
New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction for an unclaimed locker last week. Police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had purchased unseen. The two children were aged between 5 and 10 years and had been dead for some time, police said in a statement on Thursday.
AIRDRIE, Alta. — An urgent care centre in a city north of Calgary is returning to its normal operations this weekend. The facility in Airdrie, Alta., was to be closed overnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 22 until mid-September due to a lack of available doctors to cover shifts. Alberta Health Services says in a news release that it will now reopen Friday. Dr. Charles Wong, who is in charge of urgent care for the Calgary area, says in the release that four new doctors have been r
A 23-year-old woman is dead after being found shot in an underground garage in Toronto, police say. Toronto police have identified the woman, the city's 42nd homicide victim this year, Daniella Mallia. Police say they were called to 2265 Jane Street, north of Highway 401, around 1:05 p.m. on Thursday. Officers found Mallia suffering gunshot wounds in a garage. She was declared dead at the scene. Police say Mallia's death is an isolated incident. There are no details yet on a potential suspect or
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal circulated Friday by California Democratic legislators would reject Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to extend the lifespan of the state's last operating nuclear power plant — and instead spend over $1 billion to speed up the development of renewable energy, new transmission lines and storage to maintain reliable power in the climate change era. The legislative plan obtained by The Associated Press reveals mounting tension between the Democratic governor and some mem
Nova Scotia is expanding a program this fall that gives people in rural areas needing urgent mental health care the option to use a virtual assessment at the hospital. "The new virtual option allows the individuals to get timely access in the communities where they live," Nova Scotia Minister for Youth and Mental Health and Addictions Brian Comer said during the announcement at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on Thursday. "It helps to reduce the burden of travel. It connects
A 22-year-old woman has died after being hit by a driver on Highway 520 in Dorval early Friday morning, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) has confirmed. The woman had been staying at a residential facility for specialized medical care, and had been moving in a wheelchair along the highway toward 55th Avenue when she was struck. The collision happened around 4:15 a.m., according to provincial police. The driver has been treated for shock, police said. The Ullivik l
Contract negotiations between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the union representing some municipal workers remain at a standstill, and one union representative claims it's because of gender discrimination. CUPE National Representative Tammy Martin said the municipality's so-called "inside" workers — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 933 — are not getting a fair shake. "The male dominated local got offered more and better benefits than the female dominated local, you know
River is a dainty dog who loves her treats. She is content to wait patiently as Serena serves her up a hefty slice of watermelon. River has a sweet tooth and a fondness for the juicy fruit. Although this seems like an unusual food to give to a dog, many enjoy watermelon a great deal. Serena has recently taught River to shake a paw and then shake the other on command. But River is too excited to follow the plan. She gets her treat all the same and she savours every mouthful. River is a rescue dog with an incredible story. She was seconds from death when Serena fell in love with her and adopted her, agreeing to provide the care that River needed. Diagnosed with serious health issues and a heart defect, River's first owners were not able to manage the complicated treatment and frequent tests that she would need. They faced the difficult decision to end River's suffering and have her euthanized. Serena is a veterinary assistant and she and her mother had the skill and access to the resources that would allow River to live a decent life. River has been going strong, having had three extra years so far, with no sign of serious trouble. She enjoys free run of a large property and frequent walks in the nearby forest. River also loves canoe rides and lying by the fire at the cottage. She is living her best life and loving her treats.
MADRID (AP) — Manchester United reached a deal Friday to sign midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid, the two clubs said, ending the Brazilian's successful stint in Spain. The clubs did not provide financial details, but Spanish media said the deal for the 30-year-old Brazilian was worth more than 60 million euros ($60.2 million). Madrid thanked Casemiro and called him a club legend. He had been with Madrid since 2013 and helped it win 18 titles, including five Champions League and three Spanish l
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the western city of Lviv, ahead of a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (August 18)
A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to groping a 12-year-old girl on Granville Island last summer. Derek Jason Sangris pleaded guilty Thursday in provincial court to the charge of sexual interference, admitting that he "did for a sexual purpose, touch, directly or indirectly, with a part of his body, the body of … a person under the age of 16 years," according to the prosecution. Last summer, Vancouver police arrested Sangris for groping a young girl at the Granville Island public market on Aug
This story idea came from audience members, like you, who got in touch with us. Email us your Zellers memories or questions about what's next for the brand. We are listening: email@example.com. Earlier this week, Hudson's Bay Co. announced that it was resurrecting Zellers, the storied Canadian discount retail chain. Founded in London, Ont., in 1931, Zellers eventually expanded across the country. It was acquired by HBC in 1978, and at its peak in the late 1990s, had 350 locations. Zellers's slogan was
Retired Edmonton lawyer Helmut Berndt, 73, has dropped his appeal after he was charged and sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing his children decades ago. In April, a jury found Berndt guilty on all five sex-related charges involving his three children. The crimes began in 1986 and lasted until the end of 2001. Berndt testified during the trial, denying the offences. He had sought to be released on bail while waiting for his appeal to be heard. His bail was denied. Berndt's daught