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Thousands of people gathered along the Neva River in St Petersburg on Friday night to witness the traditional 'Scarlet Sails' festival.View on euronews
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. Francis didn’t refer to the ruling or explicitly mention abortion in his homily. But he used the buzzwords he has throughout his papacy about the need to defend families and to condemn a “culture of waste” that he believes is behind the societal acceptanc
A government-led team of politicians and Indigenous leaders held its first meeting Wednesday as residents in Happy Valley-Goose Bay urged swift action to address a growing number of transient people in the community. The Acute Response Team, established this week, seeks to find immediate solutions to a problem that the town's mayor says has become a safety issue. "We brought the concerns that our community was in a crisis situation because we had seen an increase in that escalation in terms of t
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Before he became a leading voice for conservative causes on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator James Lankford spent more than a decade as the director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, a sprawling campground about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City that attracts more than 50,000 campers in grades six through 12 each year. The Republican lawmaker's tenure at the camp is a prominent feature of his political profile, noted in the first paragraph of his off
Homeowners in one eastern Ontario township are taking issue with the arrival of short-term rentals in their riverside community. Residents in East Hawkesbury, Ont., approximately an hour's drive east of downtown Ottawa, have brought their concerns to the local council, calling for rules that would manage Airbnb properties and others like them. "These homes were built for families, not for Airbnb. I mean, what do they contribute to the neighborhood?" said Jennifer Brennan, who's lived in the area
Conservation groups have been doing a lot of work lately to give people virtual access to important ecological areas in the Maritimes, but if that's given you the itch to go in person this summer, there are special precautions to take, according to two people who make a living promoting outdoor adventures. "These are not the places we want to start going bushwhacking," said Jan-Sebastian LaPierre, of Dartmouth-based marketing company A For Adventure. You probably should not go with a big group,
Protesters at a Montreal abortion rights rally in solidarity with Americans following the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court say they fear the decision will lead to a rise in anti-abortion sentiment in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Hundreds of Quebecers of all ages gathered outside the Montreal courthouse Sunday afternoon amid sweltering heat, carrying signs that said, "Solidarity and rage," "My body, my choice" and "Access to abortion is a human right." Law student Cele
For the first time, a free shuttle bus service will ferry nature lovers to some of the most popular spots in Gatineau Park during the summer. Saturday marked the start of the pilot project, which will run every weekend until Aug. 28. Regular shuttles have operated every fall for a three-week period, and that will still continue. "We're making Gatineau Park more accessible, more equitable for people who either don't own a private car or don't have access to one or don't want to drive," said Tobi
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative ruling party leader pushed back Sunday against what he described as Western views on LGBTQ rights. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the Law and Justice party, described a theoretical situation in which a person named Wladyslaw, which is traditionally a male name, comes to work asking to be called Zosia, a traditionally female name. “And according to what we are recommended from the West that everyone should obey it,” Kaczynski said at a rally in Grudzia
Abortion rights defenders gather outside US Supreme Court and in New York.View on euronews
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of Roe v. Wade started in the Senate. It was the Senate Republican partnership with President Donald Trump to confirm conservative judges, and transform the federal judiciary, that paved the way for the Supreme Court's landmark ruling to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell set the strategy in motion, engineering the Supreme Court's makeover by blocking President Barack Obama's 2016 nomination of then-Judge Merrick Garl
Abortion rights activists took part in Pride Toronto's Dyke March downtown on Saturday to show support for those who will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Members of the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics carried a large coat hanger in the march to demonstrate opposition to the decision on Friday that strips away constitutional protections for abortion. The coalition believes women should have the right to control their own bodies. The coat hanger sym
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden rarely mentions his predecessor by name. But as he spoke to a nation processing a seismic shift in the rights of women, he couldn't ignore Donald Trump's legacy. “It was three justices named by one president — Donald Trump — who were the core of today's decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country,” Biden said Friday after the Supreme Court's conservative majority voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landm
NEW YORK (AP) — Parades celebrating LGBTQ pride kick off in some of America's biggest cities Sunday amid new fears about the potential erosion of freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual marches in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere take place just two days after one conservative justice on the Supreme Court signaled, in a ruling on abortion, that the court should reconsider the right to same-sex marriage recognized in 2015. That warning shot came after a year of legislat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the final day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda by joining youth leaders for an intergenerational dialog breakfast on Saturday. Climate change was a key focus among participants.
Two Edmonton area women were cleared on impaired driving charges after provincial court judges found their charter rights were violated while using the toilet in police custody. Since those rulings, Edmonton police and RCMP have changed policies. One was a provincial court decision issued in September 2020 by judge D'arcy DePoe, involving a woman who was charged with impaired driving on March 21, 2019. CBC is not identifying her because the charges were ultimately dismissed. After the woman rear
VICTORIA — The first hot weather stretch of the summer in British Columbia has resulted in Environment Canada issuing heat warnings for large sections of the province. Environment Canada said Sunday it upgraded special weather statements to heat warnings for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Fraser Valley and the North Coast. The heat warnings come one year after a heat dome in B.C. sent temperatures to 40 C and above and resulted in the deaths of 619 people, many of whom were indoors on their own an
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South African authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 22 young people found inside a popular tavern in the coastal town of East London, provincial health officials and the presidency said on Sunday. State broadcaster SABC reported the deaths resulted from a possible stampede, but was scant on details as the exact cause of death remained unknown. The bodies will be transported to state mortuaries where relatives are expected to help identify both male and female victims, said Siyanda Manana, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape provincial health department.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Schloss Elmau, Germany. Both leaders are attending the G7 summit.
A plant considered to be a dangerous weed has been discovered in the area of the Don Valley, Metrolinx says in a warning to the public. Metrolinx, the province's regional transit agency, said in the warning this week that its crews found Giant Hogweed, a noxious and leafy plant that is an invasive species, along the tracks of the Richmond Hill train corridor and in Toronto parkland recently. The plant is growing near the rail corridor between E.T. Seton Park in the east and the Bayview on-ramp t