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Economy, Health, International, Society

Canadian snowbirds keep heading south despite warnings and the pandemic

Despite the pandemic–or maybe because of it–a whole lot of Canadians are heading south to sunny foreign destinations in and around the Caribbean these days, even as government officials and public health experts say everybody would be a whole lot »

International, Politics

Aid groups worry U.S. terrorist designation of Yemen rebels will hasten famine

Aid groups and United Nations humanitarian agencies are calling on the U.S. government to reverse its decision to declare Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group, warning it could lead to massive famine and exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in »

International, Society

Pfizer reduces vaccine deliveries to Canada as COVID cases continue to climb

As new modelling paints a grim picture of where Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic is headed, the country’s already sluggish efforts to get vaccines out to Canadians suffered a jolt today. Procurement Minister Anita Anand announced that production issues in Europe will temporarily »

International

New military chief apologizes for discrimination members have suffered

The new leader of the Canadian Armed Forces has apologized to members of the military who have faced discrimination and harassement while serving. Admiral Art McDonald made the comments as he was sworn in Thursday at a mostly virtual ceremony »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Countries must ‘urgently’ adapt to climate change, UN warns

The international community must step up its efforts to adapt to climate change and build up resilience in the face of growing impacts of global warming or face mounting costs, damages and losses, according to a new UN Environment Programme »

International, Politics

Trudeau and Macron discuss COVID-19 vaccine rollout challenges

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed on Wednesday the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations efforts in Canada and France as both countries face a surge in coronavirus infections. Both Canada and France have authorized »

International

Canadian rower Kathleen Heddle, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, dies at 55

Kathleen Heddle, whose quiet resolve, fierce determination and extraordinary athletic ability combined to help her win three Olympic gold medals, died Monday at the age of 55 at her Vancouver home following a six-year battle with cancer. Rowing Canada made »

International

Global Affairs announces some movement in treatment of the ‘Two Michaels’

There appears to be some movement in the continuing showdown between Ottawa and Beijing over the detentions of two Canadians arrested over two years after Canada–acting on an extradition request by United States–arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of »

International, Politics

China condemns Canada’s measures to protect human rights in Xinjiang

Chinese officials on Wednesday lambasted an initiative by Canada and Britain to ensure their companies are not complicit in Beijing’s human rights abuses against the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, saying it amounts to a »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

World insect decline; a serious issue for nature and for humans

We may hate them, and some bring deadly diseases, but insects are a vital component of nature.  Their numbers are also in steep decline. A study from the University of Helsinki on insect decline last year began this way, “With »