Highlights / U.S.

Economy, International

Still more retail closings

This week another retail chain has announced major closings.  Home furnishing and interior decor chain Pier 1 Imports announced Monday it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. As part of that move, it said about half» 

Environment, International

Endangered North Atlantic Right whales: some better news, but not great news

With only about 400 of the North Atlantic right whales left, and 100 breeding females,  every death and every birth is critical news. The year 2017 was a disaster for the threatened species with 17 deaths, apparently mostly from fishing» 

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Some millionaires ask World Economic Forum to tax them more

While many average earners complain of taxes, a group of the world’s wealthiest is saying they should be taxed more. The disparity in earnings between the wealthiest and the middle and lower classes is such that some of those uber-rich» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Paid ‘pro-Meng’ demostrators at Huawei exec court hearing

There have sometimes been questions about the authenticity of pro-China demonstrators at relevant events in Canada and whether they may actually be demonstrating on the basis of their own convictions. This suggestion has been reinforced by events at yesterday’s hearings» 

International, Politics

Survey: Canadians split on issue of U.S. killing of Iranian general.

A new survey  by the Angus Reid Institute shows a little over half of Canadians feel the killing of Gen. Qassim Soleilmani was not a good move by the U.S.  Three in ten said it was a good move and» 

International, Politics

Controversial hearing for Huawei exec begins today

A year after she was detained in Vancouver on a U.S extradition request, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is in a British Columbia court today. The U.S Justice Department alleges that she fraudulently misled banks into processing financial transactions with Iran» 

International, Politics

The situation in Iran

With the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the entire mid-east situation is in turmoil. Hundreds of thousands are turning out in the streets of Tehran and other major centres, to mourn the general. But was there more behind the» 

International, Politics

NATO emergency meeting over killing of top Iranian general

After the U.S. drone strike on Friday that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, and several other important Iranian military or militia leaders on Iraqi soil. U.S. President Trump said Soleimani’s “reign of terror” was over.  The U.S. action appears to» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics

Mass Atlantic salmon escape at Pacific fish farm

(public comments may take up to 24h to appear after approval) An electrical fire caused part of a large ocean fish pen to collapse allowing from 20,000-22,000 Atlantic salmon to escape into the Pacific ocean on Friday.  The escape occurred» 

Uncategorized

What are the chances? Canadian math teacher rolls dice, wins big U.S prize.

It is an innovative way of teaching ‘probability’ to young math students. So innovative that teacher Nat Banting in Saskatoon became the first Canadian to win the $25,000  Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching, from the National»