Monday 14 November 2022

Bear carries baby bear cubs across road

It seems that foraging mother bears come immediately when their cubs cry. If need be, a mother bear will carry a cub in her mouth and teeth to a new location or will gently grasp a crying cub in her mouth to help is down from a tree.

Saturday 12 November 2022

Is a recession in Canada inevitable?

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

Liberal MP Rachel Bendayan, Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie and NDP MP Peter Julian discuss Canada's latest inflation numbers and the risk of a recession.

Can Canada ever go cashless?

Global News on Youtube has the story.

When you’re purchasing an item, what method of payment do you use? If cash wasn’t your first answer, you’re not alone. In fact, Canada is one of the leading countries in the world going cashless -- opting for mobile and digital payments because of the speed, ease and convenience. 

Experts worry digital transactions don't benefit everyone, including the most vulnerable; and cash is still king for some businesses - and for those concerned about security. 

For The New Reality, Anne Gaviola looks the potential costs of switching to a cashless world.

Bank of Canada raises interest rate again

CBC News shows that former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge provides his analysis of the latest interest rate hikes and MPs Rachel Bendayan, Adam Chambers and Leah Gazan also weigh in on the increase.

Another COVID-19 winter is coming. Here’s how to prepare

CBC News: The National shows that heading into a third pandemic winter, COVID hospitalizations in Canada are up, vaccine uptake is down and new variants are circulating. But experts say we’re not completely in the dark, and some of the tools to get through it are already in our hands.

Canada's housing market: House prices rising even as sales drop

CTV News shows that the price of homes continues to creep higher, but sales are down significantly compared to last year. Bruce Frisko reports.

Friday 11 November 2022

Canada has more immigrants than ever, Census data shows

CBC News: The National shows that new census data shows almost a quarter of Canada’s population were or are immigrants or permanent residents, setting a new record. If the trend continues, immigrants could represent 34 per cent of the population by 2041, according to Statistics Canada.

Some Canadian lawmakers call for split with British Monarchy

WION Channel has the story.

A group of 14 Canadian lawmakers want to cut Canada's ties with British royals. They recently refused
to pledge allegiance to King Charles III during a ceremony. Molly Gambhir tells you how the debate on the relevance of the British Monarchy in Canada is gaining traction.

Canadians warned of growing "hostile" cyber threats

Global News on Youtube has the story.

The federal cybersecurity centre says criminals who hold data for ransom are expected to use new techniques, such as threatening a target’s partners or clients, to increase their chances of receiving payment.

In its threat forecast for 2023-24, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says cybercrime continues to be the online activity most likely to affect Canadians and their organizations.

The report says ransomware attacks, in which digital files are held hostage or encrypted until a fee is paid, are almost certainly the most disruptive form of cybercrime facing Canadians.
Global's Dan Spector reports.

Canada announces new measures to support Ukraine

CityNews on Youtube shows that Justin Trudeau announced more Russian sanctions are on the way along with military aid and financial supports for Ukraine. Mark Neufeld reports.

Nanos explains why recession fears are spiking among Canadians

CTV News shows how Pollster Nik Nanos breaks down a new survey, which found Canadians are more concerned about the possibility of a recession.

Development promoted by Mike Holmes subject of $8M lawsuit

CBC News: The National shows that an Ontario housing development promoted by celebrity contractor Mike Holmes is now the subject of an $8-million lawsuit filed after some homeowners said their new houses had defects. Now, Holmes’s company is one of over a dozen defendants being targeted.

Wednesday 9 November 2022

Canada: RCMP to investigate Chinese police ‘service stations’

CBC News: The National shows that there are at least three Chinese police outposts in and around Toronto in predominantly Chinese neighbourhoods, according to a report by human rights group Safeguard Defenders who say they’re being used to pressure some nationals to return to China. Now, the RCMP says it’s investigating whether any criminal activity is taking place.

Government 'hiding behind the Bank of Canada' on inflation: Ashton

CTV News on Youtube shows that Opposition critics discuss the government's response to the rising cost of living, saying it needs to reconsider 'wasteful' spending.

Monday 31 October 2022

What Bank of Canada's latest interest rate hike could mean

Global News on Youtube shows that the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 3.75 per cent on Wednesday, as the inflation battle continues and Canadians continue to feel more strapped financially. Anne Gaviola reports on what the latest interest rate could mean for your wallet as the institution continues to try and cool the economy and bring inflation down.

And Ross Lord explains how some homeowners are now debating whether to lock in their mortgage rates before they climb even higher.

High food prices in the United Kingdom are being blamed for the country's inflation rate rising to 10.1 per cent in September. Crystal Goomansingh looks at the toll the soaring cost of living is taking on Britons.

Two women who left Canada to join ISIS fighters have now returned home with their children, after spending years in a detention camp in Syria. Mercedes Stephenson explains the charges the women are now facing, and the building pressure on Ottawa to do more to secure the release of Canadians in detention camps.

Plus, an Ontario woman who says she was wrongfully charged with murder plans to sue the OPP for the accusation that she says destroyed her life. Caryn Lieberman reports.

Dozens dead after pedestrian bridge collapses in western India

CBC News: The National shows the story.

At least 81 people are dead in western India after a century-old footbridge packed with sightseers collapsed, sending them into the river below.

Seoul crowd surge kills at least 146, officials say

CBC News shows the story.

At least 146 people were killed and 150 more were injured after a stampede broke out during Halloween festivities in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood.

Sunday 2 October 2022

Thoughts on WHO

The so-called World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution states its main important objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health". Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it certainly has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

The WHO was established on 7 April 1948.

The WHO's mandate seeks and includes: working worldwide to promote health, keeping the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

The WHO has played a leading role in several public health achievements, most notably the eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola vaccine. Its current priorities include communicable diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS, Ebola, COVID-19, malaria and tuberculosis; non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer; healthy diet, nutrition, and food security; occupational health; and substance abuse.

Its so-called World Health Assembly, the agency's decision-making body, elects and advises an executive board made up of 34 health specialists. It selects the director-general, sets goals and priorities, and approves the budget and activities. The current director-general is indeed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia.

Cashless Society Fears

In a so-called cashless society, financial transactions are not conducted with physical banknotes or coins, but instead with digital information (usually an electronic representation of money). Cashless societies have existed from the time when human society came into existence, based on barter and other methods of exchange, and cashless transactions have also become possible in modern times using credit cards, debit cards, mobile payments, and digital currencies such as cryptocurrency bitcoin.

Such a concept has been discussed widely. The world is indeed experiencing a rapid and increasing use of digital methods of recording, managing, and exchanging money in commerce, investment and daily life in many parts of the world, and transactions which would historically have been undertaken with cash are often now really undertaken electronically. Some countries in the world now set limits on transactions and transaction values for which non-electronic payment may be indeed legally used.

Industrial Revolution Explanation

The so-called "Industrial Revolution" was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Great Britain, continental Europe, and the United States, that occurred during the period from around 1760 to about 1820-1840. This important transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power and water power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the mechanized factory system. Output certainly greatly increased, and a result was an unprecedented rise in population and in the rate of population growth.

Textiles were really the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution in terms of employment, value of output and capital invested. The textile industry was also the first to use modern production methods.

The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain, and many of the technological and architectural innovations were of British origin. By the mid-18th century, Britain was the world's leading commercial nation, controlling a global trading empire with colonies in North America and the Caribbean. Britain had major military and political hegemony on the Indian subcontinent; particularly with the proto-industrialised Mughal Bengal, through the activities of the East India Company. The development of trade and the rise of business were really among the major causes of the Industrial Revolution.

German blog writer speaks

The country of Germany (German: Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is an important country in Central Europe. It is the second most populous country in Europe after Russia, and the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is situated between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south; it covers an area of 357,022 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), with a large population of almost 84 million within its 16 constituent states. Germany borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands to the west. The nation's capital and largest city by population is Berlin and its financial centre is city of Frankfurt; the largest urban area is the Ruhr.

The Ruhr, also referred to as the so-called "Ruhr area", sometimes Ruhr district, Ruhr region, or Ruhr valley, is a polycentric urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With a population density of 2,800/km² and a population of over 5 million, it is certainly the largest urban area in Germany.

"Polycentric" means having more than one center (as of development or control).

Germany consists of 16 federal states, which you can see listed below. Bayern (Bavaria), Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) and Baden-Württemberg are the largest federal states and Bremen is really the smallest federal state.

Here is a list of states in Germany:

Bayern (Bavaria)
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Sachsen (Saxony)
Thüringen (Thuringia)
Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)

Rich and poor - in Russian

There are definitely wide varieties of economic inequality, most notably income inequality measured using the distribution of income (the amount of money people are paid) and wealth inequality measured using the distribution of wealth (the amount of wealth people own). Besides economic inequality between various countries or states, there are important types of economic inequality between different certain groups of people.

Important types of economic measurements really focus on wealth, income, and consumption. There are many methods for measuring economic inequality, the Gini coefficient being a widely used one. Another type of measure is the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, which is a statistic composite index that takes inequality into account. Important concepts of equality include equity, equality of outcome, and so-called equality of opportunity.

Whereas globalization has reduced global inequality (between nations), it has increased inequality within nations. Income inequality between nations peaked in the 1970s, when world income was distributed bimodally into "rich" and "poor" countries. Since then, income levels across countries have been converging, with most people now living in middle-income countries. However, inequality within most nations has really risen significantly in the last 30 years, particularly among advanced countries. In this period, close to 90 percent of advanced economies have seen an increase in income inequality, with over 70% recording an increase in their Gini coefficients certainly exceeding two points.

Bio Chip Video in Russian

In the science study of molecular biology, so-called "biochips" are engineered substrates ("miniaturized laboratories") that can host large numbers of simultaneous biochemical reactions. One of the goals of biochip technology is to efficiently screen large numbers of biological analytes, with potential applications ranging from disease diagnosis to detection of bioterrorism agents. For example, digital microfluidic biochips are under investigation for applications in various biomedical fields. In a digital microfluidic biochip, a group of (adjacent) cells in the microfluidic array can be configured to work as storage, functional operations, as well as for certainly transporting fluid droplets dynamically.

Saturday 1 October 2022

Politics and pipelines: Canada's energy dilemma

Global News shows the exciting economy story.

How can Canada help support Europe with a clean and safe energy supply? It's a question that our government has been trying to answer since Russia's invasion of Ukraine set off an energy crisis in Europe. 

Critics say Canadian politicians haven't been able to work together on a coherent energy policy, holding us back from playing a bigger role in supporting Europe during these tumultuous times. 

As David Akin explains, officials are trying to balance energy policy and ambitious climate targets, while avoiding mistakes of the past.

Storm Fiona: Opposition parties question federal government response in emergency debate

Global News on Youtube shows the debates.

Members of parliament held an emergency debate Monday evening on the devastation in Atlantic provinces amid storm Fiona at the request of NDP MP Richard Cannings. MPs delivered statements expressing support and offering help to Atlantic provinces, and questioning the government over its response to the hurricane.

Defence Minister Anita Anand reiterated the government’s efforts to deploy the Canadian Armed Forces were needed.

Leader of the official Opposition Pierre Poilievre called on the government to drop the ArriveCan screening requirement "today" at the border after Maine emergency crews coming to help Nova Scotia over the weekend were stopped due to issues related with their ArriveCan apps. The federal government has announced the ArriveCan screening will no longer be mandatory as of Oct. 1.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston has announced an "unprecedented" relief package of $40 million for residents impacted by post-tropical storm Fiona past weekend.

Fiona hit Atlantic Canada on Friday night into Saturday, causing widespread power outages, washing out roads and downing trees. As of 4 p.m. on Monday, there were still more than 170,000 customers without power.

Major drug bust involving multiple agencies across Canada, US nabs $55M worth of meth, cocaine

Global News on Youtube shows the major story.

Police agencies from across Canada and in the USA have made a record-setting drug bust with roots in Alberta. And Global News has learned one of the men charged in the investigation recently survived a shooting in southwest Calgary.

Over the span of nearly three years, Project Cobra confiscated an estimated $55 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine as part of a cross-border investigation.

A total of 928 kilograms of meth, really along with six kilograms of cocaine were seized, as well as roughly $7 million worth of assets that have been seized or placed under criminal restraint.

Two large homes, including a $3.5-million house in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two Mercedes G-Class SUVs, two Lamborghinis, a Porsche, a Mercedes car, classic cars and $200,000 in cash were also part of the seizure.

The investigation included various numerous police and specialized agencies including the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, USA Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Niagara Regional Police, Canada Revenue Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), and RCMP units in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Sask., and Osoyoos, B.C.

Post-tropical Cyclone Fiona Causes Mass Destruction To Canada’s East Coast

NBC News on Youtube shows that the Canadian armed forces were called in to help after the strongest storm ever to hit Canada brought wind gusts up to 100 miles an hour and torrential floods. Across the region, hundreds of thousands remain without power and the lines for gas are still growing. Meanwhile, Fiona’s overall death count is rising, with 18 killed so far. NYC’s mayor led a team today to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico, where more than 800,000 are still without power.

Power outages persist across Nova Scotia after Fiona

CBC News on Youtube shows that power outages are still affecting thousands of people across Nova Scotia in the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona, which hit Cape Breton Island and Pictou County particularly hard.

Canadians are changing the way they grocery shop as food inflation rises

CTV News on Youtube shows that Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University says Canadians are adopting new shopping strategies to cope with food inflation.

Canada: Military arrives in Cape Breton to help with daunting Fiona cleanup

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Canadian troops arrived in Cape Breton's hard-hit community of Glace Bay, N.S., to help with the massive cleanup efforts from post-tropical storm Fiona.

Friday 30 September 2022

Canada: Two-thirds of P.E.I. homes, businesses still without power 5 days after Fiona

CBC News on Youtube shows that about two-thirds of P.E.I. homes and businesses served by Maritime Electric are still without power five days after the arrival of post-tropical storm Fiona. Premier Dennis King says 'it's like someone picked up our island and flipped it upside down' as crews work to restore lines.

Storm Fiona: About 600 Canadian Armed Forces members in Atlantic Canada with more expected

Global News on Youtube shows that about 600 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed in Atlantic Canada across the provinces affected by post-tropical storm Fiona, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday, with more expected in Port-aux-Basques, N.L. and Truro, N.S. She said they have been involved in conducting wellness checks, removing debris, and restoring power as part of their duties to help the communities recover following the storm's destruction.

Anand provided the details during a news conference alongside Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Veterans Affairs Minister Laurence MacAulay, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings and National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier.

Anand said Tuesday the focus of the military differs in each province, with soldiers in Nova Scotia tasked with removing debris to repair transportation links. In Prince Edward Island, the military is focused on restoring the power grid, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, members are carrying out wellness checks.

LeBlanc also said Wednesday that there are "ongoing conversations" with provinces, territories and the insurance industry on how to help Canadians impacted by various climate events. He added that in terms of the federal government, conversations have started to find "the right series of protections at an affordable rate." His response came to a question on whether Canada could create a national framework for insurance, similar to what is seen in the U.S., instead of customers having to navigate a "patchwork" of private insurance companies. 

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said 13 Indigenous communities have been impacted by the storm, where leaders are most concerned about "ensuring the secure supply of gasoline and other fuel" and that people in their communities have access to warming centres and hot meals.

Canada to impose more sanctions on Russia following 'referendum'

CBC News on Youtube shows Igor Zhovkva, chief diplomatic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is calling on world leaders to continue sanctions against Russia, saying the country's 'sham referendum' could lead to part of Ukraine being annexed. In talks with Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised more support to counteract Russian efforts.

Thursday 29 September 2022

Business Report: Canada slipping in grocery affordable ranking

CityNews on Youtube shows that an expert says Canada is falling way behind where it should be in a global ranking of grocery affordability. Plus, plastic bags are becoming harder to find, and Walmart is entering the Metaverse. Richard Southern reports.

Calls mount for Canada to list Iran's IRGC as a terrorist entity

CBC News on Youtube shows that families who lost loved ones on Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, which shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are calling for Canada to list the force as a terrorist entity. 'It's not only about PS752, but it's about what's going on in Iran right now,' said Hamed Esmaeilion, who lost his wife and daughter on the flight. 'It's about 43 years of crimes they committed.'

Canada dropping COVID-19 travel rules including masks

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that the federal government has announced that travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains starting on Oct. 1.

Wednesday 28 September 2022 - Watch NHL Live Without Cable: How to See Every Game Online

At, there is a useful published a guide on how to watch NHL games online without cable, including:

- How to get access to national & regional broadcasts

- Team listings matched to online viewing options

- Frugal options including old-school antennas

You can learn more here: was recently featured on USA Today and PCMag.

Watch NHL Live Without Cable: How to See Every Game Online:

The NHL is back in full-swing! If you are a fan, you can’t do better than to get your live TV from a streaming service whether you’re a fan of the local team or one across the nation.

Saturday 17 September 2022

King Charles’s first days as monarch signal a more transparent King

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that mourners waited hours to pay their respects to the Queen as King Charles took a break from public appearances after his first week as monarch. Royal-watchers say his actions in the last week hint that he will be a more visible, transparent King, but have not been without controversy.

Queen’s funeral: Trudeau arrives in London with Canadian delegation

Global News on Youtube shows that there was a sense of history on the flight from Canada to London, U.K., on Friday as a unique group of Canadians made their way to the city ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau spent time speaking with members of the delegation aboard. That included former prime minister Paul Martin, who would have flown on the very same aircraft when he was prime minister nearly 20 years ago.
Actress Sandra Oh, Olympian Mark Tewksbury, former governor general David Johnston and several Indigenous leaders including Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief RoseAnne Archibald were also on board. A number of others will join the delegation in London, including former prime ministers Stephen Harper, Jean Chrétien and Kim Campbell.
It was the queen’s wish to have a wide representation of Canadians present, as with the other Commonwealth nations and their delegations.

Trudeau will have his first audience with King Charles III on Saturday, with bilateral meetings planned Sunday with the new U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss and leaders as well. Abigail Bimman has more.

Should Canada cut ties with the monarchy? CBC News

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that former Ontario lieutenant governor David Onley and Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand discuss how the monarchy’s role needs to evolve in a modern Canada.

Thursday 15 September 2022

What will change in Canada with the accession of King Charles?

CBC News on Youtube shows that the death of Queen Elizabeth changed the line of succession with Charles now the monarch and Prince William the heir apparent. Professor of history, Barbara Messamore explains more.

Canada unveils $4.5B affordability plan including dental care, GST credit

Global News on Youtube shows that Inflation has risen and remained stubbornly high even as the Bank of Canada pushes forward with interest rate hikes, keeping the cost of everything from groceries to gas to all kinds of consumer goods and services elevated. 

In an effort to curb that, the federal government has announced a plan worth more than $4.5 billion to help Canadians cope with the soaring cost of living. 

Abigail Bimman explains what's been promised, including a long-awaited dental plan, a GST credit and a boost to the Canada Housing Benefit.

Tuesday 13 September 2022

New Canadian air passenger rules helping some — but not everyone

Global News on Youtube shows: From delayed luggage to missed flights, lots of Canadians have had to deal with both of these problems this summer. But with new passenger protection rules having come into effect, the hope is customers will soon be able to get assistance when the issues arise.
Under the law, airlines have to follow these new specific rules around refunds. They still have some exemptions, however, if they can claim safety is at stake. And the rules do nothing to deal with those passengers still trying to get refunds as a result of pandemic cancellations.
As Sean O'Shea reports, while the rules are helping some get the assistance they need, not everyone is receiving the help.

Extreme weather has berry producers exploring growing in Canada

CBC News: The National shows: Extreme weather, labour shortages and rising costs in California are leading some of North America’s largest fruit sellers to look to Canada to grow their produce. Driscoll's and Naturipe Farms are both testing commercial production of berries in Ontario and Quebec.

Trudeau: Queen's funeral to be marked by federal holiday in Canada

CTV News on Youtube shows that Trudeau says a final delegation attending the Queen's funeral is still in the works, but it will be a day of mourning for federal employees.

Thursday 1 September 2022

Canada: Mortgage "trigger point": Why interest rate hikes could set off a financial bomb for Canadians

Global News on Youtube shows that rising interest rates can soon set off a financial bomb for tens of thousands of Canadian homeowners who have fixed payment, variable rate mortgages. 

RBC estimates roughly 80,000 variable mortgages will hit what's called a "trigger point" after the next couple of interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada. Of those variable mortgages, they say it'll mean an average increase of $200 per month. 

Kamil Karamali explains how to calculate your trigger point and what it could mean for homeowners.

Canada, Germany sign green energy deal in Newfoundland

CTV News on Youtube shows that the countries of Canada and Germany say a new hydrogen pact will kick-start a transatlantic hydrogen supply chain, with the first deliveries expected in just three years.

NATO, Trudeau tour Canada's Arctic defences

CBC News on Youtube shows that during a visit to Nunavut's Cambridge Bay with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the importance of defence in Canada's Far North amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Saturday 27 August 2022

Canada: Chief nursing officer appointed to deal with Canada's 'health-care crisis'

CBC News on Youtube shows that Leigh Chapman, a 20-year veteran of the profession, has been named chief nursing officer after the role was scrapped a decade ago. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Chapman's appointment will help deal with the 'health-care crisis' currently being felt across the country.

Health Canada poised to approve new Omicron-targeting vaccine

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Health Canada says it could make a decision on approving Moderna's new Omicron-targeting vaccine within two weeks. If approved, it will leave Canadians with a decision: wait for the new shot, or get boosted with an existing vaccine.

Germany signs energy pact with Canada to reduce reliance on Russian gas

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Canada has signed a deal with Germany to export hydrogen fuel produced in Atlantic Canada to Europe as Germany seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Saturday 20 August 2022

Canada: Airport delays persist in Toronto, Montreal

CBC News on Youtube shows that while some improvement has been noted, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is still facing questions as airport delays and cancellations in Toronto and Montreal continue to pose challenges for travellers.

Canada temporarily bans import of handguns as of Aug. 19

CTV News on Youtube shows that CTV's Mike Le Couteur says interim measures to ban handguns were put into place due to a rise in gun purchases after Bill-C21 was announced.

Canada’s transport minister blames frustrating airport delays on pandemic

Global News on Youtube shows the exciting story.

From long lines to cancelled flights and lost luggage, Canadian airports have been plagued with problems all summer.

According to Ottawa, daily passenger traffic has jumped 250 per cent since the start of the year and airlines and airports have not been able to handle the increased demand.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Friday that the pandemic was to blame for problems at Canadian airports and that ArriveCan was not contributing to the delays. But opposition MPs say the federal government should shoulder at least part of that responsibility.

Tom Vernon reports on the frustrations for Canadian travelers and Ottawa’s response to the problem.

One of Canada's largest train bridges stands almost forgotten in New Brunswick

CBC News on Youtube shows that for 112 years, the Salmon River train bridge has spanned a valley in northwestern New Brunswick, but locals say few in the province would know about it.
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Canadian confidence in the value of real estate

BNN Bloomberg on Youtube shows that Nik Nanos, chief data scientist and founder at Nanos Research, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss his company's latest consumer confidence survey among Canadians. Nanos says that sentiment for Canada's economy is still net negative and talks on declining real estate confidence in the country.

Monday 8 August 2022

Canada called Putin’s bluff with turbine return for Russian pipeline: Joly

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing games with G7 countries over energy exports to Europe.

"We called his bluff. It is now clear that Putin is weaponizing energy flows to Europe. The world sees through his game and that’s why we decided to make sure we took a strong stance and a difficult decision by sending back the turbine directly to Germany," Joly said during a news conference alongside her German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, in Montreal on Wednesday.

Canada issued a special sanctions permit that allowed the import, repair and re-export of up to six Russian turbines in a bid to help Germany as it struggles with energy supply.

Russia has claimed that the turbine Canada returned to Germany wasn’t properly repaired and lacks the proper paperwork.

Energy in Europe is an interesting topic. Oil is certainly one of the largest primary energy sources in Europe. It is mostly used for transportation and various heating. Oil production is relatively low in Europe, with significant production only in the North Sea. Most of Europe's so-called oil comes from imports (about 90% for the EU28).

It seems also that Russia damaged some pipelines in the Ukraine, after the country's war operation entered into Ukraine.

Electricity in Europe is interesting. Renewable energy ideas are out there. The twelve newer EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe plan to increase wind power capacity from the 6.4 gigawatts installed at the end of 2012 to 16 gigawatts by 2020.

If so-called renewable electricity production in the EU continued to grow at the same rate as it did from 2005 to 2010, it would account for 36.4% of electricity in 2020 and 51.6% in 2030, following.

In March 2022, the European Commission released its comprehensive "REPowerEU" plan to promote renewable energy in Europe.

Amnesty International accuses Ukraine of committing war crimes

Human rights groups criticized some Ukrainian war actions.

Recent reports probe potential violations of international law committed by Russian and Ukrainian fighters.

On Thursday, Amnesty International's Secretary General Agnès Callamard said there is "a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk" and "being in a defensive position" is not an exemption from following the rules of war.

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Human Shields - Is it a war crime to hide in civilian buildings?​

According to Section 6(1)(b)(xxiii), utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations - constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.

The Fourth Geneva Convention [1949 Geneva Convention IV] prohibits the use of civilians to shield certain areas from attack and provides that the presence of civilians does not shield an otherwise permissible military target from attack.

Canada to send more troops to Latvia, says defense minister

CBC News on Youtube shows that defense Minister Anita Anand says Canada is working hard with NATO allies to fulfill the commitment made to send additional troops to Latvia as part of an effort to dramatically increase the alliance's military presence in that country.

Canada's boreal forest is transforming due to climate change

CBC News on Youtube shows that scientists say Canada's boreal forest may shift north as pests, wildfires and changing precipitation cause southern parts of the forest to die off. Meteorologist Christy Climenhaga explains.

How is Ukraine using artillery sent by Canada, and other allies on the front lines?

Global News on Youtube shows that this week, Global News was escorted to a secret location near the front lines in Kharkiv to observe long-range artillery sent by allies, including Canada, to help Ukraine push back Russia’s assault. 

Canada sent a number of M777 howitzers to Ukraine in April as part of a $130-million support package. It has since sent millions more in replacement barrels and ammunition, among other lethal aid. 

Long-range artillery such as M777s have become crucial in attempts to turn the tide of the war, allowing Ukrainians to target Russian troops and locations from farther away and in turn prevent further strikes on Ukrainian forces. 

Crystal Goomansingh met with troops using these heavy weapons.

Canada sending troops to train Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada is sending military members to the United Kingdom, where they will help teach Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces. 

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that 225 Canadian military personnel will deploy to the U.K., working with the British Army to turn those civilians who have signed up to fight Russia and defend their country, into soldiers. 

And as Mercedes Stephenson explains, there's another much more secretive mission Canadians are involved in on the ground in Ukraine.

Sunday 7 August 2022

Canada's ban on importing handguns will begin Aug. 19, says minister

Global News on Youtube shows Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced Friday that the government's ban on the import of handguns will begin in Aug. 19 and last until Parliament is able to vote on legislation tabled in May.
The government tabled gun control legislation in May that includes a national freeze on the importation, purchase, sale and transfer of handguns in Canada. That law did not pass before Parliament took its summer break, and is set to be debated again when MPs return to Ottawa in the fall.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly also spoke about the temporary ban, saying she has the authority to ban any import or export permit in Canada. The ban will also prevent businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with a few exceptions that mirror those in legislation tabled in May.

Experts urge Canadian officials to take more action on monkeypox spread

Global News on Youtube has the informative stories.

Following the USA move in declaring the spread of monkeypox a public health emergency, Canada is being urged to do the same, as experts are urging more action to be taken to curb the outbreak.

Canada has reported 890 monkeypox cases as of Aug. 3, with Ontario reporting the most cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Wednesday. Ontario has reported 423 cases while there are 373 cases in Quebec, 78 in British Columbia, 13 in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan and one in Yukon.

But as Jamie Mauracher reports, there are also concerns about vaccine supply.

Canada: Ontario nurses union calls on governments to fix crisis in hospitals

Global News on youtube has the exciting stories.

On this episode of Global National: The Ontario Nurses' Association is demanding more help from all levels of government across Canada, as the crisis in the country's understaffed hospitals deepens. Seán O'Shea reports on the difficult search for solutions. 

Canada is sending military members to the United Kingdom, where they will help teach Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces. As Mercedes Stephenson explains, there's another much more secretive mission Canadians are involved in on the ground in Ukraine.

And with a shortage of supplies and staff, one bombed-out hospital in Ukraine's northern Kharkiv region is desperately trying to keep going as Russia's war rages on. Crystal Goomansingh has a first-hand look at what's left of the facility and the danger medical teams must endure to treat patients. 

Tensions keep rising in Asia, as China conducts its largest military drills yet around Taiwan, seemingly in response to USA House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the small nation that China regards as its own. Redmond Shannon reports on the escalation, including a slew of new ballistic missile launches.

Canadian troops to join British-led mission to train Ukrainian recruits

CBC News on Youtube shows that Canada is prepared to commit a contingent of soldiers to the British Army's program to turn Ukrainian civilians into fighting troops, CBC News has learned.

More voices in Canadian health care cry out for help

Global News on Youtube shows on this exciting episode of Global National: Every day, there’s an increase in voices in Canada’s health-care system crying out for help as staffing shortages choke the system. Emergency room doctors and nurses are increasingly feeling the strain. As Ross Lord reports, Ontario’s health-care unions are realizing a five-point plan to address the crisis in their province.

Following the USA move in declaring the spread of monkeypox a public health emergency, Canada is being urged to do the same. But as Jamie Mauracher reports, there are also concerns about vaccine supply.

Plus, the Canadian federal government plans to fast-track a ban on the import of handguns into the country - without the approval of Parliament. Mercedes Stephenson explains how the feds are using a regulatory measure that comes into effect in just two weeks to do so.

Canada currently has more than one million job vacancies and not enough workers to fill them. As Anne Gaviola reports, labour experts say prolonged staffing shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic are making the case for more job automation.

Friday 29 July 2022

China: Two senior Evergrande officials step down after loan-diverting probe

WION on Youtube shows that China Evergrande Group said that its chief executive officer and finance head have resigned after a preliminary probe found their involvement in diverting loans.

The China Evergrande Group is the second largest property developer in China by sales. It is ranked 122nd on the Fortune Global 500. It is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, and headquartered in the Houhai Financial Center in Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. It was founded in 1996 by Xu Jiayin. It sells apartments mostly to upper- and middle-income dwellers. In 2018, it became the most valuable real estate company in the whole world.

In 2021, the payments Evergrande had to make on its debt started the 2020-2022 Chinese property sector crisis; Evergrande's total debts were estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This was one of the reasons for a drop in many stock market indices on September 20, 2021. At the end of 2021, the Chinese government was reportedly working to restructure Evergrande in order to resolve the crisis. The group also sought a moratorium on the early repayment option on one of its yuan-denominated bonds from its bondholders on 7 January 2022.

In April 2022, Reuters reported that construction had been started again at many projects and that the company still had liabilities of US$300 billion.

The company's operations and business interests are interesting in the field of real estate.

Evergrande Group owns 565 million square meters (6,080 million square feet) of development land and real estate projects in 22 cities, including Guangzhou, Tianjin, Shenyang, Wuhan, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Changsha, Nanning, Xian, Taiyuan and Guiyang in Mainland China. Notable projects by the company include Ocean Flower Island in Hainan.

Evergrande Real Estate is the second-largest real estate developer in Mainland China. It is known as so-called "Wan Heng Bi" with the other two top three real estate companies: Vanke (Wanke) and Country Garden (Biguiyuan). The firm has developed projects in over 170 cities in Mainland China.

The beautiful Evergrande Plaza (in Chengdu) was certainly designed by Aedas. It was completed in 2014.

The so-called 2020-2022 Chinese property sector crisis is a current financial crisis sparked by the financial difficulties of Evergrande Group and other Chinese property developers, in the wake of new Chinese regulations on these companies' debt limits. The crisis spread beyond Evergrande in 2021, however, and also affected such major important property developers as Kaisa Group, Fantasia Holdings, Sunac, Sinic Holdings, and Modern Land.

Thursday 28 July 2022

Intense heatwave grips parts of USA; millions of Americans under heat warning

WION on Youtube shows that the United States is also witnessing sweltering heat that has now reached record levels. From southern plains to country's north east,  the heatwave has now engulfed key regions.

Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan, dozens ordered to evacuate after eruption

WION shows Japan's Sakurajima volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, erupted on Sunday, prompting evacuations in the region.

Sakurajima (Japanese: 桜島, literally "Cherry Blossom Island") is a so-called active stratovolcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. It is certainly the most active volcano in Japan.

As of April 2021, the volcanic activity still continues, dropping volcanic ash on the surroundings. Earlier eruptions built the white sand highlands in the region. On September 13, 2016, a team of experts from Bristol University and the Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre in Japan suggested that the volcano could have a major eruption within 30 years; since then two eruptions have occurred.

Sakurajima is a stratovolcano. Its summit has three peaks, Kita-dake (northern peak), Naka-dake (central peak) and Minami-dake (southern peak) which is active now.

Kita-dake is Sakurajima's highest peak, rising to 1,117 m (3,665 ft) above sea level. The mountain is in a part of Kagoshima Bay known as Kinkō-wan. The former island is part of the city of Kagoshima. The surface of this volcanic peninsula is about 77 km2 (30 sq mi).

The geological history of the fascinating volcano is interesting.

There is a map of Sakurajima from 1902 that shows it as a distinct island.

Sakurajima is in the 25 km (15 mi)-wide Aira caldera, which formed in an enormous "blow-out-and-cave-in" eruption around 22,000 years ago. Several hundred cubic kilometres of ash and pumice were ejected, causing the magma chamber underneath the erupting vents to collapse. The resulting caldera is over 20 km (12 mi) across. Tephra fell as far as 1,000 km (620 mi) from the volcano. Sakurajima is a modern active vent of the same Aira caldera volcano.

Sakurajima was formed by later activity within the caldera, beginning about 13,000 years ago. It is about 8 km (5 mi) south of the centre of the caldera. Its first eruption in recorded history was in 963 AD. Most of its eruptions are strombolian, affecting only the summit areas, but larger plinian eruptions have occurred in 1471-1476, 1779-1782 and 1914.

Volcanic activity at Kita-dake ended around 4,900 years ago: later eruptions have been centered on Minami-dake. Since 2006, activity has centred on Showa crater, to the east of the summit of Minami-dake.

Wednesday 27 July 2022

Overall prices in Japan rose 2.4% in June; Inflation shows early signs of hitting a peak

WION on Youtube shows that global inflation appears to be slowly having an impact on Japan, a country that is considered as one of the strongest economies in the world. Weak Yen and volatile oil prices continue to make situation shaky.

Amid rising consumer prices, it sure seems that some Japanese companies in Japan have begun providing "inflation allowances" to workers.

Certain companies in Japan are starting to provide "inflation allowance" to employees, in a bid to alleviate workers’ concerns about rising food, electricity and gasoline prices and allow them to focus on important productive work.

Computer software developer Cybozu has decided to make special lump-sum payments to employees in Japan and abroad in July and August. The amount will range from ¥60,000 to ¥150,000 for workers in Japan, depending on the number of hours worked.

At Jul 27, 2022:

1 United States Dollar equals 136.58 Japanese Yen

10 Coolest New Gadgets in 2022 You Should Have

Future Tech on Youtube shows the exciting stories.

Future tech is dedicated to constantly bring you evolving tech gadgets that are being manufactured by the creatine minds out there to make life a little easier for you. In today's video, I will be showing you ten more of these incredible gadgets, you might need one of these for yourself or as a gift to someone special to you.

15 Emerging Technologies that Will Change the World

Top Fives on Youtube shows that technology is progressing faster than ever, with ground-breaking new ideas being explored every day. From floating farms to edge computing, here are the 15 most incredible emerging technologies.

18 DEADLY Tech Fails that need to be BANNED

Mrwhosetheboss on Youtube shows: 18 DEADLY Tech Fails that need to be BANNED.

I can't believe we actually got hold of the Legendary Galaxy Note 7 🔥

Samsung suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and announced an informal recall on 2 September 2016 after it was found that a manufacturing defect in the phones' batteries caused some of them to generate excessive heat, resulting in fires. After a formal USA recall was announced on 15 September 2016, Samsung exchanged the affected phones for a new revision which utilized batteries sourced from a different supplier. However, after reports emerged of incidents where the replacement phones also caught fire, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide on 10 October 2016, and permanently ceased production of the device a day later. As a safety precaution, they distributed multi-layer fireproof boxes with packing instructions. Due to the recalls, Samsung issued software updates in some markets that were intended to "eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices", including restricting battery capacity and blocking their ability to connect to wireless networks. Samsung stated that it intends to recycle reusable silicon and components from the recalled models, and release refurbished models "where applicable".

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Canada may give oil, gas sector more time to meet emissions targets

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Canada's minister of environment and climate change says he is open to extending the deadline for the oil and gas industry to reduce its carbon gas emissions. That doesn’t sit with some environmentalists and academics, given that the industry accounts for more than a quarter of Canada’s carbon footprint.

National Canada forecast: New heat warnings across Canada

CTV News on Youtube shows how your Morning Meteorologist Kelsey McEwen breaks down the forecast across Canada and gives an update on the latest weather warnings.

Canadians dying in emergency rooms from previously avoidable deaths

Global News on Youtube shows the top story: Canadians are learning of yet another health-care tragedy. With health-care resources pushed past the breaking point, this summer is becoming a grim ritual of deaths that have been considered avoidable in Canadian hospitals. As Ross Lord reports, making matters worse is that those who speak out are sometimes being shouted down by government and health-care authorities.

Langley, B.C., shootings: 2 dead, 2 seriously injured

CBC News on Youtube shows that two victims are dead and two others have been seriously injured after a series of shootings in Langley, B.C.  A suspect was later identified and shot dead by RCMP, ending a series of attacks police believe were targeting homeless people in the area.

World Health Organization chief declares monkeypox outbreak a global emergency

CBC News on Youtube shows that WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared monkeypox a global emergency on Saturday, despite a lack of consensus among members.

Monday 25 July 2022

Pope leaves Rome for first visit to Canada

CBC News on Youtube shows that Pope Francis leaves Rome for Canada on Sunday as part of a six-day trip to advance reconciliation and healing between the Roman Catholic Church and Indigenous communities.

Inflation: When will Canadians see relief from rising prices?

Global News on Youtube shows that inflation is the story everyone cannot help but talk about all the time. The latest snapshot of the cost of living shows inflation in Canada in June hit an annual rate of 8.1 per cent, the highest level in 40 years. Two encouraging signs of late include gas prices coming down a bit while the housing market is cooling. The number one question people ask is when are we going to get some relief? And when people talk about relief, that doesn’t mean prices aren’t going to stop climbing, it may mean they just stop skyrocketing.

The Bank of Montreal’s top economist, Doug Porter, put out a note this week saying rock bottom interest rates were the main culprit fuelling the pandemic housing frenzy vs. the go-to in Canada - which is the supply shortage. While the case for low interest rates can certainly be made, Canada does indeed have a housing shortage.

And there was a rally among Tesla shares this week after better than expected earnings. Can the company be thought of as separate from its CEO Elon Musk? 

Jay Rosenthal from The Peak Podcast joins Anne Gaviola for more on these topics and much more.

Discarded solar panels: How to deal with them?

Solar Panels are an interesting topic on TechItOut: WION.

Discarded solar panels: How to deal with them, indeed?

Tech It Out

WION on Youtube shows that solar energy is helping mitigate the adverse effects of climate change; it is a rapidly growing market. But are we ready to tackle solar panel waste? We tell you all about that in this video.

A house theoretically could run on solar power alone. With a modern so-called solar energy system, including power storage, you can definitely run a whole house completely on solar power. Today's high-efficiency solar panels and solar batteries make it cheaper than ever before to power an entire home exclusively using specific solar energy.

A solar cell panel, solar electric panel, photo-voltaic (PV) module or solar panel is an assembly of photo-voltaic cells mounted in a framework for installation. Solar panels use sunlight as a source of energy to generate direct current electricity. A collection of PV modules is called a PV panel, and a system of PV panels is called an array. Arrays of a so-called photovoltaic system supply solar electricity to electrical equipment.

Waste and recycling is important with solar panels. It seems that it is much cheaper to throw out panels than to recycle them.

Leftover PV panels can contaminate soil, as it happened in 2013 when US-based Solyndra solar farm bankrupted leaving broken panels on site. IRENA 2016 study estimated the amount of PV waste at 78 million tons by 2050. Most parts of a solar module can be recycled including up to 95% of certain semiconductor materials or the glass as well as large amounts of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Some private companies and non-profit organizations are currently engaged in take-back and recycling operations for end-of-life modules. EU law requires manufacturers to ensure their solar panels are recycled properly. Similar legislation is underway in Japan, India, and Australia.

A 2021 study by Harvard Business Review certainly indicates that by 2035 the discarded panels will outweigh new units by a factor of 2.56 and cost of recycling a single PV panel by then will reach $20-30, which would increase the LCOE of PV by a factor 4. Analyzing the USA market, where no EU-like legislation exists as of 2021, HBR noted that with the cost of sending it to a landfill being just $1-2 there's a significant financial incentive to either discard the decommissioned panels or send them to for low-tech disassembly in low-income countries with much of the toxic elements ending up released to the outside environment.

Over 16,000 monkeypox cases in 75 countries; WHO declares highest alert

WION Channel on Youtube shows that over 16,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in 75 countries. Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency.

Thursday 21 July 2022

How inflation is outpricing the average Canadian family

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that as prices of food and fuel continue to increase, one Canadian family breaks down how inflation is forcing them to change their lifestyle. Later, a personal finance expert explains why inflation is so high, and gives some tips for how to cope.

"The future is more of this": Parts of Canada swelter under humidity-fuelled heat wave

Global News on Youtube shows that as some provinces simmer under a dangerous heat wave, Canadians are facing more climate change concerns. 

Environment Canada already issued warnings for a stretch of Ontario from Prescott and Russell in the east to Windsor in the southwest, with temperatures hitting 30 Celsius and higher in several spots. 

The weather agency said some parts of southern Ontario could see the heat linger for up to five days. 

Mike Drolet reports on the toll the scorching hot weather is taking on people and their livelihoods, and the message from meteorologists.

Canada proposes cap on oil and gas emissions by introducing industry-specific price on carbon

Global News on Youtube shows that the federal government is proposing a cap on oil and gas emissions, by putting an industry-specific price on carbon.

Ottawa is aiming to cut greenhouses by 42 per cent across all sectors by 2030 to reduce the devastating impact climate change is having on the environment.

Abigail Bimman details the plan and how the Liberal government is proposing two options to drive down emissions.

Over 50% of Canadians concerned about long-term effects of multiple COVID vaccine boosters: poll

Global News on Youtube shows the exciting story.

While a majority of Canadians remain supportive of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to better protect themselves from the virus, 53 per cent of those surveyed are concerned about the long-term effects of taking multiple booster shots, and how many they’ll have to take in the future.

The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 66 per cent of those surveyed said they would take a booster shot without hesitation, and three-quarters agreed that boosters reduce the risk of hospitalization.

 Yet just 49 per cent of the population has actually received an additional dose after completing their initial two-dose series, according to federal data - a rate that has remained stable for several weeks.

"It’s starting to look more like what people think about flu shots, as opposed to something that is a protection against something that could be really, really urgently deadly. So it’s becoming part of what people see as, I’m afraid to say, almost like (a part of) normal life," said Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker.

Canadian crops, food supply threatened by abnormally high temperatures

Global News on Youtube shows that as severe heat smothers parts of Canada, farmers are worried about how the weather will impact crop yields.

Environment Canada continues to issue heat warnings for parts of Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, as heat and humidity continues to blanket those areas. This on the heels of some severe weather in Alberta where some parts of that province saw crops wiped out. 

Morganne Campbell reports on the damage from the unusually dry weather, and what this means for an already strained food supply chain.

Monkeypox: With cases jumping 59% in Canada, what are the signs you need to know?

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada is reporting a 59 per cent increase in monkeypox cases over the past week, mirroring a global trend that has seen cases rise to more than 10,000 cases worldwide.

Canada has confirmed nearly 500 cases since the virus emerged as part of an unusual outbreak in May.

Quebec continues to have the largest number of cases and Saskatchewan recorded its first patient on Thursday, while both British Columbia and Ontario are increases in the numbers.

As Jamie Mauracher reports, with this latest rise in cases there's a growing push for all Canadians to know the signs and be vigilant.

How Canadians can save money at the grocery store as prices soar

Global News on Youtube shows that inflation rates across Canada are now skyrocketing to new highs not seen in nearly four decades. That has also led to surging food costs that have gotten Canadian shoppers digging deeper into their wallets. 

Jeff Semple speaks with Sylvain Charlebois, professor and senior director of Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, about what's driving up prices, its impact on food insecurity, how you can save money, and how long food inflation is expected to last.

"You're a climate criminal!": Canadian minister interrupted during press conference in Montreal

Global News on Youtube shows Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault was interrupted during a press conference in Montreal on Thursday and called a "climate criminal" by a man who held up a sign and criticized the government for its inaction on tackling the climate crisis.

This comes as Enbridge plans to extend an oil pipeline through a tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, through Michigan in the U.S. 
It also comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government faces criticism over Ottawa's decision to return gas turbines to Russia.
The damaging toll of record-breaking heat waves and wildfires are spurring calls for leaders to take action against climate change.

Inflation in Canada hits 39-year high of 8.1%

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows new numbers from Statistics Canada show the country's inflation rate rose to 8.1 per cent last month, the fastest annual increase since 1983.

When will Canada's inflation rate peak after reaching 39-year high

Global News on Youtube shows the economic story.

Inflation aggravation is hitting Canadians once more, with rates now reaching highs not seen in nearly four decades. In June, prices at the pumps also jumped by more than 50 per cent compared to what they were a year ago and that affects the price of most everything you see in stores and restaurants because it's shipped in. Food across the board costs nearly nine per cent more, hitting restaurants hard. Anne Gaviola has more on the impact on consumers, and when we could see inflation reach its peak. 

Surging food costs certainly have Canadian shoppers digging deeper into their wallets. Jeff Semple speaks with Sylvain Charlebois, professor and senior director of Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, about what's driving up prices, its impact on food insecurity, how you can save money, and how long food inflation is expected to last.

Monday 18 July 2022

China Releases the most detailed map of the Moon

Astronomy and Outer Space are interesting studies.

China releases most detailed geological map of the Moon to date. The Geological Lunar Map is impressive.

Scientists in China have really released a new geologic map of the Moon that is the most detailed yet. Created by a team led by the Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the high quality image was made using data from China’s suite of Chang’e lunar exploration missions as well as information from other international organizations.

The map is to a scale of 1:2,500,000 and includes 12,341 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types and 14 types of structures.

The colours on the image represent different periods on the lunar geologic timescale and the map also includes the locations of the Chang’e and Apollo landing sites.

In 2020 the United States Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Centre released a lunar map with a scale of 1:5,000,000. It took into account information from six Apollo-era regional maps along with more recent data from lunar satellite missions.

Why a 2022 Recession Would Be Unlike Any Other

Youtube shows the story from Wall Street Journal.

Is the USA in a recession? Many economists think that’s a possibility and by some measurements, it may have already started. But why aren’t people losing their jobs?

Recessions usually come with a dip in economic output and a rise in unemployment. Right now, economic output is falling. But so is unemployment. WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath has coined it a "jobful downturn." Wall Street Journal looks at past recessions and indicators to explain how a recession in 2020 could be very different.

Astronomers detect signals from a galaxy far, far away

CNN Channel on Youtube shows the space story.

Astronomers revealed they've come across a mysterious radio burst signal from a galaxy around a billion light-years away with a pattern similar to a heartbeat. CNN's Tom Foreman explains what it could be.

These are truly mind-blowing discoveries. Humans are detecting electromagnetic waves that propagated long before the dinosaurs even existed. It takes a lot of energy to have electromagnetic waves reach a billion light years away. Astrophysics is a wonderful field of study. Archeology is also interesting.

The following is the alien joke:

In outer space, 2 aliens are talking to each other.
The first alien says, "The dominant life forms on the Earth planet have developed satellite-based nuclear weapons."
The second alien asks, "Are they an emerging intelligence?"
The first alien says, "I don't think so, they have aimed it at themselves."

Passport delays leave Canadians frustrated, running out of time for travel plans

Global News on Youtube shows that as travel restrictions fall away, the desire of Canadians to travel has taken off. From the beginning of April to the end of June, Service Canada received more than 808,000 applications for passports.
That surge in demand has led to a massive backlog, with many Canadians wondering if they'll have their documents in time for travel.
For one family applying for a passport for their one-year-old daughter, it wasn't until nine weeks after they started the process that they were finally able to get some answers.
Shallima Maharaj has the latest on what is being done to try and clear the backlog, still waiting to get their passports - weeks and sometimes months later.

Soaring rents price out some Canadians

On Youtube, you could see the exciting story from CBC News: The National.

Some Canadians are finding themselves increasingly priced out as the cost of rent soars across the country.

What's behind the shortage of family doctors in Canada?

CBC News: The National Channel on Youtube has the story.

Family physicians Dr. Kamila Premji and Dr. Rita McCracken discuss the shortage of family doctors in Canada and what can be done to ease the situation. 

You could watch The National live on YouTube Sunday-Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Canadian emergency rooms in crisis as doctors, nurses on the brink

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The seventh wave of COVID-19 is going on in Canada. Long-term care facilities in some provinces are certainly seeing a major spike in infections.

In Canada: Ontario, COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes more than doubled in the first week of July, according to the province’s public health unit.

In Canada: Quebec, more than 25 per cent of patients in 38 out of 106 long-term care facilities are currently infected with the virus. Between 15 to 25 per cent of residents in 19 other facilities are also infected.

In Canada: Alberta, COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at 12 long term-care facilities as of July 13, according to provincial data.

Global News on Youtube shows on this episode of Global National: The situation in Canada's emergency rooms has grown critical, with patients overwhelming understaffed hospitals and the pandemic pushing facilities to the brink, burning out doctors and nurses. Those who stayed behind are now pleading for action. Abigail Bimman looks at the growing challenges, how patients are suffering, and how there have been deadly consequences.
U.S. health officials are battling rising concerns and case counts on two fronts. Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across most states, while hospitals are filling up once again thanks to a new COVID variant. Jennifer Johnson reports from Washington.
In southern Europe, out-of-control wildfires are forcing thousands of people from their homes. People living in Spain, Portugal, and France are also battling record-breaking heat, which is linked to more than 1,000 deaths. Mike Armstrong looks at what else firefighters are up against.
Plus, in recent years, more groups have been risking their lives to save dogs that have been left homeless after wars and natural disasters. But Canada is about to ban canines from certain countries. Beginning in September, rescue dogs from over a hundred countries considered high-risk for rabies will no longer be allowed to enter Canada, which has left charitable groups chasing their tails to find a solution. Mike Drolet explains. 
Finally, a two-spirit Indigenous woman from the Tsuu T'ina nation in Alberta is making a name for herself in the golf world. Irene Crowchild is a two-time national long drive champion - and she's going for her third title. An intergenerational survivor of Canada's residential school system and a role model, Crowchild hopes that her success will drive reconciliation forward. Heather Yourex-West takes a look.

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Friday 15 July 2022

Former Air Canada executive: Decision to resume random testing 'mind-boggling'

CBC News on Youtube shows that "For the government to think that now is the right time to be re-introducing a new complexity into the air transportation system is really mind-boggling," says former Air Canada executive Duncan Dee of Ottawa's decision to bring back mandatory random COVID-19 testing of international travellers at four major airports.

Toronto homeowner says he 'never expected' mortgage payments to surge

CTV News on Youtube shows that new homeowner Youseff Shehata says he's had to cut down on his expenses after his interest rate payments spiked.

Canada stops accepting applicants for special Afghan immigration program

On Youtube, CBC News: The National shows that the Canadian federal government is quietly shuttering the Special Immigration Measures program to bring over Afghans who worked with Canada during the war. It has advocates worried about the people who could be left behind, and the danger facing them.

Trudeau responds to harsh criticism from Ukraine's Zelensky

CTV News Channel on Youtube shows that Prime Minister Trudeau is defending a decision to grant a company an exemption to sanctions to return turbines for a Russia-Germany pipeline.

Ukrainian World Congress sues Canada over Nord Stream turbine

Global News Channel on Youtube has the story.

A day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy strongly criticized Canada over its decision to allow a Canadian company to return turbines from a Russian pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany, the Ukrainian World Congress says it plans to sue Canada over the decision. 
"This was a very difficult decision, but we have seen Russia consistently try to weaponize energy as a way of creating division among the allies, of undermining the general population’s support for this essential effort in Ukraine that governments support," Trudeau told reporters in Kingston, Ont. Wednesday.

But will that answer satisfy Ukranian leadership? 

Abigail Bimman reports.