Category Archives: Canada

Last caribou to roam lower 48 US states all but extinct: 'The herd is functionally lost'

Experts fear only three of South Selkirk herd, which moves from Canada into Idaho and Washington, survived winter – all female

The last remaining herd of caribou to roam the contiguous United States is believed to be on the brink of disappearing, after an aerial count suggested that only three members survived the winter – all of them female.

The South Selkirk herd were once part of a larger population of southern mountain caribou whose habitat spanned much of the Pacific Northwest. But human activity – from hunting to logging and snowmobiling – has forced the population to break off into small herds.

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French waiter says firing for rudeness is 'discrimination against my culture'

Guillaume Rey filed a complaint after being dismissed from a Canada restaurant for being ‘aggressive, rude and disrespectful’

A French waiter fired for being “aggressive, rude and disrespectful” says his behaviour wasn’t out of line – he’s just French.

Guillaume Rey, who worked at a Vancouver restaurant on Canada’s Pacific coast, filed a complaint with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal against his former employer, claiming “discrimination against my culture”.

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'Friendly' complaint sparks fierce debate over children's noise levels in Toronto

A mother of four boys speaks out about receiving an anonymous letter saying her children played too loudly in the family’s backyard

A Canadian mother of four boys under the age of six has described her shock after receiving a letter which complained that her children played too loudly in the family’s backyard.

Posted with no return address to Morgan DeCairos DeBoer’s home in Newmarket, a town about 35 miles north of Toronto, the letter said it was a “friendly request” from several neighbours frustrated with the “frequent screaming and shrieking” of her children.

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Canadian doctors: cancel our pay rise and spend money elsewhere

Doctors in Ontario say negotiated pay rises are ‘shocking’ given ‘draconian cuts’ to other parts of province’s healthcare system

Nearly 800 doctors and medical residents in the Canadian province of Quebec have signed a letter protesting against plans to raise their pay, arguing that the funds would be better spent on other areas of the province’s beleaguered healthcare system.

Related: Canadian bank asks South Africa to ground Gupta family’s jet

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Canadian bank asks South Africa to ground Gupta family's jet

Family accused of corrupt links with Jacob Zuma has defaulted on $41m aircraft loan, court told

A court in South Africa has been asked to ground a private jet used by the wealthy Gupta family who have been accused of corruptly influencing the former president Jacob Zuma.

Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s state-run trade credit agency, has alleged the family’s businesses have defaulted on a $41m (£29.6m) loan for the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft.

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Vancouver declares 5% of homes empty and liable for new tax

After introducing a 20% tax on foreign buyers, the city in western Canada is continuing to tackle housing affordability

Thousands of homes in Vancouver have been declared unused and liable for a new empty homes tax as part of a government attempt to tackle skyrocketing home prices and soaring rents.

About 4.6% or 8,481 homes in the western Canadian city stood empty or underutilised for more than 180 days in 2017, according to declarations submitted to the municipality by 98.85% of homeowners.

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Canada woman guilty of killing her baby ordered to take regular pregnancy tests

Biannual testing as part of woman’s sentence for killing newborn is being described as first decision of its kind

A Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn baby will have to take a pregnancy test twice a year as part of her sentence, in what is being described as the first decision of its kind in Canada.

The court heard that the 43-year-old woman from Montreal, whose name is being withheld to protect her children, gave birth at home in 2016 to her fourth child. She had not realised she was pregnant.

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States consider bringing prescription drugs from Canada to US as costs soar

Amid surging prices for popular medicines, proposed agency would buy from Canada where drugs can cost thousands less

In the face of surging prescription drug prices, some US states are proposing to import medicines in bulk from Canada, where many drugs are cheaper thanks to government price controls.

Vermont lawmakers are considering legislation to create an agency which would buy popular prescription medicines in bulk from Canada, and then distribute to pharmacies in the state. Utah, Oklahoma and West Virginia have proposed similar measures.

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I am Colten Boushie. Canada is the all-white jury that acquitted his killer | Julian Brave NoiseCat

The court’s decision after the shooting of a 22-year-old Cree man in Saskatchewan is part of a long history of injustice

On 9 August 2016, when he was 22, Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot in the head by Gerald Stanley, a white farmer. Earlier this month, beneath a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Battleford, Saskatchewan, in Canada’s prairies, an all-white jury in a court presided over by a white judge found Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder and also not guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to the Stanley family, Boushie and his friends were trying to rob their farm. After an altercation, Stanley fired three shots. The third hit Boushie in the back of the head and killed him. Stanley claimed that the point-blank shot to Boushie’s head was a “freak accident”, possibly the result of an unlikely mechanical failure known as hang fire, according to his defense.

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What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

The reality for many urban children is too much time spent indoors playing on smartphones – but a few cities are fighting the tide with innovative ways to keep kids healthy, sociable – and outdoors

Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk away, so you can go to the park, another 10 minutes’ walk. The problem is, there’s a big, dangerous road between you and your friend, and another between them and the park. You ask your parents if you can walk, they say no, and they are too busy to take you there themselves.

Perhaps you SnapChat your friend instead, perhaps you play a video game on the sofa. You’ve lost out on exercise and time outside, interacting with your neighbourhood and, of course, play time with your friend.

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