Experts: U.S. midterm elections
Control of the U.S. Congress hung in the balance early Wednesday as Democrats showed surprising strength, defeating Republicans in a series of competitive races and defying expectations that high inflation and President Joe Biden's low approval ratings would drag the party down. (CBC News)
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Expert: Ontario government's use of notwithstanding clause in union dispute
The Ontario government filed an application with the labour board to stop job action from a union of 55,000 education support workers who walked off the job to defy the passing of a bill that stripped them of their right to strike. On November 3, Ontario used the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to strip an education workers union of its right to strike in an attempt to avoid disrupting classrooms.
Expert: Right whale population continued to decline in 2021
The population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales continued to decline in 2021, according to the latest estimate that puts the surviving population at 340. (CBC News)
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Expert: Hydro-Quebec seals $2 billion deal to buy New England power firm
Canada’s Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy Great River Hydro LLC and its 13 hydroelectric generating stations in a $2 billion deal, expanding its footprint in the northeastern US where it’s been supplying electricity for decades. (Bloomberg)
Experts: 2022 Quebec election results
François Legault has been elected for a second mandate as Quebec premier with a majority government. Addressing supporters at his campaign headquarters, Legault told a large crowd that some of his key priorities will be the economy and tackling inflation. (CTV News).
Expert: World Alzheimer's Day 2022
The World Alzheimer Report 2022 – Life after diagnosis: Navigating treatment, care and support, co-authored by experts from McGill University, focuses on the urgent need for significant improvements to essential post-diagnosis treatment, care and support services for the over 55 million people living with dementia across the globe and robust plans to support the forecast 139 million people by 2050.
Experts: Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state, dead at 96
Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state and the longest-reigning British monarch, has died. Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, at the relatively tender age of 25, and presided over the country and the Commonwealth, including Canada, for seven decades. Those 70 years as monarch were recognized during this year's Platinum Jubilee events, which reached their height in London in early June. (CBC News)
Expert: Hudson's Bay to resurrect discount retail chain Zellers
Discount department store Zellers hopes to make a comeback next year, a decade after the Canadian chain shuttered most of its locations. Hudson's Bay Co. says Zellers will debut a new e-commerce website and expand its brick-and-mortar footprint within select Hudson's Bay department stores across the country in early 2023.
Expert: Pope Francis apologizes for forced assimilation of Indigenous children at residential schools
The first day of Pope Francis's "penitential pilgrimage" began with a heartfelt apology delivered at the site of one of Canada's largest residential schools and ended with blessings and songs at an intimate service in the only designated Indigenous church in Canada. In a morning event in a First Nation community in central Alberta, Pope Francis apologized for members of the Catholic Church who co-operated with Canada's "devastating" policy of Indigenous residential schools.
Experts: Random COVID-19 testing resumes at four major airports
Mandatory random COVID-19 testing resumed on Tuesday, July 19 for vaccinated travellers coming into Canada through four major airports. The tests for select passengers landing in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal will be completed outside the airports, either through an in-person appointment or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
Expert: Sri Lanka acting president declares emergency amid protests
Sri Lanka's acting president on Monday declared a state of emergency giving him broad authority amid growing protests demanding his resignation two days before the country's lawmakers are set to elect a new president. Ranil Wickremesinghe became acting president on Friday after his predecessor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, fled abroad and resigned after monthslong mass protests over the country's economic collapse.
Experts: Abortion banned in multiple US states just hours after Roe v Wade overturned
Abortion was already illegal in multiple US states in late June, with bans introduced within hours of Roe v Wade being overturned, as cities erupted in protest at the landmark ruling. It came after the US supreme court abolished the constitutional right to abortion, more than 50 years after it was established, leaving individual states to decide. It is ultimately expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the states.
Expert: Canadians seeking closure are finally holding funerals delayed by COVID-19
The mandates may be lifted, but COVID-19 continues to shape how families across Canada mourn. Funeral directors say the COVID-19 pandemic has so altered what it means to mourn that it might be a while before there is any community consensus of how and when to have a funeral. While many families feel the time is right to finally mourn, others feel like too much time has passed, and they no longer plan to hold a service.
Expert: Airport delays
While the air transport industry welcomed news that millions of unvaccinated Canadians will soon be allowed to fly, experts and unions said a new influx of travellers could worsen the ongoing delays at airports across the country. The government announced that starting June 20 proof of vaccination will not be required to board a train or a plane in Canada. As of May 22, just over 18 per cent of Canadians — almost seven million people — did not have at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Expert: Leftist former guerrilla and populist outsider head to runoff in Colombia presidential election
Colombia’s election will go to a runoff between two opposing anti-establishment candidates on 19 June after voters on Sunday were unable to pick a president outright. Gustavo Petro, a leftist former guerrilla and onetime mayor of Bogotá, won the largest share of the vote, with 40%, but fell short of the 50% required to win outright and prevent a second round.