PHAC involved in ‘error’ on trucker vaccine rules: sources

OTTAWA – Unrest and confusion over whether truck drivers will remain exempt from last week’s vaccine mandate has arisen from bureaucrats who misinterpreted policy at more than one federal agency, including those coordinating Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Canadian Press sources. The trucking industry was surprised Jan. 12 when the Canada Border … Read more

Meat Loaf, ‘Bat out of Hell’ rock superstar, dies at 74

NEW YORK – Meet Luv, the heavyweight rock star loved by millions for his album “Bat Out of Hell” and for his grim theatrical anthems like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two out of Three Aren’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything From For love (but I wouldn’t).” Born singer Marvin Lee Aday passed away … Read more

IS gunmen in Iraq kill 11 soldiers in brazen barracks attack

BAGHDAD – Islamic State militants attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early on Friday, killing 11 soldiers while they slept, Iraqi security officials said. The officials said that the attack took place in the Al-Azim area, north of Baquba, in Diyala Governorate. The circumstances of the attack were not immediately … Read more

Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have difficulty feeding family: poll

A new poll shows that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have difficulty providing enough food for their families. An Angus Reid Institute poll, released Friday, found that 57% of Canadians reported having difficulty feeding their family recently, up from 36% when the question was last asked in 2019. The report notes that inflation plays … Read more

World worse now due to COVID-19, climate, conflict: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS – As he begins his second term as United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the world is in many ways worse than it was five years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that sparked war. Conflicts are everywhere – but unlike US President Joe Biden, he … Read more

Mechanical bulls risky for kids: case studies

A new study reports that your child’s birthday party mechanical bull may be more successful with kids than you’d expect — and not in a good way. According to a research paper that looked at three incidents involving children falling from or hitting a mechanical bull, as described in BMJ Case Reports, bouncy monsters can … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II hiring a part-time housekeeper for minimum wage

For all the job seekers out there, Queen Elizabeth II might have an opportunity for you — that is, if you’re willing to work for minimum wage. The Royal Family has a job vacancy for a part-time housekeeping assistant at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, Scotland. The successful applicant will … Read more

Chinese takeover of lithium company raises no concerns: Liberals

OTTAWA – The Federal Liberals said Thursday that the pending acquisition of a Canadian lithium mining company by a Chinese state-owned company does not raise national security concerns. Liberal MP Andy Fillmore, parliamentary secretary to Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, told a House of Commons committee that the Industry Ministry last fall reviewed a proposal for … Read more

Western sanctions ‘never work’: Russian envoy to Canada

Russia’s ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said that the threat of Western sanctions in response to the military build-up along the Ukrainian border had no weight. In an interview with CTV news channel Power Play with host Ivan Solomon on Thursday, Stepanov said that the prospect of new sanctions will not affect the country’s future … Read more

Paul Workman: A girls’ school in Afghanistan that is now silent under the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan – There is a plaque on the grounds of the Zargona Girls School in Kabul. It reads, in part, “so that freedom of thought may always flourish.” The school is empty now. Seats and desks that gather dust. It has been empty since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021. Before that, … Read more