Canadians are paying a premium to eat healthy. Prices for fresh vegetables were up 17 per cent from a year earlier in May, according to data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. That’s the eighth straight month of double-digit gains, and the fastest yearly growth since the start of 2016. The price gains are widespread across the produce aisle — potato costs are up 16 per cent and tomatoes rose 14 per cent.
June 19, 2019 16:30 UTC
— The federation representing municipalities in Greater Vancouver is warning roughly 2.5-million residents across the region to expect air quality advisories in the coming months. Francis Ries, senior project engineer with Metro Vancouver, says much of B.C. Ries says drought ratings are climbing on the south coast prompting Metro Vancouver to issue its plan-ahead advisory to those with specific health conditions. “Warmer weather, sunny weather, also means higher than average production of ground-level ozone,” Ries says. “Certainly, the long-term forecast at this juncture indicates we could have a warm, and potentially more smoky summer than usual.” (News1130, CHNL)
June 19, 2019 16:18 UTC
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A Virginia National Guard sergeant is accused of stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland, at least the second theft case involving the research facility. Rumsby said he gave that airman’s dog tags to his wife’s grandmother as a Christmas gift and gave another airman’s dog tags to a relative of that serviceman. Rumsby isn’t the first visitor to be accused of stealing from the National Archives facility in College Park. The College Park facility stores thousands of dog tags that were seized by the German Luftgaukommandos, which prepared reports on Allied aircraft crashes during World War II.
June 19, 2019 15:37 UTC
Federal and provincial governments earned $186 million in cannabis-related revenue in the first five-and-a-half months since legalization in October, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. The Ottawa-based agency said revenue came from product-specific excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services, such as the Harmonized Sales Tax, directly related to the sale of cannabis. The federal government drew $19 million in excise taxes, while provincial governments got $79 million from excise taxes and related adjustments. Statistics Canada says revenues from general taxes on goods and services brought in an additional $36 million at the federal level and $53 million via direct provincial general taxes on goods and services. It added that excise taxes increased by 12.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the fourth quarter of 2018 on higher sales by licensed producers to distributors.
June 19, 2019 15:34 UTC
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday will be an opportunity to talk about China and global issues set for discussion at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit. Talks among the leaders of the world’s top economies will be held next week in Osaka, Japan, where themes will include the global economy, trade and investment and innovation. Speaking outside his regular Liberal caucus meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, Trudeau said he and Trump will spend time discussing the challenge China poses to global trade, as well as their countries and economies. Trade will also be a big part of Trudeau’s meeting with Trump as both countries look to ratify the new NAFTA, Trudeau said Wednesday. Trudeau is waiting for the trade deal to move through the U.S. Congress before putting it to a vote in the House of Commons.
June 19, 2019 15:11 UTC
The Appropriations Committee approved the bill by a 30-1 vote on its way to a floor vote next week. The bipartisan vote likely means that the Senate will take the lead in writing the legislation, which needs to pass into law before the House and Senate leave for vacation next week. A spokesman for House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said the panel has drafted its version of the measure and expects a bipartisan vote early next week. ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW“Let’s stay with the humanitarian aid,” Shelby said, describing his pitch to fellow lawmakers. “Children in our care are being forced to sleep under bridges, and families are being placed in outdoor pens without shelter,” Leahy said.
June 19, 2019 15:02 UTC
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday defended her record on climate change, saying it is a “real risk to our planet” that must be addressed. “If confirmed, I will be an advocate for addressing climate change,” she said. Her comments came in response to questions from Democrats on the panel prompted by previous remarks she made doubting the causes and severity of climate change . “Climate change needs to be addressed as it poses real risk to our planet,” she said. She said that withdrawing from the Paris agreement did not mean the administration was ceding a leadership role on climate change.
June 19, 2019 15:02 UTC
Thousands of academics gathered in Vancouver for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences from June 1-7. There is a passage in the Book of Genesis that takes places when Abraham, patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is very old. In the long run, it is significant for the romantic introduction it makes and the marriage that results. It shows how women are expected to be politely formal with strangers, while men are expected to act more intimate, casual and socially superior. “The authors (of the Biblical texts) are probably drawing from their own experience,” Hare said in an interview.
June 19, 2019 15:00 UTC
The Los Angeles Times reports the 44-year-old unnamed woman has sued UCLA and Dr. James Heaps, alleging he touched her inappropriately during a medical examination. LOS ANGELES - A cancer patient is the latest woman to accuse a retired University of California, Los Angeles gynecologist of sexually abusing her during treatment. Heaps pleaded not guilty last week to sexual battery during his treatment of two other patients at a university facility. Heaps didn’t comment on the latest lawsuit but has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. A UCLA Health spokesperson told the Times on Tuesday that the allegations in the newest lawsuit are “very disturbing.”The newspaper says at least 22 other women have alleged Heaps sexually assaulted them while he practiced at UCLA.
June 19, 2019 14:48 UTC
Federal lawmakers, local officials and others have expressed concern that Trump could mar what traditionally is a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding by delivering an overtly political speech. But Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced Wednesday that Trump will use his remarks to honour the five branches of the U.S. military. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July address to the nation will honour America’s armed forces. Bernhardt also announced that the World War II Memorial and areas around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be open to the public for the first time in recent memory for viewing the annual fireworks display, which is being moved closer to the Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument. Trump’s event, called “Salute to America,” will include music, military demonstrations and flyovers.
June 19, 2019 14:45 UTC
SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — People in a small southwestern Saskatchewan city are cleaning up after a sudden dump of rain caused parts of the downtown to be flooded. It’s been dry in Swift Current for months, but that all changed when the skies opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Perrault says flooding was mostly in the downtown area and there was some damage to buildings,but it is too early to say how much. And that might not be the end for Swift Current.
June 19, 2019 14:37 UTC
DETROIT - General Motors is trying to avoid recalling potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators in thousands of full-size pickup trucks and SUVs for the fourth straight year, leaving owners to wonder if vehicles are safe to drive. But Takata declared the GM front passenger inflators defective under a 2015 agreement with the government. He traded in the Suburban because of its age and rising cost of maintenance, but said the air bags made him trade sooner than he would have liked. Even though GM filed the petition in January, NHTSA didn’t publish it in the Federal Register as required until Wednesday. In its petition, GM said Northrop Grumman tested 4,270 inflators by artificially exposing them to added humidity and temperature cycling, and there were no explosions or abnormal deployments.
June 19, 2019 14:37 UTC
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million less than 24 hours after kicking off his reelection campaign, a figure that dwarfs what the top Democratic contenders took in over the course of months. The staggering total was announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning by Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Many Democratic White House candidates have hyped their fundraising pulls in the 24 hours after launching their campaign. Former Vice-President Joe Biden reported a $6.3 million haul in the first 24 hours, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke took in $6.1 million and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reported $5.9 million. Trump beat all three combined, including the front-runner Biden, whom he bested by nearly fourfold.
June 19, 2019 14:21 UTC
More than 400 staff are being laid off at Cancer Care Ontario and other health agencies as the Progressive Conservative government moves to save $250 million a year with the creation of its new super-agency called Ontario Health. The layoffs impact “administrative and back-office” employees at the agencies, including Local Health Integration Networks, who are no longer needed as their functions are consolidated within Ontario Health, Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement Wednesday. ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW“None of the impacted positions provide direct patient care,” said Travis Kann, Elliott’s director of communications. “Patients battling cancer can’t afford to have Cancer Care Ontario operations upended with firings. Along with 14 Local Health Integration Networks, they are being consolidated under the new Ontario Health super-agency.
June 19, 2019 14:15 UTC
St. Thomas native Joe Thornton is almost 40 but not ready to hang up his skates just yet. The San Jose Sharks star told reporters at the NHL awards in Las Vegas that he wants to play at least one more season – and possibly more. The season in which he was traded ended with Thornton being named league MVP. Thornton has made more than US$100 million in his career since being drafted first overall by Boston out of OHL Sault Ste. He has played 1,566 regular season games in his career so far, scoring 413 goals and 1,065 assists for a total of 1,478 points.
June 19, 2019 14:03 UTC