February 12, 2024 —Manitoba has long been home to a vibrant Ukrainian community , with 180,000 people who identify as Ukrainian. Newcomer Olha Kushniryk said that’s been a big help with settling in. “It was important not just to talk in Ukrainian,” said Kushniryk, 35, who came to Winnipeg in June of last year, and now teaches chemistry part time at the University of Manitoba. “It was important to meet somebody who is from Ukraine or who knows Ukraine, who has Ukraine in his heart. And who can just support because he understands what we feel.”Read more
February 12, 2024 19:45 UTC
A new bill in the Iowa House aims to restrict lawsuits against pesticide manufacturers, sparking debate over health risks and corporate accountability. Katarina Sostaric reports for Iowa Public Radio. In short:The proposed bill would protect pesticide companies from lawsuits if their products have federally-approved labels, despite health risks. The bill has sparked concerns about prioritizing corporate interests over public health and safety. Why this matters:This legislation highlights the ongoing struggle to ensure that individuals harmed by pesticide exposure have legal recourse, especially in agricultural communities where such exposure is common.
February 12, 2024 19:25 UTC
Not all discrimination is illegalSimilarly, not all workplace discrimination is illegal. California’s whistleblower law prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee because the employee disclosed information about employer activity the employee reasonably believed was unlawful. But categorical discrimination sometimes is appropriate, such as discrimination favoring education, experience, or the ability to speak more than one language. Bloom has concluded that remote workers are victims of, and on-site workers the beneficiaries of, “proximity bias,” the bias that comes from being physically close to upper management. But it probably isn’t illegal discrimination, even leaving aside that remote workers are not uniformly more productive than their on-site colleagues.
February 12, 2024 18:53 UTC
Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a ship bound for a port in Iran on Monday, causing minor damage but no injuries to its crew, authorities said. The Star Iris had been heading from Brazil to Bandar Khomeini in Iran, the main backer and armer of the Houthis in Yemen’s yearslong war. Advertisement“The group owner and operator regularly trade bulk cargo with Iran, so this was assessed to be the likely destination,” said Ambrey, a private security firm. The Star Iris’ ultimate owner, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. of Athens, Greece, is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market in New York. Since November, the rebels have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea over Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
February 12, 2024 16:58 UTC
Former military leader Haydn Edmundson takes witness stand in sexual assault trial Feb 12, 2024 | 8:11 AMOTTAWA — Retired vice admiral Haydn Edmundson is taking the stand in his own defence at his sexual assault trial in Ottawa. Last week, court heard at length from the woman who accuses Edmundson of sexually assaulting her on board a navy ship in 1991. She testified that she felt frozen and unable to leave when Edmundson called her into his sleeping quarters the night of the assault. The Crown’s case was dealt a blow Thursday during a withering cross-examination of a key witness who had corroborated the woman’s version of events.
February 12, 2024 16:16 UTC
More than 50 individuals have reported cancer diagnoses after working in Poe Hall at NC State, where PCBs, known carcinogens, have been found. In short:More than 50 people have contacted WRAL News about their cancer diagnoses, which they believe are linked to working in Poe Hall at NC State. PCBs, chemicals known to cause cancer, have been detected in Poe Hall. The situation raises concerns about the long-term health impacts of exposure to toxic substances in buildings. The increasing number of cancer cases linked to a specific location points to a broader concern about the long-term effects of exposure to toxic substances in our environments.
February 12, 2024 16:05 UTC
In a significant legislative decision, Maine's lawmakers voted against a bill aimed at limiting groundwater extraction, influenced by Poland Spring's lobbying efforts. In short:Maine's Legislature declined a bill restricting large-scale groundwater pumping, influenced by Poland Spring's lobbying. The bill aimed to protect groundwater by imposing a 10-year limit on water-extraction contracts. Poland Spring, owned by BlueTriton, is a key player in Maine's bottled water industry and opposed the bill. Key quote:"Mainers don’t want Poland Spring to lock our communities into bad deals, and certainly not bad deals that last for decades."
February 12, 2024 16:05 UTC
Robert Doane will lead the implementation of the new three-year plan geared to improving employment and representation of Indigenous peoples at the national broadcaster. A former Prince George journalist is the new senior director for the CBC’s National Indigenous Strategy. Robert Doane, a Gitxsan journalist and former producer and host of CBC's Daybreak North show based in Prince George, will lead the implementation of the new three-year plan geared to improving its employment and representation of Indigenous peoples moving forward. During his time at CBC, Doane held the roles of researcher, associate producer, reporter, host and producer. When Doane left CBC in 2018, he joined Carrier Sekani Family Services in Prince George as director of communications.
February 12, 2024 14:37 UTC
Hamilton is well represented in the 2024 nominations for the JUNO Awards: Canada’s massive awards recognizing excellence in our country’s music scene. Additionally, Hamilton-based Indigenous shoegaze band Zoon – headed by Anishinaabe artist Daniel Monkman – was nominated for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year in recognition of their album Bekka Ma’iingan. Notably, their album was also longlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2023. Finally, a hop over to Burlington sees indie pop darlings Walk off the Earth raking in two nominations: one for Group of the Year, the other for TikTok JUNO Fan Choice. The 2024 JUNO Awards will air on March 24th on CBC.
February 12, 2024 14:14 UTC
(CBC - image credit)While 10 years have passed since the Ivany commission released a report that set ambitious targets to revitalize Nova Scotia's economy, some people involved say all of its goals haven't been met. Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians, commonly known as the Ivany report, was released in 2014. The report outlined 19 challenging goals, including increasing immigration, growing the number of business startups, expanding tourism, increasing exports and raising the employment rate of First Nation and African Nova Scotians. (CBC)Other global factors, like the price of oil and delayed supply chains, have had a daily impact on Nova Scotians, she said. "… I think we need to see more of these wake-up calls in Nova Scotia so we can continue to move."
February 12, 2024 10:10 UTC
High food costs have been one particularly harsh result. Food away from home, by California CPI averages, jumped 23 percent in four years. Ponder these budget-busting prices for California food niches tracked by the local CPIs — and why these expenses mushroomed. Those financially overwhelmed by food costs will need more than comforting words from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Yes, by December 2023, grocery inflation might have felt a bit tamed.
February 12, 2024 03:27 UTC
DOHA, Qatar – Canada took bronze in the women’s 4×100-m freestyle relay and two other swimmers earned themselves medal opportunities Sunday at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Ruck jumped in the water with Canada sitting fifth and charged down competitors from Poland and Italy to earn the medal for Canada. Ruck and Smith now have seven career medals at long-course worlds, tied for fifth all-time among Canadians. Meanwhile it’s a first career medal for Fournier, a 27-year-old worlds rookie, and morning heat swimmer Ella Jansen. Full team Canada roster.
February 12, 2024 03:19 UTC
A Toronto woman whose car was stolen three times in the past year — and who had a rental car stolen too — says nobody is taking the problem seriously enough. The rental car was stolen two days after she got it in February 2023. "If everyone wasn't making money off this car theft problem in this country, then they would stop it. Until the problem affects the bottom line of insurance companies, car manufacturers and rental car agencies, she said she doesn't think it will be solved. In its 2024 auto outlook, Ratesdotca says car insurance premiums are expected to keep climbing in 2024, with inflation and rampant auto theft driving the charge.
February 11, 2024 15:42 UTC
2024 WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPSThe prelims relay lineups for the women’s and men’s 4×100 free relays have been released, and many teams are swimming their top athletes in prelims. Per the qualification system, which can be found here, there will be a maximum of 16 qualified teams in each relay event. Women’s 4×100 Free RelayThe defending champions in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, Australia, only return one of their four swimmers from the Fukuoka final. Men’s 4×100 Free RelayThe Australian men have opted to scratch this event, and are the defending champions from Fukuoka. Team GB were the early favorites for gold in Fukuoka, prior to their prelim DQ, and are still seeking Paris qualification in this relay.
February 11, 2024 09:50 UTC