Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows

Global heating continued unabated with extreme weather rife and greenhouse gases hitting new highs The last seven years were the world’s hottest on record, with the first analysis of global temperature in 2021 showing it was 1.2C above pre-industrial levels. The assessment of the year, by the European climate agency Copernicus, also found carbon dioxideContinue reading “Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows”

Canada: COVID-19 hospitalizations up 67 per cent in week as Omicron takes hold

The number of COVID-19 patients in Canadian hospitals climbed by 67 per cent over the past week, including a 9-per-cent increase in infected people in intensive care units, according to data compiled by The Globe and Mail. The highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 has swept across Canada in little over a month. Now, asContinue reading “Canada: COVID-19 hospitalizations up 67 per cent in week as Omicron takes hold”

Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket

The Quebec government will reintroduce a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Dec. 31 as the province battles an explosive rise of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant. “I know we’re all tired, but it’s my responsibility to protect (Quebecers),” said Legault. “(Experts) agree that, in the coming weeks, there is aContinue reading “Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket”

Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters

This episode of Ten Minute History (like a documentary, only shorter) covers Germany from the end of the First World War to the end of the World War 2. The first half deals with the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its wider problems and the rise of the Nazis. The second half covers how theContinue reading “Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters”

Record low turnout for Hong Kong “patriots only” election

Pro-Beijing candidates claimed victory in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) election under the new “patriots only” system, per Reuters. Why it matters: This was the first LegCo since Beijing lawmakers passed a sweeping law to ensure only “patriotic” figures can run for positions of power — which U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken called a “denial of democracy.” Voter turnout was the lowestContinue reading “Record low turnout for Hong Kong “patriots only” election”

White supremacists in Canada’s military pose ‘active counter-intelligence threat’: watchdog

White supremacists in Canada’s armed forces pose an “active counter-intelligence threat” and national defence officials are “limited” in their ability to root them out, the country’s national security watchdog says. The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) reported concerns Monday that the Canadian Armed Forces’ counter-intelligence unit is “limited” in their ability to proactivelyContinue reading “White supremacists in Canada’s military pose ‘active counter-intelligence threat’: watchdog”

France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister

France will not join a diplomatic boycott by other Western countries of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, Education and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Thursday (Dec 9). Asked about a boycott announced by the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, Blanquer told RMC radio and BFM television that France “won’t do it”. “WeContinue reading “France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister”

Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build

Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world’s least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force’s firing exercises to the media inContinue reading “Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build”

Follower of QAnon Influencer Who Claims to be Canada’s Queen Arrested Over School Threats

“Time to go hunting. Bang bang,” the follower of Romana Didulo wrote in a private chat for her “duck hunters.” A follower of Romana Didulo, a woman who claims to be the Queen of Canada, was arrested in Laval, Quebec, after allegedly making threats about his daughter’s school.  The arrest comes after Didulo, a QAnon influencer withContinue reading “Follower of QAnon Influencer Who Claims to be Canada’s Queen Arrested Over School Threats”

US, Europe expand sanctions on Belarus over ‘migrant smuggling’ – WION

The United States, Canada, and European allies expanded sanctions on Belarus placing restrictions on government officials and entities for human rights abuses and official support for “migrant smuggling.”

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