National Newswatch

Smoke from B.C. wildfire supports expert’s conclusions for nuclear winter

Aug 8 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Unprecedented smoke from British Columbia's wildfires in 2017 is helping scientists model the potential impacts of nuclear war on the Earth's climate, says a study from Rutgers University. The enormous plume of smoke formed the largest cloud of its kind ever observed, which circled the Northern Hemisphere, says the study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed academic journal […]

Smoke from B.C. wildfire supports expert’s conclusions for nuclear winter

Aug 8 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Unprecedented smoke from British Columbia's wildfires in 2017 is helping scientists model the potential impacts of nuclear war on the Earth's climate, says a study from Rutgers University. The enormous plume of smoke formed the largest cloud of its kind ever observed, which circled the Northern Hemisphere, says the study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed academic journal […]

Three federal leaders march together at Vancouver Pride

Aug 4 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extolled on the importance of unity as he marched in Vancouver's annual Pride parade with two of his political rivals on Sunday. The prime minister took the opportunity to offer his condolences to the victims of two mass shootings that left a combined 29 people dead in Texas and Ohio […]

Three federal leaders march together at Vancouver Pride

Aug 4 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extolled on the importance of unity as he marched in Vancouver's annual Pride parade with two of his political rivals on Sunday. The prime minister took the opportunity to offer his condolences to the victims of two mass shootings that left a combined 29 people dead in Texas and Ohio […]

Iranian-born Canadian resident returns after 11 years in notorious prison

Aug 3 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — An Iranian-born Canadian resident has returned to British Columbia after being imprisoned and allegedly tortured in his home country for 11 years. Saeed Malekpour arrived at Vancouver International Airport on Friday evening, having escaped an ongoing prison term in Tehran, said a professor who has been involved in his case for years. Now 44, Malekpour was a […]

Tsilhqot’in Nation plans peaceful action to protect two sacred lakes from mining

Jul 1 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A First Nations organization British Columbia says its members intend to peacefully take action to protect two lakes with cultural and spiritual significance from drilling by a mining company. According to a release from the Tsilhqot'in Nation in Williams Lake, Taseko Mines sent a notice on June 27 indicating it would begin using heavy equipment such […]

Google ‘doodle’ by Ontario Ojibwe artist celebrates jingle dress dance

Jun 15 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — A brightly-coloured illustration celebrating the popular Indigenous jingle dress dance adorned Google's homepage on Saturday, courtesy of Ojibwe artist Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. The illustration depicts two women dancing in jingle dresses, which the search engine describes as filling the air with sounds like raindrops on a tin roof as metal ornaments jingle with dancers' intricate footwork. […]

Canada announces new funding model to support women’s equality globally

Jun 3 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Canada's minister of gender equality has announced a new initiative aimed at creating a sustainable model to fund women's rights organizations in developing countries and at home. Maryam Monsef said the Equality Fund brings together 11 organizations from the philanthropic, non-profit and financial sectors, including the Canada-based Match International Women’s Fund, the African Women’s Development Fund and Oxfam Canada. "This is the […]

Canada announces new funding model to support women’s equality globally

Jun 3 2019 — Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Canada's minister of gender equality has announced a new initiative aimed at creating a sustainable model to fund women's rights organizations in developing countries and at home. Maryam Monsef said the Equality Fund brings together 11 organizations from the philanthropic, non-profit and financial sectors, including the Canada-based Match International Women’s Fund, the African Women’s Development Fund and Oxfam Canada. "This is the […]