BEIRUT — Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections. The demonstration in Beirut was organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis. One banner reads: “Off to the streets: enough talk. ” Protester Osama Assad said failure to form the government only “doubles the risks.” Hanna Gharib, of the Communist Party, said the protests would escalate. Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighbouring Syria and other issues.
December 16, 2018 11:42 UTC
A 16 year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a train early Sunday morning at the Dorval commuter train station. Police say it appears the boy was trying to jump onto a moving train. Police say the train was moving very slowly but the boy hit his head. The boy is now in hospital with a serious head injury. Investigators are trying to determine why he was trying to jump onto the train.
December 16, 2018 11:37 UTC
FIVE THINGSON THE MOVEThe Oilers aren’t just climbing in the standings, they are charging. RECENT HISTORYThis has been a homer series in recent times with the Oilers beating Vancouver both times in Edmonton (5-2 on Jan. 20 and 3-2 on Apr. 7) and the Canucks winning both games at home (3-2 on Oct. 7 and 2-1 on Mar. CLOSE CALLSThe Oilers are 11-1-3 in one-goal games this season, including a pair of 1-0 victories just 12 days apart against Dallas and Calgary. SOFTENED UPThe Canucks will be playing their second game in as many nights after Saturday’s game with Philadelphia, which is becoming a helpful trend as far as the Oilers are concerned.
December 16, 2018 10:52 UTC
Residents at a Waterloo long term care home have joined voices with a group of over 40 elementary students for a lively Christmas concert, which is set for Wednesday at The Village at University Gates. "People are just going to eat it up," said Tracy Weber, a music teacher at Laurelwood Public School and the driving force behind the concert. That said, the students and residents have been hard at work, practicing a wide repertoire of carols and classic holiday songs. The students have been coming to the long term care home once a week since mid November to practice. "They keep us young," said John Hynd, who lives at University Gates and is singing in the choir.
December 16, 2018 10:52 UTC
Dapples pop in summer on the sides of these two Canadian horses at Orwell Corner Historic Village. The government used to raise themThe federal government had a breeding program for Canadian horses in 1913 after mass exports to the United States led to a dangerous drop in numbers, says the Canadian Horse Breeders website. A student takes a turn learning to drive one of the Canadian horses at Orwell Corner. They are smartBecause they are intelligent, Canadian horses are easy to train and love to please. Horses, not poniesAlthough many Canadian horses are smaller — what would be considered pony-sized — they are still to be called horses.
December 16, 2018 10:52 UTC
PARIS — Residents of the eastern French city of Strasbourg filled a city square Sunday for a memorial to the four people shot dead and the dozen wounded by a gunman at their famous Christmas market. The hour-long ceremony took place in Kleber Square by the city’s Christmas market, near where the gunman opened fire on Tuesday evening. “The presence on Saturday of an extremely large crowd in the Christmas market was an illustration of our commitment to these values ? ?on which our living together is based, which we will continue to defend against all those who want to attack it,” Ries said. French authorities are still investigating the Strasbourg Christmas market attack.
December 16, 2018 10:17 UTC
A controversial chiropractor from Halifax is facing a competency hearing next month with her profession's regulator. A committee of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors will consider an allegation of professional incompetence against Dena Churchill in a hearing to be held Jan. 23-25. "This hearing is relative to the college's contention she's not fit to practise," Sutherland said. Churchill's licence was suspended last month and Sutherland said that decision was related to the college's concerns. "In a regulated profession, just because you may decide not to renew your licence doesn't mean that you are not expected to answer for actions as a regulated health professional," said Sutherland.
December 16, 2018 09:56 UTC
JOHANNESBURG — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Nearly 25 years after the end of white minority rule, the statue of Paul Kruger still looms in Church Square in the centre of Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. He noted that there are statues of both Mandela and Louis Botha, a white South African leader in the early 20th century, at Pretoria’s hilltop Union Buildings, home to the South African president’s offices. It replaced a much smaller statue of Barry Hertzog, prime minister of the white South African government before World War II. Hertzog’s statue was moved to another spot at the Union Buildings after an “exhaustive consultation process,” said Jacob Zuma, the South African president at the time.
December 16, 2018 09:11 UTC
JOHANNESBURG—A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. A statue of the late Paul Kruger stands in Church Square, Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday Dec. 13, 2018, protected from protesters by a fence. The Kruger statue in Pretoria was unveiled in 1954 by D.F. South Africa’s biggest wildlife park, though, is named after Kruger and his statue survived a recent refurbishment of Church Square. It replaced a much smaller statue of Barry Hertzog, prime minister of the white South African government before World War II.
December 16, 2018 09:11 UTC
Canadian employers may need to step up their game if they want to avoid costly staff turnover, a new survey suggests. In fact, most of the employees surveyed said they knew within one year on a job whether or not they'd stay long-term. Millennials do have a desire to do work that is interesting to them … I think they're more willing to walk away than the generations that came before them." I think they're more willing to walk away than the generations that came before them." When employees feel valued and heard, they're more motivated to go above and beyond at work, said Mehandiratta.
Arguing against the CONCACAF ruling is Stuart MacTaggart, a Fury supporter and former Fury broadcaster who now lives in England. Stuart MacTaggart, left, feels CONCACAF has taken an unreasonable position by demanding Ottawa Fury FC leave the United Soccer League for the Canadian Premier League. (Submitted)On CONCACAF's positionMacTaggart: I can understand CONCACAF's decision to have Canadian clubs play in a Canadian league now that CPL is an option. With a professional league launching in Canada at a comparable level to USL, the Ottawa Fury no longer faced exceptional circumstances. From a personal perspective, I'm envious of soccer fans in the rest of Canada right now.
A Vancouver-based studio is hoping to reanimate an Ottawa neighbourhood once known as the city's animation centre. Thunderbird Entertainment opened its new studio, Atomic Cartoons Ottawa, on Wellington Street W., right in the heart of Hintonburg, earlier this month. The area used to be known as "animation alley," according to studio manager Chris Wightman, and was home to some of Canada's first animation studios. For now, she said, Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird's kids division, is looking for 18 animators. Thunderbird Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons have already started working on a new animated series for Netflix called The Last Kids on Earth, which will be produced in the new Ottawa studio.
It has been 20 years since Mark Tewksbury came out publicly in what's widely considered to be the first time a Canadian Olympian openly identified themselves as gay. He made front page headlines and the move caused him to lose a six-figure motivational speaking contract because he was declared "too gay." Tune in to Tewksbury's full interview with The National's Adrienne Arsenault on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. "My life has transformed 100 per cent in the last 20 years," said Tewksbury, now 50. Over the years, Tewksbury has shifted his focus from the pool to motivational speaking, standing up for human rights and integrity in sports.
TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson-based non-profit has been awarded a permit to run shuttles at a popular recreation spot in southern Arizona. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area hasn’t had shuttle service since June 30, when the previous permit expired. The forest announced Thursday that the Regional Partnering Center will run the new shuttle service. A date hasn’t been set for shuttle service to resume. The recreation area in the Santa Catalina Mountains draws more than a million visitors a year.
December 16, 2018 08:48 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 metres (24,606 feet) into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said in anticipation of hot ash and lava sliding down the volcano’s slopes, local residents have been urged to avoid activities near the mountain. Residents were also warned against the possible flowing of lava into rivers around the volcano, and urged to wear masks in case of ash rain. Soputan, which stands 1,784 metres (5,853 feet) tall, is one of Indonesia’s more than 120 active volcanoes.
December 16, 2018 08:15 UTC