Friday, September 30, 2022

Canada: Two-thirds of P.E.I. homes, businesses still without power 5 days after Fiona

CBC News on Youtube shows that about two-thirds of P.E.I. homes and businesses served by Maritime Electric are still without power five days after the arrival of post-tropical storm Fiona. Premier Dennis King says 'it's like someone picked up our island and flipped it upside down' as crews work to restore lines.

Storm Fiona: About 600 Canadian Armed Forces members in Atlantic Canada with more expected

Global News on Youtube shows that about 600 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed in Atlantic Canada across the provinces affected by post-tropical storm Fiona, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday, with more expected in Port-aux-Basques, N.L. and Truro, N.S. She said they have been involved in conducting wellness checks, removing debris, and restoring power as part of their duties to help the communities recover following the storm's destruction.

Anand provided the details during a news conference alongside Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Veterans Affairs Minister Laurence MacAulay, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings and National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier.

Anand said Tuesday the focus of the military differs in each province, with soldiers in Nova Scotia tasked with removing debris to repair transportation links. In Prince Edward Island, the military is focused on restoring the power grid, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, members are carrying out wellness checks.

LeBlanc also said Wednesday that there are "ongoing conversations" with provinces, territories and the insurance industry on how to help Canadians impacted by various climate events. He added that in terms of the federal government, conversations have started to find "the right series of protections at an affordable rate." His response came to a question on whether Canada could create a national framework for insurance, similar to what is seen in the U.S., instead of customers having to navigate a "patchwork" of private insurance companies. 

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said 13 Indigenous communities have been impacted by the storm, where leaders are most concerned about "ensuring the secure supply of gasoline and other fuel" and that people in their communities have access to warming centres and hot meals.

Canada to impose more sanctions on Russia following 'referendum'

CBC News on Youtube shows Igor Zhovkva, chief diplomatic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is calling on world leaders to continue sanctions against Russia, saying the country's 'sham referendum' could lead to part of Ukraine being annexed. In talks with Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised more support to counteract Russian efforts.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Business Report: Canada slipping in grocery affordable ranking

CityNews on Youtube shows that an expert says Canada is falling way behind where it should be in a global ranking of grocery affordability. Plus, plastic bags are becoming harder to find, and Walmart is entering the Metaverse. Richard Southern reports.

Calls mount for Canada to list Iran's IRGC as a terrorist entity

CBC News on Youtube shows that families who lost loved ones on Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, which shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are calling for Canada to list the force as a terrorist entity. 'It's not only about PS752, but it's about what's going on in Iran right now,' said Hamed Esmaeilion, who lost his wife and daughter on the flight. 'It's about 43 years of crimes they committed.'

Canada dropping COVID-19 travel rules including masks

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that the federal government has announced that travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains starting on Oct. 1.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

King Charles’s first days as monarch signal a more transparent King

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that mourners waited hours to pay their respects to the Queen as King Charles took a break from public appearances after his first week as monarch. Royal-watchers say his actions in the last week hint that he will be a more visible, transparent King, but have not been without controversy.

Queen’s funeral: Trudeau arrives in London with Canadian delegation

Global News on Youtube shows that there was a sense of history on the flight from Canada to London, U.K., on Friday as a unique group of Canadians made their way to the city ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau spent time speaking with members of the delegation aboard. That included former prime minister Paul Martin, who would have flown on the very same aircraft when he was prime minister nearly 20 years ago.
Actress Sandra Oh, Olympian Mark Tewksbury, former governor general David Johnston and several Indigenous leaders including Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief RoseAnne Archibald were also on board. A number of others will join the delegation in London, including former prime ministers Stephen Harper, Jean Chrétien and Kim Campbell.
It was the queen’s wish to have a wide representation of Canadians present, as with the other Commonwealth nations and their delegations.

Trudeau will have his first audience with King Charles III on Saturday, with bilateral meetings planned Sunday with the new U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss and leaders as well. Abigail Bimman has more.

Should Canada cut ties with the monarchy? CBC News

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that former Ontario lieutenant governor David Onley and Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand discuss how the monarchy’s role needs to evolve in a modern Canada.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

What will change in Canada with the accession of King Charles?

CBC News on Youtube shows that the death of Queen Elizabeth changed the line of succession with Charles now the monarch and Prince William the heir apparent. Professor of history, Barbara Messamore explains more.

Canada unveils $4.5B affordability plan including dental care, GST credit

Global News on Youtube shows that Inflation has risen and remained stubbornly high even as the Bank of Canada pushes forward with interest rate hikes, keeping the cost of everything from groceries to gas to all kinds of consumer goods and services elevated. 

In an effort to curb that, the federal government has announced a plan worth more than $4.5 billion to help Canadians cope with the soaring cost of living. 

Abigail Bimman explains what's been promised, including a long-awaited dental plan, a GST credit and a boost to the Canada Housing Benefit.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

New Canadian air passenger rules helping some — but not everyone

Global News on Youtube shows: From delayed luggage to missed flights, lots of Canadians have had to deal with both of these problems this summer. But with new passenger protection rules having come into effect, the hope is customers will soon be able to get assistance when the issues arise.
Under the law, airlines have to follow these new specific rules around refunds. They still have some exemptions, however, if they can claim safety is at stake. And the rules do nothing to deal with those passengers still trying to get refunds as a result of pandemic cancellations.
As Sean O'Shea reports, while the rules are helping some get the assistance they need, not everyone is receiving the help.

Extreme weather has berry producers exploring growing in Canada

CBC News: The National shows: Extreme weather, labour shortages and rising costs in California are leading some of North America’s largest fruit sellers to look to Canada to grow their produce. Driscoll's and Naturipe Farms are both testing commercial production of berries in Ontario and Quebec.

Trudeau: Queen's funeral to be marked by federal holiday in Canada

CTV News on Youtube shows that Trudeau says a final delegation attending the Queen's funeral is still in the works, but it will be a day of mourning for federal employees.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Canada: Mortgage "trigger point": Why interest rate hikes could set off a financial bomb for Canadians

Global News on Youtube shows that rising interest rates can soon set off a financial bomb for tens of thousands of Canadian homeowners who have fixed payment, variable rate mortgages. 

RBC estimates roughly 80,000 variable mortgages will hit what's called a "trigger point" after the next couple of interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada. Of those variable mortgages, they say it'll mean an average increase of $200 per month. 

Kamil Karamali explains how to calculate your trigger point and what it could mean for homeowners.

Canada, Germany sign green energy deal in Newfoundland

CTV News on Youtube shows that the countries of Canada and Germany say a new hydrogen pact will kick-start a transatlantic hydrogen supply chain, with the first deliveries expected in just three years.

NATO, Trudeau tour Canada's Arctic defences

CBC News on Youtube shows that during a visit to Nunavut's Cambridge Bay with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the importance of defence in Canada's Far North amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Canada Health: Chief nursing officer appointed to deal with Canada's 'health-care crisis'

CBC News on Youtube shows that Leigh Chapman, a 20-year veteran of the profession, has been named chief nursing officer after the role was scrapped a decade ago. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Chapman's appointment will help deal with the 'health-care crisis' currently being felt across the country.

Health Canada poised to approve new Omicron-targeting vaccine

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Health Canada says it could make a decision on approving Moderna's new Omicron-targeting vaccine within two weeks. If approved, it will leave Canadians with a decision: wait for the new shot, or get boosted with an existing vaccine.

Germany signs energy pact with Canada to reduce reliance on Russian gas

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Canada has signed a deal with Germany to export hydrogen fuel produced in Atlantic Canada to Europe as Germany seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Canada: Airport delays persist in Toronto, Montreal

CBC News on Youtube shows that while some improvement has been noted, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is still facing questions as airport delays and cancellations in Toronto and Montreal continue to pose challenges for travellers.

Canada temporarily bans import of handguns as of Aug. 19

CTV News on Youtube shows that CTV's Mike Le Couteur says interim measures to ban handguns were put into place due to a rise in gun purchases after Bill-C21 was announced.

Canada’s transport minister blames frustrating airport delays on pandemic

Global News on Youtube shows the exciting story.

From long lines to cancelled flights and lost luggage, Canadian airports have been plagued with problems all summer.

According to Ottawa, daily passenger traffic has jumped 250 per cent since the start of the year and airlines and airports have not been able to handle the increased demand.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Friday that the pandemic was to blame for problems at Canadian airports and that ArriveCan was not contributing to the delays. But opposition MPs say the federal government should shoulder at least part of that responsibility.

Tom Vernon reports on the frustrations for Canadian travelers and Ottawa’s response to the problem.

One of Canada's largest train bridges stands almost forgotten in New Brunswick

CBC News on Youtube shows that for 112 years, the Salmon River train bridge has spanned a valley in northwestern New Brunswick, but locals say few in the province would know about it.
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Canadian confidence in the value of real estate is declining as interest rates rise

BNN Bloomberg on Youtube shows that Nik Nanos, chief data scientist and founder at Nanos Research, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss his company's latest consumer confidence survey among Canadians. Nanos says that sentiment for Canada's economy is still net negative and talks on declining real estate confidence in the country.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Canada called Putin’s bluff with turbine return for Russian pipeline: Joly

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing games with G7 countries over energy exports to Europe.

"We called his bluff. It is now clear that Putin is weaponizing energy flows to Europe. The world sees through his game and that’s why we decided to make sure we took a strong stance and a difficult decision by sending back the turbine directly to Germany," Joly said during a news conference alongside her German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, in Montreal on Wednesday.

Canada issued a special sanctions permit that allowed the import, repair and re-export of up to six Russian turbines in a bid to help Germany as it struggles with energy supply.

Russia has claimed that the turbine Canada returned to Germany wasn’t properly repaired and lacks the proper paperwork.

Energy in Europe is an interesting topic. Oil is certainly one of the largest primary energy sources in Europe. It is mostly used for transportation and various heating. Oil production is relatively low in Europe, with significant production only in the North Sea. Most of Europe's so-called oil comes from imports (about 90% for the EU28).

It seems also that Russia damaged some pipelines in the Ukraine, after the country's war operation entered into Ukraine.

Electricity in Europe is interesting. Renewable energy ideas are out there. The twelve newer EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe plan to increase wind power capacity from the 6.4 gigawatts installed at the end of 2012 to 16 gigawatts by 2020.

If so-called renewable electricity production in the EU continued to grow at the same rate as it did from 2005 to 2010, it would account for 36.4% of electricity in 2020 and 51.6% in 2030, following.

In March 2022, the European Commission released its comprehensive "REPowerEU" plan to promote renewable energy in Europe.

Amnesty International accuses Ukraine of committing war crimes

Human rights groups criticized some Ukrainian war actions.

Recent reports probe potential violations of international law committed by Russian and Ukrainian fighters.

On Thursday, Amnesty International's Secretary General Agnès Callamard said there is "a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk" and "being in a defensive position" is not an exemption from following the rules of war.

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Human Shields - Is it a war crime to hide in civilian buildings?​

According to Section 6(1)(b)(xxiii), utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations - constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.

The Fourth Geneva Convention [1949 Geneva Convention IV] prohibits the use of civilians to shield certain areas from attack and provides that the presence of civilians does not shield an otherwise permissible military target from attack.

Canada to send more troops to Latvia, says defense minister

CBC News on Youtube shows that defense Minister Anita Anand says Canada is working hard with NATO allies to fulfill the commitment made to send additional troops to Latvia as part of an effort to dramatically increase the alliance's military presence in that country.

Canada's boreal forest is transforming due to climate change

CBC News on Youtube shows that scientists say Canada's boreal forest may shift north as pests, wildfires and changing precipitation cause southern parts of the forest to die off. Meteorologist Christy Climenhaga explains.

How is Ukraine using artillery sent by Canada, and other allies on the front lines?

Global News on Youtube shows that this week, Global News was escorted to a secret location near the front lines in Kharkiv to observe long-range artillery sent by allies, including Canada, to help Ukraine push back Russia’s assault. 

Canada sent a number of M777 howitzers to Ukraine in April as part of a $130-million support package. It has since sent millions more in replacement barrels and ammunition, among other lethal aid. 

Long-range artillery such as M777s have become crucial in attempts to turn the tide of the war, allowing Ukrainians to target Russian troops and locations from farther away and in turn prevent further strikes on Ukrainian forces. 

Crystal Goomansingh met with troops using these heavy weapons.

Canada sending troops to train Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada is sending military members to the United Kingdom, where they will help teach Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces. 

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that 225 Canadian military personnel will deploy to the U.K., working with the British Army to turn those civilians who have signed up to fight Russia and defend their country, into soldiers. 

And as Mercedes Stephenson explains, there's another much more secretive mission Canadians are involved in on the ground in Ukraine.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Canada's ban on importing handguns will begin Aug. 19, says minister

Global News on Youtube shows Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced Friday that the government's ban on the import of handguns will begin in Aug. 19 and last until Parliament is able to vote on legislation tabled in May.
The government tabled gun control legislation in May that includes a national freeze on the importation, purchase, sale and transfer of handguns in Canada. That law did not pass before Parliament took its summer break, and is set to be debated again when MPs return to Ottawa in the fall.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly also spoke about the temporary ban, saying she has the authority to ban any import or export permit in Canada. The ban will also prevent businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with a few exceptions that mirror those in legislation tabled in May.

Experts urge Canadian officials to take more action on monkeypox spread

Global News on Youtube has the informative stories.

Following the USA move in declaring the spread of monkeypox a public health emergency, Canada is being urged to do the same, as experts are urging more action to be taken to curb the outbreak.

Canada has reported 890 monkeypox cases as of Aug. 3, with Ontario reporting the most cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Wednesday. Ontario has reported 423 cases while there are 373 cases in Quebec, 78 in British Columbia, 13 in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan and one in Yukon.

But as Jamie Mauracher reports, there are also concerns about vaccine supply.

Canada: Ontario nurses union calls on governments to fix crisis in hospitals

Global News on youtube has the exciting stories.

On this episode of Global National: The Ontario Nurses' Association is demanding more help from all levels of government across Canada, as the crisis in the country's understaffed hospitals deepens. Seán O'Shea reports on the difficult search for solutions. 

Canada is sending military members to the United Kingdom, where they will help teach Ukrainian civilians to fight Russian forces. As Mercedes Stephenson explains, there's another much more secretive mission Canadians are involved in on the ground in Ukraine.

And with a shortage of supplies and staff, one bombed-out hospital in Ukraine's northern Kharkiv region is desperately trying to keep going as Russia's war rages on. Crystal Goomansingh has a first-hand look at what's left of the facility and the danger medical teams must endure to treat patients. 

Tensions keep rising in Asia, as China conducts its largest military drills yet around Taiwan, seemingly in response to USA House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the small nation that China regards as its own. Redmond Shannon reports on the escalation, including a slew of new ballistic missile launches.

Canadian troops to join British-led mission to train Ukrainian recruits

CBC News on Youtube shows that Canada is prepared to commit a contingent of soldiers to the British Army's program to turn Ukrainian civilians into fighting troops, CBC News has learned.

More voices in Canadian health care cry out for help

Global News on Youtube shows on this exciting episode of Global National: Every day, there’s an increase in voices in Canada’s health-care system crying out for help as staffing shortages choke the system. Emergency room doctors and nurses are increasingly feeling the strain. As Ross Lord reports, Ontario’s health-care unions are realizing a five-point plan to address the crisis in their province.

Following the USA move in declaring the spread of monkey pox a public health emergency, Canada is being urged to do the same. But as Jamie Mauracher reports, there are also concerns about vaccine supply.

Plus, the Canadian federal government plans to fast-track a ban on the import of handguns into the country - without the approval of Parliament. Mercedes Stephenson explains how the feds are using a regulatory measure that comes into effect in just two weeks to do so.

Canada currently has more than one million job vacancies and not enough workers to fill them. As Anne Gaviola reports, labour experts say prolonged staffing shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic are making the case for more job automation.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Intense heatwave grips parts of USA; millions of Americans under heat warning

WION on Youtube shows that the United States is also witnessing sweltering heat that has now reached record levels. From southern plains to country's north east,  the heatwave has now engulfed key regions.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Overall prices in Japan rose 2.4% in June; Inflation shows early signs of hitting a peak

WION on Youtube shows that global inflation appears to be slowly having an impact on Japan, a country that is considered as one of the strongest economies in the world. Weak Yen and volatile oil prices continue to make situation shaky.

Amid rising consumer prices, it sure seems that some Japanese companies in Japan have begun providing "inflation allowances" to workers.

Certain companies in Japan are starting to provide "inflation allowance" to employees, in a bid to alleviate workers’ concerns about rising food, electricity and gasoline prices and allow them to focus on important productive work.

Computer software developer Cybozu has decided to make special lump-sum payments to employees in Japan and abroad in July and August. The amount will range from ¥60,000 to ¥150,000 for workers in Japan, depending on the number of hours worked.

At Jul 27, 2022:

1 United States Dollar equals 136.58 Japanese Yen

10 Coolest New Gadgets in 2022 You Should Have

Future Tech on Youtube shows the exciting stories.

Future tech is dedicated to constantly bring you evolving tech gadgets that are being manufactured by the creatine minds out there to make life a little easier for you. In today's video, I will be showing you ten more of these incredible gadgets, you might need one of these for yourself or as a gift to someone special to you.

15 Emerging Technologies that Will Change the World

Top Fives on Youtube shows that technology is progressing faster than ever, with ground-breaking new ideas being explored every day. From floating farms to edge computing, here are the 15 most incredible emerging technologies.

18 DEADLY Tech Fails that need to be BANNED

Mrwhosetheboss on Youtube shows: 18 DEADLY Tech Fails that need to be BANNED.

I can't believe we actually got hold of the Legendary Galaxy Note 7 🔥

Samsung suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and announced an informal recall on 2 September 2016 after it was found that a manufacturing defect in the phones' batteries caused some of them to generate excessive heat, resulting in fires. After a formal USA recall was announced on 15 September 2016, Samsung exchanged the affected phones for a new revision which utilized batteries sourced from a different supplier. However, after reports emerged of incidents where the replacement phones also caught fire, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide on 10 October 2016, and permanently ceased production of the device a day later. As a safety precaution, they distributed multi-layer fireproof boxes with packing instructions. Due to the recalls, Samsung issued software updates in some markets that were intended to "eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices", including restricting battery capacity and blocking their ability to connect to wireless networks. Samsung stated that it intends to recycle reusable silicon and components from the recalled models, and release refurbished models "where applicable".

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Canada may give oil, gas sector more time to meet emissions targets

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that Canada's minister of environment and climate change says he is open to extending the deadline for the oil and gas industry to reduce its carbon gas emissions. That doesn’t sit with some environmentalists and academics, given that the industry accounts for more than a quarter of Canada’s carbon footprint.

National Canada forecast: New heat warnings across Canada

CTV News on Youtube shows how your Morning Meteorologist Kelsey McEwen breaks down the forecast across Canada and gives an update on the latest weather warnings.

Canadians dying in emergency rooms from previously avoidable deaths

Global News on Youtube shows the top story: Canadians are learning of yet another health-care tragedy. With health-care resources pushed past the breaking point, this summer is becoming a grim ritual of deaths that have been considered avoidable in Canadian hospitals. As Ross Lord reports, making matters worse is that those who speak out are sometimes being shouted down by government and health-care authorities.

Langley, B.C., shootings: 2 dead, 2 seriously injured

CBC News on Youtube shows that two victims are dead and two others have been seriously injured after a series of shootings in Langley, B.C.  A suspect was later identified and shot dead by RCMP, ending a series of attacks police believe were targeting homeless people in the area.

World Health Organization chief declares monkeypox outbreak a global emergency

CBC News on Youtube shows that WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared monkeypox a global emergency on Saturday, despite a lack of consensus among members.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Pope leaves Rome for first visit to Canada

CBC News on Youtube shows that Pope Francis leaves Rome for Canada on Sunday as part of a six-day trip to advance reconciliation and healing between the Roman Catholic Church and Indigenous communities.

Inflation: When will Canadians see relief from rising prices?

Global News on Youtube shows that inflation is the story everyone cannot help but talk about all the time. The latest snapshot of the cost of living shows inflation in Canada in June hit an annual rate of 8.1 per cent, the highest level in 40 years. Two encouraging signs of late include gas prices coming down a bit while the housing market is cooling. The number one question people ask is when are we going to get some relief? And when people talk about relief, that doesn’t mean prices aren’t going to stop climbing, it may mean they just stop skyrocketing.

The Bank of Montreal’s top economist, Doug Porter, put out a note this week saying rock bottom interest rates were the main culprit fuelling the pandemic housing frenzy vs. the go-to in Canada - which is the supply shortage. While the case for low interest rates can certainly be made, Canada does indeed have a housing shortage.

And there was a rally among Tesla shares this week after better than expected earnings. Can the company be thought of as separate from its CEO Elon Musk? 

Jay Rosenthal from The Peak Podcast joins Anne Gaviola for more on these topics and much more.

Discarded solar panels: How to deal with them?

Solar Panels are an interesting topic on TechItOut: WION.

Discarded solar panels: How to deal with them - waste or recycle?

Tech It Out

WION on Youtube shows that solar energy is helping mitigate the adverse effects of climate change; it is a rapidly growing market. But are we ready to tackle solar panel waste? WION tells you all about that in this educational video.

A house theoretically could run on solar power alone. With a modern so-called solar energy system, including power storage, you can definitely run a whole house completely on solar power. Today's high-efficiency solar panels and solar batteries make it cheaper than ever before to power an entire home exclusively using specific solar energy.

A solar cell panel, solar electric panel, photo-voltaic (PV) module or solar panel is an assembly of photo-voltaic cells mounted in a framework for installation. Solar panels use sunlight as a source of energy to generate direct current electricity. A collection of PV modules is called a PV panel, and a system of PV panels is called an array. Arrays of a so-called photovoltaic system supply solar electricity to electrical equipment.

Waste and recycling is important with solar panels. It seems that it is much cheaper to throw out panels than to recycle them.

Leftover PV panels can contaminate soil, as it happened in really 2013 when US-based Solyndra solar farm bankrupted leaving broken panels on site. IRENA 2016 study estimated the amount of PV waste at 78 million tons by 2050. Most parts of a solar module can be recycled including up to 95% of certain semiconductor materials or the glass as well as large amounts of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Some private companies and non-profit organizations are currently engaged in take-back and recycling operations for end-of-life modules. EU law requires manufacturers to ensure their solar panels are recycled properly. Similar legislation is underway in countries such as Japan, India, and Australia.

A 2021 study by Harvard Business Review certainly indicates that by 2035 the discarded panels will outweigh new units by a factor of 2.56 and cost of recycling a single PV panel by then will reach $20-30, which would increase the LCOE of PV by a factor 4. Analyzing the USA market, where no EU-like legislation exists as of 2021, HBR noted that with the cost of sending it to a landfill being just $1-2 there's a significant financial incentive to either discard the decommissioned panels or send them to for low-tech disassembly in low-income countries with much of the toxic elements ending up released to the outside environment.

Over 16,000 monkeypox cases in 75 countries; WHO declares highest alert

WION Channel on Youtube shows that over 16,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in 75 countries. Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

How inflation is outpricing the average Canadian family

CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that as prices of food and fuel continue to increase, one Canadian family breaks down how inflation is forcing them to change their lifestyle. Later, a personal finance expert explains why inflation is so high, and gives some tips for how to cope.

"The future is more of this": Parts of Canada swelter under humidity-fuelled heat wave

Global News on Youtube shows that as some provinces simmer under a dangerous heat wave, Canadians are facing more climate change concerns. 

Environment Canada already issued warnings for a stretch of Ontario from Prescott and Russell in the east to Windsor in the southwest, with temperatures hitting 30 Celsius and higher in several spots. 

The weather agency said some parts of southern Ontario could see the heat linger for up to five days. 

Mike Drolet reports on the toll the scorching hot weather is taking on people and their livelihoods, and the message from meteorologists.

Canada proposes cap on oil and gas emissions by introducing industry-specific price on carbon

Global News on Youtube shows that the federal government is proposing a cap on oil and gas emissions, by putting an industry-specific price on carbon.

Ottawa is aiming to cut greenhouses by 42 per cent across all sectors by 2030 to reduce the devastating impact climate change is having on the environment.

Abigail Bimman details the plan and how the Liberal government is proposing two options to drive down emissions.

Over 50% of Canadians concerned about long-term effects of multiple COVID vaccine boosters: poll

Global News on Youtube shows the exciting story.

While a majority of Canadians remain supportive of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to better protect themselves from the virus, 53 per cent of those surveyed are concerned about the long-term effects of taking multiple booster shots, and how many they’ll have to take in the future.

The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 66 per cent of those surveyed said they would take a booster shot without hesitation, and three-quarters agreed that boosters reduce the risk of hospitalization.

 Yet just 49 per cent of the population has actually received an additional dose after completing their initial two-dose series, according to federal data - a rate that has remained stable for several weeks.

"It’s starting to look more like what people think about flu shots, as opposed to something that is a protection against something that could be really, really urgently deadly. So it’s becoming part of what people see as, I’m afraid to say, almost like (a part of) normal life," said Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker.

Canadian crops, food supply threatened by abnormally high temperatures

Global News on Youtube shows that as severe heat smothers parts of Canada, farmers are worried about how the weather will impact crop yields.

Environment Canada continues to issue heat warnings for parts of Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, as heat and humidity continues to blanket those areas. This on the heels of some severe weather in Alberta where some parts of that province saw crops wiped out. 

Morganne Campbell reports on the damage from the unusually dry weather, and what this means for an already strained food supply chain.

Monkeypox: With cases jumping 59% in Canada, what are the signs you need to know?

Global News on Youtube shows that Canada is reporting a 59 per cent increase in monkeypox cases over the past week, mirroring a global trend that has seen cases rise to more than 10,000 cases worldwide.

Canada has confirmed nearly 500 cases since the virus emerged as part of an unusual outbreak in May.

Quebec continues to have the largest number of cases and Saskatchewan recorded its first patient on Thursday, while both British Columbia and Ontario are increases in the numbers.

As Jamie Mauracher reports, with this latest rise in cases there's a growing push for all Canadians to know the signs and be vigilant.

How Canadians can save money at the grocery store as prices soar

Global News on Youtube shows that inflation rates across Canada are now skyrocketing to new highs not seen in nearly four decades. That has also led to surging food costs that have gotten Canadian shoppers digging deeper into their wallets. 

Jeff Semple speaks with Sylvain Charlebois, professor and senior director of Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, about what's driving up prices, its impact on food insecurity, how you can save money, and how long food inflation is expected to last.

"You're a climate criminal!": Canadian minister interrupted during press conference in Montreal

Global News on Youtube shows Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault was interrupted during a press conference in Montreal on Thursday and called a "climate criminal" by a man who held up a certain sign and criticized the government for its inaction on tackling the climate crisis.

This comes as Enbridge plans to extend an oil pipeline through a tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, through Michigan in the USA.
It also comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and really his government faces criticism over Ottawa's decision to return gas turbines to Russia.
The damaging toll of record-breaking hot many heat waves and wildfires are spurring calls for leaders to take action against climate change.

Inflation in Canada hits 39-year high of 8.1%

CBC News: The National on YouTube shows new numbers from Statistics Canada show the country's inflation rate rose to 8.1 per cent last month, certainly the fastest annual increase since 1983.

When will Canada's inflation rate peak after reaching 39-year high

Global News on Youtube shows the exciting economic story.

Inflation aggravation is hitting Canadians once more, with rates now reaching highs not seen in nearly four decades. In June, prices at the pumps also jumped by more than 50 per cent compared to what they were a year ago and that affects the important price of most everything you see in stores and restaurants because it's shipped in. Food across the board costs nearly 9 per cent more, hitting restaurants hard. Anne Gaviola has more on the impact on consumers, and when we could see inflation reach its peak. 

Surging food costs certainly have Canadian shoppers digging deeper into their important wallets. Jeff Semple speaks with Sylvain Charlebois, professor and senior director of Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, about what's driving up prices, its impact on food insecurity, how you can save certain money, and how long food inflation is expected to last.

Monday, July 18, 2022

China Releases the most detailed map of the Moon

Astronomy and Outer Space are interesting studies.

China releases most detailed geological map of the Moon to date. The Geological Lunar Map is impressive.

Scientists in China have really released a new geologic map of the Moon that is the most detailed yet. Created by a team led by the Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the high quality image was made using data from China’s suite of Chang’e lunar exploration missions as well as information from other international organizations.

The map is to a scale of 1:2,500,000 and includes 12,341 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types and 14 types of structures.

The colours on the image represent different periods on the lunar geologic timescale and the map also includes the locations of the Chang’e and Apollo landing sites.

In 2020 the United States Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Centre released a lunar map with a scale of 1:5,000,000. It took into account information from six Apollo-era regional maps along with more recent data from lunar satellite missions.

Why a 2022 Recession Would Be Unlike Any Other

Youtube shows the story from Wall Street Journal.

Is the USA in a recession? Many economists think that’s a possibility and by some measurements, it may have already started. But why aren’t people losing their jobs?

Recessions usually come with a dip in economic output and a rise in unemployment. Right now, economic output is falling. But so is unemployment. WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath has coined it a "jobful downturn." Wall Street Journal looks at past recessions and indicators to explain how a recession in 2020 could be very different.

Astronomers detect signals from a galaxy far, far away

CNN Channel on Youtube shows the space story.

Astronomers revealed they've come across a mysterious radio burst signal from a galaxy around a billion light-years away with a pattern similar to a heartbeat. CNN's Tom Foreman explains what it could be.

These are truly mind-blowing discoveries. Humans are detecting electromagnetic waves that propagated long before the dinosaurs even existed. It takes a lot of energy to have electromagnetic waves reach a billion light years away. Astrophysics is a wonderful field of study. Archeology is also interesting.

The following is the alien joke:

In outer space, 2 aliens are talking to each other.
The first alien says, "The dominant life forms on the Earth planet have developed satellite-based nuclear weapons."
The second alien asks, "Are they an emerging intelligence?"
The first alien says, "I don't think so, they have aimed it at themselves."

Passport delays leave Canadians frustrated, running out of time for travel plans

Global News on Youtube shows that as travel restrictions fall away, the desire of Canadians to travel has taken off. From the beginning of April to the end of June, Service Canada received more than 808,000 applications for passports.
That surge in demand has led to a massive backlog, with many Canadians wondering if they'll have their documents in time for travel.
For one family applying for a passport for their one-year-old daughter, it wasn't until nine weeks after they started the process that they were finally able to get some answers.
Shallima Maharaj has the latest on what is being done to try and clear the backlog, still waiting to get their passports - weeks and sometimes months later.

Soaring rents price out some Canadians

On Youtube, you could see the exciting story from CBC News: The National.

Some Canadians are finding themselves increasingly priced out as the cost of rent soars across the country.

What's behind the shortage of family doctors in Canada?

CBC News: The National Channel on Youtube has the story.

Family physicians Dr. Kamila Premji and Dr. Rita McCracken discuss the shortage of family doctors in Canada and what can be done to ease the situation. 

You could watch The National live on YouTube Sunday-Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Canadian emergency rooms in crisis as doctors, nurses on the brink

Global News: July 17, 2022:

Read more about it here:

The seventh wave of COVID-19 is going on in Canada. Long-term care facilities in some provinces are certainly seeing a major spike in infections.

In Canada: Ontario, COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes more than doubled in the first week of July, according to the province’s public health unit.

In Canada: Quebec, more than 25 per cent of patients in 38 out of 106 long-term care facilities are currently infected with the virus. Between 15 to 25 per cent of residents in 19 other facilities are also infected.

In Canada: Alberta, COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at 12 long term-care facilities as of July 13, according to provincial data.

Global News on Youtube shows on this episode of Global National: The situation in Canada's emergency rooms has grown critical, with patients overwhelming understaffed hospitals and the pandemic pushing facilities to the brink, burning out doctors and nurses. Those who stayed behind are now pleading for action. Abigail Bimman looks at the growing challenges, how patients are suffering, and how there have been deadly consequences.
U.S. health officials are battling rising concerns and case counts on two fronts. Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across most states, while hospitals are filling up once again thanks to a new COVID variant. Jennifer Johnson reports from Washington.
In southern Europe, out-of-control wildfires are forcing thousands of people from their homes. People living in Spain, Portugal, and France are also battling record-breaking heat, which is linked to more than 1,000 deaths. Mike Armstrong looks at what else firefighters are up against.
Plus, in recent years, more groups have been risking their lives to save dogs that have been left homeless after wars and natural disasters. But Canada is about to ban canines from certain countries. Beginning in September, rescue dogs from over a hundred countries considered high-risk for rabies will no longer be allowed to enter Canada, which has left charitable groups chasing their tails to find a solution. Mike Drolet explains. 
Finally, a two-spirit Indigenous woman from the Tsuu T'ina nation in Alberta is making a name for herself in the golf world. Irene Crowchild is a two-time national long drive champion - and she's going for her third title. An intergenerational survivor of Canada's residential school system and a role model, Crowchild hopes that her success will drive reconciliation forward. Heather Yourex-West takes a look.

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Former Air Canada executive: Decision to resume random testing 'mind-boggling'

CBC News on Youtube shows that "For the government to think that now is the right time to be re-introducing a new complexity into the air transportation system is really mind-boggling," says former Air Canada executive Duncan Dee of Ottawa's decision to bring back mandatory random COVID-19 testing of international travelers at four major airports.

Toronto homeowner says he 'never expected' mortgage payments to surge

CTV News on Youtube shows that new homeowner Youseff Shehata says he's had to cut down on his expenses after his interest rate payments spiked.

Canada stops accepting applicants for special Afghan immigration program

On Youtube, CBC News: The National shows that the Canadian federal government is quietly shuttering the Special Immigration Measures program to bring over Afghans who worked with Canada during the war. It has advocates worried about the people who could be left behind, and the danger facing them.

Trudeau responds to harsh criticism from Ukraine's Zelensky

CTV News Channel on Youtube shows that Prime Minister Trudeau is defending a decision to grant a company an exemption to sanctions to return turbines for a Russia-Germany pipeline.

Ukrainian World Congress sues Canada over Nord Stream turbine

Global News Channel on Youtube has the story.

A day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy strongly criticized Canada over its decision to allow a Canadian company to return turbines from a Russian pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany, the Ukrainian World Congress says it plans to sue Canada over the decision. 
"This was a very difficult decision, but we have seen Russia consistently try to weaponize energy as a way of creating division among the allies, of undermining the general population’s support for this essential effort in Ukraine that governments support," Trudeau told reporters in Kingston, Ont. Wednesday.

But will that answer satisfy Ukranian leadership? 

Abigail Bimman reports.

COVID-19: Canada to resume random mandatory testing at airports

Global News Channel on Youtube shows the interesting story.

Random COVID-19 testing for air travellers is making a comeback in Canada. 

Starting Tuesday, those arriving at the airports in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto may once again be selected to be tested. 

The federal government says all testing will be completed outside of airports for unvaccinated people as well as those who are fully or partially vaccinated.

The testing will be completed either at an in-person appointment at select testing locations or via a virtual appointment for a swab test.

Mike Armstrong has the details.

Bank of Canada hikes interest rate to 2.5%

CBC News Channel on Youtube shows that the Bank of Canada has released its latest interest rate decision and is moving aggressively against inflation by increasing the cost of borrowing. Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page weighs in.

Canadian food suppliers warn of more price increases

CBC News on Youtube shows that although Canadians are already seeing a rise in everything from gas to housing and food, suppliers are now warning that price increases at grocery stores will continue to get worse.

Canada Inflation: Why the price of groceries are expected to rise

Global News Channel on Youtube has the story.

Canadians are already feeling the pinch of higher prices on just about everything and the cost of groceries could keep on climbing. 
The global food supply is being impacted by weather, labor, and major events in geopolitics like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
And while the official numbers are expected last week, it’s clear that Canadians are paying more than they have in decades. 
Mike Drolet has more.

'Two doses is no longer enough': Canada's health minister - the virus vaccinations

CTV News on Youtube shows that Health Minister Duclos says vaccination is the key to controlling the spread of COVID-19, but two doses are no longer sufficient.

Air Canada cancelling dozens of daily flights this summer

CBC News Channel on Youtube shows that Air Canada will reduce its schedule by about 154 flights per day during July and August as it grapples with a series of challenges.

Where things stand with COVID-19 in Canada now

This Youtube video is interesting.

See: CBC News: The National

Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch talks to Andrew Chang about what is happening with COVID-19 in Canada now and what might happen with the Coronavirus virus in the fall. 

COVID-19 news with Dr Bogoch in Canada.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Moon: Mysterious rocket crash baffles scientists

WION Channel on Youtube shows that a mystery rocket has crashed into moon creating two large craters. Scientists are baffled, they don't know where the rocket came from & why the impact was spread over two distinct areas. Palki Sharma reports.

A mysterious rocket certainly crashed into the moon on March 4, leaving behind a 'double crater,' NASA reported. 

The large size of the crater is certainly big.

The strange impact left behind a so-called widespread "double crater," meaning it wasn't a usual rocket. 

Since the crash, none of Earth's space-exploring nations have claimed responsibility for the mysterious projectile. New images shared on June 24 by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show the so-called unusual impact site.

COVID-19: How vulnerable Canadians can travel safely as restrictions lift

Global News on Youtube shows that with the summer here and COVID-19 restrictions lifting, many people are excited to get away.

But as rules start to relax, and unvaccinated Canadians begin taking flights and trains, vulnerable Canadians are wondering what this could mean for their health.

But as Global’s Sharmeen Somani explains, experts say taking a few simple steps could help reduce their risks.

Canada: Quebec surge in COVID caused by new subvariant

CityNews on Youtube shows the health story.

"It might be a tough ride, but it's feasible," says Quebec public health director Dr. Luc Boileau, on overcoming the new Omicron subvariants that have caused cases to spike in the province. Brittany Henriques reports.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Bank of Canada warns homeowners of increasing mortgage rates

CBC News on Youtube shows that personal finance columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq says the Bank of Canada is making sure people are prepared for higher mortgage payments in the years to come.

Surging gas prices in Canada taking a toll on summer tourism

Global News on Youtube shows that gas prices continue to skyrocket across the country and with other expenses surging from inflation, many Canadians are feeling the financial strain.

If you're looking to catch a break this summer, it's not looking so good.

With prices as high as they are at the pump, it's beginning to spoil vacation plans and put a damper on tourism within Canada as well. Julia Foy reports.

Why Canadian markets are strong — despite global inflation

"CBC News: The National" on Youtube shows the interesting story. CBC's Senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong explains why Canada's economy is the envy of the developed world amid rising interest rates and inflation and the threat of a recession.

Unvaccinated Canadians can now board planes, trains as feds drop vaccine mandate

Global News on Youtube shows that Unvaccinated Canadians can board a plane or passenger train in this country once again.

The Canadian federal government announced Tuesday it is suspending its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for air and rail travelers with infections rapidly declining across Canada.

The policy change will take effect on June 20.

The federal government will also no longer require employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to be fully vaccinated.

News of the policy change one day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in six months. He is fully vaccinated.

Canadian airports are also struggling to keep up with the surge in travelers taking to the skies once again following two and a half years largely homebound amid pandemic public health measures.

Canada to end vaccine mandates for domestic travel, outbound flights

CBC News on Youtube shows that the federal government is set to announce an end to vaccine mandates for domestic travel on planes and trains, as well as outbound international travel, CBC News has learned.

Bitcoin Price at Jun 16 2022: 20,973 USD

Crypto markets really fell this month. Some investors got "burned."

Certain souvenir cryptocurrency coins representing three major digital tokens, including stablecoin tether, got caught in the downdraft as another stablecoin, terra, ended trading after 'its catastrophic failure,' says one Canadian expert, which 'contributed to the larger crypto sell-off.'

Not all people realised what kind of a risk they were getting themselves into.

"Extreme market conditions" are happening.

Bitcoin Price: Jun 15 - 22,503 USD

Bitcoin Price: Jun 16 - 20,973 USD

Bitcoin's (BTC) price neared $20,000 during European hours Wednesday as it extended a 12-week slide.

Crypto lender Celsius paused all withdrawals earlier this week citing "extreme market conditions," leading to questions about the firm’s liquidity.

Prominent crypto fund Three Arrows faced at least $400 million in liquidations and scrambled to lower its collateral levels by selling key positions Wednesday morning, as reported.

Bitcoin fell to just above the $22,000 level in USA hours Tuesday. The decline gathered pace Wednesday morning, with the cryptocurrency sliding under $21,000, dropping for the eighth consecutive day and losing 30% over the past week.

They are too optimistic (those who think that Bitcoin will go to $1,000,000 by 2030).

The latest plunge in prices for Bitcoin is significant.

Bitcoin, the world's first and most-popular so-called cryptocurrency, reached a new all-time high over $68,000 USD on Nov. 10. Bitcoin's previous record high came in October, when it nearly hit $67,000 USD.

The most popular cryptocurrency has shed about 70% of its value since hitting an all-time high of roughly $69,000 in November. The entire crypto market is having similar losses. The overall market capitalization of crypto assets has dropped to less than $1 trillion from its November 2021 peak of $3 trillion.

Bitcoin really tumbles these days as crypto sell-off continues.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency has decreased about 70 percent since its record high of $69,000 USD in November.

Bitcoin fell on Wednesday to a new 18-month low, dragging smaller tokens down with it.

The so-called asset is nearing a price level not seen since 2020 as prominent crypto firms see possible insolvencies.

In other important news, The USA Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for May showed inflation in the world's biggest economy hit 8.6% on a year-on-year basis.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions: doctor says time to re-examine

Global News Channel on Youtube shows that excessively long line-ups and delays continue to plague many airports across Canada, especially at Toronto's Pearson Airport. COVID-19 measures like random testing and health questions are just one of the reasons. But do we still need them?

Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti says at this phase of the pandemic, the measures are not medically useful - with the vast majority of Canadians vaccinated and the others "largely immune" from exposure, and it's time to re-examine and "scrap a lot of this theatre."

"I don't think we're actually doing anything that's medically useful, and it's obviously causing a lot of delay in travel, making travel very difficult."

On the vaccine mandate for travel at this point in the pandemic, Chakrabarti called it discriminatory:

"You're basically now just keeping people who are unable to get or who don't want to get vaccinated or are unable to get vaccinated off a plane for no good medical reason...I think it's time to now drop that mandate and allow people who haven't gotten the vaccine to now board planes and trains to be able to go see their loved ones."

Canadians at passport offices: more long lines

Global News Channel on Youtube shows that it has become a common sight at Service Canada offices: long lines of people trying to get or renew their so-called passports as the need to travel resurfaces.

But even in May, online appointments remain scarce and the line ups are still as long as ever - with no change on the horizon. Some travel experts certainly say the government was also not prepared for thousands of passport applications to be filed in March and April.

Mike Drolet reports why speeding up the process is not really as simple as just hiring more staff.

4 people died in Canada Thunderstorm

WION Channel on Youtube shows that at least 4 people really died and 900,000 homes are without power after heavy storms hit the eastern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The dangerous storm lasted more than two hours and left a trail of destruction; uprooting many trees, disrupting various traffic and damaging valuable homes.

See more important news from Wion News Online:

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Canada's inflation rate jumps to 31-year high of 6.7%

CBC News on Youtube shows that Canada's inflation rate rose to 6.7 per cent in March, far more than economists were expecting. It is the highest year-over-year increase in the cost of living since the GST was created in 1991.

Canada addresses worsening housing affordability

ABS-CBN News on Youtube shows that as housing affordability continues to worsen in Canada, the government is allotting $4 billion dollars to build more homes. Rowena Papasin tells us more.

Could 3D-printed homes help solve Canada’s affordable housing crisis?

Global News on Youtube shows a Kingston, Ont.-based project is using 3D printing technology to build homes for residential use in Canada. 

With the provincial election campaign in full swing, Kingston’s outgoing NDP MPP Ian Arthur is leaving politics to delve into this new venture, moving from advocating for affordable housing as a politician - to building it. 

As Global’s Fawwaz Muhammad-Yusuf explains, Arthur’s tech company is seeking to change the face of building in Canada.

Flooding in Canada's North forces thousands to evacuate

Global News on Youtube shows news on this episode of Global National: Thousands of residents have been forced to flee from their homes, as frigid and catastrophic flooding batters the town of Hay River in the Northwest Territories. Heather Yourex-West looks at the widespread damage and the concerns that even more water is on the way.

Are there signs that Canada is heading toward a recession?

CBC News on Youtube shows that CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld and RBC chief economist Craig Wright join Power & Politics to discuss the state of Canada's economy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Canada could approve Finland, Sweden NATO bids within days

CBC News on Youtube shows that Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, who is in Brussels with her EU counterparts, says Canada could give approval for Finland and Sweden to join NATO within days. 

NATO is the famous military alliance. Its Anthem is the "The NATO Hymn." The so-called "The NATO Hymn" is really the organizational anthem of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is an instrumental piece, composed in 1989 by André Reichling, a Luxembourgian military officer and a member of its military band. It was used unofficially for really many years before being formally adopted in January 2018.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO; French: Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique nord, OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 member states - 28 European states, the United States, and Canada. Established in the aftermath of World War II on the insistence of the Truman administration in the United States, the organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty, which was certainly really signed on 4 April 1949.

NATO is really a system of collective security. Its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by third parties. The organization's so-called motto is "animus in consulendo liber" (Latin for "A mind unfettered in deliberation").

Since its founding, the admission of new member states has increased the alliance from the original 12 countries to 30. Members agreed indeed that their aim is to reach or maintain the target defence spending of at least 2 per cent of their GDP by 2024.

News from 17 May 2022 - Finland and Sweden will submit their bids to join NATO together on Wednesday at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has said.

"I’m happy we have taken the same path and we can do it together," Andersson said on Tuesday during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Niinisto said that a quick ratification of their applications for the NATO membership by the United States would help the whole process go faster.

Niinisto and Andersson are due to meet President Biden in USA Washington on Thursday to discuss the applications.

Countries of Sweden and Finland, which sought membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, need each of NATO’s 30 members to approve their applications. The ratification process had been expected to take up to a year, though Turkey’s objections have thrown that into certain doubt, indeed.

New Omicron Subvariant Fueling Covid Surge Across Much of USA

NBC News on Youtube shows that the CDC forecasts Covid hospitalizations and deaths will rise over the next four weeks. This comes as the Covid death toll in the USA certainly surpasses 1 million. In Maine, an elementary school shifted to remote learning after 30 percent of its students and staff got sick.

Stocks are down again after hot U.S. inflation data

CNBC Television on Youtube shows that stocks rose early despite hot USA inflation data. But by mid-day, the markets had turned negative. April's consumer price index showed an 8.3% jump, higher than the 8.1% that was expected. Here's what four experts say about the move.

USA confronts highest inflation in decades

ABC News on Youtube shows that President Joe Biden called the soaring inflation his "top domestic priority" and said he is squarely focused on lowering costs. A gallon of gas has reached a new record-high at $4.37 a gallon.

1 million COVID-19 deaths in the United States

ABC News on Youtube shows that in less than two and a half years, one million people in the United States have died from COVID-19. More than 250,000 children have lost a parent or caregiver to the virus.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Bitcoin falls to more than 50 per cent below its all-time high

Bitcoin certainly fell to more than 50 per cent below its all-time high. Crypto plunges again and again, it seems.

The valuable Bitcoin cryptocurrency was down 10 per cent Monday after decreasing again over the weekend. Bitcoin prices have now plummeted nearly 20 per cent in the past week. At a price of about US$31K, bitcoin is more than 50 per cent below its record high of near US$69K from late last year and at its lowest point since July 2021.

Other cryptocurrencies, sometimes referred to as altcoins, also decreased a lot. Ethereum, binance, solana and cardano are all down about 15 per cent in the past week, while Elon Musk's so-called dogecoin fell 10 per cent.

Keep in mind, it seems that Bitcoin is not immune to the global inflation risk spreading across most other asset classes. The falling Bitcoin trend is likely to continue.

Bitcoin seems to be hit by the same problems that cause falling stocks.

Inflation fears, worries about big interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve and fears of a possible economic slowdown certainly exist.

Some investors think that Bitcoin could fall as low as US$20K by the end of the year.

Broker Coinbase Stock price fell 17 per cent Monday and is down more than 65 per cent this year.

"Robinhood" (also used to trade cryptocurrencies) has fallen more than 45 per cent in 2022.

Is COVID-19 becoming more like the flu?

CBC News on Youtube certainly shows how Respirologist Doctor Samir Gupta discusses virus COVID-19 on Canada Tonight. 'We are becoming a more immune population,' he said.

Majority of Canadian non-homeowners have “given up” on buying a home, poll finds

Global News in Canada shows that the dream of homeownership is looking increasingly bleak for a majority of Canadians shut out of the so-called housing market, according to a new poll from Ipsos.

The survey conducted exclusively for Global News shows six out of 10 (63 per cent) non-homeowners have "given up" on ever owning a home. 

That sentiment is highest in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, the polling shows.  

Anne Gaviola reports on the new findings, and whether measures meant to clear a path to homeownership will certainly have an impact.