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Smoke from wildfires burning in Western Canada can be seen in a Wednesday, May 17, 2023, satellite handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA Worldview **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Emissions from wildfires hit record high in 2021 as climate change drives fire threat

It’s equivalent to what would be emitted by 60 million cars over the course of a year

Smoke from wildfires burning in Western Canada can be seen in a Wednesday, May 17, 2023, satellite handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA Worldview **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Alex Kofi Donkor from Ghana poses for a photo in Ottawa on Friday, May 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘Listen to us’: LGBTQ activists seek help, prudence in raising human rights abroad

Last year, Trudeau denounced Uganda’s legislation that prescribes life imprisonment for homosexual acts

Alex Kofi Donkor from Ghana poses for a photo in Ottawa on Friday, May 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Bar Association and a lawyer helping firms navigate Canada’s sanctions regime warn that reforms in the federal budget bill seeking to clarify the rules will actually have the opposite effect if not amended. The Quebec Court of Appeal is seen in Montreal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Lawyers argue Liberals’ proposed sanctions clarification does the opposite

Liberals proposing changes that would specify which entities are barred from doing business with Canadians

The Canadian Bar Association and a lawyer helping firms navigate Canada’s sanctions regime warn that reforms in the federal budget bill seeking to clarify the rules will actually have the opposite effect if not amended. The Quebec Court of Appeal is seen in Montreal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A firefighter demonstrates the use of foam to put out a small blaze during an Emergency Preparedness Week event put on at Brookfield Mall on Saturday, May 12. (Black Press Media)

Firefighting foam ban possible as Canada looks at risks of ‘forever chemicals’

The draft report says there is growing evidence that the chemicals carry significant health risks to humans

A firefighter demonstrates the use of foam to put out a small blaze during an Emergency Preparedness Week event put on at Brookfield Mall on Saturday, May 12. (Black Press Media)
President Joe Biden answers questions on the U.S. debt limits ahead of a bilateral meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Saturday, May 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden aims to reassure world on US debt standoff as he consults with Indo-Pacific leaders

The U.S. president has largely stayed out of the public eye at the summit, forgoing big public statements

President Joe Biden answers questions on the U.S. debt limits ahead of a bilateral meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Saturday, May 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride troop practices at their stables in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the RCMP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘Looking for Canada’: RCMP’s Musical Ride steeped in tradition as force turns 150

The first public ride dates back to 1887 at the riding school in Regina

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride troop practices at their stables in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the RCMP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
From left to right, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak participate in a family photo with G7 leaders before their working lunch meeting on economic security during the G7 summit, at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, western Japan Saturday, May 20, 2023. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy arrives in Hiroshima for G7 summit as world leaders sanction Russia

Ukraine preparing for what’s seen as a major push to take back territory seized by Russia

From left to right, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak participate in a family photo with G7 leaders before their working lunch meeting on economic security during the G7 summit, at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, western Japan Saturday, May 20, 2023. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
The hiking trail on Yamnuska in Alberta’s Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, part of Kananaskis Country, is shown in June 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz

Parks Canada plans major rewrite of more than 200 historic site plaques

Antiquated language and colonial assumptions among the reasons for the changes

The hiking trail on Yamnuska in Alberta’s Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, part of Kananaskis Country, is shown in June 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz
Smoke from wildfires burning in Western Canada can be seen in a Wednesday, May 17, 2023, satellite handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA Worldview

Spring weather to return, but lightning risk sparks new wildfire concern in B.C.

Province says a transition to cooler, wetter weather is expected on Sunday

Smoke from wildfires burning in Western Canada can be seen in a Wednesday, May 17, 2023, satellite handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA Worldview
FILE - A couple walk through a flooded road of Lugo, Italy, May 18, 2023. The floods that sent rivers of mud tearing through towns in Italy’s northeast are another soggy dose of climate change’s all-or-nothing weather extremes, something that has been happening around the globe, scientists say. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
FILE - A couple walk through a flooded road of Lugo, Italy, May 18, 2023. The floods that sent rivers of mud tearing through towns in Italy’s northeast are another soggy dose of climate change’s all-or-nothing weather extremes, something that has been happening around the globe, scientists say. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 17, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Smoky skies cause poor air quality in parts of B.C., Environment Canada says

Shift in weather patterns throughout the day is expected to improve conditions

Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 17, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 14, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

Wildfire service says ‘exceptional’ hot weather has put B.C. regions at risk

More than 1,350 square kilometres burned, well over 10-year average of about 120 square kilometres

Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 14, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers opening remarks at the start of a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the G7 Summit, Friday, May 19, 2023 in Hiroshima, Japan. CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada joins other G7 nations to impose new Russian sanctions

Nuclear disarmament was another theme of the summit in Hiroshima, Japan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers opening remarks at the start of a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the G7 Summit, Friday, May 19, 2023 in Hiroshima, Japan. CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The new Canadian passport is unveiled at an event at the Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Passport controversy just the latest battle in the culture war over Canadian identity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Passport redesign just the latest battle in the culture war over Canadian identity

‘It’s not like Canadian identity has ever hinged on passport design’

The new Canadian passport is unveiled at an event at the Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Passport controversy just the latest battle in the culture war over Canadian identity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE - A pair of ruby slippers once worn by actress Judy Garland in the “The Wizard of Oz” are displayed at a news conference on Sept. 4, 2018, at the FBI office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Federal prosecutors say a man has been indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, May 16, 2023, on charges of stealing a pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” The FBI recovered the slippers in 2018. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Man indicted in theft of ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland

The FBI recovered the slippers in a sting operation five years ago after they were stolen in 2005

FILE - A pair of ruby slippers once worn by actress Judy Garland in the “The Wizard of Oz” are displayed at a news conference on Sept. 4, 2018, at the FBI office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Federal prosecutors say a man has been indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, May 16, 2023, on charges of stealing a pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” The FBI recovered the slippers in 2018. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, File)
Wearing a protective mask, dog walker Leslie Kramer ventures out as heavy smoke from northern Alberta forest fires comes south to blanket the downtown area in Calgary, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. As air quality due to wildfire smoke remains poor in parts of Western Canada, health experts are advising people to stay inside as much as possible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Still smelling wildfire smoke? Stay inside or wear a mask, experts say

Much of Western Canada dealing with the effects of wildfire smoke

Wearing a protective mask, dog walker Leslie Kramer ventures out as heavy smoke from northern Alberta forest fires comes south to blanket the downtown area in Calgary, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. As air quality due to wildfire smoke remains poor in parts of Western Canada, health experts are advising people to stay inside as much as possible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
FILE - Christiane Amanpour participates in the “Amanpour & Co.” panel during the TCA Summer Press Tour on July 30, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The veteran correspondent became the first CNN journalist to publicly criticize her network for airing last week’s town hall with former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Christiane Amanpour participates in the “Amanpour & Co.” panel during the TCA Summer Press Tour on July 30, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The veteran correspondent became the first CNN journalist to publicly criticize her network for airing last week’s town hall with former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
A view of a wildfire over Hay River, Northwest Territories from an air tanker is shown in a May 14, 2023 handout photo. Residents of K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the neighbouring community of Hay River, N.W.T., remain displaced as an out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Residents still displaced as wildfire burns in southern Northwest Territories

About 3,500 people from two communities were forced to evacuate Sunday evening

A view of a wildfire over Hay River, Northwest Territories from an air tanker is shown in a May 14, 2023 handout photo. Residents of K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the neighbouring community of Hay River, N.W.T., remain displaced as an out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 14, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Helicopters and layer of smoke help in fight against northeastern B.C. wildfire

Amount of smoke in the area was enough to provide a buffer from the sun’s heat

Smoke is shown as the Stoddart Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia in this May 14, 2023 handout image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Members of the Air Line Pilots Association demonstrate amid contract negotiations outside the WestJet headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 31, 2023. Talks between WestJet and the pilots’ union continue as the clock counts down toward a Friday strike deadline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

WestJet cancels 100-plus flights as pilot strike looms, negotiations in stalemate

Airline issued statement early Thursday saying negotiations were stuck ‘in a stalemate’

Members of the Air Line Pilots Association demonstrate amid contract negotiations outside the WestJet headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 31, 2023. Talks between WestJet and the pilots’ union continue as the clock counts down toward a Friday strike deadline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh