Trudeau takes a knee with Canada protestors for racial justice
Ottawa (AFP) - Prime Minster Justin Trudeau joined thousands on Friday in taking a knee in front of Canada's parliament in solidarity with US protesters marching against racism and police brutality.It marked a rare public outing for the Canadian leader since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as protests spread outside the United States after police in Minnesota killed an unarmed black man."Far too many Canadians feel fear and anxiety at the sight of law enforcement officers," Trudeau told his daily briefing earlier in the day."Over the past weeks, we've seen a large number of Canadians sudde...
Analysis: Acrimony between MLB players, owners dates back more than 100 years
SAN DIEGO — That millionaires are bickering with billionaires should come as no surprise when it comes to major league baseball.This dispute was brought on by something new, a global pandemic, but there has been no love lost between players and owners for more than 100 years, when players made per season what they now pull now per pitch or at-bat.There are individual examples of the two sides being at odds: Such as when Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey promised his players a bonus for winning the 1919 pennant. Their reward? Flat champagne.We all know how that played out.There are colle...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Court rules dicamba illegal on crops. Bayer stands to lose millions
ST. LOUIS — A federal appeals court has ruled that Monsanto’s controversial weedkiller dicamba can no longer legally be sprayed over crops, or sold for that use, leaving farmers across the country with product they can’t use, and likely costing Monsanto’s successor, Bayer, tens of millions of dollars in lost sales this year alone.The unanimous 56-page ruling handed down on Wednesday by three judges from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent approval of top dicamba herbicides in 2018 “substantially understated” multi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Cirque du Soleil walks a tightrope through pandemic
Montreal (AFP) - Its shows canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an already heavily indebted Cirque du Soleil's fight for survival has invited an intense backstage battle to try to save the Canadian cultural icon.High on a list of potential suitors is former fire eater Guy Laliberte, who founded the acrobatic troupe in 1984 but later sold it. "Its revival will have to be done at the right price. And not at all costs," said the 60-year-old, determined not to see his creation sold to private interests.The billionaire clown said after "careful consideration," he decided "with a great team" to pu...
Hong Kong protesters seek sanctuary overseas as noose tightens
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong protester Crystal has yet to tell her parents she has fled overseas to seek asylum in Canada, one of a growing number of residents choosing self-exile as Beijing tightens control.The 21-year-old student spent months on the front lines of the pro-democracy protests, which first exploded with huge marches last June and descended into increasingly violent battles with riot police as each month went by.A year on, she is waiting to hear if she will be granted refugee status on the other side of the world."My friends and family don't know about my situation," she told AFP...
Commentary: Trump's rejection of WHO and other global pacts leaves America on its own
President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he would terminate U.S. membership in the World Health Organization is but the latest in a long list of decisions he has made to walk away from international institutions and agreements.From his first days in office, Trump has maintained that putting America first meant dumping trade accords, terminating arms control treaties and ending membership in a range of United Nations agencies. He often promised to deliver better agreements with more favorable terms, but he’s generally failed to do so. Far from serving core American interests, his wi...
Canada joins Western governments in condemnation of Israel annexation
Dozens of Canadian politicians have pressured Ottawa to resist Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, joining many of their counterparts in the US, the UK and Europe, in a show of force against Israel’s violation of international law.Four cabinet members from the era of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien are among 58 former Canadian diplomats and politicians who added their names to a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to show stronger resistance to Israeli annexation of the West Bank, planned for July.Signatories to the letter include former ambassadors to Isr...
The Middle East Monitor
'The Grey Fox' returns to steal your heart, in a beautiful digital restoration
Some films warrant the 4K digital restoration treatment more than others. The 1982 Phillip Borsos charmer “The Grey Fox,” streaming Friday by way of Music Box Virtual Cinema, deserved it, as anyone with eyes can tell you.It’s a honeyed, turn-of-the-century evocation of how the true-life “gentleman bandit” Bill Miner operated, first as a stagecoach robber in the 19th century and then a train robber in the 20th. Richard Farnsworth plays Miner, and while Farnsworth is the movie, there’s a movie there to support what he does so wonderfully well.When it came out 28 years ago, Farnsworth had already...
Restricted free agent Robby Fabbri 'couldn't be happier' with Red Wings, wants to stay
DETROIT — Robby Fabbri has been through this before. Twice, actually. So Fabbri understands how to get through a long period of time without playing hockey.Fabbri suffered serious knee injuries to his left ACL, during consecutive years in 2017-18, which cost Fabbri 20 months of hockey during rehabilitation.No hockey, no skating. So now, as the pandemic has snuffed the Red Wings’ season, and pushed back next season until December or January, Fabbri knows to handle the pause better than most.“I was off for quite a while,” Fabbri told The Detroit News, talking about his knee woes from February 20...
The Detroit News
Canada ‘paranoid’ after Meng ruling
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her Vancouver home on May 27, 2020 to appear in British Columbia Supreme Court. Photo: AFPCanada seems to be getting more paranoid in the aftermath of a court ruling against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou that sparked a new wave of indignation among Chinese public, with some in Canada wondering whether China would take retaliatory measures like more trade restrictive measures.Chinese experts said that it's not time for tit-for-tat retaliations; however, if Canada, which has been described by Chinese officials as the US' accomplice, takes further step...