Canada silent on possible US deal over detained Huawei exec
Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined Friday to comment on the possibility of a US deal with Chinese tech giant Huawei that could see its detained finance chief Meng Wanzhou allowed to return to China. Asked if his government was involved in the talks, reported by the Wall Street Journal, or if it had sought China's release of two detained Canadians as part of any deal, Trudeau said: "I'm not going to comment on those reports." He added that his "top priority" was the safe return of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Canadians who were incarcerated in what many saw...
Home for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters has always been elusive
On December 2, prominent activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow were sentenced to between seven and 13-and-a-half months in prison on protest-related charges. The next day, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui announced that he has gone into exile in Europe. In his public statement, Hui insisted: “Going into exile is not emigration. I will never emigrate. Hong Kong is my home and I can never put down roots anywhere else. This is also a reason why I have not applied for asylum in any country.” While asylum and emigration implies the desire to create a new home, Hui’s insistence on going into...
Hong Kong Free Press
Approximately 450 pounds of marijuana seized at Canadian border
DETROIT — Border protection officers seized about 450 pounds of marijuana onboard a tractor making entry into the U.S. at the agency’s Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit on Monday. A tractor trailer was flagged for secondary inspection of its cargo, reported as peat moss, according to a release from Customs and Border Protection. Upon further examination, including an X-ray scan and physical inspection, officers and a canine unit found 450 pounds of marijuana loaded among the actual cargo. Along with the hundreds of pounds of marijuana in the trailer, THC gummies were found in the cab of th...
Detroit Free Press
Michigan attorney plans to fight ticket over Black Lives Matter sign
DETROIT — Attorney Todd Russell Perkins said the large Black Lives Matter sign attached to a tree in front of his Grosse Pointe Shores home isn’t going anywhere. Even if the city says it’s too big. “I’m not not conforming with the law. If you read the local ordinance it says 7 square feet for a political candidate or ballot initiative. It doesn’t speak to my sign,” said Perkins, who said he was ticketed by the city for an ordinance violation. But Public Safety Director John Schulte and interim City Manager Thomas Krolczyk said size was the only issue. “It wasn’t anything else,” Krolczyk said. ...
Detroit Free Press
On Gardening: Sugar Shack answers your heart's back to nature call for bees, birds, butterflies
This year with all of its challenges many gardeners have experienced a “Call of the Wild” type moment. It’s not a call to plant a jungle, or a xeriscape, but to plant with an eye toward the environment and nature. If you find yourself in this category then I would like to give a shout out to Sugar Shack. With the country under a big chill now is a great time to plan. Sugar Shack is a compact or behaved form of the native buttonbush. It is known botanically as Cephalanthus occidentalis and is native to most of the lower 48 states. It is also native to much of Canada. The buttonbush is so incred...
Tribune News Service
Doctors group asks Minn. governor to halt Enbridge pipeline construction because of COVID-19 concerns
MINNEAPOLIS — Doctors and northern Minnesota residents pleaded with the governor to halt construction of Enbridge’s controversial $2.6 billion oil pipeline, saying the project will draw thousands of out-of-state workers who could accelerate the spread of COVID-19.Health Professionals for a Health Climate, organized by the climate justice group MN350, held a socially distanced press event and rally Wednesday morning in front of the governor’s residence in St. Paul.Enbridge received a final permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday, and on Tuesday started building the replacem...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New TV docuseries shows how peregrine falcons hunt at night in Chicago: 'A real rarity'
A new Apple TV Plus docuseries gives a rare, up-close-and-personal look at how peregrine falcons hunt at night in downtown Chicago. Producers say they have captured “never before seen, never before filmed” behavior of a once-endangered species that has thrived in Illinois in recent years.“There were two types of animals we wanted to focus on in the series. One was really big, box office, exciting animals that people love — things like lions, jaguars, bears. And I would (classify) peregrine falcons as one of those really A-list animals. They’re the fastest animals on Earth, the fastest predator...
DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes
For years, low-flying pilots in stripped-down airplanes built up one of the strongest trout fisheries in the country by dumping hundreds of thousands of fish into Minnesota lakes at about 100 mph.Remarkably, when dropped from 100 feet in the air — high enough to keep the fish from skipping across the water — about 80% of the brookies, rainbows and brown trout prized by anglers would survive the fall, swimming away to repopulate dozens of Minnesota’s coldest, deepest and most remote lakes.This fall, for the first time, nearly 100% of the trout stocked from the air survived.That’s because Brad M...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bryce Miller: Arnie Robinson dies at 72; Olympic long jump gold medalist, San Diego mainstay
The fact Arnie Robinson learned to long jump using a discarded mattress in the driveway of his Paradise Hills home offered the first hint of his fiery drive. Winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal revealed his talent, focus and unflinching commitment.Beyond the world-class ability, the global track and field fame, the pile of titles at the USA Outdoor Championships, the NCAA championships with San Diego State, the Pan American Games and more, Robinson’s legacy reverberates in San Diego because of a warming blend of humility and service in the shadows.Robinson, the man who fought...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Huawei exec's plight clouds ties with Canada
View of a canola field in Alberta, Canada Photo: ICTrade ties between Canada and China have been disrupted in the past two years by a freeze in diplomatic relations after a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei was arrested in Canada at the request of the US.If tensions don't ease in a timely manner, which involves the Canadian side releasing the Chinese executive so as to remove the key roadblock, more bilateral trade flows will be affected, analysts said.Canadian agricultural trade with China remains a key consideration in the broader trade relationship. From canola and pork to fores...