Top tennis official still ‘concerned’ about Peng Shuai’s whereabouts, ability to speak freely

Top tennis official still ‘concerned’ about Peng Shuai’s whereabouts, ability to speak freely

The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly” after she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a former leading Communist Party official.Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is pictured here at a tournament in 2016. The…

Tantoo Cardinal, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine O’Hara receive their Governor General’s awards

Tantoo Cardinal, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine O’Hara receive their Governor General’s awards

Actors Tantoo Cardinal, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine O’Hara were among the laureates who received their Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards after a nearly two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the tribute that had Reynolds wiping away tears.Actors Tantoo Cardinal, left, Ryan Reynolds, centre, and Catherine O’Hara were among the latest laureates of the…

France mulls more autonomy for Martinique, Guadeloupe amid COVID-19 riots

France mulls more autonomy for Martinique, Guadeloupe amid COVID-19 riots

France’s government is offering to discuss some autonomy for the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, which have been wracked by virus-related rioting and strikes that reflect long-running frustrations over inequality with the French mainland.Rioting, strikes in Caribbean territories reflect long-running frustrations with mainlandPosted: Nov 27, 2021 3:32 PM ET | Last Updated: 9…

Lawmakers have long tried to make hate a crime — but the law can only do so much, advocates say

Lawmakers have long tried to make hate a crime — but the law can only do so much, advocates say

While B.C.’s Civil Rights Protection Act was a step forward, many advocates say most laws still remain ineffective in bringing justice to those wronged by race-based violence and harassment.June Francis, chair of the non-profit organization Hogan’s Alley Society, says most human rights laws are not precise enough and allows for discretion. ‘But the more discretion,…

Trudeau announces committee to shape flood recovery efforts in B.C.

Trudeau announces committee to shape flood recovery efforts in B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the formation of a new federal committee to manage British Columbia’s recovery from the recent flooding and deadly mudslides.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the flood-stricken community of Abbotsford, B.C., earlier on Friday, looking at flood damage first-hand and talking to local officials and First Nations leaders. (Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health-care workers

Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health-care workers

The Liberal government has introduced legislation to provide workers in federally regulated sectors with 10 days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent patients from seeking care, or to interfere with health professionals trying to deliver it.Anti-vaccine protesters picket outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in September. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)The Liberal…