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Female-dominated cabinet in charge of new Spanish government

Spain politics

MADRID — Spain’s new Socialist government announced Wednesday a female-dominated cabinet, including women appointed to key positions overseeing the national economy, finance and defence. The new government includes 11 female ministers and five men, as well as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez who said it is the first time since Spain returned to a democratic system in the late 1970s that there are more women than men in the Cabinet. Nadia Calvino, who has been director general for the budget at the European Union’s Commission since 2014, was appointed as theRead More

Tom Thomson sketch discovered in Edmonton basement sells for $481K at auction

Glenna Gardiner

TORONTO — A Tom Thomson painting that was given away as a gag gift just months ago fetched $481,250 on Wednesday night at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House semi-annual auction in Toronto. Until recently, “Sketch for Lake in Algonquin Park” was collecting dust among a pile of artworks in Glenna Gardiner’s Edmonton basement. The 71-year-old retired nurse said she used to laugh off her late father’s claims that the painting was created by Thomson, often considered the forefather to the Group of Seven. The work’s origins became a runningRead More

Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Buress topline JFL42 in Toronto

Seth Meyers

TORONTO — Seth Meyers, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, and Hannibal Buress are among the headliners booked for Toronto’s JFL42 comedy festival. Organizers says September’s laugh-fest will also feature Anthony Jeselnik, Chris D’Elia and Ken Jeong, while other names set to appear include “The Daily Show ” correspondent Dulce Sloan and JFL42 veteran Andy Kindler, who returns for the seventh year in a row to host The Alternative Show. The festival’s daytime program ComedyCon returns with onstage conversations including Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, and Comedy Central funnyman Anthony Atamanuik of “TheRead More

Kathleen Wynne makes pre-election announcement in Sudbury

Kathleen Wynne makes pre-election announcement in Sudbury

Struggling in the polls, Wynne came to Sudbury to talk about increasing provincial funding for the north. Callam Rodya reports. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines [su_feed url=”” limit=”20″] USA News Headlines [su_feed url=”” limit=”20″] ABC NEWS Headlines [su_feed url=”” limit=”20″]

Two beaches in Bracebridge remain closed

bracebridge beaches closed

Two beaches in Bracebridge remain closed all long weekend for a police investigation. Town officials decided to shut down Kirby’s Beach Park and Bracebridge Bay Park on Friday, after broken glass and sewing needles were purposely placed in the sand, both in the water, and on the beach. Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith says volunteer scuba divers from Gravenhurst will be on site Monday conducting a thorough underwater inspection to ensure the beaches are as safe as possible. “We have a nice safe beach 99.99% of the time, but unfortunately somethingRead More

N.S. family concerned about lack of supports for son with non-verbal autism

N.S. family concerned about lack of supports for son with non-verbal autism

A Nova Scotia family is rethinking plans of sending their son to school after learning he may not have the supports he needs in the classroom. Jade Williams knew something was wrong when Briem still wasn’t talking at the age of two. Concerned, she took him to the IWK Health Centre. Almost three years later, he was finally diagnosed with non-verbal autism. Briem may never be able to hold a conversation or even communicate verbally. Now four years old, Brien is supposed to start school this September, but Williams saysRead More

Essex liberals have chosen their candidate

Liberal candidate in Essex

The Liberals have their candidate in Essex for the upcoming provincial election.  At a nomination meeting in Kingsville on Wednesday, Kate Festeryga was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate. Festeryga currently works as an issues manager with the provincial government. Born and raised in Essex County and a long-time activist, Festeryga says she is looking to put her government experience to work for the people of Essex. “Essex County deserves a voice that’s strong as its importance in this province and it’s not getting that right now”. Her name may soundRead More

Canadian physician Tarek Loubani shot in Gaza Strip while providing medical care

Canadian physician Tarek Loubani shot in Gaza Strip while providing medical care

A Canadian doctor says he was shot and wounded while providing medical treatment to Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border. In a blog post published on Monday, Dr. Tarek Loubani described how he was shot in the leg while he was attending wounded Palestinians in Gaza. The London, Ont.-based physician said he was shot towards the end of the morning on Monday while he was standing with a group of other medical professionals away from the main protest area, but in view of three Israeli sniper outposts. Dr. Loubani saidRead More

Canada ‘a little less safe’ with U.S. pullout from Iran deal: former NATO commander

David Fraser

OTTAWA — Canada has become “a little less safe” as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, says former NATO commander and retired Maj.-Gen. David Fraser. During a panel on CTV’s Question Period airing on Sunday, Fraser said Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (CJPOA) will have negative impacts felt beyond the United States. “I think we’ve become a little less safe with the United States pulling out of the deal. They say keep your friendsRead More

Accused in Garden Restaurant shooting says it is not him in surveillance video

Accused in Garden Restaurant shooting says it is not him in surveillance video

A man accused in a brazen shooting at a packed downtown restaurant took the stand in his own defence Friday, saying he wasn’t the killer seen on surveillance video. “Is that you on the video? Are you Shooter Number Two?” defence lawyer Gary Grill asked Harvard McKenzie. “No, that’s not me,” McKenzie replied. Tariq Mohammed, 31, was gunned down while lying in the fetal position at the Garden Restaurant in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. Jurors watched surveillance video that showed Mohammed and his friend being robbedRead More