Ukrainians near Zaporizhzhia power station fear nuclear disaster after recent attacks, mayor says

Ukrainians near Zaporizhzhia power station fear nuclear disaster after recent attacks, mayor says

Russian servicemen stand on the road toward the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in territory under Russian military control, southern Ukraine, on May 1.The Associated Press Dmytro Orlov knows all too well how dangerous the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in southern Ukraine has become. Until the end of April, Mr. Orlov was the … Read more

Why some Canadian cities are crammed with cannabis shops – and others are barren

Why some Canadian cities are crammed with cannabis shops – and others are barren

Raju Saini at Piffingtons, a cannabis retail store he owns in Milton, Ont., on Aug. 3.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail More than three years after recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, nearly 100 municipalities across Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia still outlaw pot shops – and many are unwilling to loosen restrictions. The result is … Read more

Russian forces begin assault on two key eastern Ukraine cities

Russian forces begin assault on two key eastern Ukraine cities

An elderly woman makes her way through rubbles near a market in Bakhmut on August 4, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to … Read more

Ukraine steps up drive to retake Russian-controlled Kherson region with air strikes

Ukraine steps up drive to retake Russian-controlled Kherson region with air strikes

An armored truck of pro-Russian troops is parked near Ukraine’s former regional council’s building during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled city of Kherson, Ukraine on July 25.ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/Reuters Ukraine stepped up its drive to retake the Russian-controlled south of the country by trying to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply areas, but said it … Read more

Hong Kong activists in Canada, US and UK announce plans to form exile parliament

Hong Kong activists in Canada, US and UK announce plans to form exile parliament

Pro-democracy protesters are surrounded by police officers as they carry a banner against the chief executive election near a polling station in Hong Kong on May 8.Kin Cheung/The Associated Press A group of Hong Kong activists living in Canada, the United States and Britain say they will hold elections to a parliament-in-exile next year, aiming … Read more

Russia shells major Ukrainian city after officials say Moscow is expanding its war aims

Russia shells major Ukrainian city after officials say Moscow is expanding its war aims

A police officer looks at a bus damaged by a Russian military strike, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 21.NACHO DOCE/Reuters Russian shelling pounded a densely populated area in Ukraine’s second-largest city Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring at least 23 others with a barrage that struck a mosque, a medical facility and a … Read more

Premier Doug Ford set to give Toronto and Ottawa mayors veto powers through ‘super mayor’ system

Premier Doug Ford set to give Toronto and Ottawa mayors veto powers through ‘super mayor’ system

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, listens to Toronto Mayor John Tory during a joint press conference inside Queen’s Park in Toronto, Monday, June 27, 2022.Cole Burston/CP Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the prospect of gaining more authority, as the province is considering through introducing the so-called strong-mayor system, while critics warned that the city has recent … Read more

Putin says Ukraine did not make good on preliminary peace deal

Putin says Ukraine did not make good on preliminary peace deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following the Astana Process summit in Tehran, Iran July 19, 2022.SPUTNIK/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow did not see any desire from Ukraine to fulfill the terms of what he described as a preliminary peace deal agreed to in March. Putin, speaking to reporters … Read more

Toronto condo rents hit record high as renters face ‘extreme’ affordability challenge

Toronto condo rents hit record high as renters face ‘extreme’ affordability challenge

A woman walks past condo buildings in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighborhood on July 13.CARLOS OSORIO/Reuters It’s a landlord’s market in Toronto once again. Condo rents hit a record high in the second quarter of this year, as soaring borrowing costs pushed residents into the rental market and more people flocked back to the city. Across … Read more

Near-record $1.7-billion poured into Montreal in first half of 2022

Near-record .7-billion poured into Montreal in first half of 2022

Montreal’s skyline on March 25, 2020.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press Canadian and international companies continue to make record investments in the Montreal area this year as the region shakes off the effects of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, but a slowdown looms in the months ahead amid the prospect of recession. Quebec’s most sweeping language overhaul in … Read more