Australian universities sound alarm on fraudulent Ontario diplomas

Australian universities sound alarm on fraudulent Ontario diplomas

Several top universities in Australia will now only accept Ontario diplomas from high schools that have been vetted, after a number of applicants may have used fake documents. At least two schools in Ontario say their names have been found on fraudulent transcripts. The University of Sydney confirmed in a statement that it, along with … Read more

Russia says UK navy blew up Nord Stream pipelines, London denies involvement

Russia says UK navy blew up Nord Stream pipelines, London denies involvement

Russia’s defense ministry said on Saturday that British navy personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, a claim that London said was false and designed to distract from Russian military failures in Ukraine. Russia did not give evidence for its claim that a leading NATO member had sabotaged critical Russian infrastructure amid … Read more

Victoria Clinics charges subscription fee for access to a family doctor

Victoria Clinics charges subscription fee for access to a family doctor

Patients of two clinics in Greater Victoria are being asked to pay monthly or annual subscription fees to access the services of the family doctor on staff, a model that has alarmed proponents for the public health-care system. The Victoria area is among the hardest hit with the family doctor shortage. Starting Nov. 1, Beta … Read more

Scientists investigating deaths of giant sturgeon in BC’s Nechako River

Scientists investigating deaths of giant sturgeon in BC’s Nechako River

A white sturgeon is seen in BC waters after being captured during sampling by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in an undated handout photo. British Columbia government scientists are asking for the public’s help to solve a mystery after 11 of the iconic and endangered fish were recently found dead in the river in … Read more

Russia denies explosions, fire at airbase in annexed Crimea from Ukrainian attack

Russia denies explosions, fire at airbase in annexed Crimea from Ukrainian attack

Smoke rises after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military air base near Novofedorivka, Crimea, on Aug. 9.STRINGER/Reuters Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person … Read more

Taiwan says China’s military drills appear to simulate attack

Taiwan says China’s military drills appear to simulate attack

A Chinese J-11 military fighter jet flies above the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest land of mainland China to the island of Taiwan on Aug. 5, 2022.Ng Han Guan/The Associated Press Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed … Read more

My insurance company wants to write off my car. With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

My insurance company wants to write off my car.  With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

Our 2007 Buick was hit by a flatbed truck while parked in a shopping plaza. I did all the right things: I filed a police report, I called Intact, our insurance company, and I even found video footage showing the accident. The car was assessed at Intact’s preferred body shop as needing approximately $3,800 in … Read more

Russia accuses US of direct Ukraine war role in missile attacks

Russia accuses US of direct Ukraine war role in missile attacks

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni carrying 26,000 tons of corn, off shore of north-west Istanbul. The first shipment of Ukrainian grain left the port of Odessa on Aug. 1, 2022, under a deal aimed at relieving a global food crisis.OZAN ‚Äč‚ÄčKOSE/AFP/Getty Images Russia has accused the United States of direct involvement in the Ukraine … Read more

Dominican Republic’s environment minister shot and killed in his office

Dominican Republic’s environment minister shot and killed in his office

Police are deployed at the Dominican Ministry of Environment building, in Santo Domingo, on June 6.ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images The Dominican Republic’s minister of the environment and natural resources was shot and killed in his office on Monday by a close friend, the office of the president said in a statement. Authorities said Orlando Jorge Mera … Read more

Russia investigates cause of large fire at oil depot in region near Ukraine

Russia investigates cause of large fire at oil depot in region near Ukraine

Smoke rises from oil storage facilities hit by fire in Bryansk, Russia, on April 25.The Associated Press Russia said on Monday it would investigate the cause of a large fire that erupted in the early hours of the morning at an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk 154 km (96 miles) northeast of … Read more