One dead, 17 hurt in crash during fundraiser for fire victims

One dead, 17 hurt in crash during fundraiser for fire victims

Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Harold Baker is comforted at the scene in Berwick, Pa., on Aug. 13.Bob Kalinowski/The Associated Press One person was killed and another 17 people injured when a vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar for a fundraiser for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier this … Read more

Alberta woman didn’t think her essay would lose to one equating immigration to ‘cultural suicide’

Alberta woman didn’t think her essay would lose to one equating immigration to ‘cultural suicide’

Emelia Kazakawich, who submitted an essay in a contest put on by the Alberta government, says it was concerning to see a winning essay that said women and men aren’t equal. She would like the UCP government to respond to her essay.HO/The Canadian Press Alberta, according to Emelia Kazakawich, is breaking. The opioid crisis, she … Read more

Essay awarded by Alberta government says immigration is ‘cultural suicide,’ women unequal to men

Essay awarded by Alberta government says immigration is ‘cultural suicide,’ women unequal to men

The Alberta Legislature building in Edmonton, 2019.CANDACE ELLIOTT/Reuters Alberta’s legislature awarded a prize to an essay that equated immigration to “cultural suicide” and argued women are “not exactly equal” to men in a contest championed and judged by an MLA who is now the province’s associate minister for the status of women. The competition, led … Read more

Supreme Court rules ignoring a partner’s request to wear condom could qualify as sexual assault

Supreme Court rules ignoring a partner’s request to wear condom could qualify as sexual assault

The Supreme Court of Canada, in Ottawa, in 2021.Justin Tang/The Canadian Press If a person doesn’t use a condom during sex despite being required to do so by their partner, they could be guilty of sexual assault, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday in a decision that scholars and lawyers are calling extremely significant. The … Read more

Hockey Canada reveals sexual-assault allegations involving 2003 national junior hockey players in Halifax

Hockey Canada reveals sexual-assault allegations involving 2003 national junior hockey players in Halifax

Team Canada jersey during team practice for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, in Vancouver on Dec. 25, 2018.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press The Halifax police service has opened an investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving members of Canada’s 2003 world junior hockey team, marking the latest development in a series of revelations that have … Read more

Canadian world junior player asked woman whether she had gone to police after alleged sexual assault

Canadian world junior player asked woman whether she had gone to police after alleged sexual assault

A Canadian flag sits on a pair of seats during the IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY, on Jan. 2, 2018.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press A day after an encounter in a hotel room that led to a sexual-assault lawsuit, a player with Canada’s world junior hockey team exchanged text messages with the woman involved. … Read more

Biden to sign executive order on abortion, contraception access

Biden to sign executive order on abortion, contraception access

US President Joe Biden said the Supreme Court decision overturning the right to an abortion was an exercise in “raw political power” and signed an executive order on Friday to help protect access to services to terminate pregnancies. Mr. Biden, a Democrat, has been under pressure from his own party to take action after the … Read more

Hockey Canada’s culture must change in wake of ‘extremely horrific’ sexual-assault allegations, Sport Minister says

Hockey Canada’s culture must change in wake of ‘extremely horrific’ sexual-assault allegations, Sport Minister says

Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 20.PATRICK DOYLE/The Canadian Press Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual-assault allegations involving eight Canadian Hockey League members, including players with the gold-medal-winning world junior team, reveals a culture problem within the organization that needs to … Read more

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

France’s top administrative body ruled against allowing body-covering burkini swimwear in public pools for religious reasons.The Associated Press France’s top administrative court ruled Tuesday against allowing body-covering “burkini” swimwear in public pools for religious reasons, arguing that it violates the principle of government neutrality toward religion. While worn by only a small number of people … Read more

Welcome Athena Club, a wellness brand and success story launched by two Canadians

Welcome Athena Club, a wellness brand and success story launched by two Canadians

Shaving ad campaign for Athena Club.Handout When Canadian entrepreneurs Maria and Charles Desmarais set out to launch their self-care essentials brand Athena Club across Canada, they were primed to upend the country’s hypercompetitive wellness industry. Through a regimen-ready range of products, a clever combination of culturally-aware marketing campaigns, and a direct-to-consumer business model that addresses … Read more