By John Law The Niagara Falls Review Tues., April 23, 2019 It wasn’t just dinner that brought Karen Morgenweg to the Rainforest Cafe two weeks ago. She was looking for someone: The man who worked there, who she said felt up her daughter. She wanted to know if he was somehow still employed, despite her daughter Brandi Reale and three other waitresses filing complaints with management about inappropriate touching. Morgenweg was there with her ex-husband and his girlfriend, and while eating she decided to “play tourist” and take some photos of the restaurant’s colourful characters and scenery. Seven days later she received a letter from Rainforest Cafe owners Falls Avenue Resort — a division of Canadian Niagara Hotels — that she was banned for life from the properties. Not just the restaurant, but nearly 20 other properties owned by the company, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hard Rock Cafe and two levels of Casino Niagara. “If … [Read more...] about Niagara mother banned from Rainforest Cafe for life as strike continues at restaurant
By Bob Weber The Canadian Press Tues., April 23, 2019 Carbon taxes aren’t the only way to fight climate change, says federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Speaking ahead of an international conservation conference, McKenna said protecting natural areas can go a long way toward slowing the progress and mitigating the impact of global warming. “Nature isn’t linked to climate as much as it should be,” she said Tuesday, the day before the opening of the Nature Champions Summit in Montreal, which will bring together governments, businesses, Indigenous communities and non-governmental organizations. “We’re connecting it to climate.” Intact ecosystems can help protect communities against some of the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists often point to the role of wetlands in absorbing heavy rains or snowmelts, reducing flooding for homes and farms. Article Continued Below “How do you use natural protections … [Read more...] about Protecting nature also fights climate change, says federal environment minister
By Mia Rabson The Canadian Press Tues., April 23, 2019 OTTAWA—The president of the Philippines says if Canada doesn’t take back tonnes of trash within the next week he will “declare war” and ship the containers back himself. Filipino media outlets report that Rodrigo Duterte made threats Tuesday about dozens of shipping containers filled with Canadian household and electronic garbage that has been rotting in a port near Manila for nearly six years. “I want a boat prepared,” Duterte said. “I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail.” Duterte, who is known for his combativeness, threatened to declare war on Canada if the issue isn’t resolved. “I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way,” he said. “Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to.” Article Continued Below In 2013 and 2014, a total of 103 shipping … [Read more...] about Filipino President Duterte gives Canada one week to take trash back
By Mike Blanchfield The Canadian Press Tues., April 23, 2019 OTTAWA—Canada has been butting heads with some of its closest allies over the extent to which rising white supremacy at home and abroad poses a global threat, federal insiders say. The quiet but at-times-controversial diplomacy has come as Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, gearing up for a federal election campaign this fall, try to portray Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party as soft on white supremacy and so-called alt-right views. During last month’s G7 meeting of foreign ministers in Dinard, France, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with stiff resistance from some fellow attendees over the language she wanted to use in a joint communique, The Canadian Press has learned. Freeland wanted the G7 to issue a joint statement after the mosque shootings that killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, but “it didn’t end up going out because we couldn’t get … [Read more...] about Canada, international allies butt heads over focus on white supremacism
By The Canadian Press Sun., April 21, 2019 MONTREAL—Quebec Premier Francois Legault will visit flood-damaged regions north of Montreal today, as warm temperatures and rising water levels threaten to worsen the spring flooding already wreaking havoc across a wide region. Legault will visit a community centre and flooded homes on an island in the Laval region, where Canadian Forces troops are expected to join the efforts to limit the damage. The city says it could receive another 20 to 40 millimetres of rain in the coming days. Many people across Quebec and New Brunswick have been filling sandbags in an effort to protect their homes. Officials say water levels are expected to rise in many regions due to warming temperatures that contribute to snowmelt and ice movement. About 200 soldiers started filling sandbags and carrying out evacuations in Quebec’s Outaouais and Mauricie regions overnight, with an additional 400 troops standing ready to deploy there and in … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Canadian troops deployed to flood zones in Quebec and N.B.