Author: Spencer Ballard

OTTAWA – Global Affairs Canada plans to install a plaque commemorating Canada’s evacuation of Afghans and embassy staff when its capital Kabul fell to the Taliban, but critics argue that sends the wrong message.The plaque carried a $10,000 price tag and was approved in a July 2022 memorandum that The Canadian Press obtained through an access-to-information request. It reads, in part: “This plaque pays tribute to all the government of Canada employees who contributed to this heroic effort.” The department said it unveiled the tribute in an October ceremony and plans to install it when renovations at its headquarters are…

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Canada isn’t yet looking at sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, despite a report that the Ukrainian leadership intends to request them. According to a report from The Globe and Mail on Monday, Ukraine intends to ask Canada for some of its Leopard-2 main battle tanks — if Germany approves the re-export of the weaponry, which Chancellor Olaf Scholz is facing pressure to do. “We’ll look at all the requests from Ukraine but we’re not there yet, for the Leopard 2 tanks,” the prime minister said, speaking in French. “But we’re here to provide Ukraine…

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A recent survey showed 15.5 percent of Japanese firms are planning to hire more university graduates in 2024 as new employees from the previous year, reflecting an increased willingness to hire amid a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The survey said only 3.6 percent of firms that responded are considering cutting back hiring students scheduled to graduate from universities and graduate schools in 2024, according to the Recruit Works Institute. The figures improved from the same survey conducted the previous year, in which 10.9 percent of firms said they would increase new graduate hires in 2023 with 3.9 percent responding…

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TOKYO — All Yoshihito Oonami wants to do is retire and give his worn body a rest. Instead, every morning at 1:30, Mr. Oonami, 73, wakes up and drives an hour to a fresh produce market on an islet in Tokyo Bay. While loading mushrooms, ginger root, sweet potatoes, radishes and other vegetables into his car, he frequently lifts boxes that weigh more than 15 pounds, straining his back. He then drives across Japan’s capital city, making restaurant deliveries up to 10 times a day. “As long as my body lets me, I need to keep working,” Mr. Oonami said…

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The most famous Canadian musicians have made a name for themselves by getting onto your playlists, but they also earned a pretty penny in the process. But just how wealthy are they? Through the years, Canada has given the world some amazing musicians across many different genres. For this list of the richest musicians born in Canada, we excluded rich musicians considered Canadian but born elsewhere — think Rufus Wainwright, who was born in New York City; K’Naan, who was born in Somalia; or actor-musician Kiefer Sutherland, who was born in the UK. Here are 21 of the richest musicians in the…

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