Vaccine passports gain traction, but experts warn of ‘huge moral crisis in equity’ – National

Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him. “A miracle is happening here tonight,” Geffen […]

Whatever happened to… Alan Kurdi and the Syrian refugee crisis – Toronto

On this episode of the Global News podcast Whatever Happened To…?, journalist Erica Vella revisits the story of Alan Kurdi and the Syrian refugee crisis. In early September in 2015, a photo of a young boy lying lifeless on a beach in the Mediterranean captured the world’s attention. The picture showed two-year-old Alan Kurdi […]

Board leaders resign from Texas power grid operator in wake of storm outage crisis – National

Top board leaders of Texas‘ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing electricity last week during a deadly winter storm, including many whose frigid homes lacked heat for days in subfreezing temperatures. The resignations are the first since the crisis began in Texas, […]

‘Emergency’: How a winter storm and power outages plunged Texas into crisis – National

Two days before the storm began, Houston’s chief elected official warned her constituents to prepare as they would for a major hurricane. Many took heed: Texans who could stocked up on food and water, while nonprofits and government agencies set out to help those who couldn’t. But few foresaw the fiasco that was to […]

Biden plans Texas trip, disaster declaration as winter storm crisis drags on – National

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he will approve a disaster declaration for Texas, clearing the way for more aid in a crippling winter storm as he weighed a trip to survey the federal response. Millions of residents in the United States’ biggest oil and gas producer have dealt with power outages, and […]

Lethbridge College researchers working on homegrown solution to potential antibiotics crisis

A potential health crisis is more likely as infectious diseases become increasingly immune to current antibiotic treatments, according to experts. Researchers from Lethbridge College are collecting and testing more than a thousand species of plants that are native to Alberta to find out if they can be a part of the solution to addressing […]

Charges laid against former Michigan governor who oversaw Flint water crisis – National

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with wilful neglect of duty after an investigation of ruinous decisions that left Flint with lead-contaminated water and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. The charges, revealed in an online court record, are misdemeanours punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. […]

‘Nobody’s talking about it:’ B.C. man’s mission to raise awareness about the crisis in Yemen

A B.C. man is on a mission to inform people about what the United Nations is calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with more than 24 million people in need. Wyle Baoween refers to what’s happening in Yemen as the “forgotten war” and said while there is a community of Yemeni refugees […]

Italy: Video of dead man in hospital lavatory spotlights coronavirus crisis – National

The health crisis in Italy‘s third-largest city, Naples, is out of control, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday after a video was posted on social media showing a corpse sprawled in a hospital lavatory. The unidentified man was a suspected coronavirus sufferer who had been waiting for a test in a packed, […]

What Joe Biden’s election means for the U.S. coronavirus crisis – National

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden says the coronavirus pandemic is his top priority as he prepares to enter the White House against the backdrop of an unprecedented health crisis that has rattled the nation. Two days after The Associated Press projected Biden had clinched victory in a divisive election, Biden unveiled a 13-member coronavirus task […]