Israel, Hamas say ceasefire will begin early Friday after 11 days of fighting

Israel and Hamas announced a ceasefire late Thursday, ending a bruising 11-day war that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and brought life in much of Israel to a standstill. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel accepted the Egyptian proposal after a late-night meeting of his security cabinet. Hamas quickly followed suit and said it would honour the deal. Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency said the truce would take effect at 2 a.m., roughly three hours after the announcement. In a statement, Netanyahu’s office said the security cabinet unanimously approved the proposal after recommendations from the military chief of staff and other top defence officials. The statement boasted of “significant achievements in the operation, some of which are

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Israeli city where Jews and Arabs have lived as neighbours now seeing unprecedented violence

At first glance, the Israeli city of Lod in central Israel seems like it’s just shut down for a siesta. The weather is hot, the shops are shuttered and even the call to prayer from a nearby mosque seems ready for a nap. But the husk of a burnt-out car sits on one street in the centre of town, and there are scorch marks on a synagogue just around the corner from it. An unusually large number of Israeli police officers are stationed on mostly empty streets. Lod has been under a state of emergency since last week, when a bout of vicious and unprecedented inter-communal violence broke out between Jewish and Arab Israelis. Suliman Zabarqa is confronting some of

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Handcuffing of retired Black judge mirrors brother’s false imprisonment 46 years ago

Vancouver’s police chief publicly apologized to retired B.C. Supreme Court Justice Selwyn Romilly this week after his officers detained and handcuffed the province’s first Black judge while looking for another Black man half his age. It wasn’t the first time the department has had to make amends for wrongfully detaining a Black member of B.C.’s legal community. It wasn’t even the first time the VPD have had to apologize to a Romilly. Nearly half a century ago, Selwyn Romilly’s brother — Valmond — won a judgment against three Vancouver police officers who falsely imprisoned him by hauling him into custody while searching for a Black suspect who looked nothing like him. Valmond Romilly, who went on to become a provincial court judge, told the officers he was a lawyer, and

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How urban gardening could be at the forefront of climate change adaptation in Canada’s cities

Jewel Gomes is getting ready for another growing season in her tiny Toronto backyard, home to her many experiments in agronomy. This summer, she will try to grow crops such as bitter gourd and white strawberry — plants not normally found in Canada. “I like to experiment with vegetables or plants that are almost impossible to grow here,” she said.  Gomes studied agriculture in university in the Philippines before moving to Canada in the 1980s. Unfazed by the fact the climate here is far from tropical, Gomes has managed to grow many plants that normally need warmer weather, including rice, which she successfully produced in 2019 and displayed at events in the city. The rice that Gomes grew in Toronto in

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Family begged to have sister with Down syndrome vaccinated sooner. Now she’s on a ventilator with COVID-19

Toula Zouzoulas, 44, who has Down syndrome, has spent the last year terrified of catching COVID-19, according to her sister Olga Zouzoulas. Now, Toula is on a ventilator, fighting for her life in the ICU of Montfort Hospital in Ottawa after testing positive. Zouzoulas said she feels all this could have been avoided if her sister had been vaccinated, arguing that Toula and others with Down syndrome should have qualified sooner. Under Ontario’s vaccine rollout program, those with intellectual or developmental disabilities are considered high-risk under Phase 2, but didn’t become eligible until May 3 — too late for Toula who contracted COVID-19 a week earlier. “The government didn’t see them as the highest risk and they failed. They failed my sister,” said Zouzoulas. “She deserves to be protected

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Canadians who cross border for vaccine must quarantine on return, Ottawa says

Canadians looking to drive across the border to the United States for the sole purpose of getting a COVID-19 vaccine are not exempt from mandatory quarantine upon their return. In a statement late Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said quarantine exemptions now in place are not intended for those travelling abroad to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease. “Testing and quarantine exemptions for travellers returning to Canada after receiving essential medical services in a foreign country was not intended to be used for those seeking to receive a COVID-19 vaccination,” a PHAC spokesperson said in an email. “This provision is in place to allow Canadians who are seeking life-saving medical treatment outside of Canada.” The statement attempts to clarify reports

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Jets top Oilers 4-1 to take Game 1 of playoff series

The Winnipeg Jets contained the NHL’s top two scorers and their goaltender Connor Hellebuyck did the rest in a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Edmonton Oilers to open their first-round playoff series. Hellebuyck was stellar with 32 saves. Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were held off the scoresheet with a combined six shots on goal. Dominic Toninato scored the third-period game winner for Winnipeg in its first playoff meeting with Edmonton since 1990 in their Smythe Division days. Tucker Poolman also scored and both Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler added empty-netters for the Jets. Hellebuyck stared down a barrage of shots in the final minutes as the hosts pressed for a goal. Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, who

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Ford unveils electric version of F-150 pickup truck

Ford Motor Co.’s newly revealed electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup doubles down on a bet that the company can beat Tesla and other rivals by giving new technology a familiar face and convincing longtime fleet and business customers that going electric saves money. Ford officially unveiled the battery electric F-150 Lightning model on Wednesday evening, after giving it a cameo appearance during U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit on Tuesday to the Rouge manufacturing complex in Dearborn, Mich., where the trucks will be assembled beginning next year. Based on customer response, Ford has already moved to increase planned manufacturing capacity for the electric F-150 by “tens of thousands” of vehicles a year, Ford’s head of Americas and International Markets, Kumar

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Quebec prosecutor’s office to decide on possible charges against Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin

A branch of the military police investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin has now referred the matter to a Crown official to decide whether criminal charges should be laid. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin responds to a question on COVID vaccines during a news conference, Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) A branch of the military police investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin has now referred the matter to a Crown official to decide whether criminal charges should be laid. The Department of National Defence (DND) issued a terse three-line statement late Friday saying Fortin was leaving his post leading Canada’s vaccine logistics at the Public Health Agency of Canada and his future would be decided by the acting chief

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Hospital orderly, caught on video mocking Joyce Echaquan before she died, tells inquest she meant no harm

A hospital orderly who was captured on video criticizing Joyce Echaquan shortly before her death testified today that she meant no harm with her comments. The orderly, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was fired from the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière in Joliette, Que., after the incident and testified about what happened at a coroner’s inquest Wednesday in Trois-Rivières. Coroner Géhane Kamel is investigating the death of Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven who filmed herself being insulted and mocked by female staff not long before she died at the hospital northeast of Montreal last September. In the video Echaquan recorded, the orderly is heard saying: “What would your children think, seeing you like this?” And later: “You made bad choices.” At that moment, Echaquan was

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