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92-year-old reunited with family’s lost WW I medals

Toronto·New92-year-old reunited with family's lost WW I medalsLast July, a staff member at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore location in Peterborough, Ont., stumbled onto a historical find that was steeped in mystery.Package included British War Medal, Victory Medal and Silver JubileeA Peterborough, Ont. woman has been reunited with her father and grandfather's lost First World War medals. (Sue Goodspeed/CBC)All sorts of everyday items regularly come through Habitat for Humanity's ReStore locations, from furniture and dishes to home décor and appliances. But one Sunday afternoon last July, a staff member at a store in Peterborough, Ont., stumbled onto a historical find that was steeped in mystery — stuffed in the bottom of a box of old, stained Tupperware. "She was ready to throw the whole box in the garbage, but something told her to dig deeper in that box and make sure there wasn't anything else in the bottom," said Christina Skuce, director of philanthropy and com..

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Brace yourselves, Toronto: The snow has arrived

TorontoBrace yourselves, Toronto: The snow has arrivedMessy and mixed precipitation is expected Wednesday night into Thursday, possibly bringing a wintry mix for the morning commute. First snowfall could make for a slippery commute Thursday, Environment Canada saysMixed precipitation overnight and into Thursday morning may lead to a messy commute for Torontonians. (Farrah Merali/CBC)It's time for those hats, scarves, and winter coats. Snow has officially fallen on Toronto. A special weather statement has been issued for the city with a "wintry mix" of precipitation making its way to the Greater Toronto Area Wednesday night, according to Environment Canada. The precipitation is expected to start off as rain this evening, then change over to light snow overnight or early Thursday morning. CBC Toronto meteorologist Colette Kennedy says we could see a few centimetres of snow accumulated by morning. "The temperature will be right around freezing so this may make some very slick..

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Jim Karygiannis removed from city council over election expenses

Toronto·UpdatedJim Karygiannis removed from city council over election expense violationJim Karygiannis has been removed from Toronto city council over election expenses, the Toronto city clerk says.Ward 22 councillor exceeded spending limit by almost $26K, city clerk saysJim Karygiannis has been removed from Toronto city council over an election expense violation, the Toronto city clerk says. (Grant Linton/CBC)Jim Karygiannis has been removed from Toronto city council due to an expense violation under the Municipal Elections Act, the Toronto city clerk says. In a written statement released Wednesday afternoon, Ulli Watkiss said she has served notice to Karygiannis that he is no longer the councillor for Ward 22 because of the supplementary financial statement that he filed for the municipal election last year. "Mr. Karygiannis is in default of the Act and is disqualified from being elected or appointed to any office until after the 2022 municipal election," Watkiss said in the stat..

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China to join Notre-Dame reconstruction efforts

Chinese experts will collaborate with France to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, state media announced Wednesday. It comes after a meeting between the two countries' heads of state in Beijing. "China and France will collaborate on the theme and model and select Chinese expert candidates for the cooperative restoration work in 2020," Chai Xiaoming, director of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage said in an interview with state-run China Daily on Wednesday. Xiaoming was speaking on the third day of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Beijing, during which he signed contracts totaling $15 billion with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jingping. The two leaders also found common ground on Notre-Dame. Since the blaze, which took 400 firefighters to control, Chinese and French authorities have been in touch about cooperating on restoration efforts for the 850-year-old cathedral. Chinese experience A document jointly signed by the two countries reported that selected experts wil..

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French film star Catherine Deneuve suffers stroke

The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve has been admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a mild stroke while filming her latest movie. Deneuve's family said in a statement released Wednesday that the 76-year-old actress suffered a "very limited and therefore reversible" stroke. The statement, by the actress' representative, Artmedia, says "fortunately, she has no motor deficits (but) must, of course, take some time to rest." The 76-year-old screen icon who made her name in such classic films as Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour", Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" and Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", had been shooting her latest film, "De son vivant" ("In her/his Lifetime") when she was taken ill. Catherine Deneuve's six-decade career rewarded at French festivalA source had earlier told the French television news channel BFMTV that Deneuve was suffering from "exhaustion after doing too much". As the news of her stroke broke, fans took to soci..

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Africa Remains World’s Most Energy Deficient Continent

The Republic of South Africa’s Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Hon. Gwede Mantashe has bemoaned Africa’s current status as the most energy-deficient continent in the world. The Minister also expressed sorrow at how over 500 million Africans lack access to modern forms of energy and are afflicted with indoor pollution and environmental degradation. Hon. Gwede Mantashe made the sorrowful disclosures when he addressed participants at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Africa Oil Week, currently ongoing in the South African city of Cape Town. He said that the African Union [AU’s] Agenda 2063 enjoins member states to develop the continent's energy infrastructure where all members are connected. He, therefore, called for the urgent harnessing of Africa’s oil and gas sectors to deliver modern energy services to all households and businesses. Africa’s gas, he emphasized must power plants and other petrochemical facilities in member states as it reaches for export markets. This, ..

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SMEs are key to reviving French business ties to Africa

The French government has urged business leaders and investors at a key summit last week to be bold about investing in Africa. Paris is banking on the potential of small to medium enterprises (SME) to catch up in the race with China. But investors are reluctant to follow suit. When France launched its flagship Ambiton Africa business event last year celebrating opportunities on the African continent, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire was absent. This year, Le Maire lost no time in attending the 2019 edition of the forum, which wrapped up last week, to hammer home an urgent message. “We need to raise private sector capital, because the public sector alone cannot deliver Africa's transformation,” he told business leaders and investors gathered at the French finance ministry. An estimated €300 billion is required to fund small business projects across Africa, which are drawing investment interest from every corner of the globe. Le Maire wants Paris to play an active role in raising the..

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Algeria judges end strike over reshuffle

Striking Algerian judges returned to work Wednesday, a day after their main union announced an end to a mass 10-day walkout over alleged executive interference in the judiciary. Hearings resumed in Sidi M'hamed court, the main jurisdiction in Algiers, an AFP journalist said, while in second city Oran, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) west of the capital, lawyer Wafa Boukadoum said judges were also back at work. Algerian judges and prosecutors had begun an open-ended strike on October 27, demanding independence for the judiciary after a massive reshuffle affecting 3,000 judges and prosecutors. At the time, the National Magistrates' Syndicate (SNM) decried the transfers by the justice ministry as "a stranglehold by the executive over the power of the judiciary". But the SNM said an agreement had been reached with the ministry on Tuesday that would allow judges to challenge their transfers by filing appeals to the Supreme Judicial Council. It also said the deal involved setting u..

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Low turnout as Zimbabwe public workers protest wages

Less than 50 Zimbabwe civil servants turned up for a planned protest against hyperinflation on Wednesday, most lacking money for transport because of the crisis and fearing police retaliation. Doctors, nurses and teachers have held several protests this year to demand increases to salaries battered by decades of economic mismanagement under former president Robert Mugabe. His successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has so far failed to improve the economy and critics say he has increased repression of opponents since coming to power in 2018. "You have subjected us to real slavery and poverty," read a placard carried by one of the protesters, as they marched in the capital Harare under heavy police presence. "Give us our salaries in USD," said another slogan referring to the US currency. Zimbabwe's main government workers union Apex Council received authorisation to march for better pay earlier this week. But the protest came in the middle of a prolonged doctors' protest that has soured ..

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