The press reported late last week that former Roman Catholic priest and Oblate missionary Eric Dejaeger has been convicted on 24 of 80 sex-related charges involving Inuit children from the remote community of Igloolik in the Territory of Nunavut.
The sexual abuse Dejaeger was charged with reportedly took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The majority of those who say they were abused by Dejaeger were, at the time, boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12.
“It’s a dumb term, for one thing. In my opinion, a climate change denier would be somebody who thinks we’re still in the middle of an Ice Age and the continent is covered by a glacier,” McKitrick said in an interview with the Herald. “Obviously, nobody would think that. You have to accept that the climate changes.”
Still, McKitrick — who will be part of a panel discussion at the Global Business Forum in Banff on Thursday — is unafraid to challenge the prevailing narrative on climate and global warming, even if it means committing, as he puts it, a “social faux pas.”
“The issue really is the extent to which you accept that greenhouse gas emissions are causing a major catastrophe,” McKitrick said. “I would just say my reading of the evidence is that so far, it doesn’t appear to be a big issue.”
Syria’s government sent in helicopter gunships against a town held by Islamic State terrorists on Thursday, killing at least 15.
The Local Coordination Committees say a helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a bakery in Al-Bab, killing 12 there and wounding dozens more, The Associated Press reported.
It is not just Scotland on the verge of breaking away from the UK - a small pocket of South Yorkshire could go with it.
The town of Doncaster could be left if limbo if the Scots vote for independence, due a historical quirk which means it is officially part of Scotland.
The Yorkshire town was taken by the Scots in the 12th century when King David I seized vast swathes of northern England and it was signed over by King Stephen of England in the first Treaty of Durham.
English monarch Henry II and his forces regained control of the area 21 years later, but historians say Doncaster - dubbed 'Bonny Donny' by some Scots - was never formally given back.
The matter has always been treated as an historical anomaly by locals, but it could become relevant if Scotland decides to split the union today.
How’s this for a juxtaposition on how nations respond to a global health catastrophe. Check out these two headlines from yesterday’s news:
Cuba to Send Doctors to Ebola Areas
US to Deploy 3000 Troops as Ebola Crisis Worsens
Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion.
You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox.
A new video has been released showing a British man believed to be held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.
IS has already killed three hostages and, in its video showing the death of UK aid worker David Haines, threatened to kill British man Alan Henning next.
The latest video, which does not feature a beheading, shows a third British man wearing orange clothing who says he is a prisoner.
In President Obama's speech last week on ISIL, he said he is seeking a coalition to eliminate the IS. If there will be any boots on the ground, he said, it will be local boots. But this week, General Dempsey, chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that if the coalition against ISIS fails, he will be urging President Obama to send U.S. ground forces. Much of the success of the coalition will be based on what happens in Syria.