Heiltsuk Nation disappointed by feds' choice in $67-million oceans protection contract

Heiltsuk leadership say the federal government put its reconciliation process “on thin ice” by failing to adequately consult Indigenous communities and collaborate with them in developing its Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). They voiced concern after the government announced on Thursday the winner of an open competition for a $67 million three-year contract.

Can Toronto save its city council from Doug Ford?

The announcement by Ontario’s month-old conservative government to slash the number of councillors in Canada’s largest municipality has threatened to upend a core democratic process already in full swing, say experts and candidates. The question on everyone’s minds now is what checks are in place to thwart such a reconstruction and what Toronto’s democracy could look on the other side.

How I escaped a terrifying Greek wildfire

That afternoon we stood on her roof watching a cloud of smoke from a distant fire, grow closer, and the firefighters’ helicopters and planes began to fly right over her house, to refill with water from Kokkina Limonaki, writes Cate Whittemore. She called a neighbour who lived in the direction of the smoke, to offer her refuge.