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January 12, 2019 9:35 PM California town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to prevent wildfires

NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising $30,000 for the project. The campaign’s website explains 12

January 9, 2019 4:46 PM Trudeau says B.C. protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

The prime minister says his government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, is “still an ongoing process.” He says it is important to “leave room for people to express their concerns,” but at the same time this is a country of the rule of law and court 11

January 9, 2019 4:12 PM Northwestern B.C. First Nation expects RCMP to enforce injunction

HOUSTON, B.C.—Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia expect RCMP may serve an injunction at a protest camp on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston within hours. The camp was established almost 10 years ago as a checkpoint to manage entry to traditional territories, but an injunction issued late last year ordered 6

January 8, 2019 3:24 PM Rallies planned for protesters arrested while blocking work on B.C. pipeline

HOUSTON, B.C.—Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern B.C. Fourteen people were arrested Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline 10

January 4, 2019 12:59 PM China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

BEIJING—A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the moon’s far side. A photo posted online by China’s space agency 11

January 3, 2019 8:54 PM California inmate takes unlikely path to freedom: Podcasting

The podcast project started after Poor, a San Francisco Bay Area artist who has volunteered at San Quentin since 2011, approached Woods. In 2016, Poor saw Public Radio Exchange’s Radiotopia network was sponsoring a podcast talent contest, and she asked Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin’s spokesman, for permission to enter. Another co-creator, Antwan Williams 9

December 27, 2018 12:19 AM Koreas break ground on railway link, but don’t expect trains to cross anytime soon

SEOUL, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF—North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won’t be crossing the border anytime soon. The ceremony at the North Korean border town of Kaesong came weeks after the Koreas 19

December 19, 2018 3:48 AM Saskatchewan to spend up to $3.3 million on scrap tire cleanup

REGINA—The Saskatchewan government says it will spend up to $3.3 million to clean up more than 6,600 tonnes of scrap tires at a defunct recycling plant. The Assiniboia Rubber Recycling plant closed in February 2014 and the company that operated it went into receivership later that year. That left residents of the town with an eyesore and the government 19

December 18, 2018 6:42 PM Ottawa Senators owner Melnyk facing counterclaim for more than $1 billion

Melnyk’s group, in its lawsuit, claimed Trinity was developing an adjacent property that was in direct competition with LeBreton. The National Capital Commission, the crown corporation that controls the land at LeBreton, said last month that the Melnyk-Ruddy Rendezvous LeBreton group had until January to resolve internal partnership issues, or it would 16

December 17, 2018 11:16 PM Street closure designed to speed up Eglinton Crosstown construction postponed

A lengthy closure of a midtown intersection intended to accelerate work on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has been postponed due to local opposition, a decision that comes on the heels of questions about whether the massive transit project will be done on time. Earlier this month Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees transit planning in the GTHA, announced 21