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One of Doug Ford’s new cabinet ministers is charged with breaking endangered species law | CBC News

One of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet ministers faces a September court date over charges that he violated the province’s Endangered Species Act during his time as mayor of a cottage country town, CBC News has learned. Graydon Smith, appointed Friday as minister of natural resources and forestry, was mayor of Bracebridge, Ont., for nearly […]

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Finance

Ministers urged to keep culturally important painting by Joshua Reynolds in Britain

Ministers are being urged to extend an export ban on Joshua Reynolds’ “Portrait of Omai”, featuring one of the UK’s first non-white celebrities, as a race begins to raise £50mn to keep the culturally sensitive work in Britain. Lord Ed Vaizey, former Tory culture minister, and leading historians have written to the Financial Times asking […]

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Finance

UK food standards bodies warn ministers over checks for EU imports

Food standard watchdogs on Monday warned the UK government that it must not delay the introduction of post-Brexit border checks on food coming from the EU, citing the risk of safety incidents. In their first joint annual review, the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland said the failure to establish import controls for high-risk […]

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Canada

From politics to pawlitics: N.L. finance minister’s dog wins big at Westminster | CBC News

Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister and dog breeder Siobhan Coady, second from left, and dog handler Fabian Negron, third from left, say Beau’s win makes him one of the top dogs in the world. (Siobhan Coady/Facebook) A dog from a breeding business owned by Newfoundland and Labrador’s deputy premier won Best of Breed at the […]

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Science

G20 environment ministers to issue joint communiqué pushing climate action

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta   ●   Sat, June 25, 2022 In a bid to help attain Indonesia’s Group of 20 (G20) presidency priority issues and to spur global climate action, environment ministers of the G20 will adopt a joint communiqué in August. Earlier this week, hundreds of delegates from G20 countries […]

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Finance

‘Unleash fury!’ Pensioners warn ministers over pressure to scrap triple lock pensions

Jonathan Ashworth calls for return of pension triple lock Chancellor Rishi Sunak defended the expected 10 per cent hike and insisted it will not fuel an inflationary spiral. The Chancellor has come under pressure to not scrap the triple-lock again (Image: Ian Forsyth/Getty) But critics said the move is “ludicrous” and “crazy” when wages are […]

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UK

EU Ministers Approve Norwegian, Polish, Finnish VAT Rules

European Union finance ministers on Friday approved a plan for the bloc to work more closely with Norway to combat value-added tax fraud, and waved through exemptions from EU VAT rules for Finland and Poland. On Norway, the ministers said the European Commission, the EU’s executive, could go ahead with a scheme to reinforce a […]

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UK

Kate gets political! Duchess breaks new ground in major royal first as she meets ministers

The Duchess was photographed smiling while leading a meeting focused on the results of a survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of the Royal Foundation’s Centre for Early Childhood. Kate arrived at the Royal Institution in London wearing a smart pink blazer over a white top.  She completed her look with trousers in the […]

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UK

UK, Norway trade ministers meet – Fish Farmer Magazine

By Vince McDonagh – 16th June 2022 Bjørnar Skjaeran, Norway’s Fisheries and Seafood Minister flew to London earlier this week for talks with a senior UK trade minister. He discussed a wide range of seafood and fishery related issues with Victoria Prentis, Minister of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. […]

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UK

Online press briefing on global food crisis with Ministers from Germany, Norway, Niger and Lebanon

ROME – The UN World Food Programme will host an online press briefing on Monday on the need for a coordinated and strong international response to the looming global food crisis. The event will be attended by: WFP Assistant Executive Director for Partnerships and Advocacy Ute Klamert Her Excellency Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic […]