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Quebec MP Maxime Bernier bails on Conservatives lays rhetorical waste to party

first_imgOTTAWA – Renegade Conservative MP Maxime Bernier declared open war on his own party Thursday, abruptly quitting the Tory caucus, announcing nascent plans for a new political movement and deriding his former leader and colleagues as “intellectually and morally corrupt.”With Conservative caucus members gathering in Halifax for a policy convention that was expected to bring the Bernier boil to a head, the controversial Quebec MP stayed behind instead, hosting a snap news conference that proved breathtaking in its defiance.“I am no longer a Conservative,” Bernier declared after reading a scathing diatribe against his party and its leader, Andrew Scheer — the Saskatchewan MP who narrowly edged Bernier out of the leadership job last year in a loss some have suggested he never got over.“I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government,” he said.“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.”The shock of Bernier’s rebellion was still reverberating on Parliament Hill when Scheer emerged in Halifax to return fire, accusing his former leadership rival of putting his own “personal profile” ahead of the goals of the party.“It’s obvious that this has been coming for a long time, and in retrospect he probably made this decision to help Justin Trudeau a long time ago,” Scheer said.“I always challenged him to put personal ambition aside and to concentrate on the common ground that all Conservatives can rally around … I always challenged him to work together as a team, as he claimed that he would.”Bernier said he plans to contact Elections Canada about the path towards creating a new party and will spend the next several weeks travelling the country to meet with people interested in joining his cause.He accused Scheer of being too focused on polls and focus groups, and afraid of being attacked by people on the left and in the media, to come up with policies that adhere to bedrock Conservative principles. And he rattled off a laundry list of grievances:— Scheer’s support for Trudeau’s decision to impose retaliatory tariffs against the United States;— The Conservative party’s ongoing support for supply management, the system that regulates the price of Canadian milk, eggs and poultry and a major sticking point in NAFTA talks;— The reinstatement of regional ministers to lead development agencies.Bernier’s decision to drop his bombshell with Conservatives gathering in Nova Scotia for a policy convention was no coincidence; he wanted to make a big splash, said one source close to the MP who spoke on condition of anonymity.Conservative caucus members likely knew something was up, since Bernier had stopped taking their calls in the days leading up to Thursday’s announcement, the source said.Bernier said the last Conservative member he spoke to was Scheer himself — an Aug. 14 conversation that prompted his decision to leave the party, after the Tory leader issued a statement denouncing Bernier’s recent tweets about the perils of “too much diversity.”“We had a very polite discussion,” Bernier said. “After that discussion, I realized that I don’t have any place in that party anymore.”“It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.”The news prompted a torrent of Conservative reaction on Twitter and elsewhere, with the prevailing sentiment a show of solidarity with the party and its leader.“It’s clear that Max never accepted the result of the leadership vote and seeks only to divide Conservatives,” wrote former prime minister Stephen Harper.“Today’s Conservative Party is a mainstream, democratic coalition that is ready to govern,” added Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party.“One man’s ego must not risk the imperative of defeating the Trudeau government.”Others were less diplomatic.“You had every opportunity to stand in caucus to share your views and provide input,” tweeted B.C. MP Todd Doherty. “When given the opportunity — you stayed silent or blamed it on others around you. You’re Twitter tough … all bark no bite.”While a number of observers lamented the electoral consequences for the Conservatives of a split on the right of the political spectrum, others were more sanguine about Bernier’s departure.“He has disregarded the caucus and disregarded what Canadian conservatives want, which is a very positive vision for the future of the country,” said Ontario MP Tony Clement.“I think is actually liberating for us, because we have rid ourselves of a giant distraction who was saying things that are not mainstream, so I think this actually rebounds in our favour.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday April 17 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Legislature confirms all of Gov. Dunleavy’s commissionersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature confirmed every commissioner appointed by Governor Mike Dunleavy in its annual joint session today. It continued to consider appointees to boards and commissions this afternoon.Cost to move Legislature could be up to $45M if state builds office, analysts findAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe first-year cost is closer to $3 million if the state rents office space instead of building new facilities, analysts find.Murkowski calls for many ‘silver bullets’ to tackle climate changeKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelOn April 13, Sen. Lisa Murkowski made an unexpected visit to Bethel on her way to Eek. Murkowski had hoped to check out Eek’s new running water and a tiny home project, but she got weathered out.Glennallen man selected to lead Denali CommissionLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The U.S. secretary of Commerce has appointed Jason Hoke of Glennallen to be the commission’s federal co-chair.North Pole High ‘bathroom incident’ raises concerns over bullying, policyRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksThe community was concerned about an incident two weeks ago at North Pole High School involving boys coming into a girls’ bathroom. The boys were protesting a transgender student who posted a photo of himself in the boys’ bathroom.Southeast captain admits to dumping 8 tons of waste overboardCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAccording to the plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Brannon Finney admits to violating the federal Clean Water Act. Finney, 32, has signed the plea agreement, which goes before a judge next month at her sentencing hearing.State dials back PFAS response standardDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has rolled back a stricter PFAS drinking water contamination standard, and suspended development of new regulations for the chemicals.Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting locationAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerHomer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage. Vance and other peninsula legislators asked the board to reconsider its decision and to provide public notice before it did so. The board has not responded.Juneau high schoolers headed to world robotics championshipZoe Grueskin, KTOO – JuneauA high school robotics team from Juneau is competing in a world championship this month. It’s the first time a team from Southeast Alaska has made it this far.American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson talk friendship and representing rural AlaskaGreg Kim, KYUK – BethelThe television show “American Ninja Warrior” enters its 11th season next month, and again will feature the “Eskimo Ninja”, Nick Hanson from Unalakleet. Hanson visited Bethel last week to hang out with his buddy, fellow American Ninja Warrior, Nate DeHaan. These two comprise two thirds of all the Ninja Warriors to ever come from Alaska.last_img read more

DU denies banning outsiders

first_imgDhaka UniversityThe authorities of Dhaka University have denied their previous order that restricts outsiders’ entry into the campus and said they never banned outsiders from entering into the DU campus, reports UNB.A DU press release on Wednesday put the blame on media for, what it said, creating misunderstanding among people by publishing misleading information.The DU release also made an urge to the media not to inspire evil forces by misinformation in their news.Interestingly, the new DU stance came in two days after it earlier issued a release on 9 July saying that outsiders would not be allowed to roam around, stay in dorms and hold any kind of activity on the Dhaka University campus without permission from the authorities.Taking permission for holding any programme and activities at campus is not anything new and security guards are always stationed at entry points, wednesdays’s release further reads.last_img read more

5 of a family die from mysterious disease in Thakurgaon

first_imgFive members of a family died mysteriously in the last 15 days at Bhandardah Nayabari village in Baliadanga upazila, creating panic among local people.Villagers said Taher Ali, 55, son of Fazar Ali of the village, died on 9 February after falling sick with symptoms of breathing problem.Later, his son-in-law Habibur Rahman, 35, died on 20 February while Taher’s wife Hosne Ara, 45, died the following day the same way.Taher’s elder son Yousuf Ali, 30, and younger son Mehedi Hasan, 24, fell sick on Sunday. Yousuf died on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while Mehdi died while he was undergoing treatment.Being informed by the local people, Mosabberul Haque, officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station, visited the house.The OC said doctors at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital told him that ‘brain virus’ might be the reason behind their death. The disease spread from cough and sneezing, he quoted the doctors as saying.”A probe panel is coming from Dhaka today to investigate the cause behind the death,” said physician Shahjahan Newaj, civil surgeon of Thakurgaon, adding that viral attack might be a reason behind the death.last_img read more

Pediatricians Say Racism is Devastating to Black ChildrenLets Get to the Root

first_img(TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s amazing how often the news media give big play to an academic report that tells us something Black mothers already knew. Another example of the old wisdom nothing is real until White people discover or acknowledge it. Does that seem harsh? Consider the splashy coverage given to a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.The AAP’s statement warned that the health dangers posed to children by racism “have become acute” and that racism, including racism experienced by the mother, “can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.” It’s received plenty of favorable news coverage.But with all due respect, every Black mother in America has known this for as long as there have been Black mothers in America. And we didn’t need an academic statement to tell us. Every precious baby to whom we have given birth over the course of the last 600 years has come into a world that profoundly devalues Black life. Enola Aird, Esq.What may be new to us is this devastating detail contained in the report: “The stress generated by experiences of racism may start through maternal exposures while in utero and continue after birth with the potential to create toxic stress. This transforms how the brain and body respond to stress, resulting in short- and long-term health impacts on achievement and mental and physical health. We see the manifestations of this stress as preterm births and low birth weights in newborns to subsequent development of heart disease, diabetes and depression as children become adults.”This should set off alarm bells throughout the Black community, particularly for Black mothers.We urgently need to find a way to protect the health and wellbeing of our beloved children in light of this deepening health crisis, the recent mass shootings in which children were among the victims-and the resurgence of White supremacy.Let’s begin with the AAP’s entirely accurate description of racism as “a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations leading to the inequities observed in our population today.”Exactly right. Here in the United States and around the world, Black children are seen as “less than” — less beautiful, less lovable, less capable, less intelligent, less worthy and less valuable.The AAP has made a range of reasonable recommendations using the usual language from our culture’s standard dictionary on racism, including “racial equality,” “racial equity,” “institutional structures,” and “implicit and explicit biases.” They point to the need for strategies to “optimize clinical care, workforce development, professional education, systems engagement and research in a manner designed to reduce the health effects of structural, personally mediated, and internalized racism, and improve the health and well-being of all children.”These are all good ideas, but we’ve heard some version of them before. What’s missing is a diagnosis and a cure that get to the root of the problem.So what can we, Black people, do to open the door to fresh recommendations that will yield something new and much better for our children? We can pinpoint the root cause of all the harms the AAP describes. It is the myth of Black inferiority.That myth – or as I prefer to call it, the lie – of Black inferiority, was devised centuries ago to justify the enslavement of African people. It dehumanized Black people, and placed us and our children at the bottom rung of humanity.Do you wonder why, with all the constitutional amendments and legislation and court decisions aimed at promoting racial equality, the same problems persist- and seem to be getting worse? It’s because the lie continues to negatively affect the world’s perceptions of Black children and Black children’s perceptions of themselves.The lie is at the root of the glaring disparities between Black and White children in health, safety, education, employment, wealth, mass incarceration, and nearly every other area of life. It is the reason why our children’s lives are devalued. It is the reason why doing anything while Black can be dangerous, and even deadly.The lie of Black inferiority is at the root of countless lost dreams, lost hopes, and lost lives. As a Black mother, I say that unless we, Black people, insist that pediatricians and anyone else concerned about the well being of Black children have the insight and courage to name and aggressively address that root cause, our children will continue to be devastated.Established in 2006, Community Healing Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization based in New Haven, CT. Since CHN was launched, its primary mission has been to actively address the psychological damage that people of African ancestry have suffered because of the centuries-old “lie” that Black people are inferior. CHN, in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, is leading a global movement to train thousands of Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle support group leaders across the Diaspora to heal the wounds of racism and create a new culture of emotional healing, wellness and empowerment in Black communities. For more information, go to https://www.communityhealingnet.org By Enola Aird, Esq.,Founder & President, Community Healing Networklast_img read more

Twitter Counters Cyberbullying

first_imgIn a fresh bid to empower its over 300 million users, the micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday made it easier for them to report cyberbullying.Twitter has expanded its “mute” feature which enables users to mute accounts they don’t want to see Tweets from.“Now we’re expanding mute to where people need it the most: in notifications. We’re enabling you to mute keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations you don’t want to see notifications about, rolling out to everyone in the coming days,” Twitter said in statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTwitter’s hateful conduct policy prohibits specific conduct that targets people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.“We’re giving you a more direct way to report this type of conduct for yourself, or for others, whenever you see it happening. This will improve our ability to process these reports, which helps reduce the burden on the person experiencing the abuse,” the statement read.“We’ve also improved our internal tools and systems in order to deal more effectively with this conduct when it’s reported to us. Our goal is a faster and more transparent process,” Twitter said.last_img read more

Avoiding Gluten Take This New Device Out to Dinner

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 6, 2015 Gluten avoiders, meet Nima.Available for pre-order later this month, Nima is a small, portable sensor that consumers can use to quickly detect whether the food in front of them contains gluten.The product is the first for San Francisco-based 6SensorLabs, which was founded two years ago by Massachusetts Institute of Technology alums Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor. The idea was inspired by their own experiences with food allergies and sensitivities.Related: Soon, You Could Own a Device That Scans Your Food for GlutenThe key to Nima is its speed. Yates says that existing tests on the market take up to 15 or 20 minutes to give an uneasy diner a definitive answer.  Nima takes two minutes. “A lot of the innovation was [asking ourselves] how do we make this fast enough so we can put it in the hands of consumers,” she says.All a user has to do is place a sample of the food into a disposable, one-time use capsule and close it with a cap. They then place the little capsule into the sensor and turn it on with the push of a button. If the food does contain gluten, a little blue sad face will pop up on Nima’s display. If it’s gluten-free, you’ll see a happy face. The sensor will detect if the food contains at least 20 parts per million of the gluten protein, in adherence with the FDA’s requirement that gluten-free food contain less than 20 parts per million.Image Credit: 6SensorLabsRelated: A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It.Yates said she has been pleased with the reception thus far. “I take it pretty much wherever I go out to eat. It’s been really great to see people react to it. [The reaction’s] been really positive. It’s like a novelty, people are really excited and wait staff are really receptive.”A Nima starter kit, with the sensor and three one-time use capsules can be pre-ordered at a discounted price of $179 starting Oct. 20 on the 6SensorLabs website. After the first five days, the price will increase to $199 until pre-orders are exhausted. During the pre-order time, 12 packs of those disposable capsules will be priced at $47.95. The device will retail for $249 at full price.Related: Why Food, Sleep and Exercise Are Critical to SuccessWhile the kits will only be available to purchase on the site for the time being, Yates says “eventually we do want to be in retail, but just to start, we want to keep total control over the brand, keep an efficient way of getting it into the hands of consumers. We ask people all the time, if this existed in a store, where would you want it? [They tell us] Target, Walgreens, Whole Foods.”Yates, Sundvor and their team of 15 are also hard at work on an app that will be released with the device, but will be accessible without purchase of a kit. On the app, users will find current information about whether a restaurant is allergy-friendly and the knowledgeability of the staff down to whether to avoid a specific item on the menu or, if there is a gluten-free or allergy-free option, how good it actually tastes.Related: 3 Simple Tips for Elevated Health in Less Than 15 Minutes a DaySo what’s next for 6SensorLabs? Looking ahead, tests for peanuts and dairy are next in the queue, followed by other food groups that cause reactions, such as shellfish. Yates and Sundvor are also thinking about tests for additives, GMOs, preservatives and bacteria that causes food poisoning. They are also considering a certification program for restaurants and food manufacturers to be designated as friendly to individuals with food allergies and sensitivities.Ultimately Yates says her company’s mission is about food transparency. “It’s food transparency beyond this first protein we are looking at, helping anyone who wants to know what’s in their food and how to best nourish themselves.” Related: How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Chowing Down at Lunch Meetingscenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min readlast_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Video will play in  The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to playcenter_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, May 25. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 18:45Slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. 17:43Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions near Hawthorne Avenue. 17:13Accident on D RoadReports of A500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to accident near A50 (Sideway Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Northwood and Mount Pleasant. 17:07Reports of Upper Belgrave Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Furnace Road.Affecting traffic between Florence and Normacot. 17:06Reports of A34 Newcastle Road Northbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A500 / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout).Affecting traffic Crackley and Butt Lane. 16:27Stop-start traffic on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 16:13Very slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. 16:07Fallen tree causing delays in Cheddleton RoadCheddleton Road, Leek (Image: Andrew Bradshaw)14:03Slow traffic on the M6 SouthboundSlow traffic on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.12:54A525 reopens A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The road closures that were in place in Audlem this morning have now been lifted. Thanks for your patience.”A man was left fighting for his life after being found in a critical condition near a pub on the stretch of road. More here.12:31Latest on the A50 Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout). Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of two) is closed. Affecting traffic heading away from Sudbury towards Uttoxeter. 12:05Accident on A50 near NormacotVery slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident on A50 Eastbound at A50 / Upper Normacot Road, congestion to Stanley Matthews Way (Stadium Junction).11:40Warning to motorists about heavy rain in Cheshire11:29More on broken down lorry One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout).Lane one (of two) is blocked. 11:23Slow traffic on the M6 NorthboundSlow traffic on M6 Northbound around J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.11:19Broken down lorry causing delays on A50 near Staffordshire/Derbyshire borderA Highways England spokesman said:A50 westbound we have a broken down HGV blocking 1 lane between the A515 and A518 DoveridgeBypass/Uttoxeter. Crews are en route. Lond delays on the approach. Please allow plenty of extra journey time. “11:00Firefighters ask motorists to take care in bad weather10:59Motorcyclist dies after collision with tractorThe 56-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident last night. More here.10:09Man fighting for life after being found with serious injuries near pubThe A525 remains closed following the incident in Audlem – and it is currently unclear how the man came to be injured. More here.10:08Queuing traffic in CongletonQueueing traffic on A54 Holmes Chapel Road Eastbound between Cumberland Road and A34 West Road. 09:57Broken down coach causing delaysM6 Southbound entry slip road partially blocked due to broken down coach at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Breakdown has occurred at the end of the entry slip. This is as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. Traffic is still able to join the motorway before the breakdown. 09:49Tree now being clearedWe’re now getting reports from people that the tree on the A521 has been cleared. This is yet to be confirmed.09:34Controlled explosion expected this morning after mortar shells found at Staffordshire building siteA 200m cordon remains in place. More here.The mortar shells found in Burntwood (Image: Staffordshire Police)09:22A525 shut due to police investigationThe A525 Whitchurch Road is currently closed in Audlem. More here.09:21Cordon remains in place after mortar shells found at building siteA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:The 200m cordon in Chasetown remains this morning as colleague from Explosive Ordnance Disposal continue to make the site safe. They are expecting to make one more controlled explosion this morning. Thank you for the local community’s cooperation, we will update you as soon as we can.” 09:11Reports A525 closed in AudlemWe’re getting reports police have closed the A525 in Audlem.09:07Police asking motorists to take extra care due to rain this morningA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said:Good morning.. ‘A’ unit with you today. Multiple reports of RTCs across the CMPG and West Mercia/Warwickshire areas. Rain and spray is obviously an issue. SLOW DOWN AND LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM.” 08:40Photo of the fallen tree in Blythe BridgeThe tree has come down near the level crossing. More here.Fallen tree in Blythe Bridge (Image: Sentinel reader)08:25Heavy traffic on the A527 and A50Heavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road Southbound between A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A500 D Road (Wolstanton Retail Park).There is also slow traffic on the A50 Westbound between A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton) and A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:21Road blocked by fallen treePolice are on their way to the scene. More here. Watch again Share this video Watch Nextlast_img read more

Can you guess which Canadian city made Frommers list of top vacation

first_img NEW YORK — If your clients are fresh out of ideas on where to travel to in 2017, Frommer’s – which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year – has revealed its annual list of the best places to travel.A team of award-winning editors and writers around the world has compiled an honour roll list of top vacation places. Whether these destinations are enjoying a resurgence, honouring a milestone or anniversary, or simply because the moment is ripe for wider appreciation, they’re all primed and ready for travellers to visit in 2017.The 17 honourees are (in no particular order):•   Montréal, Quebec, for the confluence of celebrations surrounding its 375th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Canada•   Karasjok, Norway, the best place in the world for Northern Lights during a peak year for that phenomenon•   Bermuda, amidst a boom in development of its luxury tourism amenities and expecting the America’s Cup in May and June•   The Pantanal, South America’s massive and wondrous inland tropical wetlandsMore news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates•   The Mississippi River, long called “the Spine of America,” bursting with a fast-growing cruise industry•   Paris, France, because its tourism has dropped in the past year, but it remains as magical as ever•   Sulawesi, Indonesia, an under-appreciated island of tiny monkeys, vibrantly colored birds, and astonishing cultural rituals•   San Francisco and the Bay Area, which marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Summer of Love with a bounty of events•   Fátima, Portugal, commemorating the centenary of its miracle and vibrant with history, architecture and beaches•   Nashville, Tennessee, for its food, whip-smart population, music, and ideal location for viewing the August 21 solar eclipse•   The Panama Canal, newly expanded with a more-than-$5 billion set of locks•   Nan Madol, Micronesia, because its ancient black basalt temples and palaces are in danger of imminent destruction by natural forces•   Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, the only region where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild, and where tourism is transforming lifeMore news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea•   Martin Luther’s Germany which will spend the year mounting concerts and events for the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s world-changing deed•   Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine, 87,000 pristine acres of forests and streams just inscribed as a National Monument•   Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, a recent holiday spot for Prince William and Kate, for its unique wilderness and centuries old cultural links•   Doha, Qatar, which is challenging its flashier neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi with new attractions, flights, and hotelsThere is one bonus destination that Frommer’s felt compelled to include – Cuba. Frommer’s is not confident Cuba will remain an option for Americans. Donald J. Trump is threatening to restrict Americans’ right to travel there, hotel rates are ballooning, flights are being cut, and the death of Fidel Castro raises new uncertainties. For those reasons, Frommer’s inscribed it—with hope that travel remains open and growing—as its 18th top destination. Share Travelweek Group Monday, December 12, 2016 Tags: Frommers, Montrealcenter_img Can you guess which Canadian city made Frommer’s list of top vacation spots? Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more