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An update on three major Northwest Territories infrastructure projects that will cost billions of dollars was provided Thursday. Progress on the Slave Geological Province Corridor, the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project and the Mackenzie Valley Highway was presented by the territory's assistant deputy minister of energy and strategic initiatives, Robert Jenkins, to the government's standing committee on economic development and environment. "All three projects will inject money into the N.W.T. econ
Western Quebec's health authority is investigating six cases of legionellosis that were recently reported in the region. So far, health officials have been unable to identify the source of the contamination, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais (CISSSO) said in a Friday news release. Legionellosis is the broad term for a number of diseases, including legionnaires' disease, caused by the water-borne legionella bacteria. The bacteria thrives in stagnant or warm water,
EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton says there have been four fire-related deaths in the past two months involving people experiencing homelessness. The city says they may seek shelter in encampments, abandon buildings or other structures that are unsafe. It says that earlier this week, one person was found dead in an abandoned building in northeastern Edmonton after firefighters responded to smoke at the scene. The city says another person died recently in a fire after they tried to gain access to
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said advice from NACI on the issue of booster shots was important because international opinions “have evolved” and because of the differences in how provinces and territories are “moving or not moving on the boosters,” which he said could cause confusion on the topic.
A parking lot near downtown Halifax will serve as the site for nine modular units to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness, the municipality said Friday. Seven units, including one that is accessible, will be set up as living quarters next month in the parking lot of the Centennial Pool. Two more units will serve as support space. The parking lot was chosen because it is municipally owned property. It also meets the applicable zoning requirements, and it's reasonably close to supp
Photographer Martin Gregus offers up a novel perspective on the human connection to extreme weather events that all too often transform people’s lives.
The Stoney language has received a historic boost this week with the creation of new teaching resources for those young and old learning the language spoken as a native tongue by roughly 3,000 people. Partnering with The Language Conservancy, the Stoney Nakoda Nation located west of Calgary hopes the initiative will help preserve its language for future generations. With a strong tradition of speaking the language in the community, those behind the project say there was a real lack of resources
Nova Scotia reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the active caseload in the province to 199 cases. Of the new cases, eight are in the northern zone and 12 are in the central zone. The province first announced on Wednesday there is a cluster of cases in a community in the northern zone, and there is also evidence of limited community spread in Halifax and parts of northern Nova Scotia. One school, Beachville Lakeside Timberlea Senior Elementary in Timberlea, was notified of an ex
The Town of Shelburne has unveiled a memorial plaque in honour of Canada’s only black military unit. Shelburne Mayor Wade Mills and Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson unveiled the plaque dedicated to the No. 2 Construction Battalion in the Reflection Garden at the Shelburne Community Garden, last Friday (Nov. 26). “It’s a very significant day. We’ve said all along that Black history is Canadian history and these men that belong to the No. 2 Construction Battalion, like every other soldier sacrificed fo
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambians are set to vote Saturday in a historic election, one that for the first time will not have former dictator Yahya Jammeh appearing on the ballot. While the 2016 elections that removed Jammeh from power after 22 years saw Gambians go from fear to elation, many are still not satisfied with the progress the nation has made and want certainty that the new leaders will bring the tiny West African nation of about 2 million, dependent on tourism, toward peace and justice.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. “Is that how you reward science? By blacklisting countries?” Dr. Sikhulile Moyo, a virologist at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, said in an interview Thursday night with The Associated Press. “The
VICTORIA — British Columbia's agriculture minister says her federal counterpart will visit areas devastated by floods next week as they work to get a sense of damage caused to the farming industry. Lana Popham says 97 per cent of egg-laying chickens and 98 per cent of dairy cows on the Sumas Prairie survived the flooding. Popham says she's asked ranchers and livestock operators to register with the province's premises identification program, which can help the government track properties during
Say her name with flowers on your tongue — that's what Breonna Taylor's sister wants during Miami's art week from people visiting an augmented reality garden created to honor her late sister. “Breonna's Garden," commemorating the 26-year-old medical worker fatally shot by police during an apartment raid, is a reminder of the transformational power of art, even amid the opulent celebrity parties that surround prestigious Art Basel events. The interactive garden can be viewed in person through Sun
OTTAWA — Canada is buying up to 1.5 million courses of oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 in anticipation of them being approved by Health Canada. The government has signed up for an initial one million courses of antiviral treatment from Pfizer, once Health Canada endorses their safety and efficacy.The company submitted a request for approval to the federal drug regulator earlier this week. Canada has also purchased 500,000 courses of Merck's oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, with the
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's health minister on Friday released her government's strategy to fight COVID-19 during the winter months, warning residents that holiday gatherings could lead to a new spike in infections. "The plan, when combined with vaccination and public health guidelines, will reduce the spread of the virus," Dorothy Shephard told reporters. The three-level plan will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night, she said. The province will start at level one, which includes a pri
Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen called out propagators of hate crime after his highway billboard sign was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti last week. A swastika was drawn across Cullen on the Billboard, on Hwy 16 west of Smithers, with the words “DOC Bonnie Hitler” scribbled at the bottom. Calling the incident a “blatant act of anti-Semitic vandalism,” Cullen sad this is not the first time people have used such terrible, hateful imagery. The incident was reported to the RCMP. A week later, the gr
New information has emerged in the death of Abdurahman Hassan, a Somali man with mental illness, who died while being restrained in immigration custody in 2015, Ontario's chief coroner's office says. The discovery has forced the postponement of the inquest into Hassan's death, which had already been delayed once. In an email to CBC News, Stephanie Rea, spokesperson for the province's chief coroner's office said, "All parties in the inquest did everything they could to maintain the start date, bu
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal appeals judges asked Friday whether a U.S. president's every remark is part of the job as they weighed whether former President Donald Trump can be held liable in a defamation case that concerns his response to a rape allegation. Trump and the Justice Department say he was acting in his official capacity when he spoke to the media about writer E. Jean Carroll's accusation, so they want to swap the U.S. government in for Trump himself as the defendant in her defamtion laws
TORONTO — More cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 cropped up in various Toronto-area public health units Friday, as Ontario recorded its highest daily case count in six months. There were 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday, the first time the daily tally has climbed above 1,000 since May 30. Nearly all of the new cases were confirmed as the Delta variant. While the high number may seem alarming, Health Minister Christine Elliott said it's not unexpected. "We did
It’s been more than a year since a report made 24 recommendations addressing Indigenous-specific racism in B.C.’s health-care system, but its author says “ineffective collaboration” has slowed improvements. Led by independent reviewer Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the In Plain Sight report identified “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous peoples” which resulted in a range of negative impacts, including death. While Turpel-Lafond said there have been “some” signs of progress, they don’t go f
SURREY, B.C. — The RCMP say there have been several dangerous incidents recently where rocks have been thrown from an overpass on Highway 99 in south Surrey, B.C. The Mounties say the rocks were thrown from a pedestrian overpass between the 32nd Avenue and King George Boulevard exits and have struck vehicles, but no one has been injured. Vehicles that have been damaged include a bus, and police say in one incident, a rock the size of a baseball was found. The first of the three incidents happene
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rich, Republican and want to be a U.S. senator? Pennsylvania might as well hang a welcome sign. The presidential battleground state’s high-stakes race for an open Senate seat is seeing candidates with big bank accounts and big-time connections exchanging their blue-state mansions for decidedly purple Pennsylvania, and pursuing an opportunity they might never have at home. Introducing Carla Sands, Mehmet Oz — best known as the host of TV’s “Dr. Oz Show” — and David McCormic
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed five Republican-authored anti-abortion bills on Friday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could curtail if not end a woman’s right to abortion. Evers, who is making his support for abortion rights a key plank of his 2022 reelection campaign, had been widely expected to veto the measures the GOP-controlled Legislature passed in October. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again today: as long as I
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says capacity to test international travellers at airports isn't fully in place yet but increased 60 per cent since Wednesday. Duclos said people who are travelling outside of Canada, except those in the U.S. should prepare to have the new rules applied when they return.
the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since early this year. (Dec. 3)