The undercount in coronavirus-linked deaths in Macon County, home to around 15,000, as a result of the coroner's actions is relatively small.'I do what pleases the family' »
Over 62 per cent of people aged 12 and up in First Nations and Inuit communities and the territories are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada. As of the end of July, over 85 per cent of that eligible population had received at least one dose of vaccine. The percentages represent 701,228 vaccine doses administered to individuals aged 12 and older in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities, including 281,188 second doses. Number of COVID-1
The City of Ottawa has released new intensification targets for different parts of the city, and a new definition for highrise buildings that allows up to 40 storeys, in the lead-up to a major debate and vote this fall on its new official plan. Municipal planning staff posted several chapters of the long-awaited final draft to the city's website last Friday, leaving visible the language they have cut and added since their much-dissected earlier version released in November 2020. Now, residents a
HALIFAX — The election campaign in Nova Scotia may not be getting much attention on the national stage, but the federal Liberals in Ottawa are almost certainly keeping a close watch on the race. With Justin Trudeau's Liberals appearing poised to seek a third term in office — a feat their Nova Scotia cousins are now trying to accomplish — the federal party is keen to to discern how the electorate is feeling heading into what could be Canada's first post-pandemic election, says Tom Urbaniak, a pol
They don't look high-tech but temperature sensors attached to wooden stakes along the autoroutes that criss-cross Laval may provide the data that could help the city — and eventually other municipalities — become cooler, shadier places to live. These installations can be seen at ten different sites, along highways 13, 15, 19, and 440. They are all part of a heat island research project being conducted by a young scientist whose goal is to soften the impact of large swaths of pavement and concret
As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and case numbers drop across the country, the provinces and territories have begun releasing the reopening plans for businesses, events and recreational facilities. Most of the plans are based on each jurisdiction reaching vaccination targets at certain dates, while also keeping the number of cases and hospitalizations down. Here's a look at what reopening plans look like across the country: Newfoundland and Labrador: Newfoundland and Labrador has moved to
RIT Capital Partners, the investment trust founded by Jacob Rothschild, is co-leading a funding round for crypto investment platform Aspen Digital intended to finance the creation of an online platform that would give wealthy investors a single portal to manage crypto investments. RIT will lead the $8.8 million fundraising round for Hong Kong-based Aspen Digital, along with Liberty City Ventures, an early venture investor in the blockchain industry, Aspen said in a statement on Wednesday.
Meng Wanzhou will return to a Vancouver courtroom Wednesday for the final weeks of an extradition proceeding that has lasted more than two and a half years, roiling relations between Canada and China in the process. The Huawei executive's lawyers are expected to take a final stab at convincing the judge overseeing the high-profile hearing to toss the case before arguments move on to a debate over the merits of the extradition request itself. In lower court legal terms, it's an endgame — of sorts
Oman on Wednesday identified the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess as the tanker involved in a hijacking which Britain's maritime trade agency earlier said was over. The statement by Oman's Maritime Security Centre was the first official confirmation of Tuesday's incident in the Arabian Sea which maritime security sources had told Reuters involved suspected Iranian-backed forces. Iran denied any involvement.
Recent developments: Ottawa reports five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Temporary road test centres are starting in southwestern Ontario. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no new deaths. Some parents are expressing frustration at a lack of details and guidance in an Ontario back-to-school plan they say doesn't match the reality of the classroom. Ontario is taking on a backlog of people waiting to take a road driving test by opening temp
VANCOUVER — The number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant is doubling every seven to 10 days in British Columbia, experts say. Prof. Sarah Otto of the University of British Columbia said the variant, which first became prominent in India, is displacing the one that originated in the United Kingdom. "Delta is now the most common variant in the province, with its frequency doubling every week relative to Alpha," said Otto, who is an expert in the university's zoology department on the m
TOKYO (Reuters) -Sony Corp raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after a record first-quarter operating profit helped by pandemic stay-at-home demand for PlayStation 5 consoles, TVs, music and movies. Operating profit for the quarter ended June 30 rose to 280.1 billion yen ($2.57 billion) from 221.7 billion yen a year earlier, topping the 207.96 billion expected by 10 analysts, Refinitiv Eikon data showed. It raised its profit forecast for the year through March 2022 to 980 billion yen from 930 billion, bringing it closer to the 1 billion yen average estimate from 25 analysts.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing attack that targeted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister killed at least eight people and wounded 20, authorities said Wednesday. The deputy minister was not hurt in the attack claimed by Taliban insurgents. The blast went off late Tuesday in a heavily guarded upscale neighborhood of the capital of Kabul. It was followed by a gun battle that also left four militants dead, authorities said. The casualty toll could rise, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mirwais
TOKYO — Canadian and Swedish team officials are asking organizers to push back the scheduled late-morning kickoff time for the women's soccer final to avoid the searing heat expected Friday at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Canadian Olympic Committee chief sport officer Eric Myles says the COC supports Canada Soccer's request for a change. Swedish team officials say they have discussed the subject with FIFA, the sport's governing body, and are hoping the International Olympic Committee will approve th
Grant Bergeron is preparing to drive his daughter to Chicago for school this fall, but unlike two of his other children who are already studying in the United States, this year's trip to campus may be more complicated due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It doesn't help that border officials in the U.S. are sending mixed messages, parents say. Bergeron's daughter, Kellene, is starting her first year in the nursing program at Loyola University Chicago, and like other families with children stud
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An explosion at the entrance of military barracks on the western edge of the Syrian capital Wednesday set a bus on fire, killed its driver and sent black smoke billowing over the area, Syrian state media reported. Initial reports on state media said the explosion in the gas tank of a bus at the entrance of the barracks near Qudsaya, west of Damascus, caused the fire. It said three others were injured and were hospitalized. State-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV called it a terrorist
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's Commerzbank on Wednesday said that it swung to a second-quarter loss as the lender undergoes a major restructuring and after a write-off to end an outsourcing project, pushing its shares to their lowest in three months. Germany's No. 2 lender is trying to turn over a new leaf under new Chief Executive Manfred Knof. Analysts had expected a net loss of 504 million euros, and shares traded down as much as 5.4% in Frankfurt.
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Firooz Mohammad is still going to work every day at his restaurant, Subhan Halal Pizza on the Danforth, but he admits his mind back in Afghanistan. "We are mentally so stressed; we're in a deep depression, feeling so bad about our family members left behind." Mohammad was an interpreter with the Canadian Armed Forces, a job that put him and his family in danger of reprisals from the Taliban, which Canadian soldiers fought for more than a decade. Taliban forces are now gaining momentum and puttin
TORONTO — Police and politicians' efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. The decision by authorities in Toronto to fence off public parks last month as municipal staff and police cleared homeless encampments sparked backlash from media outlets and advocates, who have petitioned the city to allow reporters on site during the operations. The push for media acces
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, recently accused of workplace harassment and misuse of funds, now faces allegations of mismanagement and a lack of resources that have created a "revolving door" of medical staff and, subsequently, patient care that suffers, according to former staff. The City of Ottawa — one of the main funders of the non-profit — is currently investigating complaints of harassment, bullying and improper use of funds within Wabano. Now former workers at the centre have c
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) -Olympic host Japan beat South Korea on Wednesday to earn a spot in baseball's gold-medal game and the Dominican Republic will play for the bronze. The United States and South Korea each have one gold from baseball's five Olympic appearances. Japan's best was silver in 1996.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by former President Donald Trump, beat a bevy of Republicans in central Ohio, while Cuyahoga County Council member Shontel Brown pulled out a victory for the Democratic establishment in Cleveland, in a pair of primary elections for open House seats Tuesday. The special elections were both viewed as a measure of voters’ influences, though low turnout and huge candidate fields complicated interpreting the results too broadly. In both races,
OTTAWA — Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's chief electoral officer warns. And they may find themselves voting in unusual places or having to go a bit further afield to cast their ballots. But Stephane Perrault wants Canadians to know there's nothing nefarious about the departures from the norm. They're part of a process Elections Canada has devised to ensure an election can be conducted