Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, warned against any overreaction before the variant that originated in southern Africa was better understood.Travel bans popping up in response »
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea. Kishida said the security situation around Japan is rapidly changing and that “the reality is severer than ever,” with North Korea continuing to test-fire ballistic missiles while advancing its
Canadian Brady Leman won the silver medal in the men's ski cross event at the freestyle skiing World Cup in China on Saturday. The 35-year-old Calgary native came second in a three-way photo finish at the Secret Garden Resort during the Olympic test event in lead up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. WATCH | Leman second only to Russia's Ridzik in China: "Super stoked to put down a great race, especially on the Olympic test course," Leman told Alpine Canada. "It's been cool to see all the infr
Cybercrime is on the increase in the Heritage city, according to the city’s top cop, and U.S.-style violence and confrontation might be on the way. Donovan Fisher, the Nelson Police Department’s chief constable, said the NPD’s general investigations section (GIS) is more in demand lately as the level of cybercrime in Nelson has increased. He recently told city council that online and cellular crime is another area that police continue to see increased pressure on and a demand to deal with. “As t
School boards in the Sudbury districts reported another increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students and staff on Friday. In addition to the newly reported cases, one new COVID-19 outbreak was declared at a local school and students on a number of shared school bus routes have been directed to self-isolate by Public Health Sudbury & Districts. The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSC Nouvelon) declared an outbreak at École St-Dominique in Sudbury on Thursday evening. Prior t
Areas of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on Saturna Island are closed due to fallen trees, erosion and other hazards caused by last week's atmospheric river. Closed areas include Lyall Creek Trail, Narvaez Bay Trail and Campground, Monarch Head Trail, the Mount Warburton Pike and Taylor Point. The atmospheric river that hit southern B.C. early last week brought historic rainfall that damaged infrastructure, flooded farmlands and washed out major highways. Superintendent of the Gulf Island
Thailand said on Saturday it would ban the entry of people travelling from eight African countries it designated as high-risk for the new Omicron https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/japan-tighten-border-controls-s-africa-others-new-virus-variant-jiji-2021-11-26 variant of COVID-19. Starting in December, travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, will be prohibited, senior health official Opas Karnkawinpong told a news conference. Thailand will not allow travellers from these countries to register to travel to Thailand starting on Saturday, he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats wielded demands to fix the nation’s broken immigration system as a cudgel against Republicans in the 2020 campaign. Elect us, went the argument, and we’ll stop the cruel treatment of migrants at the border, and put in place lasting and humane policies that work. A year into Joe Biden’s presidency, though, action on the issue has been hard to find and there is growing consternation privately among some in the party that the Biden administration can’t find the right bal
Public Health Sudbury and Districts announced on Friday that it is once again implementing further measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. In a release, the health unit said that COVID-19 case rates in the Sudbury district remain “unacceptably high” and the regiob is among the “top three most affected jurisdictions in Ontario.” As a result, effective on Monday, Nov. 29, at 12:01 a.m., businesses and organizations in the City of Greater Sudbury will be required to ensure that wo
OTTAWA — Sungiven Foods Canada Inc. is recalling its One Tang brand Bitter Apricot Kernel due to the possible danger of cyanide poisoning. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says apricot kernels naturally contain the toxin amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten. The recalled product was sold in British Columbia in 180g packages with a best before date of June 20, 2023. It should be thrown out or returned to where it was purchased. There have been no reported illnesses linked to
While COVID-19 has greatly affected post-secondary students and institutions across Canada, new research shows the pandemic has resulted in only a small decline in international student enrolments nationwide. This is especially the case for students applying for study permits to the Yukon, with international student enrolment at Yukon University — the first university in Canada's North — now returning to pre-pandemic levels. The study was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Cou
For first dates, some couples go to the movies, attend concerts or have a romantic dinner by candlelight. Edmonton's Laura and Chris Perron built Lego. The couple started dating several years ago while enrolled in the University of Alberta's industrial design program. The pair turned to Lego as it was a fun and interactive date, compared to watching a film. "You have this really cool little model that you built together that's kind of special," said Laura on CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. Some of
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital on Saturday to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan. Chun, who took power in a 1979 coup and violently crushed pro-democracy protests a year later before being jailed for treason in the 1990s, died at his Seoul home Tuesday at the age of 90. On the final day of a
An Ontario school board is having trouble filling supply teacher positions, so it’s looking to hire uncertified substitutes who may not have a teaching degree. The pandemic has made filling supply teacher positions more difficult because of concerns about getting sick with COVID-19.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 in its service area on Friday. According to the health unit’s website, 39 cases were confirmed in Greater Sudbury, three were in the Sudbury district, and one was in the Manitoulin district. The health unit also reported 29 resolved cases. There are 288 active cases of COVID-19 in the health unit’s service area, including 255 in Greater Sudbury, 32 in the Sudbury district, and one in the Manitoulin district. Public Health has
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s annual Golden Horse Awards kicked off Saturday with a Hong Kong drama receiving the most nominations for the Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards. The Golden Horse Awards, which began in 1962, is considered one of the most prestigious awards for Chinese-language films. This year, the Hong Kong film “Drifting”, which is based on a 2012 court case involving homeless people in the working neighborhood of Sham Shui Po, received 12 nominations including for Best Direc
OTTAWA — The Liberals have promised to quickly reintroduce legislation aimed at reforming the Broadcasting Act, which has media experts cautioning the government against bringing newer media platforms under an old regulatory framework. "I think everyone agrees that it's an older piece of legislation that doesn't fully reflect the environment that we live in,” said Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and the Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce law. The Liberal governm
The 1977 Grey Cup in Montreal was dubbed the "Ice Bowl," as winter weather took its toll on the city just days before the game, and during, as well.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States. External
With the years ticking down on the future of two of the Northwest Territories's biggest mines, one owner says the life expectancy may be increased through the use of a new technology to the North — underwater remote mining. Rory Moore, the newly appointed president and CEO of the Arctic Diamond Company, which owns Ekati Diamond mine, is hoping to test trial a piece of equipment he called "the crawler" by 2023. Moore gave an update on Ekati during an annual geoscience forum in Yellowknife Wednesd
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as tensions rose across the conflict-riddled nation with the population angry at the government’s inability to stem violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Several hundred protestors took to the streets, calling for President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign. The army and police drove through downtown Ouagadougou, the capital, during clashes wit
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie is everywhere. The former New Jersey governor and onetime Republican presidential candidate denounced “conspiracy theorists” during a September appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. He followed up with a speech this month to influential Republicans in Las Vegas, warning that the party will only succeed if it offers a "plan for tomorrow, not a grievance about yesterday.” In between, he's been interviewed by everyone from Laura Ingraham on Fox News t
Infectious diseases specialists Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Dr. Susy Hota discuss whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will help protect people against the omicron variant and if people should change their behaviour.