With meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal
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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the province approved $1.1 billion in added borrowing during 2020-21 to cover the capital and relief costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Auditor general Kim Adair's financial report published today also notes that with reduced tax revenues, the province fell into a $342-million deficit in 2020-21, a significant drop from the $55-million surplus originally budgeted. As well, provincial GDP dropped in 2020, down 2.2 per cent as opposed to the increase of 2.
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announced Wednesday that a man arrested at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport for allegedly being linked to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was misidentified. Saudi officials later said he was freed. The Paris General Prosecutor's office issued a short statement Wednesday after over 24 hours of checks, saying that the man arrested Tuesday was not the Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi who is wanted under a 2019 Turkish arrest warrant. “The (arrest) warrant do
OTTAWA — The government has expanded a pilot that allows refugees to apply for permanent residency through conventional economic immigration streams by removing some of the barriers that would traditionally have precluded them. The minister hopes to see only a six-month window between the date a successful candidate submits their application and the day they can start working in Canada. The pilot is an expansion of a 2018 program that aimed to identify 10 to 15 skilled refugees in the Middle Eas
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in January 2020 that the case against Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and former air force commander Amir Eshel couldn't proceed because the men have “functional immunity from jurisdiction.” The Hague Court of Appeal said Tu
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The Champions League match between Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed on Wednesday because of heavy snow in northern Italy. Kickoff was initially delayed by 20 minutes before it was decided to reschedule. A new date and time has yet to be decided but it is likely the match will be played on Thursday. Snow fell most of the day in Bergamo and increased in intensity as kickoff approached. Groundsmen continuously shoveled snow off the pitch and painted over the white lines w
Climate change could cost Ontario's provincial and municipal governments up to $116 billion by the end of this century, according to a new report from the province's accountability officer. In a stable climate, the province's maintenance costs would be $10 billion a year, amounting to about $799 billion by 2100. But the report shows the changing climate could drive costs up dramatically. In the short term, the report found the effects of climate change will add about $6 billion to maintenance co
Recent developments: Details of Ontario's holiday COVID-19 testing blitz should come next week. An Ottawa vaccine clinic closes for the day as a precaution. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 74 more COVID-19 cases on Wednesday — once again its most cases in a daily report since the end of September — and no deaths. Pfizer and BioNTech are sharing preliminary findings that a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new omicron variant in a labora
The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba concedes it gave leadership candidates erroneous information before October's election — but says the actual ballots were counted fairly and accurately. In a 209-page submission to Manitoba's Court of the Queen's Bench, the PC Party seeks to dismiss candidate Shelly Glover's application to declare the results of the Oct. 30 leadership race invalid and require the party to hold a new vote. Glover lost that race by 363 votes to Heather Stefanson, who
The union representing Nova Scotia government workers says a new phone intake system was causing delays for people seeking income assistance long before a spike in calls after federal pandemic aid programs ended. Sandra Mullen, vice-president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, said employees with the Department of Community Services have been quitting, partly over frustration with the new system. "Folks would have to phone in and speak to someone and then deliver document
Andrew Chang talks to infectious diseases specialists Dr. Susy Hota and Dr. Lisa Barrett about when the omicron variant may become dominant in Canada, whether it appears milder than delta and if people should change their holiday plans.
REGINA — Saskatchewan's auditor says about half of adults with intellectual disabilities who are living in private group homes have experienced a serious event from physical and emotional abuse to mishandling of medicine Tara Clemett said such occurrences rose 12 per cent in 2020-21 from the previous year and, in some cases, there's no evidence the Ministry of Social Services followed up on investigations. The homes reported 859 serious incidents among 1,600 adults who were provided housing, mea
Adults should be allowed to make an advance request for medical assistance in dying in Quebec following the diagnosis of an incurable and incapacitating disease, a special committee recommends. The recommendation is one of 11 in a report tabled at the National Assembly on Wednesday by an all-party committee looking into expanding medical assistance in dying (MAID) laws in the province. Currently, the Quebec law requires a person to be able to provide informed consent at the time of receiving MAI
The Hawkesbury, Ont., fire department is working to put out a burning building at the corner of Main Street East and William Street. Ontario Provincial Police say a call for service came in at 7:33 p.m. The building on fire has commercial space on the main floor and residential units above. Sgt. Cynthia Savard says all occupants are safely out of the building and there are no injuries. Police are assisting the fire department by securing the scene. The fire was still burning at 10:30 p.m. on Mon
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A father and son were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a massive California wildfire that destroyed many homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee Lake Tahoe communities earlier this year, authorities said. David Scott Smith, 66, and his son, Travis Shane Smith, 32, are accused of reckless arson in a warrant issued before formal charges are filed, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office said. Mark Reichel, the attorney for both men, said th
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Two sets of brothers, all best friends, are now calling themselves The Fundraiser Warriors after raising more than $19,000 for McMaster Children’s Hospital and Camp Ooch/Trillium last December. This year, the boys are hoping to raise $24,000 for 24 local charities by selling advent calendars. Susan Hay has the story.
A better understanding of language and its neuroscientific basis would help us handle linguistic issues throughout our lives.
OTTAWA — Jewish civil servants met the prime minister's special envoy on fighting antisemitism to ask for support dealing with anti-Jewish abuse and slurs in the federal public service. The government officials have formed a support network to provide a "safe space" where they can share experiences of antisemitism and to change the culture in the sector. On Tuesday, they met Irwin Cotler, the prime minister's antisemitism envoy, to relay to him the problem in government offices. Some expressed f
Ontario could see between 250 and 400 COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care in January, putting more strain on an already burdened health system, the province's science advisory table says. The latest modelling report from the group, released on Tuesday, said that cases are rising in most public health units, and recommends continued public health measures and increasing the speed of the campaign to vaccinate children aged five to 11 against the virus. The projected climb in cases and admis
The bustling business hub and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong could lose its shine among foreign companies and expatriates with its stringent quarantine restrictions. (Dec. 7)