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Six city wards in Ottawa are slated to get new names, including one that references a 19th-century British slave owner with no apparent ties to Canada. Late last year, council approved a decision to redraw the city's electoral boundaries and include another ward. The new voting map now includes 24 wards — 12 urban, nine suburban and three rural. The new names are designed to reflect geographical areas and identifiable communities, while keeping the naming conventions used for existing wards, acc
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a human being” that has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative.” Newsom on Friday signed a law that removes the word from various sections of the California state code. California passed laws in 2015 and 2016 that removed the word from the state's labor and education code. But the law Newsom signed on Friday finishes the job by removing the
The deaths of six members of a Nova Scotia family in a camper fire two weeks ago was described by mourners Friday as an unfathomable tragedy. Hundreds of friends, family members and strangers gathered outside at Victoria Square in Amherst to remember the Sears-Robertson family. Describing the loss as "incomprehensible," Rev. Will Ferry said it was important that the community mourn together while observing public health guidelines. On Sept. 12, firefighters discovered the bodies of R.J. Sears, 3
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has kept alive the CBC's efforts to unseal evidence pertaining to a now-quashed murder conviction from more than 30 years ago. The top court ruled Friday that the Manitoba Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to reconsider a publication ban on an affidavit in the case of a Manitoba man who spent 23 years in prison for first-degree murder before the decision was overturned. The question of access to records remains open for the appeal court to weigh, even though t
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court seemed to indicate Friday that it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that seeks to overturn its landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion before ruling on the appeal of a lower court's ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in December on an attempt by Mississippi to overturn the high court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the right to an abortion.
The reconstruction of homes in Gaza that were destroyed or damaged in the May conflict between Israel and Hamas will begin in the first week of October using aid from Qatar, a senior Palestinian housing official said on Sunday. Gaza's Hamas-run government says Israeli air strikes destroyed about 2,200 homes in the enclave during the 11-day conflict and damaged 37,000 others. About 1,800 destroyed or damaged homes will be rebuilt in the first phase of work, according to Naji Sarhan, Gaza's deputy minister for housing and public works.
A jointly-signed statement between the Innu Nation, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the federal government indicates the parties are more interested in talking out the issues that were potentially holding up the finalization of the $5.2-billion agreement-in-principle Muskrat Falls rate mitigation deal. The Innu Nation was seeking a court injunction that would halt talks to finalize the agreement-in-principle between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, signed July 28. Judge Alex
Longtime political allies Jason Kenney and Scott Moe, the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, respectively, are facing nearly identical health-care crises, but only one is facing a leadership review. Kenney's handling of the fourth wave of COVID-19, which has hit Alberta harder than other provinces, has led to questions about his future as premier. He met on Wednesday with his United Conservative Party caucus, with his political future said to be in the balance. Kenney emerged from the meeting
A 19-year-old woman died in single-vehicle crash Friday night in Yarmouth County. Yarmouth RCMP responded to a call on Highway 1 near Darlings Lake at 10:24 p.m. According to a news release, the car was heading south when it struck a guardrail and crashed. The driver from nearby Port Maitland, who was the only occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP are investigating. MORE TOP STORIES
Montreal police are investigating after a 30-year-old man was found dead with at least one bullet wound in Montreal's Rivière-des-Prairies neighbourhood Sunday afternoon. Police say the man was found on the ground near a car at 7th Avenue and Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard just after noon. The circumstances of the incident are not yet known.
Professor Gordon Houlden of the University of Alberta China Institute discusses the release of Meng Wanzhou and what the resolution means for Canada/China relations.
Something Saskatchewan's doctors suspected has now been confirmed: the province is withholding COVID-19 modelling data from them. In the early stages of the pandemic, modelling data was provided to doctors. Although modelling is not a crystal ball that shows the future, it does give health professionals and policymakers information that can help them inform decisions. That transparency stopped several months ago that transparency stopped. It was never made clear why. Doctors were finally given a
Volcanic explosions spewed red hot lava high into the air on La Palma on Saturday as a new emission vent opened, forcing the small Spanish island to close its airport and causing long queues for boats off the island. The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute, Involcan, said the new emission vent that had opened was to the west of the principle vent. The national Geographical and Mining Institute said its drones had shown the volcano's cone had broken.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too-distant future. The spike in demand — expected following last week's federal recommendation on booster shots — would be the first significant jump in months. More than 70 million Americans remain
HALIFAX — A trial of inmates accused of attempting to murder a prisoner in his Nova Scotia jail cell heard from a witness Friday who recalled hearing a prisoner shouting he hoped the man would die. Katlyn Hubley, one of two captains on duty the night of Dec. 2, 2019, testified that as she arrived at the scene she pleaded fruitlessly with inmates to let her and other guards advance and assist. Hubley, who left the corrections service in January, said she heard inmate Kaz Cox, who was standing in
SAN MARINO (AP) — Residents in the tiny republic of San Marino voted overwhelmingly Sunday to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalized it and becoming the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances, according to nearly complete returns. With 26 of 37 polling stations counted, some 76% of voters approved making abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It will also be legal beyond then if the woman’s life is in danger
Chinese technology executives, facing a crackdown (https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-crackdown-wipes-hundreds-billions-off-top-companies-values-2021-09-13) by the authorities, pledged support on Sunday for Beijing's "common prosperity" drive and to help smaller companies. Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang, a prime target (https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/crackdown-hit-alibaba-divest-5-stake-chinese-broadcaster-2021-09-24) of the broad crackdown, told a conference organised by China's top internet regulator that his company's $15 billion plan to boost common prosperity in China was "steadily advancing". Common prosperity - China's term for narrowing the gap between rich and poor - is "not just a number", Zhang said, stressing the importance of helping local talent in poor regions to "teach a man to fish".
The body of a 29-year-old man has been recovered near the boat launch in Inuvik, N.W.T., more than 24 hours after he first disappeared into the water. A large search and rescue operation began, according to RCMP, after the individual entered the water around 4:20 a.m. Friday. He was found dead around 11 a.m. Saturday in the water, near where he had last been seen. RCMP said they're helping the territory's coroner service with an investigation. They're also thanking everyone who helped with the s
Britain’s decision to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers is a short-term fix that will not solve an acute labour shortage that risks major disruption for retailers in the run-up to Christmas, business leaders have warned. The fuel supply issues come on the back of warnings from the retail industry that unless the driver shortage was sorted out there would be major problems ahead of the busy festive shopping period. "After a very difficult 18 months, I know how important this Christmas is for all of us and that's why we're taking these steps at the earliest opportunity to ensure preparations remain on track," transport minister Grant Shapps said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee on Saturday, but one Democrat opposed the measure in an illustration of the challenges party leaders face in getting the near unanimity they'll need to push the sprawling package through Congress. The Democratic-dominated panel, meeting virtually, approved the measure on a near party-line vote, 20-17. Passage marked a necessary but minor checkin