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Team USA rower Allie Reilly shares her journey from high school lacrosse player to Olympic rower.
Team USA rower Allie Reilly shares her journey from high school lacrosse player to Olympic rower.
WINNIPEG — A First Nations advocacy group in Manitoba is urging RCMP across the country to open criminal investigations into all former residential schools following a decade-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in the province. The Southern Chiefs' Organization says investigations are warranted and critical in helping First Nations people heal. "By exposing all of the horrors inflicted upon our people and seeking justice, we can then chart a clear p
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — As Rebecca Flores set out on a nearly 30-mile voting rights march to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, she recalled another long distance: the drive her parents made from the outskirts of town in the 1950s to cast their ballot, after paying a $3 poll tax. “They just want to keep us in our place,” said Flores, 78, an activist from San Antonio. “And I am frankly, I’m sick of it. That’s why I’m here." As far as protests go over tighter voting laws, the march in Texas that beg
A new N.W.T board game is bringing Cree language and culture to northern communities. Ryan Schaefer and Eyzaah Bouza, both 20 years old from Fort Smith, created the game to be like Snakes and Ladders, with a traditional twist. Named Trails and Overflow, the game takes players through a South Slave trap line where their knowledge of Cree animal names and numbers are tested in a race to the finish line. Schaefer and Bouza developed the game at a 2018 workshop joining language revitalization with g
TORONTO — Ontario plans to spend up to $324millionto boost hospital capacity and extend working hours to tackle a waitlist for surgeries that's expected to grow as the province recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Minister Christine Elliott and the CEO of Ontario Health on Wednesday announced details of the plan, which includes a goal of allowing the hospital system to operate at 115 per cent capacity by the fall. "As we continue to safely and gradually lift public health measures, and we
BRAMPTON, Ont. — The top doctor of a COVID-19 hot spot in Ontario says data shows that all of the people in the region who were hospitalized recently with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated. Dr. Lawrence Loh says between June 1 and July 9, 81 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Peel Region, which includes the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. He says two thirds of those patients were unvaccinated, and one third had received only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Loh says the data s
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Sharon Schechter escaped the South Florida condominium tower collapse with just the nightclothes she was wearing, so she cried shortly after when the Global Empowerment Mission gave her an electric toothbrush, a phone charger and a $500 gift card to buy essentials. Now GEM, other charities and businesses announced Wednesday that they will be paying the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families di
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a judge to toss out a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the state's sweeping new election law. In a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, lawyers for the state called the lawsuit “a politicized intrusion” into the state's constitutional authority to regulate its elections. The state's election laws “are reasonable, non-discriminatory, and well within the mainstream of election laws across the country,” they wrote. U.S. Attorney Ge
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday he "won't spare a penny" to help fight the northern wildfires and support evacuees, but he isn't declaring a state of emergency. Ford visited the wildfire command centre in Thunder Bay and met with evacuees and community leaders. He thanked the hundreds of firefighters, as well as other provinces and jurisdictions such as Wisconsin and Mexico, who have sent resources to help. Both the size and number of wildfires burning across northern Ontario are substa
TORONTO — An Ontario court is poised to determine whether private schools are entitled to pandemic support from the province after three schools launched a legal challenge over the government's allocation of federal COVID-19 funding. The schools -- two in Toronto and one in Kitchener, Ont. -- argue that in doling out the provincial portion of the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, the Ontario government left out some 1,500 independent institutions and the more than 150,000 children who attend th
The Grey-Bruce OPP detachment has increased traffic enforcement on area highways in an effort to curb incidents of speeding and dangerous driving. On July-long weekend, the Grey-Bruce OPP detachment conducted proactive traffic enforcement on Highway 10 in Grey Highlands. Over the course of the three days, OPP officers performed 73 vehicle stops and issued 62 provincial offences. “There were a number of warnings issued as well, as officers do have discretion to issue warnings,” said Grey-Bruce OP
The chief of police in Lethbridge, Alta., says the city's high crime rate is a sign that residents need to take stronger action to prevent illegal activity. A Statistics Canada report released Tuesday compared the crime rate and crime severity index (CSI) for 35 metropolitan areas in Canada during 2020. Lethbridge topped both lists. The CSI is a measurement that weighs not just the change in volume of particular crimes but also the seriousness of crimes compared to others. Lethbridge has a crime
OTTAWA — The long-standing tradition of the Governor General acceding to Canadian prime ministers' requests to dissolve Parliament will practically push Mary Simon to accept a plea from Justin Trudeau to call an election, a constitutional law expert said Wednesday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked Simon to refuse any request from Trudeau that would send voters to the ballot box, noting that the fixed-election law states that every general election must be held on the third Monday of October fo
Indoor mask wearing has returned to the U.S. Capitol amid new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that all Americans living in places where the virus is surging should wear a mask while inside, regardless of vaccination status. (July 28)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Wednesday that all public employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting next month as the U.S. territory reports a new rise in cases. The executive order goes into effect Aug. 16 with few exceptions. Those who refuse to get inoculated will be required to submit a negative virus test weekly. If an employee refuses to get tested, they will be forced to use their vacation days and eventually may not be paid, Gov. Pedro Pi
Grey Bruce is no longer a provincially designated COVID-19 hot spot, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU). “We thank everyone for their continued support as we collectively work together to bring numbers down,” said Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health for GBHU in a news release. “If the weekly pattern of new cases continues to decrease or remain stable thru the coming long weekend, we will be in a good position to move to full Step 3. Until then, we are asking the public in Grey Br
The general manager of a retirement home in Courtice, Ont., is facing charges after he ordered staff members to remove door handles at some units at the White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence in February. Durham Regional Police Services launched an investigation on Feb. 12 after receiving a complaint against staff members at White Cliffe, which is on Highway 2 in Courtice, about 60 kilometres east of Toronto. The complaint alleged that during the pandemic, staff removed door handles to some u
A new report from the First Nations Health Authority and the provincial health officer takes a deep dive into the systemic racism Indigenous women and girls continue to face when accessing government services, in particular, health care. What's unique about the report, however, is that it also highlights the resiliency and knowledge they possess — and always have. Report author Dr. Danièle Behn Smith, deputy provincial health officer for Indigenous health, said it was important the report came f
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that three of its troops were killed and two more were wounded in clashes with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations, which have been locked in a decades-long tug-of-war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said two of its servicemen were wounded Wednesday. Both countries have accused each other of starting the clashes. Azerbaijan said Armenian forces opened fire at its posit
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -The Canadian province of Alberta on Wednesday said it is dropping quarantine requirements for close contacts of COVID-19 cases, easing public health measures just as neighboring British Columbia reinstates a mask mandate in one region to tackle surging cases. Quarantine for close contacts will shift from being mandatory to recommended from Thursday and Alberta is also scaling back contact tracing. Chief medical officer Deena Hinshaw told a news conference the province needs to scale back the focus on COVID-19 so resources can be deployed to tackle other respiratory illnesses that are likely to climb in the fall.
A home renovation business in Fredericton has experienced six acts of vandalism in the last six months, totalling over $60,000 in losses. An incident last Thursday was the worst so far. Home Fashions Group owner Jarred Dooley said security footage from around 3 a.m. on July 22 shows a man smashing the windows of three company vans and stealing the equipment inside. Dooley said it left the small business with over $25,000 in losses. He said the company has already been hit with the extra costs of