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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Wednesday reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases, a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care. There were 1,068 new cases of COVID-19, with case counts 13% higher than last week. State officials said 201 Alaskans required hospitalization for COVID-19, and 34 of them were on ventilators in a state with limited health care capacity. “Our hospitals have been and continue to be incredibly s
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The four people on SpaceX’s first private flight are fairly ordinary, down-to-Earth types brought together by chance. They’ll circle Earth for three days at an unusually high altitude — on their own without a professional escort — before splashing down off the Florida coast. Meet the crew that’s taking space tourism to new heights following Wednesday night's launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center: JARED ISAACMAN, SPONSOR Isaacman struck it rich with the payment-proce
Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health is reporting six new COVID-19 cases since Monday, while issuing a public exposure notice in Watson Lake. In a news release Wednesday, the territorial government said three of the new cases are located in Whitehorse, and three are in rural Yukon. The overall number of active COVID-19 cases now stands at 23 in the Yukon, two more than were reported on Monday. The total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is at 712, of which 662 happened
South Nation Conservation's (SNC) newest property, Mill Run Conservation Area, is now open for day use. Donated by Augusta Township to the conservation authority, the nine-acre property on McCrea Road was developed in part thanks to funding received by the federal government. "This new conservation area provides people with the first public and maintained river access to the South Nation River in this area while working to protect natural heritage and forest cover in Eastern Ontario," said John
CURVE LAKE — At a Curve Lake candidates debate Monday night, Green party hopeful Chanté White challenged Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef on the federal government’s commitment to bringing clean drinking water to Indigenous communities — nationally and locally. “It just isn’t being done fast enough. You shouldn’t have to fight your own Prime Minister to get something accomplished,” said White during the virtual debate held over Zoom. While White acknowledged Curve Lake First Nation’s progr
If Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives form the next federal government, the Native Women’s Association of Canada says Indigenous women have a long, hard road ahead of them. A scorecard released yesterday by NWAC ranks the platforms of the five main parties based on 11 priorities. The Conservatives received a failing grade of D. “It is quite overwhelming,” said NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx. “But is this something new here, that it's hard for us to get the government moving on such systemic issues and longstan
Vancouver police say they are investigating a fatal shooting in the parking lot of an upscale downtown hotel. According to investigators, a witness spotted the victim inside a vehicle on the third level of the parkade at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. "This brazen shooting happened in broad daylight at a popular tourist hotel in the city," Const. Tania Visintin said in a statement. "VPD homicide investigators beli
The access to information system in Nunavut isn't "working as well as it should," said the territory's recently-appointed information and privacy commissioner. In his first annual report submitted to the Nunavut Legislature, Graham Steele said the territorial government is holding back more information than it needs to and not protecting Nunavummiut's personal information as well as it could. "The information law says the government has to tell its citizens what it's doing," said Steele, who sta
Alberta has brought in a slew of new restrictive health measures, some of which are set to go into effect tomorrow, including limits to indoor social gatherings and capacity limits on businesses, amid concerns the province could run out of ICU staff and beds in the next 10 days. On Wednesday Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, announced the provincial he
The main national party leaders' scheduled public appearances for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 All times are local. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Montreal 9:15 a.m. Announcement and media availability. No address provided. _____ Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Saint John, N.B. 11 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. TSA Curling Club, 49 Dufferin Ave. Truro, N.S. 7 p.m. — Event with supporters. Truro Farmers Market, 15 Young St. ____ NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Toronto 9 a.m. — Announcement abou
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday defended the phone calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump's presidency, saying the conversations were intended to convey “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were in line with his responsibilities as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some in Congress accused Gen. Mark Milley of having overstepped his authority and urged President Joe Biden to fire him, but Biden indicated Wednes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. The White House said that they’ve offered such calls with others concerned about the vaccine, part of an aggressive public relations campaign to beat back rampant disinformation about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Romell Quioto had a goal and two assists and Montreal beat short-handed Orlando City 4-2 on Wednesday night. Montreal (9-8-7) snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Orlando (10-6-8) had won three in a row against Montreal — all shutouts. Quioto bent a low ball in to the near post that Lassi Lappalainen redirected into the net to give Montreal a 3-2 lead in the 73rd minute. Orlando City went a man down after Nani picked up his second yellow card — about seven minutes after
The Canadian province of Alberta introduced a vaccine passport system on Wednesday to combat a fourth wave of COVID-19 that is close to overwhelming the healthcare system, as Premier Jason Kenney apologised for mishandling the pandemic. Alberta will impose measures including capacity restrictions for businesses and a ban on indoor dining in restaurants unless patrons can show government-issued proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Kenney has repeatedly said his government will not introduce vaccine passports and avoided using that phrase in a lengthy news conference where other measures, including work-from-home and physical distancing mandates, were also announced.
Thunderstorm threat continues overnight into Thursday, though reduced severe chance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Few Democrats were surprised to see Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom swat down a Republican-driven recall campaign in bright-blue California. But they were pleased with how he did it. By making the race into a referendum on former President Donald Trump and his supporters' “extreme” resistance to coronavirus precautions, Newsom offered a formula for survival that could translate to dozens of races in next year's midterm elections, Democrats said. A healthy turnout, spurred
The organization responsible for administering clinical exams to certify physiotherapy graduates has scrapped all future virtual exams after its most recent bout of technical glitches last week. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) says it will now focus on offering in-person examinations. It's the fifth time exams have been cancelled by CAPR since the start of the pandemic, leading to a backlog of more than 2,000 unlicensed candidates who are now calling on their provincial
U.S. Olympic gold medallists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman were among the gymnasts who delivered emotional testimony to the Senate judiciary committee about the sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the women's national team, and condemned the Justice Department and FBI for how the investigation was handled.
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out o
Furry Tales cat Rescue is putting out the call for cat fosters. After a rise in intake over the summer and finding cat colonies in the area, the Smiths-Falls-based not-for profit cat rescue is looking for fosters in and around the area. With 172 cats already in care, the rescue is calling for fosters for the 35 cats currently at the facility, and the many more they're rescuing from two cat colonies in the area and 16 cats they've rescued from a house in Brockville. Chris Langton, a local foster