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Nearly three million Americans have signed up for health insurance on the U.S. government website Healthcare.gov during a special enrollment period that began on Feb. 15, President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. Biden, a Democrat, re-opened the online health insurance marketplace to give more Americans a chance to take advantage of benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The special enrollment period was open through Aug. 15.
BEIRUT (Reuters) -The Lebanese government will resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund while beginning reforms demanded by donors, according to a draft policy programme that aims to tackle one of the worst financial meltdowns in history. New Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government will also resume negotiations with creditors over a restructuring of public debt on which Lebanon defaulted last year, the draft seen by Reuters on Wednesday said.
Canada's housing market continued to show signs of a slow cool-down in August, as the number of sales ticked lower even as selling prices still headed higher compared to where they were a year ago. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday that 48,379 homes changed hands in August, down 0.5 per cent from July — and down by about 14 per cent compared to the number of sales clocked this time last year. About half of all markets are seeing more houses change hands, while the other half ar
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique read the September 1 front page story ‘Police services are starting to challenge stigma of mental health” and contacted The Expositor to clarify the extensive supports provided to officers following the shooting death of Constable Marc Hovingh last November and to talk about the transformation in mental health programming within the OPP organization. Two and a half years ago the OPP did not have a full-time psychologist or partnerships
This November event will feature the longest partial lunar eclipse in more than 580 years!
Attendees at the Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival were happily singing the blues on Sept. 10-12, as a modified and safe version of the festival returned to Kincardine. It was a weekend chock full of entertainment and activities for visitors. On Friday and Saturday evening, a ticketed event on the main stage featured a lineup of some of the most renowned artists in the blues industry. Saturday during the day, at the BIA Street Festival, live music was performed in four downtown venues at n
The federal election is on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. If you live in British Columbia, here's what you need to know as you head to the polls. Why is there a federal election happening right now? This is the second time British Columbians are heading to the polls during the pandemic — after a provincial election on Oct. 24, 2020 — and a lot of people aren't too happy about it. According to a Nanos poll, three out of four Canadians don't believe a federal election should be happening in the middle of
Sewage lagoons were a topic of discussion for both the Village of Carbon and the Village of Rockyford during their regular council meetings held on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8 respectively. In Carbon, at least one of the lagoon holding cells is having issues with back-up stemming from lack of maintenance. Sludge and slime was last cleaned from the lagoon in 1999 and was scheduled for maintenance in 2011. However, this maintenance was not completed and the lagoon is now a deca
It started with a dodgy plate of chicken wings. It ended with Jeremy Arnot's job. The B.C. man was fired last year for failing to follow his employer's COVID-19 protocols during a bout of diarrhea; he's now seen his employment reinstated by a labour arbitrator who says companies must provide workers with clear policies and training related to the coronavirus. "An employee's report of diarrhea during this pandemic is not a sufficient justification for demanding a COVID test. The employer must est
New Brunswick's health minister says she wants rules for listing and inspecting cooling towers by next spring following two outbreaks of legionnaires' disease in the Moncton region. Dorothy Shephard said it's uncertain if legislation will be introduced this fall, but "absolutely" wants to move ahead by the spring. "We want to get this done and we're not going to sit on this," Shephard said in an interview with CBC on Tuesday. "But, we're not going to rush it and not have something dealt with pro
Runners gathered on Sunday, September 12 to participate in the 2021 Dinosaur Half Marathon. Despite rainy conditions, a total of 207 participants ran in the five, 10, and 21 kilometre races. Kade Wolf-Bernard of Edmonton (right) placed 26 in the 5K event with a total time of 54:53. Jakub Sumbera from Invermere, B.C. placed first in the half marathon with a time of 1:14:40. Ryan Albano placed first in the 10K event with a time of 36:43, and Sterling Hopman of Airdrie placed first in the 5K with a
The comments came as Merkel was in the Western Balkans meeting heads of government from Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.View on euronews
Germany's conservatives, trailing in polls less than two weeks before a national election, launched a stinging attack on Wednesday on the European Central Bank's loose monetary policy. Friedrich Merz, the expert for fiscal and economic policies in the team of conservative top candidate Armin Laschet, said that, in contrast to central banks in Japan and the United States, the ECB was still not normalising its monetary policy. "This is having a significant impact on savings and pensions," Merz told a news conference in the southern city of Stuttgart, standing next to Laschet.
Chatham-Kent has become one of Ontario's COVID-19 hotspots in the fourth wave of the pandemic. There are 116 active cases in the municipality as of Tuesday, along with two outbreaks and 16 people in hospital. Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health, said the uptick is being fuelled by the delta variant, which is highly contagious. "Our contact tracers are worked off their feet dealing with this," he said on CBC Radio's Windsor Morning on Wednesday. Most of the cases are being linked back to d
The Arva Flour Mill has been sold to a London businessman who vows to continue operating the business, as well as expanding to make gluten-free flour, and possibly add a distillery or winery. "Every time I've been on the property, it brings me joy," said the new owner, Mark Rinker, who takes over the mill from Mike Matthews, whose family has operated the business for four generations, since 1919. "It's a very special place for me," Rinker told CBC News, adding that his father's family had strong
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Infections following monsoon rains have led to a fever outbreak in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 114 people in the past three weeks, health officials said Wednesday. The state’s Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh told The Associated Press that most cases were caused by dengue, a seasonal viral infection spread by mosquitoes, followed by leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and malaria. Leptospirosis and scrub typhus are bacterial infections, while malaria is
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald is expected to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Atlantic Canada during a news briefing Wednesday, Sept. 15, in St. John’s. Nova Scotia reported 66 new positive tests Tuesday, its highest one-day total since May. That province’s health minister and chief medical officer of health gave a news briefing Tuesday, saying the rising numbers have forced the government to delay its next stage of reopening until Oct. 4. “The fourth wave i
LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his senior ministers on Wednesday, appointing his party's first female foreign secretary, as he urged his government to get on with the job of tackling economic inequality after COVID-19. Ending regional inequality is key to the agenda set in 2019 when Johnson won the biggest Conservative Party parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher. The replacement of Dominic Raab with former trade minister Liz Truss at the Foreign Office underlined the rationale behind the reshuffle - move those whose blunders have buffeted the government and promote those who have avoided crises.
LONDON, Ont. — The Ontario government says it will expand its GO Train service to London. The new weekday service will also connect customers to Stratford and St. Marys. GO Train trips between London and Union Station in Toronto will begin Oct. 18. The provincial government says the pilot project will include one trip leaving from London in the early morning, and one return trip in the evening. The trip from London to Toronto’s Union Station will take about four hours. Between London and Kitchen
Shaina Harvey knows what it's like to go to the emergency room with suicidal thoughts. And not get any help. "I've kind of seen both ends of it — either from me bringing somebody else ... or being there myself — and I've just never really seen a positive outcome for any of those situations," said the 23-year-old. Harvey, a fourth-year biology and psychology student at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, said lots of young people have had the same experience. She said it was a common t