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TORONTO — Breanna Reid-Clarke has attended all her university classes over the last two years from her bedroom and it's taking a toll. Studying from home as a result of the pandemic has meant feeling isolated, and has brought challenges in building strong connections with colleagues and instructors, says the 21-year-old. Now, even as universities make plans for students to return gradually over the next month, some like Reid-Clarke say they aren't hopeful their post-secondary experiences can be
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he is suffering from an inflamed ligament in his right knee that makes walking and going up and down stairs painful. Francis told his weekly general audience that he had been informed that the inflammation usually only afflicts older people. “I don’t know why it happened to me,” the 85-year-old pope quipped, drawing applause from the crowd. Francis, who has long suffered from sciatica nerve pain that makes him walk with a pronounced limp, cited the new kne
CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is reporting one more COVID-19 death, for a total of nine since the start of the pandemic. Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says a person in their 80s is the latest resident to die of the disease. There are 10 patients in hospital, including two people in intensive care. There are two other patients in hospital who have contracted the disease but who are being treated for illnesses other than COVID-19. Health officials reported 275 new infecti
East Hants District RCMP are turning to the public for help in finding an urn that was stolen from a home in Upper Rawdon, N.S. The break-in was reported on Dec. 30, 2021. The ashes in the urn belonged to the homeowner's son. Police say a laptop, jewelry and a television were also taken. Anyone with information about the break-in or anyone who knows the location of the urn is asked to contact the East Hants District RCMP at 902-883-7077. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Nova Scotia Crime Stopp
Outspoken singer-songwriter Neil Young has given Spotify an ultimatum between streaming his music or continuing to distribute the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, known for featuring COVID-19 contrarians with confusing and dangerous views.
Victoria Kalisky was grocery shopping last week when, despite being bundled up against southern Quebec's brutal cold, her face was in pain. "I realized that there were five men and women right next to me who were going to sleep in that –30 the entire night," the 23-year-old Montrealer said on Monday. "And then the next morning, I woke up to a news article about a woman who had died." That's when she decided it was time to help. She talked to her father, Lorne Kalisky, and started an online crowd
VICTORIA — British Columbia residents will need to bring their vaccine card with them through to the end of June if they want to access indoor spaces, restaurants or most events, says the provincial health officer. Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday the vaccine card is specifically designed to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19, allowing certain businesses and activities to remain open. "As we move through this period, it will, I expect, no longer be necessary," Henry told a news conference. "B
OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is calling on Twitter to remove a tweet from an Ontario politician who labelled federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra a "terrorist." Mendicino says the tweet from Independent MPP Randy Hillier is "flagrantly abusive, offensive and Islamophobic" and amounts to "hate speech" that should have no place on Twitter or other social media platforms. In a tweet today supporting truckers opposed to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in order to cross
NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Barba Higuera's “The Last Cuentista,” a post-apocalyptic tale of a young girl who must preserve the memory of Earth's history, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book. Another story of memory was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal for outstanding children's picture book. ”Watercress," in which a Chinese American girl learns about her heritage, was illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang. The Newbery and Caldecott medals were part of
TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan expanded regions subject to tighter coronavirus curbs to cover 70% of the country on Tuesday, as the government tried to counter a record wave of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. The measures, already in force in 16 prefectures, will take effect in a further 18 including the western prefectures of Kyoto and Osaka and remain in place until the middle of next month. Nationwide cases rose above 60,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, a tally by broadcaster Fuji TV showed on Tuesday, with the capital, Tokyo, posting 12,813 new cases while the region of Osaka reported 8,612, both records.
Unlocking the mysteries behind Omicron's unique set of mutations will be key to understanding how this virus evolves and spreads — particularly as a tougher-to-detect subvariant is taking off in various countries, threatening to prolong this wave of infections. The subvariant is known as BA.2 in the classification system used to catalogue mutations of SARS-CoV-2, and it's just one of a handful of Omicron subvariants featuring different mutations, which also includes the original lineage, BA.1, a
Alors que le corps électoral âgé est surreprésenté et qu’une partie des élus sont eux-mêmes âgés, comment se fait-il que le vieillissement ne soit pas au cœur de l’agenda politique ?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ health director says she won’t take part in one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season, citing threats over the city's resumption of COVID-19 restrictions to combat the highly contagious omicron variant. The Krewe du Vieux says it still considers Dr. Jennifer Avegno its queen and will include her float in its parade, one of the first in the Carnival season leading up to Fat Tuesday, news outlets reported. The parade, known for wild satire, will be held F
TORONTO — On a recent snowy afternoon in New York City, Samantha Bee is gleefully making her way to a cat café. It's a production day for her TBS late-night show "Full Frontal," and in this particular episode, she tackles how disinformation can spread through something as seemingly innocuous as the cute cat videos the internet lives for. In other words, it's a quintessential episode of the series, which began its seventh season Thursday. "I'm trying to find more entry points into serious materia
Hospitalized for COVID-19, or with COVID-19? It's a distinction New Brunswick Public Health has been making recently in how it reports the number of people in hospital with the disease, and one which highlights the complexity around crediting COVID-19's role in certain illnesses, experts say. "It's an important distinction to make and … it's helpful information to have, but at the end of the day, it's a challenging distinction to make," said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at
Another weekend storm is on the way for Prince Edward Island. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for all three counties in the province Wednesday morning. The statement said Environment Canada is monitoring what is expected to be a "very intense winter storm" that would have impact on Saturday into Sunday. "This storm is expected to bring snow, rain and strong winds to the region." This would be the third weekend storm this January. The first came in on Jan. 8 with high winds
The Quebec government announced the loosening of some COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday, following the lead of Ontario and other provinces amid indications the Omicron surge may be peaking in some areas. Quebec Premier François Legault said the province would adopt a go-slow approach, which will see gathering limits raised on Monday for private functions, as well as the reopening of restaurants at 50 per cent capacity and a resumption of some sports activities for those under 18. Other restrictions
Students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) rallied at the Burnaby campus Monday to protest a return to in-person learning in the midst of the province's fifth wave of COVID-19. It is the school's first scheduled day back in person since the fall semester, and the students are demanding the university offer courses online so they can avoid coming to campus while the highly-transmissible Omicron variant continues to circulate. More than 4,000 students have also signed an online petition asking for
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating six lawyers to run U.S. attorney’s offices across the country, a diverse group of candidates in the latest picks for the top law enforcement positions. The nominees, being announced by the White House on Wednesday, would run the federal prosecutors’ offices in Alaska, Connecticut, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Utah. They would include the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Utah and the first Black woman to serve as U.S. attorney
Calgary's lone Liberal MP says he has paid a fine after a doorbell camera captured him removing an opponent's campaign flyer and replacing it with one of his own on the eve of the last federal election. The video showed George Chahal, who won Calgary Skyview for the Liberals in the September 2021 federal election, walking up to a constituent's front door in the northeast Calgary neighbourhood of Temple on Sept. 19. Chahal removed a flyer put there by members of Conservative incumbent Jag Sahota'