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A ship carrying over 30 cases of COVID-19 has left the waters of Conception Bay, meaning there are now just two active cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province's active caseload is now at its lowest point since March 29. The ship, called the Princess Santa Joana, left Conception Bay after just over two weeks of being anchored in the province, according to the Department of Health in a news release. All but one COVID-19 infected people on the ship are now being reported as rec
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. A group of Halifax-based nuns who operated the Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia has apologized for its role at the institute, but is refusing to say more about the gesture or whether it's reached out to Indigenous survivors. The Sisters of Charity staffed the school for its duration from 1929 to 1967. It was named a National Historic Site in 2020 to mark the "discrimination, mistreatment, abuse and neglect" Mi'kmaw children suffered
NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of Belarus’ embattled opposition hopes the United States and Europe will impose new sanctions on money-making government enterprises that will lead to the collapse of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and a peaceful transition that pro-democracy supporters are preparing for because “it can happen very fast.” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition challenger to Lukashenko in last August’s disputed election, said the former Soviet Union very unexpectedly col
COURTICE, Ont. — Police in Ontario's Durham Region say the general manager of a retirement home has been charged for allegedly removing door handles to some units during the pandemic. Investigators say they got a complaint on Feb. 12 against staff members at the White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence in Courtice, Ont. Police say the complaint alleged that during the pandemic staff had removed some of the door handles. Tawab Karimi, 40, of Oshawa, has been charged with two counts of unlawful c
CHICAGO (AP) — The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival this week will be required to show proof that they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days. The four-day festival starts Thursday and is expected to be back at full capacity, with roughly 100,000 daily attendees. After missing last summer because of the threat of the coronavirus, it will easily be Chicago's largest gathering sin
Ontario's back-to-school plan will be announced early next week, Premier Doug Ford announced Wednesday. Ford shared the news during a visit to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he met with local leaders to discuss the ongoing wildfires that have forced thousands from their homes. "It’s a very comprehensive plan and we’re making sure that we increase the protocols to make sure the two million kids that are going back to school are going to be safe, as well as the teachers, changing everything from HEPA fi
Ottawa police are looking for anyone who witnessed a downtown dispute between e-scooter riders and the driver of a black Volkswagen on Monday night, which resulted in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Eric Hewer. Police say homicide investigators want more details about an altercation between three people riding e-scooters and the driver, which took place around 8:40 p.m. Monday. Officers were called to the intersection of Albert and Metcalfe streets where they found two men suffering from stab
Amid calls for the federal government to prosecute perpetrators of sexual abuse at residential schools, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday the government was exploring several options on how to respond after Manitoba RCMP confirmed it had been investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in the province. Evidence had been collected over the span of more than 10 years and is now with Crown prosecutors, though no charges have been laid at this time.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mena Suvari wants to explain her reasoning for writing about Kevin Spacey on the set of their 1999 film “American Beauty" in her new book “The Great Peace" (Hachette). Spacey won an Oscar for his role in the film as Lester Burnham, a suburban husband and father in the midst of a midlife crisis, who becomes fixated on his daughter’s best friend, Angela, played by Suvari. On the day of filming a scene where Lester and Angela lie on a sofa together, Suvari writes that at set, Spacey
Ottawa reports eight more COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There are 49 active confirmed cases in the city. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported eight more COVID-19 cases, but no deaths Wednesday. There are 49 known active cases. Numbers to watch 0.7%: The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive, which has increased slightly. 0.9: The number of people infected by a single COVID-19 case, or R(t). The spread of the coronavirus is considered under control if that figure is kept be
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait, we're supposed to wear masks again? Even if we are vaccinated? For a large part of the U.S., that's the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC this week revisited and revised its guidance for wearing masks indoors to stop the spread of coronavirus. The change comes two months after the agency eased its mask advice, declaring that fully vaccinated people no longer had to cover up at indoor public places. Since then, the agency also said va
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday a $5.2-billion deal to help Newfoundland and Labrador cover the costs of its troubled Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Trudeau's visit to St. John's, N.L., comes amid growing speculation that a federal election is on the horizon, and he is set to announce later in the day the province will become the fourth to strike a deal with Ottawa for a $10-a-day child-care program. Premier Andrew Furey, who joined Trudeau for the hydr
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge will decide this week whether there's enough evidence to charge a Wisconsin police officer who killed a man sitting in a parked car, after the man's family invoked a rarely used legal process in a bid to get around prosecutors who cleared the officer. Joseph Mensah shot Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016 after he discovered him sleeping in his car after hours in a park in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb. Mensah said Anderson was reaching for a gun. Anderson was the second of thr
TORONTO — An Indigenous two-spirit odyssey and an adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’s award-winning novel "Scarborough" are among the Canadian additions to September's Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers have announced the Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery program lineups, as well as more galas and special presentations, including Oscar-winner Jane Campion's much-anticipated drama "The Power of the Dog." Discovery's lineup of emerging filmmakers includes the world premiere of "
MD council again approved adjustments to the 2021 capital budget, reported in the June 30 article MD Council Repurposes Portions of 2021 Budget. The changes come as a result of the MD postponing gravel crushing operations while it reviews the reclamation process. Initially, $350,000 was allocated for capital work on a new eco-station, which will see a permanent recycling and waste transfer service site by the MD office. The amount has now been adjusted to $224,000 since engineering drawings and
VICTORIA — British Columbia's budget deficit has come in almost $3 billion lower than was forecast for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Finance Minister Selina Robinson says the final numbers show a deficit of $5.46 billion compared to the original forecast of almost $8.2 billion. She says the strength of B.C.'s economy helped keep the province's finances on stable ground. Robinson says she expects to lay out a plan in next year's budget that outlines how the province will return to future surpluses. Sh
(Reuters) -Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday predicted a rise in sales of chips for 5G phones, including Apple Inc's iPhone, as the company said it had mitigated supply shortfalls that have contributed to a global chip shortage. Qualcomm total revenues rose 63% to nearly $8 billion, boosted by soaring sales of chips for connected devices that hit $1.4 billion. The San Diego, California-based company is the biggest supplier of mobile phone chips in the world and the leader in 5G technology, supplying modem chips that help iPhones connect to wireless data networks and the modems and central processors for much of the Android market.
Yukon health officials are defending their plan to drop more COVID-19 restrictions starting next week, saying they are "no longer justified," and that the plan heralds a new phase in the territory's pandemic response. The plan, announced last week, will see the territory's border controls lifted as of August 4. That means nobody will be stopped on entry to the territory, required to fill out a declaration form, or isolate if they're not vaccinated. People passing through will also no longer have
Thanks to modern science, the dangers of lead poisoning are well understood. Lead has been used for pipes since the days of the Roman Empire because it’s easily shaped and more durable than other metals, though prolonged exposure can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders in children and reproductive issues in adults. The Canadian government changed the acceptable level of lead concentration from 10 micrograms per litre to five back in March 2019. Since then, the Alberta government has put in plac
Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson released a statement on Wednesday, responding to criticism following the drafting of Logan Mailloux. "I understand that you expect more from us and we let you down. The Montreal Canadiens are more than a hockey team," Molson wrote in an open letter, released on the team's website. "Logan's actions do not reflect the values of our organization and I apologize for the pain this selection has caused." While playing in Sweden last season, Mail