For many Nova Scotia universities, enrolment numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels after student counts waned in 2020. This week, the Association of Atlantic Universities released the results of its survey on preliminary student enrolment, which includes figures from Nova Scotia's 10 universities as of Oct. 1. Overall, full-time undergraduate and graduate enrolment in Nova Scotia increased 3.8 per cent from the same time last year. The jump more than counterbalances the 2.9 per cent dip record
British Columbia is in dire need of more veterinarians and the regulatory body for the industry is sounding the alarm about the mental health impact of heavy workloads on those currently trying to meet the increasing demand for their services. According to the College of Veterinarians of B.C., the shortage is expected to continue for years based on the projected number of new graduates versus those leaving the profession. Many practising vets say they are already overworked — and with high rates
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is investigating two people who tested positive for COVID-19 and who attended 613Lift gym while contagious. In a press release Saturday OPH said they attended the gym on: Oct.3 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 between 12 and 3:00 p.m. 613Lift, located at 80 Jamie Ave. in Ottawa, was forced to close earlier this year after allegedly defying both a local public health order and the province's stay at home decree. OPH said anyone who at
A search is underway for missing boaters in northeastern Saskatchewan, RCMP say. The boat the three people — two men and one woman — were believed to be using has now been located on Wollaston Lake, but RCMP, the Canadian Rangers and community volunteers are still searching for the boaters. Police in Wollaston Lake received a call at 5 p.m. on Wednesday about the three boaters, who were overdue. Earlier that day, one of the men had left Wollaston Lake to pick up the other two at the barge landin
Malls and plazas across the GTA are holding pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics this weekend in the latest push by the city to increase vaccination rates. As part of its "Shop and Vax" campaign, the city of Toronto partnered with shopping centres and pharmacies to bring vaccine clinics to malls and plazas this weekend for a second time this year. Toronto Mayor John Tory said the campaign is about bringing vaccine doses to people. "We are working to make it as easy as possible for people to get vacci
Days ahead of the municipal election, a group rallied at Olympic Plaza in Calgary to show support for the women running. "We need boys and girls to think about becoming politicians, to think about how they can help somebody else, to become a leader and to make changes," said Frances Wright, rally organizer and chair of the Famous 5 Foundation chair, named after five Canadian suffragists. Women are more involved in politics than ever before, but women still face barriers in the political realm, s
A Vancouver-based conservation organization is pushing for continued study and more resources to help restore a species of sea stars following a mass die off and cascading consequences for other marine life. A study released this week from Ocean Wise says that the decimation of sunflower sea stars, which began in 2013, has resulted in barren underwater landscapes in places like Howe Sound as the disappearance of the marine animals has thrown ecosystems out of whack. "The issue of sea stars is hi
B.C. is in the midst of a typical fall scenario this weekend -- with multi-day rainfall that will bring excessive totals to the coastal regions, along with blustery winds.
Ontario reported 486 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths linked to the illness on Saturday. Of the new case count, 329 cases have presented in people who have either not been fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unclear; 157 cases occurred in people who are fully vaccinated. The seven-day average of new daily cases fell to 441. Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health's daily provincial update: Tests completed: 32,626. Provincewide tes
New Brunswickers in Moncton lined up by the dozens Saturday morning to pick up free rapid test kits supplied by the province. Moncton is one of the province's COVID-19 "hot spots." RCMP New Brunswick tweeted a notice saying traffic was backed up on Mountain Road in Moncton. "Due to increased traffic in the Magic Mountain parking lot traffic is backed up along Mountain Road starting near the Home Hardware as well WB on Hwy 2 coming off Exit 450," RCMP New Brunswick said. The Government of New Bru
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will soon have a new mayor. Three candidates are vying for mayor in Wood Buffalo in the municipal election on Oct.18. The current mayor, Don Scott, isn't running again, leaving the race wide open. Two of the candidates are currently on council, and one hasn't been in politics before. Mike Allen Mike Allen is no stranger to Fort McMurray politics. The current councillor and former owner of Campbell's Music was formerly the president of the chamber of comm
EDMONTON — Ditching the practice of switching the time twice a year may seem like a no-brainer to some, but Alberta psychologists warn that the result of a provincial referendum could have unexpected consequences. The referendum on daylight time is on the ballot alongside Alberta’s municipal elections on Monday. There is also a referendum on the federal equalization program. Additionally, in Calgary, there is a plebiscite about adding fluoride to the city's drinking water. In recent years, there
Time is ticking down to Monday's municipal elections when — in addition to choosing mayors, councillors and school board trustees — Albertans will be asked two referendum questions, including that could upset our collective clocks. The question is, "Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?" If Albertans vote yes, the province would then approach the federal government to initiate such discussions;
A soggy system with a tropical connection will deliver far-reaching, soaking rain this weekend in eastern Ontario and Quebec.
These spiralling signals blinked on and off in a way never seen before, leaving astronomers with quite the mystery on their hands.
A warm weekend is in store for the Maritimes, but parts of the region will see a dousing through Sunday night, with Newfoundland escaping the worst of it as it remains on the cool side.
A man has died after an overnight shooting in North York. Police say they found him in a car at a plaza with gunshot wounds. At approximately 1:43 a.m., Toronto police were called to the area of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West for reports of a shooting. When police arrived, a man was found in a car at a plaza suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. Paramedics pronounced a 27-year-old man dead at the scene, police said. The homicide unit has been called to investigate. No suspect informati
Researchers who are looking at how physical and mental exercise can help slow Alzheimer's disease are on the hunt for New Brunswickers willing to take part in a new study. Called Synergic@Home, the program is designed for people aged 60 to 90 who live at home and are at risk of developing dementia. "You know, the evidence is lending itself more and more to the importance of exercise and cognitive exercises, we'll call it, for people who are at risk," Dr. Pam Jarrett, a Saint John-based geriatric
MONTREAL — Two environmental groups say they're ready to take the federal government to court if it fails to protect a population of tiny brown frogs they say are threatened by a road expansion project south of Montreal. The two Quebec-based groups are calling on Ottawa to issue an emergency order to protect a western chorus frog population they say is threatened by the City of Longueuil's plan to expand a major boulevard through one of the amphibian's few remaining habitats in the province. Gen
Mobile vaccination clinics that target specific communities still have a vital role to play when it comes to getting more Albertans immunized against COVID-19. While the van-based clinics might not be vaccinating huge numbers, they are reaching communities where uptake has suffered due to a long list of barriers. A group of newcomer and social organizations along with the municipal and provincial governments have been trying to overcome some of those hurdles in the push to lower COVID case numbe
OTTAWA — Pierce Schoel thought he might be able to avoid a long wait at the passport office in Kitchener, Ont. by going in the middle of the day. He was surprised to discover lineups out the door. The security guard told people they'd likely be waiting two, even three hours. But with a long-awaited trip to Mexico on the horizon — his first overseas trip since the pandemic began — he stuck it out. "I've been waiting to travel for quite a long time," Schoel said after applying for his passport Fri
Tucked away near one of Fredericton's busiest streets, people are lining up their vehicles to get photos taken next to a cow pasture. Driving along Prospect Street, most people are familiar with Springhill Road for the smell of its Wastewater Treatment Plant or the Tim Hortons drive-thru that has cars lined up onto the road. But at the very top of Springhill Road, crowds of people are taking photos overlooking the valley and the St. John River. "It's gorgeous," said Petrina McGuigan, while holdi
This month will mark one year since CBC Prince Edward Island submitted a freedom of information request for a report the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission supplied the provincial minister of agriculture in October 2020 on an investigation into Brendel Farms. That 900-plus-page report, presumably, details how a member of the well-known New Brunswick-based Irving family was able to acquire 890 hectares of land without the sale going to cabinet for approval, as required under the province's
Greg Fertuck's lawyer says the 68-year-old accused killer drifted through the first six months of a police sting in a whisky and beer haze, collecting cash for doing nothing and chronically lying Morris Bodnar made the characterization Friday outside Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon after cross-examining a key police witness in Fertuck's murder trial. Fertuck is charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife Sheree on Dec. 7, 2015. The 51-year-old mother of three went missi