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Deep River -- For the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke New Democratic Party riding association and candidate Jodie Primeau, every vote counts and if enough voters flip to the NPD the riding could turn orange. “The campaign is going phenomenally,” she said on Tuesday afternoon. “I thought I would do well, but we are getting blue votes flipping over.” Citing a poll by CommAdvantage, a private education firm, which showed if all voters in the riding cast their ballot, the NDP candidate had a strong possi
Research suggests that expanded access to MAiD tends to benefit people with wealth and privilege, offering them choices and autonomy. At the same time, it puts marginalized people at risk.
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a report Wednesday that detailed the high price and low wages for child care, a problem that makes it harder for parents to work and one that the Biden administration aims to fix with its budget proposal. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen presented the findings in remarks that drew on personal experiences. Harris recalled spending weekdays with Regina Shelton, who ran a childcare center from her home while the vice president's mo
British Columbia announced 661 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths on Wednesday. In a written statement, the provincial Health Ministry said there are currently 5,791 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C. A total of 288 people are in hospital, with 137 in intensive care. Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up by 10 per cent from last Wednesday, when 261 people were in hospital with the disease. The number of
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prisons face a persistent staffing crisis that has created dangerous conditions, including maximum-security units that are going unstaffed for hours at a time and one incident where an employee fell asleep on the job and woke up to inmates holding his keys, according to a new watchdog report. The Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System warned in its annual report that the long-standing prison workforce shortage has become a "mass exodus" as burned-out
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans private climate talks with world leaders Friday to try to spur hard-and-fast commitments to cut climate-damaging pollution globally, following up on his livestreamed summit that saw dozens of leaders make earnest public promises to do so. Friday's session will be virtual, like April's White House climate summit. It comes before next week's meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where climate efforts are expected to be in a spotlight. It's also a prelude
Pembroke -- Requests for help from people experiencing abuse and domestic violence have been on the rise in Renfrew County during the pandemic, say local service providers. “There has definitely been an increase in requests for service, in the shelter and the outreach program.” said Leigh Sweeney, Executive Director of the Bernadette McCann House (BMH). The Bernadette McCann House (BMH) in Pembroke provides safety, support and education to people who experience abuse in Renfrew County. According
LANGLEY, B.C. — A team of homicide investigators in British Columbia has joined the RCMP in investigating the case of a Langley woman who disappeared nearly three weeks ago. Naomi Onotera was last seen near her home on Aug. 28, and the Mounties have confirmed she left without her car. Sgt. David Lee of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says police are looking at Onotera's residence as part of their initial search. However, he says the presence of officers, security and crime scene tape
Hollywood icons Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are back together for The Good House, the film adaption of Ann Leary’s novel of the same name, with iconic writing-directing couple Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear, The Polka King) and Wallace Wolodarsky (The Simpson) at the helm, part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Windsor was shut down Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) made the call after five confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the school. The most recent exposure date was Sept. 9, according to a statement from WECHU Wednesday. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board's website says three of those cases are students and one is a staff member. "Based on the level of spread in our community, it is necessa
A U.S. judge on Wednesday said former President Donald Trump cannot delay a lawsuit accusing him of defaming former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll after she claimed he raped her in the mid-1990s. In a one-sentence order, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to put the case on hold while Trump appeals an earlier ruling he made. The order could let Carroll obtain documents and other materials from Trump during the appeal.
Eganville – Concerns over overnight parking at McRae Park have led to worries about tents, campfires and the park turning into a campground. “The concern was that on two occasions there were five RVs there and the concern was it was going to turn to tents and bonfires,” Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy said during a committee meeting of council last Tuesday. Following the concerns raised by neighbours of the park, By-law Enforcement Officer Mark Schroeder did put up some no overnight camp
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Less than a month before Lionel Desmond killed his wife, mother, daughter and himself in 2017, the Afghanistan war veteran called a community group near his home in Nova Scotia to set up an appointment for couples counselling. Desmond's decision to seek help on Dec. 9, 2016, was discussed Wednesday as part of an ongoing provincial fatality inquiry in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., which started hearings in January 2020. One of the key mandates of the inquiry is to determine if De
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Wednesday introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as he apologized for his government's handling of the pandemic. The measures include a new program that requires people to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to gain entry to participating businesses and social events. A decision this spring to move from a pandemic-to-endemic approach — or learning to live with the virus — seemed like the right thi
Art Kemp’s friends are convinced the long-time community builder was smiling down from heaven Saturday. The day marked the first-ever Art Kemp Memorial Car Show, put together to honour one of Thamesville’s favourite sons who passed away earlier this year. “It’s a chance to get together and honour our friend,” said Brad Smith of the Thamesville Sertoma Club, adding Kemp, a life member of the club, was “gone too soon” at age 64. Brad’s wife Susan, who helped organize the event in just three week’s
Two Democratic Senators are weighing in on phone calls between Gen. Mark Milley, the United States' top military officer and his Chinese counterpart about fears Donald Trump would start a war in his final weeks as president. (September 15)
DENVER (AP) — A civil rights investigation begun amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain has found that the Aurora Police Department has a pattern of racially biased policing, Colorado's attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Phil Weiser said the investigation found the department has long had a culture in which officers treat people of color — especially Black people — differently than white people. He said the agency also has a pattern of using unlawful excessive force; freque
When Elaine McIntyre was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 in 2017, she had more questions than the doctors and nurses surrounding her could provide answers to. "I was searching for answers and I couldn't really find anything," said McIntyre, who lives on the Kingston Peninsula. "I could find a lot of medical terms. I could find a lot of literature and doctor's vocabulary – but I don't understand that." As a way to cope with the shock and challenges of a cancer diagnosis, she began w
TORONTO — Teachers and staff with the Toronto District School Board who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 could lose their jobs as the board becomes the latest employer to take a hard line on immunization rules. The school board in Canada's most populous city has published its staff vaccination policy, which goes further than minimum guidelines set by the province. "While we recognize that deciding to be vaccinated is deeply personal ... we have strived to balance acknowledging that
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Friday to discuss plans to combat climate change with other world leaders before a major summit on global warming known as the COP 26 in Glasgow later this year. Biden's gathering is meant to bolster countries' plans to tackle climate ahead of the Scotland summit, the White House said, and builds on a meeting of world leaders Biden organized earlier this year to discuss climate goals https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climate-summit-idCAKBN2CA0DK.