A brightly coloured sunrise in Weyburn, SK.
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A brightly coloured sunrise in Weyburn, SK.
NEW YORK (AP) — On TV dramas, cases brought by the Manhattan district attorney usually wrap up in about an hour. Figuring out who’s likely to be the borough’s next district attorney in real life will take a bit longer. A winner in the Democratic primary for the high-profile prosecutor job glamorized on shows like “Law & Order” wasn't immediately clear Tuesday night. Alvin Bragg, a law professor and former top deputy in the New York attorney general's office, was locked in a close race with forme
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 482,991 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,049,022 doses given. Nationwide, 7,818,433 people or 21 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 87,202.249 per 100,000. There were 1,953,600 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 37,033,950 doses delivered
NEW YORK (AP) — Elin Hilderbrand, known as the queen of the beach read, plans to retire from writing novels in 2024. The best-selling author's latest book “Golden Girl" is her 27th book and is now available. Hilderbrand says she deliberately wants to quit while there's still an appetite for her writing. “A lot of people will follow a writer for a long time and then inevitably they will turn out a book that is not as good as the others,” Hilderbrand told The Associated Press in an interview last
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch warned Hungary and Poland Tuesday that it will take action if they continue to violate the 27-nation bloc’s democratic standards, amid signs that both countries have little intention of changing their ways. Hungary and Poland have faced criticism in the EU for years over allegations that they are eroding judicial and media independence, among other democratic principles. Last week, Hungary passed a new law banning content portraying or promot
WHITEHORSE — Yukon's chief medical officer says COVID-19 is continuing to spread among unvaccinated residents in the territory. Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a statement that eight new cases were confirmed Tuesday. Seven were in Whitehorse and one was in a rural community. The statement says there are now 92 active cases in the territory. It says that since June 4, screening results show all cases are positive for the Gamma variant first identified in Brazil. About 74 per cent of Yukoners are fully
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reopening its provincial boundaries on Wednesday to travellers from the Atlantic provinces but with modified rules for those coming from New Brunswick. During a briefing Tuesday, Premier Iain Rankin said while travellers from New Brunswick will be allowed to enter for any reason, they will also be subject to isolation requirements based on their vaccination status and test results. That decision follows New Brunswick's announcement last week that it would reopen its boun
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Canada's phased approach to easing travel restrictions at the border.
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of using seditious words after a flag with a banned protest slogan was seen hanging outside his apartment. Police received a report on Monday from a passerby who spotted the flag bearing the banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times” hanging from a laundry rack outside the apartment in the Mong Kok neighborhood in Kowloon, police said Tuesday. Officers arrested the man, who remains in detention, p
MILAN (AP) — The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, a leading Italian newspaper reported Tuesday. Activists immediately denounced the move as “unprecedented” Vatican meddling in Italy's legislative process. The Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, sent a letter last week to the Italian ambassador to the Holy See saying the proposed law violates Italy’s diplomatic agreement with the Vatican and seeki
OTTAWA — Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says she'll soon have advice to help fully vaccinated Canadians figure out what they can safely do, but it won't be a blanket list of dos and don'ts covering everyone, everywhere. Instead, Canada is looking at a "risk assessment tool" that will guide Canadians to make a call on their own whether they are safe and comfortable to take off their masks and throw physical distancing to the wind. "It's not a straight black and white, sort of everybo
Ontario is reporting 296 COVID-19 cases and 60 deaths today, but the province says the numbers include older infections and deaths that are just now being counted. The province says 54 of the deaths reported today are from previous months but are now being recorded after a data review. It also says approximately 80 cases reported today are from last year, following a data review by Toronto Public Health. The province says there are 334 people hospitalized with the virus, including 314 people in
OTTAWA — The Liberals have accused Parliament of becoming toxic to their minority agenda while the Opposition Conservatives say Canada's institutions are broken under the Trudeau government — finger-pointing that fuels growing speculation voters may soon head to the polls. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers are calling out Conservatives for using procedural delay tactics to stop votes from happening on outstanding pieces of legislation, which time is ticking on to pass before the Ho
Dozens of Toronto police and bylaw officers arrived at Trinity Bellwoods Park early Tuesday to begin removing a long-standing homeless encampments. Supporters and advocates attended the park to show their support for those who are being removed and to condemn the actions taken.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Crown prosecutors have stayed charges against parents who were facing a third trial in the death of their toddler in southern Alberta. Shawn Buckley, a lawyer for David and Collet Stephan, said Tuesday he received a letter from the Crown about the decision. "The Crown dropped the charges," Buckley told The Canadian Press. "Obviously they're very relieved that the Crown is not proceeding against them to try and convict them." A copy of the letter from Chief Prosecutor Shelley
Canada's largest national park is now so threatened by upstream development and divided governance that it likely meets the criteria to be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. UNESCO released the draft finding on Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park this week. The agency has been concerned about the park — the world's second-largest freshwater delta — since 2017, when it found 15 of 17 of the parks' ecological benchmarks were deteriorating. Despite welcoming federal moves that i
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there is a fundamental difference between Canada's troubled relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and China's systemic abuse and human rights violations against ethnic Muslim Uyghurs. Trudeau says Canada knows its relationship with Indigenous Peoples is broken but it had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is working to try and address the issues. China, he says, isn't even willing to admit there is a problem. "Where is China's Truth and Reconcil
TORONTO — Teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo failed in his second parole bid on Tuesday after the parents of two of his victims recounted the enduring pain of his twisted crimes and warned he should never be released from his life sentence. The hearing officers of the Parole Board of Canada took about an hour before denying Bernardo release, saying they were not persuaded that he no longer posed a substantive risk of reoffending. "Your understanding and insight remains limited," Maureen
Two coal companies planning to develop mines in Alberta's Rocky Mountains say they hope to move forward despite new regulatory and political roadblocks. "We feel that our mine plan that we are going to present is unique to the situation we're in," said Peter Doyle, head of Montem Resources, which hopes to build a new open-pit mine in southern Alberta on a previously worked deposit. Riversdale Resources, which had its proposed Benga Mine denied last week by regulators, said in a statement it will
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests about two-thirds of Canadians believe that governments should not lift all restrictions related to COVID-19. Sixty-nine per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say restrictions should stay in place as people continue to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said Canadians are still fairly prudent and careful regarding lifting the restrictions. "I believe the
Depending on state regulations, most sporting venues are almost at full capacity in the United States. While many health protocols are followed, is it actually safe to be in a closed space with thousands of fans packed together? The U.S. now has fully vaccinated over 45.7 per cent of its population with 54 per cent being given at least the first dose.