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Russian travel agencies are selling package tours for Russians to receive foreign COVID-19 vaccines abroad amid frustration among some Russians that their domestically produced vaccines have not been approved internationally. Russia has not registered any foreign-made vaccines for use. It has approved four domestically produced vaccines including the two-dose Sputnik V. None of Russia's shots are approved by the World Health Organisation or European Union.
China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone. The censoring capability in Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone software has been turned off for the "European Union region" but can be turned on remotely at any time, the National Cyber Security Centre said in a report on Tuesday. In a statement sent to Reuters on Wednesday, Xiaomi spokesman said its device "does not censor communications to or from its users".
Quebec Premier François Legault says he will introduce a special bill to prevent anti-vaccination protests in front of places such as schools and hospitals because his "patience had reached its limit." "It's important to leave our children and our patients in peace," Legault told a group of reporters at Quebec's National Assembly on Wednesday. "It doesn't make sense that [people] are trying to intimidate our children." Since school resumed last month, five such protests have taken place outside
HURON-BRUCE – James Rice wasn’t successful in his first foray into politics, but he confidently said that whatever happens, “Huron-Bruce needs better representation in Ottawa; I’m going to fight for that.” What that fight will look like with Conservative Ben Lobb once again representing the people of this riding remains to be seen. Rice and his team made a strong effort to get out and meet the people of Huron-Bruce. Rice estimates he walked about 640 kilometres, which is pretty close to the dist
GREY-BRUCE – As of Sept. 21, no new cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Grey-Bruce during the previous 24 hours. There are 19 active cases with 28 high-risk contacts. Three people are hospitalized, two in Grey-Bruce. Across Ontario, as of Sept. 19 there were 610 new cases, the seven-day average being 711. Quebec had 837 new cases as of Sept. 17. The situation in Alberta is far more desperate, with 1,436 new cases as of Sept. 20. Targeted vaccination clinics continue in Grey-Bruce. Two clinics
A woman was attacked on a SkyTrain on Monday after asking other passengers whether they had masks to wear, according to police. A statement said the woman was taking the train through Burnaby around 7:20 p.m. PT when she saw a man and a woman sitting near her without masks, which are currently mandatory on public transit. "The woman asked them if they had masks to wear, to which they replied with, 'What's it to you?'" read the statement. Police said the female suspect then hit the woman so hard
Ontarians are now required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for indoor dining, gyms, movie theatres and certain other venues. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says it is no secret he didn’t want to impose the restrictions, but has done so as a way to avoid future lockdowns.
EDMONTON — A group that oversees the practice of medicine in Alberta says it has told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behaviour was unprofessional. Scott McLeod, registrar with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, says the regulator has also spoken to doctors who gave into pressure from patients wanting an exemption letter-- not grounded in clinical evidence — to avoid having to wear masks or vaccinations. McLeod says the college i
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals may soon start feeling the pressure to move quickly on spending and tax plans, some of which the party's platform promised this fiscal year. The Liberals are expected to release an update on the government's finances through this fall that would give an outlook for the deficit and the economy. Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says the Liberals may want to release the document in November and use it to introduce some spending and tax measures. He says t
President Joe Biden's administration plans to ease in early November COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions that have barred people from much of the world from entering the United States starting in early 2020. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still must issue a formal order that will provide details on the new rules and when they will begin. Here is a look at the U.S. travel restriction policy.
Amid deteriorating conditions in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities on Wednesday tried to deal with thousands of the mostly Haitian migrants that have gathered, releasing some in south Texas while deporting others on flights. Wade McMullen, an attorney with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said several hundred people, mostly pregnant women and parents with children, had been released in Del Rio, Texas over the past several days, straining resources at a local volunteer-run welcome center. "People are sleeping at the bus station outside or outside of the airport waiting for their bus or their plane," to join family or other sponsors in the United States, he said.
Métis Nation British Columbia will soon require proof of vaccination from all staff, vendors and visitors who wish to enter its offices. The rollout for the nation's mandatory vaccination policy is broken into two stages, much like B.C.'s vaccine card. Starting Oct. 4, people will be required to show proof of at least a single dose of the vaccine. By Nov. 15, proof of a second dose will be mandatory. The nation says any staff who fail to meet the requirements will be placed on unpaid leave. "Par
Ottawa reported 59 more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. First care home and hospital outbreaks in the city since May. Quebec reported 23 more cases in the Outaouais. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 59 new COVID-19 cases and no more deaths on Wednesday. The city has a total of 476 known active cases, which is similar to what was seen in late spring toward the end of the pandemic's third wave. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said Monday she hopes a high immunizatio
Premier Blaine Higgs says he's confident his Progressive Conservative government will soon be able to sign on to the federal Liberals' national child-care program. In the wake of the Liberal victory in Monday's election, Higgs says he won't be rushed but believes a deal is possible. "We took the time and we will continue to take the time," he said on CBC Radio's Shift New Brunswick. "I'm confident we'll find a path forward." New Brunswick is one of three provinces that had not signed on to the p
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is asking residents to be patient with businesses owners and frontline staff as the province's COVID-19 vaccine certificate system takes effect. Ford – who emphasized that he had been reluctant to introduce the system – says vaccine certificates will help avoid another lockdown during the pandemic. Starting today, patrons need to show proof of vaccination and government identification to access some high-risk settings including restaurant dining rooms, gyms an
NEW YORK (Reuters) -R. Kelly dominated not only women and girls but also his employees over a quarter century of sexual abuse, a prosecutor said on Wednesday as the R&B star's sex trafficking trial neared its conclusion. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes told jurors during her closing argument in Brooklyn federal court that Kelly's entourage of business managers, accountants, runners and other employees was "at his disposal." She said some "turned a blind eye" as they recruited women and girls for Kelly's sexual gratification, a side long concealed from the public and fans of his music.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday will call on countries and companies around the world to create a $10 billion global health fund to prepare for future pandemics, and announce a $250 million contribution from the United States to jumpstart the effort, a White House official said. Harris will make the announcement during a virtual COVID-19 summit being held on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly. It is aimed at boosting vaccinations worldwide with the goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of 2022.
United Airlines Inc is facing claims that it unlawfully denied religious and medical exemptions from a requirement that employees receive COVID-19 vaccines after allegedly making it difficult for workers to apply for them. Six United employees filed a class action in Texas federal court on Tuesday claiming that workers who sought exemptions from the vaccine mandate were subjected to intrusive inquiries about their medical conditions or religious beliefs, including a requirement that they obtain letters from pastors. Chicago-based United in a statement said the lawsuit was without merit, and that it has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from employees since announcing its vaccine requirement last month.
A broken power-sharing deal, the lingering possibility of a Republican walkout and a COVID-19 case are adding greater uncertainty to whether Oregon legislators will successfully redraw the state’s political districts ahead of a tight deadline. Stakes are high as Oregon gained a new, sixth U.S. House seat following the latest census. Lawmakers were told the House would reconvene in Salem Wednesday morning following news Tuesday that someone in the building had tested positive for COVID-19. But Ho
Paving work on the Hillsborough Bridge is being done in the evening and overnight hours to reduce the impact on traffic, says the chief engineer for P.E.I.'s Department of Transportation. Stephen Yeo said the tender specified the work must be done between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., and though it will cost 20 to 30 per cent more, it will get the job done quicker (about five weeks) and keep daytime traffic flowing between Stratford and Charlottetown. "It's more efficient for the contractor to do it becaus