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Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, found himself on the defensive Thursday night during a meeting with fellow physicians. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) hosts virtual town halls on Thursdays for doctors working through the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a forum for doctors to trade stories and advice, as well as learn the latest epidemiological statistics on the virus's growing footprint in the province. Videos of the town halls are then publicly posted the next day
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at his job at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday following a 10-day investigation into the Sept. 3 attack. Police said Jones, who is white, made racist comments to the Hispanic victim. It’s not known whether Jo
Kimberly Murray faces a difficult dilemma after her vehicle was towed during an RCMP raid of the Fairy Creek old-growth blockades on Vancouver Island in early August. Aside from questions about whether the car was legally impounded, given it was parked outside the RCMP temporary exclusion zone off to the side of the road on Aug. 9, Murray is facing a $2,500 fee to get it back. Murray says she could shoulder the hefty sum to retrieve her Range Rover — but she doesn’t dare. The company hired by lo
The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba has compelled Nunavut's chief public health officer to suspend the territory's travel bubble with Churchill, Man. In a Friday news release, Dr. Michael Patterson said all common area travel authorization letters are no longer valid. "Anyone currently in Churchill must receive authorization to return to Nunavut," Patterson said in the release. He said Manitoba is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and he decided to close the travel bubble "due to
TORONTO — Ontario's New Democrats want COVID-19 vaccination to be mandatory for people entering the provincial legislature. Opposition house leader Peggy Sattler wrote to her counterparts in other parties with her position on Friday. She says Queen’s Park can’t afford to send “mixed messages” about vaccine efficacy. Sattler wants the group to sign a letter to the house Speaker asking for a policy restricting entry to people who are fully vaccinated or have approved medical exemptions. She says a
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada spearheaded an international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detentions because of China's decision to imprison Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Trudeau made the connection for the first time Friday during a federal election campaign appearance in Windsor, Ont. In February, when the federal government announced that it had created a coalition of dozens of countries denouncing the practice, it played down any connection that it
(Reuters) -A California jury on Friday found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three states over the past 39 years. Durst, 78 and frail, will likely die in prison as the jury also found him guilty of the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness, which carry a mandatory life sentence. Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, who oversaw the trial, set a sentencing hearing for Oct. 18.
TORONTO — Justin Morrow cost Toronto FC some US$100,000 in allocation money when he came over in a December 2013 trade with the San Jose Earthquakes. Back then, it was a fair chunk of change — a source, granted anonymity because the league did not divulge allocation money transactions back then, confirmed the amount. But what a return on investment. Morrow proved to be a winner on the field and a leader off it, helping breathe life into a moribund MLS franchise. Now with retirement looming, the
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee's order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman issued the preliminary injunction after parents of students with health conditions argued that the Republican governor's executive order endangered their
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled in the province since he announced a passport system. Kenney said in a Facebook live video that nearly 25,000 vaccine appointments were recorded by Thursday night. The government's “restrictions exemption program” allows businesses and venues to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures if they require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from anyone entering. "This is a cri
City councillor Scott McKeen sometimes feels he has only himself to blame for all the road construction he sees. "There have been days where I've been driving around my ward and I got so upset, I was mad at myself," McKeen told CBC News this week. "I didn't know who else to blame." McKeen and his fellow council members approved a massive construction season this year. The city has been working on 273 projects, in addition to regular road and utility maintenance. McKeen, who represents the downto
OTTAWA — A Conservative candidate dropped by the party over Islamophobic tweets she claims were faked says she is still running as the "confirmed" Tory candidate in the Toronto riding. The Tories dumped Lisa Robinson last week after the Beaches-East York Liberal incumbent, Nate Erskine-Smith, posted screenshots of Twitter posts allegedly written by Robinson. But Robinson denied that the Twitter account that sent the posts in 2017 belonged to her and said she had previously reported it to police.
A judge says prosecutors can't argue a man who shot three people, killing two, during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin is linked to the Proud Boys white nationalist group. Kyle Rittenhouse faces multiple charges in the shootings. (Sept. 17)
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's junta leaders vowed Friday that deposed President Alpha Conde would not be allowed to seek exile, saying they would not cave to mounting pressure from regional mediators who have imposed targeted sanctions after this month's coup. The statement came just hours after leaders from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS met with junta president Col. Mamady Doumbouya in Guinea's capital. The military rulers dismissed rumors that the West African neighbors were
People who lost homes during spring flooding in the N.W.T. communities of Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River will now have to wait until early 2022 for those residences to be replaced. The timeline was pushed back, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by Shane Thompson, the territory's minister of municipal and community affairs, because "more time is needed" to deliver on customizations that meet residents' long term needs. "Residents were offered options, and they have agreed that t
Montreal public health is asking post-secondary school administrations to help with COVID-19 contact tracing until more investigators can be hired and trained. Contact tracing is a system used to identify those who may have caught COVID-19 from someone who tested positive. Eric Forest, a spokesperson for the agency, says public health investigators will continue checking close contacts quickly. However, post-secondary officials are asked to identify and notify low-risk contacts that they are not
The World Meteorological Organization puts the odds of a weak La Niña re-emerging at around 40 per cent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference. McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation payments
Central Elgin councillors agree that they should acknowledge traditional lands of Indigenous peoples within the municipality, but not how often. Human Resources Manager Anouschka Van den Bosch, in a report to councillors, said the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged governments of all levels to further the goal of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Association of Municipalities of Ontario had suggested acknowledging the traditional lands in a statement of some sort. She sugges
Ottawa city councillor Rick Chiarelli was rushed to hospital by ambulance earlier this week with more complications from heart surgery, and he has been admitted to hospital, his office said Friday. Chantal Lebel, Chiarelli's director of strategic affairs and communications, said in an email he has undergone extensive testing and remains in hospital recovering. This is not the first time Chiarelli has faced complications from his open-heart quadruple bypass surgery in December 2019. In the months