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A variant-driven surge in COVID-19 cases might prevent a southwestern Ontario region from easing pandemic restrictions with the rest of the province next month, and stronger public health measures may return if the situation doesn't improve, the area's top doctor said Wednesday. Waterloo Region reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the province on Wednesday. At 71 new infections, the area surpassed cases reported in the longstanding hot spots of Peel Region and Toronto. Dr. Hsiu-L
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors. Barbara Jones, who will serve as the “special master” in the review, said in her first report to a federal judge that she will not be looking at everything seized in the late-April raids on ex-President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney. Instead, she'll look at “potentially pr
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are being accused of letting down victims of military sexual misconduct as a parliamentary committee prepares to rise for the summer without producing a report on the government's handling of allegations involving former defence chief Jonathan Vance. The House of Commons' defence committee has been investigating the government's handling of complaints against Vance as well as current chief of defence staff Admiral Art McDonald since allegations against the two first
WHITEHORSE — A husband and wife who flew to a remote Yukon community to receive early doses of COVID-19 vaccine in January were "cavalier" and "thoughtless," a judge said after the couple pleaded guilty to violating the territory's Civil Emergency Measures Act. Chief Judge Michael Cozens of the Territorial Court of Yukon agreed with a joint sentencing submission for Rodney Baker, the former CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corp., and his wife Ekaterina Baker, who appeared remotely in a Whitehors
WHITEHORSE — Yukon's premier says enforcement will be stepped up to try and ensure compliance with COVID-19 measures as infections continue rising, but no new restrictions will be introduced to deal with what he calls a "serious situation." Sandy Silver says an outbreak that has brought the territory's total number of cases since the pandemic began to 136 is linked to graduation events at a high school, two classes at an elementary school and several groups that gathered for bush parties, house
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. There are 1,405,146 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,405,146 confirmed cases (14,148 active, 1,364,997 resolved, 26,001 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 1,055 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 37.23 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 8,333 new cases. The seven-day rolli
GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden marked his first presidential summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin with a gift, bestowing his counterpart with a pair of custom aviator sunglasses. Biden is so known for wearing aviator shades that he's sometimes parodied over them. He notably kept wearing his aviators while meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday. The custom aviators are a brand manufactured in Massachusetts and designed for fighter pilots, the White House said, announcing the gif
OTTAWA — Annamie Paul is firing back against the coterie of party executives who sought to oust her as head of the Greens, calling them out for "racist" and "sexist" accusations as she seeks to defend her leadership and affirm her authority within a divided party. The defiant words at a news conference Wednesday came after Paul survived another day of party strife when a move to push her out shifted course on Tuesday night, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal elect
HALIFAX — The RCMP officers dispatched to apprehend an active shooter in Portapique, N.S., last spring thought they were hearing gunshots long after the shooter had killed 13 people and fled the scene, according to a newly released statement from a senior Mountie. The lone gunman, disguised as a Mountie and driving a replica RCMP cruiser, left the village by driving through a field around 10:35 p.m., nine minutes after the first RCMP cruiser arrived at the scene on the night of April 18, 2020, t
HALIFAX — New Brunswick is vaulting ahead of its Atlantic Canadian counterparts and opening up to some travellers from the rest of Canada, as COVID-19 recedes across the region. Premier Blaine Higgs announced Wednesday the change would occur at midnight as the province moves into the second phase of its reopening plan, just one day after implementing Phase 1 of the strategy. "We feel that we are at a level here in New Brunswick of vaccinations, that our population is protected," Higgs told repor
VANCOUVER — The future of COVID-19 could look a lot like seasonal flus or other common illnesses like measles or pneumonia, British Columbia's deputy provincial health officer says. Dr. Réka Gustafson said it's hard to speculate on the longevity of COVID-19 but public health officials are preparing for a shift to more typical communicable disease management based on the characteristics and behaviour of the virus. "We certainly wouldn't be surprised if this virus turns into one of the circulating
Canada's inflation rate shot up 3.6 per cent, the highest annual jump since 2011. Anne Gaviola explains what's driving up the cost of living, and what could reverse the trend.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip put his diplomatic and negotiating philosophy on display, as he rallied traditional U.S. democratic allies to confront new and old challenges and offered an often rosy take on the possibilities of cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a one-on-one summit. Here are some key takeaways: A RESET THEY DIDN'T CALL A RESET Biden and Putin did not use the word “reset” to describe the state of relations between the two nations
OTTAWA — A landmark piece of Liberal legislation aimed at harmonizing Canada's laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has passed third reading in the Senate, paving the way for the bill to be enshrined into law before a possible federal election. Bill C-15 cleared the Senate Wednesday with a final tally of 61-10 with nine senators abstaining. The UNDRIP bill got a rough ride in the Commons and in the Senate, with Conservatives in both chambers raising concer
VANCOUVER — The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has launched an effort to gain intervener status in a human rights case involving an Indigenous man and his granddaughter over their treatment by Vancouver police while they tried to open a bank account. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a former judge who represents the union, said the organization wants to have a voice in Maxwell Johnson's case to highlight what it alleges is a history of systemic racism against Indigenous people by Vancouver’s police force.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. The resolution calls for the newly elected SBC president, Alabama pastor Ed Litton, to appoint the task force, which will head up a review of allegations that the denomination's Executive Committee mishandled abuse cases, intimidated victims and advocates and resisted r
Some Ontario school boards plan to abandon the much-derided "quadmester" system for high schoolers come September, though students will still have to sit through extra-long classes. The Toronto District School Board and Halton District School Board have told parents that they will go ahead with a "modified semester" system that would see students take four courses over a longer term, alternating which two classes they have each week. "The modified semester offers more face-to-face time between s
OTTAWA — Russian President Vladimir Putin contradicted the evidence Wednesday when he asserted Russians are not a leading source of cyberattacks on the United States and other countries. They are. A look at his claims in the news conference that followed his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden. PUTIN: "From American sources, it follows that most of the cyberattacks in the world are carried out from the cyber realm of the United States. Second place is Canada. Then two Latin American countries.
TORONTO — "Kim's Convenience" star Simu Liu says he's not out to end anyone's career with his criticism of what went on behind the scenes of the now-defunct CBC series. But the Toronto-raised actor says there's a lesson to be learned from the way the hit Korean-Canadian family comedy ended and his experiences on set. The star of Marvel's upcoming film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" addressed the situation in a virtual chat with musician and actor Sook-Yin Lee at the Banff World Medi
Critics who ignore or simply miss the Jewishness of the 'Schitt's Creek' characters fail to appreciate this key aspect of the show’s inclusive reach and appeal to diverse viewers.