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Quebec’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs said in an interview he shares Kahnawake’s concerns with the Mercier Bridge and thinks it’s important for the provincial government and Kahnawake to come to an agreement on an overhaul of the span sooner, rather than later, for safety’s sake. “We have to do something about the Mercier Bridge. I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the community about it and a lot of them tell me they send their kids over that bridge every day into Montreal to go to school, so t
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today and 49 active reported infections across the province. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says there are now 19 cases associated with a cluster in the northern Newfoundland town of Roddickton, where just 60 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of vaccine. She says a cluster identified in the eastern region of the province has been linked to large indoor gatherings wher
Claire Rattée, the Conservative candidate for Skeena–Bulkley Valley said she will not be signing an online pledge put forth by a Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en clan asking candidates to commit to not provide federal funding for LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink projects in Northern B.C. Rattée cited Canada Elections Act (550) and said it prohibits candidates from signing pledges of any kind between nomination and polling day. Jennifer Wickham, media coordinator for Gidimt’en checkpoint, confirmed that the
The arena within the West Nipissing Culture and Recreation Centre will soon be renamed to honour the Labbé family. The original request suggested naming the building solely after Marcel Labbé, a long-time councillor and tireless advocate for the facility. However, council members felt including Marcel’s wife, Jane, into the title would further honour the family who did so much to ensure the centre’s construction. Jane was “really instrumental as well,” explained mayor Joanna Savage. Therefore, t
It's the one time of year where all local politicians in B.C. gather together — but for the second year in a row, it's happening virtually. The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention is taking place this week, allowing mayors and councillors to lobby the provincial government and trade best practices on local government. Like last year, it takes place with an election campaign underway — federal this year, instead of provincial — and continued uncertainty during a pandemic, but or
CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit region reached another interim goal last week with 85 per cent of the population age 12 and older having received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said that means the region is on its way to 90 per cent, which is considered herd immunity. “We just want to make sure these people who got the first dose get their second dose as well,” he said. “We’re looking at progress though.” He said that 75 per
Foresters Falls – The question Saturday morning and into the afternoon was what is an airplane doing in the Ferguson hay field on Queens Line? The answer is simple, but wasn’t known by many for quite some time. Scott Bennett recalled what around 11 a.m., “I was feeding these guys (pointing to some calves) and saw a flash of a white wing dip down over your corn field. I didn’t know if it crashed or not,” referring to the reporter’s field kitty corner to where he lives. “What the **** was that? I
"No this is not true; I am OK and healthy," Baradar said in an interview with state TV which was posted on Twitter by the Taliban's political office in Doha. Earlier, an official from the Taliban's cultural commission said on Twitter that the interview would be shown on RTA TV to disprove "enemy propaganda".
(Reuters) -The U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington and the regional Fed banks will now require all of their nearly 23,000 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Philadelphia Fed informed its staff of the new mandate in a memo on Wednesday, making it the last of the 12 regional Fed banks to make vaccination a requirement of employment. The Fed Board in Washington will also require its employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 30, a spokesperson for the U.S. central bank told Reuters on Wednesday.
The fourth wave of COVID-19 infections continues to hit First Nations communities nationwide as the Delta variant makes its way through populations with lower vaccination rates while new cases – and deaths – continue to climb, numbers published by Indigenous Services Canada this week showed. There are 1,661 active cases currently ongoing in First Nations communities across Canada, up from 1,482 last week. The statistics continue to paint a grim picture as the fourth wave takes hold in First Nati
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials have approved a plan that calls for cutting nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast when the fish are needed to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries adopted the plan Tuesday as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. It calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when chinook salmon numbers are especially low. It's one of the the first times a federal age
Pincher Creek town council carried a motion to endorse the creation of a national suicide-prevention hotline, initally proposed by the federal government in December. The three digit number, 988, would help remove barriers for mental health assistance, ensuring callers are able to connect with support workers quickly. “It’s just like calling 911. It is really simple to get help,” says Coun. Brian McGillivray. The existing suicide hotline, 1-833-456-4566, is more difficult to remember and callers
There has not been enough focus on Indigenous issues during the federal election campaign partially because of their complexity, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald. They can sometimes be about healing and those are difficult to address because there are no simple answers, she says. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Christopher Katsarov)
Ottawa reported 50 more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. First health-care outbreak in more than two months. Quebec reports 20 more cases in the Outaouais. Other area cases trend up. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 50 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no deaths. Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has asked people to "approach September with caution" given the more infectious delta variant that's behind the fourth pandemic wave. Numbers to watch 14: As of S
One of the most highly anticipated documentaries at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Jagged, from filmmaker Alison Klayman, reveals emotional and shocking details about Alanis Morissette's life, but the Canadian music legend is not a supporter.
OTTAWA — The question of who would make life more affordable for Canadians hit the campaign trail Wednesday with party leaders defending why their spending plans would ease pressures as inflation hit a near two-decade high. On Wednesday morning, Statistics Canada reported prices increased by 4.1 per cent in August compared with the same month one year earlier, fuelled by rising consumer demand and supply-chain constraints for many goods. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Leader Erin O'To
Marg Friesen says it's possible to hold a large event in Saskatchewan during COVID-19 and have it be successful. The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) held the Batoche Métis Fall Festival from Sept. 2 to 5. About 4,000 people came from across the province to watch jigging and fiddling competitions, as well as the voyageur games. The MN-S did not ease COVID-19 restrictions. Friesen, the minister of health for MN-S, said everyone was asked to provide proof of vaccination before they went into the f
Nearly three weeks after the disappearance of a Langley, B.C. woman, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called in to assist. In a statement, IHIT investigators say they are conducting a search of 40-year-old Naomi Onotera's residence. "As part of our initial search, IHIT is looking at Naomi Onotera's residence as a starting place. I would caution that the presence of officers, security and crime scene tape is not an indication of criminality of anyone living in the reside
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick needs a minister for children and youth, according to a report by the province's youth advocate, which was prompted by the death of a teenager who killed herself after failing to receive mental health care. Norm Bossé, the province's child and youth advocate, said the memory of 16-year-old Lexi Daken, who took her life in February less than a week after seeking help at a Fredericton hospital, gave power to his report. He said the document, which was released Wednesday
NEW YORK (AP) — Stories ranging from retellings of the myths of Paul Bunyan and of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” to a look back at the Black Panther Party are among the 10 nominees on the longlist for the National Book Award for young people's literature. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation also announced the longlist for translated books, with fiction originating from Syria, Chile and South Korea among other countries. The French-language author Maryse Conde, often mentioned