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U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently opposed by a minority of bishops, came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach to the divisive issue. And it raises questions of how closely the bishops will be able to cooperate with the Biden admini
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated at a press conference on Friday that Canada is working on a proof of vaccination for Canadians who wish to travel, with the initial phase set to come into effect for summer travel.
EDMONTON — A man police were searching for near a provincial park in northern Alberta died shortly after he was arrested, RCMP said. Lionel Grey, who allegedly shot and killed a service dog during a police pursuit, had serious injuries when he was apprehended Friday, Mounties in High Prairie, Alta., said. "Alberta RCMP Tactical Medics and AHS EMS immediately provided medical assistance, though he succumbed to his injuries a short time later," police said in a statement. Investigators did not say
National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that individuals who received a single dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine be given an mRNA vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, for their second dose.
Toronto FC returns to action Saturday healthier and more optimistic after going into the international break with an underwhelming 1-4-2 record. While there is still no resolution on the future of disgruntled striker Jozy Altidore, only long-term casualties Ifunanyachi Achara (knee), Julian Dunn (hip) and Yeferson Soteldo (thigh) remain out as Toronto takes on Orlando City SC (3-1-3) at Exploria Stadium. "This is as healthy as we've been all year," said coach Chris Armas. "And we've seen what th
A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion. The 168-55 vote to proceed, vehemently opposed by a minori
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has asked the court to lift an injunction it obtained last month against illegal gatherings as COVID-19 cases continued to decline in the province and right across Atlantic Canada on Friday. Premier Iain Rankin's office said in a statement a motion was filed earlier this week with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to lift the injunction obtained by the province on May 14. The case will be heard on Tuesday. Rankin cautioned it doesn't mean the province should let down its gua
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced plans to expedite applications and increase the number of refugees to Canada at a news conference Friday. This year, the country will increase the number of protected persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and will also expedite the processing of applications for permanent residency, he said. Over 40,000 protected persons and their families reside in Canada awaiting permanent residency. So far this year, 17,900 became permanent residents. “There's a
MONTREAL — The Canadian government is looking at a plan to reopen the United States border to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebec Premier François Legault said Friday. Legault told reporters at an event in Laval, Que., the reopening could happen when current border restrictions expire on July 21. “We had a meeting by telephone yesterday evening, the premiers of the provinces with Mr. Trudeau," Legault said. "We’re looking at reopening starting July 21, a scenario is being co
A coal company that was denied an application to build an open-pit mine in Alberta's Rocky Mountains says it's considering its legal options. On Thursday, a joint federal-provincial review panel denied the permits needed by the proposed Grassy Mountain mine after ruling the environmental consequences would likely outweigh the economic benefits. The company that owns the mine said Friday it's considering the 680-page report to better understand its conclusion. Riversdale Resources said in a state
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson will keep fighting recent court orders in Nevada that he owes at least $60 million in judgments stemming from the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne said he intends to ask the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn one judge’s order to pay the slain man’s father, Fred Goldman, and another judge’s order in favor of Paul Dorsey, a Connecticut man holding rights to collect the wrong
NEW YORK (AP) — As COVID-19 restrictions lift in the U.S., many are reacquainting with friends and loved ones, attending parties, booking vacations and celebrating a return to normal. But for Amanda Kloots, 39, a fitness instructor and TV personality, it's not a return to the life she had before the pandemic, and it never will be. Her husband, Nick Cordero, died from complications of the virus after more than 90 days in the hospital. He was 41 and had no prior health problems. Cordero was an act
OTTAWA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said as of Friday there are just over 2,000 confirmed cases of the variant. Just three days ago, the Public Health Agency told The Canadian Press there were 1,187 confirmed cases. "The Delta variant is now in all provinces and at least one of our territories," Tam said at the House of Commons health committe
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic agriculture commissioner, whose office polices charities, alleged Friday that a group run by one of former President Donald Trump's most prominent election conspiracy adherents is illegally seeking donations in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said her office has filed an administrative complaint against attorney Sidney Powell's Defending the Republic group demanding that it obey state law or cease Florida operations. The group rec
A weeklong search for a Manitoba man suspected in the homicide of his missing neighbour ended Friday with shots fired at police in Ontario during his arrest. "When we heard that the (Ontario Provincial Police) had this residence surrounded, our entire team was holding their breath," Manitoba RCMP Supt. Michael Koppang said at a news conference. Mounties had been scouring Manitoba for Eric Wildman, 34, for nearly a week. There had been credible sightings of him renting a vehicle at the Winnipeg a
SAO PAULO (AP) — On a day many football fans expected Harry Kane to shine at the European Championship, it was an Englishman playing for Chile at Copa America who managed to put the ball into the back of the net. Born in Stoke, 22-year-old Ben Brereton scored Chile's goal in a 1-0 win over Bolivia on Friday. He plays for Blackburn Rovers, which competes in the Championship. His mother is Chilean. Kane and his English team frustrated fans with a goalless draw against Scotland hours earlier. Chile
Some technologists are telling the Bank of Canada that its wait-and-see approach when it comes to issuing digital currencies runs the risk of leaving it behind in the race to innovate globally. Anne Gaviola has more.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending embattled Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan after the latter was censured by the House of Commons. Trudeau says Sajjan has spent his life serving Canada in different roles, including as a police officer and military officer before becoming minister. And he says the Conservatives, who sponsored the symbolic motion to censure Sajjan, which received support from the Bloc Quebecois and NDP, are trying to slander the minister's reputation. The Conserva
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin is holding off for now on approving $25 million a commission has called for to quickly address some affordable housing needs. Rankin said after a cabinet meeting on Thursday that he wants to make sure the funding request fits within his government's fiscal plan before he signs off. A report released on May 31 by Nova Scotia's affordable housing commission said the money would help up to 900 households find reasonably priced accommodation, and it called f
WINNIPEG — Some Manitoba doctors are urging the provincial government to back off its plan to reopen the economy July 1 until COVID-19 numbers drop much further. A group of 11 physicians specializing in public health, infectious disease and other areas has written to the Progressive Conservative government. Their letter says the province has yet to factor in the Delta variant, one of the variants first identified in India which has shown to be highly transmissible. Dr. Dan Roberts, who specializ