Dominican merengue icon Johnny Ventura dies at 81
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Dominican merengue icon Johnny Ventura dies at 81
Indigenous leaders gathered virtually on Wednesday to discuss the issues they say are important to them as we close in on next week’s federal election and to push for more First Nations people in Manitoba to get out and vote. A Facebook live event hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) on Wednesday was dubbed ‘I am First Nations and I Vote,’ and brought several members of Manitoba’s Indigenous leadership together for a virtual town hall to discuss the issues they believe are important t
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (OTPP), Canada's third-largest pension fund, announced on Thursday new interim targets to cut the carbon emissions intensity of its portfolio as part of a plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. OTPP, which manages C$227.7 billion ($180.11 billion) in assets, plans to reduce emissions intensity by 45% by 2025 and 67% by 2030, from 2019 levels. Fellow pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec also has a net-zero target by 2050, but environmental campaigners said OTPP's interim targets are the strongest climate commitment yet from a Canadian pension fund.
A federal judge on Thursday declined to ease pre-trial release conditions for a Beverly Hills, California, beauty salon owner facing felony charges for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. A. Charles Peruto Jr., lawyer for Gina Bisignano, 52, owner of Gina’s Eyelashes and Skincare, asked U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington to terminate a house arrest order and to allow his client to remove an ankle bracelet monitor. Nichols, however, declined to relax Bisignano's release conditions, though he said he might reconsider his position.
Brian Dueck hopes to help Medicine Hat regain financial stability if given the chance to be a city councillor. Dueck has been in Medicine Hat for 16 years and all four of his children were born here. He has worked as a facility manager for the British Army and is also a journeyman electrician. He is currently a full-time student at NAIT taking his bachelor of business administration. "I found that my career couldn't progress further unless I got credentials to go with my experience," said Dueck.
REGINA — Saskatchewan will be bringing in a proof of vaccination program in an attempt to increase the number of people immunized against COVID-19. Premier Scott Moe made the announcement on his social media accounts Thursday. He said the policy is expected to come into effect Oct. 1 and will apply to businesses, establishments and event venues, but will exclude civil services. People will have to show proof of vaccination or show a negative test. Moe also said all government employees of Crown
The Northern Territories Federation of Labour, which represents a dozen unions in the N.W.T. and Nunavut, is calling on the federal government and Elections Canada to take immediate action so that all Canadians have a chance to vote in Monday's federal election. CBC North reported Thursday that anyone required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 on Sept. 20 will not be able to visit a polling station and cast their ballot. "It is deeply disappointing to see a lack of planning a
Halifax Regional Police have ticketed two women for failing to abide by the province's Health Protection Act. In a news release, police said the women, aged 19 and 20, were issued summary offence tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week after failing to self-isolate. The younger woman was fined twice, once on each day. The other was ticketed once. The tickets carry a fine of $2,000 for each offence. MORE TOP STORIES
On Sept. 7, Hastings Destination Trails Inc. sent out a press release about the grand reopening ceremony for 18 kilometres of non-motorized trails in North Hastings on Sept. 24. This event is a celebration of the completion of project made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, so that residents and non-residents of all abilities can access the outdoors on these trails throughout the area. Many special guests will be in attendance including Hastings County Warden Rick Phillips
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who died in hospital after being arrested in Chatham, Ont. The Special Investigations Unit says the 53-year-old was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Chatham-Kent Police Service. It says police had been called to a convenience store on reports of "an unwanted man." Preliminary information from the SIU says the man was in distress, and was first taken to the police station, then the hospital. He was treated for serious injuries and d
Council, board member honoraria and expense reimbursement policy: The policy consolidated several existing bylaws and policies. It was developed by recommendations put forward by the new Council and Board Remuneration Review Committee. The committee reviewed the compensation levels of the reeve, councillors, and board/committee members. The review resulted in a financial impact of $21,000. The committee looked over existing policies and practices of comparator municipalities to make their decisi
Beaverlodge is expected to have an election for the first time in years, says Jeff Johnston, Beaverlodge chief administration officers (CAO). The municipal election is set for Oct. 18. Nominations close Monday at noon. “We're trending to have an election,” Johnston said. If all the nomination papers are in and fees paid in time, there could be seven people running a seat in the table in Beaverlodge, said Johnston. There are six councillors to be elected. Interest hasn’t been as brisk across the
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said on Thursday if enough people are infected with COVID-19, rarer events will become more common, leading to more hospitalizations among younger people. “Learn from the West,” she told a press conference, pointing to the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Western provinces, particularly Alberta.
BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil's federal government wants to halt COVID-19 vaccinations for most adolescents, citing a death under investigation and adverse events after some 3.5 million teens have already been immunized, but several state governments vowed to press on. At a news conference, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga criticized states and cities for jumping the gun by vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds without health issues that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, which he said was only supposed to start on Wednesday. In a statement, federal health regulator Anvisa said there was "no evidence to support or demand changes" to its approval for children from 12 to 17 to be vaccinated with Pfizer shots.
As we head into fall, the first major storm of the season is hitting B.C.'s South Coast. A rainfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada for much of the Lower Mainland, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler. There are also special weather statements in effect for Vancouver Island. The storm arrived on the North Coast along the Alaskan panhandle on Thursday, according to Environment Canada emergency preparedness meteorolo
LONDON, Ont. — An Ontario university investigating sexual misconduct allegations will require student residents to take training sessions on sexual violence and consent as it works to address what it describes as a problematic campus culture. Western University introduced the measure Thursday as part of an "action plan" in response to concerns around student safety after several allegations of sexual assault surfaced during the school's orientation week. "This has been a tremendously difficult t
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government will begin shipping 2.58 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines on Thursday through the COVAX global distribution program, a White House official said on Thursday. The latest shipments of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and Germany's BioNTech, bring the total number of vaccines sent to the Philippines to just over 9 million, the official said. Scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries worked together to ensure prompt delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to the Asian nation, the official added.
One day after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped in on Fredericton, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole made a last-minute stop in Saint John in a final scramble for votes ahead of Monday's federal election. O'Toole appeared with five of his New Brunswick candidates, including Saint John-Rothesay's Mel Norton, in the iceless ice shed of a local curling club. He sent a clear signal to supporters of the People's Party of Canada that they should be supporting him instead. "There is only one leader
Armenia filed a case at the World Court asserting that Azerbaijan has violated an international treaty on racial discrimination, the court said on Thursday. A spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Azerbaijan would defend itself "robustly" and planned to file a countersuit accusing Armenia of the same thing. In fighting last September to November, Azeri troops drove ethnic Armenian forces out of swathes of territory they had controlled since the 1990s in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region, before Russia brokered a ceasefire.
MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied 50,811 deaths after adding more than 1,500 COVID-19 deaths provided Thursday by the state's health department. Those reported deaths occurred over various dates in recent weeks. Florid
TRURO, N.S. — Police in Truro, N.S. say they’re continuing to investigate a homicide reported last week, including whether it was motivated by hate. The police force said in a news release Wednesday that investigators had made "substantial progress" and are considering all factors in the death of Prabhjot Singh Katri. They also said they are not speculating on motive at this time, as the investigation is ongoing. Officers found the 23-year-old with life-threatening injuries when they responded t