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If things had gone according to plan, Lucille Ball would have been a major movie star. Instead, she had to settle for being the queen of television comedy for over 25 years. Not exactly a lousy alternative. But the new film “Being the Ricardos” does make one wonder if Ball may have had a few other successful careers, like director (and not just of her own show) had she been born just a few years later. In Aaron Sorkin’s loving and sharp dramatization of a particularly fraught week during the mak
HALIFAX — A COVID-19 outbreak at St. Francis Xavier University in northeastern Nova Scotia has seen 21 people test positive for the virus so far, health officials said Wednesday. "Public health is working with the university to prevent further spread," the province said in a news release. Meanwhile, the faculty union at the Antigonish, N.S., school told its membership that they can choose to hold upcoming exams online. "We are informing people that it's their right to go online if they don't fee
OTTAWA — The government has expanded a pilot that allows refugees to apply for permanent residency through conventional economic immigration streams by removing some of the barriers that would traditionally have precluded them. The minister hopes to see only a six-month window between the date a successful candidate submits their application and the day they can start working in Canada. The pilot is an expansion of a 2018 program that aimed to identify 10 to 15 skilled refugees in the Middle Eas
The Hawkesbury, Ont., fire department is working to put out a burning building at the corner of Main Street East and William Street. Ontario Provincial Police say a call for service came in at 7:33 p.m. The building on fire has commercial space on the main floor and residential units above. Sgt. Cynthia Savard says all occupants are safely out of the building and there are no injuries. Police are assisting the fire department by securing the scene. The fire was still burning at 10:30 p.m. on Mon
As winds strengthen across Newfoundland through Tuesday, forecasters are closely watching a storm off the U.S. East Coast that could become a major snowstorm for the region Wednesday night.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in January 2020 that the case against Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and former air force commander Amir Eshel couldn't proceed because the men have “functional immunity from jurisdiction.” The Hague Court of Appeal said Tu
OTTAWA — Canada emerged from a high-profile peacekeeping summit in South Korea this week having pledged tens of millions of dollars in new funds to help the United Nations execute its missions around the world. Yet notably absent was any commitment of new troops and equipment to the UN, or any mention of Canada's past promise to provide a 200-soldier quick reaction force to peacekeeping, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first promised in November 2017. That was despite pressure from the U.S.
TORONTO — Mirvish Productions is welcoming audiences back to "Room," nearly two years after pandemic-related delays. Tickets go on sale on Saturday for the Toronto run, set for the CAA Theatre from Feb. 6 to April 10. Before that, London's Grand Theatre, which co-produced the play with Mirvish and the U.K.'s Covent Garden Productions, will host the show Jan. 11 to 29. The much-anticipated musical is based on Canadian author Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel. Adapted to include songs, "Room" stars Strat
LONDON (AP) — Eight Tottenham players and five members of staff have tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Antonio Conte said Wednesday, prompting an announcement by the English team that its Europa Conference League match against Rennes has been called off. Tottenham said discussions were being held with UEFA about rearranging the game that was scheduled to take place on Thursday in London. It needs to be played by Dec. 31, according to UEFA regulations, which could be problematic given
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The Champions League match between Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed on Wednesday because of heavy snow in northern Italy. Kickoff was initially delayed by 20 minutes before it was decided to reschedule. A new date and time has yet to be decided but it is likely the match will be played on Thursday. Snow fell most of the day in Bergamo and increased in intensity as kickoff approached. Groundsmen continuously shoveled snow off the pitch and painted over the white lines w
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announced Wednesday that a man arrested at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport for allegedly being linked to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was misidentified. Saudi officials later said he was freed. The Paris General Prosecutor's office issued a short statement Wednesday after over 24 hours of checks, saying that the man arrested Tuesday was not the Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi who is wanted under a 2019 Turkish arrest warrant. “The (arrest) warrant do
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P.E.I. announced six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Two of the cases are in their 40s, one is in their 30s, one is in their 20s and two are children under 12. Three of the announced cases are related to travel outside the province, and three are contacts of previously reported cases. The two children are students at Westwood Primary School. The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday to allow for close contacts to get tested, and so the province can determine if there's been any transm
The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba concedes it gave leadership candidates erroneous information before October's election — but says the actual ballots were counted fairly and accurately. In a 209-page submission to Manitoba's Court of the Queen's Bench, the PC Party seeks to dismiss candidate Shelly Glover's application to declare the results of the Oct. 30 leadership race invalid and require the party to hold a new vote. Glover lost that race by 363 votes to Heather Stefanson, who
QUEBEC — A Quebec committee of elected officials says anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease should be able to sign an advance request for medical aid in dying. That is the main recommendation in a multi-party committee report tabled Wednesday looking at expanding the province's law on end-of-life care, one that is expected to revive a debate that has divided politicians and the public. The current law, adopted in 2014, set out strict criteria that include informed consent of a patient until
OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors will not travel to the Vatican as planned this month to meet with Pope Francis because of the latest threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Archbishop Richard Smith, who was part of the planning committee for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said it was “disappointing but prudent" to put the trip on hold until 2022. Smith said the decision to postpone was made in collaboration with the national organizations representing Fi
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II. The USS Chung-Hoon, a guided missile destroyer, passed in front of the pier with its sailors “manning the rails,” or lining the ship’s edge, to honor the World War II veterans present. David Russell, a 101-year-old from Albany, Oregon, who survived the attack while on
Two sets of brothers, all best friends, are now calling themselves The Fundraiser Warriors after raising more than $19,000 for McMaster Children’s Hospital and Camp Ooch/Trillium last December. This year, the boys are hoping to raise $24,000 for 24 local charities by selling advent calendars. Susan Hay has the story.