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The Liberals have introduced a bill aiming to ban conversion therapy in Canada, which is an outdated medical practice that seeks to forcibly change a person's sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender. During a press conference on Monday, Canadian Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti detailed how the criminal code would be amended if this bill is passed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading up to Wednesday's major abortion case at the Supreme Court, the justices have heard from thousands of people and organizations urging the court to either save or scrap two historic abortion decisions. But on Wednesday they'll hear from just three lawyers: one representing the state of Mississippi, another representing Mississippi's only abortion clinic and the last representing the Biden administration. For each, it’s a chance to be part of what is likely to be a histor
A new coronavirus variant revived old conspiracy theories this week as widely shared social media posts falsely claimed the omicron variant was nothing but a cover-up for darker agendas. Some online personalities over the weekend suggested omicron was invented as an excuse to change voting laws, or as a distraction from this week's sex trafficking trial of longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Others baselessly claimed President Joe Biden made up the new variant to scare American
Yukon has the highest rate of opioid deaths in the country, and the coroner is joining those pleading for help to address the territory’s drug emergency.
The omicron variant spreads rapidly, says Dr. Peter Jüni, the head of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, so we need to continue to act quickly with public health measures in Canada to help contain it.
EDMONTON — Investigators at the Alberta Utilities Commission are asking the regulator to look into what they say is illegal behaviour by one of the province's largest and most prominent homegrown companies. They allege ATCO Electric deliberately overpaid a British Columbia First Nation by millions for work on a new transmission line in order to secure lucrative contracts providing construction camps for the Trans Mountain Expansion oil pipeline project. ATCO then tried to pass that overpayment o
NEW YORK (AP) — Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41. Abloh's death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh's own Off-White label, which he founded in 2013. Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear, but his ubiquitous, consumer-friendly presence in culture was wide-ranging and
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Research suggests that rain will become more common in the Arctic than snow and, because of climate change, it could happen earlier than predicted with severeconsequences for the region's environment, its people, and its animals. A study led by University of Manitoba researchers published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications says greater average rainfall amounts than previously projected are possible by 2100. And autumn rains could overtake snowfall 20 years earlier th
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Wednesday, a case that could potentially unravel abortion protections across the country. Alyssa Julie reports.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says getting people around the world vaccinated will be more effective at stopping the global fight against COVID-19, including new variants of concern, than banning flights. He is calling on Canada to push for a waiver that would lift the patents on vaccines.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Localized flooding in Washington state from another in a series of rainstorms doesn't appear to be as severe as an extreme weather flooding event earlier in the month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington had been asked to evacuate voluntarily Saturday night. Both towns near the Canadian border previously saw hundreds evacuated and severe flooding from days of rain that caused an estimated $50 million in damage to Whatcom County. I
Canada's defence minister will join the country's top soldier in delivering a formal apology to survivors of sexual misconduct in the armed forces on December 13. "All Defence Team members should be treated fairly in a workplace that is safe and free of any kind of harassment and discrimination," says a joint statement from the federal government. "We know there is much more work to do to create lasting and positive culture change, and we will continue to listen to and learn from those affected
OTTAWA — A date has been set for the government to deliver its promised apology to victims of military sexual misconduct. The Department of National Defence announced Monday that the apology will be delivered on Dec. 13 and come in the three parts. Defence Minister Anita Anand will apologize on behalf of the government, chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre will do the same for the military and Jody Thomas, the deputy minister at National Defence, will speak for the department. While offici
The Saskatchewan government projected a record $2.7-billion deficit in its mid-year financial update, which was released Monday morning. The deficit projection is up by $97 million from the budget forecast, but down $29 million from the first-quarter update. According to Finance Minister Donna Harpauer, the shortfall is largely due to an expected $2.4 billion in crop insurance claims — $1.5 billion of which have already been paid out. Aside from the crop insurance claims, other expenditures putt
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the the fact the Omicron COVID-19 variant was detected in the Netherlands before it was reported in South Africa "factors as a concern." Mendicino added that the government will continue to follow the advice of public health officials in consideration of adding other countries to the list of countries with travel bans.
Many health-care workers in Nunavut will be required to provide proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10, 2022. John Main, Nunavut's health minister, announced the move in a Nov. 30 media release. The new rule affects nurses, dental therapists, central sterilizing room technicians, and midwives, as well as staff at community and public health centres, the Qiqiktani General Hospital, continuing care centres, mental health offices, and the Akausisarvik and Cambridge Bay mental hea
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -CNN on Tuesday suspended its top news anchor, Chris Cuomo, for his role in defending his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, over sexual harassment allegations. The cable news channel said in a statement the suspension followed the release of new court documents on Monday. Andrew Cuomo was forced to step down https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-governor-cuomo-resigns-after-sexual-harassment-findings-2021-08-10 as governor in August after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new coronavirus variant, the transportation ministry said Wednesday. It said the request is an emergency precaution amid growing concern over the spread of the new omicron variant. Those who have already made reservations are not affected, although flights may be canceled if there are insuffic
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of study, the Pentagon has decided no immediate major changes are needed in the global positioning of U.S. forces, although it will further analyze force needs in the Middle East and make refinements in Asia and the Pacific, officials said Monday. The outcome of the study, which began in March at Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's direction, reflects a complex security picture facing the Biden administration, which fully withdrew from Afghanistan in August but is inc
Growing up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, Nelson Tagoona dreamed he would one day perform with a symphony orchestra. Then an aspiring guitar player, Tagoona heard a guitarist performing with a symphony and swore that he would be up there sharing the stage. After years of work, Tagoona has finally got his wish. Now famous as a throat boxer, someone who combines hip-hop beatboxing with Inuit throat singing, Tagoona performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) on Saturday. "I find it truly inspirati