Montreal's Grévin wax museum announced this week it would be closing for good due to a drop in visitors during the pandemic. Located on the fifth floor of the Eaton Centre, the museum used to welcome about 150,000 visitors per year. After COVID-19 forced the closure of many non-essential services, the museum saw a huge drop in business. "We were closed for 50 weeks from 2020 to the end of February 2021. And since the reopening at the end of February, attendance did not meet our expectations," sa
Thousands of people including soldiers and diplomats marched peacefully through the Ukrainian capital on Sunday in an annual gay pride parade despite some opposition to an event called off last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers said about 7,000 attended the Equality March this year, compared to 8,000 in 2019, which saw the biggest turnout since the event was initiated a decade ago despite opposition from religious and nationalist groups. Homophobia is widespread in Ukraine, according to a survey by the sociological group "Rating" published in August, which said 47% of respondents had a negative view of the LGBTQ+ community.
The idea of waning immunity has picked up steam in recent weeks, with some countries using it to justify rolling out third-dose COVID-19 vaccine boosters to their populations. But immunologists say the concept has been largely misunderstood. While antibodies — proteins created after infection or vaccination that help prevent future invasions from the pathogen — do level off over time, experts say that's supposed to happen. And it doesn't mean we're not protected against COVID-19. Jennifer Gommer
A 27-year-old man, and two other men in their 20s injured, following a triple shooting in Regent Park on Saturday night. Police officers were called to Oak Street and Sumach Street shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to Toronto Police Service duty inspector Michael Williams. Williams said they found the three men, all suffering from gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, he said, while a second was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition. The third man was sh
Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres told a press conference on Sunday night that 5,000 people had been evacuated and no injuries had been reported so far. Flights to and from the Canaries were continuing as normal, the airport operator Aena said. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in La Palma, the most northwesterly island of the archipelago, late on Sunday for talks with the islands' government on managing the eruption.
Female staff said they had been trying to return to work at the ministry for several weeks since the Taliban takeover last month, only to be told to go home. The sign outside the Ministry of Women's Affairs has been replaced by one for the Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. "The Ministry of Women's Affairs must be reactivated," said Baseera Tawana, one of the protesters outside the building.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming increasingly skeptical about how much U.S. foreign policy really has changed since Donald Trump left the White House. Biden plans to limit his time at the U.N. General Assembly due to coronavirus concerns. He is sched
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot this morning during an exchange with officers in Sault Ste. Marie. The Special Investigations Unit says police were called to a home around 3:40 a.m. on reports of a domestic incident. The SIU says that shortly after 4 a.m., an officer was shot and police fired at the man. The agency says the man was shot and died at the scene. It says an officer was also taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries. The
Cape Enrage is one of New Brunswick's natural treasures. Located about 20 kilometres east of Fundy National Park, the point juts out into the Bay of Fundy. Its high cliffs, rocky beach and protected salt marsh provide some of the region's prettiest views. But the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, which keeps an eye on the nature preserve there, is concerned some of the area's treasures are going missing. "So it's 29.9 hectares and the rocks on the beach are, yeah, beautiful, rounded, cobble rocks,"
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. Witnesses, meanwhile, said an explosion targeted a Taliban vehicle in the provincial city of Jalalabad, the second such deadly blast in as many days in an Islamic State stronghold. The decision to prevent most
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Some 7,000 people gathered in Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the annual March for Equality to support the rights of the country's LGBT community. Equipped with colorful costumes and rainbow flags, the crowd marched down the central streets of Kyiv, some carrying banners reading “Fight for right!” Participants announced eight demands for Ukrainian authorities, including the legalization of civil partnerships for LGBT people and the creation of laws against LGBT hate crimes.
It only took four years of living in Alberta to get Steven Song hooked on climbing mountains. In the last decade, he has climbed almost 1,200 different mountains from Alaska to South America. The University of Alberta chemical engineering graduate started climbing peaks as a teenager, not long after immigrating to Canada from China. "I like the views," he said. His first was Cirque Peak in Banff National Park as a teenager. He said the trip was exhausting and by the day's end, he had large blist
Police and bylaw officers in Kingston, Ont., issued thousands of dollars in fines Friday night under an emergency order designed to curb large parties that violate Ontario's COVID-19 rules. A dozen partygoers at one residence near the corner of University Avenue and Earl Street were each given $2,000 fines after officers determined there were more than 25 people indoors, Kingston police said in a Saturday night press release. Initially officers only counted 25 people inside the residence but fou
MONTREAL/OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, crisscrossing the country making a last pitch to voters before Monday's election, said on Sunday only his Liberals could end the COVID-19 pandemic and accused his main rival of taking the wrong approach. Opinion polls indicate the political advantage moving to Trudeau, who is stepping up attacks on Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole over the pandemic. Trudeau favors vaccine mandates opposed by O'Toole, who prefers testing to control the public health crisis.
A hint of autumn cold clings to the air in this Vernon wildfire camp, a welcome change from the throat-choking smoke that hundreds of firefighters endured over summer. "You're catching us at the back end of what was a very busy time here," Stefan Hood, logistics section chief with the B.C. Wildfire Service, told CBC Daybreak South's Dana Kelly, as she toured the old Kin Racetrack grounds. Surveying the remaining tents scattered around three baseball fields that were once filled with people and e