Winter means not only cold weather but also longer and darker days. The lack of light can pose problems, especially for drivers. Naomi Barber from Specsavers discusses the importance of regular eye care and checking in with your optometrist.
HALIFAX — An emailed letter to staff of a Halifax-area hospital says that the pressure on the emergency room has risen to the point where there's no space to assess patients and one in 10 people aren't seen before they give up and leave. Two managers at the Dartmouth General Hospital say in the statement obtained by The Canadian Press that influenza and respiratory syncytial virus are combining with other factors to block the flow of patients through the ER. The email was sent Thursday to a long
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's Court of Appeal has ruled that the August 2020 snap election call that won Premier Blaine Higgs a majority government was legal. In a decision released Thursday, the court dismissed advocacy group Democracy Watch’s argument that the premier’s early election call was illegal because of the province’s fixed-date election law. Writing for the three-judge panel, Justice Ernest Drapeau says there is no admissible evidence that the premier's decision to call a general ele
LONDON (AP) — Artist Veronica Ryan has won the prestigious Turner Prize for work that transforms materials including fruits, seeds and volcanic ash into elusive and evocative sculptures. The Montserrat-born British artist was awarded the 25,000-pound ($30,000) prize at a ceremony in Liverpool, England on Wednesday evening. She won for work including public sculptures in London’s Hackney area in the shape of tropical fruits – custard apple, breadfruit and soursop — that honor the contribution to
The Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth includes 68 actions, but the biggest emission reductions are dependent on projects like the Atlantic Loop.
Three teens have been charged after stabbings at an Oakville high school, Halton police say, while an arrest warrant has gone out for an adult also wanted in connection to the incident. Officers were initially called to Garth Webb Secondary School at about 4 p.m. Wednesday after a fight erupted between a "group of youths" in the building's foyer, police said in a news release Thursday. They found three 15-year-olds with injuries. Two had stab wounds to their bodies, while a third had a bloody no
Canada's financial regulator said on Thursday it was raising the amount of capital the country's biggest lenders must hold as a stability buffer by 50 basis points to 3% of risk-weighted assets in response to rising economic uncertainty. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) said persistent inflation and rising interest rates along with political tensions had exacerbated vulnerabilities. The new 3% buffer level, which take effect from Feb 1, "reflects OSFI's observation that high levels of systemic vulnerabilities have persisted and, in some cases, increased in recent quarters," OSFI's Chief Risk and Strategy Officer Angie Radiskovic told reporters in a briefing.
The Quebec coroner's office has opened an investigation into the death of an 84-year-old woman at the Jewish General Hospital's emergency room in Montreal last month. The coroner confirms the woman was taken to the ER Nov. 26 where she died, as first reported by Global News. The coroner's office refused to comment or give details, as the investigation is ongoing, but said a detailed report shedding light on the causes and circumstances of the death will be made public once the investigation is c
Edmonton city council voted to add millions of dollars to the city's proposed four-year capital budget Friday for initiatives like bike lane infrastructure, building retrofits and emissions-neutral vehicles. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi introduced 17 amendments this week to alter the existing 2023-26 $7.75-billion budget. Council approved the amendments, which still need final approval when council votes on the city's capital, operating, utility and carbon budgets. After hours of debate Friday, council a
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that he will not block Mississippi from carrying out with next week’s scheduled execution of an inmate who is suing the state over its use of three drugs for lethal injections. Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., 58, faces a Dec. 14 execution date, which was recently set by the Mississippi Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate handed down a ruling late Wednesday, saying Loden’s execution can happen even while the lawsuit is pending. Loden has been o
CALGARY — The Canada Energy Regulator has issued financial penalties against Trans Mountain Corp. related to the 2020 death of a worker. The regulator says the Crown corporation failed to take all reasonable care to ensure the safety and security of workers on the day of the incident. The incident occurred on Oct. 27, 2020, when a person working near Edmonton, Alta. on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was fatally injured. The person was disassembling a trench box at the time. The re
OTTAWA — Health Canada has approved a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster for use in children ages five to 11, which targets the original strain of the coronavirus and more recent variants. The Pfizer vaccine is the first "bivalent" shot to be approved for use in children. Health Canada says in a press release that after the thorough review, it has found the vaccine is safe and effective and that its benefits outweigh any potential risks when used as a booster dose. The National Advisory Co
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — People are asking questions about a storm protection proposal for New York and New Jersey that would be among the most massive and costly flood control projects ever done in America. At a public hearing Wednesday night on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposed $52 billion project, some wanted to know where all the water that would be thwarted by storm gates would go instead. Others wanted to know why the plan doesn't solve more of the problem. And one had a pointed q
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The election for a seat on a typically obscure regulatory commission in Louisiana, a state with a front row seat to the effects of climate change, has gained national attention as major utility companies and outside political action committees pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race. Saturday's runoff election for a seat on Louisiana's Public Service Commission pits Davante Lewis, a 30-year-old progressive policy advocate who wants to require utilities to reac
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — The slippery hips of Luka Modric wriggled away from danger. The laser-like precision of his passing — and the intelligence to control the tempo for long periods — were ever present, as is usual. There was the customary adjustment of his hairband here, a tug of his captain’s armband there. It was the full repertoire from one of soccer’s finest midfield maestros, and it all helped Croatia put an end to the dancing Brazilians and knock one of the biggest favorites out of the
VICTORIA — At least five children died last month in British Columbia from influenza as a rise of early season respiratory illnesses added strain to the beleaguered health-care system. The figure marks a departure from the average of two to three annual flu deaths among children in the province between 2015 and 2019, data from the BC Coroners Service shows. "Public health is monitoring the situation closely and is reminding people of the steps they can take to protect themselves, their children
A deep chill is lurking on the horizon that could boost your odds of waking up to snow on the ground come Christmas morning.
Windsor-Essex's top doctor is concerned about the rising rates of influenza in the region — especially among young people — as respiratory illness dominates hospitals locally and across Ontario. Acting medical officer of health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, says this flu season has been "atypical," with cases presenting in May, June and July — a season when the virus is typically not active. "We've had cases of influenza every month since March of 2022. Normally, in a normal influenza season, there's
For the first time, British Columbia has a minister responsible for climate-related emergencies, with Bowinn Ma named minister of emergency management and climate readiness on Wednesday during Premier David Eby's cabinet announcement. In Eby's official mandate letter to Ma, he says B.C. "has been disproportionately impacted by climate change disasters. "We need to continue to learn the lessons of past emergencies, build our capacity to be resilient in the face of recent emergencies, and prepare
TORONTO — In the first episode of the new season of "Little America" director Deepa Mehta guides a story that touches on the pressures some children of immigrant families feel to fit into traditional definitions of success. It's a topic she's excited to tackle in her return to the eight-part Apple TV Plus series for Season 2, she says, adding that as an Indian-Canadian immigrant herself she can relate to the show's exploration of those “universal questions” she’s had since becoming a Canadian ci