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Jane Weyallon Armstrong was excited and slightly nervous on byelection day in her community of Behchokǫ̀, N.W.T., but she gave little thought to the history she was making. A political science professor at the University of Calgary confirmed Wednesday that after Weyallon Armstrong's win the N.W.T. is the first provincial or territorial legislature to be led by a majority of women. "Gender never came into my mind," Weyallon Armstrong told CBC News. "I went in there with good intentions, with a go
Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday. The active caseload in the province is 10, according to the government's COVID-19 dashboard. No one is currently in hospital with COVID-19. Labs in the province processed 2,734 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday. As of Wednesday, 75.7 per cent of Nova Scotians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 59.9 per cent have also received a second dose. MORE TOP STORIES
As the pandemic wears on, motor homes and trailers are rolling off the lot quicker than they did before. In fact, at one dealership in Tecumseh, it's common for RVs to be spoken for even before they arrive on site. "People are buying trailers sight unseen because they like the floor plan, the model, they're putting deposits on them. As soon as the RV comes, 'I'll take it, it's sold,'" said Edward Raymond, one of the owners of Leisure Trailer Sales. "So we have probably about a dozen units pre-so
LONDON (AP) — The British government on Thursday approved plans to build a national Holocaust memorial beside Parliament, rejecting claims by campaigners that the location was unsuitable. The government said building the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, a park in the shadow of Parliament, would send a “powerful associative message.” The memorial was announced in 2016, but the choice of location has faced opposition. A group of campaigners argued that it would rem
The Fort McMurray SPCA says its in urgent need of donations after a year of cancelled fundraisers and an influx of animals. Melanie Schneider, finance manager of the SPCA, said the shelter saw 50 per cent more animals than normal in the first quarter this year. Right now, the SPCA is housing more than 80 animals and has almost reached capacity. The average number of animals in the shelter before the pandemic was 60. "We're seeing a lot of surrender paperwork coming in, of people now wanting to s
App-based retail brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc was set to make its highly anticipated market debut on the Nasdaq on Thursday. The brokerage, known for helping pioneer commission-free trading, relied on a controversial practice called payment for order flow (PFOF) for more than three-quarters of its revenue https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1783879/000162828021013318/robinhoods-1.htm in the first quarter. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is now scrutinizing PFOF over conflicts of interest it says are inherent in the practice.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you want to listen to the George Porter Trio or Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. and the Wild Magnolias rip it up at some of the most well-known New Orleans music venues, you'll have to get a coronavirus vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. The clubs — Tipitina's, the Maple Leaf Bar and d.b.a. — made the announcement late Wednesday in a news release. The new rule will go into effect for performances at the venues starting Friday. “The music industry in New Orleans is uniting
There is not much hard information on how to create a successful bat box in Canada, but Karen Vanderwolf is looking to change that with the Canadian Bat Box Project. The boxes are artificial roosts that give bats a safe place to stay, and also help encourage bats into areas where there aren't many. They can be put up attached to trees or buildings, like a house or shed. The project has signed up about 1,000 people. Vanderwolf, a researcher at Trent University, said only about 20 per cent have su
The Town of Mattawa remains equipped to handle any alleged conflict of interests or breaches of conduct, as they extend their contract with their current integrity commissioner (IC). The decision to extend the contract with Expertise for Municipalities—also known as E4m—was made during their July 26 council meeting. Since March of 2019 E4m has served as the town’s IC, although that first term ended this past winter, on February 28. The Municipal Act mandates all Ontario municipalities have an IC
Remember lighthearted throwback adventure movies? “The Mummy”? “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”? “Pirates of the Caribbean”? The first one, at least? How about the classic romantic banter of a handsome but wholly mismatched pair in “Romancing the Stone” or “The African Queen”? “ Jungle Cruise ” certainly does and isn’t about to let you forget it, either. This is a film whose sole purpose is to remind you of at least a dozen other movies that you remember fondly and coast from there. And it a
MLA Grande Prairie-Wapiti Travis Toews returned to his hometown last week to host a town hall for residents to voice their grievances. Toews led a town hall at the Beaverlodge Community Centre last Thursday, as well as one in Sexsmith last Tuesday. About 50 people attended the Beaverlodge function; concerns varied from funding cuts for nurses, the status of the Beaverlodge hospital, a lack of agricultural supports and COVID-related issues. Toews, who was part of the emergency cabinet committee f
Regina police are asking for the public's help to find a man who has been missing since June 18. Kyle Gallagher, 27, was last seen on the zero to 99 block of Cavendish Street and his family hasn't heard from him since, according to a news release from police. Gallagher is six feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has black, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. His teeth show signs of decay, according to the release. He has two piercings in his nose and his earlobes are stretched with jewlery
BOSTON (AP) — The Biden administration will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court ruled it could only be extended until the end of the month. In a statement Thursday, the White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to have extended the federal eviction moratorium due to spread of the delta variant. Biden called on "Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families wi
Personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq breaks down your latest finance headlines, including fluctuating lumber prices and Walmart announcing it will pay the college tuition for all of its U.S. employees for the upcoming school year.
The New Brunswick government can't sue the former accountants for the Atcon group of companies over bookkeeping that the province blamed for bad loans and loan guarantees that cost taxpayers $50 million. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that the province filed its lawsuit too late and can't pursue the case. It means New Brunswick has no hope of recouping any of the $50 million from Grant Thornton, the accounting firm whose audit the province says it relied on in agreeing to the loans a
The rush to online shopping during the pandemic drove prices higher for goods ordered over the internet, eroding a long-standing cost advantage and possible evidence that overall inflation may become more persistent than thought, according to a new report from tech giant Adobe. The study, analyzing a trillion retail site visits across 18 product categories matched to the closely watched U.S. Consumer Price Index that measures general inflation, found that online prices jumped 2.3% in June on an annual basis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David de Russy steered his bicycle through a sparse crowd of midweek visitors streaming down Los Angeles' Venice Beach boardwalk between multimillion-dollar homes, T-shirt shops and eateries on one side and vendors peddling paintings, hawking crystals and offering tarot card readings on the other. For the first time in about a year, he was happy the view toward the ocean was largely unobscured with the misery of homeless camps that mushroomed along the sands during the coronav
“Alberta communities are facing a staffing crisis in their hospitals,” said Rachel Notley, Alberta NDP leader at the Centre 2000 in Grande Prairie last Thursday. She said that health care staff shortages across the province have resulted in bed closures, emergency room closures and cancelled surgeries. “This is real in our own local hospital there are 14 beds closed,” said Kerrie Mealey, United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) Local 37 president. Mealey said that eight of the beds are post-surgical beds
Ontario reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — the most on a single day in about a month — while also surpassing a key vaccination target. Thursday's total is up from the 185 infections logged on the same day last week. Because testing levels generally follow a weekly pattern in Ontario, it's often most informative to compare the same days of the week. Of the new cases, Toronto and Peel Region each reported 38, while 25 were reported in Hamilton and the Region of Waterloo saw 19. The s
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave scorched southeast Europe on Thursday, intensifying wildfires and sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief. Temperatures rose above 40 C (104 F) in parts of Greece and across much of the region. Weather experts in Athens said they expected the heat wave to extend into next week, making it one of the most severe recorded in the country since the mid-1980s. At least three people were killed in sout