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The University of Saskatchewan says the vast majority of its students, staff and faculty have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The university says 25,000 students, staff and faculty — 92 per cent of the total fall campus population — have shared their vaccination status. Of those, 97 per cent have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91 per cent are fully vaccinated, the university said in a Thursday update on its website. That's well above Saskatchewan's provincial rate. As of Friday, 8
For the first time in a week, hundreds of students walked through the doors of Charlottetown's West Royalty Elementary school Friday — not for class, but a COVID-19 swab. Health PEI held a pop-up rapid-testing clinic at the school, aimed at students who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and are not isolating. Any staff not fully vaccinated were directed to the school for a test as well. "It's a tool for us to use to make sure we're catching anyone in this chain of transmission," said Marion Dowli
The executive council of the Nunatsiavut government has rejected the NunatuKavut community council's claim to land in Labrador. In a media release Thursday, the Nunatsiavut government said following a "research and consultation process," it had concluded that while NunatuKavut may have some Indigenous members, it has no viable land claim. "Our consultations and the history of our people make our position clear. We do not recognize the NCC proposed land claim, " said Nunatsiavut's executive counc
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released. “Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” came the announcement from the flight's Twitter feed. Cruise st
CALGARY — A Calgary man has admitted to stabbing his care worker to death at an assisted-living facility in the city nearly two years ago. Brandon Newman, who is now 20, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu on Oct. 25, 2019. A jury trial was to begin next month. Newman, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, sat quietly in the prisoner's box in court. He said nothing except when asked if he understood what was happening. He confirmed he did. Court heard that in 201
Alberta reported its highest new daily case number since the first week of May as the province recorded 2,020 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths. The 2,020 new cases — the highest of the province's fourth wave so far — were detected on 17,327 tests with a positivity rate around 11.66 per cent. With 18 new deaths, the province's COVID death total has now grown to 2,523. One month ago, that number was 2,336. Active cases rose by 495 to 19,201. For the first time in weeks, the Calgary health z
Dealing the White House a stinging setback, an FDA panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, instead endorsing the extra dose for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. (Sept. 17)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge who sentenced a California architect on Friday to probation for her role in the Capitol riot stressed that the Jan. 6 insurrection “represented a threat to democracy" and continues to resonate “in sad and unfortunate ways.” U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman noted that security fencing has gone up around the Capitol in preparation for a rally on Saturday by what he called “misguided” people protesting what they allege is the mistreatment of jailed insurrec
Bayham councillors have approved a proposal from Fire Chief Harry Baranik to install “dry hydrants” on a half-dozen farm ponds in the north end of Bayham, to draw water from in case of fires. At a council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 19, he reported that water pressure in Vienna and Port Burwell dropped whenever fires were being fought. Without municipal water service in Straffordville or Eden, firefighters trucked water from Vienna to those sites if needed, again causing the same issue. That water
Some Northwest Territories residents whose properties were damaged beyond repair in May’s historic flooding won’t be in new homes before the winter. Shane Thompson, the N.W.T.'s minister of municipal and community affairs, told Cabin Radio eight homes in Fort Simpson, population 1,200, and five or six in Jean Marie River, population 80, require outright replacement. Severe flooding in May led to the complete evacuation of Jean Marie River and displaced about 700 residents in Fort Simpson. The te
Central Elgin councillors on Monday, Aug. 16, rejected an appeal to reconsider charging rent to a weather-forecasting business if it wanted to place a weather station on municipal property in Port Stanley harbour. Earlier this year, Weatherflow told councillors that the station would play an important role in reporting and predicting weather in the Port Stanley area, since other monitoring stations were miles away and the village had a microclimate of its own. Councillors agreed, but imposed an
The United Kingdom acted in an opportunistic manner in the deal struck between the United States and Australia which ended a $40 billion submarine contract deal between Canberra and Paris, a French diplomatic source said on Friday. "The UK accompanied this operation opportunistically," the French diplomatic source said. France has not mentioned Britain in any official communication regarding the deal, focusing its ire on Australia and in particular the United States.
A 35-year-old member of the Bridgewater Police Service is charged with one count of uttering threats after he allegedly threatened an individual. Const. Asif Khan will appear in Bridgewater provincial court Oct. 20 to face the charge. In a news release, the provincial police watchdog, SIRT, said it began the investigation on Sept. 10. That was the same day the victim notified police of the allegation. Bridgewater police contacted SIRT the same day. A report summarizing the findings of the invest
The World Meteorological Organization puts the odds of a weak La Niña re-emerging at around 40 per cent.
There are a lot of different snakes on Earth, and there's a good chance they all have common ancestors.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly aimed at boosting vaccinations worldwide with the goal of ending the pandemic by the end of 2022. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States will be asking participants to commit to "a higher level of ambition" on making vaccines available on a more equitable basis and getting shots in arms, among other steps recommended to address the pandemic. Biden travels to New York on Monday for his first trip as president to attend the U.N. General Assembly and will speak to the gathered world leaders on Tuesday.
City councillor Scott McKeen sometimes feels he has only himself to blame for all the road construction he sees. "There have been days where I've been driving around my ward and I got so upset, I was mad at myself," McKeen told CBC News this week. "I didn't know who else to blame." McKeen and his fellow council members approved a massive construction season this year. The city has been working on 273 projects, in addition to regular road and utility maintenance. McKeen, who represents the downto
The U.S. government aims to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely next week to Americans age 16 and up. A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted against such broad coverage on Friday but backed a shot for people 65 and older, which the agency may or may not follow. President Joe Biden's administration faces criticism within the scientific community over whether the additional shots are needed for the general population.
Without the usual impromptu conversations outside cinemas at the Toronto International Film Festival, this year many film lovers were left to their own devices to seek out hidden gems. And for the festivalgoers who stayed home to watch virtual screenings, those cherished encounters with strangers were even harder to come by. Still, this year’s TIFF offered a plentiful selection of wonderful titles that didn’t have the push of a major Hollywood star or the hype machine to boost its profile. Here’
NEW YORK (AP) — What does “The Circus” do when the circus has left town? That's the pithy question that comes to mind upon learning that the Showtime political series opens its seventh season on Sunday, when consumer interest in political news has dropped sharply with the end of Donald Trump's presidency. “The thing about the circus — there's comedy, there's drama and there are death-defying acts of physical daring,” said John Heilemann, one of the show's four reporters. “Those things are still