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Being at home more often than ever before during COVID has spurred a renewed interest in gardening and growing your own food. As such, the York Region Food Network (YRFN) stepped up to the plate not only on how to grow the vegetables to put on it, but also what to do with the scraps. The YRFN’s Compost Learning Hub is just one successful initiative that has been borne out of the pandemic. Held virtually from the outset, the program is showing no signs of slowing down into the fall as people from
A North Okanagan man convicted previously of assaults on sex workers and now facing a charge of assaulting a police officer would not have been working at the LNG Canada project site in Kitimat had the subcontractor who hired him done proper background checks, say northwestern B.C. women’s rights advocates. “Look at his history, how could he have bypassed the subcontractor? And he wouldn’t have if they had a criminal check,” said Gladys Radek, a Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMI
It was a busy Wednesday afternoon as parents collected their kids from St. Jerome Catholic School. Cars lined Hollandview Trail until the bell rang – mothers, fathers and guardians all waiting for the verdict from their youngsters on the first day back at school since classes were forced to shutter due to the global pandemic. “It was strange – I had to wear a mask, but I actually got to see my friends,” said Ethan Ahle, a Grade 6 student, on what it was like to settle back into the classroom. Mo
Global brands from Mercedes and Amazon to IKEA and Walmart are cutting out the traditional financial middleman and plugging in software from tech startups to offer customers everything from banking and credit to insurance. For established financial institutions, the warning signs are flashing. So-called embedded finance - a fancy term for companies integrating software to offer financial services - means Amazon can let customers "buy now pay later" when they check out and Mercedes drivers can get their cars to pay for their fuel.
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — I wake up as the loudspeaker outside my window starts the community broadcast at 7 a.m. I try to recall the date. Vietnam’s pandemic lockdown has been so long I’ve lost my sense of time. I now count by weeks. This is the ninth I’ve been stuck in Vung Tau, a seaside resort more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from my home in Hanoi. I get out of bed, keeping to my routine of yoga before breakfast. As I roll out the mat, the broadcast gives the latest pandemic news and bl
VICTORIA — British Columbia's health minister says the province won't be taking COVID-19 patients from Alberta due to current demands on its own health-care system. Adrian Dix says the B.C. Health Ministry told its Alberta counterpart Thursday that the province will help in other ways if it can and may be able to take patients in the future. Alberta is facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system, with 269 patients in an intensive care system set up for 173. British
The timing of the release of her book Indian in the Cabinet: Telling Truth to Power was less than a week before the federal election Sept. 20, but Jody Wilson-Raybould said that was no more than a coincidence. The former Liberal Cabinet minister, however, did say she hopes voters take into consideration what she has to say about her experiences in government when they mark their ballots. “I think it’s important to tell of my experiences… how government operates, and the expectation that I have a
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is asking Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate after voter registration records were posted online. Voter registration records known as the “voter file” are available to the public, but it's a felony to publish the information on the Internet. The voter file includes the name, address and party affiliation of registered voters, along with some phone numbers. It shows whether the person has voted in recent elections but not t
NDP Leader Jagmeet was challenged by a small group of young environmentalists on Thursday following a media availability in Toronto over his positions on old-growth logging at Fairy Creek in British Columbia and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The group from Climate Justice Toronto unrolled a banner that said "Support Fairy Creek" and demanded he support an end to all old-growth logging in B.C. "He's going to lose votes in B.C. if he doesn't take a firm stand on this," said Niklas Agarwal
Feeling anxious about rising COVID-19 case numbers in P.E.I. schools? You're not alone. Experts are feeling them too. In an interview on CBC News: Compass Thursday, clinical psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin said she reacted to the news of last week's outbreak as both a parent and medical professional. "First, I had my parent's hat because I have two kids," one of whom is too young to be vaccinated, Goodwin said. "I think we're all deeply aware that there's a little bit more risk at this momen
There’s a mix of anger and acceptance in Alberta after Premier Jason Kenney reversed his stance on renewed COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine passports.
The Town of Aurora and Aurora’s Downtown BIA sure hope so as they prepare to close down Yonge Street just south of Wellington Street for Saturday Night Fever on Yonge Street this Saturday from 4 – 11 p.m. A night of dancing to live music and a chance to browse all that local shops in the downtown core have to offer, the event will kick off with live performances at 4.15 by Beverly Mahood & Friends, followed by Soul Benefit at 6.30, Night Fever: A Tribute to The Bee Gees at 7.30 and the ever-popu
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The first of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced Thursday night he will not seek reelection next year. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio would have faced Max Miller in the 2022 primary. Trump has endorsed Miller, a former White House and campaign aide, as part of his bid to punish those who voted for his impeachment or blocked his efforts to overturn the results of th
The Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division approved two separate requests allowing two families to keep sending their children to Ecole Debden School, despite living in the Canwood School busing area. The Sask. Rivers board has been dealing with transportation issues in the Debden-Canwood area since last year, including several busing appeals in the last two months. Two families made their appeals before the board Monday after changes changes were made in the French Immersion transportation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western states struggling to convince skeptical people to get vaccinated. The Idaho Department
A four-storey, 48-unit apartment building for Chapel Road in Rothesay is another step closer to reality after town council voted unanimously to enact the bylaw to rezone the property from general commercial to multi-unit residential. As eight of the apartments are designated to be affordable, and two are age-friendly and accessible, the developer's agreement includes an amendment from the town on how tenants are selected to ensure people requiring affordable and accessible units actually receive
The B.C. government is suing to keep more than $22,000 in cash and a diamond ring that were seized by the Vancouver Police Department in a Burnaby residence on Aug. 7, 2018. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 7 by the director of civil forfeiture, is focusing on spouses Gurcharn and Mohanvir Kang and their son, Sameet. It alleges that all are members of the Kang group, an organized crime gang operating in B.C. and Alberta that is closely aligned with the Red Scorpions gang. Sameet Kang is currently servin
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A new political map proposed by Nebraska Republicans wouldn't just make it harder for Democrats to win one of the state's three House seats — it would make it a little bit harder for Democrats to win the White House. Nebraska is one of only two states that divides its Electoral College votes by congressional district, rather than a winner-take-all system. That allowed President Joe Biden to claim one of the state's five electoral votes last year, even as he lost Nebraska
Brandon University reduced the hours of its sole co-ordinator dedicated to sexual violence education and prevention on campus by 75 per cent amid COVID-19 budget constraints at the start of 2021. The position — which is equal parts advocate and educator — was created five years ago to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, help them navigate reporting options, and implement a new policy on investigating cases, among other duties. Both the co-ordinator and sexualized violence poli
A proposed class-action lawsuit from Black civil servants has reached 1,000 plaintiffs, many of whom want to see systemic discrimination addressed on the campaign trail.