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WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service. Guard soldiers have until Thursday to get the vaccine. And according to data obtained by The Associated Press, between 20% to 30% of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10% in 43 other sta
Conservation groups have been doing a lot of work lately to give people virtual access to important ecological areas in the Maritimes, but if that's given you the itch to go in person this summer, there are special precautions to take, according to two people who make a living promoting outdoor adventures. "These are not the places we want to start going bushwhacking," said Jan-Sebastian LaPierre, of Dartmouth-based marketing company A For Adventure. You probably should not go with a big group,
Abortion rights defenders gather outside US Supreme Court and in New York.View on euronews
Homeowners in one eastern Ontario township are taking issue with the arrival of short-term rentals in their riverside community. Residents in East Hawkesbury, Ont., approximately an hour's drive east of downtown Ottawa, have brought their concerns to the local council, calling for rules that would manage Airbnb properties and others like them. "These homes were built for families, not for Airbnb. I mean, what do they contribute to the neighborhood?" said Jennifer Brennan, who's lived in the area
Protesters at a Montreal abortion rights rally in solidarity with Americans following the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court say they fear the decision will lead to a rise in anti-abortion sentiment in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Hundreds of Quebecers of all ages gathered outside the Montreal courthouse Sunday afternoon amid sweltering heat, carrying signs that said, "Solidarity and rage," "My body, my choice" and "Access to abortion is a human right." Law student Cele
On this day in weather history, Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning for the seventh time.
For the first time, a free shuttle bus service will ferry nature lovers to some of the most popular spots in Gatineau Park during the summer. Saturday marked the start of the pilot project, which will run every weekend until Aug. 28. Regular shuttles have operated every fall for a three-week period, and that will still continue. "We're making Gatineau Park more accessible, more equitable for people who either don't own a private car or don't have access to one or don't want to drive," said Tobi
All levels of government need to come together to help solve flood-related infrastructure issues on Manitoba's largest First Nation, community leaders said. "There is serious work to do," William Sutherland, Peguis First Nation's director of emergency management, said in an interview Sunday as the flood-battered community north of Winnipeg was toiling to again try and shore up structures, roads and homes as water levels rise from recent rainfall. "There is a lot of infrastructure work that needs
KABUL (Reuters) -Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country early on Wednesday destroyed or damaged 10,000 homes and injured about 2,000 people, straining the country's fragile health system and posing a major test for the ruling Taliban. "The Islamic Emirate is asking the world to give the Afghans their most basic right, which is their right to life and that is through lifting the sanctions and unfreezing our assets and also giving assistance," Abdul Qahar Balkhi, foreign affairs ministry spokesman, told Reuters in an interview.
Two more Royal Canadian Navy vessels have departed from Halifax to join an ongoing NATO operation. HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summerside, each carrying crews of 46, set sail late Sunday morning to join Operation Reassurance in the Baltic Sea and North Atlantic. A crowd of family and friends gathered to watch the vessels depart. Both ships will be a part of a NATO mine countermeasures group. The sounds of the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy surrounded the jetty as the vessels prepared for t
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative ruling party leader pushed back Sunday against what he described as Western views on LGBTQ rights. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the Law and Justice party, described a theoretical situation in which a person named Wladyslaw, which is traditionally a male name, comes to work asking to be called Zosia, a traditionally female name. “And according to what we are recommended from the West that everyone should obey it,” Kaczynski said at a rally in Grudzia
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the final day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda by joining youth leaders for an intergenerational dialog breakfast on Saturday. Climate change was a key focus among participants.
VICTORIA — The first hot weather stretch of the summer in British Columbia has resulted in Environment Canada issuing heat warnings for large sections of the province. Environment Canada said Sunday it upgraded special weather statements to heat warnings for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Fraser Valley and the North Coast. The heat warnings come one year after a heat dome in B.C. sent temperatures to 40 C and above and resulted in the deaths of 619 people, many of whom were indoors on their own an
Mary Kilroy's son Patrick Bennett didn't set out to get hooked on drugs. After losing him to a drug overdose, she is now working to warn other parents. "We're losing our children," she says. "They're dying. And they're young." The grieving mother wants policy changes, to bring about more treatment options for addiction and safe supplies of illicit drugs. To help push toward those changes, Kilroy, who lives in St. John's, has become one of the first two people from Newfoundland and Labrador to jo
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Schloss Elmau, Germany. Both leaders are attending the G7 summit.
As the school year comes to an end, one graduating student has many reasons to celebrate. Kiwi Marois, 20, is the valedictorian this year at Braemar School in southeast Edmonton. The school, part of the Edmonton public school system, is for pregnant and parenting teens ages 13 to 20. Graduation day earlier this month landed on the first birthday of her daughter, Vitani. "When I found out I was valedictorian, it just blew my mind," Marois told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. "I did try really hard i
A number of residents have been displaced and two people, including a firefighter, were injured after a large fire at an apartment complex in downtown Port Coquitlam on Saturday night. City officials say the fire started around 10 p.m. PT at the building at 2245 Wilson Ave. Multiple fire crews responded throughout the night to the blaze. One person was injured with burns, according to officials, and one firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West told CBC N
A plant considered to be a dangerous weed has been discovered in the area of the Don Valley, Metrolinx says in a warning to the public. Metrolinx, the province's regional transit agency, said in the warning this week that its crews found Giant Hogweed, a noxious and leafy plant that is an invasive species, along the tracks of the Richmond Hill train corridor and in Toronto parkland recently. The plant is growing near the rail corridor between E.T. Seton Park in the east and the Bayview on-ramp t
Abortion rights activists took part in Pride Toronto's Dyke March downtown on Saturday to show support for those who will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Members of the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics carried a large coat hanger in the march to demonstrate opposition to the decision on Friday that strips away constitutional protections for abortion. The coalition believes women should have the right to control their own bodies. The coat hanger sym
Bluesman Colin James admits the title of his latest album is a bit of an irony, given the conditions under which it was made. "Yeah, I know, it's wishful thinking. I mean, it's so funny," said James, getting ready to tour to promote the record, including three shows in New Brunswick in early July. Open Road was recorded while James was stuck at home in Vancouver, unable to be on the road with his band while the COVID-19 pandemic raged. The multiple-Juno and Maple Blues Award winner was on tour b