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Newfoundland and Labrador's police watchdog won't investigate a rash of sexual assault allegations involving the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary unless the women involved want it to happen, as the head of the agency vows to build trust in its abilities, where some critics say there is little to be had. At least 12 women have been in touch with St. John's lawyer Lynn Moore to speak about their experiences with sexual assault and on-duty RNC officers, Moore said this week. No formal complaints hav
As Canada marks Emancipation Day for the first time across the nation, four scholars of African descent say liberation is a work in progress. In a panel hosted by the Halifax Public Libraries in collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality on Wednesday evening, the scholars reflected on what emancipation means and discussed the history of African liberation in the British Empire, including Canada. Emancipation Day, which falls on Aug. 1, marks the day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition A
Aurora’s Joel Gouveia came to Town Park last year with a dream: to bring the community together through music to support area mental health programs. What he didn’t have, however, was certainty – but by following health protocols in place at the start of the global pandemic, bolstered with no small degree of determination, he made the Aurorapalooza a musical fundraising success for the Canadian Mental Health Association. It’s a success that is only set to treble on August 7 with the second annua
Efforts to put more traffic calming measures on Centre Street to control one-way traffic at its western end have moved forward. Council last week ratified a decision made at the Committee level on July 6 that will see the installation of speed cushions on Centre Street between Spruce and Wells. The speed cushions have been a hotly contested issue around the Council table since first floated by Councillor Sandra Humfryes who said it would not only deter speeds on the thoroughfare within the Town’
As businesses continue to re-open under the rules of Ontario’s Step 3, more and more customers are rediscovering their favourite businesses. But as much as revenue begins to roll in once again, local small businesses need our help more than ever before – and the Region of York is aiming to drum up both commerce and consumer confidence through the Shop Local YR Challenge. “Many businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and small businesses primarily so,” says Jonathan Wheatle, Director
For some, they are simply bricks and mortar standing in the way of intensification. For others, they are silent but invaluable reminders of Aurora’s early industrial days and of the community’s contributions to the First and Second World Wars. The last remaining buildings of the Sisman Shoe Factory have won a reprieve – at least for now – after applications have come forward to de-list the buildings as being of Cultural or Heritage Interest. De-listing could pave the way for an eight-storey mixe
HOUSTON — A gutted Canada exited the Gold Cup on Thursday, sent home by a heartbreaking 99th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF tournament semifinal. But the young Canadian side sent a powerful message in defeat, demonstrating it is a team to be reckoned with in the region that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. "I'm proud of the lads but broken inside to be honest .. It's tough to take, in the last minute," said Canada coach John Herdman. "We're feeling it." He
"As of now the incident does not have an obvious impact on the operation," TSMC said, according to the Nikkei report. All the latest processors for the upcoming iPhones and Mac computers are produced at the facility, Fab 18, Nikkei said. The gas contamination had only a limited impact on the chip manufacturing process, Nikkei added, citing sources.
Torrential rain in China earlier this month has washed away people's livelihoods. (July 30)
HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an investigation last month and found the woman violated the Endangered Species Act, said Dominic Andrews, a spokesperson for the agency's Office of Law Enforcement. A video posted on TikTok and other social media showed a woman touching the sea
Ethereum, the second-largest blockchain network, is about to undergo a technical adjustment that will significantly alter the way transactions are processed, as well as reduce the supply of the ether token and sharply boost its price. The upgrade known as Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559 is similar, analysts said, to a bitcoin "halving" event in which periodic adjustments reduced the supply of bitcoin. While bitcoin is the preferred store of value in the digital ecosystem, Ethereum has emerged as the leading financial infrastructure, settling over $12 billion of daily transactions, according to a Grayscale report released in February this year.
After nearly a year-and-a-half, the Town of Aurora has lifted the State of Emergency declared in March of 2020 at the outset of the global pandemic. Mayor Tom Mrakas announced the move on Tuesday, July 27. “This is a huge milestone for our community, signalling the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel,” he said. “I declared the State of Emergency to give our staff and organization the agility and flexibility to address the unprecedented nature of the challenges posed by the pandemic. I am thr
If you see the colourful MOBYSS bus in your neighbourhood providing mental health services to youth where they need it most, it is all thanks to the community. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of York Region and South Simcoe has nearly 170,000 reasons to celebrate as fundraising efforts for their annual Mental Health in Motion exceeded its goal by more than 35 per cent. Mental Health in Motion is the CMHA’s biggest annual fundraiser. Having had to take a back seat last year due to t
They have found their feet as young community leaders and, as they prepare to leave home for their post-secondary education this fall, Aurora has recognized two graduates as Leaders of Tomorrow. Christian Scolamiero, who recently graduated from Aurora High School, and Sanjanaa Arunagiri, a newly-minted grad from Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, have been honoured by Council with the John West Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship. Created through a legacy left to the Town by the late mayor John Wes
XINXIANG, China (AP) — The night the rains came, all Yu Ruiping could do was huddle in her market stall. The electricity went out. Her phone went dead. And the water just kept rising. When the skies cleared, the market was surrounded by chest-high water — trapping Yu and her husband for two days with nothing to eat but a few packages of instant noodles. “It was the most water I’d ever seen,” Yu said, standing in her family warehouse in a neighborhood of Xinxiang, a city of six million people in
BOSTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. The White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to extend the federal eviction moratorium due to spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Instead, Biden called on “Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to pr
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A federal judge asked Microsoft Corp on Friday to let him know how big of a burden it would be for the company to provide documents requested by long-time rival Alphabet Inc's Google, in a U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Google. The search and advertising giant had asked the judge to compel Microsoft to turn over documents, citing its failure to comply with a subpoena, according to a court filing unsealed late Thursday. Google served a subpoena to Microsoft more than three months ago, seeking documents regarding Microsoft's Bing search engine as well as its Internet Explorer and Edge but has not received them, the filing said.
Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated? Yes, if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19. The latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated should get tested three to five days after a potential exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. That change comes two months after the agency eased its initial testing guidance. In May, the CDC said vaccinated people face very little risk of serious illness and don’t need t
B.C.'s seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie says the "sobering" preliminary findings from the B.C. coroner about the deaths sustained during June's heat wave should serve as a reminder to check up on elderly friends and relatives during hot weather. Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley and eastern Vancouver Island. It also issued a special weather statement for a large swath of the province beyond that. Temperatures are expec
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are asking the Biden administration to release from immigration custody a Chinese democracy advocate who could be deported to his homeland to face what they say are false charges — despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and China. Human rights advocates say this is one of a handful of cases in which China has used the Interpol “red notice” system to try to force the return of fugitives from the United States. Under this system, a member co