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VANCOUVER — British Columbia is gearing up for another heat wave this weekend by opening more cooling centres and redeploying health-care workers as temperatures are expected to soar. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday that while more staff will be shifted to emergency rooms, work is underway to keep hospitals cool while workers in long-term care facilities ensure people are hydrated. "Managers have stepped up to work in hospital ERs to make sure people who need immediate medical attention g
The theft of a copper church bell weighing more than 200 kilograms from the bell tower of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in a small rural village near Edmonton has left police and parish leaders perplexed. The theft happened sometime between July 19 and 24 in Hay Lakes, a community of fewer than 500 people located 60 kilometres south of Edmonton. "It's huge ... it would have taken several people or at least two or three people to move," said church pastor Father Mark Bayrock. Not only was the bel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots in the next three months with the highest alerts for “catastrophic" situations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, southern Madagascar, Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria, two U.N. agencies warned Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program said in a new report on “Hunger Hotspots” between August and November that “acute food insecurity is likely to further deteriorate.” They put Ethiopia at t
Cuba this week received shipments of food and medical supplies from allies Mexico, Russia https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/russia-sends-covid-19-aid-cuba-defence-ministry-2021-07-24 and Bolivia in a bid to ease shortages and discontent amid the island's worst economic crisis in decades and a surge in coronavirus cases. The donations, which authorities started distributing on Friday, come nearly three weeks after unprecedented protests https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/street-protests-break-out-cuba-2021-07-11 broke out nationwide, spurred by frustrations with dire economic conditions and curbs on civil freedoms. Cuba blames the unrest on U.S.-backed mercenaries exploiting hardships it says were largely brought about by decades of U.S. sanctions and disguising attempts at unrest through the campaign #SOSCuba calling for humanitarian aid.
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Friday laid out a range of reasons for "urgency" around the issue of developing a U.S. central bank digital currency, including the fact that other countries such as China are moving ahead with their own. "The dollar is very dominant in international payments, and if you have the other major jurisdictions in the world with a digital currency, a CBDC (central bank digital currency)offering, and the U.S. doesn't have one, I just, I can't wrap my head around that," Brainard told the Aspen Institute Economic Strategy Group.
Alberta public health officials reported 187 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Friday. The Alberta government did not provide details about the people who died, the deaths reported Friday push the total since the pandemic began to 2,328. Meanwhile, the number of known active COVID-19 cases in the province continues to climb. The total increased by 135 since Thursday to 1,655 known active cases. Here's a regional breakdown of active cases in Alberta: Calgary zone: 990 Edmonton zone: 301
Handwritten notes by Canada's acting chief of defence staff before Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's removal as head of the country's vaccine rollout reveal weeks of intense discussions between top government and military officials over how to handle the situation that was creating "anxiety" across the government. The heavily redacted notes taken by Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre are among more than 100 pages of documents — including Eyre's notebook, emails and internal communications — filed by the federal governme
Alberta's police watchdog says a man who was shot and killed by police in a Tuesday evening confrontation was carrying an imitation Glock air pistol and running away from police. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the circumstance in which Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers discharged their service firearms, resulting in the death of a 43-year-old man Tuesday in the area of 56th Avenue and Gateway Boulevard. Police responded to a call from a south Edmonton ho
MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Sydney's coronavirus cases continued to surge on Saturday as police cordoned off the city's central district, preventing a planned anti-lockdown protest from taking place. There were 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported in Sydney and vicinities that are under a weeks-long strict lockdown while battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. Saturday's numbers bring the outbreak to 3,190 cases.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, the state Health Department reported Friday, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak's epicenter. The release came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month. More than 110,000 new coronavirus cases were reported statewide over the past week, up from 73,000 last
Highlights of this day in history: Ranger 7 beams lunar pictures; France's Marquis de Lafayette makes his name in the American Revolution; Thomas Eagleton withdraws as George McGovern's running mate; Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling born. (July 31)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada had three surgeries and an outpatient procedure over the past 10 months for cancerous tumors on his kidneys and a cancerous spot in his esophagus, the Republican congressman disclosed Friday. Amodei told The Associated Press that he did not reveal the cancer when he first learned of it last September or his surgery before the November election because he didn't want it to be used against him in his reelection campaign. The 63-year-old Republican s
October is election month in the Yukon. Usually there is a long list of competitive candidates for City of Whitehorse council positions, but it is not the same story for Yukon’s seven other municipalities and five local advisory councils (LACs). In fact, many councillors in rural Yukon may be acclaimed, and some may be appointed afterwards. “It’s because it’s a really hard job,” said Andrea Buckley, assistant deputy minister of the department of Community Services. “It is a hard place to be a po
A Nova Scotia woman alleged to be the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar tax scheme told a judge Friday that she, her two sisters and their mother are not criminals, but rather dessert-baking housewives who were set up by employees from the Canada Revenue Agency. Georgette Young and her sisters, Nadia Saker and Angela MacDonald, along with their mother, Lydia Saker, are facing 30 charges, including fraud. Young, 49, spent about 14 minutes delivering closing arguments Friday in Nova Scotia Supre
EDMONTON — The head of the Alberta Medical Association says he has significant concerns with the province's decision to suspend almost all of its COVID-19 public health protocols. In an open letter to members, Paul Boucher says the pace at which the United Conservative government is ending restrictions is troubling. He says the government should release the data on which the decision was made. Boucher adds the government's planned reliance on hospitalization data and monitoring wastewater for vi
There are a few more flights on the arrivals and departures board at the Charlottetown Airport this summer. Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, said traffic at the airport has been picking up since July 18 — when P.E.I. eased its COVID-19 border restrictions to travellers from across Canada. "After 16, 17 months of some very challenging times and quiet times around the airport, we are certainly pleased to see things starting to come back quite quickly," Newson said. Some new
A two-car collision south of Calgary has sent one passenger in serious condition to hospital via STARS air ambulance Friday evening. RCMP told CBC News that just before 5:30 p.m., a two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway 2 at 370 Avenue E. in Foothills County, just outside of Okotoks, Alta. A vehicle was attempting to cross Highway 2 and was T-boned by a vehicle heading south. There were two people in each vehicle — all of whom were sent to hospital. A man in his 40s from one of the vehic
Calgary's art world just got a lot more visual with a new Vincent van Gogh exhibition that promises guests a fully immersive experience into the paintings of the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter. Beyond Van Gogh opened Friday at the BMO Centre featuring more than 300 of Vincent van Gogh's pieces. Sebastien Grenier-Cartier, CEO of the Montreal-based Normal Studio, which is the team behind the project, told CBC News the exhibit gives guests a new appreciation for art. "Our objective is to a
Montrealers gathered at Parc-Extension Metro Friday to denounce intimate partner violence amid the wave of slain women in Quebec. Organized by the South Asian Women's Community Centre (SAWCC), the rally comes in the wake of the killing of Rajinder Prabhneed Kaur, 32, in Parc-Extension — or Park Ex, as it is known to many Montrealers. "It's not a women's problem. It's a societal problem. It's a public health issue," Dolores Chew, executive council member of the SAWCC, said. "Unfortunately this is
EDMONTON — A final report is in from a public inquiry into what the Alberta government says is foreign funding of environmental groups who want to curtail energy development. Steve Allan, the commissioner in charge of the inquiry, says when the report is later released Albertans will gain a new understanding of how foreign funding has influenced public policy and debate. The report is now in the hands of Energy Minister Sonya Savage, who has up to three months before she is legally obliged to re