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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office said Tuesday he pulled his children out of a summer day camp that did not require kids to wear masks, a violation of state policy that Newsom's spokeswoman said he and his wife missed when reviewing communication from the camp. “The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday and after seeing this, removed the kids from the camp," Erin Mellon said in an emai
An initiative to create and digitize an archive of local Indigenous history is in full steam at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Danycka Pereault, an Indigenous woman from the Kingston area has recently joined the team responsible for the work thanks to a grant from Young Canada Works and going towards the StoryMe project. She joins Programming and Outreach Librarian Jake Miller and Librarian of Local History and Genealogy Joanne Stanbridge at KFPL until December, and in her first few week
Western University researchers have tapped the help of hundreds of amateur and professional astronomers in an effort to make sure no meteor is unable to slip by the Earth undetected. To do that, they're relying on the observations taken from 450 cameras in 30 different countries manned by "enthusiastic amateur astronomers" made up of professional and citizen scientists. That data is then sent to Western University as part of what's called the Global Meteor Network (GMN), headed by Denis Vida. "S
It is still only July, but many parents are casting a nervous eye towards the end of summer and back to school. There is still no concrete plan from the province on what a return to class will look like, but on Tuesday one key policy was revealed. Matthew Bingley reports.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado police officer has been arrested after video showed him using his pistol to beat a man he was trying to take into custody, choking him and threatening to kill him, while another officer was accused of failing to stop her colleague as required by a new police accountability law passed during racial injustice protests last year. Body camera footage was released Tuesday of the arrest in the Denver suburb of Aurora, whose Police Department has been plagued by allegati
A drug that has caused overdoses and led to two deaths in recent weeks in the Halifax Regional Municipality is believed to be a synthetic opioid relatively new to the street trade, Nova Scotia's health authority said Tuesday. "We have received additional information from community partners that the unknown substance ... may be sold as isotonitazene and is circulating in the Halifax area. This has not been confirmed by drug analysis," Nova Scotia Health said in a drug alert posted online. The dru
When the Canadian women's softball team clinched their history-making game on Tuesday, screaming and cheers erupted more than 10,000 kilometres away in the Caira home. "It was just such an exciting and very emotional [moment]," said Marc Caira. His daughter, 32-year-old Jenna Caira, was one of 13 women who led Canada to secure its first-ever Olympic podium win in softball. It was a high-pressure moment for the team. Softball only returned to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 because the sport i
Reza Baluchi was attempting to walk on water from Florida to New York for charity -- a 1,609-km journey that ended less than 50 km from his launch -- the third failed effort he has made inside his 'bubble.'
LONDON (Reuters) -Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is not President Vladimir Putin's "cashier" nor did he buy Chelsea FC as a vehicle to corrupt the West, his lawyer told England's High Court in a defamation hearing over a book about Putin's Russia. In the 2020 book, British journalist Catherine Belton chronicles Putin's rise to power and how many of his associates from the former Soviet spy services rose to positions of wealth and influence after he won the top Kremlin job in 1999. A lawyer for Abramovich told the court that passages in the book "Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and then Took on the West", published by HarperCollins, were clearly defamatory.
Prince Edward Island's child and youth advocate, Marvin Bernstein, says there is a "serious and systemic issue" with homophobia and transphobia in Island schools. Bernstein spoke to a committee of MLAs Tuesday afternoon. He shared some of what he's heard from students and parents about the discrimination children face at school. "What we're hearing from some of the young people is that some of the teachers have just given up, that there is a culture of complacency and we've heard that some of th
VANCOUVER — British Columbia has kicked off a new COVID-19 vaccination campaign to encourage as many people as possible over the next two weeks to get immunized at places that are convenient, like beaches and summer camps. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the new strategy, called Vax for BC, gives residents who aren't vaccinated, and those who've waited at least seven weeks since their first shot a chance to visit walk-in clinics. A campaign on Aug. 4 dubbed Walk-in Wednesday will
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Body camera videos released Tuesday show a 21-year-old Black man moving inside a parked car, apparently sitting up from a reclining position, moments before police shot and killed him outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Maryland. At a media briefing, Montgomery County police Chief Marcus Jones narrated a 28-minute-long compilation of bodycam video excerpts and a recorded phone call between police and the driver, Ryan LeRoux, before the July 16 shooting in Gaithersburg. Bu
VANCOUVER — Officials say thousands of migrating salmon are making their way past an area of British Columbia's Fraser River where a waterway was restructured following a massive rock slide more than two years ago. Gwil Roberts, the Fisheries Department's director for the Big Bar landslide response, says 79,000 sockeye and chinook salmon have been counted passing through the site and sonar systems are not detecting delays of migrating salmon. He says the design of a less treacherous route throug
The Ontario government is considering renewing the licence for a for-profit long-term care home that saw one of the worst outbreaks in the province and was the subject of a scathing military report in 2020. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care held a public hearing on July 15 on a new 30-year licence and expansion to the Orchard Villa, a Pickering, Ont., home run by Southbridge Care Homes. Advocacy groups are now calling for changes to the hearings, saying that the voices of familie
Two flags commemorating people of African descent will flutter in Halifax skies this weekend. Both the African Nova Scotian flag and the Pan-African flag will be raised in lieu of Emancipation Day. The date marks the end of slavery in Canada and other British colonies when the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect in 1834. In March, members of Parliament unanimously voted to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day in Canada. A month later Nova Scotia officially introduced legislation to annually r
Alberta reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with three more deaths, as the province's active cases continued to rise. Active cases increased by 90 to a total of 1,173 across the province. As of Tuesday's update, there were 82 people in hospital — down one since the previous day. Of those, 21 were in intensive care unit beds. Provincial labs completed 5,428 tests for the disease on Monday, for a positivity rate of about 2.5 per cent. The three additional deaths from the disease r
A Charlottetown councillor says he doesn't think he and his colleagues "made an informed decision" about the sale of a city-owned parking lot recently purchased by the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. The Rodd had been using the lot through an arrangement with the city going back decades, where the hotel didn't pay a rental fee for the lot's use, but paid the property taxes and maintenance costs. Negotiations for the sale of the parking lot began in 2017, and city council approved of the sale in Novemb
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged in federal court with sending emails that threatened to harm and kill Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, and their families, federal prosecutors in Maryland announced Tuesday. A criminal complaint filed Monday charges Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., 56, with threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm. Beginning in December and up to last week, Connal
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's biggest city, Sydney, extended a lockdown by four weeks on Wednesday after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to douse a COVID-19 outbreak, with authorities warning of tougher policing to stamp out non-compliance. Far from a planned exit from lockdown in three days, the city of 5 million people and neighbouring regional centres spanning 200 km (120 miles) of coastline were told to stay home until Aug. 28 following persistently high case numbers since a flare-up of the virulent Delta variant began last month. The state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, reported 177 new cases for Tuesday, from 172 on Monday.