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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a Maryland beach town's right to ban women from topless sunbathing. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled unanimously that Ocean City's law, which allows men to be topless but not women, is constitutional. Ocean City passed its law in 2017 after one of the plaintiffs in the case, Chelsea Eline, contacted Ocean City police and asserted a right to go topless. The panel's ruling notes tha
OTTAWA — The first planeload of Afghan refugees who supported the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan has arrived in Canada. The federal government is not saying how many refugees were on board the flight Wednesday or where they'll be resettled in Canada, citing the need to protect the evacuees and the security of the operation. It is the first of a number of flights the government is promising to spirit refugees out of Afghanistan as a resurgent Taliban retakes control of some districts in
CORNWALL – Nearly two months after vaccinations were opened to anyone under the age of 30, this region continues to trail getting shots into arms. According to data from Ontario’s Ministry of Health, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region sits 26 out of the 34 public health units for first dose vaccinations with people age 18-29. Only 59.5 per cent of residents in that age group have received their first dose. For second dose vaccinations, the number is even lower. The EOHU region ranked 31 out
TORONTO — The release of "Clifford the Big Red Dog" has been postponed in Canada and distributors say the family adventure will also no longer screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement from eOne comes less than a week after Paramount said it's postponing the release of "Clifford" in the United States amid concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant. The Walt Becker-directed comedy was originally set to hit theatres across Canada on Sept. 17, the same day as the U.S. relea
An Ontario court has dismissed the Ford government’s appeal of a ruling that it could not impose a funding cut for student unions and other post-secondary services, with the judge saying the effort was “a profound interference in university autonomy.” The plan, which the government dubbed the Student Choice Initiative, was introduced by the Progressive Conservatives in 2019 along with an unfunded 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees. It required colleges and universities to allow students to op
Nova Scotia Mounties say employees of a small Cape Breton grocery store are to be thanked for spotting a gift card scam and notifying two victims about it. In mid-June, a customer at the Neils Harbour Co-op purchased about 20 gift cards totalling $7,000. "Basically, the spidey senses kicked in," said acting grocery manager Susan Dowling. "I went and asked him, 'Sir, why are you buying all these gift cards?' And I tried to explain to him that there's a lot of scams going on." RCMP say fraudsters
For four minutes on Aug. 4, 2020, Jad El Tal thought his parents were dead. Those minutes felt like hours to El Tal, who was in Toronto waiting for them to return his call from the Lebanese capital. The explosion at the port of Beirut killed more than 200 people. It tore through his parents' neighbourhood two kilometres away and shattered their home. El Tal's uncle's home was also destroyed. His loved ones' lives were spared. The emotional scars, however, live on a year later. "Emotionally, it's
Cuyahoga County Council member Shontel Brown pulled out a victory for the Democratic establishment in Cleveland, in a pair of primary elections for open House seats Tuesday. (Aug. 4)
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has not decided the position she will take on a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a U.S. government attorney said Wednesday in arguing the position taken by Haaland's predecessor. Michael T. Gray, a Justice Department attorney, told a federal appeals court panel Haaland planned to review the record and visit King Cove, the community at the heart of the dispute, before making a decisio
TORONTO — Ontario is opening temporary road test centres to help address a large testing backlog that built up due to pandemic lockdowns. The province said the centres would open in areas where demand is highest to help more new drivers get their G2 and G licences. The province resumed in-car driving tests on June 14, but the backlog has left many new drivers struggling to find a test slot. Some have said the first available slots are often months in the future. The Ministry of Transportation sa
MONTREAL — Quebec will receive its final scheduled shipment of COVID-19 vaccine next week, and the province says its remaining stock is enough to cover everyone who hasn't yet received two doses, the Health Department said Wednesday. The province said in a news release 585,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received this week will be the last shipment that will be distributed to regional health authorities. A final scheduled vaccine shipment of 513,630 doses set to arrive the week of Aug.
A class-action suit filed against the federal government on behalf of a number of First Nations communities on the basis of lack of access to clean drinking water has been settled with a historic agreement between the nations and the federal government last week. The Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Curve Lake First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation lauded the agreement in principle, saying it was about time the federal government assured that everyone who lives within the country’s borders would have
Many restaurants took a huge hit in the past 17 months because of constantly changing public health restrictions. Now that restrictions are lifting across the province, the recent emergence of steakhouses in Calgary surprised food trends columnist Elizabeth Chorney-Booth. "Even before the pandemic, I was speculating that we'd see a move towards smaller restaurants … where young and creative chefs can do weird and wonderful things that would appeal to really niche audiences," Chorney-Booth told T
VANCOUVER — The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates the damage caused by the wildfire that wiped out most of village of Lytton, B.C., is $78 million. The bureau says in a statement there has been about 300 claims so far, most of which are related to residential properties. Aaron Sutherland, vice-president western and Pacific at the bureau, says Canada's insurers are committed to help rebuild from the loss and to help the residents of Lytton recover. Fire raced through the community on June 30,
CALGARY — Police say they are investigating an arson at a memorial for residential school victims at Calgary City Hall. Investigators say in a news release security cameras caught a man who appeared to light the fire just before midnight Tuesday. Photos of the aftermath show damage to the children's shoes sitting at the site of the memorial and other objects burned to ashes. Police say it's too early to say why the memorial was lit on fire, but note the hate crimes unit is helping with the inves
Low vaccination rates and the more infectious Delta variant are converging to create a new COVID-19 crisis for Louisiana as the United States and the world face the latest stage of the pandemic. Thomas Madden said his 13-year-old son, Gabriel, was fighting back. Madden brought Gabriel to the Lakeside Shopping Center in a New Orleans suburb this week for a vaccine at a site run by Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit provider.
The latest candidate for B.C. Liberal Party's leadership is promising to bring fresh views to provincial politics, as she enters a six-month race against heavyweights with much more political experience. Renee Merrifield, elected Kelowna-Mission MLA for the first time in October, officially announced her candidacy on Monday. Currently the Opposition's health critic, Merrifield goes head to head with Skeena MLA Ellis Ross, Vancouver-Langara MLA and transportation critic Michael Lee and former Lib
Faculty and staff at the University of Prince Edward Island are raising concerns about air quality in some campus buildings. In a five-page letter to the university president, the UPEI Faculty Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1870 — which represents support staff at UPEI — asked for a "robust" ventilation strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. They also asked for cleaner air and more transparency around what the university is doing to improve air quality.
VANCOUVER — Film and television giant Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the planned opening of a new studio in Vancouver set for January next year. The company says in a news release that the new studio would focus on long-form series as well as special projects created for the Disney+ streaming platform. It says the Vancouver studio's work will begin with the musical series "Moana." Story development, storyboarding and production design for all projects will still be based in its Burb
(ANN) – A judge in Saskatchewan is refusing to release a document outlining how the Catholic Church fulfilled Residential School reparations to First Nation people. The alleged document details $25 million in “in-kind” services the Catholic Church provided as compensation for Residential school survivors — one of their obligations in the Residential School Settlement of 2006. Court staff have confirmed the existence of the document and have said that it doesn’t appear to be sealed or under a pub