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Saskatchewan on Thursday became the latest province to announce plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine passport. Here's a look at what the provinces and territories have said about their proof-of-vaccination programs, or lack thereof. British Columbia Residents of B.C. need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized affairs like weddings. People have to show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to enter gyms, fitness centres and casinos. After
After a year and a half under COVID-19, when parents were busy working and students were largely learning online, activity levels for young people dropped dramatically, say Canadian experts, who now warn it will take more than just a return to classes to get them moving again. A survey from the research unit at Ottawa's children's hospital CHEO found children's movement declined abruptly at the beginning of the pandemic — only 2.6 per cent of children and youth met the 24-hour movement guideline
The World Health Organization's chief looks set to run unopposed for a second term at the helm as tries to guide the world through its biggest health crisis in a century, sources said. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017.
More than a month after the movement seized the capital Kabul, most educational institutions have remained closed as the Taliban have struggled to reopen the economy and restore normal life in the cities. At some of the schools that have managed to operate, girls up to the sixth grade have attended, and women students have gone to university classes. Taliban officials have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of the previous Taliban government, which banned girls' education, and they have promised that girls will be able to study so long as they do so in segregated classrooms.
Regina Police Service say they Tasered a suspect during an arrest Thursday night. Officers had located a stolen truck parked in the 2700 block of 5th Avenue. A news release said the driver resisted arrest and fought with police. They shocked him with a stun gun, and the man was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The 31-year-old will be appearing in court on Friday. He is charged with: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.00 Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia is taking its decades long territorial dispute with neighboring Azerbaijan — that erupted into armed conflict again last year — to the United Nations’ highest court. Armenia filed a case at the International Court of Justice alleging breaches by Azerbaijan of an international convention that aims to eliminate racial discrimination, the court announced late Thursday. Armenia alleges that as a result of what it calls a "State-sponsored policy of Armenian hatre
WARNING: This story contains content related to suicide. Shirley Fisher is five feet tall and 110 pounds, but feels 10 feet tall when she puts on her boxing gloves. Fisher came to Fredericton from Taiwan in 2009 and started working at a pizza shop. She and her husband wanted to start a family and had a little girl. During the pandemic, she lost her job, and her memories of childhood sexual abuse and trauma took over. "So what happened to me made me very suicidal," she said. "If I'm saying that I
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley said such calls are “routine” and were done "to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to The Asso
Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building. A sign for the building was covered by a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, reading "Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" on Friday, according to photographs and Reuters witnesses. When the Taliban, who seized control of Afghanistan last month last amid the chaos following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, were last in power from 1996-2001 girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education.
Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry. But after classes went virtual because of coronavirus lockdowns, he turned what had been a mere school project into a labor of love: a photographic and illustrated guide to the area’s urban avian life that t
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s government said on Friday that it would immediately start with compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all government employees, stepping up anti-virus measures that had already sparked a major riot in the small Alpine state. All government workers will need to receive one shot by Oct. 1 and a second a month later, unless they get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. PCR tests will no longer be accepted to gain entry into government-funded workplaces, incl
Here’s the latest for Friday, September 17th: Polls open for parliament election in Russia; Argentines take to the streets in protest; Activists place mock job ad on Berlin tower; Bust of anonymous Bitcoin creator unveiled. (Sept. 17)
As COVID-19 cases in Alberta continue to skyrocket, thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living in the province are dealing with the fallout. Alberta currently has 18,706 active cases, the most of any province, and Premier Jason Kenney has declared a public health emergency. Two Newfoundlanders who now call Alberta home say the blame for the severity of the fourth wave rests squarely at the feet of the province's political leaders. "It's almost like a pendulum between rage and hopelessn
Voting protocols will not be affected by new restrictions set to go into effect on election day in Alberta, but candidates may have to change their election night plans. Elections Canada said Thursday it has communicated with Alberta's public health authority and that there would be no changes to the process during Monday's federal election. The non-partisan service has previously prepared public health measures at voting locations, including mandatory masking, physical distancing, hand sanitize
An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the U.S. Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby's in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday. Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sotheby's estimated its value at $15 million to $20 million. "It's the official printing, the first printing of the final text of the United States Constitution done probably on the evening of the 16th of September, 1787, only for the use of the delegates to the Continental Convention and for the use of the Congress of the United States," said Sotheby's Senior Specialist for Books and Manuscripts, Selby Kiffer.
While not yet a provincial statutory holiday, the communities of Humboldt, Nipawin and Melfort have all designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a day off for municipal employees. This is following the federal government designating Sept. 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day, as a statutory holiday for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day provides an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools through quiet reflection or
Wherever Jennifer Goodal is creating art – that’s her happy place. This year, the walls of the heritage barn at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area south of Chatham became her canvas as part of a revamp of the historical building. “It brings me joy,” Goodal told The Chatham Voice in a recent interview. “It’s like a meditation to me. I get in the zone and time disappears.” The Ridgetown area resident, who works as an elementary school principal in Wallaceburg, said creating art is a “de-stresser” for h
LONDON (Reuters) -Global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change face a $100 trillion funding shortfall and are likely to be missed unless 10% of global economic output is directed to the U.N. targets every year to 2030, a report on Friday said. The U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals set targets on everything from the environment to health and equality and have the support of all member states, yet the supply of finance from governments, investors, banks and companies to help meet them has consistently fallen short. Hampered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual shortfall is now up to $10 trillion a year, according to a landmark report by the Force for Good Initiative, collaborating with the United Nations and the finance industry, shared with Reuters.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations Security Council extended a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan on Friday for six months to allow for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to work out what changes might be needed after the Taliban seized control of the country. The annual mandate for the mission, known as UNAMA, was due to expire on Friday. A month ago the Taliban returned to power - 20 years after they were ousted by a U.S.-led campaign following the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
The study by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization, the first assessment of its kind, found that work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016. "It's shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, saying he hoped the report would be a "wake-up call". The study considers 19 occupational risk factors including long working hours but also workplace exposure to air pollution, asthmagens, carcinogens and noise.