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The Sundridge-Strong Union Public Library has joined the growing list of Almaguin communities that have introduced a Story Walk Project in their respective municipalities this summer. The Story Walk Project is the brainchild of American Anne Ferguson of Vermont. In 2007, she came up with the idea of taking pages from children's books, laminating them and attaching them to stakes. The stakes and pages are then pushed in the ground at a site, such as a public park, and spread several feet apart to
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday he "won't spare a penny" to help fight the northern wildfires and support evacuees, but he isn't declaring a state of emergency. Ford visited the wildfire command centre in Thunder Bay and met with evacuees and community leaders. He thanked the hundreds of firefighters, as well as other provinces and jurisdictions such as Wisconsin and Mexico, who have sent resources to help. Both the size and number of wildfires burning across northern Ontario are substa
A Republican advocacy group on Wednesday withdrew its request for a court order seeking the immediate release of Census Bureau records after the agency's chief scientist warned their disclosure could push back the already delayed release of redistricting data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. Fair Lines America Foundation withdrew its request for a preliminary injunction in a public records lawsuit against the statistical agency. Earlier this week, Census Bureau Chief Sci
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Wednesday that all public employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting next month as the U.S. territory reports a new rise in cases. The executive order goes into effect Aug. 16 with few exceptions. Those who refuse to get inoculated will be required to submit a negative virus test weekly. If an employee refuses to get tested, they will be forced to use their vacation days and eventually may not be paid, Gov. Pedro Pi
OTTAWA — The long-standing tradition of the Governor General acceding to Canadian prime ministers' requests to dissolve Parliament will practically push Mary Simon to accept a plea from Justin Trudeau to call an election, a constitutional law expert said Wednesday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked Simon to refuse any request from Trudeau that would send voters to the ballot box, noting that the fixed-election law states that every general election must be held on the third Monday of October fo
MONTREAL — Three men were charged Wednesday in connection with an alleged kidnapping that triggered an Amber Alert in Montreal a day earlier. The men — two 21-year-olds and a 22-year-old — face 13 charges between them. All three face one count each of kidnapping and unlawful confinement, while one of the 21-year-old suspects faces two additional counts of assault and one each of mischief and uttering threats. The 22-year-old suspect faces two additional counts of assault and one of mischief. Jus
The Grey-Bruce OPP detachment has increased traffic enforcement on area highways in an effort to curb incidents of speeding and dangerous driving. On July-long weekend, the Grey-Bruce OPP detachment conducted proactive traffic enforcement on Highway 10 in Grey Highlands. Over the course of the three days, OPP officers performed 73 vehicle stops and issued 62 provincial offences. “There were a number of warnings issued as well, as officers do have discretion to issue warnings,” said Grey-Bruce OP
EDMONTON — A United Conservative backbencher has been fined $15,000 by Elections Alberta for a variety of offences including filing false financial statements. Devinder Toor, the legislature member for Calgary Falconridge, was penalized for fundraising and spending infractions both as a candidate for the party nomination and well as in the 2019 election. The 10 violations also include exceeding expense limits and accepting a prohibited contribution from a numbered company of which Toor had been
TORONTO — An Ontario court is poised to determine whether private schools are entitled to pandemic support from the province after three schools launched a legal challenge over the government's allocation of federal COVID-19 funding. The schools -- two in Toronto and one in Kitchener, Ont. -- argue that in doling out the provincial portion of the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, the Ontario government left out some 1,500 independent institutions and the more than 150,000 children who attend th
VICTORIA — COVID-19 is battering British Columbia's economy and the provincial government's bottom line, but the effects of the pandemic haven't been as bad as earlier feared, says Finance Minister Selina Robinson. B.C.'s public accounts, which cover the 2020-21 fiscal year that ended March 31, show better budget numbers than originally forecast and stronger growth than much of Canada has experienced, she said Wednesday. The deficit of $5.5 billion has come in almost $3 billion lower than was fo
A home renovation business in Fredericton has experienced six acts of vandalism in the last six months, totalling over $60,000 in losses. An incident last Thursday was the worst so far. Home Fashions Group owner Jarred Dooley said security footage from around 3 a.m. on July 22 shows a man smashing the windows of three company vans and stealing the equipment inside. Dooley said it left the small business with over $25,000 in losses. He said the company has already been hit with the extra costs of
Grey Bruce is no longer a provincially designated COVID-19 hot spot, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU). “We thank everyone for their continued support as we collectively work together to bring numbers down,” said Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health for GBHU in a news release. “If the weekly pattern of new cases continues to decrease or remain stable thru the coming long weekend, we will be in a good position to move to full Step 3. Until then, we are asking the public in Grey Br
As the number of new COVID-19 cases continue to decline, the City of Toronto is ramping down its regular media briefings after logging 186 of them since the beginning of the pandemic. This comes as the city begins to move to the next phase of its pandemic response plan. Morganne Campbell reports.
BEIRUT (AP) — A wildfire raged in a forested area of mountainous northern Lebanon on Wednesday, reaching just outside some residential homes and killing a 15-year old who was helping firefighters put out the blaze, the civil defense and state news agency said. Firefighters, military helicopters and civilians battled the wildfire near the village of Qobayat in Akkar province that burned for hours and spread to nearby areas, the civil defense said. Late in the day, the fire was still advancing tow
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Around a billion years ago, a region of northwest Canada now defined by steep mountains was a prehistoric marine environment where the remains of ancient sponges may be preserved in mineral sediment, the paper says. Geologist Elizabeth Turner discovered the rocks in a remote region of the Northwest Territories accessible only b
Afghan interpreters and others who assisted the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been told they have only three days to apply for a new government program to resettle in Canada. The federal government announced last week a temporary new program to help interpreters and their families flee what Ottawa describes as a rapidly deteriorating situation in the war-ravaged country. Those workers are believed to face a growing risk of being targeted by the Taliban, which is making significant ga
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -U.S. screen actor Bob Odenkirk remained hospitalized in New Mexico on Wednesday with an unspecified heart ailment after falling ill on the set of his television show "Better Call Saul," according to publicists and his former "Breaking Bad" co-star, Bryan Cranston. Odenkirk, 58, collapsed during production of his darkly humorous AMC crime drama, which was shooting its sixth and final 13-episode season, and was taken to a nearby hospital, two sources close to the actor confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday night, on condition of anonymity. His 22-year-old son, aspiring actor Nate Odenkirk, posted a message on Twitter saying: "He's going to be okay."
The general manager of a retirement home in Courtice, Ont., is facing charges after he ordered staff members to remove door handles at some units at the White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence in February. Durham Regional Police Services launched an investigation on Feb. 12 after receiving a complaint against staff members at White Cliffe, which is on Highway 2 in Courtice, about 60 kilometres east of Toronto. The complaint alleged that during the pandemic, staff removed door handles to some u
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The governors of California and Nevada called for more federal firefighting assistance Wednesday as they toured a region blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes in the West. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom stood on ashen ground as they surveyed burned homes and a mountain range of pine trees charred by the Tamarack Fire south of Gardnerville, Nevada, near Topaz Lake. The governors, both Democrats, call
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Sharon Schechter escaped the South Florida condominium tower collapse with just the nightclothes she was wearing, so she cried shortly after when the Global Empowerment Mission gave her an electric toothbrush, a phone charger and a $500 gift card to buy essentials. Now GEM, other charities and businesses announced Wednesday that they will be paying the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families di