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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
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
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City plumber who's moonlighted as a fringe political candidate is in hot water for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol during January's insurrection, boasting about it on social media and then trying to cover his tracks. Daniel Christmann, a 38-year-old who screamed at the city's current Republican mayoral nominee during a debate two years ago, was arrested Wednesday at his Brooklyn home after the FBI was alerted to videos on his Instagram feed showing rioters inside t
OTTAWA — A requester seeking access to a week's worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada's information law. The applicant recently asked the Public Health Agency of Canada for emails, texts and messages that president Iain Stewart had sent or received from June 14 to 21. The Access to Information request was prompted by curiosity about Stewart's refusal to provide a House of Common
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
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
An eagle at the Atlantic Veterinary College is on the road to recovery after being found emaciated on a roadside in Scotchfort, P.E.I., a few weeks ago. "We always think, 'Oh, maybe it was hit by a car,' and so we did an exam and we didn't find anything other than emaciation,"said Fiep de Bie, a wildlife technician at the AVC. "He was pretty weak, still had some fight in him, but fairly lethargic and very thin. The eagle weighed just over two kilos. That's very light for an eagle." The eagle loo
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
New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are exhausted and confused over constantly shifting pandemic measures. The federal recommendations quickly plunged Americans into another emotionally charged debate over the face coverings meant to curb easy transmission of the deadly coronavirus. In Florida,
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
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
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.
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
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's newly installed prime minister, Ariel Henry, held his first press conference on Wednesday as he pledged to hold elections as soon as possible following the slaying of President Jovenel Moïse. Henry said the government's mission is to hold free, honest and transparent elections with a large voter turnout as he stressed the need for security. He also said he wants to fight unemployment and re-establish confidence in the country's judicial system, adding that he
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
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -The Canadian province of Alberta on Wednesday said it is dropping quarantine requirements for close contacts of COVID-19 cases, easing public health measures just as neighboring British Columbia reinstates a mask mandate in one region to tackle surging cases. Quarantine for close contacts will shift from being mandatory to recommended from Thursday and Alberta is also scaling back contact tracing. Chief medical officer Deena Hinshaw told a news conference the province needs to scale back the focus on COVID-19 so resources can be deployed to tackle other respiratory illnesses that are likely to climb in the fall.
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."
KELOWNA, B.C. — Officials have reinstated some COVID-19 restrictions in part of a health region in British Columbia's Interior after an outbreak led to rapidly spreading infection driven primarily by unvaccinated residents between the ages of 20 and 40. Dr. Sue Pollock, the chief medical health officer for Interior Health, said that starting at midnight Wednesday, masks be mandatory in all indoor public places in central Okanagan communities including Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Count
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
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