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Calgary-based Arts Commons is implementing a new vaccination policy, and hoping to mark a return to in-person events as new health measures roll out to stop the spread of COVID-19. Starting Sept. 20, Arts Commons will require audience members to show proof of vaccination. Those who cannot be vaccinated can show a negative privately-bought COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. "We are trying to slowly crawl our way out of what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector," says A
Discover Charlottetown is hoping a new display along Kent Street will help make the street a new destination for both locals and visitors. The marketing firm is planning to install overhead cables which will run along the section of the street that's between Great George and Prince streets in the city's downtown. Lightning and other objects would hang from the cables, with the decor changing every season. "We'd love to have something colourful," Heidi Zinn, executive director of Discover Charlot
New Brunswick has updated its COVID-19 public school guidelines, including banning unvaccinated students 12 and older from sports, and is asking parents to drive bused students, if possible, as case counts continue to spike across the province. The changes, less than two weeks into the school year, come as Public Health announced 57 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, putting the total active case count at 370. The province's previous peak for active cases was 348 on Jan. 25. Seventeen people are h
"Whose streets?" "Our streets!" Responded dozens of Windsorites in Charles Clark Square Thursday night. Many people gathered together for the annual Take Back the Night event, an initiative that aims to end sexual assault and domestic violence People in the crowd came for their own personal experiences or to show allyship. Part of the conversation Thursday was around the reported sexual assault cases at Western University in London, Ont., which took place earlier this week. An official with the
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
BEIRUT (AP) — The World Health Organization’s director general on Friday expressed deep concern about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the wellbeing of the nation, and said the brain drain among the country's health workers is particularly worrisome. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke following meetings with senior Lebanese officials and visits to health facilities and practitioners over the past two days. He said the country of 6 million — including over 1 million
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.
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
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch defense minister quit Friday, a day after parliament passed a motion of censure against her for her handling of chaotic evacuations from Kabul of translators who worked for Dutch forces in Afghanistan. Ank Bijleveld is the second minister in the Netherlands' caretaker coalition government to resign over the evacuations, following the foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag. Kaag stepped down immediately after the parliamentary censure motion was passed Thursday nigh
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Doerr's “Cloud Cuckoo Land” is his first novel since his Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Light We Cannot See” and Powers' “Bewilderment” is his first book since the Pulitzer winning “The Ove
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday denied allegations that she pressured World Bank staff to alter data to favor China during her time as World Bank CEO, as the IMF's executive board launched a formal review of the matter. Georgieva used a previously scheduled meeting with the IMF's 2,700-strong staff to address findings contained in an independent report issued on Thursday on data irregularities in the World Bank's now-canceled "Doing Business" rankings of country business climates.
Windsor City Council has approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine policy that sets a deadline for all municipal staff to receive their shots. Under the policy, passed at a special meeting on Thursday, employees would need to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 or be placed on unpaid leave. "We are doing all we can to ensure staff and residents are as safe as they can be from COVID-19," Mayor Drew Dilkens said in a media release. "As leaders, each of my council colleagues as well as the city's corporate l
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court on Friday denied an application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court in a ruling viewed as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account. The Constitutional Court judgment upheld its own ruling that Zuma should go to prison for refusing to testify at a commission of inquiry into widespread corruption in government and at state-owned companies while he was pres
Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti checks in with The Morning Show to answer the latest coronavirus questions including new vaccine names causing confusion in the fourth wave.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States on Friday paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance. A new executive order allows Washington to take punitive action against those in the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Amhara regional government if they play a role in prolonging the conflict, obstructing humanitarian access or commit serious human rights abuse. The move, which increases pressure on the parties to come to the negotiating table, comes after Washington has repeatedly called for a negotiated end to the conflict and for aid access to the northern region of Tigray, where the conflict began.
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
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
Even after more than 20 years, Sultan Ali Sadat can still remember the chills he felt the moment he landed in Canada as an Afghan refugee. Dressed for summer weather that December evening — with $100 in his pocket, a pregnant wife and two young kids by his side — Sadat said the kindness of those in Saskatoon quickly warmed them up. "We'll never forget that night," he said with a smile. "It was –44 C and we had nine families waiting in the airport to welcome us." Now, with help from the rest of S
CAO David Denault emphatically praised the offer for Midland to be the centre of a ‘unique’ GeoPark project, telling council that it was a 'homerun' that could ‘solve some of the problems we have with sustainability as a region.' During a recent committee of the whole meeting, members of the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) gave an extended presentation on a feasibility study conducted earlier this year, which looked into the possibility of Midland being a hub for a UNESCO Glo
Humpback whales come to Tonga to breed and mate in the peaceful and safe waters. It is one of the few places in the world where orcas and sharks do not inhabit the waters and pose a threat to the calves or their mothers while they are vulnerable. Tonga is also one of the few places in the world that will still allow people to slip into the water and share moments like these with one of the earth's most majestic and beautiful creatures. This whale was resting on the bottom he came up for air at the surface to the delight of the nature lovers swimming nearby. He is a large bull and he has come to these waters to find females willing to breed. He will compete with dozens of other males for an opportunity to pass along his genes. As recently as 100,000 years ago, humpback whales were the most intelligent animals on earth. They were intellectually superior to the ancestors of humans at that time. We are only now beginning to understand the complexity and the magnificence of these incredible giants. Yet sadly, some countries are still hunting and killing these whales.