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CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he “will continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.” Scott told top agency officials during a call to discuss budgets and other issues that he had 60 days to decide whether to be reassig
VANCOUVER — The price of cannabis at government-run stores in British Columbia declined while potency rose between 2019 and 2020, says a new report that has a researcher raising questions about what its findings mean for public health. The study found that the amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, increased from 16 per cent to 19 per cent in the flower product during that short period of time, making it significantly more powerful. Dr. Tim Naimi, director of the Canadian Instit
A boy in Nain has died, despite CPR efforts, after he was pulled from a body of water in the Labrador community early Wednesday morning. Nain RCMP responded to a call at 4:30 a.m. about a body found in the water near the dock on Ikajuktauvik Road. The boy, whose age was not disclosed, was found floating near the wharf. An officer got him out of the water and started CPR, continuing it while the boy was transported to the local health clinic. The boy was pronounced dead at the clinic. No other de
Banning research ties with China, as Alberta just did, should be vetoed not only by the academic community but also the general public for its recklessness in fanning the flames of anti-Asian racism.
Christine Sinclair, who holds the all-time record for international goals among both men and women, leads Canada's roster for the Olympics. Coach Bev Priestman named her 18-player squad for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday. The Canadian women are making their fourth straight Olympic appearance and have won back-to-back bronze medals. As captain of the Canadian team, Sinclair is making her fourth Olympic appearance. She has appeared in 15 overall Olympic matches, scoring 11 goals. At the 2016 Brazil
OTTAWA — The Liberal government is asking the Federal Court to prohibit disclosure of documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest-security laboratory. In doing so, it is challenging the long-held principle that the House of Commons is supreme and has unfettered power to demand the production of any documents it sees fit, no matter how sensitive and regardless of privacy or national security laws. The court application, which says a public hearing may be necessary, names
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three others were hospitalized with burns Wednesday after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest facing a disciplinary hearing, authorities said. The incident occurred at a meeting in Athens of senior bishops. The 37-year-old priest, who was facing the hearing for alleged drug-related offenses, was arrested unharmed and detained for questioning. A police officer who helped restrain the suspect was als
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has railed against it. Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution condemning any requirement for teachers to be trained in it. And several Republican-controlled states have invoked it in legislation restricting how race can be taught in public schools. The concept known as critical race theory is the new lightning rod of the GOP. But what exactly is it? The term seemed to appear in statehouses and at political rallies almost from now
WHITEHORSE — Lawyers are squaring off this week over the validity of a ballot cast in Yukon's last election by an incarcerated voter in a riding where the Liberal incumbent lost her seat in a tie vote. James Tucker, a lawyer for former Liberal cabinet minister Pauline Frost, told the Supreme Court of Yukon on Wednesday that "carelessness" in authorizing the voter shows April's election was not held in good faith. Frost tied in the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin with New Democrat Annie Blake, who was
OTTAWA — An army reservist who was ordered suspended from the Vancouver Police Department for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate has been working as a military assistant to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Sajjan’s office says the military was responsible for hiring Maj. Greg McCullough, and that neither the minister nor his staff knew about the complaint or disciplinary action taken against him while he was a sergeant in the Vancouver police. “Neither the minister nor staff
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is prepared to fire upon intruding warships, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday in a tough warning in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender on Wednesday to drive it away from the area near Sevastopol. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship was
CLEVELAND (AP) — Drake Bell, the former star of the popular Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh,” pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges relating to a girl who met him online and attended one of his concerts in Cleveland in 2017, when she was 15. Jared “Drake” Bell, 34, of West Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12 in Cleveland. Defense attorney Ia
TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his government may move Ontario into the second phase of its reopening plan earlier than scheduled. Ford says an announcement will come "very shortly," following discussions with the province's top doctor. Pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and outdoor activities are currently set to roll back further on July 2. But the province has already met its COVID-19 vaccination targets for entering that stage of the plan. Services like haircuts can resume und
The Canadian Football League is struggling to stay alive. All options, including help from government, should be considered as part of a national conversation about its future.
TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue on their own, and that the claim had no prospect of success. "I disagree with Canada's characterization of these claims
OTTAWA — Federal politicians are faced with the country's legacy of residential schools as July 1 approaches, with the Conservative leader railing against calls to cancel Canada Day, while Liberal ministers and the NDP leader say it should be a time of reflection. Leader Erin O'Toole says Conservatives are committed to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, but stands firm against so-called activist efforts to "cancel" Canada, particularly on the national holiday. O'Too
CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) — Caring for abused and neglected girls is Candice Gulley’s life work, and that's what she was doing when she helped load vans from an Alabama children’s home for a trip to the beach. The kids walked on the sand, ate seafood and threw an early, dinosaur-themed fourth birthday party for her son, Ben, during a week on the coast. With Gulley behind the wheel of a van headed back to the home as Tropical Storm Claudette blew through the South, the trip ended in a cataclysmic cras
The bodies of two young girls were found, hours apart, in a South Florida canal behind a condominium complex. Investigators say they're treating the case as a homicide. (June 23)
The $70 million Lotto Max jackpot has finally been won, split between two tickets sold in Toronto and in British Columbia.
WHITEHORSE — Yukon has been knocked off its pedestal as it deals with a surge of COVID-19 cases, says the territory's top doctor. Dr. Brendan Hanley said there have been more cases in Yukon over the past 14 days than in the first 14 months of the pandemic. "For many months, almost as on a pedestal, with our zero active cases and high vaccination rates, all eyes in Canada were on us," he said at a news conference Wednesday. "And now the same eyes are on us for a much different reason. A highly va