A late April snowstorm caused these midges to huddle together for warmth.
A late April snowstorm caused these midges to huddle together for warmth.
The Ontario government has used the notwithstanding clause to restore parts of the Election Finances Act that had been declared unconstitutional. A bill invoking the clause passed Monday and means third parties can only spend $600,000 in the 12 months before an election is called. Opponents say the ruling Progressive Conservatives are trying to silence criticism ahead of next summer's provincial vote, while the government argues the bill is necessary to protect elections from outside influence.
A New Brunswick man who recently moved from Ontario says he was shocked by how difficult getting emergency treatment can be, after he was told he would have to wait up to 18 hours to be seen at a hospital ER. Now Greg Simpson wants to warn others of the potential wait for primary care in New Brunswick, and hopes officials address it before potential newcomers get discouraged from making the move. "We've never really had any major medical issues, so we've never experienced a lot of problems obtai
Mosaic Stadium, which has sat quiet for several months, will soon become a beehive of activity. A CFL board of governors conference call Monday, followed by a unanimous vote, was all it took to kick-start franchises now frantically readying for a season that is just weeks away. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be recalling employees who were laid off during the pandemic to throw them back into the fire. It will be no different from any other pre-season's preparations, except now staff must do i
Recent developments: Ottawa reports 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Quebecers who got a Moderna or AstraZeneca dose can move up their second dose. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) confirmed another 10 cases of COVID-19 and no more deaths Tuesday. This is the fewest new cases reported in one day since Aug. 17, 2020. Quebecers who received a first dose of the Moderna or AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine will be able to advance their appointment for a second dose starting on Tuesday if t
When the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine was offered to Katie Gibson in Abu Dhabi, there was no doubt in her mind she should take it. The 36-year-old teacher originally from Calgary said she and her husband didn't hesitate to take the only COVID-19 vaccine they could get in the United Arab Emirates at the time. "It's available to us [so] let's just get it," she recalled thinking. "A vaccine is a vaccine." After two years abroad, Gibson said her family of four desperately wants to get home this su
Green Party leader Annamie Paul reacted on Tuesday to reports that former party member Jenica Atwin had walked back comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict, asserting that the two “never had a conversation about Israel and Palestine one-on-one, ever.” Paul also said Atwin’s stance on the conflict was a “manufactured” reason for leaving the party.
OTTAWA — Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is asking for a judicial review of the decision to remove him as head of Canada's vaccine logistics, alleging political interference by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and two of his cabinet ministers. Lawyers for Fortin filed an application Monday with the Federal Court, seeking an expedited judicial review of last month's decision to fire him from his posting with the Public Health Agency of Canada and to not reassign him. It asks that the decision be quashed and t
People in Fort Smith, N.W.T., are debating whether their community's schools need to be rebuilt in order to finally get rid of the pain from the residential school era. Fort Smith's two schools, Joseph Burr Tyrrell Elementary School and Paul William Kaiser High School, are modern schools set in the same buildings that were once used as residential schools from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, according to Frieda Martselos, MLA for Thebacha. In the latest sitting of the N.W.T. legislature, she pushed
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison is scheduled to return with her regular pandemic briefing Tuesday. There was no briefing last week following a move to biweekly sessions. P.E.I.'s tourism industry is hoping new vaccination incentives will speed up P.E.I.'s reopening plan. Northumberland Ferries, which connects Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, is now taking bookings for non-commercial traffic in anticipation of the Island opening up to the rest of Atlantic Canada. A Dartmouth
TORONTO — Ontario's Progressive Conservatives employed a rarely used legislative power on Monday to pass a bill limiting third-party election advertising amid shouts of "shame" from the opposition. The government used the notwithstanding clause to pass Bill 307, which reintroduced amendments to the Election Finances Act that a judge struck down as unconstitutional last week. The clause allows legislatures to override portions of the charter for a five-year term. The opposition parties argued the
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The Court of Appeal of Alberta has rejected a request that a third trial be stayed for a couple accused in their son's death. Lawyers for David and Collet Stephan had requested proceedings be put on hold while they seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada a decision ordering another trial. "That stay application was heard recently and it was dismissed," Collet Stephan's lawyer, Jason Demers, told a Lethbridge, Alta., court on Monday. "But leave was granted to reapp
Bed and breakfast operator Susan Musgrave is hoping her business in Haida Gwaii, B.C., will get back to pre-pandemic levels once the archipelago opens to outside travellers this summer. But the latest interruption of ferry service between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert has added a lot of uncertainty. "It's frustrating for my potential guests," Musgrave said Monday to Carolina de Ryk, the host of CBC's Daybreak North. On June 2, the Haida Nation announced it will lift all restrictions on non-essen
CORNWALL, P.E.I. — School board officials in Prince Edward Island are investigating reports that a recent Pride Day event at a junior high school was disrupted by students who dressed in black and harassed classmates who said they supported the LGBTQ community. Norbert Carpenter, director of the Public Schools Branch, confirmed Monday that some students at East Wiltshire School in Cornwall were suspended on Thursday and Friday, and their parents were called. "Unfortunately I wouldn't say that it
A year ago, you could buy a standard two-by-four for about $3 in Whitehorse. Today that same piece of wood is around $10. The cost of lumber is soaring, and it's hitting those in the business of building. "The challenges really are widespread, you know, like everything from being able to find projects and clientele that are willing to proceed in spite of the lumber prices being what they are," said Jeff Erasmus, a contractor in Whitehorse. "Logistically, there are some substantial challenges in
With a flurry of fist-bumps, NATO leaders concluded their first mid-pandemic summit today by taking a harder line on China than the world's leading democracies did last weekend at the G7 summit. The final communique from the trans-Atlantic military alliance's summit in Brussels presented Beijing as a security challenge to western countries because its "coercive behaviour" set a course for future security partnerships in the Pacific region and beyond. "We have agreed to work more closely with, fo
OTTAWA — A new study in England suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are extremely good at keeping people from ending up in the hospital with COVID-19, even after just one dose. Public Health England says it looked at the records of 14,000 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant between April 12 and June 4. It found two doses of either vaccine were more than 90 per cent effective at keeping people out of the hospital. After one dose, Pfizer was 94
OTTAWA — Lawyers arguing on behalf of First Nations children and youth unnecessarily taken from their families by an underfunded and discriminatory child-welfare system say Canada harmed these kids, but is "shamefully" trying to avoid paying for its wrongs. But even while federal officials insist they believe these children should be compensated, their lawyers argue the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's decision was based on "seriously flawed reasoning" when it awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous
More than two years after he was charged, and six months after he was found guilty of a violent assault on a young Black woman, a Calgary police officer has still not been sentenced and there are concerns the delay could result in the conviction being tossed. In December, Const. Alex Dunn was convicted of assault causing bodily harm for the 2017 violent takedown of Dalia Kafi, who was thrown on the ground head first while handcuffed. Although there was no evidence Dunn's assault on Kafi, who was
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday June 15, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 446,458 new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,454,614 doses given. Nationwide, 4,910,084 people or 13 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 77,718.142 per 100,000. There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 31,432,264 doses delivered so far. T
PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-led hand recount of ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county hit a major milestone Monday when counters finished tallying all the regular ballots cast in November's presidential and U.S. Senate election, the Arizona Senate's liaison said. Ken Bennett, a Republican former secretary of state who has been monitoring the contractors actually recounting the 2.1 million ballots, said all that remains are a small number of boxes filled with Braille, large-type, oversea