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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned that the world would not be adequately vaccinated until 2024 unless other countries joined Britain in donating shots to poorer nations, an effort that could bring that date forward to the middle of next year. Britain pledged to donate 100 million vaccines when it hosted the Group of Seven summit earlier this year, sending them directly to countries in need or through the COVAX scheme which ensures equitable, global access to shots. U.S. President Joe Biden said at the summit in Cornwall, England, that the United States would buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 90 countries.
TORONTO — Ontario is putting more than $62 million in its autism budget this year to make services more available, as the province works to shore up its delayed revamp of the program. The government is expected to announce this afternoon that the money will go toward initiatives such as grants for service providers to hire new clinical staff, increase hours for existing staff, and travel to serve kids in rural or remote communities. Families and providers have said that there has been a diminish
The heatwave which brought record-breaking temperatures to many Central Alberta towns, including Drumheller, has also brought concerns for crop damage. High temperatures and a lack of moisture over the last month have area farmers concerned whether their fields will produce. “The prolonged heat and drying winds have stunted crops that are producing small heads and pods with greatly reduced yields,” Wheatland County manager of Agriculture and Environment Russel Muenchrath told the Mail. Muenchrat
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in several southeast European countries have issued weather warnings before a heat wave in the region expected Thursday that is set to push temperatures to as high as 43 C (109.4 F) in inland areas. Public health officials in North Macedonia on Wednesday said all six of the country’s administrative regions would be affected by the emergency and urged a pause in construction work and called for municipal-level initiatives to help the elderly and the home
Two men are dead following a three-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in Grand Falls-Windsor on Tuesday. According to a statement released Wednesday, police got a call at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday about a car driving in the wrong direction on the highway near the Scott Avenue TCH entrance entrance to the community. The crash happened about five minutes later, when two cars and a truck towing a utility trailer collided. One car was travelling west in the eastbound lane and collided with the
There were no new bylaws for Taberites at the July 19 town council meeting — in lieu of a number of action items passed through councillors’ hands. The Joint Economic Development Committee (JEDC) works on various initiatives supporting economic growth. The JEDC consists of voting representatives from the M.D. of Taber council, the Town of Taber council, Taber and District Chamber of Commerce, Vauxhall and District Chamber of Commerce and Vauxhall town council. The Town of Barnwell also has an op
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's border guard service said it detained 171 people caught illegally crossing from Belarus into Lithuania on Tuesday night, the largest number in a single day in 2021 and bringing the total number of migrants detained so far this year to 3,027. The border service said the group of migrants, all from Iraq, will be placed in one of Lithuania’s already crowded immigration detention centers. Illegal migration to Lithuania began growing dramatically after new sancti
Toronto Swim Club head coach Bill O'Toole says he's a pretty reserved person — but he still jumped out of his seat watching swimmer Penny Oleksiak take home bronze in the 200-metre freestyle race in Tokyo, making her the most decorated Summer Olympian in Canadian history. O'Toole has coached for more than 30 years and worked with a number of world-class swimmers during that time, and none more so than Oleksiak, who further cemented her place in the history books Wednesday morning. "[It's] amazin
Jane Weyallon Armstrong will be the next MLA for Monfwi, representing the four Tłı̨chǫ communites of Behchokǫ̀, Whatì, Wekweètì and Gamètì in the N.W.T. Legislature. Weyallon Armstrong is the first woman to ever hold the Monfwi riding and her victory marks a historic change — the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly now has a majority of MLAs who are women. The territory already had the highest proportion of women legislators in Canada, when nine out of 19 seats were won by women candidates in October of
Three men have been arrested and charged in connection to a deadly shooting in Prince George, B.C., more than five years ago. Officers made the arrests on Friday, according to RCMP. Cuyler Aubichon, Kelly Richet and Chris Russell were each charged the same day with one count of manslaughter using a firearm, court records show. The charges relate to a shooting in the city on June 15, 2016. Robert Milligan, 33, was found shot dead in the driveway of his home on Forest Avenue near Ospika Boulevard.
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The pandemic has created a worldwide shortage of bicycles, and at Smith Cycle, they’re feeling the pain. The long-time Chatham business has but a handful of bikes for sale and they don’t foresee their inventory being restocked anytime soon. Interest in outdoor activities such as cycling have soared since COVID-19 turned the economy on its head, leading to a heavy demand for sporting equipment. At the pandemic’s outset, Smith Cycle manager Matt Ytsma said sales were off the charts. “When COVID-19
At public schools in New York City, health officials want to make it as easy as possible for students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the school year starts. (July 28)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hours after Mexico City authorities raised the capital’s COVID-19 alert level in the face of surging infections, especially among young people, residents packed a plaza on a pleasant evening in the charming Coyoacan borough. Among them was Mario Estrada Flores, a lanky 21-year-old college student, who along with nine friends — all without masks — started up an impromptu rap performance that drew dozens of applauding onlookers. “I’m not worried about getting infected because I’
Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is casting Ottawa’s recent investments to decarbonize heavy industry as a way to competitively position Canada in the global economy, but some are questioning if the country is betting on the wrong horse. Recently, the department announced a flurry of new investments to help heavy industry lower its greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this month, it kicked $25 million to Svante Inc.’s $97-million carbon capture project to be de
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 205 years in prison for fatally shooting five members of his family and he offered no explanation for his actions, saying that he must have a lot of hate. Before receiving his sentence Tuesday, Christopher Stokes told the judge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court that he wasn't asking for leniency and that he deserved to be locked up. Stokes, 44, said he couldn't explain why he killed his family members. Killed were Teresa Thomas, 41, and her
Canada's inflation rate came in at 3.1 per cent in June as prices for shelter and transportation rose quickly, while increases for things like food, clothing and recreation slowed down from May's level. Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that shelter costs have increased by 4.4 per cent in the past year, and transportation costs went up by 5.6 per cent compared to June 2020. But the inflation rate was dragged lower because the price of many goods has come down from where it was last year, incl
The Early Childhood Development Association of P.E.I. is excited to get to work on a new plan outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Dennis King in Charlottetown on Tuesday. The plan would see child-care rates cut in half from the current $34 a day by the end of next year, and to $10 a day by the end of 2024. It would also create 450 new spaces. "It was an amazing day," said ECDA interim executive director Jennifer Nangreaves. "It's incredible for parents. I think it's a huge reli
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -New York and other U.S. states filed a notice on Wednesday saying they will fight the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit that they launched against Facebook Inc in an appeals court. In June, a U.S. judge dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against the social media company that had sought to force it to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the states' lawsuit but said the Federal Trade Commission could refile its complaint.
Alberta first-dose vaccination rates are lagging behind other provinces, a reality described as complicated, frustrating but not insurmountable. According to aggregate data compiled by CBC News, 75.2 per cent of Alberta's eligible population had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of July 27. The national average is 80.6 per cent. The picture is brighter when it comes to eligible residents who are fully vaccinated: Alberta's 63.6 per cent is in step with the national average and ahead o