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If you see a four foot high robot roaming the streets of Erin later this month, don't be alarmed. It's there on official town business. For the second year in a row, Erin has contracted the services of a sidewalk inspecting robot from the Kitchener-Waterloo based startup, Top Hat Robotics. The town announced the return of the "new temporary town 'employee" in a newsletter last week. Using a series of cameras, the machine looks for and measures cracks, step hazards and dips in the sidewalk. It th
With a return to patio dining and limited indoor dining, restaurant owners are now facing some new challenges as they work toward a return to normal. Restaurateurs in west Niagara claim to be feeling a new sense of “desperation” as they struggle to find sufficient staff. Restaurateurs say they are happy to reopen after various lockdowns, but some admit they are struggling to bring staff back or hire enough new staff to keep up with customer demands. In the case of Grimsby’s Casa Toscana, the res
OTTAWA — The federal government is allocating up to $96 million in funding for Black community organizations, Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters in Toronto, Hussen said the new funding is the largest in history from the federal government to groups that serve Black Canadians. He said the new money will include $82 million to fund about 1,300 social infrastructure projects to enhance workplaces and community spaces and $14 million to help organizations
Saskatchewan reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death due to the virus on Wednesday. According to Saskatchewan's COVID-19 dashboard, the person who died was from the north central zone. The province's new cases are located in the following zones: Far northwest: 14. Far north central: two. Far northeast: six. Northwest: two. North central: five. Saskatoon: 13. Central west: one. Central east: three. Regina: one. Southwest: three. Southeast: six. The location of four cases remain
NEW YORK (AP) — Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy has influenced some of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Gary Clark Jr. But the factors that led to his inspiration may not have happened if Guy hadn't taken a stand – literally. “When I came to Chicago, most blues musicians, including Muddy Waters, they all was sitting in a chair playing. And I said, ‘I can’t play like them, but I think I can outdo them. I can stand up and jump off the stage and get som
Two years ago qathet had a poor year for salmon, but Tla’amin salmon hatchery manager, Lee George is worried 2021 will be even worse. Since 1977, the Tla’amin Salmon Hatchery has helped produce and release over 70 million fish, including Chum, Coho, Chinook, and Pink throughout Okeover, Theodosia, as well as Tla’amin waters. It’s a project that depends on fish-friendly weather. “The low water due to the heatwave will have a major impact on the stream habitat,” said Lee. “The warmer water will cr
TORONTO — Ontario is opening temporary road test centres to help address a large testing backlog that built up due to pandemic lockdowns. The province said the centres would open in areas where demand is highest to help more new drivers get their G2 and G licences. The province resumed in-car driving tests on June 14, but the backlog has left many new drivers struggling to find a test slot. Some have said the first available slots are often months in the future. The Ministry of Transportation sa
The Ontario governments plan for students to return to school in September continues to draw a lot of reaction. Teachers, parents, student, and medical experts are all weighing in on the strategy’s effectiveness and safety. Our Tricia Mason looks at what can be expected this school year.
Cumberland County RCMP have charged a commercial truck driver after the truck struck a police vehicle that was parked on the side of highway 104 in Salt Springs, N.S., Monday. On Aug. 2, around 2:45 p.m. police were attending an unrelated collision on the 104, when a commercial truck struck a police vehicle from behind. The police car was using its hazard lights, police said. The officer in the vehicle during the incident sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital, but was later released
CORNWALL – Nearly two months after vaccinations were opened to anyone under the age of 30, this region continues to trail getting shots into arms. According to data from Ontario’s Ministry of Health, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region sits 26 out of the 34 public health units for first dose vaccinations with people age 18-29. Only 59.5 per cent of residents in that age group have received their first dose. For second dose vaccinations, the number is even lower. The EOHU region ranked 31 out
While we navigate how to interact with people who possibly haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine, Jennifer Aniston is taking a stance and has started cutting those people out of her life.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development expressed concern Wednesday about the “dehumanizing rhetoric” used by Ethiopia’s leaders amid the nine-month conflict in the Tigray region, whose forces last month were described as “weeds" and “cancer” by the country’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. Samantha Power spoke to reporters after pressing Ethiopia’s government to ease a blockade of humanitarian aid to Tigray, where hundreds of thousan
There were still boats on Quidi Vidi Lake on Wednesday even with the Regatta being pushed back a day because of strong winds. Able Sail NL, a program created in 2018 with the idea of making sailing accessible to anyone with physical or mental disabilities, took advantage of the weather and set sail with the lake all to its own. "Able Sail just gives freedom," said sailor Hayley Redmond who has been involved with the program for the last three years. "Freedom, excitement, and enjoyment and indepe
WINNIPEG — Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he is concerned provinces that are lifting COVID-19 restrictions could lead to a Delta-driven fourth wave among Indigenous people. Miller says many areas of the country opened too quickly last year during the second wave and it was "dangerous and devastating to many Indigenous communities." "It’s of great concern to me," Miller said Tuesday in an interview with The Canadian Press. Prairie provinces, where there are high populations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses in Kentucky — an ongoing scourge that has ravaged communities in the state — surged nearly 50% last year and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was a “major contributing factor,” a state report concludes. More than 1,964 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2020, according to the report from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Office of Drug Control Policy. The official count easily eclipsed the state's prior record level of
WASHINGTON (AP) — As officials seek clues about what prompted a Georgia man to fatally stab a Pentagon police officer, details of the suspect’s troubled past emerged Wednesday through interviews and court records. Austin William Lanz, 27, was arrested last April for a break-in at a neighbor’s home and drew police attention months earlier for a harassment campaign involving sexually explicit photos and messages, according to interviews and records obtained by The Associated Press. Investigators h
U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is preparing an overhaul of arms export policy to increase the emphasis on human rights, a departure from former President Donald Trump's prioritization of economic benefits to U.S. defense contractors, four people familiar with the initiative said. Defense companies and activists scrutinize such policies for insight into the administration's posture as it balances the commercial interests of exporters like Lockheed Martin Co and Raytheon Technologies against the country's stated commitment to human rights.
OTTAWA — Canada's national budget watchdog says expanding and upgrading the country’s long-term care system would come with a hefty price tag. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. That includes more than $8 billion to add 52,000 new long-term care facility beds, increase private-sector wages 15 per ce
Over 150 years after the Confederation of Canada, the first Indigenous Governor General has been inaugurated and the Canadian Oath of Citizenship revised to include the recognition of First Nations, was and Métis rights. These steps are part of the reconciliation process, with the new oath honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 94, and thereby laying “the foundation for a relationship built on respect and reciprocity,” says Charlene Seward, director of program develop
Prince Edward Island Communities Minister Jamie Fox has appointed a trustee to oversee the Rural Municipality of Crapaud after a series of resignations left its council unable to form a quorum. Former Charlottetown chief administrative officer Roy Main has been appointed as Crapaud trustee. Main will fulfil the position until a new council has been elected. "This step is not taken lightly," said Christine MacKinnon, director of municipal affairs at the Department of Fisheries and Communities. "O