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WARNING: This story contains distressing details The Lac La Ronge Indian Band has become the latest First Nation in Saskatchewan to begin searching for unmarked graves associated with a local residential school site. "We have a lot of work ahead of us," Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said. The band launched its search efforts on Saturday using ground-penetrating radar equipment at an old cemetery site west of downtown La Ronge, Sask., located approximately 375 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Lac La
Telefonica Deutschland said it was raising its outlook for revenue and core profit this year to show slight growth after posting the strongest first-half growth since the merger that created the company in 2015. The unit of Spain's Telefonica said second-quarter revenue rose by 5.7% to 1.9 billion euros ($2.25 billion), driving growth in adjusted core profit of 10.8% to 612 million euros. "We developed very well in the first half of the year and achieved record growth in revenue and operating profits," CEO Markus Haas said in a statement.
When Alvin Dickson gazes out the window of his Entry Island home in the summertime, he said it's not uncommon to see something even more astonishing than the beautiful scenery. The lifelong resident of the quaint, three-kilometre-long isle off the east coast of the Magdalen Islands says a lack of public washrooms has resulted in tourists relieving themselves anywhere they can — which is often in plain sight. "We look out the window and see someone squatting down in the field," Dickson said. "The
Health and infectious disease experts say the rate at which COVID-19 cases are growing in Alberta is alarming, as it spreads faster than during the height of the pandemic's third wave. The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38-1.59) in Alberta as of Sunday, according to Alberta Health. That number — which has doubled in recent weeks — means 100 people with the virus will spread it to 148 others. "The current
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The Quebec government is abandoning a pilot project that was expected to allow some adults with disabilities to move out of CHSLDs, after it says a key activist pushing for the project shot down its proposed plans. Last summer, after going through what he thought were the proper channels to get the government to take action, Jonathan Marchand spent five days and five nights in a makeshift cage in front of the National Assembly to demand that those who are not elderly be allowed to move out of lo
An Indigenous artist from Serpent River First Nation is participating in a national billboard campaign to raise awareness about residential schools. Isaac Murdoch (Bomgiizhik)’s rendering of an old pictograph is one of nine pieces of original Indigenous artwork featured in Artists Against Racism’s The Honour Project. The artwork is being displayed on digital billboards donated by Pattison Outdoor in cities, over major highways, and on monitors and digital wall screens in subway systems, malls, a
Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows significant drops in serious crime in Ottawa — but nearby Kingston, Ont., was identified as one of few places in Canada where crime is on the rise. Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index weighs police-reported crime by its seriousness, producing a score using a benchmark of 100, which is equal to 2006 crime rates. Since 2006, serious crime has decreased significantly across the country, but the five years leading up to 2020 saw a gradual increas
KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said. Wang said the Taliban is expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan", according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, or how long Odenkirk might be hospitalized. “Better Call Saul,” the spin-off prequel to “
Adecco Group has agreed to buy AKKA Technologies in a deal worth 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), it said on Wednesday, the biggest deal in the Swiss staffing company's 25-year history. The acquisition of Belgium-based AKKA will make Adecco the world's largest provider of temporary staffing by revenue, overtaking Dutch rival Randstad. Adecco will combine AKKA with its science and IT staffing business Modis to boost its services providing engineering, technical and R&D staff to automakers and aerospace companies.
OTTAWA — Canada's labour minister was told earlier this year that efforts to provide free tampons and pads in federally regulated workplaces could cost employers more than $1 million annually to become a reality. The March briefing note to Filomena Tassi estimated the annual employer costs would likely be $1.17 million to provide free tampons and pads, based on an annual, per-employee cost of almost $60 and assuming a 50-per-cent take-up rate. A 100-per-cent take-up rate would put the cost close
LONDON (Reuters) -England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain's travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the global vaccine rollout and given the EU a headstart in attracting tourists. Now, from Aug. 2, travellers with U.S. and EU-approved vaccines will not have to quarantine.
British Columbia is "significantly ahead" of the 10-year average in terms of the number of fires and the area that has been scorched so far this year, says the director of fire centre operations at the BC Wildfire Service. Rob Schweitzer said Tuesday the province has seen 1,230 blazes resulting in 4,250 square kilometres of land burned since April 1 and it's only halfway through the wildfire season. The 10-year average for the same period is about 642 fires and 1,050 square kilometres burned, he
Student biologists are combing the grasslands of Gatineau Park to tally sightings of two species of threatened ground-nesting birds, the Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark, which could protect the land from redevelopment. Environment Canada labelled the Bobolink "threatened" in 2010, which is one step short of endangered. The Eastern Meadowlark was listed as threatened one year later. Grassland bird populations in Canada have declined by nearly 60 per cent since the 1970s, according to a recent Env
NAIROBI (Reuters) -Ethiopia's Somali region said on Wednesday a vital road and rail trade route linking the landlocked capital of Addis Ababa to the sea port of Djibouti was blocked by youths angered by a deadly militia attack on their region. Around 95% of imports into the nation of around 110 million people are transported via that corridor, according to a 2018 study by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. The Ethiopian prime minister's office and authorities in Djibouti could not immediately be reached for comment.
Four transportation companies are vying to become the main bus carrier for the Ottawa-Gatineau-Montreal corridor. The widely coveted route has been up for grabs since Greyhound announced it would cease its Canadian operations in May — a year after it paused service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Montreal-based Autocar Orléans Express is licensed to carry riders between Ottawa, the Outaouais and Montreal on a temporary basis. In addition to Orléans Express, three other companies have ap
OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the recall of Al-Rabih brand Halva/Halawa over the possibility of a Salmonella contamination. The original recall involved halva/halawa with pistachios manufactured by Phoenicia Group, and sold in 454g and 907g packages. The expansion now includes 200g and 2.5 kg packages of halva/halawa with pistachios, as well as 200g, 454g and 907g packages of halva/halawa with chocolate, 454g packages of plain light and 200g, 454g and 907g and 2.5 kg
TORONTO — Before he moved to the United States to become a comedy writer on late-night talk shows and "The Simpsons," Tim Long was a self-described nerd in an Ontario town dubbed "home of the white squirrel." Exeter, Ont., has had so many white bushy-tailed critters — relative anomalies compared to their black and brown cousins — the town mascot is a giant squirrel named Willis the White Wonder, and the focus of an annual festival. Naturally, when Long loosely based his new Canadian comedy film
(Reuters) -French consulting and IT services provider Capgemini hiked its 2021 guidance, sending its shares to a 20-year high, after a "structural acceleration" in global demand. The company raised its revenue growth, profit margin and cash flow forecasts for the year following a first-half boost from growth in its digital and cloud services. "We consider this a structural acceleration in demand for technology and not just a bump following the COVID crisis," Chief Executive Aiman Ezzat told analysts in a call.