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Newfoundland and Labrador's police watchdog won't investigate a rash of sexual assault allegations involving the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary unless the women involved want it to happen, as the head of the agency vows to build trust in its abilities, where some critics say there is little to be had. At least 12 women have been in touch with St. John's lawyer Lynn Moore to speak about their experiences with sexual assault and on-duty RNC officers, Moore said this week. No formal complaints hav
Yukon is reporting another death related from COVID-19 — the territory's fifth since the current wave of infections began last month, and the seventh since the start of the pandemic. In a news release on Thursday afternoon, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley said the person died on Wednesday night in hospital, but he did not say which hospital. Hanley also said the deceased person was not vaccinated. "An unfortunate fact," Hanley said. "We are losing too many Yukoners to this vir
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Jill Biden underwent a medical procedure Thursday to flush out debris from a puncture wound on her left foot, her spokesperson said. Michael LaRosa said Jill Biden's foot was punctured while she walking on a beach in Hawaii last weekend, but it was “unclear what object caused the puncture.” After the procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, LaRosa said, “The wound is now clean, free of infection and it is anticipated that it wi
OTTAWA — The email address where Afghan interpreters were told to send their application forms under an urgent resettlement plan crashed Thursday, snarling what applicants and Canadian veterans say is an already chaotic process. “The recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages right now. Please try resending your message later, or contact the recipient directly," reads the automated response to two submissions and seen by The Canadian Press. Global Affairs Canada spokesman Jason Kung s
Canada's women's eight crew captured gold on the final day of Olympic rowing at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Friday, winning the event for the first time in 29 years. It is Canada's third gold medal at Tokyo 2020. New Zealand claimed silver, finishing ahead of bronze winners China. Canada finished with a time of 5:59.13, while the Kiwis and Chinese clocked in at 6:00.04 and 6:01.21, respectively. It is a moment of redemption for returning Olympians Susanne Grainger, Lisa Roman and Christi
A new plastic-processing plant that opened Wednesday in Steveston aims to turn plastic found in B.C.'s oceans into useful products. In the past year, thousands of kilograms of debris, including plastic foam, plastic bottles, nets, rope, abandoned boats and tires, have been removed from B.C.'s shoreline by the province's Clean Coast, Clean Waters (CCCW) initiative. The new specialized recycling facility, operated by the Ocean Legacy Foundation, transforms the material into pellets that can be use
SAINT JOHN • Not being able to have family by her side while she drove from hospital to hospital for appointments with her young son, who is a cancer survivor, was an isolating experience for Courtney Glazier during the pandemic. Her six-year-old Jaxon was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, at age two. While he became cancer-free in 2019, Jaxon must attend regular appointments, tests and scans at the pediatric oncology unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital and the IWK in Halifax.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A federal judge asked Microsoft Corp on Friday to let him know how big of a burden it would be for the company to provide documents requested by long-time rival Alphabet Inc's Google, in a U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Google. The search and advertising giant had asked the judge to compel Microsoft to turn over documents, citing its failure to comply with a subpoena, according to a court filing unsealed late Thursday. Google served a subpoena to Microsoft more than three months ago, seeking documents regarding Microsoft's Bing search engine as well as its Internet Explorer and Edge but has not received them, the filing said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the arms embargo against the Central African Republic for a year on Thursday despite an appeal from China to lift it, saying the government hasn’t met U.N. benchmarks including ensuring the protection and control of all weapons. The council adopted the resolution, which also extends targeted sanctions on individuals and companies, by a vote of 14-0 with China abstaining. U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills welcomed the renewal of the arms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Janice Mirikitani, a beloved San Francisco poet laureate who together with her husband ran the city's Glide Memorial Church, which caters to the poor and homeless, has died. She was 80. Mirikitani died suddenly Thursday, the church confirmed in a message to supporters who were scheduled to attend a virtual justice event later in the day, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Mirikitani was married to the Rev. Cecil Williams, who transformed Glide Memorial Church, in the hear
Taking a day trip around Calgary this summer? Dale Leckie, geologist and author of The Scenic Geology of Alberta: A Roadside Touring and Hiking Guide joined The Homestretch on Thursday to explain the history behind some popular landscapes near the city. Nose Hill Park When you walk along the south side of Nose Hill Park, overlooking the city, you can see the Rocky Mountains in the distance. "That's where the story begins," said Leckie. "When you look at those Rocky Mountains off to the west, the
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy charged a sailor Thursday with starting a fire last year that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, marking the maritime branch's worst warship blaze outside of combat in recent memory. The amphibious assault ship burned for more than four days. Left with extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage, the ship was later scrapped. Estimates to replace it ran up to $4 billion. The sailor was a member of the crew at the time, Cmdr. Sean Rob
NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. stocks dropped on Friday to pull further from record highs as an underwhelming earnings report from Amazon.com Inc dampened the market mood, while the dollar bounced from its lows but still suffered its worst week in nearly two months. After making record profits during the pandemic, Amazon said late on Thursday that its sales growth would slow in the next few quarters as people ventured outside their homes post-pandemic and reduced online shopping. Investors sold Amazon stock as the online retailer revenue of $113 billion in the second quarter was $2 billion shy of analysts' forecasts.
As Canada marks Emancipation Day for the first time across the nation, four scholars of African descent say liberation is a work in progress. In a panel hosted by the Halifax Public Libraries in collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality on Wednesday evening, the scholars reflected on what emancipation means and discussed the history of African liberation in the British Empire, including Canada. Emancipation Day, which falls on Aug. 1, marks the day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition A
New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, known as LGBT conversion therapy. The proposed measures were aimed at ending such practices, which do not work, are widely discredited, and cause harm, Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said in a statement.
Rock-throwing crowds angry over government mishandling of a spike in COVID-19 cases triggered the dismissal of Tunisia's parliament this week, in what opponents call a "coup" by the country's president. Amid clouds of tear gas, demonstrators clashed with police in Paris on Saturday over proposed laws forcing all health-care workers to be inoculated, while thousands of "freedom" protesters filled the streets of Australia over a renewed lockdown. From South Africa to Cuba, Haiti to Lebanon, we are
Athletes like Simone Biles are making mental health a priority at the Tokyo Olympics, sparking a conversation about the immense pressure they face.
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on Friday that big tech companies should step up the management of exporting "critical data" as well as their risk assessment of data security. The Internet Society of China, a non-governmental organisation, has met representatives from Alibaba and its fintech affiliate Ant Group, Tencent, ByteDance, Meituan, Baidu and others to address the implementation of China's Data Security Law, under the authorisation of MIIT, the ministry said in a statement.
HOUSTON — A gutted Canada exited the Gold Cup on Thursday, sent home by a heartbreaking 99th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF tournament semifinal. But the young Canadian side sent a powerful message in defeat, demonstrating it is a team to be reckoned with in the region that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. "I'm proud of the lads but broken inside to be honest .. It's tough to take, in the last minute," said Canada coach John Herdman. "We're feeling it." He
VANCOUVER — Two groups focused on environmental issues are calling on the British Columbia government to come up with a plan to track "heat dome injuries" following record-setting temperatures that are also linked with 570 deaths in the province over a one-week period. Representatives of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the West Coast Environmental Law Association said thousands of people across the province sought medical help for conditions like heat stroke, dehyd