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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
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
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
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.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's hot spot for COVID-19 infections has shifted to the central province of Ciego de Avila, where officials are converting hotels into hospitals. Instead of tourists, the Hotel Ciego de Avila will hold up to 240 low-risk pediatric patients, officials say, while the Las Canas Motel will have 53 beds for pregnant women with the coronavirus. They are also ordering isolation of whole households when a virus is detected. “The people are very frightened. Every day, more sick, more dea
Local residents and travellers on Highway 3 passing Blairmore will soon have a new cluster of businesses available for their enjoyment. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass announced July 19 that over six acres of land at 10509 20th Ave. had been sold unconditionally to Westbridge Developers, based in Lethbridge. The company has confirmed the former hospital site will soon be the home of Dairy Queen and Edo Japan restaurants, as well as a cannabis retailer and a Wyndham-branded hotel. Negotiations
The Conservative party is calling on the federal government to develop national standards for the certification of psychiatric service dogs to improve access for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John Brassard and Pierre Paul-Hus, the party's veterans affairs and public service critics, said national standards are needed to ensure uniform access for veterans and training for dogs across all provinces. "Veterans and support services face barriers and devastating denial of care
CHICAGO (AP) — A Black family is suing the Chicago police department, saying officers broke down their door and pointed guns at two small children while searching the place and then tried to cover up that they had no evidence to justify the raid. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday is the latest to accuse the city's police department of wrongfully raiding the homes of people of color. It comes months after a Black woman sued after officers barged into her apartment and forced her to stand naked an
As global travel resumes, now is the perfect time to establish new conversations for what ethical travel might look like.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Having just had her flight canceled, a Missouri woman's luck quickly changed when she won $1 million from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket. Angela Caravella, 51, of Kansas City, Missouri, claimed a $1 million top prize last month from The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game, according to a Florida Lottery news release. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000. “I had a feeling something bizarre was going to happen after my
Mont Cascades says it will remain closed for the rest of the summer after a fire tore through the ski resort and water park's main chalet over the long weekend. The fire broke out Sunday morning destroying the wood building. The resort had announced it would be closed for the remainder of this week, but now says that plan is no longer feasible. "After a thorough analysis of the situation and according to the deadlines required by several suppliers, it is obvious that a reopening is impossible in
Every classroom in Ontario schools without mechanical ventilation systems will have a standalone HEPA unit upon students' return this fall, the education minister announced a day after his back-to-school plan was unveiled. Stephen Lecce said schools across the province will have improvements in air quality in order to allow kids to return to in-person learning.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Liberal leader pitched himself as a deficit slayer before a business audience on Wednesday, contrasting his budget balance goals with the spending plans of his Progressive Conservative opponent. The differing spending strategies were on display as the two party leaders, along with the head of the province's NDP, responded to questions posed by members of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and debated each other. "We need to make sure that we are living within our means," Lib
After close to six years of planning, qathet Regional District has finished construction of a new Indigenous-style gathering structure. This was thought of as a longhouse, however it has open walls, therefore, Tla’amin has advised the public to instead call it a gathering structure, as it is more fitting to the style. This building will now provide a covered area at Shelter Point Regional Park and Campground. “It took about a week to put up, however, it has been in process since a C3 meeting in
The latest report on climate science comes on the heels of heatwaves, wildfires, flooding and storms. It will help policy-makers act on plans to curb emissions or adapt to climate change.
A new exhibit at the Halifax Convention Centre takes Nova Scotians back in time, giving them the opportunity to take "A Walk Through Africville." The travelling exhibit, which first appeared in the Museum of Industry in Stellarton early last year, opened in Halifax on Tuesday. It features painted building facades that replicate historic locations along a street in Africville. "I hope people walk out feeling something significant and having some impression of what it might have been like to be in
CALGARY — Alberta's top doctor is apologizing for causing "confusion, fear or anger" after communicating the province's plan to eliminate remaining public health measures. In a column sent to various media outlets Wednesday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says her words have caused some people to think she believes COVID-19 is over. Hinshaw says that was not her intended message. She says lifting isolation requirements, asymptomatic testing and eliminating contact tracing will support the whole health of Alb
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces an unusual challenge as he prepares to call an early election - without a strong opponent to rail against, the vote may fragment and leave him with another minority government. Trudeau, 49, is expected to call a September vote any day now, taking advantage of a recovering economy and ramped-up vaccine roll out to try and regain the parliamentary majority he lost in 2019. In the past two campaigns, Trudeau's left-leaning Liberals - seeking to retain support that might have gone to progressive parties - warned voters that a victory by the official opposition, the Conservative Party, would result in spending cuts and an inadequate climate change policy.
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
NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India's financial-crime agency has asked Walmart's Flipkart and its founders to explain why they shouldn't face a penalty of $1.35 billion for alleged violation of foreign investment laws, three sources and an agency official told Reuters. The Enforcement Directorate agency has been investigating e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon.com Inc for years for allegedly bypassing foreign investment laws that strictly regulate multi-brand retail and restrict such companies to operating a marketplace for sellers. The Enforcement Directorate official, who declined to be named, said the case concerned an investigation into allegations that Flipkart attracted foreign investment and a related party, WS Retail, then sold goods to consumers on its shopping website, which was prohibited under law.