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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region's three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday. “We have proved time and time again that we are experts in wildlife conservation,” Gordon, a Republican, said at a news conference. Wyoming will submit the request in the weeks ahead, Gordon said, after which the U.S. Fish
During an election, political parties gather personal data about Canadian voters. This data collection isn’t regulated, and citizens should be concerned.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government will begin shipping 2.58 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines on Thursday through the COVAX global distribution program, a White House official said on Thursday. The latest shipments of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and Germany's BioNTech, bring the total number of vaccines sent to the Philippines to just over 9 million, the official said. Scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries worked together to ensure prompt delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to the Asian nation, the official added.
Woodstock taxpayers will be on the hook for almost $17,000 to replace a police car damaged in July as officers arrested a suspect. Council passed a resolution Tuesday night, Sept. 14, to purchase a new police cruiser for $36,985. Insurance will cover $20,000 of the total cost, leaving the town to pick up the balance. In a report to council, using the information provided by Woodstock Police Force Chief Gary Forward, Planning and Development Director Andrew Garnett submitted a brief statement abo
BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil's federal government wants to halt COVID-19 vaccinations for most adolescents, citing a death under investigation and adverse events after some 3.5 million teens have already been immunized, but several state governments vowed to press on. At a news conference, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga criticized states and cities for jumping the gun by vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds without health issues that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, which he said was only supposed to start on Wednesday. In a statement, federal health regulator Anvisa said there was "no evidence to support or demand changes" to its approval for children from 12 to 17 to be vaccinated with Pfizer shots.
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (OTPP), Canada's third-largest pension fund, announced on Thursday new interim targets to cut the carbon emissions intensity of its portfolio as part of a plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. OTPP, which manages C$227.7 billion ($180.11 billion) in assets, plans to reduce emissions intensity by 45% by 2025 and 67% by 2030, from 2019 levels. Fellow pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec also has a net-zero target by 2050, but environmental campaigners said OTPP's interim targets are the strongest climate commitment yet from a Canadian pension fund.
WINNIPEG — Manitobans will have a female premier for the first time. Shelly Glover, a former Winnipeg police officer and one-time Conservative member of Parliament, and Heather Stefanson, a former Manitoba health minister, are the official candidates for the next leader of the province's Progressive Conservative party. Former premier Brian Pallister stepped down earlier this month and a leadership vote is to take place Oct. 30. The party said Thursday that Glover and Stefanson are the only candi
Three pedestrians were hit by a truck Thursday afternoon in downtown Toronto, police say. Emergency crews were called to the area of Church Street and Wellesley Street East at around 4:37 p.m. after a report of a collision. Paramedics said a woman in her 20s has been taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries. Two others have minor injuries. Toronto police said the driver remained at the scene. The intersection is closed while police investigate.
Health officials in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield west of Montreal say the Suroît Hospital emergency room has now reopened, after it was forced to shut down last night because of an acute staffing shortage. Ambulances were diverted to the Anna-Laberge Hospital, more than half an hour away in Châteauguay. The deputy managing director of the Montérégie-Ouest regional health board, Patrick Murphy-Lavallée, says there are normally 14 nurses on duty in the emergency room. The hospital hasn't had that many
For the fifth day in a row, Saskatchewan has reported more than 400 COVID-19 cases in a day. Thursday's count is 439. One more Saskatchewan resident has also died due to the virus. Meanwhile, there are 218 COVID-19 patients in hospital. Forty-eight of them are in Saskatchewan's ICUs, up from the 40 reported Wednesday. The province says that one-third of the new cases are in people under the age of 20. Saskatchewan has had 60,589 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and currently has 4,064 k
TORONTO — Jaime Rebanal felt something different in the air at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival the moment he heard the "yarrrrr" at one his first screenings. The enthusiastic pirate's cry is a reliable barometer of TIFF audience excitement that goes off when the anti-piracy warning appears before each film. But last week at this Midnight Madness screening of "Titane," the hearty growl that once rippled through the auditorium sounded more like a whimper from the cheap seats. "The
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered no explanation as to the reason behind President Biden's persistent cough. She classified it as not being "an issue of concern." (Sept. 16)
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders have decided to impose travel bans and freeze financial assets of members of Guinea’s ruling junta and their families after a coup more than a week ago, according to the bloc known as ECOWAS. The decisions were announced Thursday after an Extraordinary Summit on Guinea in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Mediators with the regional group had traveled to Guinea to meet with junta leaders and check on the condition of deposed President Alpha Conde. ECOWAS president
With the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo back in gear, fans, artists and cosplayers alike jumped at the chance to return to the in-person convention Sept. 10 to 12. Among the cosplayers and costumers was Autumn Desjardins, though now residing in Calgary, originally hails from Strathmore. Desjardins had been invited to the convention as a featured guest as well as a judge for the local costume contest. “I never thought it would happen, so when I got an email in January, I was just like, ‘wai
Doctors Nova Scotia is applauding quick changes implemented at the province's new health-care professional recruitment office after it locked in three young specialists who will move to Cape Breton. The physicians, who have ties to the region, approached the province about working in Nova Scotia 15 months ago when they were entering their final year of school. Dr. Kevin Orrell, CEO of the new office, said the physicians have spoken with recruiters repeatedly since then, but were never actually g
B.C. health officials announced 706 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Thursday. In a written statement, the provincial Health Ministry said there are currently 5,844 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C. A total of 291 people are in hospital, with 134 in intensive care. Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up by 11 per cent from last Thursday, when 262 people were in hospital with the disease and about 123
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday criticized some in the judiciary for veering into the role of legislators and politicians, saying it is not the role of judges to make policy or to base decisions on their personal feelings or religious beliefs. Speaking at the University of Notre Dame, Thomas said judges “venturing into areas we should not have entered into” is part of why the nomination process, particularly for federal judges with lifetime appointments
PHOENIX (AP) — The United States should not accept Afghan refugees, including translators and others who helped the American military during the 20-year war, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon said, staking out a hardline stance against a group of immigrants that has had widespread support from both parties. Rather than bringing them to the homeland, the United States should help Afghans who assisted in the war to flee the Taliban and resettle in the Middle East, Lamon told The Associate
Toronto should stop evicting homeless encampments and drop trespass charges against people who live in tents, the city's homeless community and their supporters demanded Thursday. They said the city should find a long-term solution to homelessness, suggesting all three levels of governments work together to create not-for-profit homes that will help ease the housing crisis. Dozens are facing charges and fines stemming from city operations this summer - assisted by police - to remove homeless enc
A new season is just around the corner for the Northern Capitals U18 female AAA hockey team, who will host their season opener at home on the weekend of Sept. 25. Final team rosters were announced last week, and the first training camp opened on Aug. 13 in preparation for the season. The Caps had a disappointing 2020/21 campaign, finishing with a 2-4-2 record, good for 4th among the five league teams. This year though, they have high hopes to compete for the B.C. Hockey U18FAAA championship, as