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VANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says the province is willing to help Alberta when it comes to battling COVID-19, but the priority is on ensuring hospitals in British Columbia don't become overwhelmed. Horgan says he's spoken to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about the COVID-19 situation and B.C. will help in any way it can. But Horgan says the focus for B.C. is ensuring that its intensive care units do not become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and force the cancellation of more surgeries. B.C.
It was fun while it lasted, but Newfoundland and Labrador is bringing back its mandatory mask mandate as of midnight Friday over concerns about high COVID-19 case counts outside the province and unsourced cases within its borders. That includes the province’s K-12 system, in which masks have been primarily optional since the beginning of the school year. As before, they will not be required for children in grades lower than Grade 4. “We want to ensure that children can stay in school for their p
PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona’s most populous county have reached an agreement with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer routers for use in an unprecedented partisan election review. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced Friday night that a special master will take questions from the Senate's election review contractors and provide them with information contained on the routers they say th
The visitor centre at Petroglyphs Provincial Park northeast of Peterborough near Woodview has been closed since early June due to the failure of a main electrical transformer and resulting power outage, but the park store and Teaching Rocks remain open to the public with capacity restrictions in place until the park’s closing date of Oct. 11. “While the visitor centre has not been available to the public since the infrastructure failure, we have been working on fixing the electrical issue, and t
Schools in and around Salmon Arm, B.C., were put on hold and secure on Friday after anti-vaccine protesters entered them, according to a letter sent to parents from the school district. The temporary lockdown meant students could not enter or leave school during the day. The school district said schools would be locked in this way beginning Monday, Sept. 20. Parents who want to enter during school hours will need to notify the school, according to the letter. "We have recently experienced protes
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance. Durst, 78, was not in court for the verdict from the jury that deliberated about seven hours over three days. He was in isolation at a jail because he was exposed to someone with coronavirus. Durst, wh
Lakeshore General Hospital will stop offering elective surgeries on Monday due to staffing shortages, and it is not the only medical facility in Quebec that is currently facing service disruptions. In a statement, the regional health authority for Montreal's west end says it needed to close the hospital's two operating rooms due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases it is seeing. The CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is reviewing the services it can offer daily, the statement says. Eli
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans, vastly outnumbered by Democrats in California, needed a huge turnout in this week's recall election to have any chance of removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. It didn’t happen. About 9.2 million votes were counted Tuesday and an estimated 2.9 million were still left to tally. That suggests overall turnout was around 55%, about average for a California midterm election and way below the 80% that voted in the 2020 presidential race. Last year, then-President Dona
Even trustees need to continue to keep learning. That was the message as Board Development Committee chair trustee Darlene Rowden provided a report and led a discussion about trustee learning opportunities at the Sept. 13 Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division board meeting. Bratvold said trustees are acting as role models in learning and growth through their trustee development. “I just think that it's important that people know that the school board trustees are learning all the time,” dir
The N.W.T. is reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases across the territory Friday. The number of active cases now stands at 248 across the territory, an increase of 28 in one day, according to a Friday evening news release. The majority of the cases are in Yellowknife where there are 145 cases reported, 11 more than on Thursday. The office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) also issued a public exposure notice for the Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife for Sept. 14 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The OCP
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is trying to fend off a rise in support for the People’s Party of Canada, which could cause a vote split on the right in some ridings across the country. Plus, analyst Éric Grenier on what this could mean on election day.
A man serving a life sentence for the brutal slaying of a woman in Terrace in 1998 has been released on day parole near Prince George. Christopher Maurice Alexander, now 40, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the Dec. 9, 1998, killing of 36-year-old Linda LeFranc and has sought release since 2008 when his seven-year parole ban concluded. His case was reviewed by Canada’s Parole Board in August, being granted day leave on Aug, 26, effecting Sept. 13. The parole is for a period of s
Six executives of China's heavily indebted Evergrande had redeemed some of the company's investment products in advance earlier this year, the property group said on Saturday. Between May 1 and Sept. 7, the six executives made early redemptions of 12 investment products, Evergrande said in a statement on its website, without identifying the executives or giving details on the nature of the products. "Regarding the early redemption of Evergrande wealth investment products by some managers, the group company views the matter seriously," the company said.
Denying voters their right to vote because they're isolating as a result of either having COVID-19, or symptoms of it, is discriminatory, according to a First Nations national chief. Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya said it reminds him of when First Nations people couldn't vote in federal elections without losing their treaty rights and Indian status. Many voters learned this week that if they're self-isolating due to COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 on Sept. 20, they're out of options for cast
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — A US official says the Biden administration is planning “massive movements” of Haitian migrants in a small Texas border town on flights to Haiti starting Sunday. Plans have yet to be finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be one of the departure cities. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The flights represent a swif
Some severely immunocompromised people in B.C. have received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after the province announced earlier this week that 15,000 clinically extremely vulnerable people would be invited for a third jab. The group includes 50-year-old Michael Coyle, who received a kidney transplant last year. He currently takes immunosuppressant drugs so his body doesn't reject the organ. "I'm happy this is another piece of the puzzle," said Coyle after receiving his third dose of t
Three people were shot in Mississauga Friday evening sending two to a trauma centre and one to hospital, police say. One man has since died. At approximately 8 p.m., Peel police said they received a report of a disturbance in the area of Hull Street and Airport Road. Const. Himmet Gill said initial calls were about an altercation on the street involving 10 men with reports of multiple gunshots. When they arrived, police said, they found three people with gunshot wounds. Gill said the victims' in
A search for possible school names is underway to replace the title of an elementary building in Winnipeg that pays tribute to an architect of the residential school system. Pembina Trails School Division launched an online survey this week to collect pitches and rationale from staff and families at Ryerson School, as well as area residents. The K-6 school, at 10 Ryerson Ave., will be renamed with community input, after ongoing consultations wrap up Oct. 6. “This has been an incredible opportuni
Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States, charging her with fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei's business dealings in Iran. The United States is prepared to end an extradition request and criminal proceedings against Meng if she pleads guilty and pays a hefty fine, the report said, citing sources.
More than 24 years after her death, actor Kristen Stewart is stepping into the shoes, specifically Chanel shoes, of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in the film Spencer, part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).