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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the negative health impacts of poor air quality kick in at lower levels than it previously thought and is setting a higher bar for policymakers and the public in its first update to its air quality guidelines in 15 years. The U.N. health agency released its revised Air Quality Guidelines on Wednesday as climate change is a leading topic at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday that China will no long
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums. The Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art both contain artifacts that were looted from countries in Africa and elsewhere. “Especially the countries in Africa have lost an immense part of their art through the raids of the Europeans,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the official open
Of all the locations in the country to observe Canada's warmest temperature, Labrador doesn't intuitively pop into one's head.
The union representing Saskatchewan teachers is concerned about the province's public health order that exempts schoolmates of COVID-positive students from self-isolating. The province released a new public health order on Sept. 17 saying unvaccinated school-age children, from day care to high school, are exempt from having to isolate if they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case as long as they have no symptoms and wear a face covering. That means they can attend classes and ride a sc
Kneehill County residents will need to pay attention to the road ahead as council has passed the third and final reading of the new Traffic Control Bylaw during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, September 14. Among the amendments to the bylaw were reduction in posted speed limits in hamlets, from 50 kilometres per hour down to 40, and permitting the safe operation of off highway vehicles (OHV) within the county. Following second reading of the bylaw at the August 17 council meeting, consul
Actor and academy trustee Tom Hanks opens the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to members of the media for a preview. (Sept. 22)
A shortage of drivers on staff at Fredericton Transit has led to the temporary reduction of its scheduled services for customers during the peak evening hours. And while the City of Fredericton says the shortage is not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, a representative for the union overseeing the drivers says the pandemic can be attributed to some of the drivers needing to take time off. Meredith Gilbert, manager of transit and parking services with the City of Fredericton, said a number of d
The final day for Canadians to cast their ballots in the 2021 federal election was Monday, September 20 with advanced polls open Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12. Liberals retained a minority government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The unofficial results show the Liberals holding 158 seats, up three from 2019. Conservatives took 119 seats, down two seats from 2019; Bloc Quebecois took 34, up from 22; NDP took an extra seat from 2019 with a total of 25 seats, and Green lost a
A Winnipeg high school student who was reprimanded and removed from class over her decision not to stand during the national anthem hopes talking about the situation sparks change and awareness. Each morning, when O Canada plays over the speakers at River East Collegiate, 15-year-old Skyla Hart remains seated. "This country is a colonized country and I don't want to stand for a colonized country," Skyla said. "People always say, like, it was a long time ago, [but] we're still … going through it
Calgary city council approved a bylaw Wednesday that brings in consistent application of the province's vaccine passport program for many types of businesses. This means a proof-of-vaccination system is now required for certain businesses, including restaurants, bars, casinos, and movie theaters. Previously, Calgary businesses could choose whether or not they want to participate in the province's system. The identification required will be the same as the province's system — an immunization reco
Brazilian authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan Chase & Co played a role in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme that dated back to 2011 and involved state-run oil company Petrobras, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and two law enforcement sources.
Regina city council's executive committee is getting its first look at results from a survey that sought residents' views on improving affordability for low-income property taxpayers and water utility customers. The online questionnaire ran from May 28 to June 30 and saw reponses from 2,924 Regina residents, according to a report summary on the committee's Wednesday agenda. The survey found 21 per cent of respondents live in households with a total annual income of $40,000 or less. Another 27 pe
Two central Newfoundland schools have pulled students out of class following the discovery of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, a day after a school in St. John's reported two cases among its student population. New World Island Academy in Summerford and MSB Regional Academy in Middle Arm have suspended in-person learning. A Facebook post from New World Island Academy late Tuesday contained a message from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, stating the case involves "an ind
In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. "I'm a parent who is concerned about the food I put in their bodies, about anything I put in their bodies," said Smithers, 43, who lives in the San Francisco suburb of Albany and has two other children, ages 13 and 4. Monday's announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that a low dose of their coronavirus vaccine proved safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 in a clinical trial has come as a relief to many parents anxiously awaiting the chance to protect their children.
An earlier than planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by New Brunswick in late July was based in part on a series of miscalculations, including an erroneous assessment that Alberta's early opening was going well. But the New Brunswick government isn't acknowledging the loosening was a mistake or played a role in its current outbreak of COVID cases. "Given the facts, I'd certainly do the same thing again," Higgs told reporters this week about easing mask, distancing and interprovincial travel
The three major U.S. stock indexes rose 1% on Wednesday as investors mostly took in stride the latest signals from the Federal Reserve, including clearing the way for the central bank to reduce its monthly bond purchases soon. The S&P 500 registered its biggest daily percentage gain since July 23. While trading was choppy following the Fed's latest policy statement and comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, stocks finished close to where they were before the central bank news.
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. The six-hour meeting in Finland's capital between Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, came at a crucial time after the U.S. military withdrawal f
On Saturday, Sept. 11, 12-year-old Taizanah’zian Fletcher was bitten in the face and forearm by a neighbour's dog outside of her house in the Greystone area of Spryfield. Last Thursday, Taizanah’zian’s mother, Francisca Fletcher, spoke with the Examiner about the incident. Fletcher said that not only was the dog supposed to be muzzled, but that the Halifax Regional Police officer in charge of the investigation, Jeffrey Foster, still hadn’t taken an official statement from Taizanah’zian and other
Swapping Alberta's health minister out for a new face is unlikely to change the provincial government's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, observers say. Critics say Premier Jason Kenney's decision on Tuesday to move Calgary-Acadia MLA Tyler Shandro from health to labour and immigration minister, and Calgary-Varsity MLA Jason Copping into health, will do nothing to stem the surge of people with COVID-19, which is overwhelming the province's health-care system. The premier has been drivi
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says there has been an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. The quake, which was at a moderate depth of 30 kilometers (20 miles) occurred at 4:57 a.m. (0957 GMT) on Wednesday some 78.2 kilometers (48.5 miles) off the coast of the beach resort of Jiquilillo. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The Associated Press