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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected to take more arrivals than any other — more than 5,200 people, according to State Department data for the Afghan Placement and Assistance program obtained by The Associated Press. Alabama and Mississippi are each sla
St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Windsor was shut down Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) made the call after five confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the school. The most recent exposure date was Sept. 9, according to a statement from WECHU Wednesday. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board's website says three of those cases are students and one is a staff member. "Based on the level of spread in our community, it is necessa
Former premier Danny Williams defended his role in the debt-ridden Muskrat Falls project during a speech at a conference about Newfoundland and Labrador's economic trajectory on Wednesday. In his speech, Williams explained the rationale behind his government's major economic decisions, including Muskrat Falls. Williams acknowledged that the project is "polarizing," but said criticisms of the project are made easier with hindsight. "Critics have been so unrelenting in their determination to see t
Research suggests that expanded access to MAiD tends to benefit people with wealth and privilege, offering them choices and autonomy. At the same time, it puts marginalized people at risk.
TORONTO — Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province's fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn't use the money during the third wave. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found health spending was $691 million lower than planned in the area of population and public health because the province didn't spend funds from the pandemic program. That provincial program –
As of Nov. 1, the Toronto District school Board will require anyone in contact with other staff members or students to be vaccinated. As Seán O’Shea reports, the move may affect 40,000 workers
Former prime minister and Progressive Conservative leader Brian Mulroney gave a ringing endorsement to Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Wednesday evening. At a Conservative rally at the Hôtel Chéribourg in Orford, Que., Mulroney praised O'Toole's leadership of the party, calling him "steady, strong and visionary." O'Toole's campaign appearance alongside an former Progressive Conservative leader like Mulroney is another sign that the Conservative leader is making a play for more moderate voters.
Lyle Daniels, inclusion manager with Build Together – Saskatchewan, will be leading two free virtual Indigenous training courses hosted by Humboldt and District Chamber of Commerce. Brent Fitzpatrick, the Chamber’s executive director, said that while they have been working for over a year to organize these modules, conversations gained a particular focus since the BHP announcement on the Jansen Project. “BHP has mandated 20 per cent of their workforce to be Indigenous. So because of that, I thin
The vast majority of employees at Ottawa's largest school board have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the board's data shows. Of the nearly 12,000 employees and trustees that make up the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), almost 10,000 of them — or 83.5 per cent — have disclosed they have received two vaccine doses, according to numbers released by the board Wednesday afternoon. Roughly 1,600 people have not yet submitted a form indicating they had been fully vaccinate
If just one resident, one business or the city of Yellowknife opposes the "only" suitable proposed day shelter location, unhoused residents displaced by the latest COVID-19 outbreak will be cut off from the services they need most, according to Health Minister Julie Green. In an open letter published Monday, and anticipating public opposition, Green implored residents to support the establishment of a temporary day shelter by October in the former Legion building on Franklin Ave. "There are no o
The remains of a hiker who went missing from a southern Alberta campground last spring have been found, the Calgary Police Service said Wednesday. Stanley Stooshinoff, 68, was last seen leaving his home in southeast Calgary on May 19 for a hike in the Turner Valley area. He was reported missing after failing to return home. Calgary police, RCMP, Alberta Parks and Search and Rescue conducted an extensive search. Investigators located Stooshinoff's vehicle — a green Hyundai Tucson — in the Sandy M
WASHINGTON (AP) — As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the U.S., a handful of former Trump administration officials are working to turn Republicans against them. The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservative television outlets and meeting privately with GOP lawmakers — all in an effort to turn the collapse of Afghanistan into another opportunity to push a hard-line immigration agenda. “It is a collaboration based on mutual conviction
When Elaine McIntyre was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 in 2017, she had more questions than the doctors and nurses surrounding her could provide answers to. "I was searching for answers and I couldn't really find anything," said McIntyre, who lives on the Kingston Peninsula. "I could find a lot of medical terms. I could find a lot of literature and doctor's vocabulary – but I don't understand that." As a way to cope with the shock and challenges of a cancer diagnosis, she began w
Foresters Falls – The question Saturday morning and into the afternoon was what is an airplane doing in the Ferguson hay field on Queens Line? The answer is simple, but wasn’t known by many for quite some time. Scott Bennett recalled what around 11 a.m., “I was feeding these guys (pointing to some calves) and saw a flash of a white wing dip down over your corn field. I didn’t know if it crashed or not,” referring to the reporter’s field kitty corner to where he lives. “What the **** was that? I
A former U.S. Marine from Florida on Wednesday became the latest defendant associated with the Oath Keepers militia group to plead guilty to criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Jason Dolan, 45, of Wellington, Florida, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and obstructing an official proceeding. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said that under federal sentencing guidelines, Dolan faced a prison term of between 63 and 78 months, though the court could deviate from the guidelines.
TORONTO — Teachers and staff with the Toronto District School Board who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 could lose their jobs as the board becomes the latest employer to take a hard line on immunization rules. The school board in Canada's most populous city has published its staff vaccination policy, which goes further than minimum guidelines set by the province. "While we recognize that deciding to be vaccinated is deeply personal ... we have strived to balance acknowledging that
Leftist former student leader Gabriel Boric is leading Chile's race for president with just over two months until Election Day, but half of all Chileans are still trying to make up their minds, according to a poll from pollster CEP on Wednesday. The survey found 13% of respondents would choose Boric for president in the Nov. 21 election, while center-right former Cabinet minister Sebastian Sichel took 11% and centrist former Senate President Yasna Provoste 6%. The poll of 1,443 people was conducted in person between July 25 and Sept. 1 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8%.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will be rolling out a vaccine passport in October but it won't be mandatory, the province's health minister said Wednesday, despite other Atlantic provinces tightening health restrictions and requiring proof of vaccination. It will be up to businesses to decide whether they use the province's vaccine passport system, John Haggie told reporters, seemingly contradicting Premier Andrew Furey, who announced last week the passport system would be modelled
It's the one time of year where all local politicians in B.C. gather together — but for the second year in a row, it's happening virtually. The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention is taking place this week, allowing mayors and councillors to lobby the provincial government and trade best practices on local government. Like last year, it takes place with an election campaign underway — federal this year, instead of provincial — and continued uncertainty during a pandemic, but or
A Niagara police officer who shot a fellow cop during an altercation nearly three years ago told his colleague's assault trial that he found their interaction so implausible he feared nobody would believe what happened. Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan testified Wednesday at the trial of Const. Nathan Parker, who has pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to resist arrest, assaulting a police officer and assault with a weapon. Donovan told the court that Parker assaulted him during a collision investi