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Netflix Inc on Monday began offering a free mobile plan with about one-quarter of its TV shows and movies in Kenya, a strategy aimed at sparking growth in a key African market, the company told Reuters. It features Netflix movies and TV shows such as dramas "Money Heist" and "Bridgerton" and African series "Blood & Water," plus some of the programming the company licenses from others. Netflix hopes the free plan will lead to users signing up for a paid option with more content.
MONTREAL — A Quebec elementary school east of Montreal is shuttered after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, officials said Monday. The Coeur-Immaculé school in Sherbrooke, Que. has sent more than 700 students home for at least two days after many students tested positive for COVID-19 over the last days. The school service centre responsible for the region reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including one teacher. Donald Landry, an official with the centre, said in an interview with The Canadi
Calgary police are asking for help in identifying who was in a car involved in a shooting on Glenmore Trail on Sunday night. Officers were called to the eastbound lanes of the busy roadway, near the Macleod Trail intersection, around 6:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting involving the occupants of two cars. "Officers located one of the vehicles, a grey Honda Civic, pulled over nearby," reads a police news release. "The driver, a man in his 20s, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and
Many Canadians were already disgruntled about the snap federal election being called during a pandemic, but long lines at the polls haven't eased the frustrations. Some took to Twitter to express their annoyance, while others were grateful to have the opportunity to vote to begin with.
Health officials in New Brunswick reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday — the highest single-day count the province has had since the onset of the pandemic. A total of 199 cases of the disease were recorded over the weekend in New Brunswick, bringing the active case count to 484, chief medical officer Dr. Jennifer Russell said Monday. It comes as the province's proof of vaccination requirement is set to begin Tuesday night at midnight for those who wish to enter recreational establishments
(Reuters) -Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it would sell its Permian Basin assets to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash, an exit from the largest U.S. oilfield for the energy major shifting its focus to the clean energy transition. For ConocoPhillips, it is the second sizable acquisition in a year in the heart of the U.S. shale industry, as American and European producers diverge in whether to focus on hydrocarbons going forward. Like all of the world's largest oil companies, Shell is under pressure from investors to reduce fossil-fuel investments to help reduce global carbon emissions and fight climate change.
Canadians are heading to polls across the country today, Monday, Sept. 20, after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau called the snap election 36 days ago.
Police responded to a number of fatal crashes over the weekend, including the death of two people in a collision near the Baie Verte junction, one person in a crash involving a motorcycle and a dirt bike on the Pitts Memorial highway and a pedestrian who was killed on Thorburn Road in St. John's. Around 1 p.m. on Saturday the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was on the scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a dirt bike near Peacekeepers Way and Pitts Memorial Drive. Police confirmed one
Mattawa’s pigeon feeders have been warned—the free lunches stop now. Council recently approved a bylaw prohibiting the feeding of pigeons, a ban that encompasses the entire municipality. Cracked corn, seeds, cereal grains, wheat, and barley make delectable dishes for pigeons, and many people enjoy indulging this aviary desire to while away some time, or to make the birds’ lives a little easier. But for Mattawa residents the practice is no longer accepted. And those who continue distributing the
A veteran Houston police officer was killed Monday morning while serving a felony warrant. Another officer was also shot and is reported in stable condition. The man sought on the warrant also died. (Sept. 20)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Top Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Monday said they would aim to continue funding the government and increase its borrowing authority in a single bill in coming days, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have vowed not to approve more debt. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill, which must pass by Oct. 1 to avoid the third partial government shutdown in the past decade, would also suspend the nation's borrowing limit until after the 2022 elections that will determine which party controls Congress. Senate Republicans oppose any increase in federal borrowing authority.
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has expanded its eligibility criteria for people wanting a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The province says it has added residents and staff in First Nations personal care homes. Dr. Marcia Anderson, who is the public health lead with the First Nations pandemic response team, said the decision will affect about 200 residents and about 400 staff in 10 personal care homes. First Nations people in Manitoba have been disproportionately affected by the virus. The
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday issued its latest warning to people looking to invest in Chinese companies listed in the United States. In an alert to investors, the SEC detailed the potential risks in putting money into U.S.-listed companies that have contracts with but no control over a Chinese entity, known as a variable interest entity (VIE). It is the most recent move by the agency to address concerns that Chinese companies are flouting rules for accessing U.S. markets.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Charges have been laid in connection with a fire that killed three people at a motel in Prince George, B.C. RCMP say 35-year-old Justin Aster is charged with three counts of criminal negligence causing death and two arson-related offences. Court documents show he is well known to police and made his first appearance at a court in Williams Lake on Friday, when he was ordered to remain in custody until his next date on Thursday. Three people died in the fast-moving blaze at t
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said. The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the forest, were successfully protected from the KNP Complex fire by the removal of nearby vegetation and by wrapping fire-resistant material around the bases of the trees, the firefighting management team said in a statement Sunday. The K
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Dean Heller announced plans to run for governor in Nevada on Monday, declaring he would oppose government mandates on masks and vaccines and tighten voting laws if elected to lead the battleground state. The one-time Nevada Secretary of State and U.S. Senator has historically positioned himself as a moderate and drawn attention for high-profile clashes with former President Donald Trump. His Monday remarks — including those in support of voter ID laws and a ne
MARY'S HARBOUR, N.L. — A coast guard vessel and a provincial water bomber continued a search Monday for two missing fishermen, after the father of one of the lost men called on Ottawa to resume a full search off the coast of Labrador. Dwight Russell said in an interview Monday morning his family in Mary's Harbour has been "set adrift" by the military and the Canadian Coast Guard, after the joint search and rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax indicated Sunday evening that was transferring the
A Saskatoon man will be transferred from police custody to Saskatchewan Hospital-North Battleford, after killing his mother and trying to kill his father in January. "I would like to apologize to everyone I have hurt through my actions," Kevin Hollman said, sobbing as he addressed Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench. "I loved my father with all my heart, and I loved my mom more than words can describe." Justice Mona Dovell ruled that Hollman, 35, was not criminally responsible after being charged w
A Vancouver man says he has set a record for the fastest drive of the entire Trans Canada Highway in an electric car. Harvey Soicher, 68, and co-driver Kent Rathwell took the 7,000 kilometre-plus journey from St. John's to Victoria in four days and 19 hours, which included taking ferries and charging up his vehicle. Soicher said he undertook the adventure in honour of his late wife and to show that electric-vehicle technology is more reliable and far ranging than ever. He also said electric vehi
TORONTO — Jim Brennan, Toronto FC's first-ever signing and captain, has fond memories of the MLS club. But he's looking to take it down this week. Now head coach and technical director of York United FC, Brennan will be on the visitors bench at BMO Field on Wednesday when his Canadian Premier League team takes on TFC in the Canadian championship quarterfinal. Toronto, languishing in the MLS basement at 4-15-6, has targeted the domestic cup competition, seeing it as a way to get something out of