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The B.C. Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is calling for the People's Party of Canada to remove a Vancouver candidate who has distributed a pamphlet comparing the horrors of residential schools to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The front of Vancouver Quadra candidate Renate Siekmann's flyer shows an image of Indigenous students at a residential school, along with the slogan "Discrimination is wrong. No vaccine passport." The BCAFN described that juxtaposition as an offensive false equivalence, and
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The four people on SpaceX’s first private flight are fairly ordinary, down-to-Earth types brought together by chance. They’ll circle Earth for three days at an unusually high altitude — on their own without a professional escort — before splashing down off the Florida coast. Meet the crew that’s taking space tourism to new heights following Wednesday night's launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center: JARED ISAACMAN, SPONSOR Isaacman struck it rich with the payment-proce
"The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains desperate," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement after a three-day visit to the South Asian nation. "The international community must therefore engage with Afghanistan – and quickly – in order to prevent a much bigger humanitarian crisis that will have not only regional, but global implications."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration 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 slated to welcom
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out o
Alberta on Wednesday became the latest province to announce plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine passport system. Here's a look at what the provinces and territories have said about their proof-of-vaccination programs, or lack thereof. British Columbia Residents of B.C. need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized affairs like weddings. People have to show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to enter gyms, fitness centres and casinos. Aft
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system in just over a week, has reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a vaccine passport system. Alberta is also asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care beds and staff while prepping its triage protocols, which would see doctors forced to choose who gets life-saving treatment and who does not. The United Conservative government declared Wednesday a state o
HAMILTON — Forge FC is the first club through to the semifinals of the 2021 Canadian Championship after defeating Valour FC 4-3 on Wednesday. The hosts, who came into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to York United FC in the Canadian Premier League on Saturday, bounced back at Tim Hortons Field against a valiant Winnipeg side. Forge opened the scoring through David Choiniere in the 33rd minute before Woobens Pacius extended the lead in the 38th to send the home team to a 2-0 half-time a
(Reuters) -The Taliban's abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of money to keep missions operating, fearful for families back home and desperate to secure refuge abroad. The Islamist militant movement, which swiftly ousted Afghanistan's Western-backed government on Aug. 15, said on Tuesday that it had sent messages to all of its embassies telling diplomats to continue their work. But eight embassy staff who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, in countries including Canada, Germany and Japan, described dysfunction and despair at their missions.
The organization responsible for administering clinical exams to certify physiotherapy graduates has scrapped all future virtual exams after its most recent bout of technical glitches last week. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) says it will now focus on offering in-person examinations. It's the fifth time exams have been cancelled by CAPR since the start of the pandemic, leading to a backlog of more than 2,000 unlicensed candidates who are now calling on their provincial
The access to information system in Nunavut isn't "working as well as it should," said the territory's recently-appointed information and privacy commissioner. In his first annual report submitted to the Nunavut Legislature, Graham Steele said the territorial government is holding back more information than it needs to and not protecting Nunavummiut's personal information as well as it could. "The information law says the government has to tell its citizens what it's doing," said Steele, who sta
The Canadian province of Alberta introduced a vaccine passport system on Wednesday to combat a fourth wave of COVID-19 that is close to overwhelming the healthcare system, as Premier Jason Kenney apologised for mishandling the pandemic. Alberta will impose measures including capacity restrictions for businesses and a ban on indoor dining in restaurants unless patrons can show government-issued proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Kenney has repeatedly said his government will not introduce vaccine passports and avoided using that phrase in a lengthy news conference where other measures, including work-from-home and physical distancing mandates, were also announced.
The skyrocketing cost of gasoline is one example of the growing pressure on Canadian consumers, but experts say surging inflation may not be as scary as it seems.
The N.W.T. office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the NWT Power Corporation's Snare Hydro System worksite after two cases were identified. In a Wednesday night news release, the OCPHO said one of the infected individuals acquired COVID-19 on site while the other one acquired the disease elsewhere. An outbreak is declared in a closed facility when at least one case is acquired on site. The Snare Hydro System includes four separate hydro plants on the Sna
Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch's report detailed attacks around two camps in Tigray, where local forces have battled the Ethiopian government and their Eritrean allies since November in a conflict that has rocked the Horn of Africa region. Tigrayans distrusted them because they were the same nationality as occupying Eritrean soldiers, Eritreans because the refugees' loyalty was suspect after they fled their homeland.
Patio extensions — which popped up across the city to support social distancing during the pandemic — will continue to be seen in the city into 2022, Calgary city council voted in favour of Wednesday. Coun. Evan Woolley moved the motion. It was approved 13-0. In 2022, permanent seasonal patio extensions can be built. This allows businesses to plan what they will build next year. Woolley said many businesses didn't have certainty about extended patios, and held back on investing and building perm
Health services in Yellowknife will return to the same levels they were at prior to schools closing Tuesday until at least Sept. 24, except for home care, according to the territory's health authority. In a Wednesday afternoon news release, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) said it made the decision after it was able to assess the impact of the school closure on its staff. In an email to media, a spokesperson wrote that generally, services are not cancelled
Alberta has brought in a slew of new restrictive health measures, some of which are set to go into effect tomorrow, including limits to indoor social gatherings and capacity limits on businesses, amid concerns the province could run out of ICU staff and beds in the next 10 days. On Wednesday Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, announced the provincial he
The main national party leaders' scheduled public appearances for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 All times are local. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Montreal 9:15 a.m. Announcement and media availability. No address provided. _____ Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Saint John, N.B. 11 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. TSA Curling Club, 49 Dufferin Ave. Truro, N.S. 7 p.m. — Event with supporters. Truro Farmers Market, 15 Young St. ____ NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Toronto 9 a.m. — Announcement abou
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican attorney general, Eric Schmitt, sued China over the coronavirus. He signed on to a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, as he positions himself for a Senate run, he’s turning his attention closer to home and suing to stop mask mandates in the state's liberal cities and Missouri schools. For state attorneys general hoping to gain greater influence and advance their own political agendas, filing lawsuits h