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Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID? No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as virus outbreaks are hitting many reopened U.S. schools — particularly those without mask mandates. Among the unfounded arguments: Masks can foster germs if they become moist or cause unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide. But experts say washing masks rout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated a recall election that could have removed him from office, but his Democratic allies in the Legislature already are seeking changes that could make it harder to mount such a challenge in the future. Those changes could include raising the standard to require wrongdoing on the part of the officeholder, increasing the number of signatures needed to force a recall election, and changing the process that could permit someone wit
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine’s rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a century later, at age 101, she's still doing it. The oldest lobster fisher in the state and possibly the oldest one in the world, Oliver still faithfully tends to her traps off Rockland, Maine, with her 78-year-old son Max. Oliver started trapping lobst
The University of Calgary and Mount Royal University are among multiple Alberta post-secondaries cancelling all in-person classes for the remainder of this week, in response to the provincial government implementing new COVID-19 restrictions and declaring a state of emergency. The measures, announced Wednesday, include a new program that requires people to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to gain entry to participating businesses and social events. Businesses tha
A new University of British Columbia study found that renters in Metro Vancouver are evicted at almost twice the rate of renters in the Greater Toronto area. Using data from Statistics Canada between the years 2013 and 2018, researchers found 10.5 per cent of renters in the Metro Vancouver region said their most recent move was due to an eviction. In the Greater Toronto area, that number was 5.8 per cent, and in Montreal it's 4.2 per cent. The Canadian average sits at 5.7 per cent. Craig Jones,
The province is now looking outside of its borders for additional ICU beds and staff to help treat the surging number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta. During a news conference Wednesday evening, Alberta Health Services CEO Verna Yiu said there were few options left on the table. "We are facing our greatest challenge as a provincial health-care organization at a time when most of us had hoped that this pandemic would be close to over," Yiu said. Around Alberta, on Tuesday there were 270 patients in
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
"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."
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended a lavish military parade at Mexico's 200th anniversary of independence on Thursday, ahead of a summit that will convene recently elected members of a "pink tide" of leftist Latin American leaders. The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere will meet on Saturday at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez helped set up in 2011. Diaz-Canel's trip to Mexico is the Cuban leader's first foreign visit since huge protests swept the island in July, shaking the communist government as it struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic and shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
In one of Carrie Shogan's treasured videos, she can be seen cheering on one of her rescued pigs as it rolls in mud for the first time. The star of that clip, called Strawberry, had rarely been outside before he arrived at the Little Oink Bank Sanctuary in Oliver, B.C., three years ago, Shogan recalls. He had previously lived in a townhouse, kept there illegally as a pet by his owners. Another of the rescued pigs at Shogan's sanctuary was kept in a condo in Vancouver. Like other people who buy pi
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
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
Spectators at Space View Park in Titusville, Florida watched as SpaceX's first private flight blasted off with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor. (Sept. 16)
ÑUÑUNHUAYCCO, Peru (Reuters) - In Ñuñunhuaycco, a tiny village in the Peruvian Andes, residents recall almost daily a terror that once haunted them every time the sun went down. Before dusk in the 1980s locals would often run into the hills in case brutal Shining Path militants came through in their long-running battle to topple the Peruvian state and impose their own Maoist brand of communism. Memories of those years have been stirred by the death of Abimael Guzman, the professor who founded the Shining Path.
In the hands-on tradition of Atlantic Canadian fish plants, Scotia Harvest president and part owner Alain d'Entremont takes a break from a tour of the company's new state-of-the-art facility, picks up a shovel and packs ice onto halibut in a bin on a forklift. "My grandfather would not be happy if I did not have it on the white side up. Like every halibut should be," he says, using his hands to pack the ice into the gutted cavity. "That's for sure," chimes in Leonard Thibodeau on the forklift. B
An early-morning kidnapping of a Hamilton man during a violent home invasion left one of his sons dead and another son shot before the 63-year-old was later found in serious condition, police say. Faqir Ali was found on Beach Boulevard near the Burlington Lift Bridge around 9 a.m. ET Thursday with serious, life-threatening injuries, Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Indy Bharaj said. Ali was "taken forcefully" from his home near Glancaster Road and Dickenson Road in Mount Hope around 3 a.m., s
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Stephen Bernard's car is a rolling reminder of the recent discoveries of what is believed to be thousands of unmarked graves of Indigenous children on the land of former residential schools across the country. "I just wanted to do it to let people know what happened, you know, things are getting pretty quiet now. Nobody is talking about it," said Bernard. Bernard didn't want the conversation to stop about residential schools and the possible unma
Foreign investors are growing more worried that Canada's federal election on Monday could result in a deadlock that hampers Ottawa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further slows the economic recovery from the crisis. Polls show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's center-left Liberals virtually tied with the opposition Conservatives ahead of the Sept. 20 vote, raising the prospect that no party will be able to form even a stable minority government. Financial markets generally view Canadian elections from the vantage point of which of the big parties would be most friendly for investors, but that tendency may take a backseat this time to the desire to have a government quickly in place in a crisis.
Wu Lei says his small construction company in central China has accepted commercial paper from property developer Evergrande as payment for two years but with that paper's value now in doubt, his firm is on the verge of collapse. China Evergrande Group, saddled with more than $300 billion in total liabilities equivalent to 2% of China's GDP, is in the throes of a liquidity crisis that has it scrambling to raise funds to pay its many lenders and suppliers. Wu, 35, was one of around a hundred protesters who descended on the headquarters of the country's No. 2 real estate developer in Shenzhen this week desperately seeking assurances of payment.
Some people in the Northwest Territories with compromised immune systems will be able to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this month. That's according to Scott Robertson, executive co-lead of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, who gave an update to CBC this morning. The N.W.T.'s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, and Robertson took live questions on The Trailbreaker. "For people with moderate to severe immune compromise — that's what the