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The visitor centre at Petroglyphs Provincial Park northeast of Peterborough near Woodview has been closed since early June due to the failure of a main electrical transformer and resulting power outage, but the park store and Teaching Rocks remain open to the public with capacity restrictions in place until the park’s closing date of Oct. 11. “While the visitor centre has not been available to the public since the infrastructure failure, we have been working on fixing the electrical issue, and t
OTTAWA — Federal lawyers argue Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's lawsuit over his removal as head of Canada's vaccine distribution campaign is now moot because the job no longer exists. In a newly filed Federal Court submission, government lawyers say that since it is no longer possible for Fortin to be returned to the vaccine post, there's no reason for the court to review the matter. The Department of National Defence announced in a terse statement on May 14 that Fortin was stepping down from his positi
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — A US official says the Biden administration is planning “massive movements” of Haitian migrants in a small Texas border town on flights to Haiti starting Sunday. Plans have yet to be finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be one of the departure cities. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The flights represent a swif
Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, found himself on the defensive Thursday night during a meeting with fellow physicians. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) hosts virtual town halls on Thursdays for doctors working through the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a forum for doctors to trade stories and advice, as well as learn the latest epidemiological statistics on the virus's growing footprint in the province. Videos of the town halls are then publicly posted the next day
Denying voters their right to vote because they're isolating as a result of either having COVID-19, or symptoms of it, is discriminatory, according to a First Nations national chief. Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya said it reminds him of when First Nations people couldn't vote in federal elections without losing their treaty rights and Indian status. Many voters learned this week that if they're self-isolating due to COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 on Sept. 20, they're out of options for cast
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors inched closer on Friday to concluding their case at the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial, calling two final witnesses to try to further cement allegations he groomed young victims for unwanted sex in episodes dating to the 1990s. One witness was a former assistant for the R&B singer who echoed testimony of other ex-employee s describing his mercurial behavior and the control he exerted on everyone around him. The other was an expert witness on abusive relationships who
NANAIMO, B.C. — A court injunction against old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island will remain in effect beyond its expiry date later this month at least temporarily, says a judge who will rule on its future. British Columbia forestry company Teal Cedar Products Ltd. was in court this week applying for a one-year extension to the injunction, which was set to expire on Sept. 26. But Justice Douglas Thompson said Friday it will be a matter of weeks before he provides his written decision o
Schools in and around Salmon Arm, B.C., were put on hold and secure on Friday after anti-vaccine protesters entered them, according to a letter sent to parents from the school district. The temporary lockdown meant students could not enter or leave school during the day. The school district said schools would be locked in this way beginning Monday, Sept. 20. Parents who want to enter during school hours will need to notify the school, according to the letter. "We have recently experienced protes
Four U.S. senators on Friday asked President Joe Biden to lift restrictions that have barred travel by Canadians across the northern U.S. border since March 2020. Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Jon Tester of Montana and independent Angus King of Maine asked Biden to allow Canadians vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel to the United States before October.
Even trustees need to continue to keep learning. That was the message as Board Development Committee chair trustee Darlene Rowden provided a report and led a discussion about trustee learning opportunities at the Sept. 13 Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division board meeting. Bratvold said trustees are acting as role models in learning and growth through their trustee development. “I just think that it's important that people know that the school board trustees are learning all the time,” dir
Mayors across Canada are calling on the federal parties to take urgent action on housing and homelessness as voting day fast approaches. In an open letter to the federal parties, 17 mayors from cities across the country — including Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton — push the next federal government to use its leadership to deal with the “devastating consequences” of Canada’s underfunded affordable housing and social services. “I'm hoping this letter
Pandemic protests are ramping up in the B.C. interior. Just two weeks after disrupting health care services at hospitals, opponents of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates are now targeting schools.
As the federal election campaign nears its end, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is fighting off criticism from progressive environmentalists by trying to shift the focus back to Justin Trudeau’s climate record. In the past week, the NDP has appeared vulnerable on the climate file. A demonstration Thursday by Climate Justice Toronto called on Singh to protect old-growth from logging at Fairy Creek. The party also recently took flak for not having a clear stand on the Trans Mountain expansion project, at
The Office of the Fire Marshal has concluded that a camper fire that killed a family of six in Millvale, N.S. on Sunday was accidental and the investigation has concluded. Susan Mader Zinck, spokesperson for the Emergency Management Office, confirmed by email that the fire was deemed not suspicious following an investigation. According to Mader-Zinck, it has been determined that a small, smouldering fire " created a lot of smoke and fumes." An RCMP spokesperson said earlier this week that firefi
Montreal public health is asking post-secondary school administrations to help with COVID-19 contact tracing until more investigators can be hired and trained. Contact tracing is a system used to identify those who may have caught COVID-19 from someone who tested positive. Eric Forest, a spokesperson for the agency, says public health investigators will continue checking close contacts quickly. However, post-secondary officials are asked to identify and notify low-risk contacts that they are not
Yukon will offer third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people beginning Monday. In a news release Friday, the territorial government said people who are immunocompromised are less likely to have a robust response to the COVID-19 vaccine and require a third dose to ensure they are fully protected. "In order to ensure Yukoners who have moderate to severe immunosuppression are protected against COVID-19, a third dose of vaccine is recommended," said Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon's
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found at a home on Pelican Lake First Nation. Spiritwood RCMP received a report of the man's death on Friday around 8:30 a.m. CST. Saskatchewan RCMP's major crime unit (north) and Prince Albert forensic identification section are now investigating. The investigation is still in its early stages but Saskatchewan RCMP says there is no risk to public safety. Updates will be provided once they become available, according to police
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference. McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation payments
BEIJING (AP) — After almost two years, an unmarried woman suing for the right to freeze her eggs in Beijing is getting her case heard in court Friday in a rare legal challenge against the country's restrictions on unmarried women in reproductive health. Teresa Xu has been waiting since December 2019 for her second hearing at the Chaoyang People’s Court in Beijing. She is suing Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital at Capital Medical University, a public hospital that forbid her from freezin
More than 24 years after her death, actor Kristen Stewart is stepping into the shoes, specifically Chanel shoes, of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in the film Spencer, part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).