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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determination that the region's wolves could again be in peril — after decades spent restoring them — will kick off a year-long biological review. It marks an abrupt turnaround for agency officials who spent years in court defending their
More than 1,600 Nova Scotia men have called a 24-hour helpline since it launched a year ago in response to increasing requests for help from men at the start of the pandemic. That means social workers answered an average of 4.4 calls each day, every day, for a year — even though Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia hardly publicized the pilot project, its executive director told the Desmond fatality inquiry Wednesday. The province approached Nancy MacDonald about the need for a helpline after
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Friday to discuss plans to combat climate change with other world leaders before a major summit on global warming known as the COP 26 in Glasgow later this year. Biden's gathering is meant to bolster countries' plans to tackle climate ahead of the Scotland summit, the White House said, and builds on a meeting of world leaders Biden organized earlier this year to discuss climate goals https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climate-summit-idCAKBN2CA0DK.
Eganville – The new National Truth and Reconciliation Holiday on September 30 will be observed by Bonnechere Valley Township with staff having the day off and municipal offices closed. “If we choose not to, we will be one of a very few in Renfrew County,” CAO Annette Gilchrist told a committee meeting of council last Tuesday. The new holiday, brought in by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is being celebrated for the first time this year on September 30. The holiday was one of 94
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
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’s administration and falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen in Wisconsin appears to have been hired to help with the taxpayer-funded investigation into how the election was run. Andrew Kloster was listed as the author of a letter signed by lead investigator Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, sent in an email to county election clerks this week. Gableman has a budget of nearly $68
The Pentagon says the short-range ballistic missiles fired by North Korea overnight highlight the "destabilizing impact" of North Korea and are a violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. (Sept. 15)
Ottawa's skyline will continue to morph if a former dairy factory along Highway 417 gives way to six highrise apartment towers featuring more than 1,900 residential units. City of Ottawa planning staff recommend councillors on the planning committee vote to approve the application by Claridge Homes for land on Clyde Avenue, behind the Canadian Tire store on Carling Avenue, at its meeting on Sept. 23. The land is currently owned by Doodh Milk Inc. and allows for buildings nine or 10 storeys high.
Eganville – Concerns over overnight parking at McRae Park have led to worries about tents, campfires and the park turning into a campground. “The concern was that on two occasions there were five RVs there and the concern was it was going to turn to tents and bonfires,” Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy said during a committee meeting of council last Tuesday. Following the concerns raised by neighbours of the park, By-law Enforcement Officer Mark Schroeder did put up some no overnight camp
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
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.
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said the Biden administration could continue to limit who can be arrested by U.S. immigration agents pending the outcome of its appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked a memo outlining new enforcement priorities. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the judge in Texas in an August decision https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/us-judge-blocks-bidens-limits-immigrant-arrests-deportation-2021-08-19 was likely wrong that federal law limits the discretion immigration authorities have to decide who should be arrested and placed into deportation proceedings. The appeals court issued a stay blocking the judge's decision from taking effect while the government's appeal is pending.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jaap van Zweden will leave the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2023-24 season after six years as music director, the shortest tenure of anyone in a half-century. Van Zweden cited the coronavirus pandemic as causing him to change priorities. He informed the orchestra at the end of a rehearsal Wednesday, two days before the orchestra resumes performances after an 18-month stoppage. “So much has changed because of COVID, including thoughts about my own future, my life, and m
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Less than a month before Lionel Desmond killed his wife, mother, daughter and himself in 2017, the Afghanistan war veteran called a community group near his home in Nova Scotia to set up an appointment for couples counselling. Desmond's decision to seek help on Dec. 9, 2016, was discussed Wednesday as part of an ongoing provincial fatality inquiry in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., which started hearings in January 2020. One of the key mandates of the inquiry is to determine if De
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Wednesday introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as he apologized for his government's handling of the pandemic. The measures 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. A decision this spring to move from a pandemic-to-endemic approach — or learning to live with the virus — seemed like the right thi
The Carcross/Tagish First Nations have turned their community into a world-class mountain bike destination. The Weather Network's Mia Gordon spoke with 'Single Track to Success' about creating jobs, all the while respecting the land around them.
A new elections-issues survey shows most businesses in the Greater Vancouver area — the most populous in British Columbia — support increasing efforts to attract highly skilled immigrants. The survey, conducted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) in collaboration with Mustel Group, found that a significant majority (72 percent) of businesses support increasing efforts to attract highly skilled immigrants, while an even larger proportion (76 percent) would like to see the next federal
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
Field notes taken on Mallet Creek in August are in and are beginning to give a picture of how the creek and ecosystem may have managed over the dry, hot summer. A statistical analysis of the data points has yet to be run on the Gabriola Island creek – that will be released in Spring 2022 – along with the other waterways that are part of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s community watershed monitoring network. Gabriola Streamkeepers collects readings on temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivit
FREDERICTON — Starting next week, New Brunswick will require people to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access services such as indoor festivals, bars, restaurants and gyms. Premier Blaine Higgs made the announcement today, saying the new rules will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 21. He says travellers to New Brunswick or residents returning to the province will also have to pre-register and show proof of vaccination. Meanwhile, health officials are reporting 63 new cases of COV