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The union representing Saskatchewan teachers is concerned about the province's public health order that exempts schoolmates of COVID-positive students from self-isolating. The province released a new public health order on Sept. 17 saying unvaccinated school-age children, from day care to high school, are exempt from having to isolate if they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case as long as they have no symptoms and wear a face covering. That means they can attend classes and ride a sc
A shortage of drivers on staff at Fredericton Transit has led to the temporary reduction of its scheduled services for customers during the peak evening hours. And while the City of Fredericton says the shortage is not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, a representative for the union overseeing the drivers says the pandemic can be attributed to some of the drivers needing to take time off. Meredith Gilbert, manager of transit and parking services with the City of Fredericton, said a number of d
Brazilian authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan Chase & Co played a role in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme that dated back to 2011 and involved state-run oil company Petrobras, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and two law enforcement sources.
Some professional sports teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, led the way on requiring COVID-19 vaccines for fans in the stands. But the mandates don’t always apply to athletes, which concerns some players.
Regina city council's executive committee is getting its first look at results from a survey that sought residents' views on improving affordability for low-income property taxpayers and water utility customers. The online questionnaire ran from May 28 to June 30 and saw reponses from 2,924 Regina residents, according to a report summary on the committee's Wednesday agenda. The survey found 21 per cent of respondents live in households with a total annual income of $40,000 or less. Another 27 pe
Kneehill County residents will need to pay attention to the road ahead as council has passed the third and final reading of the new Traffic Control Bylaw during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, September 14. Among the amendments to the bylaw were reduction in posted speed limits in hamlets, from 50 kilometres per hour down to 40, and permitting the safe operation of off highway vehicles (OHV) within the county. Following second reading of the bylaw at the August 17 council meeting, consul
The Rotary Club of Drumheller’s annual White Elephant sale will return Saturday, October 2 following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be some changes to the one-day sale this year, including a change of venue to the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society barn. “It takes a small village to make it happen,” says White Elephant chairperson Bev Krabsen. Krabsen shares the Ag Society has been very helpful and generous in providing the location for the sale. Due to new COVID
The final day for Canadians to cast their ballots in the 2021 federal election was Monday, September 20 with advanced polls open Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12. Liberals retained a minority government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The unofficial results show the Liberals holding 158 seats, up three from 2019. Conservatives took 119 seats, down two seats from 2019; Bloc Quebecois took 34, up from 22; NDP took an extra seat from 2019 with a total of 25 seats, and Green lost a
Global record high natural gas prices are pushing some energy-intensive companies to curtail production in a trend that is adding to disruptions to global supply chains in some sectors such as food and could result in higher costs being passed on to their customers. Some companies, including steel producers, fertiliser manufacturers and glass makers, have had to suspend or reduce production in Europe and Asia as a result of spiking energy prices. The UK on Tuesday said it agreed to provide state support to one of the companies to restart production of by-product carbon dioxide, which is used in food production, to avert a supply crunch.
Calgary city council approved a bylaw Wednesday that brings in consistent application of the province's vaccine passport program for many types of businesses. This means a proof-of-vaccination system is now required for certain businesses, including restaurants, bars, casinos, and movie theaters. Previously, Calgary businesses could choose whether or not they want to participate in the province's system. The identification required will be the same as the province's system — an immunization reco
The three major U.S. stock indexes rose 1% on Wednesday as investors mostly took in stride the latest signals from the Federal Reserve, including clearing the way for the central bank to reduce its monthly bond purchases soon. The S&P 500 registered its biggest daily percentage gain since July 23. While trading was choppy following the Fed's latest policy statement and comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, stocks finished close to where they were before the central bank news.
Environment Canada says 60 millimetres of rain could fall in most of eastern Ontario and western Quebec by Friday morning, with up to 100 millimetres possible in some parts of the Outaouais. Rainfall warnings cover all of western Quebec and most of eastern Ontario, giving a pass to the Brockville, Cornwall and Prescott-Russell areas. Drops were falling in many areas by sunrise Wednesday and rain should continue most of the day, with 30 to 50 millimetres possible in Ottawa. The chance of a thunde
Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada may have failed to win any seats in Monday's federal election, but it has gained supporters and votes throughout the election, including here in Saskatchewan. According to data from Elections Canada, the PPC garnered 1.8 per cent of the vote in Saskatchewan during the 2019 federal election — the first election for the relatively new right-wing party. The PPC's total percentage of the Saskatchewan vote for the 2021 federal election is not yet known, due t
An earlier than planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by New Brunswick in late July was based in part on a series of miscalculations, including an erroneous assessment that Alberta's early opening was going well. But the New Brunswick government isn't acknowledging the loosening was a mistake or played a role in its current outbreak of COVID cases. "Given the facts, I'd certainly do the same thing again," Higgs told reporters this week about easing mask, distancing and interprovincial travel
Ford Motor Co and startup Redwood Materials said on Wednesday they are partnering to form a "closed loop" or circular supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, from raw materials to recycling. The aim is to lower the cost of EVs by reducing the dependence on imported materials, while also narrowing the environmental impact from mining and refining of battery materials. Ford and Redwood will work closely with Korean battery maker SK Innovation, which has a joint venture with Ford called BlueOvalSK to make EV battery cells in the United States, Ford executive Lisa Drake said at a media briefing.
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday that developing countries wishing to prosper from access to EU markets should uphold environmental and governance standards and adhere to extra commitments on human and labour rights. The European Union has run its 'generalised scheme of preferences' (GSP) for five decades and for its latest update, to run from 2024, wants a greater stress on its own Green Deal strategy and goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Duty-free, quota-free "Everything but Arms" (EBA) applies to the least developed countries.
A Vancouver man is worried that a new payment scheme introduced by his landlord means he'll soon be paying more for his two-bedroom apartment in the city's West End neighbourhood. Wesley Harmer has rented at the 84-suite Holly Lodge building for five years and intended on renewing for a sixth when his lease expires at the end of the month. But major changes in his new lease documents have raised red flags. Instead of his current rent of $2,225 per month — utilities included except hydro — the ne
The Liberals completed another sweep of all five Brampton ridings as they solidified their grip on the city. It is the third election in a row that every Brampton seat has turned red in a place that was once considered up for grabs. Three of the five MPs elected in 2015 — Ruby Sahota (Brampton North), Sonia Sidhu (Brampton South) and Kamal Khera (Brampton West) — were returned to Ottawa and will have served a decade in parliament if the next government survives its full four-year term. Maninder
Nominations for the 2021 Alberta municipal election closed at noon on Monday, September 20. Municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 18, giving candidates four weeks to campaign for a seat on their respective council. Along with voting for their municipal representatives, Albertans will also vote for school board trustees within their school division and ward, and two referendum questions--to remove the principle of equalization payments from the Canadian constitution, and whether Alb
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he wants to consult with the Chief Public Health Office and Elections P.E.I. about holding another vote during the pandemic before calling a byelection for Cornwall-Meadowbank. A byelection for District 16 became necessary when former MLA Heath MacDonald resigned his seat in the legislature last month, to run as the federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Malpeque. King said at the time he would like to see a new MLA for the district in time for the fall sessio