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Newfoundland and Labrador reported four new cases of COVID-19 in an unscheduled briefing Friday, hours after Premier Andrew Furey said vaccine passports will be mandatory for recreational activities in the province. Two of Friday's announced cases are in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region, both contacts of a previously known case. Both were previously presumed positive. The remaining two are both in the Eastern Health region. One is travel-related and the other is still under investigation. The
The verdict in Kahnawake is unanimous: all offices and organizations will be closed on September 30, as the community declares the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day). “The discoveries at several residential school sites have shocked the entire country,” expressed Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. “On September 30, we are choosing to honour the memory of those victims lost or affected by this federally-mandated tool of systematic
Countries' latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert catastrophic climate change, the United Nations said on Friday, as pressure grows on polluters including China and India to set more ambitious targets before the COP26 summit in November. The U.N. COP26 conference aims to secure more ambitious climate action from the nearly 200 countries who signed the 2015 Paris Agreement and agreed to try to limit human-caused global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. A U.N. analysis on Friday said that under countries' current pledges, global emissions would be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010 - far off the 45% reduction by 2030 that scientists say is needed to stave off disastrous climate change.
The World Health Organization's chief looks set to run unopposed for a second term at the helm as tries to guide the world through its biggest health crisis in a century, sources said. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia is taking its decades long territorial dispute with neighboring Azerbaijan — that erupted into armed conflict again last year — to the United Nations’ highest court. Armenia filed a case at the International Court of Justice alleging breaches by Azerbaijan of an international convention that aims to eliminate racial discrimination, the court announced late Thursday. Armenia alleges that as a result of what it calls a "State-sponsored policy of Armenian hatre
Ontario is reporting 795 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths, with Waterloo Region announcing Friday that a child under 10 had died with the virus. Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region's medical officer of health, said the child had underlying health conditions and there were no school or child-care setting exposures related to the case. Wang said the death is a rare, tragic circumstance and a reminder of how serious the virus is. Premier Doug Ford shared condolences with the family on Friday. Ch
(Reuters) -A Royal Bank of Canada unit was censured and will pay more than $863,000 to resolve U.S. regulatory charges it broke rules meant to give retail and institutional investors priority in buying new municipal bonds. In a civil settlement announced on Friday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said RBC Capital Markets LLC improperly allocated bonds to investors known as "flippers" who quickly resold their bonds to other broker-dealers at a profit. Municipal bonds are typically issued by states, cities and school districts to fund operations and projects, and contain tax advantages over corporate and U.S. government bonds.
Calgary-based Arts Commons is implementing a new vaccination policy, and hoping to mark a return to in-person events as new health measures roll out to stop the spread of COVID-19. Starting Sept. 20, Arts Commons will require audience members to show proof of vaccination. Those who cannot be vaccinated can show a negative privately-bought COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. "We are trying to slowly crawl our way out of what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector," says A
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch defense minister quit Friday, a day after parliament passed a motion of censure against her for her handling of chaotic evacuations from Kabul of translators who worked for Dutch forces in Afghanistan. Ank Bijleveld is the second minister in the Netherlands' caretaker coalition government to resign over the evacuations, following the foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag. Kaag stepped down immediately after the parliamentary censure motion was passed Thursday nigh
TURIN, Italy — Juventus reported a loss of 210 million euros ($250 million) for the 2020-21 financial year on Friday, attributed mainly to the pandemic’s effect on the transfer market and ticket sales. Revenue from player registration rights (transfer market) dropped 129 million euros (more than $150 million) from 2019-20, while ticket sales fell more than 41 million euros ($48 million) from the year before. While the drops were offset in part by a rise in TV rights income, overall losses were s
While not yet a provincial statutory holiday, the communities of Humboldt, Nipawin and Melfort have all designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a day off for municipal employees. This is following the federal government designating Sept. 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day, as a statutory holiday for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day provides an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools through quiet reflection or
As COVID-19 cases in Alberta continue to skyrocket, thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living in the province are dealing with the fallout. Alberta currently has 18,706 active cases, the most of any province, and Premier Jason Kenney has declared a public health emergency. Two Newfoundlanders who now call Alberta home say the blame for the severity of the fourth wave rests squarely at the feet of the province's political leaders. "It's almost like a pendulum between rage and hopelessn
WARNING: This story contains content related to suicide. Shirley Fisher is five feet tall and 110 pounds, but feels 10 feet tall when she puts on her boxing gloves. Fisher came to Fredericton from Taiwan in 2009 and started working at a pizza shop. She and her husband wanted to start a family and had a little girl. During the pandemic, she lost her job, and her memories of childhood sexual abuse and trauma took over. "So what happened to me made me very suicidal," she said. "If I'm saying that I
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki and Lithuania's Ingrida Simonyte also said stronger bilateral cooperation, including in business, and infrastructure, would help against hostile pressure on the European Union's eastern border. Morawiecki
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh criticized the Liberal party’s “behaviour” of inaction towards sexual misconduct allegations whether in the military or within their own party after a second Liberal MP halted his campaign in light of sexual assault charges laid, and then dropped, in 2019. Singh told voters his party would take stronger action to bring justice to victims of sexual misconduct.
SHERBROOKE, Que. — Jagmeet Singh defended his party’s environmental plan on Friday, as the New Democrats' campaign moved across Canada in a final push to get voters to the polls. “Our commitment is we have to fight this climate crisis with everything we have,” Singh told reporters at a campaign stop at Université de Sherbrooke, in Sherbrooke, Que. Singh has accused Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau throughout the campaign of giving large carbon emitters exemptions and letting them of the hook. The N
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's unionized nurses are demanding action to address chronic staffing shortages that they say have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nova Scotia Nurses' Union held a news conference and rally at its Halifax area headquarters on Friday as part of a national day of action to bring attention to labour shortages in the country's health system. In an interview before the event, union president Janet Hazelton said the situation in Nova Scotia is reaching a critical poin
The independent Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has crunched the numbers on countries' updated 2030 Paris Agreement targets and found Canada’s “highly insufficient,” pouring cold water on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign emphasis on expert endorsements. “Highly insufficient” means that as it stands, Canada is on track for 4 C warming –– far higher than the Paris Agreement goal of as close to 1.5 C as possible. To put that in context, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report fr
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Supporters of a plan to open supervised injection sites to try to reduce overdose deaths urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review a court decision that bans the practice. The test case centers on a nonprofit group's Safehouse project in Philadelphia, but officials in other states are watching closely as they debate similar programs. Nationally, more than 93,000 people died last year from drug overdoses, a sharp spike from just a year earlier. A divided U.S. appeals co
LONDON (Reuters) -Some investors and campaigners expressed dismay on Friday at revelations that World Bank leaders pressured staff to boost China's score in an influential report that ranks countries on how easy it is to do business there. They also said the World Bank's subsequent discontinuation of the "Doing Business" series of annual reports could make it harder for investors to assess where to put their money. An investigation by law firm WilmerHale https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/world-bank-kills-business-climate-report-after-ethics-probe-cites-undue-pressure-2021-09-16, at the request of the World Bank's ethics committee, found that World Bank chiefs including Kristalina Georgieva - now head of the International Monetary Fund - had applied "undue pressure" to boost China's scores in the "Doing Business 2018" report.