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The Latest on the UN General Assembly: ___ UNITED NATIONS — With Kenya poised to assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, the country’s president outlined his priorities. Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday in a pre-recorded speech at the U.N. General Assembly that he believes multilateral systems need to be fair, inclusive and effective. He plans to chair several signature events while Kenya has the presidency. Those subjects include making diversity a core aim in stat
Edmonton Public Schools is calling on the province to reinstate mandatory isolation for positive COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta schools — and to bring back contact tracing in the classroom. "We need the government to act now," board chair Trisha Estabrooks wrote in a letter to the ministers of health and education. "We implore you to show responsible leadership by immediately reinstating contact tracing, close contact notification and mandatory quarantining for close contacts in schools."
Nursing home workers at Seaview Manor in Glace Bay, N.S., mounted an information picket Wednesday to raise awareness about a provincewide shortage of continuing care assistants and licensed practical nurses. Tammy Martin of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents about 125 staff at the 113-bed facility, said the labour shortage means workers are putting in overtime and giving up vacations. "They're desperate for help," Martin said. "They've been working short for a long, long ti
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A report examining British Columbia's response to the record-setting wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018 says improving communication with communities at risk of fire will save properties and lives. The report from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., makes six recommendations, including ensuring remote and Indigenous communities have robust communications systems in place where emergency officials can relay fast and accurate information about wildfires. Prof. Michael Meh
Advisory committees in the City of Vancouver might be forced to either start meeting in person or go on hiatus due to a disagreement between the city and provincial government. Emergency provincial regulations that allowed for virtual municipal meetings expire on Sept. 29, and the city has told its advisory bodies they must comply. The city believes the province would need to amend the Vancouver Charter to explicitly allow committees to continue meeting virtually, but the Ministry of Municipal A
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who claimed he had a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol last month, prompting evacuations and an hourslong standoff with police, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges that include threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction. The 49-year-old from Grover, North Carolina, drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress on Sept. 19
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new rules allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The guidelines signed by Dr. Joseph Ladapo eliminate previous rules requiring students to quarantine for at least four days off campus if they've been exposed. Under the new rules, students who have been exposed can contin
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back on the two decades since the conference in Durban, South Africa, the assembly adopted a resolution that acknowledged some progress but deplored what it called a rise in discrimination, violence and intolerance directed at people o
Navigating health-care services in Elgin County is about to get easier, thanks to more than $1 million in funding from the province for a new Ontario health team. The Elgin Ontario Health Team (OHT), representing more than 25 health-care providers in St. Thomas and Elgin County, aims to co-ordinate patient care better and prepare the health system to respond to the evolving pandemic. "At present, while individual providers try to help you navigate the system, it's pretty piecemeal and often the
OTTAWA — A polling station officer was scared of contracting COVID-19 on Monday because Elections Canada didn't require workers to be fully vaccinated or allow them to request proof of a medical exemption from maskless voters. Mary Rose Amaral said she wanted to participate in democracy by working at a Toronto voting station, despite being immunocompromised with asthma. The 20-year old university student, who worked for 15 hours on Monday, said she expected Elections Canada to take more precauti
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most intriguing parts of the costumes at the Broadway play “A Soldier's Story” was something the audience likely never saw. Each of the 12 actors wore uniforms carefully reflecting the attire of real soldiers in 1944. Their boots, too, were faithful replications. But around their necks were dog tags carefully etched with each character's name, age and religious affiliation. The dog tags — usually tucked under the costumes and out of sight — gave the actors something th
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Dr. Matt Strauss used his first public appearance as Haldimand-Norfolk’s acting medical officer of health to encourage residents not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot. “We all want to prevent death from COVID-19 and vaccines are the absolute best way to do that,” Strauss said during Tuesday’s Norfolk County council meeting. Strauss said unvaccinated residents in the “vulnerable 40-to-60-year-old demographic” are at particular risk of serious illness and death should they contract t
REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it will continue to oversee five homes operated by a private long-term care provider for at least another month. The health authority was appointed administrator of Extendicare facilities on Aug. 5 after the province’s ombudsman released a report highlighting mismanagement that led to Saskatchewan’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak at one of the homes. In total, 194 of 198 residents at Parkside Extendicare in Regina contracted COVID-19 last winter, and
There's a risk of flooding and shoreline erosion as a blast of rain hits Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. A rainfall warning remains in effect for both areas, with 75 to 100 millimetres expected by Thursday morning, though Environment Canada says some areas could see as much as 125 millimetres of rain. Winds are expected to be strong as well. Environment Canada says gusts of 70 km/h are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and Lower Thames Val
Firms such as BlackBerry are benefiting from an uptick in demand for cybersecurity and IoT products as more businesses and government organizations shift their operations to the cloud in order to support hybrid working. BlackBerry was dubbed a "meme stock" after a social media driven retail trading frenzy that began earlier this year sent its shares soaring. BlackBerry's stock has surged 40% so far this year.
FREDERICTON — It took a couple of extra days to complete the counting, but Jenica Atwin has been re-elected in the riding of Fredericton — this time for the Liberals — by a slim margin of just over 500 votes. "We are here now to celebrate," Atwin said Wednesday afternoon as she addressed supporters in the same ballroom where they had gathered on election night Monday. "Fredericton, we did it again." In 2019, Atwin won the riding for the Greens by beating Conservative Andrea Johnson by about 1,60
Mallory Kelly is the manager of The Tipsy Muse Café in Fredericton and says navigating the province's new COVID-19 measures while being in the green phase has been an adjustment. "We've had a lot of questions at cash about whether people are allowed to sit out on the patio and if they should still have to show their proof of vaccine," said Kelly. "We're just kind of trying to figure out what this looks like, despite the fact that we are back in green phase and all these new rules are coming back
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday will call on countries and companies around the world to create a $10 billion global health fund to prepare for future pandemics, and announce a $250 million contribution from the United States to jumpstart the effort, a White House official said. Harris will make the announcement during a virtual COVID-19 summit being held on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly. It is aimed at boosting vaccinations worldwide with the goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of 2022.
NEW YORK (AP) — Most playwrights who dip their toes into musical theater for the first time go small. Not Katori Hall: Her first assignment was to capture the life of a musical giant — Tina Turner. “I’m not really scared of much, which is probably why I felt like ‘Oh yeah, I’ll try this. I’ll take Tina Turner, one of the biggest icons in the world, and attempt to retell her story in this musical form,’” Hall says, laughing. “I had no qualms whatsoever." That fearlessness has led to Hall's first