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Now in orbit, the four-person crew will spend three days there to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital, and to inspire us all to reach for space.
RCMP say police have recovered the body of a 25-year-old woman from China who was last seen Saturday when she became trapped by the current in the Annapolis River. The woman went swimming off a dock with a friend on Sept. 11 around 3 p.m. and they both encountered difficulty with the current. The other woman made it safely to the dock and called 911, while the other woman was swept downstream. For days, police, local firefighters and volunteers combed the area looking for signs of her. RCMP foun
A First Nation in northern Alberta has been running a vaccination incentive program that, unlike the province's vaccine lottery, has translated into a significant increase in first doses. "The community has responded really well to it," said Samantha Whalen, a councillor with Fort McMurray 468 First Nation. In mid-July, 38 per cent of the 221 adults living on-reserve had received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But those numbers started to increase after a prize winner's name was announced
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday unveiled a new strategy for boosting economic, political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, just hours after the United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security alliance likely to reshape their relations with the vast region. The EU believes the region, which stretches from India and China through Japan to Southeast Asia and eastward past New Zealand to the Pacific, is growing in importance given its rising population and political
Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care will be raising money through the Healing Cycle Foundation to hire a registered massage therapist for palliative care patients, a first for the end-of-life care program and long-term care homes in NOTL, executive director Bonnie Bagnulo says. And a group of local health care practitioners along with Lord Mayor Betty Disero and MPP Wayne Gates will be riding on the Pedal Pub to raise money for the organization. On Sept. 25, the group will leave the Pedal Pub’s
The Government of Canada’s investment in its foreign service and broader foreign policy apparatus at GAC requires a significant overhaul and increase in resources.
Ontario reported 864 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths from the virus on Thursday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 655 of the infected people are not vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status. She says 209 of the infected people are fully vaccinated. The new case numbers are based on 34,365 completed tests. There are 191 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness, including 120 people on ventilators. The province says 84 per cent of residents aged 12 and
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has set strict new limits on gatherings with elements of a COVID-19 vaccine passport system. He says the province has no other choice and that COVID-19 is threatening to collapse the health system in just over a week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other multilateral-organization leaders on Thursday urged countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries. Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization expressed concern in a joint statement that it would not be possible to vaccinate at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 without urgent action. Wide disparities in vaccination rates in advanced economies and developing countries will be a key issue raised during a virtual global summit that the United States is organizing on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
MONTREAL (Reuters) -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking to carve out a lead ahead of Monday's election, accused his main rival on Thursday of showing weak leadership in the fight against COVID-19. Opinion polls show Trudeau's center-left Liberals effectively tied with the right-of-center Conservatives led by Erin O'Toole and set to fail in their bid to win a parliamentary majority. Trudeau, 49, noted that O'Toole, 48, had praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's decision earlier this year to quickly lift public health restrictions in the Western Canadian province.
VANCOUVER — A man has been shot and killed in what Vancouver police say was a targeted attack. It happened at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parkade of the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on Vancouver's inner harbour. A witness found the man unresponsive in the parkade and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Const. Tania Visintin calls the daylight shooting "brazen," but a police statement does not say if the city's thirteenth homicide of the year is linked to gangs, or if the public rema
P.E.I. reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, nine of which are related to the outbreak at West Royalty Elementary. The province's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison had originally said at a briefing at 1 p.m. that three of the cases linked to the West Royalty outbreak are children under 10 and four are between the ages of 10 and 19. Three new cases were announced in statements later on Thursday; two are connected to the West Royalty outbreak and involve children between the a
County of Stettler council was angry about a social media attack on their chief administrative officer (CAO) and reaffirmed their support for her at the regular meeting of council Sept. 8. At the beginning of the regular meeting Coun. Wayne Nixon, when asked by Reeve Larry Clarke if there were any additions to the meeting agenda, stated he wanted to discuss the topic of harassment of county staff. Councillors agreed to discuss the subject. Nixon stated he was concerned about staff, including the
The vaccine certificate program is the best case scenario for struggling businesses that need to avoid further lockdowns amid the pandemic, Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce president Eduardo Lafforgue says. “We want to avoid another lockdown, it would be absolutely catastrophic. That’s why we have been so supportive (of the vaccine certificate),” Lafforgue said. He emphasized the vaccine certificate is not a political whim imposed by the Ontario government. “This is under the recommendati
A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with Iraq less unstable, Rasheed has decided to contest a Oct. 10 election for the assembly, even if abuse and intimidation of women would-be lawmakers persist. Passing a new domestic violence law, and more representation for women in the executive branch of government, are among the goals of some of the would-be female lawmakers.
NEW YORK (AP) — L. Steven Taylor got the call that would change his life in 2005: Would he like to make his Broadway debut in “The Lion King”? It was just a six-month contract but he took it, uprooting his family and moving to New York. “Six months has turned into 16 years,” Taylor says with a smile. “The show just kept kind of pulling me back, calling me back. It’s home for me.” Taylor got the honor to restart “The Lion King” this week as Mufasa, the king, after 18 months of silence due to the
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly increased in August, likely boosted by back-to-school shopping and child tax credit payments from the government, which could temper expectations for a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the third quarter. The surprise rebound in retail sales reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday defied slumping consumer confidence. Economists have been downgrading their gross domestic product estimates for the current quarter, citing plunging motor vehicle sales, which are the result of an acute inventory shortage, and a flare-up of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly made a lucrative offer last March that Sportradar Group AG founder and CEO Carsten Koerl could not pass up. He proposed a merger with his special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Horizon Acquisition Corp II that would have valued Sportradar at $10 billion. Yet Wall Street's mood was about to sour toward SPAC deals, then its hottest dealmaking trend.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system in just over a week, has reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a vaccine passport system. Alberta is also asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care beds and staff while prepping its triage protocols, which would see doctors forced to choose who gets life-saving treatment and who does not. The United Conservative government declared Wednesday a state o
The first day of advance polls at the Virgil arena and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre were chaotic and disorganized, resulting in long waits and some people leaving without casting a ballot, some residents say. Large numbers of NOTL voters flocked to the polls early to cast ballots and that led to some frayed tempers and angry residents, poll workers said. However, at NOTL's third advance poll location, the Holiday Inn Express in Glendale, no problems were reported. More voters turned