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Political cynicism is running deep for some Calgary voters. Terry Peterson is tired of hearing the same things over and over. He says that the next time a politician comes to the door, he should just record them. Then later, when other politicians show up, he'll have a ready response. "I'll say: "Hold on. I'll play the tape." "It's the same thing. Always," said Peterson. "Our people are so dejected," he said. "When they do vote and people get in, nothing happens. It's the same year after year. I
ATLANTA (AP) — A disaster relief organization founded by actor Sean Penn is boosting Georgia's drive to inoculate people against the coronavirus, though some of its pop-up vaccine clinics have struggled to attract people. CORE has offered COVID shots at hundreds of sites in big and small communities around the state, including schools, farmers' markets and meat plants. But it has had few takers at some locations — a likely reflection, at least in part, of skepticism about vaccines in Georgia. Th
Divers in the Philippines pulled plastic bags, drinks bottles and fishing nets from a coral reef on Saturday, joining an annual cleanup that aims to highlight the impact of garbage on the world's oceans. About a dozen divers cleared rubbish from the reef and nearby beaches as they marked World Cleanup Day in Batangas province, a popular spot for snorkelling and diving south of the capital, Manila. "For every fishing line or net that you remove, you could actually prevent a turtle from dying or getting caught in it or eating a plastic bag," organiser Carmela Sevilla told Reuters, holding up a mesh bag full of garbage.
MELBOURNE/PARIS (Reuters) -Australia has made a "huge" diplomatic error by ditching a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines in favour of an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, France's envoy to Canberra said on Saturday. Canberra announced on Thursday it would scrap its 2016 deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and instead build at least eight nuclear-powered ones with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership nL1N2QH2X7. The move caused fury in France, a NATO ally of the United States and Britain, prompting it to recall its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra, and also riled China, the major rising power in the Indo-Pacific region.
MONTREAL — More than three-quarters of Quebecers support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, according to a new Leger poll, which also found strong support for vaccine passports across the country. Seventy-six per cent of survey respondents in Quebec said they support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, including 57 per cent who said they strongly support the mandate. Health-care workers in Quebec have until Oct. 15 to get two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or risk being suspe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself uncharacteristically ahead of it with that lofty pronouncement. Some of nation's top medical advisers on Friday delivered a stinging rebuke of the idea, in essence telling the White House: not so fast. A key government advi
The message was simple: Water unites us all. Late Friday afternoon, more than a dozen attendees of a Teedon Pit protest gathered at 40 Darby Road near Waverley with signs and flags. The crowd was a mix of protesters, supporters, politicians and handlers. Opposition to Teedon Pit arose from the potential that site operations could damage the valuable clean water of the Alliston Aquifer Complex which runs beneath the property, as well as throughout many of Tiny Township’s wells and water systems.
Shannon Cutler has been living with a secret for most of her life, but that all changed recently when she posed for a fashion shoot without her wig on. "It was probably the best thing I ever did," said Cutler, who started losing her hair decades ago when she was just five-years-old. "I was emotional that day. In all honesty, there were some tears. But to see other women and to see the inspiration of these young girls that were also there were truly an inspiration to me and I thought, 'You know,
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — The best way to remember Norm Macdonald, who died last week at age 61, is probably to surf YouTube for late-night and “Saturday Night Live” clips,sift through Twitter for anecdotes and read some of themany finetributes written about the comedian. But while movies were a smaller part of Macdonald's output, his plainspoken, deadpan come
A Canadian-led team of scientists has concluded that tropical coral reefs that feed millions around the world have lost about half their ability to support human communities since 1950. "I don't think any of us expected the declines to be as big as we found," said Tyler Eddy of Memorial University, lead author of the paper published Friday in the journal One Earth. The paper is the first to tote up the cumulative effects of threats faced by tropical coral reefs from overfishing to pollution to c
Fredericton's next MP might be a bit of a toss-up. For many years, Fredericton has been known for flip-flopping between the Conservatives and Liberals. That is until the last federal election, when Fredericton claimed the first Green seat outside of British Columbia — less than 800 votes ahead of the Conservatives. However, Fredericton went back to Liberal when its MP crossed the floor just three months ago. So who's it going to be this time, Fredericton? Here are the candidates in the four majo
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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s leader declared a three-day period of mourning starting Saturday for former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose 20-year-long rule, riddled with corruption, ended in disgrace as he was pushed from power amid huge street protests when he decided to seek a new term. Bouteflika, who had been ailing since a stroke in 2013, died Friday at 84. His public appearances had been rare in the final years of his presidency, and he had not been seen since President Abdelmadj
Dufferin County staff, contractors, and volunteers will soon need to show proof of full vaccination to attend in-person work spaces, after council implements a COVID-19 vaccination policy. Dufferin County Council, during their meeting last Thursday (Sept. 9) voted in favour of implementing a vaccination policy, which will go into effect on Nov. 1. Sonya Pritchard, chief administrative officer for the County of Dufferin, said the Nov. 1 date will give people the full six weeks needed to become fu
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Peel Regional Police say a man is dead and two other people are in hospital after a Friday night shooting at a large gathering in Mississauga, Ont. Police say officers were called around 8:00 p.m. to a location on Hull Street, near Airport Road. They say three people with serious injuries were rushed to hospital and that one of them — a man — later died. Police say the suspects ran off. Investigators didn't immediately release any further information about the suspects or the
The Town of Shelburne is warning residents of an invasive plant found in the community which can cause severe burns. Wild parsnip is a member of the carrot/parsley family and with its tall, yellow bunches and resemblance to common non-toxic plants such as Golden Alexander, it can appear harmless. But it’s the plant’s nickname – poison parsnip – that truly heeds warning. While the roots of the plant are edible, when in contact with skin the sap can cause severe burns as well as rashes and blister
The Liberal Party said Toronto candidate Kevin Vuong is no longer running under the party banner and won't sit with the Liberal caucus if elected. Vuong, running in Spadina–Fort York, had been asked by the Liberals to "pause" his campaign after reports of a past sexual assault charge, which was dropped, surfaced in the media. The news of the dropped 2019 charge was first reported by the Toronto Star. At a campaign event Saturday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said his party had taken immediate a
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter. Classes, schools and entire districts have gone virtual, leaving parents frustrated and teachers quitting weeks into the school year. Since ending South Carolina’s state of emergency on June 7, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has maintained that parents alone should decide if children wear masks in schools, even as the state's new case
Dufferin County’s economic development team, inDufferin, is launching a free mental health series to help support the local business community. The seven-part mental health series called Stress, Survival, & Showing Up consist of various events, workshops, and resources led by mental health specialists from the agricultural, food and beverage, and creative therapy sectors, who will discuss topics such as mental health, stress management, and uncertainly and emotional safety in the workplace. “It’
The mother of four-year-old Serenity says her relationship with her child welfare caseworker was strained from their first meeting. Serenity died in September 2014 after sustaining a head injury at the home of her great aunt and uncle in the central Alberta community of Maskwacis, south of Edmonton. The mother, who can't be identified because of a court-ordered publication ban in place to protect her children's identities, took the stand Friday to give evidence about her involvement with the chi