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SALMON ARM, B.C. — A British Columbia school district says it will begin locking its schools' outside doors during classtime after protesters opposed to COVID-19 protective measures entered several facilities on Friday. School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shushwap) superintendent Donna Kriger says several schools were placed in a "hold and secure" to ensure the safety of staff and students. Kriger says the protesters' decision to enter schools around Salmon Arm, B.C., is "completely unacceptable.
Visits have been suspended at the medical-surgical unit of the Campbellton Regional Hospital due to cases of COVID-19 being discovered. "This ban of visits will remain in place until further notice," Vitalité Health Network said in a statement Saturday evening. Also Saturday, Public Health identified new places in the Moncton and Edmundston regions where people may have been exposed to COVID-19. A park playground, farmers' market, and Atlantic Superstore listed among the possible exposure sites.
FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO — Vaccines continue to dog Canada's Conservative leader as he vies for votes in seat heavy Ontario with the clock ticking down to election day. Erin O'Toole started his second last day of campaigning running by a farmers market without appearing to go inside to capitalize on one of his last chances to meet prospective voters. That decision reflects the party's overall campaign strategy, which has relied more on O'Toole answering questions from people through virtual townhall
Ontario's police watchdog has cleared a Toronto officer who fatally shot a man in crisis during a wellness check, saying the officer feared for his partner's life at the time. The Special Investigations Unit says Toronto police were called to a midtown condo building on May 22 after a woman reported that her son was in distress and had hit her. The SIU says four officers attempted to speak with the 28-year-old man from outside the apartment to see if he was OK, but then used a key provided to th
MONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled a juror doesn't need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in a Montreal fraud trial. Justice Mario Longpré wrote in ruling released Friday that full immunization wasn't necessary and cited privacy concerns and jury representativeness in his ruling. The accused in the trial had brought the request, citing a recent decision in Ontario that saw an Ottawa judge rule that all jurors participating in a murder trial would need to be f
Montreal police say two people were stabbed in the city's downtown core this morning, resulting in the death of a 23-year-old man. Police say 911 calls came in this morning for a stabbing on Sherbrooke Street, near Mansfield Street, at about 1:45 a.m. Two victims, men aged 20 and 23, were found at the scene with stab wounds. Montreal police confirmed the death of the 23-year-old man, the city's 21st homicide of 2021. The other victim suffered less serious injuries and is expected to survive. Pol
Korean-Canadian filmmaker brought his short film Together to the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a result of filmmaker Albert Shin learning about the phenomenon of “internet suicide pacts,” specifically linked to Korea’s high suicide rate.
France is in a "crisis" with the United States and Australia after Canberra's cancellation of a multi-billion dollar submarine order led Paris to recall envoys from its allies, French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. France said on Friday it was recalling its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra over a trilateral security deal also involving Britain which sank the submarine contract with Paris.
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. One of the individuals is under the age of 10, one is in their 40s and one is in their 60s, according to a news release. "Two of the individuals are close contacts associated with the outbreak at West Royalty Elementary School and have been in isolation," the release states. "These two individuals previously tested negative and then tested positive on a second or subsequent test. "One of
Jack Lowden (Dunkirk)has teamed up with Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) and filmmaker Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives, Of Time and the City) for Benediction, part of the 2021 Toronto International Festival (TIFF), which tells the story of the complex life of 20th-century English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon.
Two women from Meadow Lake, Sask., arrested in Alberta this week face several charges after allegedly abducting two other women. Meadow Lake and Loon Lake RCMP were called to a reported abduction around 3 a.m. Wednesday, RCMP said in a Friday news release. A woman told officers that she had been taken against her will at gunpoint from the Centre Street area in Meadow Lake, about 250 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, around 1:15 a.m., police said. The abductors allegedly dropped her off later ne
With new Alberta health restrictions in place, Edmonton's professional football team is offering a new service Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium: a rapid test for COVID-19 that, along with a ticket, would be necessary for some fans to attend the game. The Edmonton Elks partnered with Canada Research Laboratories to set up a mobile testing unit at the stadium from 10 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. when the game between the Elks and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets underway. The cost of the test is $50 and res
HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on the issue. “For a lot of people, they’ve always assumed that, even if they lived in a state that passed restrictions on reproductive care, that there was always a judicial system that would be there to protect th
The Biden administration worked Saturday on plans to send many of the thousands of Haitian immigrants who have gathered in a Texas border city back to their Caribbean homeland. (Sept. 18)
Fort McMurray's hospital is adding ICU beds to increase its capacity as COVID-19 cases rise in the region and across Alberta. Murray Crawford, senior operating officer for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, said the intensive care unit at the Fort McMurray hospital has been at capacity for two weeks. The hospital added three beds by Saturday morning, bringing the ICU bed count from six to nine. Crawford said this is by no means the most ICU beds the hospital has had. During the third wave o
Businesses across British Columbia are struggling to hire and retain staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and one shop owner has made a generous gesture to reward, and retain, employees. Jean-Marc Pesant and his son took over the Huckleberry Mountain Market in the West Kootenay community of Christina Lake in June just before the population in the vacation hot-spot of about 1,000 full-time residents exploded to welcome thousands of regular summer visitors. The market is the only grocery sto
There wasn't an empty seat in a makeshift courtroom at Regina's Conexus Arts Centre Friday, the last day of arguments in a sentencing hearing for a teenager convicted of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old in 2018. Following final arguments from the Crown and defence lawyers, the teen offered an apology to Erica "Eliza" Hill O'Watch's family and friends watching from the gallery. "I'm not asking you to forgive and forget because I know what you see when you look at me," the now 18-year-old told the r
A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Toronto's Weston neighbourhood on Saturday afternoon, police say. Police said they received a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and a van in the area of Lawrence Avenue West and Weston Road at about 1:57 p.m. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim's age and sex have not been released. Anyone with information or dashboard camera video is urged to call police at (416) 808-1900.
MARY'S HARBOUR, N.L. — A search is underway for an overdue fishing vessel with two men on board that departed a small coastal community in Labrador on Friday morning. The nine-metre boat with two outboard motors departed the community of Mary's Harbour at approximately 6 a.m., equipped with a VHF radio. The RCMP says in a release that shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday night, police received a report informing them that the vessel had not returned. Search efforts throughout the night were unsuccessf
Going into last Saturday's game against Linfield University in Oregon, Simon Fraser University football player Kristie Elliott didn't know she would be making history. Elliott, who's a kicker with the team, became the first Canadian woman to play in, and score in, a college football game. "It's amazing, it's cool. I've gotten so much support from around the world," said Elliott. The SFU football team is in the NCAA II division. Although the team lost the game 20-56 to Linfield University, Elliot