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It started with a dodgy plate of chicken wings. It ended with Jeremy Arnot's job. The B.C. man was fired last year for failing to follow his employer's COVID-19 protocols during a bout of diarrhea; he's now seen his employment reinstated by a labour arbitrator who says companies must provide workers with clear policies and training related to the coronavirus. "An employee's report of diarrhea during this pandemic is not a sufficient justification for demanding a COVID test. The employer must est
If rubber ducks could talk, one in particular would have an amazing adventure to tell. Two years ago, Vladimir Matusevitch was on holiday on the Arctic shores of the Rybachy Peninsula in northwestern Russia. Resting among the beach rocks, he noticed a grubby rubber duck inscribed with the number 1417. "It's a strange thing to find," he told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active from his home in Moscow. Matusevitch said he realized it was from a duck race — a festival where thousands of rubber ducks are re
LONDON, Ont. — Students at Western University say they plan to walk out of class on Friday to protest what they call a "culture of misogyny" on campus. The event is being planned as police investigate numerous allegations of sexual assault during the London, Ont., school's orientation week. Organizer Hayden Van Neck, a third-year-student, says the walkout will also protest the university's response to the allegations that have surfaced. She says the on-campus event will see several sexual assaul
LONDON (Reuters) -London's High Court said on Wednesday it would take steps if necessary to serve papers on Britain's Prince Andrew in a U.S. lawsuit brought by a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her two decades ago. The prince, Queen Elizabeth's second son, is accused by Virginia Giuffre of assaulting her when she was 17, at a time she says she was being abused by the financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, 61, who is officially known as the Duke of York, has rejected the accusations and his lawyers have described the case as baseless.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister and Catalonia's leader met Wednesday to restart negotiations in hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing political crisis caused by the region’s separatist movement. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is sitting down with regional president Pere Aragonès at the seat of the Catalan government in downtown Barcelona. Expectations are low for any huge advances from the meeting which has caused a rift within the separatist camp. Aragonès and his Republican L
The P.E.I. Liberal Party is calling on the province's Progressive Conservative government to implement a vaccine passport on P.E.I., require that all provincial public servants be vaccinated and reinstate a mask mandate for indoor public spaces. In a news release issued Wednesday morning, the Liberals called these "common sense" measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in the province. "As a caucus, we believe that the vast majority must take steps to protect our Island — and most particularl
Drivers heading south toward Montreal were brought to a standstill Wednesday morning, and the situation stayed that way for hours after a vehicle slammed into a sign structure on Highway 15 in Laval. No one was injured in the crash, which happened at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, but it weakened the sign structure enough that transport officials worried it would collapse. The highway's southbound lanes were closed between du Souvenir and Cartier boulevards. By 7 a.m., traffic in the area was backe
This November event will feature the longest partial lunar eclipse in more than 580 years!
As COVID cases begin to spike higher and higher in the province, this leads to hospitals once again being over capacity. In a new media release on Sept. 9, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro and President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS) Verna Yiu announced a potential solution to the problem. There will be up to $36 million in funding towards Alberta home care and continuing care facilities which will improve wages, increase the workforce and allow more Albertans to receive care outside h
With the federal election coming up, Cambridge Times and Metroland Media decided to look at the issues dominating the campaign. Here's a local look at climate change, and what the federal candidates are promising. CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change is an issue expected to be at the forefront of the election, and it is predicted to have specific impacts on the Waterloo Region. The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo predicts that the average annual temperature in W
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: As the fourth wave of COVID-19 continues to impact Ontario, local virus case numbers have been increasing. As of press time, according to the Durham Region Health Department, Scugog has ten active cases, with nine people in home isolation and one person in a hospital. To date, Scugog has had 17 deaths and 354 resolved cases. Uxbridge has six active cases, all in-home isolation. Since the start of the pandemic, Uxbridge has had 26 deaths and 457 resolved cases. Brock
(ANNews) – Edmonton-Griesbach federal NDP candidate Blake Desjarlais says his Metis heritage and understanding of systemic racism had a major impact on his political journey. “Canadians take for granted the tremendous wealth, privileges and rights that we have in Canada, but the reality is not everyone enjoys them,” Desjarlais told the Alberta Native News. “That’s what began my journey in politics — understanding why some people had them and some people didn’t, why the towns and cities had clean
LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his senior ministers on Wednesday, appointing his party's first female foreign secretary, as he urged his government to get on with the job of tackling economic inequality after COVID-19. Ending regional inequality is key to the agenda set in 2019 when Johnson won the biggest Conservative Party parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher. The replacement of Dominic Raab with former trade minister Liz Truss at the Foreign Office underlined the rationale behind the reshuffle - move those whose blunders have buffeted the government and promote those who have avoided crises.
This might be the greatest fight of the century since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali! Einstein exhibited excellent skill with his knockout technique, but we all know Einstein is a lover too! Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot is a silly, smart, and popular parrot who loves to talk and entertain! He knows the names of several animals and likes to make their sounds. In addition to his silly vocalizations, he likes to have conversations with his owners, talking, doing animal sound imitations, and acting silly. He also enjoys singing and dancing in some of his video compilations. With his amazing talking abilities and funny antics, Einstein the talking parrot’s videos will keep you entertained for hours! Einstein parrot is also famous for some of his silly quotes and sayings. Online, Einstein, the talking parrot is popular across many social media platforms such as YouTube @einsteinparrot, Instagram @einsteinparrot, and Facebook @einsteintexanparrot. Einstein’s website, einsteinparrot.com is designed to inform you about the care of parrots and also entertain you. Living with a parrot is a big commitment. Parrots live a very long time. A parrot such as Einstein can live to be 50 or 60 years old. They all require a lot of care, proper nutrition, training, time, and patience. Parrots need a lot of attention and lots of toys and activities to keep them from being bored. Parrots are also expensive, a large cage is an investment, and plenty of play perches to spend out of cage time. Specialized veterinarian care is also required. Most of all they require your companionship and a forever home. Many people decide after the first few years of parrot ownership that the responsibility is too great and the parrots become neglected and sometimes abandoned. When that happens they are sent to parrot rescue facilities to be adopted by a new family or some spend their lives in sanctuaries. It is often said, “Having a parrot is much like raising a raising a 2 to a 3-year-old child for the rest of your life!”
KAWARTHA LAKES: Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes ltd. is instituting a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all of their homes. “Effective November 1st, 2021: all staff, including those contracted to provide resident care; students and volunteers, who work in any of our 15 long-term care and 10 retirement homes must show proof of all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization (WHO). Those w
New Brunswick's health minister says she wants rules for listing and inspecting cooling towers by next spring following two outbreaks of legionnaires' disease in the Moncton region. Dorothy Shephard said it's uncertain if legislation will be introduced this fall, but "absolutely" wants to move ahead by the spring. "We want to get this done and we're not going to sit on this," Shephard said in an interview with CBC on Tuesday. "But, we're not going to rush it and not have something dealt with pro
Capping off Cornfest weekend, the Southern Alberta Trail Riding Association (SATRA) hosted their first ever poker ride that took place at the Grassy Lake Forks Aug. 29. Traditionally in a poker ride or poker run, the participants would start at a specific point and travel to other areas to collect an entire poker hand. The hands are pitted against the hands of other participants and whoever has the best wins. “Our’s was a little different in the sense we had games at our stations to include our
Most Northwest Territories residents need only look down the street to be reminded of one of the territory's biggest crises: the lack of suitable, safe housing. Multiple families crowd into some homes in small N.W.T. communities where there simply aren't enough buildings. Elsewhere, people live in dilapidated houses long overdue for repair or pay some of the priciest rental costs in Canada. There is universal agreement among federal election contenders that fixing N.W.T. housing is an urgent pri
Canada's housing market continued to show signs of a slow cool-down in August, as the number of sales ticked lower even as selling prices still headed higher compared to where they were a year ago. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday that 48,379 homes changed hands in August, down 0.5 per cent from July — and down by about 14 per cent compared to the number of sales clocked this time last year. About half of all markets are seeing more houses change hands, while the other half ar
As we are now less than a week from the federal election on Sept. 20, it is important to remember there is still a municipal election coming in October. Nomination day is set for Sept. 20 at noon, and all papers have to be submitted before that time. The town has been communicating various amounts of resources for people who are thinking of putting their name into the election ring. These resources are public and available to anyone who may need some help or is on the fence. “The Town of Taber l