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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
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin revealed Saturday that he was diagnosed last November with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia but said he responded well to treatments and is now in remission. Zeldin, a Long Island Republican who's running for New York governor, said the diagnosis had no impact on his work or Army Reserve duties. The Iraq War veteran said he suffered no side effects from treatment and that his health is now “phenomenal.” “Over the last nine months, I have achieved complete
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.
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto carried their ice dancing success from the spring into this week's Autumn Classic, opening the international season with a victory in Pierrefonds, Que. The 2021 world championship bronze medallists amassed 208.97 points to defeat Spain's Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz (191.31) and Americans Caroline Green and Michael Parsons (188.43). "We're very pleased with the way both programs went," Poirier told reporters. "We didn't try to force things or have that pe
VICTORIA — Green Party Leader Annamie Paul broke with her tradition throughout the federal election campaign and traveled to British Columbia today, marking her first visit to the only region in the country where her party held seats before Parliament was dissolved. Paul's trip to Vancouver Island was a departure from her approach throughout the campaign, which has seen her concentrate her efforts almost exclusively on the Toronto riding she hopes to win away from the Liberals. Paul's visit was
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens, even hundreds, of asylum-seeking migrants often wait hours to surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents, but the thousands of Haitians gathered at a bridge in the small Texas border town of Del Rio may be unprecedented and point to a glaring problem with the federal police agency's staffing. Instead of conducting patrols and uncovering smuggling activity, its agents spend about 40% of their time caring for people already in custody and administrative tasks that are unrelate
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
Elections Canada has changed a number of polling stations in Yellowknife because of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Several stations were supposed to take place at schools which were closed last week because of the rising case numbers, while one was intended for the Quality Inn and Suites — which has become the site of an isolation centre. The following image, posted to the Yellowknife Education District No. 1 website Friday, shows a full list of changes that have been made: Dr. Kami Kandola, the
Highlights of this day in history: A pivotal battle in the American Revolution; President James Garfield dies; Bruno Hauptmann arrested in the Lindbergh baby case; Unabomber's manifesto published; 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' premieres. (Sept. 19)
When the doors of the Robert Guertin arena in Gatineau, Que., are locked at day's end on Saturday, it will mark the end of an era. Soon all that will remain of the 64-year-old arena — nicknamed "The Bob" and located in downtown Hull — will be rubble and memories. "It's been my second home," said Serge Haché, equipment manager for the Gatineau Olympiques junior hockey team. "My wife would tell me it's my first home." The QMJHL club will soon relocate to the newly built Centre Slush Puppie in the
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
TORONTO — From seeing stars moved to tears in connecting with audiences, to the transparent handling of a COVID-19 case, the Toronto International Film Festival co-heads say they feel this year's hybrid pandemic showcase was successful and safe. Co-head and executive director Joana Vicente says she's proud of their team for pulling off the biggest cultural event in the city — one with red carpets and a mix of in-person and digital screenings — since the first pandemic lockdown a year and a half
The province is reporting one additional death from COVID-19 and 499 new cases of the illness on Saturday. There are now 228 people in hospital with the illness — the highest that number has been since Feb. 3, when there were 229 hospitalizations, according to the province's online COVID-19 dashboard. Among the 228 people now in hospital, 172 are not fully vaccinated, the province says. There are 51 people in intensive care with COVID-19. That's just shy of this year's peak for COVID-19 patients
Another storm system is heading for parts of Newfoundland as areas of the island continue to clean up damage from Hurricane Larry. Environment Canada and the Canadian Hurricane Centre have issued Special Weather and Tropical Cyclone statements for the Bonavista, Burin and Avalon peninsulas following the emergence of Tropical Storm Odette off the east coast of the United States. While the storm is expected to weaken to a post-tropical system by Sunday night, Forecaster Jean-Marc Couturier said it
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
A school district in the Canadian province of British Columbia will be locking down schools starting Monday due to ongoing anti-vaccine protests, the district said late on Friday. The "hold and secure" protocol was enacted on Friday after people protesting vaccines and masks, who the district said had been targeting schools all week, entered two school buildings in and around Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger called the protesters' move "completely unacceptable" and said the district is working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to ensure protesters are kept off school property.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of internal company documents that included research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management, said that although Facebook researchers have identified "the platform's ill effects," the company failed to fix them. The Wall Street Journal articles say that Facebook exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, played down the negative effects on young users of its Instagram app, made changes to its algorithm that made the platform "angrier," and had a weak response to alarms raised by employees over how the platform is used in developing countries by human traffickers. Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, writing in a blog post https://about.fb.com/news/2021/09/what-the-wall-street-journal-got-wrong, said the Wall Street Journal's stories "contained deliberate mischaracterizations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook's leadership and employees."
CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (Reuters) - Eddyson Langlais, 24, was huddled under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, alongside thousands of fellow Haitian migrants on Friday night, when he saw news on Facebook that felt like a gut punch: The United States was going to fly Haitians back to their homeland. "If they deport you, you are going to live in misery," Langlais said they told him. Langlais conferred with his wife, fellow Haitian Lovelie Exantus, whom he’d met when they were both living in a poor Haitian-dominated neighborhood in Santiago, Chile.
At the end of 2019 and into 2020, just as COVID-19 was spreading more rapidly, Australia was in the midst one of the worst bushfire seasons in history and a new Amazon documentary Burning, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner, sounds the alarm on the lack of political action to combat climate change.
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