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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 organization responsible for administering clinical exams to certify physiotherapy graduates has scrapped all future virtual exams after its most recent bout of technical glitches last week. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) says it will now focus on offering in-person examinations. It's the fifth time exams have been cancelled by CAPR since the start of the pandemic, leading to a backlog of more than 2,000 unlicensed candidates who are now calling on their provincial
(Reuters) -The Taliban's abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of money to keep missions operating, fearful for families back home and desperate to secure refuge abroad. The Islamist militant movement, which swiftly ousted Afghanistan's Western-backed government on Aug. 15, said on Tuesday that it had sent messages to all of its embassies telling diplomats to continue their work. But eight embassy staff who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, in countries including Canada, Germany and Japan, described dysfunction and despair at their missions.
If Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives form the next federal government, the Native Women’s Association of Canada says Indigenous women have a long, hard road ahead of them. A scorecard released yesterday by NWAC ranks the platforms of the five main parties based on 11 priorities. The Conservatives received a failing grade of D. “It is quite overwhelming,” said NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx. “But is this something new here, that it's hard for us to get the government moving on such systemic issues and longstan
Patio extensions — which popped up across the city to support social distancing during the pandemic — will continue to be seen in the city into 2022, Calgary city council voted in favour of Wednesday. Coun. Evan Woolley moved the motion. It was approved 13-0. In 2022, permanent seasonal patio extensions can be built. This allows businesses to plan what they will build next year. Woolley said many businesses didn't have certainty about extended patios, and held back on investing and building perm
Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID? No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as virus outbreaks are hitting many reopened U.S. schools — particularly those without mask mandates. Among the unfounded arguments: Masks can foster germs if they become moist or cause unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide. But experts say washing masks rout
The Canadian province of Alberta introduced a vaccine passport system on Wednesday to combat a fourth wave of COVID-19 that is close to overwhelming the healthcare system, as Premier Jason Kenney apologised for mishandling the pandemic. Alberta will impose measures including capacity restrictions for businesses and a ban on indoor dining in restaurants unless patrons can show government-issued proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Kenney has repeatedly said his government will not introduce vaccine passports and avoided using that phrase in a lengthy news conference where other measures, including work-from-home and physical distancing mandates, were also announced.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected to take more arrivals than any other — more than 5,200 people, according to State Department data for the Afghan Placement and Assistance program obtained by The Associated Press. Alabama and Mississippi are each slated to welcom
"The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains desperate," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement after a three-day visit to the South Asian nation. "The international community must therefore engage with Afghanistan – and quickly – in order to prevent a much bigger humanitarian crisis that will have not only regional, but global implications."
Parts of B.C. are set for more rain than they've experienced in months.
Prince George School District 57 is apologizing for a school assignment that told students to list the 'positive' impacts of colonies on Indigenous people. "We are deeply sorry for any harm that this has caused to the students, parents, families and the Indigenous communities," said Kap Manhas, school district assistant superintendent in a statement. "This assignment is not a reflection of our teachers or our commitment to truth and reconciliation. We are working through a restorative process wi
Alberta on Wednesday became the latest province to announce plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine passport system. Here's a look at what the provinces and territories have said about their proof-of-vaccination programs, or lack thereof. British Columbia Residents of B.C. need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized affairs like weddings. People have to show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to enter gyms, fitness centres and casinos. Aft
While campaigning for Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole in Orford, Que., on Wednesday, Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, whose approval rating dipped to 12 per cent in 1992, joked that some of the decisions O’Toole will make as prime minister “might make him unpopular,” adding, “which I never was.”
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported 1,068 new virus infections, which is 13% higher than last week. State officials say 201 Alaskans are hospitalized for COVID-19, and 34 of them are on ventilators. The state’s chief medical officer says hospitals continue to be stressed a
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The four people on SpaceX’s first private flight are fairly ordinary, down-to-Earth types brought together by chance. They’ll circle Earth for three days at an unusually high altitude — on their own without a professional escort — before splashing down off the Florida coast. Meet the crew that’s taking space tourism to new heights following Wednesday night's launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center: JARED ISAACMAN, SPONSOR Isaacman struck it rich with the payment-proce
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. The White House said that they’ve offered such calls with others concerned about the vaccine, part of an aggressive public relations campaign to beat back rampant disinformation about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
Health services in Yellowknife will return to the same levels they were at prior to schools closing Tuesday until at least Sept. 24, except for home care, according to the territory's health authority. In a Wednesday afternoon news release, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) said it made the decision after it was able to assess the impact of the school closure on its staff. In an email to media, a spokesperson wrote that generally, services are not cancelled
The access to information system in Nunavut isn't "working as well as it should," said the territory's recently-appointed information and privacy commissioner. In his first annual report submitted to the Nunavut Legislature, Graham Steele said the territorial government is holding back more information than it needs to and not protecting Nunavummiut's personal information as well as it could. "The information law says the government has to tell its citizens what it's doing," said Steele, who sta
BUCKHORN — Peterborough-Kawartha NDP candidate Joy Lachica says “it’s a miracle” that Canada has a CBC after cuts to the national public broadcaster by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, compounded by cuts by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. Speaking at a Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism candidates debate Tuesday, which was livestreamed from the Buckhorn Community Centre, Lachica said Canada has the 16th lowest funding out of 18 developing countries for its public broadcaster.
The B.C. Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is calling for the People's Party of Canada to remove a Vancouver candidate who has distributed a pamphlet comparing the horrors of residential schools to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The front of Vancouver Quadra candidate Renate Siekmann's flyer shows an image of Indigenous students at a residential school, along with the slogan "Discrimination is wrong. No vaccine passport." The BCAFN described that juxtaposition as an offensive false equivalence, and