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The recent outbreak of COVID-19 in P.E.I. has prompted the provincial government to implement new restrictions starting Friday. Mandatory masks are back at indoor public places, personal gathering limits will be lowered and the province is moving ahead with the vaccine passport system. Last week, the Fandango Choir had its first rehearsal in months. But now, with outbreak concerns and indoor masking rules coming back, choir director Shirley Anne Cameron has decided to put rehearsals on hold. "It
It was a busy Wednesday afternoon as parents collected their kids from St. Jerome Catholic School. Cars lined Hollandview Trail until the bell rang – mothers, fathers and guardians all waiting for the verdict from their youngsters on the first day back at school since classes were forced to shutter due to the global pandemic. “It was strange – I had to wear a mask, but I actually got to see my friends,” said Ethan Ahle, a Grade 6 student, on what it was like to settle back into the classroom. Mo
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — I wake up as the loudspeaker outside my window starts the community broadcast at 7 a.m. I try to recall the date. Vietnam’s pandemic lockdown has been so long I’ve lost my sense of time. I now count by weeks. This is the ninth I’ve been stuck in Vung Tau, a seaside resort more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from my home in Hanoi. I get out of bed, keeping to my routine of yoga before breakfast. As I roll out the mat, the broadcast gives the latest pandemic news and bl
Dr. Verna Yiu, the head of Alberta Health Services, says they are reaching out to other provinces for help with bed space and staff as a wave of COVID patients overwhelms its intensive care wards and threatens to buckle the health system in just over a week. Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador are offering help but B.C. says it doesn’t have the resources to assist.
NDP Leader Jagmeet was challenged by a small group of young environmentalists on Thursday following a media availability in Toronto over his positions on old-growth logging at Fairy Creek in British Columbia and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The group from Climate Justice Toronto unrolled a banner that said "Support Fairy Creek" and demanded he support an end to all old-growth logging in B.C. "He's going to lose votes in B.C. if he doesn't take a firm stand on this," said Niklas Agarwal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western states struggling to convince skeptical people to get vaccinated. The Idaho Department
Feeling anxious about rising COVID-19 case numbers in P.E.I. schools? You're not alone. Experts are feeling them too. In an interview on CBC News: Compass Thursday, clinical psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin said she reacted to the news of last week's outbreak as both a parent and medical professional. "First, I had my parent's hat because I have two kids," one of whom is too young to be vaccinated, Goodwin said. "I think we're all deeply aware that there's a little bit more risk at this momen
The United Nations COVID-19 vaccination honor system will remain in place for presidents, prime ministers and diplomats who enter the General Assembly Hall next week and they are not required to show proof of immunization. General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid notified the 193-member U.N. member states of the plan on Thursday in a letter, seen by Reuters, after telling them on Tuesday that he supported a New York City demand that proof was required and would work with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to implement it.
Global brands from Mercedes and Amazon to IKEA and Walmart are cutting out the traditional financial middleman and plugging in software from tech startups to offer customers everything from banking and credit to insurance. For established financial institutions, the warning signs are flashing. So-called embedded finance - a fancy term for companies integrating software to offer financial services - means Amazon can let customers "buy now pay later" when they check out and Mercedes drivers can get their cars to pay for their fuel.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection said Thursday they have sought records related to calls from Gen. Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer, to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a statement that they had already asked for records connected to the calls, which Milley’s spokesman has said were intended to convey “reassur
VICTORIA — British Columbia's health minister says the province won't be taking COVID-19 patients from Alberta due to current demands on its own health-care system. Adrian Dix says the B.C. Health Ministry told its Alberta counterpart Thursday that the province will help in other ways if it can and may be able to take patients in the future. Alberta is facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system, with 269 patients in an intensive care system set up for 173. British
Although the Watson Lake Daycare remains open, many parents are staying home with their kids who attend it after a COVID-19 exposure notice was issued on Wednesday, according to the town's mayor. Chris Irvin acknowledged the exposure notice put many parents in "a difficult situation" as there is only one daycare in Watson Lake. "People are staying home from work," he said. "There are some people that can afford to do that. Some people that can't." The exposure notice was for children and staff w
Northwest Territories is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19. In a Thursday news release, the territory's office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) said there are now 220 active cases in N.W.T., an increase from 199 on Wednesday. Yellowknife continues to have by far the most cases with 134, an increase of six since Wednesday. Behchokǫ̀ continues to have the second most active cases with 38, eight more than Wednesday, while Whatì has 27 cases, an increase of four in the last day. Behchokǫ̀
Mounties have released a sketch of a man who is suspected to have sexually assaulted a teen in Coquitlam on Monday morning. The suspect is alleged to have approached the victim between 7 and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, when the victim was walking on Wilson Avenue toward Reeve Street, near the northeast corner of Gates Park. After allegedly assaulting the youth, according to police, the suspect was later picked up by a driver of a dark-coloured pickup truck. Coquitlam RCMP are asking for publi
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates met at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, a small town in southwest Virginia, where the debate got off to a relatively heated start, with cross-talk and occasional snide remarks. The first questions of the night dealt with the COVI
Audible, an online audio book and podcast service, has kicked off a new mentorship program for emerging First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers. Métis educator Chelsea Vowel is one of the mentors in the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle program, alongside other notable Indigenous writers like Norma Dunning, Tanya Talaga, Richard Van Camp, and Kim Wheeler. “I joined as a mentor because I want to share the experience that I have gained through trial and error,” says Vowel, who’s from manitow-sâkah
Environmental groups and residents in York Region are speaking out against a plan that they say could open up a lot more unprotected farmland for development. The issue came up Thursday at a special meeting of York Regional Council, which is looking at whether to expand into rural areas, or increase the density of existing neighbourhoods to accommodate the growth of the region over the next 30 years. Regional staff pushed a proposal that would see some intensification in urban areas, but also a
Twenty years after beginning her policing career, Farica Prince is set to embark on her biggest role yet. Prince was formally named deputy chief of the Prince Albert Police Service on Wednesday, marking the first time an Indigenous woman has held the position in the 135-year history of the force. She will also be the only woman in any of Saskatchewan's four largest cities currently serving as deputy chief, and she understands the significance of her hiring. "I know that it's a big announcement f
A woman who accused Britain's Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault lawsuit can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers so that Queen Elizabeth's second son can address her claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday night. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said Virginia Giuffre's plan to deliver her lawsuit to Andrew's Los Angeles-based lawyer was "reasonably calculated to bring the papers served to the defendant's attention," regardless of whether the prince "authorized" the lawyer to accept it. The lawyer, Andrew Brettler, had no immediate comment.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is asking Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate after voter registration records were posted online. Voter registration records known as the “voter file” are available to the public, but it's a felony to publish the information on the Internet. The voter file includes the name, address and party affiliation of registered voters, along with some phone numbers. It shows whether the person has voted in recent elections but not t