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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
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in Tuesday’s preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief. All five were candidates of color — a major shift away from two centuries o
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
Alanis Obomsawin has always had a soft spot for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Obomsawin, the 89-year-old Abenaki Nation member who is regarded as one of the country’s most distinguished filmmakers, was once again back at a familiar place. She was in Toronto this past weekend as one of the honorees of the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards. Obomsawin was selected as this year’s recipient for the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. The award recognizes leadership in creating a union between
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
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Romell Quioto had a goal and two assists and Montreal beat short-handed Orlando City 4-2 on Wednesday night. Montreal (9-8-7) snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Orlando (10-6-8) had won three in a row against Montreal — all shutouts. Quioto bent a low ball in to the near post that Lassi Lappalainen redirected into the net to give Montreal a 3-2 lead in the 73rd minute. Orlando City went a man down after Nani picked up his second yellow card — about seven minutes after
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.
(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.
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 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
The main national party leaders' scheduled public appearances for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 All times are local. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Montreal 9:15 a.m. Announcement and media availability. No address provided. _____ Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Saint John, N.B. 11 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. TSA Curling Club, 49 Dufferin Ave. Truro, N.S. 7 p.m. — Event with supporters. Truro Farmers Market, 15 Young St. ____ NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Toronto 9 a.m. — Announcement abou
Alberta has brought in a slew of new restrictive health measures, some of which are set to go into effect tomorrow, including limits to indoor social gatherings and capacity limits on businesses, amid concerns the province could run out of ICU staff and beds in the next 10 days. On Wednesday Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, announced the provincial he
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole campaigned in Quebec and received the endorsement of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promoted his health-care plans in Nova Scotia, while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh addressed the resignation of two candidates over controversial tweets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday defended the phone calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump's presidency, saying the conversations were intended to convey “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were in line with his responsibilities as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some in Congress accused Gen. Mark Milley of having overstepped his authority and urged President Joe Biden to fire him, but Biden indicated Wednes
Vancouver police say they are investigating a fatal shooting in the parking lot of an upscale downtown hotel. According to investigators, a witness spotted the victim inside a vehicle on the third level of the parkade at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. "This brazen shooting happened in broad daylight at a popular tourist hotel in the city," Const. Tania Visintin said in a statement. "VPD homicide investigators beli
Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health is reporting six new COVID-19 cases since Monday, while issuing a public exposure notice in Watson Lake. In a news release Wednesday, the territorial government said three of the new cases are located in Whitehorse, and three are in rural Yukon. The overall number of active COVID-19 cases now stands at 23 in the Yukon, two more than were reported on Monday. The total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is at 712, of which 662 happened
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.
Furry Tales cat Rescue is putting out the call for cat fosters. After a rise in intake over the summer and finding cat colonies in the area, the Smiths-Falls-based not-for profit cat rescue is looking for fosters in and around the area. With 172 cats already in care, the rescue is calling for fosters for the 35 cats currently at the facility, and the many more they're rescuing from two cat colonies in the area and 16 cats they've rescued from a house in Brockville. Chris Langton, a local foster
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
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.