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After being closed for the summer, the warming shelter in Inuvik, N.W.T., reopened Monday as temperatures have begun to drop. For the time being, it's staying open from midnight to 8 a.m. "We will eventually extend our hours at the warming shelter but, for now we needed something set up right away for our most vulnerable people," said Christina Kasook via Facebook Messenger. Kasook is currently running both the warming centre and Inuvik's homeless shelter. After dealing with various issues for a
The World Health Organization's chief looks set to run unopposed for a second term at the helm as tries to guide the world through its biggest health crisis in a century, sources said. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017.
Debate over the need for COVID-19 booster shots is clouding the outlook for Moderna Inc's high-flying shares after the U.S. biotechnology company's stock price soared as much as 360% this year, making it the best performer in the S&P 500. A panel of expert outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted to recommend https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-covid-19-booster-debate-moves-fda-vaccine-advisory-committee-2021-09-17 COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, but rejected a request for broader approval. Moderna, whose vaccine is based on a similar messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, applied earlier this month https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/moderna-submits-initial-data-covid-19-vaccine-booster-us-fda-2021-09-01 to allow use of a booster dose.
Workers in the province's public daycares will be walking off the job for a day next Friday. Earlier this week, 97 per cent of the 11,000 workers in Quebec's Centres de la petite enfance — commonly referred to as CPEs — voted in favour of a 10-day strike mandate. The vote sent an "extremely strong message to the government," according to a statement from the union federation that represents the workers. The federation also says the nine other days in the strike mandate will be used "at an opport
A censure against the University of Toronto has been temporarily suspended after the school reversed course on a hiring controversy that saw a federal tax judge allegedly try to block the hiring of an international law practitioner who has written widely on Israel-Palestinian affairs. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which imposed the censure in April, says it has called for a pause on the measure after it says the school met one of its key demands: to re-offer the positio
More than a month after the movement seized the capital Kabul, most educational institutions have remained closed as the Taliban have struggled to reopen the economy and restore normal life in the cities. At some of the schools that have managed to operate, girls up to the sixth grade have attended, and women students have gone to university classes. Taliban officials have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of the previous Taliban government, which banned girls' education, and they have promised that girls will be able to study so long as they do so in segregated classrooms.
As Russians cast their ballots this weekend in a parliamentary election, several opposition members have been banned from running for office and more than a dozen have left the country amid a widespread political crackdown that's paved the way for the re-election of the ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin. One of the few high-profile candidates to make it onto the ballot is currently languishing in jail, charged with being part of an "undesirable organization." "T
When Kamal Khera first arrived in Ottawa as one of Parliament’s youngest MPs back in 2015, she would sometimes be mistaken for a staffer. Now, some of her young volunteers from back then are moving up through the ranks themselves. Khera, who is seeking to retain her Brampton West seat for the Liberals, says she actively encourages young people, and especially other young women of colour, to get involved since their views help represent the demographic reality in Canada. “When I got elected in po
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Army doctor convicted for the infamous 1970 murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters on a North Carolina base has ended his appeal of a lower court ruling that denied his requested release. An attorney for Jeffrey MacDonald said in court documents that his client wished to dismiss his appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Federal prosecutors did not oppose the dismissal in the “Fatal Vision” case, named for a book about t
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Humpback whales come to Tonga to breed and mate in the peaceful and safe waters. It is one of the few places in the world where orcas and sharks do not inhabit the waters and pose a threat to the calves or their mothers while they are vulnerable. Tonga is also one of the few places in the world that will still allow people to slip into the water and share moments like these with one of the earth's most majestic and beautiful creatures. This whale was resting on the bottom he came up for air at the surface to the delight of the nature lovers swimming nearby. He is a large bull and he has come to these waters to find females willing to breed. He will compete with dozens of other males for an opportunity to pass along his genes. As recently as 100,000 years ago, humpback whales were the most intelligent animals on earth. They were intellectually superior to the ancestors of humans at that time. We are only now beginning to understand the complexity and the magnificence of these incredible giants. Yet sadly, some countries are still hunting and killing these whales.
The independent Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has crunched the numbers on countries' updated 2030 Paris Agreement targets and found Canada’s “highly insufficient,” pouring cold water on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign emphasis on expert endorsements. “Highly insufficient” means that as it stands, Canada is on track for 4 C warming –– far higher than the Paris Agreement goal of as close to 1.5 C as possible. To put that in context, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report fr
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch defense minister quit Friday, a day after parliament passed a motion of censure against her for her handling of chaotic evacuations from Kabul of translators who worked for Dutch forces in Afghanistan. Ank Bijleveld is the second minister in the Netherlands' caretaker coalition government to resign over the evacuations, following the foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag. Kaag stepped down immediately after the parliamentary censure motion was passed Thursday nigh
(Reuters) -Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says failure to raise the U.S. debt limit could lead to the unthinkable: a default on government payment obligations. If the impasse in Congress over the $28.5 trillion debt limit isn't resolved before an October deadline, what would the Federal Reserve - the backstop for U.S. financial markets as the lender of last resort - be prepared to do? As it turns out, Fed Chair Jerome Powell may already have something of a game plan.
Jasper LIFE partnered up with local coffee shops around the town in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10. World Suicide Prevention Day is an event recognized globally that aims to raise awareness and strengthen commitment and actions to prevent suicide. It brings communities and organizations together in a collaborative effort to save lives. Throughout Alberta, many communities took part in activities to raise awareness around suicide. Jasper LIFE decided to spread awareness t
The study by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization, the first assessment of its kind, found that work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016. "It's shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, saying he hoped the report would be a "wake-up call". The study considers 19 occupational risk factors including long working hours but also workplace exposure to air pollution, asthmagens, carcinogens and noise.
Less than two weeks into school year, COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at four Windsor-Essex schools. Public health has announced new outbreaks at Sandwich Secondary School, Al-Hijra Academy and Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) closed St. Joseph's Catholic High School over a COVID-19 outbreak declared earlier this week. The health unit is holding a COVID-19 testing clinic for students and staff at the school until 4 p.m. on Friday. Each
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley said such calls are “routine” and were done "to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to The Asso
New Brunswick has updated its COVID-19 public school guidelines, including banning unvaccinated students 12 and older from sports, and is asking parents to drive bused students, if possible, as case counts continue to spike across the province. The changes, less than two weeks into the school year, come as Public Health announced 57 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, putting the total active case count at 370. The province's previous peak for active cases was 348 on Jan. 25. Seventeen people are h
Government advisers are debating whether to recommend extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine, a key step toward the Biden administration's plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans. (Sept. 17)