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Swapping Alberta's health minister out for a new face is unlikely to change the provincial government's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, observers say. Critics say Premier Jason Kenney's decision on Tuesday to move Calgary-Acadia MLA Tyler Shandro from health to labour and immigration minister, and Calgary-Varsity MLA Jason Copping into health, will do nothing to stem the surge of people with COVID-19, which is overwhelming the province's health-care system. The premier has been drivi
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay continues to be in a state of outbreak from COVID-19. A COVID-19 outbreak at this facility was declared on Tuesday, September 7th. As of press time, there are currently 11 active COVID-19 cases listed in the facility, according to the provincial correctional facility dashboard. At one point, on Sunday, September 12th, there were up to 18 cases confirmed as active in the local jail. At a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Septemb
KAMOURASKA, Quebec (AP) — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec's most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch. It finally came within reach. On Aug. 9, the day Canada conditionally reopened the border to U.S. tourists, my car with the bicycle was packed and ready to go. But I wasn't. I had put off the required coronavirus tes
Rivers of lava are burning through La Palma, Spain, as a volcano in the Canary Islands has become more active, say Spanish vulcanologists.
The three major U.S. stock indexes rose 1% on Wednesday as investors mostly took in stride the latest signals from the Federal Reserve, including clearing the way for the central bank to reduce its monthly bond purchases soon. The S&P 500 registered its biggest daily percentage gain since July 23. While trading was choppy following the Fed's latest policy statement and comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, stocks finished close to where they were before the central bank news.
L'ORIGNAL, Ont. — The case of an eastern Ontario doctor charged with murder has been adjourned for six weeks. Dr. Brian Nadler is accused of killing 89-year-old Albert Poidinger at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital earlier this year. Ontario Provincial Police say they were called to the hospital on March 25, after which Poidinger was declared dead and Nadler was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Police have also said they are investigating the doctor in connection with se
The executive director of the Residential Rental Association of P.E.I. wants to talk to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission about how it set the maximum allowable rent increase for 2022. IRAC announced Tuesday that the increase would be one per cent for both heated and unheated units, but Cecil Villard said that doesn't match up with current inflation. "A one per cent increase in no way really responds to the costs that landlords will incur over the next year, when you consider that inf
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female lawmakers from Afghanistan have arrived in Greece as part of the wider evacuation effort and are expected to travel to the United States after a short stay, authorities said Wednesday. Afghanistan’s twin-chamber parliament was effectively dissolved after the Taliban takeover of the country last month. The future of the national assembly and whether women will be allowed to hold any positions of authority remain uncertain. “The lawmakers and their family members w
All City of Calgary vehicles will soon have magnetic orange ribbon decals on them. The decals are meant to show the city's commitment to remembrance, truth and reconciliation with Indigenous people and the historic and ongoing trauma of the residential school system. Cree elder Doreen Spence says to her, the ribbons represent the thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential schools and never made it home. "Those ribbons will really do a lot to open people's hearts and open peopl
MONTREAL — The director of a Montreal long-term care home where 47 people died during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic says everything was normal just a few days before health officials were urgently called in to help, a coroner's inquiry heard Tuesday. Andrei Stanica, the former manager of Résidence Herron, took the stand at an inquest looking into long-term care deaths. While health authority managers said they found residents unfed, dehydrated, soiled and the facility in a terrible sta
For close to 100 years, the Farrell family has owned and farmed on Concession 12 in Ripley. And now, four generations later, Glen and Sarah Farrell are continuing the family tradition, albeit taking it in a somewhat different direction. Glen, formerly a cement worker, and Sarah, a personal support worker, bought 121 acres of the farm back in 2017, after renting the property a few years prior. They wanted to find a way to earn a living to support themselves and their growing family, although not
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw's friend on TV's “Sex and the City" and its movie sequels, has died, his son announced Tuesday. He was 57. “I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much,” Nathen Garson wrote on Instagram. “I’m so proud of you.” “You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known," his son added. No details of his death were
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s prime minister-designate announced Wednesday that a three-party coalition will form the country's next government. King Mohammed VI appointed billionaire Aziz Akhanouch as prime minister earlier this month after his party placed first in a legislative election, netting 102 out of the 395 seats in the lower house of parliament. The coalition includes Akhanouch's liberal National Rally of Independents Party, or RNI, the Authenticity and Modernity party (PAM) and the
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Travelers and authorities from India and some African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain's new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory. The British government announced what it billed as a simplification of the rules last week, including allowing fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England from much of the world to skip quarantine and take fewer tests. But the fine print on who was considered “fully vaccinated” is proving far more complicated
Ford Motor Co and startup Redwood Materials said on Wednesday they are partnering to form a "closed loop" or circular supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, from raw materials to recycling. The aim is to lower the cost of EVs by reducing the dependence on imported materials, while also narrowing the environmental impact from mining and refining of battery materials. Ford and Redwood will work closely with Korean battery maker SK Innovation, which has a joint venture with Ford called BlueOvalSK to make EV battery cells in the United States, Ford executive Lisa Drake said at a media briefing.
Premier Doug Ford called for patience Wednesday as Ontario's vaccine passport system went into effect, while the province reported 463 new COVID-19 cases. Ford asked residents to respect the new verification program and be patient with businesses as they get used to the system. "I know this may be tough for some, but we owe it to our businesses to do everything we can to avoid lockdowns," he said. Beginning Wednesday, patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums. The Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art both contain artifacts that were looted from countries in Africa and elsewhere. “Especially the countries in Africa have lost an immense part of their art through the raids of the Europeans,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the official open
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court announced another recess Wednesday in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country. The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to define Poland's future relationship with the 27-member bloc. After a session of some two hours Wednesday, the court announced a recess till Sept. 30, to gain time to prepare detailed questions for the sides. The proceedings started in
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has lost patience with doctors who have actively undermined the province's response to the pandemic. At an emergency meeting of the college's council Monday, council members unanimously supported issuing a strongly worded warning letter — underpinned by bolstered standards of practice — to doctors who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines or advise patients not to get vaccinated, improperly issue exemptions for vaccines and masks, or refu
LONDON, Ont. — A man facing terrorism charges for allegedly targeting and killing a Muslim family with his truck in southwestern Ontario has had his case adjourned for two weeks. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, Ont., has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in what prosecutors say was an act of terrorism. Police allege the June 6 attack was motivated by Veltman's hate against the Islamic faith. Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Sal