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An earlier than planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by New Brunswick in late July was based in part on a series of miscalculations, including an erroneous assessment that Alberta's early opening was going well. But the New Brunswick government isn't acknowledging the loosening was a mistake or played a role in its current outbreak of COVID cases. "Given the facts, I'd certainly do the same thing again," Higgs told reporters this week about easing mask, distancing and interprovincial travel
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
A shortage of drivers on staff at Fredericton Transit has led to the temporary reduction of its scheduled services for customers during the peak evening hours. And while the City of Fredericton says the shortage is not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, a representative for the union overseeing the drivers says the pandemic can be attributed to some of the drivers needing to take time off. Meredith Gilbert, manager of transit and parking services with the City of Fredericton, said a number of d
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday that developing countries wishing to prosper from access to EU markets should uphold environmental and governance standards and adhere to extra commitments on human and labour rights. The European Union has run its 'generalised scheme of preferences' (GSP) for five decades and for its latest update, to run from 2024, wants a greater stress on its own Green Deal strategy and goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Duty-free, quota-free "Everything but Arms" (EBA) applies to the least developed countries.
Some professional sports teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, led the way on requiring COVID-19 vaccines for fans in the stands. But the mandates don’t always apply to athletes, which concerns some players.
A Vancouver man is worried that a new payment scheme introduced by his landlord means he'll soon be paying more for his two-bedroom apartment in the city's West End neighbourhood. Wesley Harmer has rented at the 84-suite Holly Lodge building for five years and intended on renewing for a sixth when his lease expires at the end of the month. But major changes in his new lease documents have raised red flags. Instead of his current rent of $2,225 per month — utilities included except hydro — the ne
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.
The Kremlin and its loyalists have said they will maintain and in some cases intensify their tough approach to internal and external critics and organisations that they view as a threat to Russia's stability. In the run-up to a parliamentary election won by a large margin by the ruling United Russia against a backdrop of fraud allegations, the authorities neutralised the party's critics outside parliament, using legal mechanisms to stop them from taking part in the ballot and targeting what they saw as hostile media and non-governmental organisations. Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years in prison for parole violations he says are trumped up, had their homes raided, their freedom of movement restricted, or fled abroad after a court ruled their activities to be extremist in June.
Of all the locations in the country to observe Canada's warmest temperature, Labrador doesn't intuitively pop into one's head.
Police in Prince Albert, Sask. have released the name of a 25-year-old man who was found dead early Sunday morning. Officers say John Joe Besskkaystare was found dead after investigators went to a disturbance call in the 2900 block of 2nd Avenue West. Police have arrested and charged two people in connection to the death. Clarissa Campbell, 43, and Chandler Laliberte, 22, appeared in provincial court Monday charged with second-degree murder. In a news release, investigators said the don't believ
Brazilian authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan Chase & Co played a role in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme that dated back to 2011 and involved state-run oil company Petrobras, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and two law enforcement sources.
Calgary city council approved a bylaw Wednesday that brings in consistent application of the province's vaccine passport program for many types of businesses. This means a proof-of-vaccination system is now required for certain businesses, including restaurants, bars, casinos, and movie theaters. Previously, Calgary businesses could choose whether or not they want to participate in the province's system. The identification required will be the same as the province's system — an immunization reco
As the votes came in on election night, People's Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier gathered with his supporters at a Saskatoon hotel. Many members of the large indoor crowd were unmasked, in violation of Saskatchewan's current public health orders. Speaking to reporters Monday night, Bernier said he believes mask mandates are "unconstitutional [and] illegal," and that he is not responsible for his supporters' choices. "People who showed up, they are responsible," he said. "And if they
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
A Winnipeg high school student who was reprimanded and removed from class over her decision not to stand during the national anthem hopes talking about the situation sparks change and awareness. Each morning, when O Canada plays over the speakers at River East Collegiate, 15-year-old Skyla Hart remains seated. "This country is a colonized country and I don't want to stand for a colonized country," Skyla said. "People always say, like, it was a long time ago, [but] we're still … going through it
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
The Liberals completed another sweep of all five Brampton ridings as they solidified their grip on the city. It is the third election in a row that every Brampton seat has turned red in a place that was once considered up for grabs. Three of the five MPs elected in 2015 — Ruby Sahota (Brampton North), Sonia Sidhu (Brampton South) and Kamal Khera (Brampton West) — were returned to Ottawa and will have served a decade in parliament if the next government survives its full four-year term. Maninder
The Rotary Club of Drumheller’s annual White Elephant sale will return Saturday, October 2 following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be some changes to the one-day sale this year, including a change of venue to the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society barn. “It takes a small village to make it happen,” says White Elephant chairperson Bev Krabsen. Krabsen shares the Ag Society has been very helpful and generous in providing the location for the sale. Due to new COVID
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
Local area schools are making plans for how their staff and students will observe the new federal statutory holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The federal government announced in June this year that September 30 would become Canada’s newest federal holiday following the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools throughout the country; Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, however, has left the decision of giving employees a paid day off up