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Advocacy groups in the N.W.T. say they're watching closely for which election candidates will advance human rights, Indigenous sovereignty and climate action, as well as expand services for survivors of residential schools and the Sixties Scoop. Voters head to the polls Monday, and CBC News spoke to advocacy groups about their expectations of whomever emerges as the next Member of Parliament. Here's what they had to say: Sustained funding for healing Wilbert Cook, executive director of Arctic In
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” a predictable and glossy “Billy Elliot”-like musical of British working-class aspiration that’s nevertheless a joy, is the kind of movie that might have once been made about the trials of coming out as a young gay man. But such hurdles are already well past Jamie New (newcomer Max Harwood), a confident, proudly out 16-year-old who lives in Sheffield, England. It's not that he doesn't have some scars from his childhood. Jamie has a supportive, adoring mother (Sa
The U.S. government aims to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely next week to Americans age 16 and up. A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted against such broad coverage on Friday but backed a shot for people 65 and older, which the agency may or may not follow. President Joe Biden's administration faces criticism within the scientific community over whether the additional shots are needed for the general population.
With mandatory workplace vaccinations becoming more commonplace, Midland councillors addressed 'the elephant in the room.' Following the CAO’s update on COVID-19 in the town and region, Midland policymakers took the opportunity to address mandatory vaccinations within the workplace as it related to keeping local residents and businesses safe. “We want to give people the ability to work in a circumstance that they feel safe,” said CAO David Denault, “but we do know that the weather is changing, m
The United Kingdom acted in an opportunistic manner in the deal struck between the United States and Australia which ended a $40 billion submarine contract deal between Canberra and Paris, a French diplomatic source said on Friday. "The UK accompanied this operation opportunistically," the French diplomatic source said. France has not mentioned Britain in any official communication regarding the deal, focusing its ire on Australia and in particular the United States.
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled in the province since he announced a passport system. Kenney said in a Facebook live video that nearly 25,000 vaccine appointments were recorded by Thursday night. The government's “restrictions exemption program” allows businesses and venues to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures if they require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from anyone entering. "This is a cri
An exhibition of white flags representing Americans who have died of COVID-19 opened on Friday, covering more than 20 acres of the National Mall in Washington. Last year, artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created an outdoor installation in Washington comprised of more than 267,000 white flags - one for every person in the United States who had died from COVID-19. Now, there are some 650,000 flags placed on the National Mall.
For the sixth day in a row, Saskatchewan has reported more than 400 new COVID-19 cases in a day, with 472 on Friday. Seven new deaths of people with COVID-19 were also reported. Meanwhile, there are 223 COVID-19 patients in hospital. Fifty of them are in Saskatchewan's ICUs, up from the 48 reported Thursday. More than one-third of the new cases are in people under the age of 20, according to the province. WATCH| Sask. top doctor speaks about protecting children by getting vaccinated: Saskatchewa
Micheal Starner was born and raised in Medicine Hat and hopes to inspire the young population as the city’s mayor. Starner works seasonally as a professional Santa Claus every Christmas. “I’m my own business, Santa Mike, and I do that every year for the past six years and hopefully for years to come,” said Starner. “I go to many homes and businesses around town, old folks homes, care centres, anywhere and everywhere that they would like to hire me.” Starner also works as a labourer at LaFarge, w
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said today that conservative-minded voters sick of the Liberal government should park their votes with the Tories rather than turn to the People's Party of Canada (PPC) in this election. Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in London, Ont., O'Toole said his party is the only one in a position to replace the Liberal government and a right-wing vote split could lead to four more years of Justin Trudeau. "There are actually millions of Canadians who are very fru
The University of Saskatchewan says the vast majority of its students, staff and faculty have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The university says 25,000 students, staff and faculty — 92 per cent of the total fall campus population — have shared their vaccination status. Of those, 97 per cent have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91 per cent are fully vaccinated, the university said in a Thursday update on its website. That's well above Saskatchewan's provincial rate. As of Friday, 8
KENDALL KING Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following the Alberta government’s press briefing Wednesday evening, which set out new mandates for all public spaces in the province, two local school districts – Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and Prairie Rose Public Schools – will move to mandatory masking for all educators and students in Grades 4 and up. This comes after both districts chose not to implement a mask mandate at the beginning of the school year. When asked why this de
Summerside, P.E.I., Mayor Basil Stewart is declaring victory in the city's fight to stop two shipments of road salt from being stored on its waterfront. Back in August, the Summerside Port Corporation started to build a concrete enclosure for 44,000 tonnes of salt due to arrive on Prince Edward Island sometime this month. But Friday afternoon, the mayor issued a statement saying the port is "immediately" taking down the concrete barriers. "The city commends the Port Corporation for not moving fo
The commander of the Fort St. John RCMP says he's hopeful the detachment's new Car 60 program will be on patrol by December. The program pairs psychiatric nurses with RCMP officers to respond to mental health calls. Two Northern Health employees are currently getting the clearance needed to work with the RCMP. “We’re happy to have finally reached this point. It’s certainly been a long time coming and there’s definitely a need for this type of unit here," said Insp. Tony Hanson. "We’re hoping tha
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's national election opened his campaigning Friday promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader. Budapest’s liberal mayor, Gergely Karacsony, who is one of five contenders to lead a coalition of main opposition parties, spoke to several hundred supporters who gathered despite early autumn drizzle in the capital. Karacsony said n
The trial in Hamilton of a Niagara police officer who was shot by one of his colleagues has stalled until next week over questions about improper access to evidence. Const. Nathan Parker is facing assault charges, despite the fact he was the one shot multiple times during a November 2018 confrontation with Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan that erupted out of a disagreement over a bathroom break. At the heart of the issue that's slowed the Ontario Court of Justice trial is a hefty packet of disclosure fro
Education Minister Becky Druhan says including more voices in the decision-making process will be a key pillar of how the Progressive Conservatives run the province's schools, but whether that includes the return of elected school boards remains unclear. "We are very interested in and absolutely need to hear from stakeholders within the system, and that's teachers and principals and other staff, as well as families and students," she said. On Thursday, the ministerial mandate letters for Druhan
A judge says prosecutors can't argue a man who shot three people, killing two, during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin is linked to the Proud Boys white nationalist group. Kyle Rittenhouse faces multiple charges in the shootings. (Sept. 17)
For the first time in a week, hundreds of students walked through the doors of Charlottetown's West Royalty Elementary school Friday — not for class, but a COVID-19 swab. Health PEI held a pop-up rapid-testing clinic at the school, aimed at students who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and are not isolating. Any staff not fully vaccinated were directed to the school for a test as well. "It's a tool for us to use to make sure we're catching anyone in this chain of transmission," said Marion Dowli
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The “Less is More” law largely eliminates New York's practice of incarcerating people for technical parole violations, including being late to an appointment with a parole officer, missing curfew, or failing to pay fees or to inform a parole officer of a change in employment. Starting in March, people on parole will land back behind bars only f