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A Canadian-led team of scientists has concluded that tropical coral reefs that feed millions around the world have lost about half their ability to support human communities since 1950. "I don't think any of us expected the declines to be as big as we found," said Tyler Eddy of Memorial University, lead author of the paper published Friday in the journal One Earth. The paper is the first to tote up the cumulative effects of threats faced by tropical coral reefs from overfishing to pollution to c
FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO — Vaccines continue to dog Canada's Conservative leader as he vies for votes in seat heavy Ontario with the clock ticking down to election day. Erin O'Toole started his second last day of campaigning running by a farmers market without appearing to go inside to capitalize on one of his last chances to meet prospective voters. That decision reflects the party's overall campaign strategy, which has relied more on O'Toole answering questions from people through virtual townhall
TORONTO — Major League Soccer has fined Toronto FC defenders Kemar Lawrence and Chris Mavinga for their actions in TFC's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami on Tuesday. The MLS disciplinary committee found Lawrence guilty of failing to leave the field in a timely manner after being red-carded in the 37th minute. Mavinga was guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 48th minute. He went down clutching his face after Miami's Robbie Robinson raised his leg, trying to connect with a ball coming down. The leg di
Michelle Hewitt can't contain her frustration. The co-chair of Disability Without Poverty, a national movement dedicated to securing a federal disability benefit for low-income Canadians with disabilities, is discouraged that important issues have been ignored during the federal election campaign. That's despite the fact that the disability community represents more than 20 per cent of the Canadian population — more than six million potential voters. Financial inequality is at the top of their l
Shannon Cutler has been living with a secret for most of her life, but that all changed recently when she posed for a fashion shoot without her wig on. "It was probably the best thing I ever did," said Cutler, who started losing her hair decades ago when she was just five-years-old. "I was emotional that day. In all honesty, there were some tears. But to see other women and to see the inspiration of these young girls that were also there were truly an inspiration to me and I thought, 'You know,
Kneehill County councillors approved their new traffic control bylaw which included slightly lower speed limits in hamlets. The decision was made at the Sept. 14 regular meeting. Traffic Control Bylaw #1800 was presented by Debra Grosfield, manager protective services, who noted the bylaw had already passed first and second reading earlier in 2021 and further noted one of the most noticeable changes in the new document was the lowering of hamlet speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. Grosfield al
Dr. Raghu Venugopal, an emergency room doctor in Toronto, held a counter-protest against demonstrators targeting Toronto General Hospital in opposition to COVID-19 measures and vaccine mandates. He says the protests are 'unacceptable' and 'un-Canadian' and that the government needs to legislate against demonstrations outside hospitals.
Greece opened a new holding camp for migrants on Saturday on the island of Samos, close to Turkey, and said other new facilities would follow in coming months as it tightens migration policy. Aid groups said the new facility, which will house asylum seekers and people to be deported, looked more like a jail with its fence topped by barbed wire. The Mediterranean country was at the frontline of Europe's migration crisis in 2015 and 2016 when a million refugees fleeing war and poverty from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived, mainly via Turkey.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative premier has asked people who protested proof-of-vaccination policies outside the home of the province's chief medical officer of health to consider acting more like adults. Tim Houston released a video message over social media on Friday night about the small protest outside the Halifax home of Dr. Robert Strang earlier in the day. Houston says he would encourage those who carried out the protests to "grow up and think of others," and that there's
Fort McMurray's hospital is adding ICU beds to increase its capacity as COVID-19 cases rise in the region and across Alberta. Murray Crawford, senior operating officer for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, said the intensive care unit at the Fort McMurray hospital has been at capacity for two weeks. The hospital added three beds by Saturday morning, bringing the ICU bed count from six to nine. Crawford said this is by no means the most ICU beds the hospital has had. During the third wave o
The father of a fisherman missing at sea is asking boats from Southern Labrador and Northern Newfoundland to join the search effort for his son and a second crew member. The two-person crew aboard Island Lady was expected to land in Mary's Harbour around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Around 6:30 p.m that evening, Dwight Russell checked his son Marc's Facebook Messenger account to see whether it showed him active and online. "I usually checks with that account every day just to make sure he's home," he sa
The first significant storm in months is nearing its end in southern British Columbia after cutting to power to thousands and bringing soaking rainfall totals Friday to many locales.
SASKATOON — Jagmeet Singh criticized the COVID-19 pandemic response of Saskatchewan and Alberta’s provincial governments as the NDP campaign focused its attention on Conservative-held seats in the prairie provinces. But despite battling blue incumbents, Singh kept his messaging targeted at Justin Trudeau during a stop in Saskatoon, saying the Liberal leader abandoned the provinces in the fourth wave. Singh has kept his sights on the Liberals throughout the campaign, arguing the New Democrats are
There wasn't an empty seat in a makeshift courtroom at Regina's Conexus Arts Centre Friday, the last day of arguments in a sentencing hearing for a teenager convicted of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old in 2018. Following final arguments from the Crown and defence lawyers, the teen offered an apology to Erica "Eliza" Hill O'Watch's family and friends watching from the gallery. "I'm not asking you to forgive and forget because I know what you see when you look at me," the now 18-year-old told the r
The P.E.I. Association of Newcomers to Canada is urging Islanders to support Afghans arriving in the province. As of last Sunday, more than 2,200 refugees from Afghanistan had arrived in Canada. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, those refugees have relocated to all 10 provinces. Craig Mackie, the association's executive director, said government-assisted refugees come from dire situations. "You know, they've been shot at, they've possibly been bombed," he said. "They've
Most schools in the capital Kabul have stayed shut since the Taliban captured the city just over a month ago. Taliban officials say they will not return to the fundamentalist policies - including a ban on girls receiving an education - when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Nazife, a teacher at a private school in Kabul which had mixed classrooms before the Taliban takeover, said they had made changes in order to reopen.
A man was killed Friday evening after his vehicle struck the support of a train bridge on a secondary highway northeast of Edmonton. Morinville RCMP said a Mercedes sedan travelling westbound on Highway 633 at about 5:40 p.m. collided with the structure just east of the hamlet of Villeneuve, Alta., near Range Road 263. Bystanders who saw the collision got the driver out of the vehicle, which caught fire after the impact. The 42-year-old man from St. Albert, Alta., was pronounced dead by emergenc
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself uncharacteristically ahead of it with that lofty pronouncement. Some of the nation's top medical advisers on Friday delivered a stinging rebuke of the idea, in essence telling the White House: not so fast. A key government
Some pine cones are just crawling with bugs and they may not have time to escape by the time you get them inside to start getting crafty.
Nova Scotia's premier has clear, harsh words for the small group of people who recently protested outside the province's top doctor's home: "grow up." On Friday evening, Premier Tim Houston released a video message about a small protest outside the Fall River home of Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, earlier that day. "There isn't language harsh enough to condemn these actions," Houston said in the video. "I would encourage you all to grow up and think of others.