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MONTREAL — As an inquest into 47 deaths at a Montreal long-term care home during the pandemic's first wave heard its final witness Tuesday, the coroner summed up the horror stories of dehydrated, unfed and soiled residents being left to die. "What we've heard in the past weeks goes beyond what is humanly acceptable in a society like ours," coroner Géhane Kamel said. "In effect, no human should end their lives in such deplorable conditions." Kamel, who is examining the failings at Résidence Herro
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that's neither as big or bold as they wanted, thanks to an outnumbered but potent band of party moderates who've enjoyed a disproportionate say in shaping the measure. Democrats rolled past unanimous Republican opposition in August and pushed a 10-year, $3.5 trillion fiscal blueprint of the plan through Congress. With talks continuing, the actual package — it reflects President Joe Biden's h
The Dow Industrials and S&P 500 closed at record highs on Monday, as earnings season kicked in to high gear in one of the heaviest reporting weeks of the quarter with bellwethers in multiple sectors poised to announce results. While the Dow and S&P hit new highs, the Nasdaq outperformed on the day, buoyed by gains in Tesla and PayPal, and the tech-heavy index stands less than 1% away from its Sept. 7 closing record. Tesla Inc jumped 12.66% to its own new high of $1,045.02 and breached $1 trillion in market capitalization, after car rental firm Hertz placed an order for 100,000 Tesla cars, while Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $1,200 from $900 per share.
Belgian PM Alexander De Croo told Euronews that they would only give booster jabs to those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 as healthcare workers in some countries are not yet vaccinated.View on euronews
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Across Northern California, crews worked Monday to clear streets of toppled trees and branches and to clean gutters clogged by debris carried by rainwater from a massive storm that caused flooding and rock slides, and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands. Despite the problems, the rain and mountain snow were welcome in Northern California, which is so dry that nearly all of it is classified as either experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. The wet weather also gre
SYDNEY (Reuters) -All fully-vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to leave the country without a special exemption from Nov. 1, authorities said on Wednesday, as Australia eases coronavirus restrictions amid a rise in vaccination rates. Many of these are now expected to return after Sydney and Melbourne ended quarantine rules for inoculated travelers from Nov. 1. Other cities, mostly virus-free, are expected to ease their border rules once they reach higher vaccination rates.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the Louisiana State Police training academy in Baton Rouge, instructors pegged Brown as trouble. One wrote that he was an arrogant, chronic rule breaker with “toxic” character traits that should disqualify him from ever joining the sta
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The World Bank's board has turned down a request by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for a meeting to defend herself against claims that she pressured staff to alter data as the bank's CEO in 2017, according to two sources briefed on the situation. An attorney hired by Georgieva asked for the meeting in a 17-page letter on Friday to the dean of the bank's board. The attorney, Whitney Debevoise of Arnold & Porter, wrote that an investigation report prepared by the WilmerHale law firm for the board was improperly conducted, violated Georgieva's due process rights, and based its fundamental conclusion on a false assumption, according to a copy of the letter viewed by Reuters.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan again struggled in a 1-0 win that saw it move three points clear at the top of Serie A on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute to help Milan move clear of second-place Napoli, which hosts Bologna on Thursday. The Rossoneri were still dealing with an injury crisis, but defender Theo Hernández was fit for a place on the bench after recovering from the coronavirus. Milan was the only team in the top six in Serie A to win over the weekend
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole tore into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet lineup today, saying he's assembled a group of "largely inexperienced and ideological individuals" that pose a threat to the country's national unity and post-pandemic economic recovery. In a statement released as ministers were still being sworn in at Rideau Hall, O'Toole said Trudeau's cabinet picks are "yet another example" of his "record of style over substance." "Today's changes to the cabinet represent j
Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles waited at one of the main crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday as the border closed again after a brief opening the day before, despite promises that it would reopen, traders said. The Chaman border crossing, the second-largest commercial border point between the two countries after Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, links with Spin Boldak in the Afghan province of Kandahar, and is regularly used by thousands of labourers and traders from both countries. The crossing, a vital source of customs revenue for the cash-strapped government in Afghanistan, has been closed for about three weeks, despite repeated protests by truckers and others stuck waiting at the border.
VICTORIA — British Columbia has introduced a plan to reach its legislated target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with initiatives like slashing the number of kilometres driven and boosting the carbon tax. The new plan sets a target of 10,000 public electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 and calls for the electrification of public transit and ferry fleets. It would provide local governments with cash for climate change initiatives. The strategy includes increasing the price of carb
Paul McLauchlin is tired of MLAs knocking on his door before provincial elections, asking him if there are any local construction projects he'd like to announce. "It's not that simple," said McLauchlin, president of the Rural Municipalities Association and reeve of Ponoka County. "Just running around with a big fake cheque out there." McLauchlan is optimistic that a bill introduced Monday by the Alberta government will create more accountability and fairness in how provincial infrastructure proj
Four Alberta doctors are suing the provincial health authority and its president over its mandatory workplace COVID-19 vaccination policy. The physicians filed a statement of claim last Friday in the Calgary Courts Centre. The plaintiffs — Calgary pediatric neurologist Dr. Eric T. Payne, Calgary anesthesiologist Dr. Joanna J. Moser, Ponoka family physician Dr. Gregory Keen-Wai Chan and Sexsmith family physician Dr. David Loewen — allege that, by requiring them to get vaccinated against COVID-19,
Canada's hot inflation and recovering job market are raising pressure on the Bank of Canada to hike interest rates ahead of schedule, with investors looking to a policy announcement this week for clues that the central bank is turning more hawkish. The BoC, led by Governor Tiff Macklem, is expected on Wednesday to raise its inflation forecast and to largely end stimulus from its pandemic-era bond buying program, starting a countdown of sorts to the first interest rate hike since October 2018. But money markets see a different path, pricing in the first hike by April and nearly 100 basis points of tightening in total next year, up from 35 basis points in September.
VICTORIA — British Columbia has introduced a plan to reach its legislated target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with initiatives like slashing the number of kilometres driven by 25 per cent compared with last year and boosting the carbon tax. The strategy announced Monday requires that 90 per cent of passenger vehicles sold in 2030 be zero-emission, with all of them required to meet that goal five years later as the province electrifies public transit and ferry fleets. B.C. also set
CHICAGO (AP) — A North Carolina man who moved to Chicago was one of the victims of John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys in the 1970s, authorities said Monday. Francis Wayne Alexander would have been 21 or 22 years old when Gacy killed him sometime between early 1976 and early 1977, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a news conference in announcing the identification of Alexander's remains. Alexander's family didn't even realize he had been dead all these years, t
A federal government mistake led to the circulation of the names, emails and sometimes even photos of hundreds of stranded Afghans trying to escape the Taliban.
Police and bylaw officers in Kingston, Ont., have laid dozens of provincial offence charges and fines after a second straight weekend of street parties that saw thousands of people gather near Queen's University. University officials, the city and police had all urged people not to gather after a particularly destructive homecoming the weekend before. Officers had struggled to control an estimated 8,000-person crowd that gathered at one point on Aberdeen Street in the student housing area. Polic
Toronto police have released the name of the victim in a fatal shooting on Eglinton Avenue West early Saturday. He is identified as Donald Leroy "Smokey" Marson, 36, of Toronto. Officers were called to 2591 Eglinton Ave. W. at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday. When police arrived, they found a man in an apartment who had been shot. Officers tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Marson is Toronto's 69th homicide victim of the year. Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the