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Yukon children will be able get their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine starting on Dec. 6. The territorial government announced on Thursday that clinics will be held for children aged 5 to 11 to receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech shot throughout December. The recommended interval between shots is eight weeks. In Whitehorse, clinics will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre and appointments can now be booked online. In communities outside of Whitehorse, shots will be administe
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -A handful of local COVID-19 cases in eastern parts of China have prompted Shanghai city to limit tourism activities and a nearby city to cut public transport services, as China insists on zero tolerance against letting clusters spread. Shanghai city detected three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases with confirmed symptoms for Nov. 25, official data from the National Health Commission (NHC) showed on Friday.
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked public health officials to ramp up surveillance and plan for "all outcomes" in light of a new COVID-19 variant that's feared to be more transmissible. Ford also requested on Friday morning that the federal government ban visitors from southern Africa due to the new variant -- a measure Ottawa announced hours later. The ban applies to foreign nationals who transited through a list of seven countries in the last 14 days, including South Africa, Mozambi
There is not enough information yet about a new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, which was first identified in South Africa, said infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch. But he says travel restrictions are 'probably not going to be that effective' at stopping its global transmission.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm America's “rock-solid” support for the self-governing island that is claimed by China. The visit came as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. China was quick to condemn the tr
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer’s lawmakers moved Thursday to make permanent the pandemic-era option of using five substitutes and dropped a proposal to let halftime be extended to 25 minutes. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced the updates to go to its decision-making annual meeting on March 4-5 in Zurich. In May 2020, high-level competitions were given the choice to allow teams five replacements in a 90-minute game. It was to help manage players’ health and workload in pending f
The Nova Scotia government has released the long-delayed recovery plan for the mainland moose and while it will take time, the minister responsible says he believes it can be done. Released Thursday, the plan follows years of starts and stops as previous governments were taken to task by the auditor general and taken to court by members of the public for those delays. Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton said in an interview Friday that work would begin right away. "Not just do
Canada has banned visitors from southern Africa after the discovery of a new variant of concern in the region. The new variant, deemed Omicron, first emerged in South Africa and coincided with a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in that region in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization.
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A man accused of killing four people and injuring two more in a car crash near Quebec City in September will be pleading guilty, his lawyers announced on Thursday. As a result, Éric Légaré, 43, won't be facing a trial. His hearing, which he is expected to attend in person, is postponed until Dec. 14. Légaré was driving at a speed of 130 kilometres per hour on the Dufferin-Montmorency Highway in Beauport, Que., when he collided with three vehicles that were stopped at a traffic light. Four member
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions, less than two months after scrapping most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-19 was reached. A recent rise in coronavirus infections compelled the government to act, Prime Minister António Costa said Thursday, though he noted that his country hasn’t seen a surge on the scale witnessed elsewhere in Europe. From Dec. 1, wearing a face mask will once again be mandatory in enclos
Like many other sports facilities across the province, the Antigonish arena has been closed longer than it's been open during the almost two years the COVID-19 virus has been in Nova Scotia. The arena has been shut down twice during the pandemic — an initial seven-month closure, then an additional five-month one this past year. Even when it's been allowed to operate, restrictions put in place to keep people distanced have meant smaller crowds and much less business. During a telephone interview
Thursday's freezing rain warnings have ended in parts of eastern Ontario and Gatineau. The agency issued a freezing rain warning around 6:45 a.m., saying a brief period of freezing rain was expected early Thursday morning for Ottawa-Gatineau, Prescott-Russell and the Cornwall area. It ended for the Ottawa and Cornwall areas around 10:30 a.m. and elsewhere around 11:30 a.m. All warnings were expected to end when that freezing rain changes to rain by noon. Thursday's high is 5 C in Ottawa. Environ
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he will "work around the clock" to get a suspension on the export of potatoes from the province to the United States lifted. The suspension was ordered on Monday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after the discovery of potatoes infected with potato wart in two P.E.I. fields in October. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada issued the suspension to prevent the U.S. from taking similar action, which might be more difficult to reverse. "It
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean governing party's presidential candidate said Thursday he will continue a conciliatory approach toward North Korea if elected and questioned the effectiveness of U.S.-led economic sanctions in pressuring the North to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The comments by Lee Jae-myung, who represents President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, come as nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the U.S. remain frozen over the issue of a relaxation of the
Sandwich Secondary School was placed in a brief hold and secure Wednesday afternoon after an altercation in the parking lot involving a reported firearm, according to a LaSalle police release. Police said an argument between two groups started in the school's parking lot. A student reported the argument to the principal and said they had overheard that one of the men involved in the argument may have had a firearm. The school was placed in a hold and secure at the recommendation of police. Polic
Soldiers and residents scrambled to make sandbags Wednesday near Abbotsford, B.C., as the flood-ravaged area prepared to be hit with more rain over the next couple of days.
Saskatchewan has extended its public health order related to COVID-19 until the end of January. Premier Scott Moe says masks will remain mandatory for indoor public spaces, including schools, and the province's vaccine passport system will remain in place.
Rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations to younger children as well as boosters for adults are expected to play key roles in helping to prevent a fifth wave of COVID-19, experts say.
The cleanup is on in Atlantic Canada, after raging floodwaters washed out roads and cut off communities in an unprecedented storm. Ross Lord reports on the damage, and how RCMP came to the rescue of a couple and their dog in Newfoundland and Labrador.