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A senior Amazon.com Inc executive said it remains too early to predict how the Omicron coronavirus variant will impact consumer spending during the holiday season but suggested that shoppers will press ahead for now. "It’s very early in the process of understanding what’s happening with the new variant," said Dave Clark, chief executive of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, during a Sunday morning interview on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Consumers are going to wait and see in terms of what happens ... but are going to move on with their lives into this holiday season," Clark said.
The National Hannukah Menorah was lit outside the White House on Sunday night, and a 36-foot tall Menorah was lit in New York as Jews around the world celebrated the first night of Hannukah. (Nov. 29)
VICTORIA — Children in British Columbia between five and 11 years old can start getting shots of a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine today. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said last week that about 350,000 children are eligible to receive the modified dose of the Health Canada-approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Health Canada approved the pediatric shot for use in Canada after an independent scientific review confirmed the first vaccine formulated for younger children is safe and effective. He
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Localized flooding in Washington state from another in a series of rainstorms doesn't appear to be as severe as when extreme weather hit the region earlier in the month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington had been asked to evacuate voluntarily Saturday night. Both towns near the Canadian border saw extreme flooding from the previous storm that caused an estimated $50 million in damage to Whatcom County. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Ever
A P.E.I. woman is raising awareness of a unique safety measure for medical conditions such as seizures. Stratford's Paxton Caseley has focal epilepsy. She often has seizures than can cause her to lose her motor skills and sensory ability. "It kind of depends on the type that I have, but most commonly I will kind of lose awareness," she said. "I don't lose consciousness, but I'm not entirely aware of what's going on around me. It's very difficult to understand what people are saying." Seizures tr
Six days into the flood, Harman Kaur and her husband took a drive past their acreage and found thousands of their ruby-red blueberry bushes were still completely buried in the murky, brown floodwater. Leaking pesticides swirled around the field. Garbage and gas tanks floated past. The smell of fuel filled their noses. "There was a complete layer of oil on top [of the water], and we're talking what I could just see from the road," said Kaur, 29, whose family has owned their farm in the Arnold are
The omicron variant spreads rapidly, says Dr. Peter Jüni, the head of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, so we need to continue to act quickly with public health measures in Canada to help contain it.
One case of the new omicron COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Quebec, the provincial government announced Monday. Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda, speaking at a news conference, said tests revealed the new strain in a woman who had recently returned from Nigeria. This comes after two cases of variant, also from Nigeria, were confirmed in Ottawa. Those cases were found to have returned to the country through Montreal's airport. Arruda would not confirm whether the cases were relate
BELAGAVI, India (AP) — Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. Over nearly three years, their courtship in many ways resembled that of any other couple and they made each other promises to get married. But those secret vows would never be fulfilled. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hard-line Hindu nationalist group to kill 24-year-old Mullah, who was Musl
A GoBus user in St. John's says a number of improvements need to be made to the system's new booking app. Released in August for GoBus, Metrobus' paratransit program, the smartphone app was designed to make booking a GoBus easier and more efficient. But Mandy Penney says her experience has been anything but easy. Penney, who uses a power chair, said while she does enjoy some new features of the app, namely, the ability to tell when your bus is on the way and who your driver is, she said the new
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — An inquiry investigating why a mentally unstable former soldier killed his family and himself in 2017 heard today that Nova Scotia does not offer its Black population any culturally specific programs for maintaining mental health or preventing intimate partner violence. The provincial inquiry is focusing today on the role race played in the deaths of Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond; his wife, Shanna; their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah; and Desmond's mother, Brenda
OTTAWA — Children turning up for their COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec last Friday were surprised to find not just the promise of a sticker at the end of the ordeal, but a waggy-tailed dog eager to be petted and potentially calm their fears over getting the shots. At least three provinces have been recruiting therapy dogs to help reassure children and adults nervous about getting needles at vaccination clinics for months. Now the specially-trained canines are being enlisted to help with the rollout o
MONTREAL — The City of Montreal has issued a boil water advisory for several West Island communities following a failed water quality test. The affected communities include Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Pointe-Claire, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Kirkland, Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève, and Baie d'Urfé. Residents are being told to boil their tap water for at least one minute before drinking, using it to brush their teeth or give to pets. The advisory, which was issued late Saturday afternoon, says unboiled tap wat
NEW YORK (AP) — Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41. Abloh's death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh's own Off-White label, which he founded in 2013. Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear, but his ubiquitous, consumer-friendly presence in culture was wide-ranging and
For the first time, the City of Edmonton will implement a Phase 2 citywide parking ban, directly impacting residents where they live. The ban, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, ban drivers from parking on any residential roads or alleys until they have been cleared of snow and ice. The same rule applies to roads in industrial areas. "You do not have to wait for the city to end the ban before parking on a cleared road," the city says on its website. As soon as the roadway is clear, pa
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho scored late at Villarreal as Barcelona won 3-1 and ended its winless streak in the Spanish league on Saturday. Prior to the trip, only three other teams in the 20-team competition had earned fewer points on the road this season after Barcelona went winless in its first five league matches away from Camp Nou. The long-awaited win came in Xavi Hernández’s third match in charge since replacing Ronald Koeman. Frenkie de Jong broke through f
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by researchers in South Africa, and much is still not known about it, including whether it is more contagious, more likely to cause serious illness or more
PARIS (AP) — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer, French World War II spy and civil rights activist — into its Pantheon, the first Black woman honored in the final resting place of France’s most revered luminaries. On Tuesday, a coffin carrying soils from the U.S., France and Monaco — places where Baker made her mark — will be deposited inside the domed Pantheon monument overlooking the Left Bank of Paris. Her body will stay in Monaco, at the request of her family.
A mother from Merritt, B.C., is reeling from the death of her six-year-old daughter following a highway crash that occurred as the displaced family was travelling to find a safe haven from floods in the southern part of the province. Ember Young, 6, died on Nov. 18 when the vehicle she was in with her mother and sister collided with a utility vehicle along Highway 97C, south of Logan Lake in B.C.'s Southern Interior. "She was a sweet, lovable girl, and it's very unfortunate that this had to happ