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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's health minister on Friday released her government's strategy to fight COVID-19 during the winter months, warning residents that holiday gatherings could lead to a new spike in infections. "The plan, when combined with vaccination and public health guidelines, will reduce the spread of the virus," Dorothy Shephard told reporters. The three-level plan will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night, she said. The province will start at level one, which includes a pri
Phil Fontaine is hopeful. A former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Fontaine says he is keeping that feeling close to his heart as he prepares to make a second trip to the Vatican to ask a pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. He is resolute that history will not repeat itself. "What choice do they really have when the issue of unmarked graves became an international story?" Fontaine asks. "There is incredible pressure on the Catholic Church." A
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. During the calls with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Macron said France and Saudi Arabia expressed their commitment to Lebanon, despite Saudi Arabia's uneasiness with Iran’s sway over the small Mediterranean country
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Divock Origi’s last-gasp goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton on Saturday that provisionally lifted it to the top of the English Premier League. Origi collected a smart cutback from Mo Salah in injury time and swiveled before slotting in the ball, just as it looked as if Liverpool would fail to score for the first time in eight months. The visitors missed good chances in the last 30 minutes, with Diogo Jota wasting one of the best when goalkeeper Jose Sa's
A group of protestors temporarily blocked a set of train tracks in Saint-Lambert, a city on Montreal's South Shore, causing cancellations and delays of some trains between Montreal and Quebec City on Saturday. The group sent out a press release saying it set up the blockade in solidarity with the Gidimt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en nation who have been actively opposing the construction of a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia since 2020. The protestors described themselves as non-Indigenous
MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 1,256 new COVID-19 cases today and one further death attributed to the virus. The Health Department says there are 819 active outbreaks in the province. It also notes that 219 people are hospitalized, a drop of six, including 59 people listed in intensive care, a decrease of one patient. The seven-day average for new cases is 1,144. The Health Department says 86 per cent of residents five and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 81 per
Christelle Ishimwe always wanted to work in a hospital emergency room, but decided last month she'd forge a new path in life. Ishimwe quit her job at The Ottawa Hospital to pursue nursing in northern Ontario full time. In clinics in northern First Nations communities, Ishimwe says she receives time to treat patients and doesn't get abused. "I'm excited, happy for the next chapter, but I really want to say how much guilt this causes, when you're literally saving your skin and leaving your friends
Thirty-two years after a gunman motivated by a hatred of feminists opened fire on campus, killing 14 women and injuring others, the list of women killed by male violence in Quebec continues to grow. As Quebecers plan moments of silence and solemn ceremonies to mark the tragedy that occurred on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal's Polytechnique engineering school, advocates point out that the events of the last year show misogynistic violence is not a thing of the past. Quebec has experienced a spate of ho
It is the busiest month of the year for a lot of retailers, but they're not the only ones. After the gifts are bought, they need to be delivered, and shipping services say they expect to be even busier this season than in years past. Canada Post has been preparing for months. Thousands of seasonal staff have been hired across the country, 1,000 vehicles have been added to the fleet and increased parcel sorting capacity has been added at sorting centres in Calgary, Vancouver, Regina, Kitchener, O
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Dole’s political career began in 1950 with election to the Kansas Legislature and officially ended nearly five decades later, one step short of the White House. In retirement, Dole kept working into his 90s for the causes he cherished. A look at some of the moments from a life in politics: As a college student, Dole had planned to be a doctor. World War II changed his life’s direction. He nearly died from injuries sustained as a second lieutenant leading an assault on Germa
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Supreme Court court weighs the future of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, a resurgent anti-abortion movement is looking to press its advantage in state-by-state battles while abortion-rights supporters prepare to play defense. Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by former President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe. “We have a storm to weather,” said Elizabeth Nash, state policy analyst for the Guttmacher
Ontario reported another 1,184 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday — the highest daily case count in six months, and the third straight day of case counts topping 1,000. Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health's daily provincial update: Tests completed: 31,735. Provincewide test positivity rate: 3.2 per cent. Active cases: 8,115. Patients in ICU with COVID-related illnesses: 164; 101 needed a ventilator to breathe. Deaths: Zero, keeping the official toll at 10
German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz's center-left party gave its overwhelming approval Saturday to forming a new government with environmentalist and pro-business parties — the first of three such decisions needed for Scholz to take office next week. Scholz's Social Democrats narrowly won Germany's Sept. 26 election and launched negotiations with the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats to form a governing coalition that hasn't been tried before at the federal level. They emerged
The parents of a Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges.
For a second year running the commemoration for the Battle of Austerlitz in the Czech Republic has been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Only a small group of hard-core history fans were allowed to participate. View on euronews
MOSCOW (AP) — President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak in a video call Tuesday, the Kremlin said, as tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border that's seen as a sign of a potential invasion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed plans on Saturday to Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti and said it will take place in the evening. "The presidents will decide themselves” how long the conversation will
A storm moving into southern British Columbia on Sunday will bring a renewed chance for low-elevation snow across portions of the province. Much of Metro Vancouver has a decent opportunity to see some flakes through Monday.
FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the province prepared to enter the first phase of its so-called winter action plan. The province will enter Level 1 of the plan as of Sunday, which is the least restrictive of the three tiers. Among other things, masking will be required outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Physical distancing will also be mandatory in indoor public spaces that do not require proof of vaccinat
Authorities in Panama found 10 million dollars of illegal drug money hidden in a residential house in Nueva Providencia. View on euronews
Canada has imposed new travel restrictions and testing requirements in response to the new coronavirus variant, omicron. Rosemary Barton spoke to Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos about the government's evolving response to COVID-19.