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It's the one time of year where all local politicians in B.C. gather together — but for the second year in a row, it's happening virtually. The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention is taking place this week, allowing mayors and councillors to lobby the provincial government and trade best practices on local government. Like last year, it takes place with an election campaign underway — federal this year, instead of provincial — and continued uncertainty during a pandemic, but or
Sporting dance moves on TikTok videos in his signature neon turbans, the leader of Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, is poised to recover from a 2019 election stumble and strengthen his position as kingmaker in the country's next government. Singh, the first member of a visible minority to lead a major Canadian federal party, helped prop up Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal minority government for two years and could resume that role. A tight race means the Liberals or Conservatives may end up with another minority https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-trudeau-sought-an-election-he-risks-losing-with-only-week-go-2021-09-13 after the Sept. 20 election.
Saskatchewan's Opposition NDP says there's no reason protesters should be allowed to harass health-care workers outside hospitals. The statement came after a group of about 40 people showed up close to a Saskatoon hospital on Monday to protest measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There have been similar hospital protests across Canada. Opposition justice critic Nicole Sarauer said Tuesday that the government has the power to create safe zones around hospitals to protect health-care
Residents who live along Cabana Road in South Windsor are fed up with the changes to the road causing more traffic in their area and they say it poses a risk to children crossing the street. "The city has made it into a mini-highway," said Shirley Watson, who lives on the corner of Karen Street and Cabana Road. "We're even thinking of moving because it's just so ridiculous." The stretch of Road at Cabana street and Karen Road was widened four years ago from two lanes to four. It's part of work h
TORONTO — The City of Toronto and its health partners are launching a series of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Mayor John Tory says the so-called "Days of Vaxtion" will start on Thursday. Tory says the campaign is part of the city's plan to help residents get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. The clinic locations were selected in an effort to bring vaccines to residents in areas that have low vaccination coverage. The city says they were also chosen to facilitate ea
Retired gymnast McKayla Maroney tells the U.S. Senate judiciary committee how gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar molested her shortly before she won a team gold medal at the 2012 London Games. (Saul Loeb/Associated Press Photo)
Tammy Faye Bakker wore a lot of makeup. It was armor — a way for a person who didn’t consider herself beautiful to simply exist in the world. So it's a particularly a cruel irony that the mascara was also the thing that made her a target and a joke long before she and her ex-husband were brought down by brazen theft and misuse of ministry funds. Women have never been afforded the luxury of simply existing in the world, especially when they dare to live in public as Tammy did. Who cares what she
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected to take more arrivals than any other — more than 5,200 people, according to State Department data for the Afghan Placement and Assistance program obtained by The Associated Press. Alabama and Mississippi are each sla
The remains of a hiker who went missing from a southern Alberta campground last spring have been found, the Calgary Police Service said Wednesday. Stanley Stooshinoff, 68, was last seen leaving his home in southeast Calgary on May 19 for a hike in the Turner Valley area. He was reported missing after failing to return home. Calgary police, RCMP, Alberta Parks and Search and Rescue conducted an extensive search. Investigators located Stooshinoff's vehicle — a green Hyundai Tucson — in the Sandy M
Ottawa reported 50 more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. First health-care outbreak in more than two months. Quebec reports 20 more cases in the Outaouais. Other area cases trend up. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 50 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no deaths. Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has asked people to "approach September with caution" given the more infectious delta variant that's behind the fourth pandemic wave. Numbers to watch 14: As of S
OTTAWA — Newly elected MPs will be required to take a training course to prevent sexual harassment in their offices. The awareness course will educate new MPs on what counts as harassment — and how to take steps to prevent it. The course, paid for by the House of Commons, will address many forms of harassment and the abuse of power by MPs. New MPs must complete the training by the end of the year. Sitting MPs already have to take anti-harassment training every three years. Last week, the House o
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today and 49 active reported infections across the province. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says there are now 19 cases associated with a cluster in the northern Newfoundland town of Roddickton, where just 60 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of vaccine. She says a cluster identified in the eastern region of the province has been linked to large indoor gatherings wher
Canadians voted in advanced polls in record numbers ahead of an upcoming election, some looking to beat crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released this week, though an expected avalanche of mail-in ballots has failed to materialize. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the snap Sept. 20 election to try to secure a majority, is now fighting to keep his job with his Liberal party in a tight race https://reut.rs/39b2LbW against their main rival, the Conservatives. Nearly 5.8 million Canadians voted early this election, up 18.5% from the 2019 vote, preliminary data from Elections Canada shows.
Adrienne McColl, a "gorgeous" 21-year-old with dreams of fashion school in Vancouver, "just couldn't stay away" from her much older boyfriend, according to her stepfather, who would not allow the man in his Calgary home. Now, nearly two decades after McColl's violent death, that boyfriend, Stéphane Parent, is 53 and on trial for her murder. McColl's death became a cold case until police announced Parent's arrest in Gatineau, Que., in February 2018. On Tuesday, Day 2 of Parent's second-degree mur
Certain species are evolving with bigger ears, wings, and tails in response to warming global temperatures.
A 37-year-old man from Kingsclear First Nation has been charged with second-degree murder after the shooting death of another man from the same community, say the RCMP. The RCMP say they received a report of a shooting on a dirt road in a wooded area in Allandale — about 60 kilometres west of Fredericton — at about 8:45 p.m. on Monday. James Robert Paul, 40, was found dead at the scene, and an autopsy later determined he died of a gunshot wound. At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a 37-year-old man was
TORONTO — Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province's fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn't use the money during the third wave. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found health spending was $691 million lower than planned in the area of population and public health because the province didn't spend funds from the pandemic program. That provincial program –
GENEVA (AP) — A poll released Wednesday suggests Swiss voters are on track to vote yes in a “marriage for all” referendum, which supporters see as a key step for equal rights, but opponents fear could erode traditional family values. The latest poll for public broadcaster SSR before the Sept. 26 referendum found that 63% of respondents support the measure, with 35% opposed and 2% undecided. That’s a six percentage point drop in the level of support from a previous poll on the matter published in
Would Mehdi Belhadj, the former UPEI student born in Saudi Arabia who was detained on P.E.I. and faced deportation after accessing mental health care for which he could not pay, be in that situation if he were white? That question was posed to Tamara Steele, executive director of the Black Cultural Society of P.E.I., at the end of her presentation to a committee of MLAs Wednesday on the state of racism on P.E.I. Her answer was short and quick: "No." Steele had spent the previous hour and 45 minu
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and health officials warned of increasing pressure on hospitals due to staffing shortages. Three new cases were identified in the Halifax area, two were in the northern zone and one was in the eastern zone, which includes Cape Breton. The number of active reported cases dropped to 159, following 20 new recoveries. Four people were in hospital with the disease. Wednesday's new caseload was down significantly from Tuesday, when off