As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of all those we’ve lost from the world of showbusiness and entertainment.
From Albert Finney in February right up to the tragic loss of Gary Rhodes in November, we’ve lost some true titans in 2019.
TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his government may move Ontario into the second phase of its reopening plan earlier than scheduled. Ford says an announcement will come "very shortly," following discussions with the province's top doctor. Pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and outdoor activities are currently set to roll back further on July 2. But the province has already met its COVID-19 vaccination targets for entering that stage of the plan. Services like haircuts can resume und
OTTAWA — An army reservist who was ordered suspended from the Vancouver Police Department for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate has been working as a military assistant to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Sajjan’s office says the military was responsible for hiring Maj. Greg McCullough, and that neither the minister nor his staff knew about the complaint or disciplinary action taken against him while he was a sergeant in the Vancouver police. “Neither the minister nor staff
The Canadian Football League is struggling to stay alive. All options, including help from government, should be considered as part of a national conversation about its future.
A boy in Nain has died, despite CPR efforts, after he was pulled from a body of water in the Labrador community early Wednesday morning. Nain RCMP responded to a call at 4:30 a.m. about a body found in the water near the dock on Ikajuktauvik Road. The boy, whose age was not disclosed, was found floating near the wharf. An officer got him out of the water and started CPR, continuing it while the boy was transported to the local health clinic. The boy was pronounced dead at the clinic. No other de
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An influential firebrand cleric was sentenced to another four years in prison on Thursday for concealing information about his coronavirus test result. The three-judge panel at East Jakarta District Court, which was under heavy police and military guard, ruled that Rizieq Shihab had lied about his COVID-19 test result, which made contact tracing more difficult. Shihab has been detained since Dec. 13. The judges ordered the time he has already served to be deducted from
CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he “will continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.” Scott told top agency officials during a call to discuss budgets and other issues that he had 60 days to decide whether to be reassig
Christine Sinclair, who holds the all-time record for international goals among both men and women, leads Canada's roster for the Olympics. Coach Bev Priestman named her 18-player squad for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday. The Canadian women are making their fourth straight Olympic appearance and have won back-to-back bronze medals. As captain of the Canadian team, Sinclair is making her fourth Olympic appearance. She has appeared in 15 overall Olympic matches, scoring 11 goals. At the 2016 Brazil
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is prepared to fire upon intruding warships, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday in a tough warning in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender on Wednesday to drive it away from the area near Sevastopol. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship was
CLEVELAND (AP) — Drake Bell, the former star of the popular Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh,” pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges relating to a girl who met him online and attended one of his concerts in Cleveland in 2017, when she was 15. Jared “Drake” Bell, 34, of West Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12 in Cleveland. Defense attorney Ia
TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue on their own, and that the claim had no prospect of success. "I disagree with Canada's characterization of these claims
VANCOUVER — The price of cannabis at government-run stores in British Columbia declined while potency rose between 2019 and 2020, says a new report that has a researcher raising questions about what its findings mean for public health. The study found that the amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, increased from 16 per cent to 19 per cent in the flower product during that short period of time, making it significantly more powerful. Dr. Tim Naimi, director of the Canadian Instit
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Lisbon region’s surge in COVID-19 cases is powering ahead, with new infections pushing Portugal’s daily new cases to a four-month high as a report by health experts finds fault with the government's pandemic response. Portugal on Wednesday reported almost 1,500 new cases, two-thirds of them in the capital region where 2.8 million people live. Three people died in Portugal of COVID-19 over 24 hours. The national 14-day cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people has r
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending his decision to send state patrol troopers to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and using it as an opportunity to rail against the Biden administration. Ricketts announced Saturday that he would send 25 troopers to Del Rio, Texas, this week for a deployment to last as long as 16 days. The troopers will partner with the Texas Department of Public Safety, although it's not clear what they
An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars, while a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a major step forward for the massive investigation. The two developments signal that the cases against those charged in the deadly siege are slowly advancing, even as the U.S. Department of Justice and the courthouse in
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 516,201 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,565,223 doses given. Nationwide, 8,273,857 people or 22 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 88,564.283 per 100,000. There were 632,380 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 37,666,330 doses delivered
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three others were hospitalized with burns Wednesday after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest facing a disciplinary hearing, authorities said. The incident occurred at a meeting in Athens of senior bishops. The 37-year-old priest, who was facing the hearing for alleged drug-related offenses, was arrested unharmed and detained for questioning. A police officer who helped restrain the suspect was als
The bodies of two young girls were found, hours apart, in a South Florida canal behind a condominium complex. Investigators say they're treating the case as a homicide. (June 23)
BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Men and women who were kidnapped by Colombian’s biggest guerrilla group during a decades long internal conflict met face to face with their captors Wednesday during an event meant for the rebels to admit their responsibility, a step toward reconciliation contemplated in a peace deal signed in 2016 by the government and the combatants. The emotional meeting between the victims and members of the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish
Relaxed travel rules for fully vaccinated Canadians may make visiting the United States easier for some, but uncertainly around travelling with unvaccinated children is already causing frustration for others, travel experts say. The federal government still advises against non-essential travel — either by land or by air — to U.S. and international destinations, and the land border closure was recently extended to July 21. By and large, the public has complied. However, tales abound of questionab
WINNIPEG — Manitobans will be able to return to restaurants, go to church and meet with larger groups as the province brings in the first step of its COVID-19 reopening plan ahead of schedule. "This week Manitobans met and surpassed vaccination goals," Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday. "Thank you, Manitobans, for doing that.” More than 71 per cent of eligible residents have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and about 27 per cent have had a second shot. Pallister said that means