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Canada’s immigration system should accept our chosen families and unconventional forms of love, such as friends with deep bonds.
A doctor in eastern Ontario charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly patient last year is now facing three new first-degree murder charges. Dr. Brian Nadler was arrested Wednesday. All three of the latest alleged victims were under Nadler's care.
B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon has removed longtime MLA John Rustad from the party caucus after Rustad boosted a social media post casting doubt on climate change science and urging people to "celebrate CO2." In posts on both Facebook and Twitter, Rustad, the MLA for the Nechako Lakes riding west of Prince George, shared a graphic and post arguing that people had been "hoodwinked" by climate change science and they should be glad CO2 is being emitted into the atmosphere. In response, Kevin Fal
Saskatchewan's first monthly COVID-19 epidemiology report, released Thursday, says 27 people with the virus died from July 17 to Aug. 13. The number of confirmed outbreaks in the province jumped to 46 in this reporting period from three in the previous three weeks. Saskatchewan only tracks outbreaks at long-term care and personal care homes — or where the risk of severe health outcomes is the highest. In those facilities outbreaks are declared when at least one person (a patient, resident or hea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials saw signs that the U.S. economy was weakening at their last meeting but still called inflation “unacceptably high’’ before raising their benchmark interest rate by a sizable three-quarters of a point in their drive to slow spiking prices. In minutes from their July 26-27 meeting released Wednesday, the policymakers said they expected the U.S. economy to expand in the second half of 2022. But many of them suggested that growth would weaken as higher rat
Nova Scotia is expanding a program this fall that allows people in rural areas needing urgent mental health care to skip a visit to a hospital's emergency department and use a virtual assessment instead. "The new virtual option allows the individuals to get timely access in the communities where they live," Nova Scotia Minister for Youth and Mental Health and Addictions Brian Comer said during the announcement at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on Thursday. "It helps to reduc
New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction for an unclaimed locker last week. Police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had purchased unseen. The two children were aged between 5 and 10 years and had been dead for some time, police said in a statement on Thursday.
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's cyberspace watchdog wants to build an "affectionate" relationship between internet enterprises and the government, a senior official said on Friday, the latest verbal assurance to an industry still on edge after a long and bruising regulatory crackdown. Niu Yibing, vice minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), told a news conference the agency was supportive of the sector's healthy development and while implementing rules, wanted to create a "healthy, get-to-the-top, can-do entrepreneurial atmosphere". The CAC was among Chinese regulators which in late 2020 launched an unprecedented crackdown on the country's technology giants.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed Thursday to reach an agreement on longstanding border and mutual recognition issues that have spiked tensions in the Balkans and added to Europe's instability during the war in Ukraine, the European Union's foreign policy chief said. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti held talks in Brussels during a meeting that the EU's top diplomat said took place “in a crisis management mode.” Josep Borrell, the EU's
When COVID-19 vaccinations were first made available in Quebec back in December 2020, thousands of Quebecers waited eagerly for a chance to roll up their sleeve and benefit from the protection against the virus the vaccine afforded. But more than a year and a half later, as Quebec announced that a fifth dose will be made available to all adults by the end of August, experts say few people will be quick to line up for it. In fact, provincial data shows a waning interest in all COVID-19 boosters o
Yukon students head back to class next week. It will be the third school year where students, teachers, staff and parents must once again navigate the changing COVID-19 regulations. On Wednesday, Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade laid out what the upcoming school year will look like in terms of health precautions in light of the pandemic, alongside Yukon deputy minister of education Nicole Morgan. "We've learned a lot in terms of balance between what kids need in terms of th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November's midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot. The effort, which breaks the group's previous $45 million spending record set in 2020, comes months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that created a constitutional right to hav
The World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has suggested that racism is behind a lack of international attention being paid to the plight of civilians in Ethiopia's war-shattered Tigray region. Calling it the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", with 6 million people unable to access basic services, Tedros questioned in an emotional appeal why the situation is not getting the same attention as the Ukraine conflict. "Maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people," Tedros, who is from Tigray, told a virtual media briefing on Wednesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the western city of Lviv, ahead of a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (August 18)
The beach on Île Notre-Dame in Jean-Drapeau Park will be closed until further notice because of an E. coli contamination, Quebec's Environment Ministry said Thursday morning. It has yet to say whether the closure of the Jean-Doré beach could continue into what's expected to be a hot weekend for the city. Temperatures will reach a high of 30 C starting Friday, and are anticipated to stay in that range until Sunday, Environment Canada says. Other beaches in the Montreal area, like Cap-Saint-Jacque
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said Thursday. Most of the victims were reported in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, near the northern Algeria-Tunisian border, where 34 people were found dead. The death toll included a family of five found in their home and eight people on a public bus whose driver was surprised by flames while traveling
A plan to kill off an invasive fish, along with all other fish species in New Brunswick's Miramichi Lake, can go ahead — for now. Last week, Court of Queen's Bench Judge Terrence Morrison issued an emergency injunction temporarily barring a group from using rotenone, a pesticide and piscicide, on the lake with the intent of killing off invasive smallmouth bass. That injunction expired at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a hearing in Woodstock Court of Queen's Bench that was supposed to include arguments
AIRDRIE, Alta. — An urgent care centre in a city north of Calgary is returning to its normal operations this weekend. The facility in Airdrie, Alta., was to be closed overnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 22 until mid-September due to a lack of available doctors to cover shifts. Alberta Health Services says in a news release that it will now reopen Friday. Dr. Charles Wong, who is in charge of urgent care for the Calgary area, says in the release that four new doctors have been r
Demand for housing in the Windsor area is already outstripping supply, and the region will need 30,400 new homes by 2031, according to new research. Getting there would require creating new housing more quickly, according to Mike Moffatt, an economist and senior director of the Ottawa-based think-tank, the Smart Prosperity Institute, which published the report. Moffatt says it about 3,000 homes per year need to be added to the region, more than double the level of construction we've seen over th
TORONTO — Ontario's nursing college is proposing to register potentially thousands of internationally trained nurses on a temporary basis. Health Minister Sylvia Jones recently directed the College of Nurses of Ontario to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals within two weeks, amid a nurse staffing shortage that has led to temporary emergency room closures. The college provided its response to the ministry today, and said there are 5,970 active internation