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MONTREAL — Quebec's health minister urged residents on Wednesday to quickly get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine after officials reported a jump in new infections. Officials reported 133 new cases and a test-positivity rate of one per cent, compared with 73 cases Tuesday and a rate of 0.6 per cent. "An (increase) of infections is recorded, the Delta variant is already present here," Christian Dubé said on Twitter. "It is up to each Quebecer to quickly get their 2nd dose to (lessen) the impact o
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising throughout Iowa and around the nation, health experts are becoming increasingly worried about next month’s Iowa State Fair, which will bring more than 1 million people to Des Moines from around the state, including many from counties with low vaccination rates and increasing prevalence of the disease. Iowa’s biggest annual event comes at a time when giant summer events will draw crowds throughout the nation, including in states that are exper
Municipality of Kincardine Council is seeking input into the election process for the deputy mayor to be effective starting in the 2022 election. Municipality of Kincardine CAO Sharon Chambers says the matter was brought forward as a notice of motion by then councillor Glover (prior to his appointment as mayor) on Dec. 7, 2020 and was passed by council on Dec. 14. The motion directed staff to “bring back a report on the process for reviewing options as it relates to the election of deputy mayor
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Wednesday that all public employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting next month as the U.S. territory reports a new rise in cases. The executive order goes into effect Aug. 16 with few exceptions. Those who refuse to get inoculated will be required to submit a negative virus test weekly. If an employee refuses to get tested, they will be forced to use their vacation days and eventually may not be paid, Gov. Pedro Pi
Rules in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Nunavut are being relaxed starting Friday just after midnight. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, announced the easing of restrictions in a news release Wednesday. Among the handful of measures changing are masks being no longer mandatory, though residents are still strongly encouraged to wear them in public spaces. "On Friday, it will have been more than two weeks since the outbreak in Iqaluit was declared over and the
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman and seriously wounded a 19-year-old social media influencer as they watched “The Forever Purge” at a Southern California movie theater. Authorities say there is no known motive for the violence and that the shooting Monday appeared to be “an unprovoked attack." The teens were found by theater workers cleaning up after the 9:35 p.m. showing of the violent horror movie at The Crossings m
Health Canada is proposing to allow three times the current limit for residue of an insecticide and a fungicide in wild blueberries sold to Canadian consumers. It's also proposing a seven-fold increase for a fungicide in raspberries. Two public consultations are underway, one of which ended Tuesday. The other is ongoing until September 28. Federal officials say there is no health risk. Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., blueberry farmer and president of the Quebec association of blueberry producers Daniel Go
VICTORIA — British Columbia's budget deficit has come in almost $3 billion lower than was forecast for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Finance Minister Selina Robinson says the final numbers show a deficit of $5.46 billion compared to the original forecast of almost $8.2 billion. She says the strength of B.C.'s economy helped keep the province's finances on stable ground. Robinson says she expects to lay out a plan in next year's budget that outlines how the province will return to future surpluses. Sh
OTTAWA — Fully vaccinated Canadian travellers have been left out of plans to ease quarantine restrictions for entry to England and Scotland. The United Kingdom countries announced Wednesday that travellers who were fully vaccinated in the United States or Europe will not have to quarantine upon arrival. The changes are set to go in place at 4 a.m. on August 2. The English and Scottish governments did not provide a reason why Canada was not included in the new quarantine exceptions. The countries
Statistic Canada's Crime Severity Index showed a big decrease on P.E.I. last year, and an even bigger drop for youth. The indexes, based on police reports of crime, were released Tuesday. The declines on P.E.I. reflect a national trend, and one that has also been noted internationally and connected to the pandemic. The overall index had been climbing on P.E.I. and in Canada, while the youth index had been largely flat. The overall index rose from 45.89 in 2017 to 64.33 in 2019, but fell back to
Indoor mask wearing has returned to the U.S. Capitol amid new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that all Americans living in places where the virus is surging should wear a mask while inside, regardless of vaccination status. (July 28)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The lawyer for the families of the three people former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah shot and killed has filed a federal lawsuit against Mensah and others in one of the deaths. Attorney Kimberley Motley said she wants to know more about the 2015 fatal shooting of Antonio Gonzales. It was the first shooting Mensah was involved in and it came five years before widespread protests calling for his removal. A review of the case shows that Mensah shot the 29-year-old Gonzales
The Gold Cup parade and Old Home Week will return this August, although in a scaled-down format that follows COVID-19 guidelines. Old Home Week will take place from Aug.13 to 21. The Gold Cup parade neighbourhood tour will take place on Aug. 20. Premier Dennis King said this year will be memorable because of its uniqueness, at a news conference about the return. "It will be a little bit different this year, it won't be the same as what we've come to know, but it will be unique," King said. "I th
PARIS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel is taking seriously allegations that spyware developed by an Israeli company was used against public figures including French President Emmanuel Macron, Israel's defence minister told his French counterpart during a visit to Paris on Wednesday. Israeli defence chief Benny Gantz met French Defence Minister Florence Parly in part to share initial findings from an Israeli government assessment of exports to France by NSO Group, which sells the Pegasus spyware.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador ordered the pre-trial arrest of 10 former government officials, including ex-President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, on corruption charges Wednesday. All of the former officials were part of the government of ex-President Mauricio Funes. Sánchez Cerén served as his vice president before going on to win the presidency. The court also indicated it would work with Interpol to seek the arrest of Sánchez Cerén and four others not in custody. Funes, wh
BRAMPTON, Ont. — The top doctor of a COVID-19 hot spot in Ontario says data shows that all of the people in the region who were hospitalized recently with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated. Dr. Lawrence Loh says between June 1 and July 9, 81 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Peel Region, which includes the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. He says two thirds of those patients were unvaccinated, and one third had received only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Loh says the data s
Ottawa police are looking for anyone who witnessed a downtown dispute between e-scooter riders and the driver of a black Volkswagen on Monday night, which resulted in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Eric Hewer. Police say homicide investigators want more details about an altercation between three people riding e-scooters and the driver, which took place around 8:40 p.m. Monday. Officers were called to the intersection of Albert and Metcalfe streets where they found two men suffering from stab
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Around a billion years ago, a region of northwest Canada now defined by steep mountains was a prehistoric marine environment where the remains of ancient sponges may be preserved in mineral sediment, the paper says. Geologist Elizabeth Turner discovered the rocks in a remote region of the Northwest Territories accessible only b
OTTAWA — The long-standing tradition of the Governor General acceding to Canadian prime ministers' requests to dissolve Parliament will practically push Mary Simon to accept a plea from Justin Trudeau to call an election, a constitutional law expert said Wednesday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked Simon to refuse any request from Trudeau that would send voters to the ballot box, noting that the fixed-election law states that every general election must be held on the third Monday of October fo
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait, we're supposed to wear masks again? Even if we are vaccinated? For a large part of the U.S., that's the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC this week revisited and revised its guidance for wearing masks indoors to stop the spread of coronavirus. The change comes two months after the agency eased its mask advice, declaring that fully vaccinated people no longer had to cover up at indoor public places. Since then, the agency also said va