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TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on Wednesday issued a request to international airlines to stop taking new reservations for flights coming into Japan until the end of December as an emergency precaution to defend against the new omicron variant. The ministry said Thursd
The federal government announced Tuesday that all air travellers entering Canada -- except for those from the U.S. -- will need to take a COVID-19 test at the airport and isolate until they get results. Jackie Wilson has more.
Canada has expanded the list of countries from which travellers are banned and will require everyone arriving from anywhere except the U.S. to take a COVID-19 and isolate upon arrival over concerns about the omicron variant, which is already in at least four provinces.
EDMONTON — Investigators at the Alberta Utilities Commission are asking the regulator to look into what they say is illegal behaviour by one of the province's largest and most prominent homegrown companies. They allege ATCO Electric deliberately overpaid a British Columbia First Nation by millions for work on a new transmission line in order to secure lucrative contracts providing construction camps for the Trans Mountain Expansion oil pipeline project. ATCO then tried to pass that overpayment o
Researchers from the University of Alberta are trying to better understand the health symptoms that persist long after COVID-19 infections have cleared. Known as "long COVID," the condition can leave people suffering months-long impairments — shortness of breath, fatigue, brain fog — even if their initial infection was never serious enough to go to hospital. The researchers behind the study are collaborating with patients who have long COVID to learn more about the illness and what barriers face
If your spirits need a little brightening this holiday season, Riverview has just the tonic. The town has lit up its biggest Christmas lights display ever, a twinkling, multi-coloured bonanza that runs along a full kilometre of waterfront on Coverdale Road. It's a traffic-stopping feast for the eyes – and it just may be the biggest outdoor holiday lights display in Atlantic Canada. "I think we've really got something special here," community recreation co-ordinator Ash Arrowsmith said in an inte
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday: ENGLAND With Ralf Rangnick awaiting his work visa following his appointment as Manchester United's interim manager on Monday, Michael Carrick will lead the team into its Premier League game at home to Arsenal. Carrick has done well in his stint in temporary charge after the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with United beating Villarreal in the Champions League and drawing at Chelsea in the Premier League. Arsenal will start the match five
A program that has helped dozens of sexual exploitation survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador rebuild their lives is at risk of ending permanently, its director says. The Blue Door program, run by St. John's-based non-profit Thrive, started five years ago with the help of funding from Ottawa. That five-year contract, supplying cash to the tune of $450,000 a year, draws to a close in February. Director Angela Crockwell, in a phone interview Tuesday, said staff were already steadying themselves f
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection voted Wednesday to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who refused to answer the committee's questions. (Dec. 2)
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the the fact the Omicron COVID-19 variant was detected in the Netherlands before it was reported in South Africa "factors as a concern." Mendicino added that the government will continue to follow the advice of public health officials in consideration of adding other countries to the list of countries with travel bans.
BRUSSELS — Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands' RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23 were found to contain the variant. It was on Nov. 24 that South African authorities reported the existence of the highly mutated virus to the World Hea
Repairs on the Trans-Canada Highway are progressing on the southwest coast of Newfoundland and a section near the weigh scales outside Port aux Basques is set to reopen to one lane of traffic late Wednesday afternoon. Repairs are also ongoing on highways in the Codroy Valley area. In a med ia release, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said travellers are encouraged to use alternative routes until repairs are completed. The stretch of highway was battered by a heavy rain storm l
The White House celebrates the fourth night of Hanukkah with a menorah-lighting ceremony that included for first time a Jewish spouse of a President or Vice President. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff said he was humbled to participate. (Dec. 1)
VANCOUVER — Flood warnings were issued Wednesday for several major rivers in British Columbia as a federal scientist says record-setting rainfall and alpine temperatures are consistent with climate change. Armel Castellan, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said fall's floods on the heels of summer's extreme heat is in line with expected trends. "Unfortunately, this is consistent with what climate change has been projecting for all parts of Canada, i
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Wednesday, a case that could potentially unravel abortion protections across the country. Alyssa Julie reports.
The executive director of a P.E.I. advocacy group says she was "disturbed" when she heard a 16-year-old was allegedly called the N-word multiple times during a recent hockey game in Charlottetown. Halifax player Mark Connors, who is Black, said he faced racial slurs during his first game of the Falcons Early Bird Tournament, which was held last week. The Halifax Hawks U18 AA team goalie said players from a team in P.E.I. later approached him and a teammate at the hotel where the teams were stayi
The suspect wasn't hurt when he was taken into custody and he refused to say how he got the gun into the school, authorities said. View on euronews
TORONTO — It may be harder for Ontario's health system to quickly respond to a surge in critically ill COVID-19 patients as non-virus care ramps up and workers contend with burnout, according to a new report that recommends sustained public health measures to preserve hospital capacity. The report on critical care capacity from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table was published Tuesday as the province logged 153 patients in intensive care units. Researchers found that co-ordination across
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading up to Wednesday's major abortion case at the Supreme Court, the justices have heard from thousands of people and organizations urging the court to either save or scrap two historic abortion decisions. But on Wednesday they'll hear from just three lawyers: one representing the state of Mississippi, another representing Mississippi's only abortion clinic and the last representing the Biden administration. For each, it’s a chance to be part of what is likely to be a histor
Pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates faced off outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments over whether to overturn a restrictive Mississippi abortion law that could challenge the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion.