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ELORA, Ont. — A 24-year-old man has been charged in a crash near Elora, Ont., that killed a man and injured several others. Provincial police say the accused, who is from Kitchener, Ont., was driving one of two vehicles that collided on Sunday night. He's been charged with dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and also faces a charge under the Highway Traffic Act of driving while under suspension. The crash, involving a coupe and an SUV, happene
OTTAWA — Former Afghan interpreters now living in Canada are pleading for the federal government to help extended family members stuck in Afghanistan as the Taliban continues its march across the country. The former interpreters are among about 800 Afghans resettled under two different programs between 2008 and 2012 who say their previous work with Canada has left parents and siblings back home at risk of Taliban reprisals. “If they cannot get their hands on you, they will get your brother, they
A Winnipeg runner didn't let training in the flat prairie city keep her from winning a gruelling marathon in the Rocky Mountains this weekend. Gina Tranquada, 35, even set a course record for the women's Near Death Marathon in Grand Cache, Alta., covering 42 kilometres in four hours, 52 minutes and 52.6 seconds. "At times you're sliding on your bum down a mountain, which is quite scary for a Winnipegger," said Tranquada, who has also won the half and full versions of the Manitoba Marathon. "And
Researchers say there was "no unusual change" in the rate of preterm or stillbirths in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to previous years stretching back to 2002. A study from Sinai Health in Toronto, which was published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at more than 2.4 million hospital births in the province over nearly two decades to see whether pandemic conditions overall — not COVID-19 infections in pregnant people — impacted rates of preterm births or
BOSTON (Reuters) -U.S. stocks rose, 10-year Treasuries were flat and oil prices fell as markets assessed mixed signals from corporate earnings and economic growth data. The dollar index rose 0.03%, with the euro down 0.03% to $1.1864.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China's Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it would further curb minors' access to its flagship video game, hours after its shares were battered by a state media article that described online games as "spiritual opium". Economic Information Daily cited Tencent's "Honor of Kings" in an article in which it said minors were addicted to online games and called for more curbs on the industry. The outlet is affiliated with China's biggest state run news agency, Xinhua.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures. The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat. U.S. authorities likely picked up more th
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators conducting an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned him for eleven hours when he met with them last month, The New York Times reported Monday. The Times spoke to five people who had been briefed on the meeting, and who recounted some details on the condition of anonymity. The Times reported that at points, the videotaped interview was tense, with Cuomo challenging one of the investigators on his fairness and indepen
The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. In a major retreat in the Deep South, Louisiana ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges. And other cities and states like
PARIS (AP) — A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to female twin cubs early Monday, a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.” The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were born shortly after 1 a.m. They weigh 149 and 129 grams (5.3 and 4.6 ounces). Their mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zi are at Beauval on a 10-year loan from China aimed at highlighting good ties with France. The twins are their second and third cubs after the first panda
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying Monday he is “very glad” he received the vaccine, without which his current symptoms would be “far worse.” The news prompted several other lawmakers to get quick COVID-19 tests and report their status. A handful of Senate colleagues spent part of the weekend working and socializing with the South Carolina Republican, who attended a gat
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A conservative coalition registered a former leader of the 1980s Contra rebels Monday as a presidential candidate to challenge the re-election bid by President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's Nov. 7 elections. The Citizens for Liberty coalition registered Oscar Sobalvarro, a rancher and former commander in the U.S.-backed rebellion against Ortega's government during the 1980s. That came despite calls from some opposition parties to boycott the race after Ortega arrested mo
CANBERRA (Reuters) -Australian authorities said they could ease a COVID-19 lockdown that demands Sydney's five million people stay home until the end of August if half the population is vaccinated, even as new infections linger near a 16-month high. A lifting of restrictions in the country's most populous city and its surrounds in New South Wales state would be a boost for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, under intense pressure https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australian-pm-morrisons-approval-rating-slumps-slow-vaccine-rollout-2021-07-18 for his government's handling of the vaccine rollout, with the threat of a second economic recession in as many years looming. New South Wales, which accounts for a third of all activity in Australia's A$2 trillion ($1.47 trillion) economy, has struggled to contain a surge of cases of the highly infectious Delta variant in Sydney despite the lockdown, currently due to be lifted on Aug. 29.
Dozens of firefighters battled a large blaze with the help of rain Monday at Millett Lumber in Chester Grant, N.S. Chief Doug Rines of the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to the fire just before 1 p.m. AT. The main building was "totally engulfed in flames" when crews arrived, Rines said, so they took a defensive stance and made sure the fire didn't spread to the surrounding buildings. They were joined by another 11 departments from the surrounding areas, and in tota
Despite Canada having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, that might not be enough to slow the spread of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious delta variant.
Hot weather in Yukon in recent days has sparked some new wildfires, and fire officials are urging people to be cautious in the coming days. "We're definitely being kept busy by this weather, that's for sure," said Julia Duchesne, with Yukon Wildland Fire Management, on Monday afternoon. "We've had quite a few new starts over the weekend, and that sort of added to ... quite a big number of existing fires." There were 69 fires burning in the territory on Monday afternoon, Duchesne said, but none w
China's Wuhan city will test its 12 million residents for the coronavirus after confirming its first domestic cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant. Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, had reported no local coronavirus cases since mid-May last year but on Monday authorities confirmed three cases of the Delta variant. The strain has been found in a handful of provinces and big cities including Beijing over the past two weeks.
WASHINGTON — It sounds like Justin Trudeau had the chance to needle his U.S. counterpart about Canada's semifinal soccer win at the Tokyo Olympics. A readout from the Prime Minister's office says Trudeau spoke today with President Joe Biden — and that Canada's victory over the United States came up in the conversation. The two discussed weightier matters as well, including "close collaboration" at the Canada-U.S. border. Canada has decided to begin allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and per
A U.S. labor board official has recommended a rerun of a landmark Amazon.com Inc union election in Alabama where employees had voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the online retailer's first to organize in the United States. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which workers rejected joining earlier this year by a more than 2-1 margin, had said Amazon illegally threatened staff with reduced benefits and compromised the election's integrity via a ballot collection box it secured outside the warehouse. The labor official's recommendation in support of a new election focused on problems with the collection box, a person familiar with the matter said.
A Calgary councillor is asking the city to do what it can to protect public health, as the provincial government begins to end COVID-19 health measures. Coun. Jyoti Gondek is calling for Calgary council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss possible actions, including reinstating the city's mask mandate. "We are not asking a lot from our provincial government, we are simply asking them to do their job. It is not asking a lot for statistics to be made public. It is not asking a lot to be told w