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OTTAWA — The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week, as public health officials brace for a potential fourth wave of infections. Ottawa has already received more than 66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, enough to fully immunize all eligible Canadians. As of Tuesday, the federal government had 6.7 million COVID-19 vaccines in its national reserve, an amount that provinces and territories can draw from if they need mo
When Bilal Habib looked around his cohort at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, he saw some disparities. The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last year prompted him to take a closer look at the make-up of the students in his program — and what he found wasn't promising. "There weren't a lot of Black students in the program," Habib said he noticed. Currently, Black students make up less than 2.5 per cent of Rotman's Morning and Evening MBA program — a
When Terri Kinsella heard that travellers from the United States will once again be allowed to enter Canada as of Aug. 9, she booked her flight home to Newfoundland and Labrador right away. Originally from Corner Brook and now living in Evanston, Illinois, Kinsella missed her parents' 50th wedding anniversary in August 2020, and hasn't been able to travel home to visit friends and family since before the COVID-19 pandemic began. "It's been very isolating," she said. "The U.S. was hit particularl
Ottawa neighbours got under each other's skin during the long COVID-19 lockdowns of the past year-plus, if the number of calls to the city's bylaw services division is anything to judge by. Ottawans made more than 11,000 more calls to bylaw between April 2020 and March 2021 than in the previous 12-month period — an increase of 20 per cent — with a good chunk of the increase coming from complaints about noise, pets, property maintenance and construction work. People were particularly miffed by lo
As Quebec artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau prepares to compete at her second Olympic Games, her family won't be in the stands cheering her on. Due to the pandemic, athletes' families weren't allowed to accompany them to Tokyo. For Simoneau's mother, Lynda South, it's disappointing not to be there. By South's count, she's missed only a handful of competitions in her daughter's career, and the Olympics isn't just another swim meet. "It's actually a little heartbreaking. It's really tough, espe
Nozomi Networks, a San Francisco-based industrial cyber security startup, said on Monday it raised $100 million from its customers and technology partners to help build new products and expand sales. Cyber security startups have been getting big investments in the past year with a sharp rise in high-profile cyber attacks. Nozomi Networks specializes in protecting critical infrastructure such as oil, gas, and water, as well as manufacturing facilities, said Chief Executive Officer Edgard Capdevielle.
Standing on a street corner in Montreal, Reinaldo Rodriguez has a message for Canadians. "Canadian tourists are feeding the Cuban regime," he told CBC News. Rodriguez was part of a wave of protests that have swept Canada's 30,000-strong Cuban community since unrest spread across the island on July 11. "The people don't see (the money)," he said. "The same as happens with the money the government makes from its doctors who work overseas. The Cuban hospitals are unsanitary, people don't have medic
BEIRUT (AP) — Emmanuelle Khnaisser had been in labor all day, and now it was in the last stages. Her baby — her first — was crowning. Five floors below, Jessica Bezdjian was just coming in through the entrance of Beirut’s St. George Hospital. She was an hour early for her 12-hour shift as a nurse in the psychiatric ward. Everything exploded. In every room on every floor in a single instant, windows burst. Doors flew off their hinges, ceilings collapsed, and equipment toppled. A wave of dust and
In a normal year, the vehicle lot at Jim Tubman Chevrolet in Ottawa is full with hundreds of new cars. On Friday there were only 19 — and some had already sold earlier that day. "Obviously it's a little crazy right now, not just for us but everywhere, " said Ted Smith, senior salesperson at the dealership. Auto sales have flipped from a buyers' market last year to a severe shortage in 2021, one that has people fighting to find popular models before they're snapped up or waiting two to four month
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on Nicaraguan first lady and Vice-President Rosario Murillo and seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy, amid a crackdown on opposition politicians in the Central American country. EU headquarters said in a statement that the sanctions, which include asset freezes and bans on travel in Europe, “are targeted at individuals and are designed in this way not to harm the Nicaraguan
STOCKHOLM/SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Sweden's Ericsson won a 3% share in a joint 5G radio contract from China Telecom and China Unicom, according to sources familiar with the matter. Nokia, which was expected to take away Ericsson's market share in China, did not receive any share, according to a tender document published by the Chinese companies.
For Beirut blast survivor Shady Rizk, time has stopped since Aug. 4 last year when a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded in the Lebanese capital's port opposite his office. Rizk was in the office where he works for an internet provider and was filming the smoke rising from an initial explosion at the port when the second blast hit. Having survived the near-death experience, Rizk considers Aug. 4 his re-birth and he now wants to continue this new chapter of his life away from Lebanon.
Recent developments: Ottawa reported seven new COVID-19 cases Monday. Restaurants are struggling to find staff as restrictions lift and business ramps up. Restrictions continue to ease in western Quebec. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported seven more COVID-19 cases Monday and no new deaths. Some restaurants in the Ottawa area say they're struggling to find enough staff — and are even having to close down for entire days — as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease and more people
Senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package Sunday night, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. (Aug. 2)
Chapel's Cove beach in Conception Bay is once again open to the public after more than a year and a half of clean-up and repairs, but some in the area say they're concerned the beach could still be vulnerable to future storms. The picturesque site popular for fishing and bonfires was closed in January 2020 after a storm surge during the historic Snowmaggedon blizzard overwhelmed its seawall, washing out a nearby road and reducing the rocky beach to rubble and debris. Mike Doyle, mayor of Harbour
HONG KONG (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist was arrested by the city’s anti-corruption watchdog Monday over accusations that he broke the law by singing at a political rally three years ago. The arrest of Anthony Wong in the latest official move against those who had been pushing for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption said Wong performed two songs at the 2018 rally and urged attendees to vo
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on Monday shot and killed a police officer assigned to protect a polio vaccination team in northwestern Pakistan, an official said. It was the third attack in two days on Pakistani policemen assigned to protect polio workers. The deadly attack took place in the town of Kolachi in the Dera Ismail Khan district. Officer Dilawar Khan was on his motorcycle, heading to escort polio workers taking part in a nationwide campaign aimed at making Pakistan a polio-free stat
A tweet by Kim Kardashian promoting Afterpay as a way to buy her beauty products may have proved pivotal for the Australian buy now, pay later pioneer, whose founders have since joined the reality TV superstar as billionaires. Kardashian's recommendation in 2018 helped Afterpay, which has agreed a record $29 billion buyout by Square, the payments firm of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, crack the U.S. market. Afterpay's rapid rise, which has culminated in Australia's biggest-ever deal and powered its stock market to record highs, began when an eBay vendor noticed young people avoiding credit cards after the 2008 financial crisis.
As it runs from the Otish Mountains south to Lac-Saint-Jean, the Péribonka River cuts through a valley in Quebec that is home to old yellow birch, woodland caribou and bald eagles. The valley has been heavily logged for years. Until the mid-1990s, the river was so clogged with timber that canoeing or kayaking was impossible. But for the past decade, local activists and politicians have been trying, in vain, to get the Quebec government to protect an 80-kilometre stretch of forest along the river
The threat of flooding is an annual worry for those living along the St. John River. But when Paul and Tina Arthurs bought a getaway property in Sheffield, across Rte 105 from the river, in a flood-prone area, they decided they would rise above that worry. They've stuck their travel trailer on stilts — a dozen telephone poles to be precise. "I just figured I'd put it up in the air and have something that I don't have to move and I can have the power up there, my well up there, everything is up t