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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's health minister on Friday released her government's strategy to fight COVID-19 during the winter months, warning residents that holiday gatherings could lead to a new spike in infections. "The plan, when combined with vaccination and public health guidelines, will reduce the spread of the virus," Dorothy Shephard told reporters. The three-level plan will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night, she said. The province will start at level one, which includes a pri
MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting another jump in COVID-19 cases today with 1,512 infections and one further death attributed to the virus. The Health Department says 225 people are hospitalized, a drop of five, including 60 people listed in intensive care, an increase of three patients. The province hasn't reported more than 1,500 daily infections since mid-April, and the seven-day average for new cases is 1,089. More than half of the new cases were among people who were either unvaccinated or les
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Callum Wilson scored late in the first half and Newcastle went on to beat Burnley 1-0 for its first victory in this English Premier League on Saturday. Newcastle ended a 14-game winless run and earned desperately needed points as it tries to climb out of the relegation zone. Burnley had been unbeaten in five games but could muster only one shot on target at St. James’ Park. Wilson scored in the 40th minute after Burnley goalkeeper Nike Pope couldn't control Joe Willock'
FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the province prepared to enter the first phase of its so-called winter action plan. The province will enter Level 1 of the plan as of Sunday, which is the least restrictive of the three tiers. Among other things, masking will be required outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Physical distancing will also be mandatory in indoor public spaces that do not require proof of vaccinat
RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems. Coleman, 65, points to the billowing smokestacks just outside his backyard. “Oh, when the plants came in, they built right on top of us," he said. “We was surrounded by sugarcane, and now we’re surrounded by (indus
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. During the calls with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Macron said France and Saudi Arabia expressed their commitment to Lebanon, despite Saudi Arabia's uneasiness with Iran’s sway over the small Mediterranean country
Although many farm animals perished when floodwaters ravaged parts of British Columbia, farmers say they were still able to save most of their livestock. Mike Drolet looks at how people rallied together to protect their livelihoods.
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Divock Origi’s last-gasp goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton on Saturday that provisionally lifted it to the top of the English Premier League. Origi collected a smart cutback from Mo Salah in injury time and swiveled before slotting in the ball, just as it looked as if Liverpool would fail to score for the first time in eight months. The visitors missed good chances in the last 30 minutes, with Diogo Jota wasting one of the best when goalkeeper Jose Sa's
Multiple cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York, health officials said Thursday, including a man who attended an anime convention in Manhattan in late November. (Dec. 3)
TORONTO — More cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 cropped up in various Toronto-area public health units Friday, as Ontario recorded its highest daily case count in six months. There were 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday, the first time the daily tally has climbed above 1,000 since May 30. Nearly all of the new cases were confirmed as the Delta variant. While the high number may seem alarming, Health Minister Christine Elliott said it's not unexpected. "We did
Le monde virtuel « Second Life » était-il un avant-goût du Métavers de Facebook ? Faut-il craindre une aggravation de dérives déjà observées ?
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Andre Blake shook his head at the photo that captured the Jamaican goalie carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his Philadelphia Union teammates. Blake was swooped up by the Union after stopping two penalty kicks that ushered the franchise straight into easily the biggest game in its Major League Soccer history — Sunday’s Eastern Conference final against New York City FC. Blake’s Instagram photos and stories this week were loaded with action shots and Union players mobbed
Elections Alberta says it was improper — but not partisan — when an employee posted testy Twitter responses to concerned citizens on municipal election day. Some MLAs say the now-deleted social media posts damaged the office's credibility, and Elections Alberta should be more transparent about the consequences for the employee responsible. "This hurts the confidence in Elections Alberta," said United Conservative Party MLA Tany Yao, during an all-party legislative committee meeting Friday. Chief
HALIFAX — A conservation group is raising alarm bells about the discovery of farmed salmon in East Coast rivers, citing research suggesting the potential interbreeding could damage the wild stocks' long-term health. Two Atlantic salmon originally from aquaculture sites were among seven adult fish collected on Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau River this year by the federal Fisheries Department, the Atlantic Salmon Federation said Friday in a news release. The New Brunswick-based conservation group said it
The Canadian economy added 154,000 jobs in November, more than four times what analysts were predicting. Several factors are behind the massive jump, including the end of income support programs, Canada’s economy reopening and flexible working arrangements being implemented by companies.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman squared off over stranded Canadians in South Africa during question period in the House of Commons on Friday. Lantsman says Canadians trying to get home have not received clear guidance from the Liberal government, while Duclos calls out the Conservative party members who have not taken full advantage of Canada's supply of vaccines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. Amy Coney Barrett told senators during her Senate confirmation hearing that laws could not be undone simply by personal beliefs, including her own. “It's not the law of Amy,” she quipped. But during this week's landmark Supr
Nicolas Cage helped launch “Adaptation” towards Oscar success, with its Los Angeles premiere. (Dec. 3)
Ontario reported another 1,053 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. That's the highest daily case count in half a year and the second day in a row where Ontario's case count has topped 1,000. There is now another confirmed case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the province, according to Public Health Ontario. A Hamilton resident who travelled recently to South Africa has tested positive, the agency said in a Saturday news release. A second potential case is under investigation, it said, but not y
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has postponed a deposition with a former Justice Department official Saturday due to a “medical condition that precludes his participation," according to a panel spokesman. The committee had scheduled the second interview with Jeffrey Clark, who had aligned himself with former President Donald Trump last year as he tried to overturn his defeat, after Clark declined to answer questions at his first deposition in N