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President Joe Biden's administration wants to nearly double the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 in the upcoming fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 in keeping with a campaign promise, according to a statement from the State Department. The State Department will consult with the Department of Homeland Security and Congress to lift the cap, which was set at 62,500 for the 2020 fiscal year ending this month, the statement said. The plan to dramatically increase refugee admissions comes at a time when tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are on U.S. military bases awaiting resettlement in the United States.
As the province prepares to implement its vaccine passport system this week, many local residents are getting on board with vaccination. According to Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical officer of Health, approximately 200 people a day are receiving a vaccine dose across Chatham-Kent. “I’m very pleased to report that since the province’s announcement of the vaccine certification program, many of these are first doses,” said Colby. “It tells me that people have finally said OK, I’ll get this
Bugs, bugs, and more bugs.
The Yellowknife Community Arena will be used to operate a temporary day and overnight shelter, according to a news release issued Monday. The government of the Northwest Territories said the shelter at the arena will provide food, washrooms, showers, bedding and cots. The announcement came after Yellowknife's combined day shelter and overnight sobering centre on 50th Street closed indefinitely on Sept. 11, after the city started experiencing community transmission of COVID-19. "The opening of th
MARY'S HARBOUR, N.L. — A coast guard vessel and a provincial water bomber continued a search Monday for two missing fishermen, after the father of one of the lost men called on Ottawa to resume a full search off the coast of Labrador. Dwight Russell said in an interview Monday morning his family in Mary's Harbour has been "set adrift" by the military and the Canadian Coast Guard, after the joint search and rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax indicated Sunday evening that was transferring the
Many Canadians were already disgruntled about the snap federal election being called during a pandemic, but long lines at the polls haven't eased the frustrations. Some took to Twitter to express their annoyance, while others were grateful to have the opportunity to vote to begin with.
A new pedestrian and bicycle path has received $213,633 in provincial funding to be constructed between Skidegate First Nation and the Village of Queen Charlotte, joining the two communities along a 12.5 km stretch of Highway 16. “We’re working to safely connect more communities here in the North through new active transportation infrastructure… giving people better access to cleaner and more efficient ways of getting around,” Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast, said. In the cost-sharing agreeme
NEW YORK (AP) — Some families just love leftovers. What's easier than reheating and digging into yesterday's meal? But that's not Cassy Joy Garcia’s family: They're not leftover fans. So Garcia had to get creative for her latest cookbook, which offers busy home chefs a way to lower stress levels in the kitchen by transforming one meal into two different ones. How she does it is by planning out two meals that usually share a protein. She cooks that meat, fish or poultry for one meal and sets asid
Heather Darch and her youngest son arrived at the temporary COVID-19 assessment centre at the McNabb Arena on Percy Street before it opened Sunday morning, but they still had to wait an hour and a half before he could be tested. "It's hard when you've got little kids because as soon as they go back to school, they always come down with colds instantly in September," Darch said. "So I guess it's a necessary evil that we have to get tested." With children back in the classroom across the city, som
A motion to support the decriminalization of the possession of illicit drugs has been passed by Chatham-Kent council. During last week’s council meeting, Councillor Brock McGregor brought forward the motion requesting a letter be sent to the federal and provincial government. The letter outlined the endorsement and current situation in Chatham-Kent. McGregor said it is hard to ignore that we are caught in a national and regional pattern of increased opioid use. “While we look at the things we ca
TORONTO, Kan. — Extracurricular activities can gradually return to Toronto's schools. Toronto Public Health said Monday that city schools may slowly allow extracurriculars – including sports and clubs – to resume, and provided a framework to help boards bring those activities back. The province permitted extracurriculars to go ahead when the new academic year began earlier this month but Toronto's health unit had recommended putting them on hold as in-person learning began on Sept. 9. Both the T
Hydro-Québec has signed a tentative agreement to help power the state of New York over the next 25 years. Premier Francois Legault said Monday the deal totals more than $20 billion. He called the agreement "huge news for the environment," given that "fossil energy will be replaced by renewable energy." Legault has long tried to sell neighbouring provinces and the United States on the benefits of hydro power, billing Quebec as the "battery of North America." The agreement — which still requires f
Steven Trahan, the Conservative’s candidate for the Nipissing-Timiskaming riding, looks forward to enacting policies to improve mental health, reduce political corruption, and help small business stay afloat amongst the Covid waves. On that first point, the party’s plan boosts provincial funding for mental health care and provides incentives to employers to provide mental health coverage to employees. A nation wide three-digit suicide prevention hotline is also on the table if Conservatives take
Canadians are heading to polls across the country today, Monday, Sept. 20, after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau called the snap election 36 days ago.
OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto say they are looking for a teenage girl after another teen was allegedly stabbed. Durham regional police say officers were called to a school property around 6:15 p.m. Sunday in Oshawa, Ont. They say officers found a 15-year-old girl there with stab wounds. They say she was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds. They say the suspect fled the area before police arrived. Police say the suspect was a teen girl who wore her dark hair in a bun a
Ottawa reported 60 more cases of COVID-19 Monday. Most of the city's outbreaks are in child-care settings. Health officials outside the capital reported new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 60 new COVID-19 cases and no more deaths on Monday. That brings the total to 501 known active cases in Ottawa, close to numbers last seen in early June, toward the end of the pandemic's third wave. A pandemic update is expected during an OPH meeting M
Nova Scotia reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 over Friday and the weekend, bringing the active number of cases to 129. The province's central health zone reported 34 cases. Twenty-four are close contacts of previously reported cases and three are related to travel. Seven are under investigation. In a news release, the province said there are signs of community spread among people aged 20 to 40 in the central zone who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities. The northern health zo
A veteran Houston police officer was killed Monday morning while serving a felony warrant. Another officer was also shot and is reported in stable condition. The man sought on the warrant also died. (Sept. 20)
It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others — a plug for vaccines, young people and the earth's well being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the renowned green-marbled backdrop in the General Assembly hall on Monday to help promote U.N. goals for 2030 including ending extreme poverty, preserving the planet and achieving gender equality. “Every choice we make is the beginning of
A bipartisan group of U.S. state attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers on Monday urging them to pass a series of bills that tighten antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet's Google. The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit support for six bills that passed the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly address Big Tech's platform powers while two others empower enforcers.