Alberta's COVID-19 death toll climbed by more than 30, while hospitalizations spiked by nearly 140, provincial data shows. Since the pandemic began, 4,905 Albertans have died from COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 33 from a week ago. Meanwhile, 980 people are in hospital with the illness, including 39 intensive care unit patients. Last week, there were 843 hospital patients, including 26 in ICU. The province's seven-day PCR test-positivity rate is 18.75 per cent, down slightly from 19.52 per
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge tied an American League record with his 61st home run of the season in an 8-3 win over Toronto. The homer pulled him even with Yankees legend Roger Maris, who set the mark in 1961.
Evaristus Oshionebo has been named as the new acting chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, after the provincial government rescinded the earlier appointment of Collin May. Oshionebo will serve as the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals until March 26, 2023, or until the province appoints someone else, whichever is first. Oshionebo is a tenured professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary who specializes in business law, contract law and mining law, ac
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TORONTO — Ontario will need more than 138,000 new workers in the public sector, long-term care, home care and child care over the next five years and may need to increase wages to attract enough people, the province's financial watchdog says. The Financial Accountability Office released a report Wednesday on public sector compensation and said Ontario is already facing high vacancy rates in those sectors -- 8.5 per cent this year in nursing and residential care -- and will need to both address t
Post-tropical storm Fiona has severely damaged Canada's Atlantic coastlines, washing away entire sand dunes and destroying beaches. That coastal erosion poses a serious threat to ecosystems, and could take generations to repair.
Every morning Denise O'Connor looks out from her home in Lytton at the burned-out remains of the village. She's just one of a limited number of the village's estimated 210 residents who have returned to the community following a wildfire that burned the community in the summer of 2021. O'Connor is vying with Edith Loring-Kuhanga and Willie Nelson, the village's two other candidates for mayor, for a chance to lead the community through the next phase of the village's rebuilding after Mayor Jan Po
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the road into Fort Myers Beach, cars are left abandoned in the roadway, where they stalled when Hurricane Ian's storm surge flooded their engines and their drivers couldn’t continue. Broken trees, boat trailers and other debris litter the road. It's even worse in the seaside tourist town, much of which was flattened by the fierce winds and powerful storm surge generated by the Category 4 hurricane. The barrier islands along the southwest Florida coast, famed for
A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all. Brazil bidding for a record-extending sixth title. One of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory — as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it — is just around the corner in Qatar and excitement is building after the qualification period was wrapped. Thirty-two teams, 64 matches, 29 days. The first World Cup in the Middle East. The tournament starts on Nov. 20 and the final is se
The Latest on Hurricane Ian: FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. — The Flagler Beach pier on the east coast of Florida has sustained significant damage as Hurricane Ian whipped up waves that broke off a large portion of the wooden structure. Locals captured video and photos of the destruction Thursday afternoon as waters rose and crashed onto the pier, leaving debris on the shoreline. Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly told News4JAX Thursday that he didn't believe the pier — which was damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias i
Learn how to make a memory explosion box card for your boyfriend / girlfriend. Surprise your loved ones on their birthday or anniversary with this Picture Gift Box full of pictures and memories that pops up when you take the lid off. Ever wonder what an explosion box or exploding box is? It's much more harmless than it sounds. The term is used to describe paper boxes that have cunningly been created so that the sides cascade outwards as the lid is removed. Such a fun and innovative way to personalize a birthday gift, an anniversary gift, or even boxes for wedding favors. Simply change the color and theme of the paper or cardstock used to create a box which is perfect for any occasion. Since this is a do-it-yourself craft, you can customize this explosion box any which way you'd like. For instance, you can try adding rubber stamped tags with a special message, attaching decorative embellishments, adding keepsakes, pictures or mementos, or anything else that you can think of. Just place a gift in the center of the box, or make a tiny gift box and attach it to the center of the box, to hold your special present. This craft has been featured on Instructables! http://goo.gl/mv4PkC
Canada's economic activity unexpectedly edged up in July, while gross domestic product in August was most likely flat, data showed on Thursday, with the surprise gain seen unlikely to change much for the central bank. The Canadian economy grew 0.1% in July, compared with analysts' forecast for a 0.1% decline, Statistics Canada data showed. Growth in goods-producing industries more than offset the first decrease in services-producing industries since January.
Canada's main stock index posted on Wednesday its biggest gain in four months, led by resource and technology shares, as bond yields tumbled globally on the Bank of England's move to support Britain's beaten-down government debt market. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended up 341.01 points, or 1.9%, at 18,648.92, its biggest advance since May 13. The Bank of England's move "seemed to calm nerves, at least for now," Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a note.
Calgary police are investigating what they are calling the suspicious death of a toddler in the community of Midnapore early Thursday. Police said that at approximately 2:15 a.m., they were called to a residence on Bannister Manor S.E. for reports of a toddler in distress. The two-year-old girl was taken to hospital by EMS. However, life-saving attempts were unsuccessful and she was declared deceased. "Based on initial information, this death is being treated as suspicious," police said in a rel
MONTREAL — Quebec Premier François Legault says his Immigration Minister Jean Boulet is no longer qualified for the position after recent comments emerged in which Boulet said the majority of immigrants "don't work." Campaigning for re-election, the Coalition Avenir Québec leader was confronted Wednesday with a statement Boulet made last week during a candidates debate. Legault said in a series of broadcast interviews that Boulet would not be immigration minister if the CAQ wins Monday's vote. E
Defence Minister Anita Anand reported the Canadian Armed Forces now has about 600 troops on the ground in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland to help clear debris, reopen roads and check on residents' safety after post-tropical storm Fiona. Anand added that the military is prepared to deploy even more troops if required.
CALGARY — WestJet is making a substantial addition to its fleet with the purchase of 42 aircraft. The Calgary-based airline announced the agreement with Boeing for the purchase of the 737-10 MAX planes on Thursday. WestJet Group chief executive officer Alexis von Hoensbroech says the order will start delivering at the end of 2024 through to 2028, expanding the fleet by 65 aircraft over six years. The purchase, which was on top of an existing order of 23 aircraft, includes the option to add 22 mo
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases, according to wastewater data gathered by the health unit. The health unit's new data portal shows an increase in the number of cases found in wastewater data from Sept. 5-19, 2022. Updated information is expected to be released Thursday. "The indicators suggested the burden of the disease is greater now than it was two weeks ago," said WECHU Interim Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai in the hea
China's consistent position is to maintain stability in the Korean peninsula, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after South Korean media reported that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test in coming months. The relevant parties should take concrete actions to respond to the legitimate concerns of the DPRK, said Wang Wenbin, spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry at a regular media briefing, referring to North Korea's formal name - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Officials in Florida say Hurricane Ian, now classified as a tropical storm, remains a threat to central and northeastern regions in the state. About 2.2 million people in Florida are still without power.