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WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly two decades before she was elected to Congress, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri lived in a Ford Explorer with her then-husband and two young children after the family had been evicted from their rental home. So for Bush, a first-term Democrat from St. Louis, the debate over whether to revive the moratorium on evictions during the pandemic is deeply personal. To dramatize her point, she started to sleep outside the U.S. Capitol last Friday to call attention to the issue as pa
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives raised roughly twice as much money as the Liberals in the first half of 2021, lending them a cash advantage ahead of a likely fall election. Elections Canada filings show the Tories raked in $13.6 million in the first six months of the year versus $6.8 million for the Grits. The contributions include newly released figures from the second quarter, when Conservatives raised $5.1 million from 34,865 donors compared to the Liberals' $3.3 million from 36,495 donors
This article contains content about residential “schools” that may be triggering. Photos by Amy Romer. On the shores of the town of Chemainus, on the traditional territory of Puneluxutth’, thousands of people in orange shirts gather in memory of the survivors, victims and intergenerational survivors of Canada’s residential “school” system. Organized by the Penelakut Tribe, the Spune’luxutth Sulxwe’en Memorial Walk (or March for the Children), began at the Chemainus Salish Sea Market on Aug. 2 an
The Fort St John Women’s Resource Society is planning an online auction for September and have been accepting item donations to that end. There were 1,686 people who accessed food services in June, a record breaker for the organization. The goal is to raise $10,000, which will be used to restock the society's shelves. “We’re hitting unprecedented levels, it’s unbelievable,” said Executive Director Amanda Trotter. “We’ve always worked on the premise that it gets a bit quieter in summer, but that
DRYDEN, Ont. — Provincial officials say they expect more wildfires to start burning in northwestern Ontario due to recent lightning and the intensity of existing fires during dry conditions. Four new wildfires have been reported in the region, bringing the area's total active fires to 109. Seventeen fires are not under control, four are being held, 14 are under control and 74 are being monitored. The province says the forest fire hazard is "high" across most of the northwest with central Nipigon
The Conservative party is calling on the federal government to develop national standards for the certification of psychiatric service dogs to improve access for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John Brassard and Pierre Paul-Hus, the party's veterans affairs and public service critics, said national standards are needed to ensure uniform access for veterans and training for dogs across all provinces. "Veterans and support services face barriers and devastating denial of care
TORONTO — Cannes-winning horror sensation "Titane" and a documentary on the late Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson are among the titles added to the Toronto International Film Festival. "Titane," winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at last month's Cannes Film Festival, will open TIFF's horror-focused Midnight Madness program. Julia Ducournau of France wrote and directed the French-language film, about a woman who is impregnated by a Cadillac car. "Titane" caused a stir at Cannes with it
Deacon -- Chris Whitecross has had a remarkable career, including many firsts for women in the Canadian military, retiring in December as a lieutenant-general and the highest-ranking woman in the Canadian Forces, but it is quickly apparent she is finding immense fulfilment in her home on the Bonnechere River, quilting, gardening and cooking in her dream kitchen. “Wait till you see my quilting room,” she said with a quick smile on a recent visit to her retirement waterfront home. Her quilting roo
Duncan Davies, who served as the acting chief of police in LaSalle for the last six months, is officially taking over the role. LaSalle Mayor Marc Bondy, who serves as chair of the police services board, says that Davies' appointment as chief of police was effective at the start of the month. "After a thorough recruitment process, we are confident that Duncan Davies has the experience and expertise that the LaSalle Police Services Board was seeking," Bondy said in a media release on Wednesday. D
WINNIPEG — A Manitoba cabinet minister who once defended some of the intentions behind residential schools now says they were part of a genocide. Alan Lagimodiere says former prime minister John A. MacDonald's plan was to eliminate Indigenous people from Canada. And he says it was not just cultural genocide — the term often used — but genocide. Lagimodiere was sworn in last month as Manitoba's minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations. He angered Indigenous leaders when he sai
U.S. Rep. Billy Long, a conservative from southwestern Missouri, is entering the crowded race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri. Long, 65, announced his Senate bid Tuesday night on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News. He joins a long list of GOP candidates seeking the 2022 nomination for the seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, who announced in March he would not seek a third term. “We need to get the Senate back,” Long told Carlson. “You’re not going to do
Alberta ranchers hit hard during the pandemic last year are now dealing with drought conditions that are devastating vital grazing land and taking both a financial and emotional toll. "This should have been a year to put some profit back in the industry — then we get this drought," said Alberta rancher and feedlot operator Bob Lowe, president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. "You can imagine what that's doing to the mindset of a lot of people." It's been a difficult summer for many farme
Firefighters were still tackling hot spots Wednesday morning after a huge blaze at a low-rise condominium block in Surrey, B.C., that broke out the evening before. Residents were forced out of their homes Tuesday evening as crews battled the fire, which caused extensive damage to a three-storey building in the Newton area. "We've been trying to put out hot spots all night long where the fire is able to travel through the attic spaces where we can't get water," said Surrey Fire Service Deputy Chi
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexico sued several gun makers in a U.S. federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of reckless business practices that supply what it called a "torrent" of illegal arms to violent Mexican drug cartels, leading to thousands of deaths. The lawsuit alleges that units of Smith & Wesson, Barrett Firearms, Colt's Manufacturing Company, Glock Inc, Sturm, Ruger & Co and others knew their business practices had encouraged illegal arms trafficking into Mexico.
SHUBENACADIE, N.S. — A team of Nova Scotia researchers has confirmed they were unable to find any unmarked graves for students who died while attending the largest residential school in Atlantic Canada. The Sipekne'katik First Nation issued a statement Wednesday saying the search of the former Shubenacadie Residential School site north of Halifax included the use of ground-penetrating radar and aerial laser scanning. The survey team's leader, Dr. Jonathan Fowler, said the search included scans o
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin elections officials said Wednesday that they have removed more than 205,000 voters from the rolls as part of routine work to keep the state's registration lists up to date. Purging voters from the rolls has been a point of major contention in the perennial swing state. Conservatives filed a lawsuit in 2020 demanding that the Wisconsin Elections Commission remove voters from the rolls if they didn't respond to mailings within 30 days. The lawsuit ultimately failed a
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced $25 million in additional funding for more ventilation filters for schools ahead of the planned return to school in September to help with COVID-19 protection. He also said an additional $29.4 million through the Priorities and Partnership Fund to support operating costs for ventilation systems. A total of 20,000 additional HEPA units will be deployed through the funding.
Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 200 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more-infectious Delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strains healthcare systems. The global surge in cases is highlighting the widening gap in inoculation rates between wealthy and poor nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least 10% of the population in every country was vaccinated.
OTTAWA — Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says the federal government is allocating up to $96 million in funding for Black community organizations. Speaking to reporters in Toronto today, Hussen says the new funding is the largest in history from the federal government to groups that serve Black Canadians. He says the new money will include $82 million to fund about 1,300 social infrastructure projects to enhance workplaces and community spaces and $14 million to help organizations build
$50,000 in grant funding will go to local Search and Rescue groups, courtesy of the Peace River Regional District. Directors voted in favour of the motion at their July 22 board meeting, with the funding being used for capital and operational costs. $25,273 will go to North Peace Search and Rescue Society, $9,978.14 for the South Peace Emergency Response Team, and $14,748.86 for the Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue Society. The funds will be used for vehicle insurance, training, and equipment by