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Grant Bergeron is preparing to drive his daughter to Chicago for school this fall, but unlike two of his other children who are already studying in the United States, this year's trip to campus may be more complicated due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It doesn't help that border officials in the U.S. are sending mixed messages, parents say. Bergeron's daughter, Kellene, is starting her first year in the nursing program at Loyola University Chicago, and like other families with children stud
TORONTO — Police and politicians' efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. The decision by authorities in Toronto to fence off public parks last month as municipal staff and police cleared homeless encampments sparked backlash from media outlets and advocates, who have petitioned the city to allow reporters on site during the operations. The push for media acces
VICTORIA — Recent showers were a welcome relief to firefighters, but the rain wasn't enough to make long-lasting impacts on wildfires that continue to burn in British Columbia, a Wildfires BC operations director said Tuesday. However, the weekend rains did help to keep most of the approximately 250 fires burning in the province in check, said Rob Schweitzer. "The rain received over the weekend has curbed the fire behaviour but only for a short period of time, allowing our crews to make progress,
ATHENS (Reuters) -Greek authorities ordered villages near the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese to be evacuated on Wednesday as wildfires raged across the country, destroying swathes of forest and buildings, and sending hundreds fleeing. Temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and strong winds have fanned more than 150 wildfires in different areas of the country in recent days, adding to the conflagrations in Turkey and other areas of the Mediterranean. "We are still fighting a titanic battle on many fronts," Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said during a briefing, "The next days will be more difficult."
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests more Canadians believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has not passed as concerns rise about a fourth wave of infections driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Fifty-four per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is already over, compared with 63 per cent who believed so in a survey last month. Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said there i
HALIFAX — The election campaign in Nova Scotia may not be getting much attention on the national stage, but the federal Liberals in Ottawa are almost certainly keeping a close watch on the race. With Justin Trudeau's Liberals appearing poised to seek a third term in office — a feat their Nova Scotia cousins are now trying to accomplish — the federal party is keen to to discern how the electorate is feeling heading into what could be Canada's first post-pandemic election, says Tom Urbaniak, a pol
The City of Ottawa has released new intensification targets for different parts of the city, and a new definition for highrise buildings that allows up to 40 storeys, in the lead-up to a major debate and vote this fall on its new official plan. Municipal planning staff posted several chapters of the long-awaited final draft to the city's website last Friday, leaving visible the language they have cut and added since their much-dissected earlier version released in November 2020. Now, residents a
The iPhone maker has warned of supply shortages as the U.S.-China trade tensions and the coronavirus pandemic have intensified pressure on global supply chains. Beijing is also strengthening efforts to create world-leading local tech firms, with apparently government-supported Chinese firms working to manufacture products for global firms including Apple. According to the Nikkei report, China's Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd is set to build up to 3% of the iPhone 13 series, Lens Tech Co Ltd will supply metal casings and Sunny Optical Tech Group Co Ltd will supply rear camera lenses.
Noah Wyle and Goran Visnjic reminisce about working hard and loving every minute on 'E.R.'
BEIJING (Reuters) -ByteDance rival Kuaishou Technology said on Wednesday it would stop services of its short video app Zynn, operated in the United States, on Aug. 20. The company's other products for markets outside China will not be affected, Kuaishou said in a statement. "Our strategy for the international markets remains unchanged," it said，without providing a reason for Zynn's shutdown.
TOKYO — Canadian and Swedish team officials are asking organizers to push back the scheduled late-morning kickoff time for the women's soccer final to avoid the searing heat expected Friday at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Canadian Olympic Committee chief sport officer Eric Myles says the COC supports Canada Soccer's request for a change. Swedish team officials say they have discussed the subject with FIFA, the sport's governing body, and are hoping the International Olympic Committee will approve th
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's Commerzbank on Wednesday said that it swung to a second-quarter loss as the lender undergoes a major restructuring and after a write-off to end an outsourcing project, pushing its shares to their lowest in three months. Germany's No. 2 lender is trying to turn over a new leaf under new Chief Executive Manfred Knof. Analysts had expected a net loss of 504 million euros, and shares traded down as much as 5.4% in Frankfurt.
Firooz Mohammad is still going to work every day at his restaurant, Subhan Halal Pizza on the Danforth, but he admits his mind back in Afghanistan. "We are mentally so stressed; we're in a deep depression, feeling so bad about our family members left behind." Mohammad was an interpreter with the Canadian Armed Forces, a job that put him and his family in danger of reprisals from the Taliban, which Canadian soldiers fought for more than a decade. Taliban forces are now gaining momentum and puttin
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Ernie Bernhardt remembers all too well the first time he went on an airplane. In 1959, the residential school he was attending in the hamlet of Aklavik, N.W.T., had closed and he was being sent to Akaitcho Hall residential school in Yellowknife instead. He was 15 years old when he boarded the Bristol 170 Freighter Mk31 operated by the Wardair airline. "Your name was called and you hopped on the airplane," said Bernhardt. "I ended up sitting in th
Officials in Laval, Que., working with police, have launched an investigation after green space advocates captured video of what appears to be camouflage-clad men covertly draining a patch of wetland over the weekend. It's still not known why the men allegedly dragged large pipes, a pump and hoses into a wooded sector near Saint-Elzéar Boulevard West, but Laval's deputy mayor, Stéphane Boyer, says it certainly won't lead to any construction permits being issued — if that was their plan. "I don't
CALGARY — Daan Klomp scored the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute, and Cavalry FC rallied to beat FC Edmonton 2-1 on Tuesday in Canadian Premier League play. Klomp's winner came shortly after Joe Mason tied the game for the homeside in the 64th minute at ATCO Field. Cavalry FC (5-3-2) -- which is third in the CPL standings with 17 points -- finished the game with 16 shots and seven on target, compared to just two on net for the visitors. Easton Ongaro put FC Edmonton (3-5-2) ahead in the 19th min
They don't look high-tech but temperature sensors attached to wooden stakes along the autoroutes that criss-cross Laval may provide the data that could help the city — and eventually other municipalities — become cooler, shadier places to live. These installations can be seen at ten different sites, along highways 13, 15, 19, and 440. They are all part of a heat island research project being conducted by a young scientist whose goal is to soften the impact of large swaths of pavement and concret
OTTAWA — Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's chief electoral officer warns. And they may find themselves voting in unusual places or having to go a bit further afield to cast their ballots. But Stephane Perrault wants Canadians to know there's nothing nefarious about the departures from the norm. They're part of a process Elections Canada has devised to ensure an election can be conducted
Recent developments: Ottawa reports five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Temporary road test centres are starting in southwestern Ontario. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no new deaths. Some parents are expressing frustration at a lack of details and guidance in an Ontario back-to-school plan they say doesn't match the reality of the classroom. Ontario is taking on a backlog of people waiting to take a road driving test by opening temp
TOKYO (Reuters) -Sony Corp raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after a record first-quarter operating profit helped by pandemic stay-at-home demand for PlayStation 5 consoles, TVs, music and movies. Operating profit for the quarter ended June 30 rose to 280.1 billion yen ($2.57 billion) from 221.7 billion yen a year earlier, topping the 207.96 billion expected by 10 analysts, Refinitiv Eikon data showed. It raised its profit forecast for the year through March 2022 to 980 billion yen from 930 billion, bringing it closer to the 1 billion yen average estimate from 25 analysts.