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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration sued Texas on Friday to prevent state troopers from stopping vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that they may spread COVID-19, warning that the practice would exacerbate problems amid high levels of crossings on the state's border with Mexico. The Justice Department asked for an immediate block on Gov. Greg Abbott's order issued Wednesday, which allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to “stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion” that it t
A house fire in the southeast Calgary community of Auburn Bay on Friday afternoon has displaced two families from their homes, the Calgary Fire Department said in a release. Crews responded to reports of a house fire in the 100 block of Auburn Glen Lane S.E. just before 1 p.m. Heavy flames and smoke from a single home soon spread to a neighbouring one, which brought around 40 firefighters to the scene. "Firefighters quickly attacked the fire by extending hand lines and setting up an aerial ladde
MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Sydney's coronavirus cases continued to surge on Saturday as police cordoned off the city's central district, preventing a planned anti-lockdown protest from taking place. There were 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported in Sydney and vicinities that are under a weeks-long strict lockdown while battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. Saturday's numbers bring the outbreak to 3,190 cases.
Montrealers gathered at Parc-Extension Metro Friday to denounce intimate partner violence amid the wave of slain women in Quebec. Organized by the South Asian Women's Community Centre (SAWCC), the rally comes in the wake of the killing of Rajinder Prabhneed Kaur, 32, in Parc-Extension — or Park Ex, as it is known to many Montrealers. "It's not a women's problem. It's a societal problem. It's a public health issue," Dolores Chew, executive council member of the SAWCC, said. "Unfortunately this is
Alberta public health officials reported 187 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Friday. The Alberta government did not provide details about the people who died, the deaths reported Friday push the total since the pandemic began to 2,328. Meanwhile, the number of known active COVID-19 cases in the province continues to climb. The total increased by 135 since Thursday to 1,655 known active cases. Here's a regional breakdown of active cases in Alberta: Calgary zone: 990 Edmonton zone: 301
Jalue Dorje grew up a typical US teen, but at just 4 months old he was also recognized as a reincarnated Buddhist lama. Now 14, he plans to finish high school and move to a Tibetan monastery where he will continue his religious education. (July 31)
October is election month in the Yukon. Usually there is a long list of competitive candidates for City of Whitehorse council positions, but it is not the same story for Yukon’s seven other municipalities and five local advisory councils (LACs). In fact, many councillors in rural Yukon may be acclaimed, and some may be appointed afterwards. “It’s because it’s a really hard job,” said Andrea Buckley, assistant deputy minister of the department of Community Services. “It is a hard place to be a po
7 of 15 Canadian industries experienced an overall decline in investment from 2015 to 2019, according to a new analysis by the Fraser Institute, an independent non-partisan Canadian think tank. “In a troubling trend, a wide range of industries in Canada have experienced a decline in investment, which is bad news for the economy,” said Steven Globerman, a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Industry-Level Private Sector Capital Expenditures in Canada: 1990-2019. From 2015 to 20
EDMONTON — A final report is in from a public inquiry into what the Alberta government says is foreign funding of environmental groups who want to curtail energy development. Steve Allan, the commissioner in charge of the inquiry, says when the report is later released Albertans will gain a new understanding of how foreign funding has influenced public policy and debate. The report is now in the hands of Energy Minister Sonya Savage, who has up to three months before she is legally obliged to re
A Nova Scotia woman alleged to be the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar tax scheme told a judge Friday that she, her two sisters and their mother are not criminals, but rather dessert-baking housewives who were set up by employees from the Canada Revenue Agency. Georgette Young and her sisters, Nadia Saker and Angela MacDonald, along with their mother, Lydia Saker, are facing 30 charges, including fraud. Young, 49, spent about 14 minutes delivering closing arguments Friday in Nova Scotia Supre
VANCOUVER — British Columbia is gearing up for another heat wave this weekend by opening more cooling centres and redeploying health-care workers as temperatures are expected to soar. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday that while more staff will be shifted to emergency rooms, work is underway to keep hospitals cool while workers in long-term care facilities ensure people are hydrated. "Managers have stepped up to work in hospital ERs to make sure people who need immediate medical attention g
Cuba this week received shipments of food and medical supplies from allies Mexico, Russia https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/russia-sends-covid-19-aid-cuba-defence-ministry-2021-07-24 and Bolivia in a bid to ease shortages and discontent amid the island's worst economic crisis in decades and a surge in coronavirus cases. The donations, which authorities started distributing on Friday, come nearly three weeks after unprecedented protests https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/street-protests-break-out-cuba-2021-07-11 broke out nationwide, spurred by frustrations with dire economic conditions and curbs on civil freedoms. Cuba blames the unrest on U.S.-backed mercenaries exploiting hardships it says were largely brought about by decades of U.S. sanctions and disguising attempts at unrest through the campaign #SOSCuba calling for humanitarian aid.
You could taste the dust in the air in Carcross on July 29. The demolition of the old RCMP building spread thin particles throughout the tiny community. The demo started July 27 with a roar and crash as an excavator tore through plywood, insulation, 2x4’s and drywall pulling the old detachment building apart. There was no fencing, signage or permits evident. Locals, as locals will, complained. Wads of mouldy insulation blew across the main road as the Carcross winds picked up. Complaints mounted
Handwritten notes by Canada's acting chief of defence staff before Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's removal as head of the country's vaccine rollout reveal weeks of intense discussions between top government and military officials over how to handle the situation that was creating "anxiety" across the government. The heavily redacted notes taken by Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre are among more than 100 pages of documents — including Eyre's notebook, emails and internal communications — filed by the federal governme
Alberta's police watchdog says a man who was shot and killed by police in a Tuesday evening confrontation was carrying an imitation Glock air pistol and running away from police. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the circumstance in which Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers discharged their service firearms, resulting in the death of a 43-year-old man Tuesday in the area of 56th Avenue and Gateway Boulevard. Police responded to a call from a south Edmonton ho
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada had three surgeries and an outpatient procedure over the past 10 months for cancerous tumors on his kidneys and a cancerous spot in his esophagus, the Republican congressman disclosed Friday. Amodei told The Associated Press that he did not reveal the cancer when he first learned of it last September or his surgery before the November election because he didn't want it to be used against him in his reelection campaign. The 63-year-old Republican s
A modelling team in British Columbia says Alberta is in a danger zone due to its COVID-19 trajectory and the emerging delta variant. The province recently announced a plan to relax its COVID-19 surveillance and management system despite an increase in case numbers, the positivity rate and R-value, and vaccination rates that are lagging behind other provinces. As of Thursday, quarantine for close contacts became no longer mandatory but just recommended. Contact tracers will no longer notify close
A two-car collision south of Calgary has sent one passenger in serious condition to hospital via STARS air ambulance Friday evening. RCMP told CBC News that just before 5:30 p.m., a two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway 2 at 370 Avenue E. in Foothills County, just outside of Okotoks, Alta. A vehicle was attempting to cross Highway 2 and was T-boned by a vehicle heading south. There were two people in each vehicle — all of whom were sent to hospital. A man in his 40s from one of the vehic
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning of "increased COVID-19 activity" in Swift Current. It says anyone who attended the Swift Current Rodeo and Cabaret on July 23 or Railway North Social House on July 24 may have been exposed to the virus. The SHA is urging anyone who was at these locations and isn't fully vaccinated to get tested for COVID-19 immediately. If you were at these locations but had your second dose of vaccine on or before July 9, you're asked to self-monitor for symptoms unt
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots in the next three months with the highest alerts for “catastrophic" situations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, southern Madagascar, Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria, two U.N. agencies warned Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program said in a new report on “Hunger Hotspots” between August and November that “acute food insecurity is likely to further deteriorate.” They put Ethiopia at t