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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
The theft of a copper church bell weighing more than 200 kilograms from the bell tower of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in a small rural village near Edmonton has left police and parish leaders perplexed. The theft happened sometime between July 19 and 24 in Hay Lakes, a community of fewer than 500 people located 60 kilometres south of Edmonton. "It's huge ... it would have taken several people or at least two or three people to move," said church pastor Father Mark Bayrock. Not only was the bel
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
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.
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
Two leading obstetricians’ groups on Friday recommended COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine said vaccinations in tens of thousands of pregnant women over the past several months have shown the shots are safe and effective during pregnancy. COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risks for severe complications and can also increase chances
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
An Anishinaabe-Lithuanian standup comedian from Manitoba is getting back in front of a live audience at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal on Friday. Paul Rabliauskas, who is from Poplar River First Nation, about 350 kilometres north of Winnipeg, will be performing two shows Friday at L'Astral in Montreal as part of the CTVComedy & Crave standup specials series. He said he wants to go out and "make my people proud." "And, you know, that's what ultimately I'm here for." Rabliauskas m
SEATTLE (AP) — Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the U.S. government Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca’s critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, California, adding 15,910 square miles (41,207 square kilometers) of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways. Seattlepi.com reports that the total protected area now encompasses more than 18,000 square miles (46,620 square kilom
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
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
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting two people, killing one, inside a Southern California movie theater has been charged with murder and attempted murder, prosecutors said Friday. Defendant Joseph Jimenez, 20, appeared in Riverside County Superior Court Friday but didn't enter a plea and his arraignment was continued to next week. Jimenez has been jailed since his arrest. It’s not clear whether he has retained an attorney who can speak for him. Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Ba
Cabot Beach Provincial Park is open to swimmers for the first time since June 2020. The beach had been closed for swimming because dredging had created dangerous currents with the potential to pull swimmers into the path of fishing boats trying to reach nearby Malpeque Harbour. "It unfortunately was in very close proximity to our supervised area and as a result, as we approached low tide, the outflowing current through the boat channel posed a very big danger to swimmers," said Matthew Smith, P.
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.
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia have started a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state’s most populous county. Many in the GOP continue to claim wrongdoing in reliably Democratic Fulton County had stolen the 2020 election from Donald Trump, even though an independent monitor found no evidence of fraud or impropriety. Lawmakers are using a tool created by the state's sweeping new election law to exert influence over local elections. Democrats and voting righ
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 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
Microbiologist and York University Professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra discusses the barriers facing Canadians who want to travel internationally, but who received two different doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, the state Health Department reported Friday, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak's epicenter. The release came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month. More than 110,000 new coronavirus cases were reported statewide over the past week, up from 73,000 last
There are a few more flights on the arrivals and departures board at the Charlottetown Airport this summer. Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, said traffic at the airport has been picking up since July 18 — when P.E.I. eased its COVID-19 border restrictions to travellers from across Canada. "After 16, 17 months of some very challenging times and quiet times around the airport, we are certainly pleased to see things starting to come back quite quickly," Newson said. Some new