"Spirit Untamed" arrives in theaters on June 4, 2021.
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"Spirit Untamed" arrives in theaters on June 4, 2021.
A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion. The 168-55 vote to proceed, vehemently opposed by a minori
Ontarians who got a first shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca were cancelling appointments for second doses of that vaccine following new guidance from a national advisory group, pharmacists dealing with scrapped bookings said Friday. The Ontario Pharmacists Association said the situation had many of its members worried their remaining stock of AstraZeneca could end up going to waste, despite the province maintaining that residents could still opt for that vaccine if desired. "If people move away from As
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced plans to expedite applications and increase the number of refugees to Canada at a news conference Friday. This year, the country will increase the number of protected persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and will also expedite the processing of applications for permanent residency, he said. Over 40,000 protected persons and their families reside in Canada awaiting permanent residency. So far this year, 17,900 became permanent residents. “There's a
New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. The recently published study adds to the debate over whether governments should depend on shooting and poisoning wolves to protect caribou, said lead author Jonah Keim. "It's probably one of the most challenging conservation issues in the Northern Hemisphere," said Keim, an independent researcher based in New York state. Woodland car
BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France called for vigilance Friday to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant that this week prompted Britain to delay the planned relaxation of pandemic restrictions in England. Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while Germany has very low numbers of new COVID-19 infections at present, the “aggressive” delta variant could lead to a rise in new cases. “We can’t pretend that corona is over,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “Even though there’s a feeli
U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently opposed by a minority of bishops, came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach to the divisive issue. And it raises questions of how closely the bishops will be able to cooperate with the Biden admini
MONTREAL — The Canadian government is looking at a plan to reopen the United States border to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebec Premier François Legault said Friday. Legault told reporters at an event in Laval, Que., the reopening could happen when current border restrictions expire on July 21. “We had a meeting by telephone yesterday evening, the premiers of the provinces with Mr. Trudeau," Legault said. "We’re looking at reopening starting July 21, a scenario is being co
OTTAWA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said as of Friday there are just over 2,000 confirmed cases of the variant. Just three days ago, the Public Health Agency told The Canadian Press there were 1,187 confirmed cases. "The Delta variant is now in all provinces and at least one of our territories," Tam said at the House of Commons health committe
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's leader is facing a tough challenge at the polls after a humiliating defeat for Armenian forces in last year's fighting with Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the early election for Sunday, seeking to assuage public anger over the peace deal he signed in November that triggered months of protests demanding his resignation. The Moscow-brokered agreement ended six weeks of fighting between Armenian and
Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada will receive more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June and 68 million by the end of July. She says this is in part thanks to new shipments expected from Moderna.
ROME (AP) — Why stop now? That’s Italy’s approach for its final group match at the European Championship against Wales. The Azzurri have already advanced to the round of 16 but they are playing with so much spirit and audacity that it’s gotten to the point where it’s become infectious. So even though coach Roberto Mancini is expected to rest several starters from the opening two matches — both 3-0 wins — the reserves are just as anxious to carry out Italy’s free-flowing attacking game. “There’s
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has asked the court to lift an injunction it obtained last month against illegal gatherings as COVID-19 cases continued to decline in the province and right across Atlantic Canada on Friday. Premier Iain Rankin's office said in a statement a motion was filed earlier this week with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to lift the injunction obtained by the province on May 14. The case will be heard on Tuesday. Rankin cautioned it doesn't mean the province should let down its gua
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise of a two-dose fall is looking a lot more like it will become a two-dose August. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have a total of 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. Canada had been expecting enough to fully vaccinate about 75 per cent of all eligible people before August but Moderna has now scheduled another 11 million doses to be delivered
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Iranian state TV showed people streaming to cast their ballots Friday and news anchors praised them for coming out to vote, very different scenes played out on Tehran’s streets, where many polling places appeared relatively empty. Amid rising anger and apathy over a presidential vote tipped in favor of Ebrahim Raisi, the hard-line judiciary chief cultivated by Iran's supreme leader, the election atmosphere was distinctly subdued. In past elections, long line
Toronto FC returns to action Saturday healthier and more optimistic after going into the international break with an underwhelming 1-4-2 record. While there is still no resolution on the future of disgruntled striker Jozy Altidore, only long-term casualties Ifunanyachi Achara (knee), Julian Dunn (hip) and Yeferson Soteldo (thigh) remain out as Toronto takes on Orlando City SC (3-1-3) at Exploria Stadium. "This is as healthy as we've been all year," said coach Chris Armas. "And we've seen what th
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Some provinces and territories do not report daily case numbers. There are 1,407,269 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,407,269 confirmed cases (12,797 active, 1,368,449 resolved, 26,023 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 1,023 new cases reported Friday. The rate of active cases is 33.67 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High winds and heavy rains buffeted coastal Louisiana and Mississippi on Friday as a disorganized and unpredictable tropical weather system churned through the Gulf of Mexico, forcing cancellation of Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and threatening Father's Day tourism. The system, moving north toward Louisiana through the Gulf of Mexico carried tropical storm-force sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) but forecasters said it couldn't be classified as a tropica
OTTAWA — The national intelligence watchdog says Canada's cyberspy agency may have broken the law in disclosing personal information about Canadians. The Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment, given its foreign-intelligence mandate, suppresses details that identify Canadians in its reports. However, other federal agencies and foreign partners who receive these reports can ask for details of the information if they have legal authority and proper justification. The National Security
The theatre behind a Broadway production featuring Bruce Springsteen says it's now able to welcome audience members who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Jujamcyn Theaters had previously said audience members wishing to attend "Springsteen on Broadway" needed to be immunized with vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, leaving those who received AstraZeneca on the sidelines. But the Jujamcyn website now says it will accept audience members vaccinated with shots appro
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson will keep fighting recent court orders in Nevada that he owes at least $60 million in judgments stemming from the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne said he intends to ask the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn one judge’s order to pay the slain man’s father, Fred Goldman, and another judge’s order in favor of Paul Dorsey, a Connecticut man holding rights to collect the wrong