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WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Saskatchewan RCMP have confirmed they have an open investigation into a former school for children located in northern Saskatchewan. The RCMP confirmed that their historical unit is investigating a complaint related to the Timber Bay School, located in La Ronge. Someone came forward to launch a historical complaint that dates back decades, the RCMP said. "I can't imagine how difficult it must be for someone to come forward and speak with police a
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a major breakthrough for one of the world's last countries to embrace COVID-19 vaccines, Tanzania’s president kicked off the nation’s vaccination campaign Wednesday by publicly receiving a dose and urging others to do the same. The East African country’s government under former President John Magufuli had long worried African health officials by denying the pandemic. Magufuli, who insisted the coronavirus could be defeated with prayer, died in March. The presidency went
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -Spotify Technology SA beat Wall Street estimates for second-quarter revenue on Wednesday, as the music streaming company reported a 20% jump in paid subscribers for its premium service driven by demand in Europe and North America. While Europe and North America accounted for more than half of its monthly active users (MAUs), the pandemic raging across several countries in Asia, including India and Indonesia, took a toll. Spotify launched in 85 countries earlier this year, taking its footprint to 180 countries and exposing it to the effects of COVID-19 across the world.
As parts of the GTA start to close their mass vaccination sites, health experts say the switch marks the start of a newer, possibly more challenging phase of the vaccine rollout plan. "This last mile of vaccine isn't necessarily having mass vaccination available and open," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla. "It's having community leaders and peer groups being able to reach populations that can't be reached by typical medical providers." Peel Public Health shifted their vaccine e
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is seeking to bolster ties with Vietnam, one of the Southeast Asian nations embroiled in a territorial rift with China, during a two-day visit starting Wednesday. In a speech in Singapore, his first stop in the region he is visiting for the first time as member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet, Austin said Tuesday he was committed to pursuing a constructive, stable relationship with China, including stronger crisis communications with
BERLIN (AP) — A German woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group and whose husband bought a Yazidi woman as a slave has been charged with membership in a terror group and being an accessory to a crime against humanity, German prosecutors said Wednesday. The indictment of Leonora M., whose full name wasn't released because of local privacy rules, is the latest in a string of cases in Germany involving women who went to the area held by IS and were involved in holding women captu
As we flip towards August, temperature extremes will try to mellow out, but the heat will continually attempt to favour the West.
Tilray and Canadian pot producer Aphria combined last month in a reverse merger to create the world's largest cannabis producer by sales and expand further in the United States. Tilray Chief Executive Officer Irwin Simon said the company had saved about $35 million in costs from the deal and was on track to save $80 million over the next 16 months from lower shipping costs, better packaging deals and by doing away with office spaces, redundant senior positions. Tilray's net revenue rose 25.3% to $142.2 million during the fourth quarter, but fell short of analysts' average estimate of $146.2 million, according to Refinitiv IBES estimates.
Tesla Inc showed signs of divergent strategies in the world's two biggest automotive markets, raising prices to boost profit margins in the United States while keeping prices steady in China and hoping to grow sales there. Tesla raised prices for the most affordable versions of Model 3 and Model Y about a dozen times this year in the United States, according to data tracked by Reuters. At the same time, Tesla recently introduced an affordable Model Y version in China, where it refrained from price hikes.
LONDON (AP) — Dozens of former military commanders are calling on the U.K. government to relocate more of the Afghans who worked with British troops over the last 20 years, arguing that they are likely to be murdered by the Taliban as foreign forces pull out. Retired Gen. Richard Dannatt, the former chief of the General Staff, and other senior leaders of the campaign in Afghanistan, said the resettlement program for interpreters and other staff needed to act with more “generosity and urgency.” “
All four of P.E.I.'s police forces now have their own access to the province's direct-to-cellphone emergency alert system. The province has been using Alert Ready, Canada's emergency alerting system, since 2015. It delivers emergency notifications through radio and television bulletins as well as text messages. Island cell phone users will be familiar with the tests of this system, which sends a pop-up message accompanied by an alarm sound. Until now, those alerts could only be issued by EMO off
The Fredericton International Airport will be getting a piece of artwork that shines a light on the region's Indigenous heritage. The City of Fredericton has commissioned Percy Sacobie of St. Mary's First Nation to do a painting that will be hung on the wall of the airport's departure lounge by the end of next year. "[I'm] honoured to be chosen among so many great artists from the province of New Brunswick," said Sacobie. Sacobie said he's already come up with a concept and has started putting t
(Reuters) -Canada's e-commerce giant Shopify Inc beat second-quarter revenue expectations on Wednesday, on the back of a resilient online shopping trend precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Shopify fired on all cylinders in our second quarter, keeping our merchants well equipped to seize the opportunities presented in a post-pandemic retail era," said Amy Shapero, Shopify's chief financial officer. U.S.-listed shares of Shopify rose 2% in premarket trading.
China's Ministry of Education said on Wednesday that it had begun implementing a campaign to stop paid after-school tutoring services provided by teachers working for public primary and middle schools. China issued sweeping rules last week that bar for-profit after-school tutoring in core school subjects, in an effort to boost the birth rate by lowering family living costs. The new rules threaten to decimate China's $120 billion private tutoring industry and triggered a heavy selloff in shares of tutoring companies traded in Hong Kong and New York, including New Oriental Education & Technology Group and Koolearn Technology Holding Ltd.
Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title. The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday's all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. (July 28)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. “stubborn” in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks come as his hard-line protege, President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, is posed to be sworn in next week as the head of the country’s civilian government and as talks on reviving the deal remain stalled in Vienna. While Raisi has said he wants to return to the accord, which saw Iran lim
Canadian gymnast Ellie Black has withdrawn from the women's all-around final scheduled for Thursday after she reinjured her left ankle, which she originally sprained less than a month before the start of these Tokyo Olympics. It happened during a training session on Tuesday, she told reporters over a Zoom press conference on Wednesday. Black was practicing on the beam and ended up "a bit crooked" on the dismount, she said, landing a bit short. She suffered the same injury as last month, a sprain
GUYSBOROUGH – The closed sign has become a more frequent sight on the emergency department at Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Guysborough this month. The hospital, which requires a compliment of four full-time physicians, is struggling with only one doctor, who has been supported by locums (temporary physicians) since the spring. The hospital has not had a full complement of doctors for years, but not for lack of trying. The Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation has been actively recru
The S&P 500 ended little changed on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was still a ways away from considering raising interest rates. The Nasdaq ended sharply higher, with shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc hitting an all-time high as a surge in advertising spending helped it post record quarterly results. In a news conference following the release of a new policy statement from the Fed, Powell also said the U.S. job market still had "some ground to cover" before it would be time to pull back from the economic support the U.S. central bank put in place in the spring of 2020 to battle the coronavirus pandemic's economic shocks.
MILAN (Reuters) -Telecom Italia may seek investors for its cloud and wholesale undersea cable businesses as it looks to extract value from its assets, Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi said on Wednesday. Like other European rivals, Italy's biggest phone group has been facing growth issues as the pandemic compounds the long-standing challenge of tougher competition on its home turf. Speaking to analysts after second quarter results, Gubitosi said TIM would press ahead with plans to extract full value from its network assets.