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VANCOUVER — The price of cannabis at government-run stores in British Columbia declined while potency rose between 2019 and 2020, says a new report that has a researcher raising questions about what its findings mean for public health. The study found that the amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, increased from 16 per cent to 19 per cent in the flower product during that short period of time, making it significantly more powerful. Dr. Tim Naimi, director of the Canadian Instit
CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he “will continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.” Scott told top agency officials during a call to discuss budgets and other issues that he had 60 days to decide whether to be reassig
A boy in Nain has died, despite CPR efforts, after he was pulled from a body of water in the Labrador community early Wednesday morning. Nain RCMP responded to a call at 4:30 a.m. about a body found in the water near the dock on Ikajuktauvik Road. The boy, whose age was not disclosed, was found floating near the wharf. An officer got him out of the water and started CPR, continuing it while the boy was transported to the local health clinic. The boy was pronounced dead at the clinic. No other de
Christine Sinclair, who holds the all-time record for international goals among both men and women, leads Canada's roster for the Olympics. Coach Bev Priestman named her 18-player squad for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday. The Canadian women are making their fourth straight Olympic appearance and have won back-to-back bronze medals. As captain of the Canadian team, Sinclair is making her fourth Olympic appearance. She has appeared in 15 overall Olympic matches, scoring 11 goals. At the 2016 Brazil
VANCOUVER — Heat warnings cover most of British Columbia as Environment Canada warns many areas could see record-high temperatures starting Friday and continuing into next week. The weather office says an exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will stall over the province raising temperatures in parts of the Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon and southern Interior to 40 C, or higher, by Sunday or Monday. Elsewhere, the mercury will nudge the high 30s and forecasters say humidity will make conditi
WHITEHORSE — Yukon has been knocked off its pedestal as it deals with a surge of COVID-19 cases, says the territory's top doctor. Dr. Brendan Hanley said there have been more cases in Yukon over the past 14 days than in the first 14 months of the pandemic. "For many months, almost as on a pedestal, with our zero active cases and high vaccination rates, all eyes in Canada were on us," he said at a news conference Wednesday. "And now the same eyes are on us for a much different reason. A highly va
OTTAWA — The Liberal government is asking the Federal Court to prohibit disclosure of documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest-security laboratory. In doing so, it is challenging the long-held principle that the House of Commons is supreme and has unfettered power to demand the production of any documents it sees fit, no matter how sensitive and regardless of privacy or national security laws. The court application, which says a public hearing may be necessary, names
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has railed against it. Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution condemning any requirement for teachers to be trained in it. And several Republican-controlled states have invoked it in legislation restricting how race can be taught in public schools. The concept known as critical race theory is the new lightning rod of the GOP. But what exactly is it? The term seemed to appear in statehouses and at political rallies almost from now
OTTAWA — An army reservist who was ordered suspended from the Vancouver Police Department for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate has been working as a military assistant to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Sajjan’s office says the military was responsible for hiring Maj. Greg McCullough, and that neither the minister nor his staff knew about the complaint or disciplinary action taken against him while he was a sergeant in the Vancouver police. “Neither the minister nor staff
CLEVELAND (AP) — Drake Bell, the former star of the popular Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh,” pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges relating to a girl who met him online and attended one of his concerts in Cleveland in 2017, when she was 15. Jared “Drake” Bell, 34, of West Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12 in Cleveland. Defense attorney Ia
MILAN (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi defended the independence of Italy’s parliament on Wednesday in the face of formal objections by the Vatican to a proposed law that would extend additional discrimination protections to the LGBT community. “Ours is a secular country,” Draghi said in an address to the Senate. “Therefore, it is not a religious state.” Many Italians have expressed concern and outrage over Vatican interference after its secretary of state delivered a formal communication last week o
BRUSSELS (AP) — Countries bordering Russia expressed deep concern Thursday about a Franco-German plan to resume official meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, likening the move to an attempt to talk a bear out of trying to steal honey. The European Union is deeply divided in its approach to Moscow. Russia is the EU’s biggest natural gas supplier, and plays a key role in a series of international conflicts and issues linked to Europe's strategic interests, including the Iran nuclear dea
TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his government may move Ontario into the second phase of its reopening plan earlier than scheduled. Ford says an announcement will come "very shortly," following discussions with the province's top doctor. Pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and outdoor activities are currently set to roll back further on July 2. But the province has already met its COVID-19 vaccination targets for entering that stage of the plan. Services like haircuts can resume und
The bodies of two young girls were found, hours apart, in a South Florida canal behind a condominium complex. Investigators say they're treating the case as a homicide. (June 23)
The $70 million Lotto Max jackpot has finally been won, split between two tickets sold in Toronto and in British Columbia.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three others were hospitalized with burns Wednesday after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest facing a disciplinary hearing, authorities said. The incident occurred at a meeting in Athens of senior bishops. The 37-year-old priest, who was facing the hearing for alleged drug-related offenses, was arrested unharmed and detained for questioning. A police officer who helped restrain the suspect was als
TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue on their own, and that the claim had no prospect of success. "I disagree with Canada's characterization of these claims
CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) — Caring for abused and neglected girls is Candice Gulley’s life work, and that's what she was doing when she helped load vans from an Alabama children’s home for a trip to the beach. The kids walked on the sand, ate seafood and threw an early, dinosaur-themed fourth birthday party for her son, Ben, during a week on the coast. With Gulley behind the wheel of a van headed back to the home as Tropical Storm Claudette blew through the South, the trip ended in a cataclysmic cras
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 516,201 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,565,223 doses given. Nationwide, 8,273,857 people or 22 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 88,564.283 per 100,000. There were 632,380 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 37,666,330 doses delivered
OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer is estimating the Liberals' plan to send one-time payments this summer to seniors over 75 and then boost their old-age benefits thereafter will cost slightly less than the government estimates. April's budget estimated that the overall cost of the measures would amount to just over $12 billion over five years before accounting for tax revenues that will offset a small part of the overall spend. The budget office in a report Wednesday estimates the gross