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Former premier Danny Williams defended his role in the debt-ridden Muskrat Falls project during a speech at a conference about Newfoundland and Labrador's economic trajectory on Wednesday. In his speech, Williams explained the rationale behind his government's major economic decisions, including Muskrat Falls. Williams acknowledged that the project is "polarizing," but said criticisms of the project are made easier with hindsight. "Critics have been so unrelenting in their determination to see t
Research suggests that expanded access to MAiD tends to benefit people with wealth and privilege, offering them choices and autonomy. At the same time, it puts marginalized people at risk.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jaap van Zweden will leave the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2023-24 season after six years as music director, the shortest tenure of anyone in a half-century. Van Zweden cited the coronavirus pandemic as causing him to change priorities. He informed the orchestra at the end of a rehearsal Wednesday, two days before the orchestra resumes performances after an 18-month stoppage. “So much has changed because of COVID, including thoughts about my own future, my life, and m
Quebec’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs said in an interview he shares Kahnawake’s concerns with the Mercier Bridge and thinks it’s important for the provincial government and Kahnawake to come to an agreement on an overhaul of the span sooner, rather than later, for safety’s sake. “We have to do something about the Mercier Bridge. I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the community about it and a lot of them tell me they send their kids over that bridge every day into Montreal to go to school, so t
Lyle Daniels, inclusion manager with Build Together – Saskatchewan, will be leading two free virtual Indigenous training courses hosted by Humboldt and District Chamber of Commerce. Brent Fitzpatrick, the Chamber’s executive director, said that while they have been working for over a year to organize these modules, conversations gained a particular focus since the BHP announcement on the Jansen Project. “BHP has mandated 20 per cent of their workforce to be Indigenous. So because of that, I thin
The Pentagon says the short-range ballistic missiles fired by North Korea overnight highlight the "destabilizing impact" of North Korea and are a violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. (Sept. 15)
OTTAWA — Refugee claimants and their advocates are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to review a decision that affirmed the constitutionality of a key pact between Ottawa and Washington on asylum seekers. In a submission to the high court, they say the case raises "foundational questions of constitutional law" concerning access to remedies for violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, which took effect in 2004, Canada and the United States recogni
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prisons face a persistent staffing crisis that has created dangerous conditions, including maximum-security units that are going unstaffed for hours at a time and one incident where an employee fell asleep on the job and woke up to inmates holding his keys, according to a new watchdog report. The Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System warned in its annual report that the long-standing prison workforce shortage has become a "mass exodus" as burned-out
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) has added training to identify and respond to opioid poisoning in all its first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programs in Canada, it announced last week. This is part of a series of measures funded by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) to help reduce opioid-related deaths by increasing access to response training and a life-saving medication that buys those affected enough time for medical attention. “All of the courses for the
Unvaccinated New Brunswick residents and visitors will soon find it difficult to access a wide array of businesses, restaurants and entertainment venues as the province deals with the most newly confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. A visibly frustrated Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health — as she announced a daily record number of new COVID cases and another virus-related death — pointed the finger of blame directly at misinformed people who refuse to get vaccinat
It's the one time of year where all local politicians in B.C. gather together — but for the second year in a row, it's happening virtually. The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention is taking place this week, allowing mayors and councillors to lobby the provincial government and trade best practices on local government. Like last year, it takes place with an election campaign underway — federal this year, instead of provincial — and continued uncertainty during a pandemic, but or
Canadians voted in advanced polls in record numbers ahead of an upcoming election, some looking to beat crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released this week, though an expected avalanche of mail-in ballots has failed to materialize. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the snap Sept. 20 election to try to secure a majority, is now fighting to keep his job with his Liberal party in a tight race https://reut.rs/39b2LbW against their main rival, the Conservatives. Nearly 5.8 million Canadians voted early this election, up 18.5% from the 2019 vote, preliminary data from Elections Canada shows.
If just one resident, one business or the city of Yellowknife opposes the "only" suitable proposed day shelter location, unhoused residents displaced by the latest COVID-19 outbreak will be cut off from the services they need most, according to Health Minister Julie Green. In an open letter published Monday, and anticipating public opposition, Green implored residents to support the establishment of a temporary day shelter by October in the former Legion building on Franklin Ave. "There are no o
Tammy Faye Bakker wore a lot of makeup. It was armor — a way for a person who didn’t consider herself beautiful to simply exist in the world. So it's a particularly a cruel irony that the mascara was also the thing that made her a target and a joke long before she and her ex-husband were brought down by brazen theft and misuse of ministry funds. Women have never been afforded the luxury of simply existing in the world, especially when they dare to live in public as Tammy did. Who cares what she
MONTREAL — As Montreal continued to see an increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, health authorities said Wednesday they are looking into opening more testing clinics and deploying rapid testing in specific circumstances. Montreal public health director Mylène Drouin told reporters officials are looking into different ways to increase testing capacity to avoid what she called unreasonably long wait times outside COVID-19 testing centres in the city. "We are working on it," Drouin said.
St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Windsor was shut down Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) made the call after five confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the school. The most recent exposure date was Sept. 9, according to a statement from WECHU Wednesday. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board's website says three of those cases are students and one is a staff member. "Based on the level of spread in our community, it is necessa
SEOUL (Reuters) -The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any forces that threaten the country, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday. The missiles flew 800 km (497 miles) before striking a target in the sea off North Korea's east coast, KCNA said. On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities said they had detected the launch of two ballistic missiles from North Korea, just days after it tested a cruise missile that analysts said could have nuclear capabilities.
Ottawa's skyline will continue to morph if a former dairy factory along Highway 417 gives way to six highrise apartment towers featuring more than 1,900 residential units. City of Ottawa planning staff recommend councillors on the planning committee vote to approve the application by Claridge Homes for land on Clyde Avenue, behind the Canadian Tire store on Carling Avenue, at its meeting on Sept. 23. The land is currently owned by Doodh Milk Inc. and allows for buildings nine or 10 storeys high.
TORONTO — Teachers and staff with the Toronto District School Board who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 could lose their jobs as the board becomes the latest employer to take a hard line on immunization rules. The school board in Canada's most populous city has published its staff vaccination policy, which goes further than minimum guidelines set by the province. "While we recognize that deciding to be vaccinated is deeply personal ... we have strived to balance acknowledging that
Foresters Falls – The question Saturday morning and into the afternoon was what is an airplane doing in the Ferguson hay field on Queens Line? The answer is simple, but wasn’t known by many for quite some time. Scott Bennett recalled what around 11 a.m., “I was feeding these guys (pointing to some calves) and saw a flash of a white wing dip down over your corn field. I didn’t know if it crashed or not,” referring to the reporter’s field kitty corner to where he lives. “What the **** was that? I