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An earlier than planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by New Brunswick in late July was based in part on a series of miscalculations, including an erroneous assessment that Alberta's early opening was going well. But the New Brunswick government isn't acknowledging the loosening was a mistake or played a role in its current outbreak of COVID cases. "Given the facts, I'd certainly do the same thing again," Higgs told reporters this week about easing mask, distancing and interprovincial travel
As New Brunswick's proof-of-vaccine mandate comes into effect Wednesday, experts say medical exemptions are rare because there's little to no reason people physically can't get vaccinated. Last week, the province announced it will be mandating people to show proof of vaccination to access non-essential indoor facilities such as gyms, restaurants and movie theatres. The new rules comes as New Brunswick is in the midst of historically high COVID-19 infection numbers and multiple cases in schools,
A Winnipeg high school student who was reprimanded and removed from class over her decision not to stand during the national anthem hopes talking about the situation sparks change and awareness. Each morning, when O Canada plays over the speakers at River East Collegiate, 15-year-old Skyla Hart remains seated. "This country is a colonized country and I don't want to stand for a colonized country," Skyla said. "People always say, like, it was a long time ago, [but] we're still … going through it
A new study has found a seven-year-old academy in East Preston, N.S., that helps adults improve their qualifications and find better jobs has had a million-dollar impact on Nova Scotia. Anita Shinde, a partner in accounting firm Deloitte's economic advisory practice, said the East Preston Empowerment Academy's cumulative economic contribution to GDP from 2016 to 2020 was $1.02 million, including creating 14 full-time jobs. That amounted to $1.05 return on every dollar invested in the academy. "T
Liberal MLA Tony Ince was recently appointed as the new official opposition critic to the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. Ince is essentially swapping roles with new Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Pat Dunn, who was the Progressive Conservative’s official opposition critic when Ince was the minister. Ince spoke to the Examiner recently about his time in the legislature, the nature of the role of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Pat Dunn and newly appointed Deputy
Leigh Chapman smiles as she describes her brother Brad; a father and talented musician who also loved to play hockey and roller blade around Toronto. "He had a really quirky sense of humour as well," she said. Brad Chapman, 43, was found dying of an opioid overdose near a downtown Toronto hotel in August 2015. His death led to a coroner's inquest and a series of recommendations for Ontario, Toronto and its police force, which were released in December 2018. One of the recommendations was to ensu
The Rotary Club of Drumheller’s annual White Elephant sale will return Saturday, October 2 following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be some changes to the one-day sale this year, including a change of venue to the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society barn. “It takes a small village to make it happen,” says White Elephant chairperson Bev Krabsen. Krabsen shares the Ag Society has been very helpful and generous in providing the location for the sale. Due to new COVID
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he wants to consult with the Chief Public Health Office and Elections P.E.I. about holding another vote during the pandemic before calling a byelection for Cornwall-Meadowbank. A byelection for District 16 became necessary when former MLA Heath MacDonald resigned his seat in the legislature last month, to run as the federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Malpeque. King said at the time he would like to see a new MLA for the district in time for the fall sessio
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says there has been an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. The quake, which was at a moderate depth of 30 kilometers (20 miles) occurred at 4:57 a.m. (0957 GMT) on Wednesday some 78.2 kilometers (48.5 miles) off the coast of the beach resort of Jiquilillo. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The Associated Press
Some people in the province are asking their physicians for vaccine exemption letters, but the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan says there might be some misunderstandings when it comes to the term "exemption". The organization in charge of licensing medical practitioners in the province sent a letter to its members with some guidance on how to deal with requests for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions. "I think there is an unrealistic expectation," said Dr. Werner Oberholzer, deput
GUYSBOROUGH -- If you’re dreaming of a romantic seaside getaway, with private accommodations, ocean views, walks in a vineyard and numerous recreation options on tap, you must come to Guysborough and go glamping in the vineyard – the most recent venture to launch under the Authentic Seacoast umbrella. One of the recent trends in experiential tourism is glamping – camping with a glamourous twist. What makes it glamourous? In Guysborough, it’s solar powered, winterized yurts with skylights, onsite
Of all the locations in the country to observe Canada's warmest temperature, Labrador doesn't intuitively pop into one's head.
Some professional sports teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, led the way on requiring COVID-19 vaccines for fans in the stands. But the mandates don’t always apply to athletes, which concerns some players.
In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. "I'm a parent who is concerned about the food I put in their bodies, about anything I put in their bodies," said Smithers, 43, who lives in the San Francisco suburb of Albany and has two other children, ages 13 and 4. Monday's announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that a low dose of their coronavirus vaccine proved safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 in a clinical trial has come as a relief to many parents anxiously awaiting the chance to protect their children.
Global record high natural gas prices are pushing some energy-intensive companies to curtail production in a trend that is adding to disruptions to global supply chains in some sectors such as food and could result in higher costs being passed on to their customers. Some companies, including steel producers, fertiliser manufacturers and glass makers, have had to suspend or reduce production in Europe and Asia as a result of spiking energy prices. The UK on Tuesday said it agreed to provide state support to one of the companies to restart production of by-product carbon dioxide, which is used in food production, to avert a supply crunch.
Lorna Lovell says it's never too late to follow your dreams. Her recent debut album, Whenever I Sing, has been warmly received, and Lovell has just released a music video for one of the songs on the album All Your Dances. All this as she approaches 50. "Life keeps throwing curveballs at me and I keep dodging them," Lovell says, "and sometimes heave them back." Musical childhood Lovell grew up in McIvers on the west coast of Newfoundland, where she said music was a big part of her childhood. She
Swapping Alberta's health minister out for a new face is unlikely to change the provincial government's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, observers say. Critics say Premier Jason Kenney's decision on Tuesday to move Calgary-Acadia MLA Tyler Shandro from health to labour and immigration minister, and Calgary-Varsity MLA Jason Copping into health, will do nothing to stem the surge of people with COVID-19, which is overwhelming the province's health-care system. The premier has been drivi
The final day for Canadians to cast their ballots in the 2021 federal election was Monday, September 20 with advanced polls open Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12. Liberals retained a minority government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The unofficial results show the Liberals holding 158 seats, up three from 2019. Conservatives took 119 seats, down two seats from 2019; Bloc Quebecois took 34, up from 22; NDP took an extra seat from 2019 with a total of 25 seats, and Green lost a
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Zeman was admitted to Prague’s military hospital on Sept. 14 for what his office described later as a planned examination. It later said CT scans, sonography checks and blood tests carried out by doctors didn’t reveal any problems or disease that would threaten his life. The office said the president was only dehydrated and slightly exhausted. Due to similar reasons, he spent four days in the same hospital in
Local area schools are making plans for how their staff and students will observe the new federal statutory holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The federal government announced in June this year that September 30 would become Canada’s newest federal holiday following the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools throughout the country; Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, however, has left the decision of giving employees a paid day off up