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TORONTO – A month before students return to school in September, the province released its guide to reopening schools Tuesday afternoon (August 3). The 26-page guide outlines many of the requirements for back-to-school this fall, with much of the public health measures from the 2020-21 school year remaining in place. "Having measures in place means that kids get back to class, go on field trips, and socially interact with their friends with confidence," said Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of He
Yellowknife artists showed off ways to turn trash into treasure over the weekend, during an art show that the head of Ecology North hopes got people thinking twice about garbage. More than a dozen pieces were on display at the Wildcat Café during the annual Trash-formation Art Show — which, this year, was a collaboration with the Yellowknife Artist Co-operative. "It's a great example to show how items, our old trash, can live another life," said Dawn Tremblay, the executive director of Ecology N
Local residents who have made this a two-dose summer are invited to share their stories. The invite is part of the #TwoDoseSummerCK celebration Aug. 5. The event is being held to highlight the success of people who have already taken the COVID-19 vaccine. It also provides an additional opportunity for folks who have not had the vaccine to learn about the shot from reliable sources. With only six weeks remaining until the school bell rings, the window is closing for residents to have a two-dose s
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Tuesday the launch of a "strategic dialogue" with Indonesia, and Washington said the two countries committed to working together on issues that include defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Meeting in Washington, Blinken and Indonesian Foreign Minster Retno Marsudi also committed to work together against COVID-19 and the climate crisis and to boost bilateral trade and economic ties, the State Department said. Indonesia is the largest country and economy in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a bloc Washington sees as key to its efforts to stand up to China's growing influence in Asia.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — With a growing number of sexual assault allegations surfacing against officers with Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial police force, women in St. John's, N.L., are calling for cuts to police budgets and questioning who will protect them. Lynn Moore, a lawyer who works with victims of sexual assault in the provincial capital, says 15 women have now approached her with allegations about nine Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers. Eight of the officers identified have sinc
OTTAWA — U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is infected with COVID-19 but because he is fully vaccinated, he is mainly suffering from what feels like a mild sinus infection. For public health experts, Graham's Monday tweet underscores why COVID-19 vaccines are so critical. Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, says breakthrough infections are still an exception in fully vaccinated people but when they do happen, the symptoms are usually v
WINNIPEG — Manitoba is loosening some COVID-19 restrictions and removing its mask mandate as the province moves toward the next step of reopening. "Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Manitobans, we are now in a position to reopen more, sooner, as we have achieved our highest vaccination rates yet," Premier Brian Pallister said Tuesday. Pallister saidManitobans will be able to enjoy more freedoms when the rules change Saturday, as the province reaches another vaccination milestone. Eighty per ce
The federal and provincial governments are investing more than $3 million into two Windsor projects that aim to improve multi-use trails across the city and improve 18 municipal buildings. The funding stems from an announcement made last month by Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities, which saw the federal government put forward $51 million to southwestern Ontario municipalities to respond to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government is investing $2,563,445
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday approved a draft bill allowing the East African country to join the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The decision by the Cabinet to join the Rome Statute is a step forward in the long-waited trial of suspects wanted for war crimes and genocide in the Darfur conflict, including former President Omar al-Bashir. The bill, however, still needs to be ratified by a joint meeting of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council and Cabinet. Together they serve as an
Known amongst friends as the fish whisperer, Jesse Whalen (also known as Fishin' with Ginger) has had a passion for fishing for as long as he can remember. Now the Cambridge fisherman has made it to the final round of the CFN Fish Off tournament, after coming in second place in the semifinals with his partner Ben Pugh. Whalen and Pugh scored 68 points in the semifinals, catching 30 different species of fish before beating out 260 teams for second place. Now Whalen is one week into the final roun
KINGSTON, Ont. — The Nature Conservancy of Canada says a stretch of forest and wetland about 40 kilometres north of Kingston, Ont. is now protected land. The organization says the 0.83 square kilometre property on Devil Lake was purchased through federal and provincial funding, as well as private donations. It says the move will protect the habitant of forest species such as the cerulean warbler, a songbird whose numbers it says have dwindled to less than 1,000 in Canada. Rob McRae, the conserva
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city workers are being told they must resume wearing masks while on the job, a requirement that could go against Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order banning such mandates. Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the mask mandate on Monday due to a “recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in our community and in our workplace linked to the new delta variant.” “It is so very important that we remain vigilant in doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Turner wrote
An Environment Canada alert advising that weather conditions are "favourable for the development of funnel clouds" in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent has ended, but not before people reported seeing them in the sky. A special weather advisory was issued Tuesday just after 1:30 p.m. ET, alerting residents that landspout tornadoes can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs and send debris flying across short distances. The alert was called down about three hours later. During that time, mul
Family members seeking to control women artists isn’t new. In the 1920s, doctors thought sculptor Camille Claudel could be released from the care of an asylum, but her family refused.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights are asking that their federal trials be separated from the trial of Derek Chauvin, who has already been convicted on state murder charges for kneeling on Floyd's neck as the Black man pleaded for air. Attorneys for J. Kueng and Tou Thao said in court filings Tuesday that their clients would be unfairly prejudiced if they went to trial alongside Chauvin. An attorney for Thomas Lane filed
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are jointly calling for COVID-19 vaccinations to be made mandatory for health-care workers. The two organizations today joined a growing number of calls to make vaccines a mandatory condition of employment in the health care sector. "As health providers, we have a fundamental duty of care towards our patients and the public. There is significant evidence that vaccines are safe and effective and as health professiona
An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday. (Aug. 3)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jo Ann Hinckley, a constant companion to her son John Hinckley Jr. as the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan was gradually allowed to live outside a psychiatric hospital in Washington, has died. Jo Ann Hinckley, 95, had been her son’s primary companion as he transitioned in recent years from living at a Washington psychiatric hospital to being allowed to live with her full-time in a gated community in Williamsburg. Barry Levine, John Hinckley’s longtime attorney, conf
TORONTO — Mirvish Productions is set to relaunch indoor theatre in Toronto with an audio-based stage show that has an eerily timely premise about a pandemic but was actually developed before COVID-19. Mirvish says "Blindness," which starts performances at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Wednesday, will be the first indoor theatre presentation in Toronto since the pandemic shut down such venues nearly a year and a half ago. The adaptation of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago's dystopian novel unf
Here’s the latest for Tuesday, August 3: Investigation find NY Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed employees; Pentagon officer, suspect die in attack; Florida won’t impose mask mandates; New York City to require vaccination proof.