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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. The White House said that they’ve offered such calls with others concerned about the vaccine, part of an aggressive public relations campaign to beat back rampant disinformation about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
Alanis Obomsawin has always had a soft spot for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Obomsawin, the 89-year-old Abenaki Nation member who is regarded as one of the country’s most distinguished filmmakers, was once again back at a familiar place. She was in Toronto this past weekend as one of the honorees of the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards. Obomsawin was selected as this year’s recipient for the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. The award recognizes leadership in creating a union between
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a report Wednesday that detailed the high price and low wages for child care, a problem that makes it harder for parents to work and one that the Biden administration aims to fix with its budget proposal. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen presented the findings in remarks that drew on personal experiences. Harris recalled spending weekdays with Regina Shelton, who ran a childcare center from her home while the vice president's mo
It doesn't matter how good a goalie is, the more shots on goal, the more some will get in. That's the message an infectious diseases expert hopes will resonate with vaccine-questioning Albertans as COVID cases among the fully-vaccinated start to rise. "The vaccines work remarkably well, but nothing is perfect when the virus is surging and raging through the community," Craig Jenne told CBC News in an interview Wednesday. The associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Calgary
The B.C. Wildlife Federation is warning Kootenay Lake's ecosystem is "out of balance," and is calling for aggressive provincial action to revive iconic kokanee salmon stocks. "I've been working on this lake for almost 50 years, and I've never seen anything like this," Harvey Andrusak, biologist and past president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, told CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker. "The public has to wake up to the fact the government isn't doing its job." Andrusak, who once worked as the
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors, nearing the end of their case at the sex trafficking trial of R. Kelly, played recordings for a New York City jury Wednesday they say back up allegations the R&B singer abused women and girls. In court papers, prosecutors have described tapes of a profane Kelly threatening violence against victims during recorded rants in 2008. Jurors listened to the recording in Brooklyn federal court using headphones. There was no audio for the press and public — already restricted
Sitting in the back of her yellow 2005 Mustang convertible cruising around North Vancouver last week, Orene Askew was doing something she never thought would come true – filming a music video for her debut track. Askew – aka DJ O Show – is almost ready to drop her first hip-hop single, Status & Clarity produced by Jane Aurora. “My song, it's about the things that I've experienced being Afro-Indigenous and two-spirited,” the 38-year-old said, adding that the track had a slow beat with an R&B fee
The organization responsible for administering clinical exams to certify physiotherapy graduates has scrapped all future virtual exams after its most recent bout of technical glitches last week. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) says it will now focus on offering in-person examinations. It's the fifth time exams have been cancelled by CAPR since the start of the pandemic, leading to a backlog of more than 2,000 unlicensed candidates who are now calling on their provincial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported 1,068 new virus infections, which is 13% higher than last week. State officials say 201 Alaskans are hospitalized for COVID-19, and 34 of them are on ventilators. The state’s chief medical officer says hospitals continue to be stressed a
CURVE LAKE — At a Curve Lake candidates debate Monday night, Green party hopeful Chanté White challenged Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef on the federal government’s commitment to bringing clean drinking water to Indigenous communities — nationally and locally. “It just isn’t being done fast enough. You shouldn’t have to fight your own Prime Minister to get something accomplished,” said White during the virtual debate held over Zoom. While White acknowledged Curve Lake First Nation’s progr
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay the man $1.8 million — the outstanding balance in hush money that the Illinois Republican agreed to pay the man in 2010. Lawyers would not release details of the settlement, arrived at just days before a civil trial in the case that was set to start. It would have focused on a novel legal issue about wh
While campaigning for Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole in Orford, Que., on Wednesday, Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, whose approval rating dipped to 12 per cent in 1992, joked that some of the decisions O’Toole will make as prime minister “might make him unpopular,” adding, “which I never was.”
Students in the Charlottetown area are headed back to school Thursday — except those at West Royalty Elementary — and this has some parents relieved, but still concerned about the potential for more school outbreaks. Melissa Bruce's daughter started kindergarten last week at Sherwood Elementary. She's happy to be sending her daughter back to school, but is concerned about what the future might hold. "Worry will be in the back of my mind for sure. As to when and if that will happen again, and to
Thunderstorm threat continues overnight into Thursday, though reduced severe chance.
QUEBEC — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney joined Erin O'Toole on the campaign trail in Quebec, comparing the Conservative leader's preceding months to the lead-up to his 1984 election win for the Progressive Conservatives. The 82-year-old who governed Canada from that year until 1993 walked onto a stage Wednesday evening before an audience of supporters in Orford, Que., as they chanted his name. He told the crowd of more than 100 a story of getting a call from O'Toole about five months earli
The provincial government's vaccine passport rollout is a source of confusion and frustration, restaurant and business owners said. In an announcement on Sept. 1, Premier Doug Ford, joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore, and Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed unveiled the province's vaccine passport plan. The vaccine passports will take effect on Sept. 22, while a digital verification app follows a month later on Oct. 2
The First Peoples' Performing Arts Festival of the Thousand Islands is back in Gananoque for its fifth edition. The three-day-long festival, which has as its theme "First, Now and Always," promises a myriad of different events and performances throughout the last weekend in September. As a way to bring recognition to the Indigenous people and history in the area, a local Mohawk man, Kevin John Saylor, created the First Peoples Circle of the Thousand Islands to give a voice to urban Indigenous pe
In the days after a confrontation between two Niagara police officers erupted into gunfire, the officer who pulled the trigger told Ontario's police watchdog he knew the man he shot as a "bully" with a "violent past," a court in Hamilton was told Wednesday. Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan was continuing his testimony in the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton, a day after the start of the judge-alone trial of Const. Nathan Parker. Parker was charged with several assault counts despite the fact Donovan
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres stressed on Wednesday that he cannot ask world leaders to show they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, after New York City officials said proof should be required for anyone entering the U.N. General Assembly Hall. Dozens of heads of state and government and foreign ministers - accompanied by countless diplomats - are due to be in New York next week for an annual high-level gathering at the United Nations. New York City officials told the United Nations that under its rules people "entering the U.N. premises for the purpose of entering the General Assembly Hall would be required to show proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to the Hall."
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in Tuesday’s preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief. All five were candidates of color — a major shift away from two centuries o