China condemns U.S., Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI/BEIJING — The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone … Read more

Father of suspect in British MP slaying is ‘traumatized’

LEIGH-ON-SEA, ENGLAND — The father of a man held for the fatal stabbing of a British MP during a meeting with local voters has told British media that he was shocked and “traumatized” by his son’s arrest, as police continued questioning the suspect under terrorism laws. Harbi Ali Kullane, a former adviser to Somalia’s prime … Read more

‘We’re not prepared’: What it takes to recover from long COVID – National |

Cindy McLean was living a normal life, working in a small-town Saskatchewan pharmacy, taking care of her family, and even going to the pool and occasional Zumba class to keep active. Then, in January, she caught COVID-19 and her life hasn’t been the same since. “Everything came to a halt,” she said. “I had people … Read more

Melbourne to ease world’s longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

MELBOURNE — Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of five million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, … Read more

Travel industry, health experts applaud U.S. decision to allow travellers with mixed doses

The organization representing Canada’s tourism industry is applauding the U.S. government’s decision to allow Canadian travellers with mixed vaccine doses once the border opens in November. On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that travellers with “any combination” of two doses of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or the … Read more

Man charged with first-degree murder in death of Nunavut actress Emerald MacDonald

KUGLUKTUK, NUNAVUT — Mounties in Nunavut have charged a man with first-degree murder in the May death of actress Emerald MacDonald. RCMP say Scott Hala was arrested Friday, and is also charged with attempted murder of another woman. His arrest comes more than five months after MacDonald was found dead at a cabin outside Kugluktuk, … Read more

Avoiding COVID-19 news correlated with better mental well-being, Dutch studies find

TORONTO — A study series led by Dutch researchers have found that avoiding the news during the pandemic was correlated with better mental well-being among participants in the Netherlands. The findings of the studies were outlined in the paper, “News Avoidance during the Covid-19 Crisis: Understanding Information Overload,” published in the journal Digital Journalism back … Read more

Ontario reports less than 500 COVID-19 cases as 7-day average continues to fall |

Ontario reported 486 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 594,419. It marks the sixth day in a row the province reported less than 500 cases. Health Minister Christine Elliott said of the new cases, 329 involve people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination … Read more

U.S. says it will permit entry of Canadian travellers with mixed vaccine doses

TORONTO/OTTAWA — The U.S. says it will allow Canadians into the country who have received a mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedule, when the U.S. opens its borders to fully vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that although it has not recommended mixing doses for Americans, “we recognize … Read more

33-year sentence for U.S. man in case of fentanyl ring run from Canadian prison

TORONTO — An American man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for his role in an international fentanyl trafficking ring that was operating out of a Canadian prison. In a press release published Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Steven Barros Pinto, 40, of Rhode Island, would have to serve 400 … Read more