India’s Covid-19 crisis dents PM Modi’s image

The devastating Covid-19 crisis in India has irreparably dented the well-crafted image of the country’s premier, Narendra Modi, with questions being raised over his style of governance during the pandemic.  Modi’s nationalist government has come under fire for failing to manage the crisis that has shaken the world’s second-most populous country, with a record number … Read more

Nova Scotia ‘poised for an election very soon,’ says one expert – Halifax

Following a number of new spending announcements, it looks like Nova Scotia’s 41st general election could be on the horizon. “I think we’re poised for an election very soon,” Tom Urbaniak, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, told Global News. “I would not be at all surprised if there is an election call … Read more

San Diegans Flood Restaurants, Bars on First Weekend Since State Reopened – NBC 7 San Diego

San Diegans are coming out in groups as the city’s restaurants, bars and breweries are now fully open. “We’re starting to see, especially this week, a lot more foot traffic,” said Kenon Nibbs, general manager at Burgeon at the Arbor. “People are definitely having the mask off, having a lot of fun, and getting back … Read more

First Nations up to five times more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, experts say

TORONTO — Rising rates of COVID-19 in the remote Ontario community of Kashechewan is highlighting just how hard the virus has hit First Nations. The current rate of positive COVID-19 cases on First Nations reserves as of June 1 is 188 per cent of the rate of the Canadian population — although the fatality rate … Read more

2 Out Of 3 School Districts In US Reporting Teacher Shortages, Survey Finds – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a growing teacher shortage in the United States, and the potential crisis is set to extend into the fall. Across the nation, a Frontline Education survey found that two out of three districts are reporting a shortage. At one high school in New Jersey, there are two dozen openings, all due … Read more

Coronavirus: Public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

OTTAWA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says as of Friday more than 2,000 cases of the variant have now been confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory. Just … Read more

Doctors looking into rare cases of myocarditis after mRNA vaccinations

TORONTO — Next week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is holding a meeting, which scientists around the world will be watching, to discuss rare reports of heart inflammation occurring in people after receiving mRNA vaccines for COVID-19. Myocarditis is a condition that causes inflammation of the heart muscle. It typically develops … Read more

Coronavirus: mRNA vaccine now preferred as second dose following AstraZeneca shot: NACI

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people who received a first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine receive a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. NACI’s latest advice takes into consideration the most recent evidence on the rare instances of blood clots associated with the … Read more

Canada made a promise to keep migrants locked up only as a last resort. A new report shows what really happened

The number of people being held in detention in Canada over immigration violations — including those with mental health issues and including young children — has continued to grow, despite the federal government’s promise to detain migrants only as a last resort. In 2019-20, more than 8,800 people — 138 of them children, including 73 … Read more

Coronavirus: Help slow in coming for struggling Kashechewan, chief says

TORONTO — Help for the struggling James Bay community of Kashechewan has been slow in coming, as COVID-19 infections surge through overcrowded homes and isolation facilities remain non-existent, Chief Leo Friday said on Wednesday. The virus has attacked children particularly hard, with those aged 12 and under accounting for more than half the 232 active … Read more