OTTAWA—Indigenous leaders are pushing Canada to confront “deplorable” health conditions for their people as federal, territorial, and provincial ministers prepare to meet in Vancouver next week to work on a new health accord.
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TORONTO—The Ontario Nurses’ Association is sounding the alarm about layoffs of registered nurses by cash-strapped hospitals—and warns patients will pay the price.
The union, which represents 60,000 registered nurses, says 770 RN positions were cut across Ontario last year, and hospitals in Windsor and Kitchener already have announced more RN layoffs this month.
LOS ANGELES—An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot, whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination, will be split three ways.
The winners’ identities remain a mystery but they bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee, and an L.A. suburb where even lottery losers were celebrating yesterday that such heady riches were won in their modest city.
OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is “actively considering” speeding up promised investments in infrastructure in a bid to stimulate Canada’s rapidly-deteriorating economy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during last fall’s election campaign to pump an additional $60 billion over 10 years into infrastructure projects.
LONDON—British actor Alan Rickman, a classically-trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died.
Rickman’s family said that the actor died early today in London at age 69 after a battle with cancer.
A snake thief smuggled a two-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.
Sgt. Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made in Friday’s theft.
But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said video surveillance has helped viewers and police detectives identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned soon.
LONDON—It’s the dark days of one of the rainiest British winters on record.
So some London commuters were surprised to hear their trains had been delayed because of the sun.
Rail operator Southeastern tweeted today that “we had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.”
A Canadian helicopter pilot who plunged into a crevasse while working on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica died of his injuries today.
David Wood was working with the Australian government’s Antarctic program at Davis station—a permanent base in Antarctica.
SWIFT CURRENT, Sask.—A stretch of highway in southwestern Saskatchewan was cordoned off until this morning after a tractor-trailer carrying 63 drums of uranium concentrate bound for a refinery rolled—spilling a small part of its load.
Wildfires scorched a record amount of Canada’s national parks last year—the latest in a number of long, hot summers that almost entirely have depleted Parks Canada’s firefighting reserve.
“We had a very busy fire year,” said Jeff Weir, director of fire management.
“We had more wildfires than normal and those fires burned larger areas than normal,” he noted.