Alberta Parks warns emergency crews becoming ‘overwhelmed’ with increase in rescue calls

Matt Mueller, a public safety specialist for the Kananaskis Region, said the increased number of calls is putting a strain on emergency services.
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Any attacks on freed prisoners will jeopardize peace talks, Taliban warns
A Taliban spokesman told The Associated Press there have been at least 11 such attacks in the past several months — instances when freed Taliban figures were killed, harassed and re-arrested by government forces.
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‘Botanical sexism’ could be why your allergies keep getting worse
Meet the 84-year-old Hamilton, Ont., man on a crusade to make schoolyards and parks a little less sexist— and a lot more allergy-friendly The post ‘Botanical sexism’ could be why your allergies keep getting worse appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Quebec reports 91 coronavirus cases as new infection numbers continue to drop
One death linked to the respiratory illness was reported Tuesday. Since March, 5,697 Quebecers have been killed.
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Havelock house fire being investigated as arson: Peterborough County OPP
Firefighters and OPP responded to a house fire on William Street in Havelock early Sunday.
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Family Doctor Killed In Brazen Attack At Alberta Medical Clinic
RED DEER, Alta. — Mounties say they anticipate charges will be laid after a man was killed Monday in a violent attack at a medical clinic in central Alberta.A witness told media outlets that it was her family doctor who was slain at the walk-in clinic in Red Deer, and that the suspect had a hammer and a machete.Supt. Gerald Grobmeier held a news conference Monday night but wouldn’t confirm details. He says a suspect is in custody and charges are likely.Grobmeier says other staff and patients were in the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic at the time of the attack and will likely suffer trauma because of what they saw.READ MORE What Canada’s Antibody Testing Teaches Us About ‘Herd Immunity’ Ottawa Agrees To Slash Environmental Oversight In Alberta’s Oilsands Will A New Law Bring 'American-Style' Health Care To Alberta? Grobmeier describes it as an isolated but extremely brazen crime.“I am sickened to learn that a member of our community died in such a violent tragedy,” he said.“My heart goes out to the family ... no one expects that.” Grobmeier said one officer was struck with a blunt weapon during the arrest, and was treated for minor injuries.Saddened to learn of this horrendous and fatal attack on a Red Deer doctor.Can't imagine the pain and sorrow his family and clinic staff are now going through.On behalf of all Albertans, our deepest condolences go out to them.https://t.co/yKDHs2zkX8— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 10, 2020Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro both tweeted that they were saddened to hear about the fatal attack on the doctor.Dr. Christine Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, said in a statement that the organization will be reaching out to local medical staff for support.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 11, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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A pilot living in Canada was able to pull together a rescue flight for Africans stuck in China
Using only his phone, a man in New Brunswick was able to secure a rescue flight for more than 100 Africans stuck in China amid the pandemic.
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RCMP investigates fatal motorcycle collision in Colchester County
The driver of the motorcycle, a 61-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. 
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Oil cleanup continues on Mauritian coast as liability probed
The incident has befouled the white-sand beaches of the Mauritian coast and left the Indian Ocean island nation facing widespread pollution. Its economy, which relies heavily on tourism, is already reeling from the coronavirus fallout and may be further affected by the spill.
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Huge fireball erupts in Russian city of Volgograd as electricity ignites fuel tanker
A blast set off by a fire at a Russian gas station sent a fireball roaring through the sky on Monday, in scenes that went viral on social media. The blast, in the city of Volgograd, saw at least 13 people hurt, Fox News reported , with 10 victims going to hospital. The blast is said to have been sparked by an electricity discharge, as a fuel tanker truck was unloading at the site. Although thankfully casualties from the blast were incomparable, its enormity had echoes of the explosion that engulfed Beirut in recent days, when a fire at the port set off 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and killed at least 220. BREAKING - Massive #explosion reported at a gas station in #Volgograd, #Russia; FYTKS At least 12 people have been injured. pic.twitter.com/01S7DEstWm— SV News
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Former Queen’s student Taylor Haas found not guilty of sexual assault
The son of a well-known B.C. chocolatier was found not guilty on a sexual assault charge in Kingston, Ont., Tuesday morning.
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Stocks open higher, pushing S&P 500 closer to record high
The S&P 500 was up 0.2 per cent in the early going, on pace for its eighth straight gain. The latest up move in stocks followed President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was considering cutting taxes on capital gains and income.
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Trump blames Spanish Flu for ending Second World War — 2 decades later
Donald Trump mixed up his world wars and the year of the Spanish Flu in an error-filled comparison to the coronavirus.
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Ontario reports just 33 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
The province processed 21,581 tests on Monday, says Health Minister Christine Elliott.
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University of Manitoba to sell president’s residence in break with tradition
The University of Manitoba is following in the footsteps of other post-secondary institutions by doing away with an old tradition.
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Business is booming for dialysis giant Fresenius. It took a $137 million bailout anyway
Funding to giant dialysis providers would have been greater if DaVita, the other multinational corporation that dominates dialysis care in the U.S., had not turned down $240 million in aid, saying other medical providers needed it more.
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Coronavirus: Quebec sees loss of 450,000 jobs in 4-month period compared to last year
The job losses come amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What if the Leafs had beaten the Zamboni driver?
Sometimes you make you're own luck. Sometimes you're the author of your own misfortune.
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Mark Carney’s quiet return to Ottawa
Politics Insider for Aug. 11: The former Bank of Canada governor is back in Ottawa, the Tories want another WE probe and New Brunswick's latest political gambit The post Mark Carney’s quiet return to Ottawa appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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STSCO unveils guidelines for bussing central Ontario students amid coronavirus pandemic
Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario released guidelines for transporting students, beginning in September.
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Funerals, protests grip Lebanon a week after Beirut explosion
The explosion has fueled popular outrage against the country's top political leaders and security agencies.
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St. Thomas police seek help in locating missing teen
Anyone may know the teen's whereabouts is asked to contact St. Thomas police at 519-631-1224.
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Vaughan temporarily lays off about 1,100 city employees amid COVID-19
On Aug. 5, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said that most of Vaughan’s facilities, including city hall, will remain closed to the public until Jan. 4, 2021, and “potentially beyond.”
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Bindi Irwin announces she’s pregnant with 1st child
The daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin got married in March of this year.
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Dallas Stars keep Calgary Flames guessing ahead of first round playoff series
The Calgary Flames take on the Dallas Stars in their first-round playoff series.
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Ontario reports 33 new coronavirus cases, lowest single-day increase since mid-March
“This includes routine data clean-up by Toronto Public Health, which removed 21 cases, such as duplicates, that had previously been included in daily case counts,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
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'It will be too late for her': Parents race to afford 'world's most expensive drug'
Health Canada has granted 'priority review status' to Zolgensma, the 'world's most expensive drug' that treats spinal muscular atrophy, but the process could still be too slow for toddlers who may age-out of the gene therapy before it is approved.
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Granby girl who died in 2019 was failed by youth protection system: commission
The Quebec Human Rights Commission says it's still waiting for action on its earlier recommendation that youth protection workers receive better training.
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Halifax police investigate armed robbery reported at Irving gas station on Quinpool
Halifax police describe the man as a man wearing all black and a black mask. 
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Christopher Labos: Reopen schools? That isn't the right question
Reopening schools is not without some risk, but we can limit that risk with an appropriate contact-tracing, testing and screening strategy.
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California is releasing some murderers due to COVID-19. Some say it should free more
This spring, the state expedited the release of 3,500 inmates because of the coronavirus, and in July it freed 2,345 others early. Thousands more are eligible for release, including at least 6,500 deemed to be at high risk because of medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
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Nova Scotia reports no new coronavirus cases on Tuesday
There remain no active cases in the province.
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Ghislaine Maxwell says she is being watched by strange prison guards, asks to be switched from her cell
According to a report in the Independent , Jeffrey Epstein’s jailed ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell has asked that she be moved from her current cell, claiming that the guards who are watching over her don’t seem to be “regular personnel.” Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping the disgraced financier Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath. She was arrested on July 2 and has been held in a Brooklyn jail after a judge denied bail, calling her a flight risk. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled for next July. In the latest of a number of challenges, her legal team has now asked Judge Alison Nathan to see that Maxwell is placed in the general population area of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre. She has been taken off suicide watch, her lawyers say, but she is still forced to undergo round-the-clock surveillance as well as a number of searches per day. Her team says she is enduring “uniquely onerous conditions,” is being ”treated less favourably than a typical pretrial detainee,” and “has been confined alone in an area outside of the general population (of inmates) for the entire 36 day period … and there is no indication that this will change.” She has been forced to wear clothing, they say, which marks certain prisoners as being suicide risks. The lawyers say she is watched, via closed circuit cameras, by “multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular (Metropolitan Detention Center) personnel. These prison guards observe Ms Maxwell and take notes on her every activity.” Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He had also pleaded not guilty. His death has been the source of a raft of online conspiracy theories. Surveillance standards among prison staff guarding the pedophile were allegedly found wanting in the hours leading up to his arrest, and security cameras in and around his cell were allegedly malfunctioning. Maxwell’s legal team now say she is being unfairly punished for these previous shortcomings. After a long period in hiding, the former British socialite was arrested in New Hampshire early last month and charged with helping Epstein to lure young girls. A U.S. appeals court recently delayed the release of a 2016 deposition about Maxwell’s sex life, after she argued it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after last-ditch scrambles by Maxwell to keep potentially embarrassing information, which her lawyer said could make it “difficult if not impossible” to find an impartial jury, out of the public eye. Maxwell’s appeal will be heard on an expedited basis, with oral argument scheduled for Sept. 22. Her deposition had been taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who had accused Epstein of having kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s assistance. Dozens of other documents from that case were released, however, after the presiding judge concluded that the public had a right to see them. In seeking to keep Maxwell’s deposition sealed, her lawyers said in court papers that she had been promised confidentiality by Giuffre’s lawyers and the presiding judge at the time, through an agreed-upon protective order, before answering many personal, sensitive and “allegedly incriminatory” questions about her dealings with Epstein. They said further that Maxwell was blindsided when prosecutors quoted from the deposition in her indictment, and accusing Giuffre of leaking the deposition to the government. Giuffre’s lawyers called Maxwell’s appeal “frivolous, and a transparent attempt to further delay the release of documents to which the public has a clear and unequivocal right to access.” The lawyers also called the allegation Giuffre leaked the deposition “completely and utterly false.” Among the documents released were emails between Epstein and Maxwell dated January 2015, including one where Epstein told Maxwell that she had done “nothing wrong.” Lawyers for Maxwell said on July 10 in a court filing requesting bail in her criminal case that she had not been in contact with Epstein for “more than a decade.”
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Russia’s approval of virus vaccine greeted with some alarm
President Vladimir Putin said while announcing the approval that one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated.
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Coronavirus: Toronto bar apologizes for large crowds seen on patio
A Toronto bar is apologizing after videos and photos surfaced on social media appearing to show crowds of people crammed on its patio on Saturday.
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Quebec Human Rights Commission finds ‘breaches at all stages’ to protect slain Granby girl
The investigation was prompted by the death of a seven-year-old girl who was followed by youth protection.
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HBC, Canadian Tire could be in trouble next during pandemic: retail expert
The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and Canadian Tire could be the next retailers to run into trouble during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one expert who says the companies have failed to adapt to consumers’ evolving shopping habits even before the crisis began.
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