Interest rates, inflation, economic outlook subjects of Bank of Canada update – National |

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 27, 2021 7:44 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Bank of Canada will announce Wednesday morning what will happen to its trendsetting interest rate, and provide an updated forecast for the domestic economy. The bank’s target overnight rate … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Survey suggests staff worried about bias towards on-site workers if working remotely

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:10 a.m.: A new survey by technology company Cisco suggests nearly half of Canadian workers are worried that they would be viewed less favourably if they worked remotely in … Read more

Inside the Kabul safe houses where Afghans wait to be evacuated to Canada – National |

From the street, it looks like just another Kabul compound, but that’s the point. The families inside don’t want to be found. They’re hiding from the Taliban who patrol the city in their pickups. Occupied by former employees of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, the compound is self-contained so they don’t have to go out, … Read more

MMIWG ribbons thrown in trash in park home to Calgary’s Field of Crosses – Calgary |

Ribbons honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were found in a Calgary park’s trash bin on Tuesday. They were cleared from an area that is now being used as the Field of Crosses, which pays tribute to veterans leading up to Remembrance Day. Read more: Outrage after Indigenous art in Calgary covered up … Read more

Mercury risk in fish ‘low’ among Indigenous and remote communities, study finds

TORONTO — Indigenous and remote communities that rely on fish for sustenance shouldn’t worry about mercury levels in their food as the benefits of eating the meal outweigh the risks, according to a new study. The study, published recently in the journal Environmental Research, examined 443 blood samples and 276 hair samples from residents across … Read more

Ancestral remains of six individuals returned to Dokis First Nation by U.S. museum

TORONTO — The ancestral remains of six individuals have been returned home to Dokis First Nation in Ontario by the Field Museum in Chicago, Il., after being kept there for more than a century. In a press release on the repatriation of the remains, Dokis First Nation said that they had worked closely with the … Read more

‘What this community needs’: Pikangikum First Nation opens safe house for families in crisis

TORONTO — A northern Ontario First Nation has opened up a new safe house designed to help its residents heal from abusive and dangerous situations. Pikangikum First Nation, a remote community about 230 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., recently opened the Pikangikum Community Safe House, a multi-unit facility designed to help those in the community … Read more

New Zealand looks to reform zoning in cities. Could a similar move help ease B.C.’s housing crisis? – BC |

The government of New Zealand has moved to end single-family zoning in five of the country’s biggest cities. In an effort to encourage more housing, New Zealand government introduced legislation that will allow property owners to build up to three housing units to a maximum height of three storeys in cities such as Auckland, Wellington … Read more

Canada’s doctors call on new health minister to address ‘health workforce crisis’

TORONTO — Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle and the addition of a new cabinet role to address mental health, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is calling on the new health ministers to address the ‘health workforce crisis’ caused by pandemic burnout and stress. In a statement Tuesday, the organization outlined how many health-care … Read more

U.S. FDA advisers back Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young kids

WASHINGTON — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously, with one abstention, that the vaccine’s benefits in preventing COVID-19 in that age group outweigh … Read more