Murder and attempted murder charges laid in shootings in Faro, Yukon

WHITEHORSE — The suspect in a shooting in the small community of Faro, Yukon, has appeared in a Whitehorse court charged with murder and attempted murder. Court documents say Ralph Shaw is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault. A Yukon Supreme Court judge scheduled his next court appearance … Read more

Immunocompromised may need a fourth COVID-19 shot, CDC says

People with certain health conditions that make them moderately or severely immunocompromised may get a fourth mRNA COVID-19 shot, according to updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC authorized a third dose for certain immunocompromised people 18 and older in August. It said a third dose, rather than a … 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

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

Canada launches pilot program to accept North Korean refugees

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — A Toronto-based human rights organization says it is launching a private sponsorship program to resettle North Korean refugees in Canada, which will become the third country after South Korea and the U.S. to accept North Koreans. Sean Chung, executive director of HanVoice, said Tuesday the pilot program created in partnership with … Read more

Full list and an analysis of Justin Trudeau’s 2021 Liberal cabinet

OTTAWA/TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet roster that will help shepherd his Liberal government into his third mandate. Rookies and veteran ministers who’ve been shuffled into new portfolios have less than a month to settle into their new jobs before Parliament is recalled on Nov. 22.  Here’s how the … Read more

Why aren’t COVID-19 vaccinations required for Ottawa police officers?

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s police chief says the force’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which does not require members be vaccinated, is safe for officers and the public. Unlike federal government and city workers, who could lose their jobs if they aren’t vaccinated, police officers can continue working without getting their shots. Instead, unvaccinated officers will be required … Read more