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

Investigation Ongoing After A Fatal Single Vehicle Crash In St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)–Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle traffic crash, ending in a St. Petersburg bayou. At 7:24 a.m. today, Oct. 26, we received a call about a partially submerged vehicle in Bayou Grande, a waterway near the intersection of 62nd Avenue and Bayou Grande Boulevard NE. READ MORE: Guatemalen Man … Read more

Guatemalen Man Illegally In The United States Arrested For Hit And Run That Killed A Five-Year-Old Child

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)–On Saturday, October 23, 2021 Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 32-year-old Ernesto Lopez Morales here illegally from Guatemala after a hit and run crash that a killed 5-year-old child. According to evidence and witness statements, just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Morales was driving a 2005 black Chevrolet Suburban … 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

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

Local Hospital Sees Lowest Pediatric Hospitalizations From COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – We are hearing from experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital about how many children are hospitalized at this point in the pandemic, and how doctors are holding up after almost two years of COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Joseph Perno, says “I’m … Read more

Construction Begins To Add Lanes To I-4 Interchange and I-275

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – On Monday, construction workers started on a massive project: to add lanes to the area between the I-4 interchange and Hillsborough Avenue! In order to add Northbound and Southbound lanes between the I-4 interchange and Hillsborough Avenue, officials say its going to cost $85 million, but it needs … Read more