Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: Australia will have to vaccinate 80 per cent of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom.
Media outlets appeal B.C. court's decision to deny info on stay of mayor's sex assault charge
News/Canada/British Columbia: Three media outlets, including the CBC, are challenging a decision by the B.C. Supreme Court's chief justice to deny the public details about so-called alternative measures that resulted in the staying of a sexual assault charge against the mayor of Port Moody, B.C.
Kitchener hospital's internet policy leaves patient's family paying $600 monthly for service they say he needs
The family of a patient resident at a Kitchener, Ont., hospital say its internet policy has left the 30-year-old without streaming services, so they're paying an "unfair burden" of costs to give him services he needs as a lifeline. Grand River Hospital says it works to keep patients connected with loved ones.
'Van life' is trending, but for some Yukoners it's a final resort amid housing crisis
News/Canada/North: Living out of a van is a trending lifestyle sold as an alternative form of housing that promises mobility and freedom. But for some people in Whitehorse, living in a vehicle is a very practical decision amid the territory’s housing crisis.
It's not just the smoke — as climate change prompts more wildfires, hidden health risks emerge
News/Science: Climate change is expected to lead to a rise in the number of wildfires, which pose health dangers due to smoke inhalation. But there are also other risks to consider, such as the impact on mental health and clean water supplies.
Climate tipping points are difficult to predict. In Canada and beyond, they might have already arrived
News/Science: Scientists have been watching extreme weather events unfold across the world this summer, seeing the many links between heatwaves, floods, droughts and climate change. But the scale of some of these events suggests that the climate is no longer changing in a gradual, predictable way.
Alberta's chief medical officer says 'dramatic shift' in COVID risk justifies removal of health protocols
News/Canada/Calgary: The dramatic shift in the risk the coronavirus poses to the general population justifies removing the province's remaining COVID-19 protocols, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw told CBC News.
Alberta parents question safety of sending children to school with no COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta parents are questioning the safety of sending unvaccinated children back to school without pandemic restrictions in place. On Aug. 16, mask mandates on transit, will be lifted and isolation will no longer be required for the majority of positive COVID-19 cases.
Manitoba archbishop apologizes after priest accuses residential school survivors of lying about abuse
News/Canada/Manitoba: The archbishop of Manitoba’s St. Boniface Catholic diocese says he completely disavows statements made by a priest which included casting aspersions on the motives of Indigenous people who made residential school claims.
Advisory council could strip Julie Payette of her Order of Canada
News/Politics: As governor general, Julie Payette presented one of the country's most prestigious civilian honours to hundreds of accomplished Canadians. Now, an advisory council is thinking about taking her own Order of Canada away.
Ottawa vows to get Afghan interpreters to Canada 'as quickly as possible' — but the U.S. is moving faster
News/Politics: Interpreters who assisted the Canadian military during the war in Afghanistan should be flown to Canada and resettled here as soon as possible, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said today.