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Top leader of Episcopal Church tests positive for COVID-19

Top leader of Episcopal Church tests positive for COVID-19

Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, said Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Defence minister stands by military's vaccine mandate amid months-long review

Defence minister stands by military's vaccine mandate amid months-long review

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is defending the military's continued use of a vaccine mandate for Armed Forces members as a condition of employment amid pressure to end the requirement and questions about when a promised “tweak” will finally be unve
COVID-19 indicators up in Quebec, too early to declare new wave: public health

COVID-19 indicators up in Quebec, too early to declare new wave: public health

QUEBEC — New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations linked to the disease are on the rise in Quebec, prompting the province to make the influenza vaccine available earlier than usual to protect vulnerable people against both viruses. Starting Oct.
Qatar confirms COVID-19 test requirements for World Cup fans

Qatar confirms COVID-19 test requirements for World Cup fans

GENEVA (AP) — Fans going to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat COVID-19 , organizers said Thursday.
States spend federal COVID aid on roads, buildings, seawalls

States spend federal COVID aid on roads, buildings, seawalls

Standing 14 stories tall, the Docking State Office Building is one of Kansas' largest and oldest state workplaces. It's also largely vacant, despite a prime location across from the Capitol.
Taiwan to end quarantine for arrivals starting Oct. 13

Taiwan to end quarantine for arrivals starting Oct. 13

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Thursday said it will end mandatory COVID-19 quarantines for people arriving from overseas beginning Oct. 13.
Calgary doctor files human rights complaint over changes to mask rules on airplanes

Calgary doctor files human rights complaint over changes to mask rules on airplanes

CALGARY — A family doctor in Calgary has filed a human rights complaint over Ottawa's decision to no longer require masks on airplanes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
B.C. officials push flu, COVID-19 vaccines ahead of possible surges late fall

B.C. officials push flu, COVID-19 vaccines ahead of possible surges late fall

VANCOUVER — British Columbia health officials are encouraging residents to get both flu shots and COVID-19 boosters this fall, while patients are being shuffled out of hospitals to make room ahead of possible twin surges of illness.
Poilievre demands end to military vaccine mandate, but some say it's more complex

Poilievre demands end to military vaccine mandate, but some say it's more complex

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is demanding an end to the vaccine mandate for military members, but his health critic suggested the situation might need a more nuanced approach.

Ontario stays COVID-19 violation charges against Sloan, Hillier

TORONTO — Ontario is no longer pursuing charges against a former member of parliament and a former member of provincial parliament for attending COVID-19 restriction protests.