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Pfizer vaccine 93 percent effective at keeping adolescents out of the hospital

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine proved 93 percent effective at keeping adolescents 12 to 18 out of the hospital, according to an analysis by the CDC published Tuesday.
  • The report may help boost uptake of the vaccine among children ages 5-11 once it's authorized, likely in the coming weeks.
  • "Findings reinforce the importance of vaccination to protect U.S. youths against severe COVID-19,'' the authors wrote.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently authorized for adolescents in the U.S. Moderna has requested authorization of its vaccine but has yet to receive it. Johnson & Johnson is testing its inoculation on teens.


Coal mining debate turns Alberta’s foothills into political battleground

The growing debate over the return of open-pit coal mining to parts of the Rocky Mountain foothills has turned the region into a political battleground with people weighing the potential economic benefit against the cost to the environment and impact on local ranchers.
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  • The Canadian Press

    Next Edmonton mayor hopes for positive results with Alberta premier, UCP government

    Edmonton’s next mayor says his goal with Premier Jason Kenney will be to keep it respectful and get things done. “We haven’t always agreed on some policy proposals, but I have always been very respectful,” Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday following his win in the municipal election a day earlier. “I have never engaged in personal attacks and that’s what I am absolutely going to continue to practise.” Sohi said the premier called him after his win. “We talked about how we can work together to tackle CO

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    Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor, distances his fortunes from Biden's agenda

    In D.C., Dems believe that if they can pass an infrastructure bill before Oct. 31, it’ll help Terry McAuliffe win his second term as governor two days later. But at a campaign stop Tuesday, McAuliffe said he didn’t think Virginia voters cared that much about the goings-on in Congress.

  • CBC

    Parliament imposes mandatory vaccination rule on most MPs

    Most members of Parliament — and anyone else entering the House of Commons — will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when Parliament returns on Nov. 22. The Board of Internal Economy, Parliament's governing body responsible for administrative rules, announced the requirement today. "This requirement will apply to any person who wishes to enter the House of Commons Precinct, including members and their staff, political research office employees, administration employees, members of the

  • The Canadian Press

    Tk’emlúps leaders' letter sets steps for PM to prove commitment to reconciliation

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Senior members of a British Columbia First Nation have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that petitions him to formally commit to seven steps he could take to show he is serious about reconciliation. The open letter from family heads of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation comes a day after Trudeau visited their territory in Kamloops for the first time since more than 200 unmarked graves were found in May at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. In the

  • CBC

    PCs pounded on health care on opening day of P.E.I. Legislature

    Dennis King's PC government was pounded over delays and frustrations with the health-care system on the opening day of the fall sitting of the P.E.I. Legislature Tuesday. At the top of the list of issues for both opposition parties: the 20,197 Islanders now listed on the province's patient registry, looking for a new primary care provider. "That means about one in eight Islanders rely on walk-in clinics and emergency rooms to access health-care services," said Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker. "Bu

  • The Canadian Press

    Indictment accuses Nebraska congressman of lying to FBI

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents who were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire. The U.S. attorney's office announced that the grand jury in Los Angeles had indicted the nine-term Republican on one charge of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal in

  • CBC

    Gitanmaax members stop child from being taken from community by social workers

    A group of Gitxsan matriarchs, hereditary chiefs, elected chiefs and community members blocked B.C. social workers from apprehending one of their children Saturday. "We knew what we were doing was right and we weren't going to back down," said Tracey Woods, the elected chief of the Gitanmaax Band, about 350 kilometres northwest of Prince George, B.C. "We weren't going to permit [B.C.'s Ministry of Child and Family Development] social workers to remove this [child]," and put them on a flight to O

  • The Canadian Press

    Trudeau, Blanchet talk vaccination, provincial health summit ahead of Nov. 22 return

    OTTAWA — A month before returning to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet agree on one at least one thing: those present will need to be fully vaccinated. Following a conversation described as "cordial and constructive" according to Trudeau's office on Tuesday, Blanchet said a parliamentary body — the Board of Internal Economy — could impose the vaccination of members. "My impression is that the Board of Internal Economy has such au

  • The Canadian Press

    Green Party lays off core staff members amid financial drought, internal strife

    OTTAWA — Layoffs are once again hitting the Green Party as party brass look to shave costs amid persistent financial and political woes. The Greens are temporarily laying off half of their staff, or about 10 employees, effective Tuesday, according to three senior party officials who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters. The sources say Green interim executive director Dana Taylor is meeting one on one with affected workers throughout th

  • The Canadian Press

    Retired Rep. Bill Zeliff, who probed Waco siege, dies at 85

    Former U.S. Rep. Bill Zeliff, a three-term Republican best known for helping lead the congressional investigation of the government's disastrous siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, has died. He was 85. Zeliff, who represented southern and eastern New Hampshire in the U.S. House from 1991 to 1997, died Monday, according to Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Venice, Florida, where he had retired. He died after declining health, his wife told WMUR-TV in New Hampshire. “Congre

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