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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sends condolences to Britain’s royal family

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended his condolences to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip. “On behalf of the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his deep condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry...

Flags drop, bells toll as Canadians remember special relationship with Prince Philip

Flags drop, bells toll as Canadians remember special relationship with Prince Philip

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and an array of federal and provincial figures are paying tribute to Prince Philip and the royal’s special relationship to Canada as flags across the country dropped to half-mast to mark the duke’s death. Trudeau says the Duke of Edinburgh “maintained a special relationship” with Canada’s Armed Forces, noting he was colonel‑in‑chief of six Canadian units,...

COVID-19 variants of concern higher than reported in British Columbia, experts say

COVID-19 variants of concern higher than reported in British Columbia, experts say

VANCOUVER — British Columbia is severely under-reporting the number of COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern, limiting the public’s awareness of the threat, experts say. Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia professor who has done COVID-19 modelling, said the province’s reliance on time-consuming whole-genome sequencing to confirm variant cases is not necessary. She said the PCR test used...

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Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

Premier Doug Ford announced on Wednesday that the Ontario government is issuing a four-week, province-wide stay-at-home order, starting Thursday, as COVID-19 cases surge. Ford also announced that the government is expanding vaccine eligibility to all adult essential workers in "hot spots" in Toronto and Peel Region, starting with education workers next week.