Category Archives: Social

Afghanistan’s first female Olympian urges Canada to speed asylum process for refugees

VANCOUVER — Shortly after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Friba Rezayee's phone started lighting up with messages from women and girls pleading for help.  Rezayee, who made history as one of Afghanistan's first two female Olympians in 2004, now lives ...

Edmonton doctors form opioid response committee to address spiking overdoses

EDMONTON — Spiking overdose deaths and inaction by the Alberta government have prompted a group of Edmonton physicians to form an opioid poisoning committee to address the escalating crisis. The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association said the committe...

B.C. opens consultation on anti-racism legislation as groups praise data collection

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government is asking residents to provide input on proposed anti-racism legislation as members of marginalized communities say the collection of data will help groups flourish. Rachna Singh, the parliamentary secretary ...

43 Canadians among those on board Qatari commercial flight out of Afghanistan

OTTAWA — Forty-three Canadians were among around 200 foreigners on board a civilian flight out of Afghanistan on Thursday — the first such large-scale departure since U.S. forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a week ago. Foreign Affairs Minis...

Bulgaria, EU’s least vaccinated nation, faces deadly surge

VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria (AP) — Standing outside the rundown public hospital in Bulgaria's northern town of Veliko Tarnovo, the vaccination unit's chief nurse voices a sad reality about her fellow citizens: “They don’t believe in vaccines.”

The Latest: Top German, US diplomats to meet in Germany

BERLIN — Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken are set to meet at the Ramstein U.S. Air Base for talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

They were some of 9/11’s biggest names. Where are they now?

Rudolph Giuliani was a hero before he was a punchline. Lisa Beamer was a wife and mother before she became a symbol of Sept. 11 — and though her celebrity passed, her widowhood cannot.

Texas GOP bets on hard right turn amid changing demographics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans in America's largest conservative state for years racked up victories under the slogan “Keep Texas Red,” a pledge to quash a coming blue wave that Democrats argued was inevitable given shifting demographics.

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic

Texas death row inmate seeks pastor’s touch at execution

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years ago in a robbery that garnered $1.25 is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands