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The Confederation Building, home of the provincial legislature, is seen in St. John's N.L., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Behind the scenes of N.L.’s failed attempt to rename Red Indian Lake

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A push to change the offensive name of…

The Confederation Building, home of the provincial legislature, is seen in St. John's N.L., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
FILE - In this July 20, 2021 file photo, a woman wearing a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks on a sidewalk in southern Tehran, Iran. On Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Iranian state media reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus…

FILE - In this July 20, 2021 file photo, a woman wearing a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks on a sidewalk in southern Tehran, Iran. On Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Iranian state media reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
This June 19, 2019 photo provided by NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary shows purple microbial mats in the Middle Island Sinkhole in Lake Huron, Mich. Small hills and “fingers” like this one in the mats are caused by gases like methane and hydrogen sulfide bubbling up beneath them. Feel like days are just getting longer? They are and it’s a good thing because we wouldn't have much to breathe if they weren’t, according to a new explanation for how Earth’s oxygen rich atmosphere may have developed because of Earth’s rotation slowing. Scientists provided evidence for this new hypothesis by lab testing gooey smelly purple bacteria from a deep sinkhole in Lake Huron. (Phil Hartmeyer/NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary via AP)

New theory: Earth’s longer days kick-started oxygen growth

Scientists have a new idea for how Earth got its oxygen: It’s…

This June 19, 2019 photo provided by NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary shows purple microbial mats in the Middle Island Sinkhole in Lake Huron, Mich. Small hills and “fingers” like this one in the mats are caused by gases like methane and hydrogen sulfide bubbling up beneath them. Feel like days are just getting longer? They are and it’s a good thing because we wouldn't have much to breathe if they weren’t, according to a new explanation for how Earth’s oxygen rich atmosphere may have developed because of Earth’s rotation slowing. Scientists provided evidence for this new hypothesis by lab testing gooey smelly purple bacteria from a deep sinkhole in Lake Huron. (Phil Hartmeyer/NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary via AP)
(File photo by Advocate staff)
(File photo by Advocate staff)
A plane pours water over the fire-devastating Sirtkoy village, near Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials. The forestry minister tweeted that five fires are continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla. (AP Photo)

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

BOZALAN, Turkey — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows lose, put his…

A plane pours water over the fire-devastating Sirtkoy village, near Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials. The forestry minister tweeted that five fires are continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla. (AP Photo)
FILE — In this April 18, 2020 file photo, a subway conductor wears a face mask as the train is in a station, in the Bronx borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo mandates vaccines or testing for NYC transit workers

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said workers in New York City’s…

FILE — In this April 18, 2020 file photo, a subway conductor wears a face mask as the train is in a station, in the Bronx borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to receive 2.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

OTTAWA — The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3…

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Sahtlam Tree Farm owner Robert Russell is photographed in front of his cabin, which he built in the early 70's, on his 40 acre property in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The recent heat dome and drought have taken a toll on his business of growing trees for the busy Christmas season. Robert farms over 40,000 fir trees including the douglas, grand and noble fir trees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Christmas tree growers say intense heat singes prized trees, kills seedlings

DUNCAN, B.C. — Christmas tree growers in British Columbia say they are…

Sahtlam Tree Farm owner Robert Russell is photographed in front of his cabin, which he built in the early 70's, on his 40 acre property in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The recent heat dome and drought have taken a toll on his business of growing trees for the busy Christmas season. Robert farms over 40,000 fir trees including the douglas, grand and noble fir trees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The third Leah’s Light 5K Walk/Run for overdose awareness will take place Aug. 28 at Red Deer’s Kiwanis Picnic Park. (Advocate file photo)

Leah’s Light 5K Run/Walk for overdose awareness returns to Red Deer

The third annual Leah’s Light 5K Walk/Run for Overdose Awareness will return…

The third Leah’s Light 5K Walk/Run for overdose awareness will take place Aug. 28 at Red Deer’s Kiwanis Picnic Park. (Advocate file photo)
A group of Kelowna students are advocating for a more humane approach to biology classes. (Pixabay)

Red Deer River Naturalists to teach kids about amphibians, invertebrates

The Red Deer River Naturalists are hosting an event to teach children…

A group of Kelowna students are advocating for a more humane approach to biology classes. (Pixabay)
A bartender fills a glass of beer at a pub in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Public health officials are warning of potential fines for skirting public health orders as images from a St. John's bar overflowing with patrons on the weekend draw criticism on social media. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Petr David Josek

Quebec lifts COVID-19 measures; extends closing times for bars and restaurants

MONTREAL — Quebec is lifting further COVID-19 restrictions, including extending closing times…

A bartender fills a glass of beer at a pub in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Public health officials are warning of potential fines for skirting public health orders as images from a St. John's bar overflowing with patrons on the weekend draw criticism on social media. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Petr David Josek
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RCMP say competitor in Ironman is dead after volunteers pulled him from the water

CALGARY — RCMP say a competitor in an Ironman triathlon west of…

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Carol O’Connor, anthropologist Dr. Anne Irwin and nurse practitioner Nicole Armstrong protest outside Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan’s office Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Carol O’Connor, anthropologist Dr. Anne Irwin and nurse practitioner Nicole Armstrong protest outside Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan’s office Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
The hottest day of the year was June 12, when the mercury topped out at 31.2 C.

Heat warning continues in Red Deer, central Alberta Sunday

A heat warning remains in effect for Red Deer and central Alberta,…

The hottest day of the year was June 12, when the mercury topped out at 31.2 C.
FILE In this , Tuesday, July 27, 2021 file photo, people gather to protest against the COVID-19 vaccination pass in Rome. Protesters in Italy and in France have been wearing yellow Stars of David, like the ones Nazis required Jews to wear to identify themselves during the Holocaust. Some carry signs likening vaccine passes to dictatorships. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

Europe’s vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance

VERONA, Italy — Shouts of “Liberty!” have echoed through the streets and…

FILE In this , Tuesday, July 27, 2021 file photo, people gather to protest against the COVID-19 vaccination pass in Rome. Protesters in Italy and in France have been wearing yellow Stars of David, like the ones Nazis required Jews to wear to identify themselves during the Holocaust. Some carry signs likening vaccine passes to dictatorships. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
Demonstrators walk along Bismarckstrasse in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 1, 2021, during a protest against coronavirus restrictions. (Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)

Crowds defy ban to protest coronavirus measures in Berlin

BERLIN — Hundreds of people turned out in Berlin on Sunday to…

Demonstrators walk along Bismarckstrasse in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 1, 2021, during a protest against coronavirus restrictions. (Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes with scouts as he arrived to visit wildfires-affected forests in Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey's Mediterranean towns rose to six Saturday after two forest workers were killed, the country's health minister said.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Tourists flee as wildfires threaten Turkish beach resorts

ISTANBUL — Wildfires raged Sunday near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya…

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes with scouts as he arrived to visit wildfires-affected forests in Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey's Mediterranean towns rose to six Saturday after two forest workers were killed, the country's health minister said.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)
FILE-In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, park guests relax and cool off with a water mist under the globe at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando, Fla. Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld are the latest theme park resorts in Florida to again ask visitors to wear masks indoors, with Universal also ordering its employees to wear face coverings to protect against COVID-19, which has been surging across the state. All workers at Universal's Florida park on Saturday, July 31, 2021 started being required to wear masks while indoors as the employees returned to practicing social distancing. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s…

FILE-In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, park guests relax and cool off with a water mist under the globe at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando, Fla. Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld are the latest theme park resorts in Florida to again ask visitors to wear masks indoors, with Universal also ordering its employees to wear face coverings to protect against COVID-19, which has been surging across the state. All workers at Universal's Florida park on Saturday, July 31, 2021 started being required to wear masks while indoors as the employees returned to practicing social distancing. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Defence chief’s notes reveal debate over due process, optics on Fortin allegation

VANCOUVER — An extraordinary set of handwritten notes by Canada’s acting defence…

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Mandy Gull-Masty, shown in this handout image, has become the first woman to be elected grand chief of Quebec's Cree Nation. Gull-Masty won 64 per cent of the vote in a run-off election held Thursday, defeating Pakesso Mukash, who received 34 per cent.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

“Not a coincidence:” Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women

MONTREAL — It’s no coincidence that a wave of Indigenous women have…

Mandy Gull-Masty, shown in this handout image, has become the first woman to be elected grand chief of Quebec's Cree Nation. Gull-Masty won 64 per cent of the vote in a run-off election held Thursday, defeating Pakesso Mukash, who received 34 per cent.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO