Canadian traveller forced to stay in quarantine facility after negative COVID-19 test

MONTREAL — Lennard Skead says he felt like he’d been put in jail for a crime he didn’t commit when he returned to Canada from South Africa on Thursday. Skead, who lives in Brandon, Man., said he wasn’t allowed to leave a Toronto quarantine hotel until the day after he received a negative result on … Read more

Merck to manufacture COVID-19 antiviral drug in Canada

TORONTO — Merck Canada is partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific to manufacture Merck’s antiviral drug molnupiravir at a facility in Whitby, Ont., for distribution to global markets, the company announced on Monday. The Canadian location will produce doses of molnupiravir for distribution in Canada, the U.K., the European Union, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, pending … Read more

Justin Bieber performs at Saudi Arabian F1 race after boycott calls

JIDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA — Pop star Justin Bieber performed to a packed crowd in the Red Sea city of Jiddah in Saudi Arabia, singing some of his most popular hits. The Sunday night concert took place even as human rights campaigners and activists called on Bieber to cancel his performance to protest the kingdom’s arrests … Read more

Dictionary.com anoints ‘allyship’ word of the year for 2021

NEW YORK — Allyship, an old noun made new again, is Dictionary.com’s word of the year. The look up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step of anointing a word it added just last month, though “allyship” first surfaced in the mid-1800s, said one of the company’s content overseers, John Kelly. “It … Read more

Stem cell-based treatment may help Type 1 diabetes patients produce insulin: Canadian study

CANMORE — Canadian researchers are at the forefront of an innovative new stem cell-based treatment that could one day eliminate Type 1 diabetes patients’ dependence on insulin injections, and transform dozens of other health conditions affecting millions worldwide. The first-of-its-kind study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver … Read more

Chanel ridiculed on TikTok over lacklustre US$825 advent calendar containing sticker sets, plastic bracelet

TORONTO — Chanel is facing widespread criticism on social media over the contents of its advent calendar, many of which appear to be cheaply made despite the item’s hefty price tag. The advent calendar retails for US$825 and contains 27 boxes of items numbered from 5 to 31, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company’s … Read more

U.S. congressman posts family Christmas picture with guns, days after school shooting

WASHINGTON — A U.S. congressman on Saturday posted a Christmas picture of himself and what appeared to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school. “Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky … Read more

Incoming German transport minister advises against Christmas travel

BERLIN — Germany’s incoming transport minister is advising people against travelling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. Federal and state leaders on Thursday announced tough new restrictions that largely target unvaccinated people, preventing them from entering nonessential stores, restaurants, sports and cultural venues. In a longer-term move, parliament … Read more

OPP commissioner receives rare Indigenous honour

ORILLIA, ONT. — Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique received a rare offering of thanks from members of the province’s Indigenous community. Carrique was gifted a staff and eagle feathers for his organization’s work on cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which have too often been ignored in Canada’s history. The OPP … Read more

Omicron shows need for global vaccine coverage, as Canada doses slowly reach African clinics

TORONTO — Vaccine inequity is a more pressing concern than ever, but despite wealthy countries making a show of donating doses, the rollout of those doses to poorer regions of the globe has been a slow drip rather than the flood needed for wide protection. Vaccine doses donated to COVAX by Canada have started arriving … Read more