ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of President Joe Biden’s term and helping cap an underwhelming midterm cycle for the GOP in the last major vote of the year. With Warnock’s second runoff victory in as many years, Democrats will have a 51-49 Senate majority, gaining a seat from the current 50-50 split with John Fetterman’s victory in
THUNDER BAY, ONT. — George’s Market has been providing Christmas trees for their customers each year since 1961. “It’s a wonderful tradition with us,” said Danny Thompson, George’s Market co-owner with his wife Charmaine. We know a lot of the families by their first names. I remember selling trees with my dad to his customers when I was younger, and now I’m selling them to their sons and their daughters. It’s a wonderful feeling for us.” But the traditional selling of festive trees has been axed
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes on a controversial policy that would have let police use robots for deadly force, reversing course just days after their approval of the plan generated fierce pushback and warnings about the militarization and automation of policing. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explicitly ban the use of robots in such a fashion for now. But they sent the issue back to a committee for further discussion and could vote
News of a domestic professional women's league finally coming to Canada in 2025 has Sophia Ferreira dreaming big about her future in the sport. The 20-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., has just wrapped up a second season with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Prior to Monday's announcement, she always assumed she'd have to move to Europe or the U.S. to keep playing post-graduation. "I was super excited, but I wasn't really expecting it," said Ferreira. "[Canada doesn't] have a space
Holding roses and candles, people gathered in Toronto on Tuesday to honour 14 women who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal 33 years ago. The candlelight vigil paid respects not only to the women gunned down by Marc Lépine that day, in an attack known as the Montreal Massacre, but also to all women around the world who have been murdered by men. The vigil was organized by a group called, Women Won't Forget. More than 50 people listened to speakers and music at Philosopher's Walk,
WASHINGTON (AP) — The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military would be rescinded under the annual defense bill heading for a vote this week in Congress, ending a directive that helped ensure the vast majority of troops were vaccinated but also raised concerns that it harmed recruitment and retention. Republicans, emboldened by their new House majority next year, pushed the effort, which was confirmed Tuesday night when the bill was unveiled. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy pers
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Sonny Barton had a lot to say about living without clean drinking water when the nation’s top environmental regulator came to his small West Virginia community Tuesday. The creek where he collects water for bathing, cooking and flushing toilets is littered with bottles and other trash, and he's long suspected it wasn't safe. Lab testing last month confirmed that, finding the waterway is contaminated with E. coli and other bacteria. But after 40 years living without running wa
The Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation (STHF) is now up a million dollars, thanks to a legacy gift from a Yellowknife family. The foundation said in a news release Tuesday that it's the "largest ever personal donation" in its history. It's from long-time Yellowknife residents Albert and Gladys Eggenberger and their family. The exact use of the money is not yet decided. However, the family and the foundation are discussing using the money to improve services for people who have had strokes o
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government cancelled a state-imposed cap on fuel prices late Tuesday after a recent wave of panic-buying among motorists led to fuel shortages and long lines at filling stations across the country. The prices of gasoline and diesel at fuel pumps will be set according to market rates as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, government minister Gergely Gulyas announced at a news conference. The move brings an end to more than a year of government-mandated price controls that had s
Curling Canada has announced Regina will play host to the 2024 Brier. The national men's bonspiel was most recently held at the Brandt Centre in 2018, but the city's bid committee and its partners have made another successful pitch. "Great volunteers, great fans, great facility, good hotel facilities — it's kind of gift-wrapped," Al Cameron, Curling Canada's director of communication and media relations, said at a news conference on Tuesday. Longtime Regina volunteer Bernadette McIntyre, who cha
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s company was convicted of tax fraud Tuesday for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks such as Manhattan apartments and luxury cars, a repudiation of financial practices at the former president’s business as he mounts another run for the White House. A jury found two corporate entities at the Trump Organization guilty on all 17 counts, including charges of conspiracy and falsifying business records. Trump himself was not on trial. The verdict in state c
THUNDER BAY, ONT. — On July 1, 2021, during a time of “cancel Canada Day” activism, Jacob Taylor was about to embark on a technological and conciliating endeavour that would become a procurement game-changer for Far North communities. Taylor, who was the chief executive officer and founder of Pontiac Group Inc., entered into a partnership with Volantus Aerospace to form his new company, Indigenous Aerospace, expanding his work with drone technology. Based out of Fort William First Nation, Taylor
Infectious diseases specialists Dr. Fatima Kakkar and Dr. Isaac Bogoch explain why this year’s respiratory virus season has been so much worse for children than past years, and what we could expect to see with adults in the weeks and months to come.
BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) -A suspected Islamist militant, angered by Indonesia's new criminal code, killed one other person and wounded at least 10 in a suicide bomb attack at a police station in the city of Bandung on Wednesday, authorities said. The suicide bomber was believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State-inspired group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had previously been jailed on terrorism charges, Indonesian police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo told a news conference. The police chief said the attacker, identified as Agus Sujatno, was released in late 2021 and investigators had found dozens of documents protesting the country's controversial new criminal code at the crime scene.
In 2022, more Manitobans than ever are reaching out to local food banks for help to get through these tough inflationary times. So far, the donations continue to meet demand. Niverville Helping Hands Helping Hands coordinator Larissa Sandulak says that the Niverville-based food bank began receiving a significant increase in food hamper requests long before this year’s Christmas season. “Since the summer, we’ve had a 20 percent increase in families needing hampers,” says Sandulak. “Every week we
Kakabeka Falls, Ont. — If Len Day has his way, year-round hiking trails will be connected from Atikokan to the Nipigon area to the Ontario-Minnesota border by 2026. The president of the Northwestern Ontario Recreational Trails Association (NWORTA) and his members unveiled a five-year, five-phase plan in 2021 with the first phase — approximately 60 kilometres of trail from Kakabeka Falls to Shabaqua — ready to come to fruition by the fall of next year. “We’ve got an application into the Ministry
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A ruling by a state court judge placed Oregon’s tough new voter-approved gun law on hold late Tuesday, just hours after a federal court judge allowed the ban on the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines to take effect this week. The ruling by Harney County Judge Robert Raschio threw the implementation of Measure 114 — set for Thursday — into limbo and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said on Twitter that her office will urgently appeal to the Oregon Supreme Co
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will play host to a benefit concert for Ukraine, with a guest performer from Ukraine being featured as part of the tribute. Nataliia Temnyk is a highly trained soprano singer and graduate of the Odesa National Academy, she arrived in Kingston for a residency on November 30, capped off by Thursday's concert where she will perform three Ukrainian compositions as well as "Ave Maria". Adrienne Shannon, one of the organizers of Thursday's benefit concer
Fifteen Toronto city councillors asked the Ontario government on Tuesday to scrap a bill that gives new powers to the mayor. In a letter addressed to Premier Doug Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark, the councillors call on the province to reconsider Bill 39, the Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022. The bill has not yet passed third reading. The councillors are concerned that the bill overrides majority rule, allowing the mayor to enact bylaws deemed to advance a "prescribed provin
The Tŝilhqot'in National Government (TNG) is raising concerns about the Liberal government's recent amendments to Bill C-21, which adds hunting rifles to the list of banned guns in Canada. The TNG, which represent the Tŝilhqot'in Nation and Tŝilhqot'in communities in B.C.'s Interior, says that banning hunting tools limits their ability and right to hunt on their lands, which is protected by law. Last week, Liberal MP Paul Chiang introduced several amendments to the bill after it had passed seco
With a goal to triple the number of internationally-trained doctors practicing in British Columbia by 2024, the province is expanding a program to ease and expedite the licensing process for these physicians. Neetu Garcha looks at the goal to create equal opportunities, and the calls to make family medicine more desirable to medical graduates.