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The Queens County Fair grounds in Caledonia came alive July 24 for an ox pull competition that attracted 54 teams from New Ross to Yarmouth. This is the first pull of the season at the grounds and it was the make-up date for the spring ox pull originally which was scheduled for June 19. A horse pull scheduled for May 22 also had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols at that time. “It was a great turnout. People come from far and wide for this,” said Carolyn Tufts, assistant manager of the Qu
Governments would have to double their spending on long-term care to implement a range of improvements proposed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer says. The report says that public spending on long-term care across federal, provincial and territorial governments would have to increase by $13.7 billion at first, and that costs would grow at 4.1 per cent per year thereafter because of an aging population. In 2019-20, governments in Canada s
Prolonged lack of precipitation across the province has prompted some 18 municipalities to declare states of agriculture disaster, including Wheatland County and nearby Special Areas Board. Combined with high temperatures, the prolonged lack of moisture has created drought conditions, stunted crop growth, and low yields. While Wheatland County has declared a state of agriculture disaster, so far, none have been declared in either Kneehill County or Starland County. Kneehill County manager of Par
A measure of U.S. services industry activity jumped to a record high in July, boosted by the shift in spending to services from goods, but businesses continued to pay higher prices for inputs because of supply constraints. The Institute for Supply Management survey on Wednesday also showed a rebound in a gauge of services industry employment last month. The bounce back in the ISM services employment index followed a similar reading for the manufacturing sector.
At one minute after midnight on Saturday, you're free to invite dozens or even hundreds of people into to your home — and every single one of them is allowed to shake their hips and wave their limbs in a rhythmic manner. House parties of infinite size will soon be legal again in Manitoba, thanks to the further easing of the provincial public health order. So is dancing on private property, which was never banned during the pandemic, although it most certainly was way less fun when only you and y
WASHINGTON (AP) — The party for the nation's 44th president will go on, but only for family and close friends. Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend due to the surge of infections blamed on the delta variant of the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Attendance is now limited to family and close friends. Published reports had said hundreds of celebrities, politicos and others were expected at Obama's sprawling Martha's Vineyard home. “This
The 20 year Lost Egg Classic disc golf competition was held at the Alberta Badlands Disc Golf Course in Wayne Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. Additional registration spots were opened ahead of the event and a total of 152 players were in attendance, including local Drumheller participants Cameron White, who placed third in the Novice division, and Chris Nelson, who placed sixth in the Novice division. Dan Lui from Calgary made his shot at Tone 16 during the tournament; Lui came in second
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario government is investing $44,500 towards a project to improve water quality in Kawartha Lakes. On Wednesday, July 21st, MPP Laurie Scott announced, in a press release, the government would be providing these funds towards a Kawartha Conservation project. According to the press release, the project is intended to enhance “nearshore water quality and aquatic plant management in the Kawartha Lakes, Lake Ontario Drainage Basin.” The press release added, this will be done ”
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Some 59% of New Yorkers think Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign after an investigation found that he groped, kissed or made suggestive comments to 11 women in violation of U.S. and state law, a Marist Poll showed on Wednesday. After state Attorney General Letitia James unveiled the five-month independent investigation's conclusions on Tuesday https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-ag-says-probe-found-gov-cuomo-sexually-harrassed-multiple-women-broke-2021-08-03, the Democratic governor said in a video statement https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-responds-independent-reviewer-report he has no plans to resign and denied he had acted inappropriately. The poll of 614 randomly selected New York state adults was conducted by landline or mobile phone on Tuesday and survey questions were available in English or Spanish, Marist said.
This summer marks the third time in five years that B.C. has seen more than half a million hectares burn in a wildfire season. In the 70 years prior to 2017, it only happened once. If you live in a small town in B.C., you might be inclined to echo this question posed by Ashcroft Mayor Barbara Roden: "Is this the new normal that we have to anticipate and we have to prepare for?" A 50-square-kilometre fire has been burning next to her community for weeks, four years after a wildfire in the region
Wednesday is the first anniversary of the devastating explosion at the port in Beirut, one of a series of disasters that has struck the country, that it has still not recovered from. Prince Edward Islanders with family members in the country are trying to find ways to help them survive. The explosion killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and wrecked the port. Already suffering from political instability, a shaky economy and the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon's economy all but collapsed. The
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. The team of researchers searching for evidence of unmarked graves at the former Shubenacadie Residential School in Shubenacadie, N.S., has concluded its search without finding graves connected to the institution. A statement from Sipekne'katik First Nation Wednesday said while the crews did find evidence of unmarked graves, those graves pre-date the period of the residential school by about 100 years and are connected to former landowners. Sipekn
Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin made several stops on a whirlwind campaign tour of the South Shore July 29, along with his wife Mary Chisholm. He was on the hustings in Chester, Mahone Bay, Liverpool, Shelburne and Bridgewater, stopping to visit with residents and show support for the local Liberal candidates — Jacob Killawee, candidate for Chester-St. Margaret’s; Suzanne Lohnes-Croft for the Lunenburg riding; Susan MacLeod in Queens, Penny Smith in Shelburne and Jennifer Naugler in Lunenburg We
BROCK: Durham Regional Police (DRPS) have charged a 17-year-old man with assault following an incident in Beaverton. According to police, on Monday, July 26th, an investigation was opened into a weapons-related assault which had allegedly happened on Saturday, July 24th, on Moorlands Drive. “At approximately 11 p.m., several males attended this location for a consensual fight when two of the parties produced weapons. One victim received serious injuries as a result of being slashed with a knife
BERLIN (AP) — The mayors of three German towns badly hit by last month's deadly floods are appealing for more help from the state and federal governments, saying the disaster caused billions of euros (dollars) worth of damage. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, the mayors said they had written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer. They said they were seeking further financial help and the appointment of a special commissioner to ove
Italian renewable energy group ERG said on Wednesday a cybersecurity breach had caused only minor disruption to its information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, adding all its plants were working properly. Earlier on Wednesday Italian newspaper La Repubblica said ERG had been targeted by a ransomware attack on Friday, citing hackers claiming responsibility for the action. In a statement replying to the report, ERG said it was addressing incidents affecting ICT systems and had immediately activated its cybersecurity procedures.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it will strengthen its battle against the quickly growing antisemitism in the country by investing 35 million euros ($41.5 million) into research and educational projects focused on understanding its causes and effectively fighting hatred of Jews. Police registered 2,351 cases of antisemitism in Germany last year, which was an increase of 15% compared to the year before, officials reported. “This is the highest number in the last couple of years
Firefighters are trying to hold back raging flames in Plumas County, Calif. as thousands more residents must abandon their homes to escape.(Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Eight Thunder Bay musicians and bands will get some time in the spotlight at an upcoming media arts festival. The Vox Popular Media Arts Festival is bringing back its concert series this year, recording musical performances at Trinity Hall earlier this week. Those concerts will be shown at the festival, which is taking place online in September. "To work with other artists and who work through their own instruments, whether it be the camera or the microphone or whatever, it's really, really nice
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Leading members of the Belarusian opposition went on trial Wednesday, part of a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent in the ex-Soviet nation that was rocked by months of protests over a disputed presidential election. Maria Kolesnikova, a top member of the opposition Coordination Council, has been in custody since her arrest in September. She is accused of conspiring to seize power, creating an extremist organization and calling for actions damaging state security. The trial o