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Halifax Regional Police say an officer's badge has been stolen. A news release said the badge was stolen from the 3000 block of Connaught Avenue in Halifax sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Spokesperson Const. John MacLeod said the officer was off-duty at the time. MacLeod would not elaborate on where exactly the badge was stolen, citing privacy. But he stressed the seriousness of a stolen badge. "It has the potential for an individual to attempt to identify themselves as a peace offi
Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis says it has seized approximately $4.5 million worth of contraband tobacco products from a southeast Calgary storage facility. The seizure is the largest in Alberta's history, according to AGLC, and it's estimated the potential lost tax revenue is $2.5 million. AGLC said in a news release Thursday that a search warranted was executed at the storage facility by Calgary police. "Ali Al-Hameedawi of Red Deer and Husham Hakeem of Calgary were each charged with traff
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide is visiting Ethiopia next week to press the government to lift what the U.S. calls a blockade on humanitarian aid to the conflict-hit Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people now face deadly famine. Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, hopes to meet with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has asserted that “there is no hunger in Tigray,” and with senior o
As high-income countries move into post-vaccination life with vaccination rates of over 80 doses per 100 people, only 1.1 per cent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
The South Algonquin Business Alliance’s zine called One Fine Day is now out. Angela Pollak and Loretta Neil of SABA says that they are delighted at how it turned out and that the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Steve Dunsford, a local photographer who has owned and managed The Mad Musher restaurant in Whitney for the past 18 years, also speaks about his contributions to the zine. Each copy of the zine costs $12 and the profits raised from its sales will go toward funding commun
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health authorities on Thursday began the mass immunization of Rio de Janeiro's Mare neighborhood in a novel bid to control COVID-19 in a poor community while studying vaccine effectiveness and the prevalence of worrisome variants. The bayside Mare complex is comprised of more than a dozen so-called favelas and home to some 130,000 people, and the study is Brazil's first to target a low-income area. The Brazilian researchers leading the effort aren’t aware of anoth
Could a scoundrel DC Comics character like Peacemaker ever be on the same level as Superman? How about Polka-Dot Man? Or Ratcatcher? The man who made Rocket Racoon, Groot and Star-Lord household names thinks so. James Gunn can’t help it: He loves an outsider. It’s the reason why when offered the chance to make a movie with any DC character he wanted, he chose not Superman but the misfits of “The Suicide Squad.” Nevermind that there was a terribly reviewed “Suicide Squad” movie released just five
BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country’s southern province of Daraa escalated this week, with reports saying three civilians were killed there on Thursday, as well as eight government troops and five rebel fighters. The violence is one of the most serious challenges to a 2018 tenuous deal between the two sides, negotiated by Russia. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through activists on the ground,
TORONTO — Like many students eyeing in-class learning this fall, Nyle Maker is on the hunt for his second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine before starting university in Hamilton. But unlike most, the 18-year-old McMaster University student has already received a full series of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V in his home country of Pakistan and is embarking down a murky road of not just mixing shots, but effectively doubling them. Maker says he was led to believe he didn't meet the vaccine require
Southern Ontario's Wilfrid Laurier University says it will examine the "complex legacy" and present-day impact of its namesake in a new, multi-year public history project. The Waterloo, Ont., institution says it aims to better understand who the former prime minister was in order to recognize the effect of its affiliation with his name. It says the Laurier Legacy Project will involve research into his life and era, "and the ways that the past continues to influence the present day." The universi
Canadian women’s success at the Tokyo Games bodes well not only for our future generations of athletes, but for our nation as a whole.
One little article separates James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” from David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.” But, oh, what a difference a word makes. Just five years after the trainwreck that prompted Warner Bros. to retool its DC Comics universe, James Gunn’s nearly wholesale re-do exists in an entirely different movie galaxy. “The Suicide Squad” may go down as one of the greatest, and quickest, do-overs in blockbusterdom. Like Gunn’s two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, “The Suicide Squad” is a chaotic,
Hythe open house: The county plans to hold an open house for residents of the Hamlet of Hythe on Sept. 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hythe Legion. The event will allow Hythe residents to meet with county councillors and staff while also allowing the county to become better acquainted with the hamlet’s municipal services, programs and processes. The Village of Hythe became a hamlet of the County of Grande Prairie on July 1. Agricultural hall of fame: Walter Paszkowski was recognized and congratu
Public health in London, Ont., is asking residents to choose the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before thousands of doses expire. The Middlesex-London Health Unit says more than 21,300 doses of the mRNA shot have been thawed and need to be used by Aug. 12. It says vaccinations have declined over the last two weeks and the available Moderna shots are "above and beyond" shots already allocated for second doses. The region's top doctor is asking people who visit clinics for their shots in the next two we
NOTLers have a new place to get fresh veggies – for free, or an optional donation. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library is branching out and, together with the town's Communities in Bloom committee, has opened a market stand – inside the library. Fresh veggies from the community garden directly behind the library are available each Tuesday to Saturday. The stand, just inside the front entrance, is brimming with beets, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant and fresh herbs. More vegetables will
The Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC) has ambitious plans to build affordable housing and develop housing programs and policies across the province in the coming years. The first step in achieving this goal requires MNBC’s Ministry of Housing and Homelessness to conduct a Housing Needs Assessment, in order to determine the housing needs of Métis people across B.C. MNBC is running the survey from July 15 to August 15. “This is a super important survey,” says Monica Fisher, the president of
Trevor Milton, founder and one-time executive chair of Nikola Corp., surrendered Thursday in New York to face charges alleging he lied about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup. (July 29)
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Roman Badanin, chief editor of investigative news outlet Proekt, has left Russia with no plans to return and is evacuating his staff to avoid possible prosecution after Proekt was outlawed in a media crackdown, he told Reuters. Proekt has published a series of deeply researched and unflattering investigations into Russia's ruling elite. Russian authorities declared it an "undesirable" organisation on national security grounds on July 15, effectively banning it.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday again demanded that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots immediately reverse all actions to reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and backed further talks “in the near future” on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island. In a resolution adopted unanimously extending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months, the council stressed “the need to avoid any unilateral action that could trigger tensions on the island and undermine the
HALIFAX — Health care remained the most pressing issue on Nova Scotia's campaign trail Thursday, with two of the three major parties highlighting promised improvements for the long-term care sector. Liberal Leader Iain Rankin visited a long-term care home in Chester, N.S., where he again promised to make the well-being of seniors in care a priority if elected Aug. 17. The Liberals have previously announced $152.6 million to renovate and replace over 2,000 beds in 24 facilities across the provinc