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The challenges continue for many agriculture producers in Saskatchewan as the province deals with an unseasonably hot and dry growing season. Strong winds, drought, hail, heat and grasshoppers are all taking a toll on crops, according to the province's latest crop report, which covers July 20 to 26. Some producers have already begun harvesting due to the heat accelerating maturation and ripening of crops. "There is little producers can do at this point in the season to address these environmenta
The Halifax Busker Festival is back this weekend with in-person shows, but not without some adjustments. The three-day event starts Saturday at the Salt Yard, just off Lower Water Street on the Halifax waterfront, with two days of live music followed by a day of magic with two Nova Scotia-based magicians. The festival — the first since 2019 — is open access, so spectators can come and go or sit on picnic tables set up in front of the event's only stage. Musicians performing on stage will be paid
A fire investigator from Nova Scotia returned from British Columbia this week, describing how thick smoke filled the air and ashes would drop from the sky as she helped probe the cause of several wildfires that have ravaged the western province. Kara McCurdy, a wildfire prevention officer with the Department of Lands and Forestry, left for B.C. on July 10. "It was scary, actually. When I first landed, I'll be honest, I was scared," McCurdy said Wednesday. "I didn't know what I was up against. We
Stampede goers can check out the Visual Arts Show on Friday and Saturday this coming weekend. The Visual Arts Show for the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede runs Friday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cypress Centre Auditorium. There is no entry fee for the grounds this year. Leslie Mayer, chair of the Stampede’s visual arts committee, said there will be more than 30 artists coming in to display their work from Medicine Hat and surrounding area. “There’s goi
CAIRO (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has sent six Yemeni detainees who were first held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and then in the Gulf Arab federation, to their home nation of Yemen, the families of the men and a government official said Thursday. The transfer comes amid concerns that the former detainees could face significant dangers at home in Yemen, which is largely lawless after years of civil war. The men were held in detention for years in the UAE without charges, their fa
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
TORONTO — A prominent business group called for clarity Thursday on what's next in Ontario's reopening plan, as the province met a major milestone for further lifting restrictions. The province announced Thursday that 80 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning one of three conditions the province has set for moving beyond Step 3 of its reopening plan has been met. In light of the news, the Canadian Federation of Independent Busin
Because of quality concerns caused by the pandemic, data from an annual Census Bureau survey that provides a wide-ranging picture of the U.S. on everything from commute times to education levels won’t be released in its usual format this year, officials said Thursday. Answers for the 2020 American Community Survey one-year estimates were collected only from 71% of the people needed in the survey because of difficulties posed by the pandemic. Those who were missed skewed toward people with lower
SQUAMISH, B.C. — Numerous rock climbing routes on the renowned Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, B.C., are closed after a large slab broke off. The society that supports rock climbing in the area says hot weather might be to blame. BC Parks confirms the rockfall happened early Tuesday morning in the provincial park and a geotechnical assessment is underway. A statement from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy says numerous climbing and bouldering routes have been
New 'House of Gucci' posters show Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Adam Driver in character
Work to extend Airport Trail is well ahead of schedule, with a key piece of the new roadway set to open next month instead at the end of 2022, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says. Joined on Thursday for an update on the project by federal, city and Calgary International Airport officials, the mayor said Airport Trail was always meant to be a connector from Stoney Trail to Deerfoot Trail and all the way to Harvest Hills Boulevard. "Today, what we're announcing is that it's finally going to be done.
The Alberta government has committed $1 million to explore the possibility of Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital becoming a stand-alone facility. The feasibility study funding announced at a press conference Thursday will be matched by the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. "The Stollery Children's Hospital is one of the largest catchment areas of any hospital in North America," health minister Tyler Shandro said at the press conference. "And yet the Stollery is a hospital within anot
The Balls Beach parking area will remain closed for another six months while the town looks for alternative areas to create launches for kayaks and paddle boards. Lord Mayor Betty Disero spearheaded the idea of creating new recreational launch areas along the shore, suggesting Niagara-on-the-Lake has a problem with overcrowding at current locations. “I’ve always thought we needed to look at spreading out the tourists and tourist activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” she told councillors Monday nig
QOBAYAT, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese firefighters struggled for the second day on Thursday to contain wildfires in the country’s north that have spread across the border into Syria, civil defense officials in both countries said. The fires killed at least one person, a 15-year-old boy, who was helping firefighting efforts in Lebanon. Lebanon’s civil defense said it deployed 25 firetrucks, supported by four air force helicopters and military units, to put out the blaze. But the fires continued to rag
ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators sought video from homes and businesses near a popular Atlanta park as divers searched a pond in their quest to solve the stabbing death of a parkgoer who was walking her dog. Katherine Janness, 40, was found dead in Piedmont Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police say her dog was also killed. No arrests have been made. Investigators have gone door-to-door asking neighbors for surveillance footage, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The aim is to help them retrac
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders' loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive and prepare for another swing at the White House. But after another defeat in 2020, the 79-year-old Vermont senator is unlikely to run for president a third time. And the organization centered on his fiery brand of politics is undergoing a rebranding. Rather than insis
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
Following the launch of the Kemptville Disc Golf Club (KDGC) at the Ferguson Forest Disc Golf Course in July, discs have been donated to the North Grenville Library and the Kemptville Youth Centre to ensure the sport is accessible to all members of the community. KDGC President Dwayne Dowdell explained that setting up the Disc Golf facilities has “really been a community effort”. Tammy Hurlbert, Recreation Coordinator for the Municipality, helped to set up the North Grenville Public Library with
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A fierce cold snap prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, with snow accumulating on streets of cities where the wintry phenomenon is rarely seen. At least 43 cities registered either snow or freezing rain late Wednesday, according to information from Climatempo, a weather service. Local television footage showed Brazilians building a snowman in a plaza and having a snowball fight in Bom Jesus, a city in Rio Grande do Sul state. In Sao Joaquim in Santa Catarina state, trees
Montreal police have confirmed the man whose body was recovered from the Rivière des Prairies on Montreal's north shore yesterday is the partner and suspect in the death of a woman killed in her Park Ex apartment earlier this month. The Quebec coroner's office says the man is Navdeep Singh Ghotra, 30, whom police believe killed Rajinder Prabhneed Kaur, 32. Kaur is the 13th homicide victim in Montreal this year. And though police say they still don't know the exact circumstances of her death, 13