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WARNING: This story contains content related to suicide. Shirley Fisher is five feet tall and 110 pounds, but feels 10 feet tall when she puts on her boxing gloves. Fisher came to Fredericton from Taiwan in 2009 and started working at a pizza shop. She and her husband wanted to start a family and had a little girl. During the pandemic, she lost her job, and her memories of childhood sexual abuse and trauma took over. "So what happened to me made me very suicidal," she said. "If I'm saying that I
Adrian Sutherland’s new album allowed him to write about personal and important topics. The Attawapiskat musician and founder of the Midnight Shine band's debut solo album drops today (Sept. 17). When The Magic Hits has nine songs and covers a variety of themes. Some are about his mother, past trauma and coming to terms with it or fighting demons. Other songs are about his wife, family, community or longing for someone. “There’s something there for all the people I’ve touched in my life: my frie
More than a month after the movement seized the capital Kabul, most educational institutions have remained closed as the Taliban have struggled to reopen the economy and restore normal life in the cities. At some of the schools that have managed to operate, girls up to the sixth grade have attended, and women students have gone to university classes. Taliban officials have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of the previous Taliban government, which banned girls' education, and they have promised that girls will be able to study so long as they do so in segregated classrooms.
Calgary-based Arts Commons is implementing a new vaccination policy, and hoping to mark a return to in-person events as new health measures roll out to stop the spread of COVID-19. Starting Sept. 20, Arts Commons will require audience members to show proof of vaccination. Those who cannot be vaccinated can show a negative privately-bought COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. "We are trying to slowly crawl our way out of what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector," says A
From frost advisories to 30-degree heat, summer continues to take charge across the Prairies on this final weekend of the season.
Regina Police Service say they Tasered a suspect during an arrest Thursday night. Officers had located a stolen truck parked in the 2700 block of 5th Avenue. A news release said the driver resisted arrest and fought with police. They shocked him with a stun gun, and the man was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The 31-year-old will be appearing in court on Friday. He is charged with: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.00 Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000.
Wherever Jennifer Goodal is creating art – that’s her happy place. This year, the walls of the heritage barn at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area south of Chatham became her canvas as part of a revamp of the historical building. “It brings me joy,” Goodal told The Chatham Voice in a recent interview. “It’s like a meditation to me. I get in the zone and time disappears.” The Ridgetown area resident, who works as an elementary school principal in Wallaceburg, said creating art is a “de-stresser” for h
Voting protocols will not be affected by new restrictions set to go into effect on election day in Alberta, but candidates may have to change their election night plans. Elections Canada said Thursday it has communicated with Alberta's public health authority and that there would be no changes to the process during Monday's federal election. The non-partisan service has previously prepared public health measures at voting locations, including mandatory masking, physical distancing, hand sanitize
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia is taking its decades long territorial dispute with neighboring Azerbaijan — that erupted into armed conflict again last year — to the United Nations’ highest court. Armenia filed a case at the International Court of Justice alleging breaches by Azerbaijan of an international convention that aims to eliminate racial discrimination, the court announced late Thursday. Armenia alleges that as a result of what it calls a "State-sponsored policy of Armenian hatre
Even after more than 20 years, Sultan Ali Sadat can still remember the chills he felt the moment he landed in Canada as an Afghan refugee. Dressed for summer weather that December evening — with $100 in his pocket, a pregnant wife and two young kids by his side — Sadat said the kindness of those in Saskatoon quickly warmed them up. "We'll never forget that night," he said with a smile. "It was –44 C and we had nine families waiting in the airport to welcome us." Now, with help from the rest of S
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court on Friday denied an application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court in a ruling viewed as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account. The Constitutional Court judgment upheld its own ruling that Zuma should go to prison for refusing to testify at a commission of inquiry into widespread corruption in government and at state-owned companies while he was pres
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Doerr's “Cloud Cuckoo Land” is his first novel since his Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Light We Cannot See” and Powers' “Bewilderment” is his first book since the Pulitzer winning “The Ove
Humpback whales come to Tonga to breed and mate in the peaceful and safe waters. It is one of the few places in the world where orcas and sharks do not inhabit the waters and pose a threat to the calves or their mothers while they are vulnerable. Tonga is also one of the few places in the world that will still allow people to slip into the water and share moments like these with one of the earth's most majestic and beautiful creatures. This whale was resting on the bottom he came up for air at the surface to the delight of the nature lovers swimming nearby. He is a large bull and he has come to these waters to find females willing to breed. He will compete with dozens of other males for an opportunity to pass along his genes. As recently as 100,000 years ago, humpback whales were the most intelligent animals on earth. They were intellectually superior to the ancestors of humans at that time. We are only now beginning to understand the complexity and the magnificence of these incredible giants. Yet sadly, some countries are still hunting and killing these whales.
AKRON, Ohio — One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced he will not seek reelection in Ohio next year. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a former NFL player with a once-bright political future, cited his two young children for his decision and noted “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.” He is the first Latino to represent Ohio in Congress. “While my desir
Saskatchewan on Thursday became the latest province to announce plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine passport. Here's a look at what the provinces and territories have said about their proof-of-vaccination programs, or lack thereof. British Columbia Residents of B.C. need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized affairs like weddings. People have to show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to enter gyms, fitness centres and casinos. After
Discover Charlottetown is hoping a new display along Kent Street will help make the street a new destination for both locals and visitors. The marketing firm is planning to install overhead cables which will run along the section of the street that's between Great George and Prince streets in the city's downtown. Lightning and other objects would hang from the cables, with the decor changing every season. "We'd love to have something colourful," Heidi Zinn, executive director of Discover Charlot
Ontario's police watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a 53-year-old man who was arrested in Chatham earlier this month. The Special Investigations Unit said in a media release on Thursday that officers responded to a report of an "unwanted man" at a convenience store on Charing Cross Road just after 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. The man was arrested and taken to the police station but then to hospital "as he was in distress," the SIU said. He was treated for serious injuries and died on
The study by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization, the first assessment of its kind, found that work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016. "It's shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, saying he hoped the report would be a "wake-up call". The study considers 19 occupational risk factors including long working hours but also workplace exposure to air pollution, asthmagens, carcinogens and noise.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch defense minister quit Friday, a day after parliament passed a motion of censure against her for her handling of chaotic evacuations from Kabul of translators who worked for Dutch forces in Afghanistan. Ank Bijleveld is the second minister in the Netherlands' caretaker coalition government to resign over the evacuations, following the foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag. Kaag stepped down immediately after the parliamentary censure motion was passed Thursday nigh
Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building. A sign for the building was covered by a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, reading "Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" on Friday, according to photographs and Reuters witnesses. When the Taliban, who seized control of Afghanistan last month last amid the chaos following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, were last in power from 1996-2001 girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education.