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County of Stettler council was angry about a social media attack on their chief administrative officer (CAO) and reaffirmed their support for her at the regular meeting of council Sept. 8. At the beginning of the regular meeting Coun. Wayne Nixon, when asked by Reeve Larry Clarke if there were any additions to the meeting agenda, stated he wanted to discuss the topic of harassment of county staff. Councillors agreed to discuss the subject. Nixon stated he was concerned about staff, including the
The first of three virtual speaker events will take place tonight at the Kingston PumpHouse in a series called "Refugees Welcome: Refuge Canada Speaker Series". The series is meant to give residents a chance to listen to community members who have firsthand experience as refugees and helps localize and raise awareness of the current exhibition at the PumpHouse. Heritage Services Program Coordinator Keely Maddock says the exhibition brings a focus on questioning if Canada's response to refugees i
Woodstock residents Janice King and Jennifer Campbell delivered a pointed message to council members Tuesday evening, Sept. 14, regarding last spring’s removal of barriers blocking motorized traffic from the Trans Canada Trail through the town. Replace them "immediately," they said. King, who requested the opportunity to address council, said she represented "all the walkers, joggers and bikers" who regularly use the trail, as well as residents who live near it. She said that since the barriers
The Pointer is breaking down the platforms of Canada’s major parties, analyzing their promises to Canadians and what they plan to deliver for Peel. These stories are not endorsements, but meant to provide information to assist voters, and a record to hold the future government accountable. Despite being the party that triggered Canada’s 44th federal election, Justin Trudeau and his Liberals took their time before releasing the party’s platform. Its guiding document was offered to the public on S
Taking apart a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260. This is a fantastic machine for work or play. I really like the way that it folds and bends, plus the touch screen is one of the best out there.
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly increased in August, likely boosted by back-to-school shopping and child tax credit payments from the government, which could temper expectations for a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the third quarter. The surprise rebound in retail sales reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday defied slumping consumer confidence. Economists have been downgrading their gross domestic product estimates for the current quarter, citing plunging motor vehicle sales, which are the result of an acute inventory shortage, and a flare-up of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
LONDON (Reuters) -Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal that includes a new TV show in early 2022, newspaper columns and a book contract. Murdoch said in a statement on Thursday Morgan was "the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire". "Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling," he said.
The University of Alberta Hospital has nearly doubled its intensive care capacity in recent weeks, creating surge beds to help deal with the fourth wave of COVID-19. A spokesperson for Alberta Health Services said Wednesday that Edmonton zone hospitals are operating 89 per cent of their 137 intensive care beds, which includes 65 surge spaces. Of those in critical care, 104 were COVID-19 cases. The University of Alberta Hospital — like many facilities across the province — has had to find more sp
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other multilateral-organization leaders on Thursday urged countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries. Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization expressed concern in a joint statement that it would not be possible to vaccinate at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 without urgent action. Wide disparities in vaccination rates in advanced economies and developing countries will be a key issue raised during a virtual global summit that the United States is organizing on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of confidence that could fuel an ambitious legislative agenda featuring new coronavirus vaccine mandates, housing for the homeless and health insurance for people living in the country illegally. Nearly 64% of voters in the recall election voted to keep Newsom in office, according to early returns, giving him a la
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A drawing newly attributed to Vincent van Gogh that has never been displayed publicly before is going on show at the Amsterdam museum that bears the Dutch master's name. The “new” Van Gogh, "Study for ‘Worn Out,’” from November 1882, is part of a Dutch private collection and was known to only a handful of people, including a few from the Van Gogh Museum. The owner, who is remaining anonymous, asked the museum to determine if the unsigned drawing is by Van Gogh. From the style, t
Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen went on trial on Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal in which illegal software was used to cheat emission tests. The trial, being held in the city of Braunschweig, close to Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg, started without former CEO Martin Winterkorn, whose separate trial will take place at a later date. The four employees, who are accused of fraud, had been aware of the illegal software but failed to raise the issue, instead seeking to maximise profits for the carmaker and, as a result, their performance bonuses, Braunschweig prosecutors said.
LONDON (AP) — Elton John says he is postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter had been due to play cities in Britain and Europe this year as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, followed by shows in the U.S. in 2022. But he said a fall on a hard surface in late summer had left him in pain. He said in a statement on Thursday that “despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain h
NEW YORK (AP) — L. Steven Taylor got the call that would change his life in 2005: Would he like to make his Broadway debut in “The Lion King”? It was just a six-month contract but he took it, uprooting his family and moving to New York. “Six months has turned into 16 years,” Taylor says with a smile. “The show just kept kind of pulling me back, calling me back. It’s home for me.” Taylor got the honor to restart “The Lion King” this week as Mufasa, the king, after 18 months of silence due to the
Canada continues its climb up the world soccer ladder, moving eight places to No. 51 in the latest FIFA rankings. It's the highest position for the Canadian men since they were 53rd in October 2009. The country's best ranking was No. 40 in December 1996. Canada currently sits fourth in CONCACAF, behind Mexico (No. 9, unchanged), the U.S. (No. 13, down four) and Costa Rica (No. 44, unchanged). The Canadians moved past Jamaica in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean,
Public Health is reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick on Thursday, along with a rise in demand for vaccination in the wake of new measures announced on Wednesday. "We are seeing an uptick in vaccination appointments since we announced our new measures that will come into effect next week," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said in a news release. "It is imperative for New Brunswickers to get vaccinated, so now is the time to book your appointment at a regional h
The front lawn at Habitat for Humanity in Thunder Bay, Ont., is smaller thanks to the work of some volunteers, to build a new rain garden. The garden, measuring about four metres by three metres, will help absorb water running off of the roof of the group's office and ReStore in the city. The rain garden was created with the work of volunteers on Wednesday morning. "It's one of many different techniques that you can use in an urban watershed to manage storm water runoff," said Julia Prinselaar,
A Halifax man accused of killing a fellow Dalhousie University student six years ago is making a third attempt to get out of jail while he awaits his second trial on a charge of first-degree murder. Lawyers for William Sandeson, 28, and the Crown appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning to confirm a bail review hearing will be held on Oct. 22. Sandeson was just days away from starting courses in Dalhousie University's school of medicine when he allegedly killed Dal student Taylor S
It's rare that late-night vote counting in British Columbia matters in a federal election — but should it come to pass on Monday, a number of ridings in and around Vancouver could be crucial. There are 13 ridings in Vancouver, the North Shore, Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities, and they could comprise the most politically unpredictable part of Western Canada this election. Safe NDP and Liberal seats Some ridings are highly unlikely to change hands, with long-time incumbents seeking re-
Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly made a lucrative offer last March that Sportradar Group AG founder and CEO Carsten Koerl could not pass up. He proposed a merger with his special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Horizon Acquisition Corp II that would have valued Sportradar at $10 billion. Yet Wall Street's mood was about to sour toward SPAC deals, then its hottest dealmaking trend.