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When voters in some states created new commissions to handle the politically thorny process of redistricting, the hope was that the bipartisan panelists could work together to draw new voting districts free of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, cooperation has proved elusive. In New York, Ohio and Virginia, commissions meeting for the first time this year have splintered into partisan camps to craft competing redistricting maps based on 2020 census data. The divisions have disappointed some activ
Nova Scotia's premier has clear, harsh words for the small group of people who recently protested outside the province's top doctor's home: "grow up." On Friday evening, Premier Tim Houston released a video message about a small protest outside the Fall River home of Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, earlier that day. "There isn't language harsh enough to condemn these actions," Houston said in the video. "I would encourage you all to grow up and think of others.
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating the conduct of Peel Regional Police after a young man suffered serious injuries when officers arrested him on Friday night in Brampton. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says Peel police arrested the man, 26 on Kingknoll Drive at about 11 p.m. The SIU did not say why the man was arrested or what happened before the arrest. "There was a police interaction," the SIU said in the release on Saturday. "The man was taken to the police station, followed by
A man was killed Friday evening after his vehicle struck the support of a train bridge on a secondary highway northeast of Edmonton. Morinville RCMP said a Mercedes sedan travelling westbound on Highway 633 at about 5:40 p.m. collided with the structure just east of the hamlet of Villeneuve, Alta., near Range Road 263. Bystanders who saw the collision got the driver out of the vehicle, which caught fire after the impact. The 42-year-old man from St. Albert, Alta., was pronounced dead by emergenc
MOSCOW (Reuters) -Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's allies accused YouTube and Telegram of censorship on Saturday after the video platform and messaging app restricted access to their anti-government voting recommendations for Russia's parliamentary election. Navalny's allies already accused Alphabet's Google and Apple of buckling under Kremlin pressure on Friday after the companies removed an app from their stores that the activists had hoped to use against the ruling party at the election.
LONDON, Ont. — Dareen Shilbayeh can't stop herself from looking over her shoulder while out in public. The London, Ont., resident who wears a hijab says she's been worried she'll be targeted because of her faith ever since a Muslim family was killed in the city this summer. "Every corner I take, even at the mall, when it's a public place, it's like, I have to be careful," said the 19-year-old who grew up in London and is a student at the city's Western University. It's a sentiment many Muslim Ca
Kneehill County councillors approved their new traffic control bylaw which included slightly lower speed limits in hamlets. The decision was made at the Sept. 14 regular meeting. Traffic Control Bylaw #1800 was presented by Debra Grosfield, manager protective services, who noted the bylaw had already passed first and second reading earlier in 2021 and further noted one of the most noticeable changes in the new document was the lowering of hamlet speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. Grosfield al
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — The best way to remember Norm Macdonald, who died last week at age 61, is probably to surf YouTube for late-night and “Saturday Night Live” clips,sift through Twitter for anecdotes and read some of themany finetributes written about the comedian. But while movies were a smaller part of Macdonald's output, his plainspoken, deadpan come
In a quest to become zero waste, the Gabriola Island Recycling Organization has selected three design prototypes to help funnel waste fabrics into brand new items to sell. Michelle Kresnyak, general manager of the Gabriola Island Recycling Organization, says the organization receives over 45,000 kilograms of donated clothing every year. Half of that goes into their thrift store, but the other half would end up in a landfill. Kresnyak's organization applied for a grant to research ways to divert
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s leader declared a three-day period of mourning starting Saturday for former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose 20-year-long rule, riddled with corruption, ended in disgrace as he was pushed from power amid huge street protests when he decided to seek a new term. Bouteflika, who had been ailing since a stroke in 2013, died Friday at 84. His public appearances had been rare in the final years of his presidency, and he had not been seen since President Abdelmadj
Brooklin, Ontario (Reuters) -With the Canadian election in a dead heat two days before the Sept. 20 vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Conservative rival implored supporters to stay the course and avoid vote splitting that could hand their opponent victory. Both men campaigned in the same seat-rich Toronto region on Saturday as they tried to fend off voter defections to the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) and the populist People's Party of Canada (PPC), both of which are rising in polls. The latest Sondage Leger poll conducted for the Journal de Montreal and the National Post newspapers put the Conservatives one percentage point ahead of Trudeau's Liberals, with 33% over 32%.
Divers in the Philippines pulled plastic bags, drinks bottles and fishing nets from a coral reef on Saturday, joining an annual cleanup that aims to highlight the impact of garbage on the world's oceans. About a dozen divers cleared rubbish from the reef and nearby beaches as they marked World Cleanup Day in Batangas province, a popular spot for snorkelling and diving south of the capital, Manila. "For every fishing line or net that you remove, you could actually prevent a turtle from dying or getting caught in it or eating a plastic bag," organiser Carmela Sevilla told Reuters, holding up a mesh bag full of garbage.
The Town of Shelburne is in the process of developing a mandatory vaccination policy for all municipal staff members and elected officials, after a 6-1 majority vote from council. During Shelburne Town council’s meeting on Monday (Sept. 13), Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson brought forward a motion to have staff come back with a draft report on a vaccination policy by November that is in line with the County of Dufferin’s policy. “As leaders I think it’s important that we do just that. Demonstrate le
The first significant storm in months is nearing its end in southern British Columbia after cutting to power to thousands and bringing soaking rainfall totals Friday to many locales.
Brazilian-American filmmaker Alexandre Moratto brought his poignant, compelling and heartbreaking film 7 Prisoners to the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which shines a light on modern-day human trafficking and enslavement.
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group was killed Saturday in a shootout with security forces, the Indonesian military said, in a sweeping counterterrorism campaign against extremists in the remote mountain jungles. Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the shootout, said Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan. The two men were fatally shot during
Montreal police are investigating after an overnight altercation in downtown Montreal left one man in his 20s dead and another injured. The SPVM received a call at around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, and found two victims near the corner of Sherbrooke and Mansfield Streets — steps away from McGill University. According to Montreal police spokesperson Véronique Dubuc, both men had suffered what appeared to be upper-body injuries from a sharp object. A 23-year-old man was taken to hospital, and his deat
When faced with questions about ousted Toronto Liberal Party member Kevin Vuong in Aurora, Ont., on Saturday, party leader Justin Trudeau said his party did the right thing to remove Vuong as a candidate, and thanked the media for holding people accountable. Vuong was charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault on April 8, 2019.
The Ontario government is warning people with expired driver’s licenses, license plate stickers, photo cards, and health cards to renew their documents, as they reinstate renewal requirements. The province announced last Wednesday (Sept.1) that most licences, license plate stickers, Ontario photo cards, and health cards would need to be renewed by Feb. 28, 2022. The government said the extended deadline is to ensure everyone has enough time to renew their documents. “The majority of Ontarians ha
Shannon Cutler has been living with a secret for most of her life, but that all changed recently when she posed for a fashion shoot without her wig on. "It was probably the best thing I ever did," said Cutler, who started losing her hair decades ago when she was just five-years-old. "I was emotional that day. In all honesty, there were some tears. But to see other women and to see the inspiration of these young girls that were also there were truly an inspiration to me and I thought, 'You know,