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OTTAWA — Former defence chief Jonathan Vance's obstruction of justice case has been adjourned till next month after its first, brief, virtual courtroom proceeding. Military police charged the former Canadian Armed Forces commander, who was not present but represented by a lawyer at the hearing Friday, with one count of obstruction of justice in July. Investigators referred the case to the civilian court system, citing what it described as "the limitations of the military justice system" in tryin
Federal Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Lakhwinder Jhaj, issued a challenge to Incumbent NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach over veterinary issues in northwest B.C. on a campaign stopover in Prince Rupert, Sept. 15. In an impromptu office visit to The Northern View, Jhaj spoke about issues at the centre of her platform such as veterinary access, housing and healthcare. She said issues are similar in all cities. Jhaj is visiting the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding for the fir
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A 35-year-old member of the Bridgewater Police Service is charged with one count of uttering threats after he allegedly threatened an individual. Const. Asif Khan will appear in Bridgewater provincial court Oct. 20 to face the charge. In a news release, the provincial police watchdog, SIRT, said it began the investigation on Sept. 10. That was the same day the victim notified police of the allegation. Bridgewater police contacted SIRT the same day. A report summarizing the findings of the invest
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The “Less is More” law largely eliminates New York's practice of incarcerating people for technical parole violations, including being late to an appointment with a parole officer, missing curfew, or failing to pay fees or to inform a parole officer of a change in employment. Starting in March, people on parole will land back behind bars only f
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a "tragic mistake". The Pentagon had said the Aug. 29 strike targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops at the airport as they completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan. The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.
Unvaccinated individuals who attended the Sept. 10 Nipawin Hawks game are required to self-isolate until Sept. 24 and seek testing for COVID-19 immediately. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) gave the warning on Sept. 16, after a person attended the Hawks game while infectious. As per Disease Control Regulations, all individuals in attendance during the game must immediately self-isolate and remain in isolation until Sept. 24 as well seek testing for COVID-19 immediately, and again on Sept.
Canadian officials are disputing reports in Chinese media that a famous sailor from that country attempting to circumnavigate the Arctic was turned back in the Northwest Passage. On Monday, the state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported that Zhai Mo and his two-man crew travelling aboard a 25-metre solar-powered yacht had entered the Northwest Passage and were sailing across Baffin Bay. CGTN reported Thursday that Zhai had been "illegally stopped" in the Lancaster Sound, an area
As significant numbers of Americans seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are saying: Not with our endorsement. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that while some people may have medical reasons for not receiving the vaccine, “there is no exemption in the Orthodox Church for Her faithful from any vaccination for religious reasons.” The Holy Eparchial Synod of the nationwide archdiocese, representing the largest share of Easte
Micheal Starner was born and raised in Medicine Hat and hopes to inspire the young population as the city’s mayor. Starner works seasonally as a professional Santa Claus every Christmas. “I’m my own business, Santa Mike, and I do that every year for the past six years and hopefully for years to come,” said Starner. “I go to many homes and businesses around town, old folks homes, care centres, anywhere and everywhere that they would like to hire me.” Starner also works as a labourer at LaFarge, w
OTTAWA — Federal party leaders on Friday made a plea for voters to go to the polls even though they debated whether the election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was needed at all. With just days to go before Monday's vote, polls suggest Justin Trudeau's Liberals and Erin O'Toole's Conservatives are running neck and neck and neither could land a majority mandate. Trudeau called the election on Aug. 15, sparking a 36-day campaign that he argued Friday morning wouldn't be an exercise in futil
KENDALL KING Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following the Alberta government’s press briefing Wednesday evening, which set out new mandates for all public spaces in the province, two local school districts – Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and Prairie Rose Public Schools – will move to mandatory masking for all educators and students in Grades 4 and up. This comes after both districts chose not to implement a mask mandate at the beginning of the school year. When asked why this de
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. For days after the Aug. 29 strike, Pentagon officials asserted that it had been conducted correctly, despite numerous civilians being killed, including children. News organizations later raised doubts about that versio
Students at Western University walked out of class Friday to protest what they describe as a culture of misogyny on campus. Police in London, Ont., are investigating after four women came forward with allegations they were sexually assaulted on campus during the school's orientation week.
Fed up with gentrification in north-end Halifax in 1996, community members walked into one of the last remaining businesses on Gottingen Street and refused to leave. It was the start of an occupation that would last more than 100 days and nights, and spur change that is still being felt in the area 25 years later. "There had been this erosion of the community that was happening right before its eyes," Shelley Fashan, who participated in the occupation, told CBC's Mainstreet on Thursday. The pred
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Army doctor convicted for the infamous 1970 murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters on a North Carolina base has ended his appeal of a lower court ruling that denied his requested release. An attorney for Jeffrey MacDonald said in court documents that his client wished to dismiss his appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Federal prosecutors did not oppose the dismissal in the “Fatal Vision” case, named for a book about t
Cuban state media said on Friday that the intermittent blackouts that have plagued the island since June are caused by an aging power infrastructure and lack of proper maintenance and cautioned that residents should be prepared for more in the coming months. The power outages reflect a deepening economic crisis that began with harsh new U.S. sanctions https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-sanctions-investment-analysis/tougher-u-s-sanctions-make-cuba-ever-more-difficult-for-western-firms-idUSKBN1WO2LP in 2019 and worsened with the pandemic, exposing such vulnerabilities as a decaying infrastructure and dependence on foreign currency from tourism and remittances to purchase food, medicine, raw materials and spare parts. “No one should think the problem will be solved quickly,” Energy and Mining Minister Livan Arronte Cruz was quoted as stating during a discussion of the power grid with other officials broadcast by state-run television on Thursday evening.
NEW YORK — Newfoundland and Labrador musicians are bringing the folk tradition of "the Rock" to "Come From Away." Alan Doyle, the Navigators, the Dardanelles and Rosemary Lawton are among the homegrown artists adding their twist to songs from the hit musical in "Covers from Away." The folk album pays homage to the local sounds that influenced the score of the Tony Award-winning show. "Come From Away" tells the true story of a Newfoundland community that took in thousands of passengers whose flig
The Quebec government is slowly moving forward with recommendations laid out in the Viens commission, a landmark report two years ago that documented the mistreatment of Indigenous people in the province. Ian Lafrenière, minister responsible for Indigenous affairs, said Friday he has been meeting with Indigenous leaders since taking over the position last fall. He said 68 recommendations have been implemented — or will be over the coming months — but that hundreds more changes could be necessary
International country star Keith Urban said he wasn't initially sold on a Las Vegas residency because he didn't want fans seated for his shows. But after he saw The Colosseum venue, he called it three venues in one, including a space for a standing crowd: "So I was home." (Sept. 17)