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Liberal MLA Tony Ince was recently appointed as the new official opposition critic to the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. Ince is essentially swapping roles with new Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Pat Dunn, who was the Progressive Conservative’s official opposition critic when Ince was the minister. Ince spoke to the Examiner recently about his time in the legislature, the nature of the role of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Pat Dunn and newly appointed Deputy
A pair of businesses say they've sent letters to city hall and the territorial government voicing concern about a proposed temporary day shelter in downtown Yellowknife. But one possible neighbour — a dental clinic on 48th Street — says it supports setting up such a facility on the corner at 4709 Franklin Avenue, a building most recently used by Aurora Village. "The shelter provides an essential service that benefits peoples' lives, and that's the most important," said Amanda Lillis, a treatment
The Rotary Club of Drumheller’s annual White Elephant sale will return Saturday, October 2 following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be some changes to the one-day sale this year, including a change of venue to the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society barn. “It takes a small village to make it happen,” says White Elephant chairperson Bev Krabsen. Krabsen shares the Ag Society has been very helpful and generous in providing the location for the sale. Due to new COVID
Regina city council's executive committee is getting its first look at results from a survey that sought residents' views on improving affordability for low-income property taxpayers and water utility customers. The online questionnaire ran from May 28 to June 30 and saw reponses from 2,924 Regina residents, according to a report summary on the committee's Wednesday agenda. The survey found 21 per cent of respondents live in households with a total annual income of $40,000 or less. Another 27 pe
A Vancouver man is worried that a new payment scheme introduced by his landlord means he'll soon be paying more for his two-bedroom apartment in the city's West End neighbourhood. Wesley Harmer has rented at the 84-suite Holly Lodge building for five years and intended on renewing for a sixth when his lease expires at the end of the month. But major changes in his new lease documents have raised red flags. Instead of his current rent of $2,225 per month — utilities included except hydro — the ne
Some people in the province are asking their physicians for vaccine exemption letters, but the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan says there might be some misunderstandings when it comes to the term "exemption". The organization in charge of licensing medical practitioners in the province sent a letter to its members with some guidance on how to deal with requests for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions. "I think there is an unrealistic expectation," said Dr. Werner Oberholzer, deput
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he wants to consult with the Chief Public Health Office and Elections P.E.I. about holding another vote during the pandemic before calling a byelection for Cornwall-Meadowbank. A byelection for District 16 became necessary when former MLA Heath MacDonald resigned his seat in the legislature last month, to run as the federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Malpeque. King said at the time he would like to see a new MLA for the district in time for the fall sessio
Actor and academy trustee Tom Hanks opens the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to members of the media for a preview. (Sept. 22)
A shortage of drivers on staff at Fredericton Transit has led to the temporary reduction of its scheduled services for customers during the peak evening hours. And while the City of Fredericton says the shortage is not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, a representative for the union overseeing the drivers says the pandemic can be attributed to some of the drivers needing to take time off. Meredith Gilbert, manager of transit and parking services with the City of Fredericton, said a number of d
Two central Newfoundland schools have pulled students out of class following the discovery of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, a day after a school in St. John's reported two cases among its student population. New World Island Academy in Summerford and MSB Regional Academy in Middle Arm have suspended in-person learning. A Facebook post from New World Island Academy late Tuesday contained a message from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, stating the case involves "an ind
Soon pilots will be able to fly their planes in to the South Shore Regional Airport and gas them up. An official ribbon cutting of the newly installed fuel pump system at the airport was held September 18. Glenn Parlee, president of the South Shore Flying Club (SSFC) that operates the airfield on behalf of the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM), said they just have one more small hurdle to jump before the Aviation Gas (Avgas) can begin flowing. There has been no gas available since 2010 when th
On Saturday, Sept. 11, 12-year-old Taizanah’zian Fletcher was bitten in the face and forearm by a neighbour's dog outside of her house in the Greystone area of Spryfield. Last Thursday, Taizanah’zian’s mother, Francisca Fletcher, spoke with the Examiner about the incident. Fletcher said that not only was the dog supposed to be muzzled, but that the Halifax Regional Police officer in charge of the investigation, Jeffrey Foster, still hadn’t taken an official statement from Taizanah’zian and other
For the first time in more than a century, Campbell Creek on Fredericton's north side is running freely. Crews have worked since August to remove a 100-year-old dam from the creek, a tributary of the Nashwaak River, in the hopes of returning the waterway to its natural state. "It was an incredibly gratifying thing to witness," said Natalie Deseta, project co-ordinator at the Nashwaak Watershed Association, one of the conservation groups working on the project. The concrete dam was built in 1919
Ford Motor Co and startup Redwood Materials said on Wednesday they are partnering to form a "closed loop" or circular supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, from raw materials to recycling. The aim is to lower the cost of EVs by reducing the dependence on imported materials, while also narrowing the environmental impact from mining and refining of battery materials. Ford and Redwood will work closely with Korean battery maker SK Innovation, which has a joint venture with Ford called BlueOvalSK to make EV battery cells in the United States, Ford executive Lisa Drake said at a media briefing.
Calgary city council approved a bylaw Wednesday that brings in consistent application of the province's vaccine passport program for many types of businesses. This means a proof-of-vaccination system is now required for certain businesses, including restaurants, bars, casinos, and movie theaters. Previously, Calgary businesses could choose whether or not they want to participate in the province's system. The identification required will be the same as the province's system — an immunization reco
The Kremlin and its loyalists have said they will maintain and in some cases intensify their tough approach to internal and external critics and organisations that they view as a threat to Russia's stability. In the run-up to a parliamentary election won by a large margin by the ruling United Russia against a backdrop of fraud allegations, the authorities neutralised the party's critics outside parliament, using legal mechanisms to stop them from taking part in the ballot and targeting what they saw as hostile media and non-governmental organisations. Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years in prison for parole violations he says are trumped up, had their homes raided, their freedom of movement restricted, or fled abroad after a court ruled their activities to be extremist in June.
Nominations for the 2021 Alberta municipal election closed at noon on Monday, September 20. Municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 18, giving candidates four weeks to campaign for a seat on their respective council. Along with voting for their municipal representatives, Albertans will also vote for school board trustees within their school division and ward, and two referendum questions--to remove the principle of equalization payments from the Canadian constitution, and whether Alb
It might have seemed a long shot a year ago when a company built a digital platform for basketball fans to buy and trade video highlights of NBA games that they could probably watch for free online. These highlights, endorsed by the U.S. National Basketball Association, were sold as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs - crypto-assets that uses blockchain to authenticate their ownership, giving them a certain cachet and tradeable value. The NBA Top Shot platform has proved so popular that the crypto company behind it, Dapper Labs, announced on Wednesday that it had raised $250 million and was now branching into soccer through a deal with Spain's elite LaLiga division.
A Winnipeg high school student who was reprimanded and removed from class over her decision not to stand during the national anthem hopes talking about the situation sparks change and awareness. Each morning, when O Canada plays over the speakers at River East Collegiate, 15-year-old Skyla Hart remains seated. "This country is a colonized country and I don't want to stand for a colonized country," Skyla said. "People always say, like, it was a long time ago, [but] we're still … going through it
As the votes came in on election night, People's Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier gathered with his supporters at a Saskatoon hotel. Many members of the large indoor crowd were unmasked, in violation of Saskatchewan's current public health orders. Speaking to reporters Monday night, Bernier said he believes mask mandates are "unconstitutional [and] illegal," and that he is not responsible for his supporters' choices. "People who showed up, they are responsible," he said. "And if they