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The fourth and final Full Moon of Summer 2021 rises Monday night.
CALGARY — A Calgary man has admitted to stabbing his care worker to death at an assisted-living facility in the city nearly two years ago. Brandon Newman, who is now 20, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu on Oct. 25, 2019. A jury trial was to begin next month. Newman, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, sat quietly in the prisoner's box in court. He said nothing except when asked if he understood what was happening. He confirmed he did. Court heard that in 201
Just over a month after health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador lifted the province's mask mandate, rising COVID-19 cases have led them to reinstate the health order in indoor public spaces. "We have committed to adapt our public health measures when a change is warranted," chief medical officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald told reporters Friday. Starting Saturday, masks will once again be required to enter public indoor spaces, including restaurants, fitness centres, public transit, theatres and
Quebec's Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière says the provincial government is working to improve services for Indigenous people, but he concedes it will take a long time. Lafrenière made the comments today in Quebec City, two years after retired Superior Court justice Jacques Viens issued 142 recommendations for improving relations between Indigenous people and certain provincial agencies. Lafrenière says the government is now working on 68 of those recommendations, up from 51 a year ago
Bayham councillors have approved a proposal from Fire Chief Harry Baranik to install “dry hydrants” on a half-dozen farm ponds in the north end of Bayham, to draw water from in case of fires. At a council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 19, he reported that water pressure in Vienna and Port Burwell dropped whenever fires were being fought. Without municipal water service in Straffordville or Eden, firefighters trucked water from Vienna to those sites if needed, again causing the same issue. That water
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday threatened to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region, where 10 months of fighting have left hundreds of thousands of people facing famine. A new executive order allows the U.S. Treasury Department to sanction leaders and groups seen as fueling the violence if they don't take steps soon to stop the fighting. Senior U.S. officials who previewed the order Thursday sa
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)
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
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
Verizon said it would now offer trade-in subsidies of up to $1000, matching rival AT&T Inc, from $700 previously. The biggest subsidies will be given to customers who turn in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models. Apple's new range of iPhones come at an unchanged price, but carriers are using aggressive subsidies as a way to hold on to existing customers and attract new ones.
With mandatory workplace vaccinations becoming more commonplace, Midland councillors addressed 'the elephant in the room.' Following the CAO’s update on COVID-19 in the town and region, Midland policymakers took the opportunity to address mandatory vaccinations within the workplace as it related to keeping local residents and businesses safe. “We want to give people the ability to work in a circumstance that they feel safe,” said CAO David Denault, “but we do know that the weather is changing, m
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
Education Minister Becky Druhan says including more voices in the decision-making process will be a key pillar of how the Progressive Conservatives run the province's schools, but whether that includes the return of elected school boards remains unclear. "We are very interested in and absolutely need to hear from stakeholders within the system, and that's teachers and principals and other staff, as well as families and students," she said. On Thursday, the ministerial mandate letters for Druhan
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (Reuters) -Fire crews in California have resorted to wrapping the bases of some giant sequoias in fire-resistant coverings in a desperate effort to save the towering specimens, including the General Sherman, the world's largest tree, the National Park Service said on Friday. The blaze, one of dozens to erupt across several western states in a fire season that got off to an early start, forced the closing earlier this week of Sequoia National Park and left a dense layer of smoke in the area early on Friday.
A new provincial health order on COVID-19 exempts players under the age of 18 from having to wear masks in indoor facilities while they are playing sports. The players will still have to wear masks when they are not actively playing. The provincial government made the announcement on Thursday during a lengthy update that included an order for masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces, as well as proof of vaccination or mandatory testing for all provincial employees. The order settled a debate
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
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
Organizers of the Global Energy Show announced Friday that Alberta's COVID-19 state of emergency has prompted them to call off this year's event, which was set to take place in Calgary next week. The major trade show, formerly called the Global Petroleum Show, brings together hundreds of exhibitors in the energy sector from all over the world. "We know how important this show is to our global energy community, and we did not take this decision lightly," said organizers DMG Events in a statement.
The commander of the Fort St. John RCMP says he's hopeful the detachment's new Car 60 program will be on patrol by December. The program pairs psychiatric nurses with RCMP officers to respond to mental health calls. Two Northern Health employees are currently getting the clearance needed to work with the RCMP. “We’re happy to have finally reached this point. It’s certainly been a long time coming and there’s definitely a need for this type of unit here," said Insp. Tony Hanson. "We’re hoping tha
Niagara riding debates continued Wednesday evening as the candidates vying for the member of Parliament seat in the St. Catharines riding battled it out on YourTV Niagara. The incumbent for St. Catharines, Chris Bittle of the Liberal Party of Canada, went up against Krystina Waler of the Conservative Party of Canada, Trecia McLennon of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and Catharine Rhodes of the Green party. Rebecca Hahn of the People’s Party of Canada was not in attendance at the debate; instead,