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A man serving a life sentence for the brutal slaying of a woman in Terrace in 1998 has been released on day parole near Prince George. Christopher Maurice Alexander, now 40, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the Dec. 9, 1998, killing of 36-year-old Linda LeFranc and has sought release since 2008 when his seven-year parole ban concluded. His case was reviewed by Canada’s Parole Board in August, being granted day leave on Aug, 26, effecting Sept. 13. The parole is for a period of s
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. There were also four Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and one of them was won by a ticket holder in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Sept. 21 will grow to an estimated $60 million, and there will also be six Maxmillion prizes to play for. The Canadian Press
The N.W.T. is reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases across the territory Friday. The number of active cases now stands at 248 across the territory, an increase of 28 in one day, according to a Friday evening news release. The majority of the cases are in Yellowknife where there are 145 cases reported, 11 more than on Thursday. The office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) also issued a public exposure notice for the Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife for Sept. 14 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The OCP
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska, officials said. “We’ve all seen COVID-19 cases continue to spread rapidly across our nation, the state of Alaska and in our local community,” U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, 673d Air Base Wing and JBER commander,
In a last-minute campaign sprint, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul will travel to Victoria on Saturday to help give local B.C. candidates a boost, the party confirms. The leader's spokesperson, Victoria Galea, said Friday night that Paul will make a swing through Victoria and Esquimalt. She will be on the ground for less than 24 hours, and she will make an appearance with Green MPs Elizabeth May, running again in Saanich–Gulf Islands, and Paul Manly, seeking re-election in Nanaimo–Ladysmith. The
MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. About 700 people managed to gather in parts of Melbourne, as 2,000 officers made the city centre virtually a no-go zone, setting up checkpoints and barricades.
Two doctors answer questions about the safety of vaccines on pregnant people, and the risks unvaccinated pregnant people face when they catch COVID-19.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts and urging residents of the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts to take every action within their control to lessen the impact of the fourth wave of COVID-19. “Reaching the goal of 90 per cent of eligible people being fully vaccinated against the virus is critically important to prevent potential impacts on school or businesses, and to protect the capacity of our healthcare system,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe said in a release. “With the official
A Forestry group near Hazelton has managed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing pile burning and sending the residual wood fibre to coastal pulp mills to be recycled. As part of this project, 1,050 truckloads of residual wood fibre from NorthPac Forestry Group Ltd is delivered to Kitimat. The pulp logs purchased by All West Trading Limited is barged to coastal pulp mills to be used to make pulp, paper products, and green energy. According to NorthPac’s CEO Cathy Craig the project is a s
TOKYO (Reuters) -Two of the candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister denied on Saturday they had toned down their positions on nuclear energy and gender issues to attract conservative backing in a tight ruling party leadership election this month. The winner of the Sept. 29 contest to lead the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is almost certain to succeed Yoshihide Suga as the country's next premier because the party has a majority in the lower house. Suga announced he would step down two weeks ago amid sinking approval ratings, triggering the leadership race between four candidates.
The RCMP says it needs more powers to search and exclude people at an old-growth logging protest area on Vancouver Island where over 1,000 arrests have been made since mid-May. Donnaree Nygard, Attorney General of Canada lawyer, told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Douglas Thompson that the Mounties need more space to safely enforce a court injunction blocking old-growth logging access in the Fairy Creek watershed area north of Port Renfrew. "Unless the RCMP has the ability to control access to the r
Phil Flett's friends describe him as "a mountain of a man" who loved entertaining people and cooking for them in the outdoor kitchen he built in his backyard. "He was a hell of a guy —larger than life," said Rob Dubuc whose friendship with Flett spanned more than two decades. "[He was] a jack of all trades, a hard worker and Phil just loved doing the social thing. I was always over [at his house] for the barbecues and he made his own pizza oven." Flett, 62, died last Saturday after catching COVI
After rescheduling several times and reorganizing plans repeatedly, Juvenis Festival's Battle of the Bands will return in a live capacity. Tomorrow in Confederation Park music will kick off at 2 PM, featuring eight different local music acts. Competing this year will be Flute Gang, Futura Free, Fake Jazz Orchestra, The Backsteps, Sarah Zanibbi, Boat Soup, Claire Brackenbury and Lauren and The Dirty Blonde. Battle of the Bands was initially set for April, but due to lockdowns and changing COVID r
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area Friday night, but there weren't any immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southeast of downtown LA, according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey website. Its depth was reported at about 9 miles (14 kilometers), the USGS reported. Some people reported feeling a j
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference Friday. McKenzie apologized for the error and said the United States is considering making reparation paym
A North Okanagan man convicted previously of assaults on sex workers and now facing a charge of assaulting a police officer would not have been working at the LNG Canada project site in Kitimat had the subcontractor who hired him done proper background checks, say northwestern B.C. women’s rights advocates. “Look at his history, how could he have bypassed the subcontractor? And he wouldn’t have if they had a criminal check,” said Gladys Radek, a Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMI
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean this weekend in Mexico is the latest sign of that country flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States. Whether or not Saturday’s meeting in Mexico City of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, culminates in a rumored mass exodus from the Organization of American States, Mexico has signaled that it wants a leadership r
There are 10 active cases of COVID-19 at local schools in Greater Sudbury and surrounding districts. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has five confirmed cases, including three at St. Charles College in Sudbury and two at Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Hanmer. An outbreak has been officially declared at St. Charles College as a result of the cases. According to a chart posted to the school board’s website, two classes have been closed at St. Charles and six classes
For John Lalonde, just getting together with fellow entrepreneurs in Sudbury was a thrill. To walk away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award at this year's Bell Business Awards made the evening even more special. “It was pretty cool just to be at the awards ceremony (Thursday) night with the Sudbury business community,” said Lalonde, the founder of Sessions Ride Company. “It was pretty cool just to be at the awards ceremony last night with the Sudbury business community,” he said. “All of the
PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona’s most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer routers for use in an unprecedented partisan election review. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced that a special master will take questions from the Senate’s election review contractors and provide them with information contained on the routers they say they