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For five decades, the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding in northeastern B.C. has been a conservative stronghold, reliably electing right-leaning candidates. But now the Conservative Party under Erin O'Toole is being attacked as too left-leaning and beholden to Ontario and Quebec by a pair of new parties. They hope to gain ground in the area they envision as friendly to their respective ideologies despite one party prompting warnings from Canadian anti-hate groups. "In almost any
Alphabet's Google and Apple have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the U.S. tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs. Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia party is expected to win despite a ratings slump after the biggest crackdown on the Kremlin's critics in years. Allies of Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's fiercest domestic opponent, planned to use the mobile app to organise a tactical voting campaign to deal a blow to United Russia.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is facing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country, the state epidemiologist said Thursday, adding that it's not clear when the situation might stabilize. “A lot of it's going to depend on vaccination coverage rates” and measures such as masking, distancing and avoiding crowds, Dr. Joe McLaughlin told reporters. Health officials said hospitals are stressed, with staffing and capacity issues. The state health department reported about 20% of patients ho
PARIS/CANBERRA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra. The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the "exceptional gravity" of the matter, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. On Thursday, Australia said it would scrap a $40 billion deal signed in 2016 for France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile resembling the U.S. Tomahawk that can be potentially topped with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of making fuel for potential nuclear bombs. Likely they are an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in the closely watched race met at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, a small town in southwest Virginia, where the debate got off to a relatively heated start, with cross-talk and occasional snide remarks. The first questions of t
An annual Sudbury motorcycle rally that raises money for the Sick Kids Foundation will take on new significance for a local family this year. The fundraiser, called Ryleigh’s Ride, has been dedicated to its founder, Johnny Valcourt, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident on May 2. Valcourt launched Ryleigh’s Ride in 2019 to raise money for the hospital that saved his daughter’s life when she was born. This year, his widow Kerri Chevrier said the ride must go on – and she hopes to make a big
The Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver is pioneering a new step in harm reduction by enabling some of its patients to take home medical-grade heroin. The program is the first of its kind in North America. Dr. Scott MacDonald, the physician lead at the Providence Crosstown Clinic, said the change came about partly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the patients at the clinic that had COVID-19 were forced to isolate at home or in a hotel. Staff at the clinic, supported by the health a
Last week Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) DCL 901 launched a petition asking Queen’s University to make September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday. The Government of Canada announced September 30th as a statutory federal holiday which was previously known as Orange Shirt Day. “This is an important issue since it is the 80th call to action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee as part of the way to address the legacy of residential schoo
As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage. Chinese officials delivered the message in closed meetings this year amid broader efforts to bring the city to heel under a sweeping national security law and make it more "patriotic," according to three major developers and a Hong Kong government adviser familiar with the talks. Beijing is no longer willing to tolerate "monopoly behaviour," the source added.
TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. Two men and, unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the Sept. 29 vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Their policies focus on anti-coronavirus measures, an economy hobbled by the pandemic and how to deal wi
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily when Biden, Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a trilateral defense alliance that will provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines. Ch
Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 11 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Also Thursday, new COVID cases were reported at a nursing home, schools and a First Nation's powwow grounds. Public Health said nine of the new cases are located in Greater Sudbury and two are in the Sudbury district. The health unit is now monitoring 62 active cases of COVID-19 in its service area, including 51 in Greater Sudbury, seven in the Sudbury district and four in the Manitoulin district. A total of 2,365 cas
The B.C. Supreme Court heard Thursday from lawyers who say peaceful protesters with concerns about protecting old-growth trees from logging on South Vancouver Island are being treated like terrorists by the police and forestry company Teal Jones. The lawyers represent about half a dozen people who oppose a court application by Teal Cedar Products Ltd. to extend a B.C. Supreme Court injunction order against old-growth logging blockades in the Fairy Creek watershed area until late September 2022.
The 33rd edition of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival kicks off on Saturday and festival organizers are excited to welcome audiences back to the theatre. This year’s lineup is bigger and better than ever with more than 150 film screenings offered in-person and online via the festival’s virtual platform as part of Cinéfest’s hybrid model. The festival will welcome a number of special guests including All My Puny Sorrows director Michael McGowan, who will attend the Opening Night Ga
Lyra McKee was fatally shot on April 18, 2019, during riots and clashes with police in the Catholic area of CregganView on euronews
The federal election race in the Nickel Belt riding is shaping up to be a close on. Incumbent MP Marc G. Serré and NDP candidate Andréane Chenier are toe to toe in national opinion polls, and experts predict the New Democrat has a serious chance of unseating the Liberal candidate. The NDP’s recently released northern Ontario platform is giving the party an edge on the competition, and many voters in the riding are unhappy with the Liberal government’s decision to call an election during the four
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson sai
Canada's main stock index on Friday fell to its lowest level in nearly four weeks as investors showed reluctance to buy stocks during a seasonally weak period for the market and awaited the outcome of a federal election. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 111.74 points, or 0.5%, at 20,490.36, its lowest closing level since Aug. 23. "I think a lot of Canadians are looking to the election on Monday," said Allan Small, senior investment adviser of the Allan Small Financial Group with iA Private Wealth.
Provincial police have charged two more people in connection to the altercation that occurred at Manitoulin Secondary School on Tuesday afternoon. According to an OPP press release, police were called to the school at around 3 p.m. after a conflict broke out between several students on school grounds at dismissal. The conflict turned into a physical altercation and the school administration stepped in to de-escalate the situation. Several students received non-life-threatening injuries as a resu