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Conservation officers in northeast B.C. have seized seven stone sheep in the Fort Nelson region so far this season after failing compulsory inspection. Conservation Officer Jeff Clancy has been in the Northern Rockies for more than two years now, and says the rams were brought to him in August. "The majority of them were because they didn't meet the legal definitions of full curl, that was by annuli or the actual age. Some of them did meet age, but had other issues, like failing to remove edible
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta this week ordered the Justice Department to review whether it is adequately monitoring police departments and other recipients of its federal grants to ensure they are not engaging in "illegal discrimination." For years, major civil rights organizations have complained the Justice Department was too lax in funding organizations such as police departments that have engaged in racial profiling and other overly aggressive and discriminatory enforcement aimed at Black and brown communities. “Law enforcement agencies engaged in discriminatory policing practices should not receive and utilize taxpayer-supported grants," said NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, who has long called on the department to claw back funds from troublesome police departments.
The North Grenville Municipal Centre is going to be renovated this fall in order to permanently relocate the reception area to the first floor. The Municipality was successful in obtaining $100,000 in funding for the project under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: COVID‑19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Mark Guy explained “When the onset of the COVID‑19 pandemic began in March 2020, the safety of municipal staff and the public were of th
TORONTO — The fate of many of this year's Canadian Emmy nominees has already been decided going into Sunday's big show on CTV and CBS but there are still plenty of reasons to wave the Maple Leaf. The Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles last weekend handed out awards in most of the categories in which Canucks were nominated, with filmmaker James Cameron among the early winners. Here are five things to know about homegrown talent at the 73rd Emmy Awards: THE SETTING: Sunday's show was originally se
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday called France a vital partner in the Indo-Pacific, comments that appeared aimed at calming French anger after the United States, Australia and the UK clinched a deal to supply Australia with submarines. The three countries said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that would help Australia acquire U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and see it scrap a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.
Ottawa reported 60 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday. Hospitalizations are stable, outbreaks increase. Quebec reported 21 more cases in the Outaouais. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 60 more COVID-19 cases Thursday and no deaths. It's up to 433 known active cases. Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has asked people to "approach September with caution" given the more infectious delta variant that's behind the fourth pandemic wave. Numbers to watch 14: As
Local candidates from the four main political parties were invited to take part in a debate on environmental issues concerning the riding of Simcoe-Grey. The event was sponsored by GreenPAC, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization working to build environmental leadership and government action on the environment. It was held online on Wednesday, September 8. The debate was monitored by Penny Skelton – a Collingwood Rogers Cable TV show host and local resident. Liberal candidate Bren Mun
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine. Not much learning went on in Ben's home. On some days last week, the second-grader was given no work by his teachers. On others, he was done by 9:30 a.m., his daily assignments consisting of solving 10 math problems or punctuating four sentences, accordin
TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival is reporting a case of COVID-19 in an audience member who attended press and industry screenings. The TIFF organization says its customer relations team was informed of the positive COVID result but the festival offered no details on how many or which screenings were involved. A statement says: "Medcan, TIFF's COVID health and safety consultants, have advised that because of the strictly enforced COVID protocols in place at all TIFF venues, this
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler said countries on the EU’s external borders like Cyprus won’t be left alone to fend for themselves amid an influx of new migrants. “Turkey, which uses migration and migrants as a tool to pressure the European Union, we will not accept that,
(Reuters) -Facebook has removed a network of accounts linked to an anti-COVID restrictions movement in Germany as it announced a new crackdown on coordinated campaigns of real users that cause harm on and off its platforms. Reuters exclusively reported on Thursday that Facebook's security teams were expanding the tactics used to take down influence operations using fake accounts to do more wholesale shutdowns of coordinated groups of real-user accounts causing harm, through mass reporting or brigading. In a related change, Facebook has also been working for several months to use its tactics against "coordinated social harm," its head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a call with reporters on Thursday.
TORONTO — Olivia Chow urged people to go to the polls with hope, not fear as she joined NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in her late husband Jack Layton’s former riding. “I wish other leaders, especially Liberals, don’t use fear as a factor,” Chow said in Toronto-Danforth. “Because fear is very short term. Hope is much longer term, is much more optimistic and it builds confidence, builds our country.” Singh’s push ahead of Monday’s election has remained laser-focused on criticizing Justin Trudeau and di
The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), have announced their policy when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations for members of hockey clubs around the province. The leagues will require all its members to be double-vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of the team activities associated with the beginning of the 2021 – 2022 season. The policy applies to all players, coaches, trainers, tea
NEW YORK (AP) — Three imprisoned Iranian dissidents will be honored next month at Pen America's annual gala. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that writer-filmmaker Baktash Abtin, novelist-journalist Keyvan Bajan and author-critic Reza Khandan Mahabadi are this year's recipients of the 2021 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award. All three are members of the anti-censorship Iranian Writers Association and are serving a collective 15.5 years on charges including endangering
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Thursday against five men in Turkey suspected of providing financial services and travel assistance to al-Qaida. The five are a mix of Turkish and Egyptian nationals who Treasury said provided various forms of support to senior members of the organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks and other plots against the U.S. Treasury’s designation of the men freezes any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction and shuts them out of m
During a pastor's sermon at a church service, a bird is caught on camera flying right into the window. Is there a deep, religious meaning to this incident? Let us know!
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate. Polis, 46, and Reis, 40, were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony attended by family and friends in Boulder on Wednesday, the governor's office said. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone officiated. They have been together for 18 years and have two children, a 7-year-ol
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller will announce a bid for governor of Nevada on Monday, joining a crowded field of Republican hopefuls vying to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in 2022. His entrance into the race in the battleground state adds a high-profile candidate to what's expected to be among the most competitive of the next year's 36 gubernatorial elections. The Carson City Republican Party has scheduled Heller to appear for a “special announcement” at their headqu
Under the Ontario Municipal Act, each Municipality is required to prepare annual audited financial statements. At the Council meeting of September 9, Council accepted and approved the Audited Financial Statement for the 2020 tax year. Brad Brookman, Director of Finance/Treasurer, explained that this process provides assurance to “the Council and the public that the administration's financial reporting is appropriate.” It is important for businesses, provincial and federal governments, members of
Natural gas prices have climbed to some of their highest levels in years, with the increases expected to ripple into people's gas bills as winter fast approaches. A marriage of factors in North America and Europe — from summer storms to an overseas supply crunch — have contributed to sharp rise in the price of the fossil fuel. Martin King, senior analyst at RBN Energy, said the Alberta spot price for natural gas was around $4.80 a gigajoule on Thursday morning. With the exception of a February p