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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawyer and former lawmaker in West Virginia has filed notice that he again intends to sue Gov. Jim Justice over his residency. Isaac Sponaugle sent Justice a 30-day intent to sue notice Thursday for the governor's alleged failure to comply with a March 1 settlement agreement to reside at the seat of government in Charleston, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. “Jim Justice needs to decide what he wants to do with his time,” Sponaugle said. “He’s a part-time governor,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly aimed at boosting vaccinations worldwide with the goal of ending the pandemic by the end of 2022. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States will be asking participants to commit to "a higher level of ambition" on making vaccines available on a more equitable basis and getting shots in arms, among other steps recommended to address the pandemic. Biden travels to New York on Monday for his first trip as president to attend the U.N. General Assembly and will speak to the gathered world leaders on Tuesday.
For many participants, joining the Schumacher International Peace Park project was a great way to represent their culture and promote diversity and inclusion in the community. The Schumacher Arts Culture and Heritage Association (SACHA) has partnered with the Schumacher Lions Club for the initiative. The new park, located near Little Pearl Lake, includes a peace garden and decorated peace poles. Each pole will have “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in a different language. For the past week,
With election season in full swing, debates for member of Parliament candidates continue on YourTV Niagara. On Sept. 10, candidates for the Niagara Falls riding went head to head. The incumbent Tony Baldinelli of the Conservative party went up against Melanie Holm of the Green party, Andrea Kaiser of the Liberal party and Brian Barker of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Peter Taras of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was not in attendance, but presented a video at the end of the debate. Here ar
KENDALL KING Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following the Alberta government’s press briefing Wednesday evening, which set out new mandates for all public spaces in the province, two local school districts – Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and Prairie Rose Public Schools – will move to mandatory masking for all educators and students in Grades 4 and up. This comes after both districts chose not to implement a mask mandate at the beginning of the school year. When asked why this de
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's national election opened his campaigning Friday promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader. Budapest’s liberal mayor, Gergely Karacsony, who is one of five contenders to lead a coalition of main opposition parties, spoke to several hundred supporters who gathered despite early autumn drizzle in the capital. Karacsony said n
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities.
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
Micheal Starner was born and raised in Medicine Hat and hopes to inspire the young population as the city’s mayor. Starner works seasonally as a professional Santa Claus every Christmas. “I’m my own business, Santa Mike, and I do that every year for the past six years and hopefully for years to come,” said Starner. “I go to many homes and businesses around town, old folks homes, care centres, anywhere and everywhere that they would like to hire me.” Starner also works as a labourer at LaFarge, w
ARVIAT, Nunavut — Schools were closed Friday in Arviat, Nunavut, after a presumptive case of COVID-19 was reported in a school-aged student in the community. Nunavut's chief public officer wouldn't say how old the infected student is, but added that neither the pupil nor family have travelled recently. Dr. Michael Patterson said that means the student was infected by someone outside the household. As a result, restrictions were tightened in the community of about 3,000, with mandatory masking an
An autonomous ocean glider was disabled by a shark attack Sunday night near Sable Island, abruptly ending a scientific mission and putting the vehicle out of service for months. The wave glider was 200 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia listening for tagged halibut. "We lost communication with the rudder module, so we were no longer able to steer the glider, so it was drifting freely," said Richard Davis, manager of the glider group at Dalhousie University. "But we still had communication w
Hamilton police say they're looking for three suspects following a violent kidnapping that left one man dead and two in hospital. Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk said at a news conference Friday that 63-year-old Faqir Ali was the target of the kidnapping that took place at a home in Mount Hope, Ont., early Thursday. "We do not yet have a motive for this crime, something we continue to investigate," said Bereziuk. "We are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact us." Bereziuk said Ali'
Ontario's police watchdog has cleared a Toronto police officer after he shot and killed a man who stabbed another officer earlier this year. According to the report by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), police were called by paramedics to a condo at Yonge Street and Merton Street, just north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, to assist them with a man in "mental distress" on the evening of May 22. According to the report, a woman had called 911 to request an ambulance and to report that her son, wh
Agriculture has been vital and plays a significant role in our lives. While its significance may be even more pronounced in some countries than others, the reality is — every country depends on agriculture to sustain itself in one way or another. Agriculture is the backbone of everything that drives us. In addition to providing food for local communities and other raw materials, it also provides employment opportunities. According to Canada Encyclopedia, Canada's federal and provincial governmen
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
NEW YORK (AP) — What does “The Circus” do when the circus has left town? That's the pithy question that comes to mind upon learning that the Showtime political series opens its seventh season on Sunday, when consumer interest in political news has dropped sharply with the end of Donald Trump's presidency. “The thing about the circus — there's comedy, there's drama and there are death-defying acts of physical daring,” said John Heilemann, one of the show's four reporters. “Those things are still
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
A judge says prosecutors can't argue a man who shot three people, killing two, during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin is linked to the Proud Boys white nationalist group. Kyle Rittenhouse faces multiple charges in the shootings. (Sept. 17)
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
WINDSOR, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says a Toronto-area candidate has been asked to pause his campaign after the party learned he previously faced a dropped sexual assault charge. Trudeau said Friday that he learned about the allegations against Spadina-Fort York candidate Kevin Vuong after the Toronto Star reported on the 2019 charge against him, which was later withdrawn. "We are a party that always takes seriously any allegations or reports of sexual harassment or intimidation or as