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UCP MLA Nate Glubish has flipped his endorsement for UCP leader from former finance minister Travis Toews to former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith. Glubish, the minister of Service Alberta, is the first member of cabinet and second caucus member to switch his allegiance to Smith after first endorsing Toews. Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn changed his endorsement last week. Rehn and Glubish join Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Pete Guthrie, Lethbridge-East MLA Nate Neudorf and Calgary-Falconridge MLA Devinde
LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA — A southern Alberta city has taken a small step forward in dealing with homeless encampments after council agreed to seek development approval for an interim shelter. Lethbridge, Alta., has been struggling to permanently remove the camps, most notably a large one of more than 40 tents near the community's civic centre. A week ago, using the Petty Trespassing Act, several tents were removed and the site was cleaned up. But nearly all have returned. Mike Fox, director of commu
A COVID-19 wave and other respiratory viruses are expected to hit this fall and winter while our health-care system is suffering severe staffing shortages. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch has some advice to help avoid getting so sick you need to seek medical care.
Two fires threatening communities in central Newfoundland grew less than anticipated yesterday due to higher humidity and lighter than predicted winds, says Jeff Motty, Newfoundland and Labrador's forest protection supervisor. However, he said, firefighters are unable to use water bombers in some areas because of the heavy smoke.
When the fish were not biting, these fishermen believed it was because there were none to be caught. But this father decided to attach a camera to his hook to see if his sons' claims were correct. When he looked at the footage, he was surprised to see not only a bunch of fish, but that he nearly bonked one on the head when the camera hit the bottom. This father and his sons are fishing in a remote lake in Ontario, Canada. They have chosen a spot in front of a beaver lodge, usually a sure place to catch fish. But as the fish are reluctant to bite, it became difficult to believe that they were there. The camera shows that it was skill, not a lack of fish that made them go back to the cottage empty-handed. The bottom of a lake is a mysterious place and a camera on a string reveals that there is more going on than meets the eye. These fish were actually more curious about the camera than they were about the bait being presented. The lesson in this might be that persistence will pay off eventually and that they shouldn't give up, thinking that nothing lurks below.
The owners of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League are trying to reassure fans that they are "working hard" to keep the team in the Chaleur region. That follows a tumultuous week in which more reports surfaced about the team's possible relocation to the Montreal area, some pointed comments from the mayor of Bathurst and the departure of the team's head coach and general manager. "It is important for us, the Titan owners, to offer you our deepest apologies for the va
The RCMP's major crimes unit in southeastern B.C. is investigating after two bodies were discovered in a burning car in the Okanagan region this weekend. Firefighters discovered the bodies after putting out the fire in a vehicle parked on Garnet Valley Road outside of Summerland on Saturday morning, according to a police news release. Mounties were called in to investigate, and major crimes officers are now working on the case with Mounties from Summerland and Penticton, as well as the B.C. Coro
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — A teenager has died in an ATV rollover in Williams Lake, B.C. RCMP say the 17-year-old female was riding at the end of the Gun-a-Noot Trail south of the city when she crashed. Police say officers attended the scene, where paramedics and fire rescue were providing medical care. The teen was transported to hospital, where she died of her injuries. The RCMP say that evidence gathered at the scene showed she wasn't wearing a helmet. Mounties and the coroners service are both in
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of Sri Lankans on Tuesday rallied against a government crackdown and the use of emergency laws against peaceful protesters demanding answers to the country’s worst economic crisis. Protesters led by religious and trade union leaders marched to the Independence Square in Colombo and made several demands to the government including the withdrawal of emergency laws, an end to the arrests of peaceful protesters, the immediate dissolution of Parliament and relief fo
RCMP are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a teenage girl in June in La Ronge, Sask., about 340 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Police say that on the evening of June 25, the man drove up to the girl, forced her into his car and assaulted her. The suspect is described as potentially in his 40s or 50s, and tall with a slim build. He has brown eyes and brown, possibly greying hair that is receding. Police say he was described as having a beard and sunken cheeks, potentially a result o
SURREY, B.C. — Mounties in British Columbia say there is a connection between the discovery of two bodies in a burned vehicle in Summerland and the deaths of two people in a police chase in Abbotsford a day later. The RCMP’s southeast district major crime unit says investigators now believe two people discovered Aug. 6 in the burned-out vehicle were murdered. They say a stolen vehicle that Abbotsford police officers tried to stop on Aug. 7 was flagged for police as being connected to the deaths.
BERLIN (AP) — Local officials with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party rejected a bid to expel former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his close ties to Russia, the news agency dpa reported Monday. An arbitration committee of the center-left Social Democrats’ branch in Hannover, where Schroeder lives, considered 17 applications from party members for proceedings against him. Schroeder’s longstanding connections to the Russian energy sector and refusal to distance himself fully from President
WARNING: This video contains distressing details | Advocates say they hope the conviction of Aydin Coban for the sexual extortion of B.C. teen Amanda Todd leads to better protection for victims.
CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says its Commerce City refinery in Colorado is back up and running after an equipment malfunction earlier Monday. Suncor spokeswoman Mita Adesanya said the malfunction caused the safety system within one of the units at the refinery to activate. She said the system worked as designed, shutting down the equipment to prevent any further disruption to operations. Suncor sent out an alert Monday morning warning residents in the area that the temporary shutdown could resu
MONTREAL — An independent investigation will be held into Pride Montreal's last-minute cancellation over the weekend of its emblematic parade, the City of Montreal announced Tuesday. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said on Twitter that organizers of the annual festival promised their full co-operation. The city will soon name someone to lead the inquiry who "understands and is sensitive toward LGBTQ+ communities and realities," Plante spokesperson Catherine Cadotte said in an interview. The mayor
Ballot counting in underway in Kenya's presidential election in what’s expected to be a tight race.
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday spoke out forcefully against the FBI search of classified records at former US President Donald Trump's Florida estate. (Aug. 9)
Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk said Russian forces want to cause electricity blackouts in southern Ukraine by shelling the Zaporizhzhia complex, adding that damage to the facility from Russian attacks means any radiation could not be detected. Tsymbaliuk spoke in Vienna as international alarm over weekend artillery attacks on the Zaporizhzhia complex grew with Kyiv warning of the risk of a Chornobyl-style catastrophe and appealing for the area to be made a demilitarised zone.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Squad, eked out a closer-than-expected Democratic primary victory Tuesday against a centrist challenger who has questioned the incumbent's support for the “defund the police" movement amid rising crime rates. The evening went far smoother for another progressive, Becca Balint, who won the Democratic House primary in Vermont – positioning her to become the first woman representing the state in Congress. A key race was also u
Visits by foreign law-makers to Taiwan are nothing new. So why did China react in such a heavy-handed manner to Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit?