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‘This Is America’ seals Glover’s rep as protest artist

Donald Glover

Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:13AM EDT WASHINGTON — It’s been called a moving testament to modern times and an unflinching exploration of the wretched past experienced by African-Americans. Donald Glover’s “This Is America,” a music video that depicts gun violence amid a melange of racism, Negro minstrel shows, police brutality and mass killing, not only touched off a national debate, it affirmed Glover’s place in the pantheon of artists who reveal uncomfortable truths about race through their work. “The themes ain’t new butRead More


City is ‘proud’ it appears to be cleaner, but still needs help

City is ‘proud’ it appears to be cleaner, but still needs help

The snow is all gone but it’s left a few things behind: winter grime, dirt and garbage. They’re all visible on sidewalks and greenspaces, and the City of Edmonton is asking people to pull together to clean up. “The city cannot do it all. The city is getting bigger; we have a limited number of staff who can deal with that problem,” Don Belanger, who helps run Capital City Clean Up (CCCU), said. CCCU is recruiting volunteers for its annual clean up events. People can pick up kits with suppliesRead More


Saskatoon could expand restrictions on drone use on city property

Saskatoon could expand restrictions on drone use on city property

The City of Saskatoon is looking at placing additional restrictions on the operation of drones on city-owned property. Drone operation is already prohibited in parks, except as permitted by the city. A report going to the planning and development committee next week is recommending restrictions be expanded to include all property owned and controlled by the city — which would include all civic buildings, parking lots, roads and sidewalks. The report says drone operators would be able to go through a process to get permission from the city to operateRead More


Golden State Killer suspect fights DNA collection effort

Joseph James DeAngelo

Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:51AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The former policeman accused of being the Golden State Killer headed back to court Thursday to fight prosecutors’ efforts to collect more of his DNA. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was scheduled to appear in a Sacramento courtroom connected to the county jail where he’s being held. His public defender, Diane Howard, has filed a motion to block efforts by the district attorney to take DNA, fingerprints and photos of DeAngelo’s body. Sacramento County District Attorney AnneRead More


B.C.’s 2017 wildfires have the potential to flare up this spring: Forest Service

Elephant Hill wildfire

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is warning that hotspots left by last year’s massive wildfires in British Columbia’s southern Interior have the potential to flare up as temperatures climb this spring. The wildfire service says in a release that so-called “overwintering” fires could emerge. The service says it is monitoring previous wildfire areas because an overwintering fire can occur when a blaze that burned deep underground has continued to smoulder through the winter. It says given last summer’s drought and the intensity of some of the 2017 wildfires,Read More


Canada ‘gifted’ historic Franklin Expedition shipwrecks

Canada signs agreement with United Kingdom.

They are British ships but they now belong to Canada. The HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, the vessels from the doomed Franklin Expedition were gifted to us today by the U.K. The vessels are considered the most archaeologically important shipwrecks in the world; well-preserved in the icy waters of the Arctic and chalk full of thousands of artifacts. It was a secret the sea had kept for nearly 150 years.   And a discovery that was great cause for celebration. The HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, better known as theRead More


Toronto FC loses on penalties to Chivas in CONCACAF Champions League final

Toronto FC battles Chivas in Champions League

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:36PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:15AM EDT GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Mexico’s Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalty kicks Wednesday night to win the CONCACAF Champions League, extinguishing the Canadian club’s hopes of becoming the first MLS team to win the title in nearly two decades. Toronto got the 2-1 win in the Akron stadium to force the penalty kicks, where the Mexicans scored their four shots while Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley missed for Toronto. Orbelin Pineda putRead More


Chivas Guadalajara defeat Toronto FC 2-1 in opener of two-leg final

Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio

TORONTO – Chivas Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC 2-1 on Tuesday night at BMO Field in the opener of the two-leg CONCACAF Champions League final. Rodolfo Pizarro scored in the second minute as many fans in the near-sellout crowd of 29,925 were settling into their seats. Alan Pulido scored the go-ahead goal for Chivas on a free kick in the 72nd minute. Toronto’s Jonathan Osorio scored in the 19th minute. Armed with two precious away goals, the Mexican side will have a big advantage heading into the final’s second leg onRead More


Massive show of support in Airdrie for Straz and Humboldt Broncos teammates

Airdrie - Humboldt Broncos vigil

More than 1,000 people, including several Calgary Flames, gathered at the outdoor rink at Chinook Winds Park in Airdrie on Friday to show their support for severely injured local product Ryan Straschnitzki and the other players and staff of the Humboldt Broncos involved in a deadly crash. Participants in the vigil donned hockey jerseys, lit candles and carried hockey sticks and signs of support during the vigil honouring the memory of the 16 people lost to, and supporting the survivors of, the April 6 crash at a highway intersection southRead More


Ten years in, BIXI expands with boosted ridership

Ten years in, BIXI expands with boosted ridership

BIXI bikes are back across the city for a tenth year – and this year they’re expanding.   Last season was the best yet for the public bicycle service, with ridership up 10 per cent – that’s more than 258,000 people making 4.8 million trips around the city. It launched its tenth season Tuesday with plans to expand to 6,250 bikes at 540 docking stations by branching out to more neighbourhoods. It’s quite a turnaround for BIXI, a service that filed for bankruptcy protection four years ago, leading to theRead More