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Vegas gun range billboard changed to ‘Shoot a School Kid’


LAS VEGAS — A freeway-side billboard for a Las Vegas gun range was vandalized late Wednesday or before dawn Thursday to change an advertisement inviting tourists to fire an assault-style rifle to say, “Shoot A School Kid Only $29.” The message, which had said “Shoot a .50 calibre only $29,” was taken down within hours and police were investigating. Officer Larry Hadfield said authorities were called a little before 5:30 a.m. Thursday. A local guerrilla art collective called INDECLINE took credit for the act with a statement to KTNV-TV inRead More

Crews responding to broken N.B. ferry cable; 15 vehicles stranded

FILE - A ferry on the Saint John River in New Brunswick

The Canadian Press Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:31PM EST Last Updated Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:34PM EST GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. — A cable has snapped on a ferry in New Brunswick, leaving about 15 vehicles stranded on board in the Saint John River. The province’s Emergency Measures Organization says it happened Saturday evening on the ferry between Grand Bay-Westfield and Hardings Point, N.B. EMO crews were responding to the scene, and officials expected the problem to be resolved within a few hours. It’s not clear what caused the cableRead More

Syrian soap maker opens new store in southeast Calgary

Syrian soap maker opens new store in southeast Calgary

A man who fled the warfare in Syria two years ago is thanking Canadians for the support they gave him and other refugees so they could rebuild their lives. Abdul Fatah Saboni came to Canada as a government-sponsored refugee about two years ago. His family has a long history of making soap and Saboni says he had a successful business in Aleppo but had to abandon it when the war broke out. When he arrived in Calgary, he worked on learning English as he continued his trade from his home.Read More

Flood warnings and watches continue for Grand River watershed

Ice in Conestogo

Water flows throughout the southern Grand River watershed are expected to remain high, cold and fast for the next week. The Grand River Conservation Authority says the cooler temperatures have reduced runoff, so water stored from the recent rainfall and snowmelt was released from the Belwood and Conestogo Reservoirs Saturday morning. That means river flows in the central and lower Grand River and lower Conestogo River will be higher this week. Flood warnings remain in place for Ayr and Woolwich Township. The GRCA says the low level bridge upstream fromRead More

Police investigating two suspicious house fires in Antigonish County

Fire Generic

Police are investigating a pair of suspicious house fires that happened in Antigonish County within five days of each other. Antigonish District RCMP say in the early hours of Monday and Friday, fire crews responded to two separate house fires. Police say the homes were abandoned and neither had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. There were no injuries in either fire. Police are asking property owners to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspiciousRead More

Alberta NDP apologizes after Twitter dig at Stephen Mandel

Stephen Mandel

Alberta’s NDP has apologized for a tweet mocking Stephen Mandel ahead of his announcement to run for the Alberta Party’s leadership spot. The tweet has since been deleted, but included an upside down photo of an article featuring Mandel, mocking the politician’s upside down-themed campaign.   Today. #dreambigAB — Stephen Mandel (@SMandel_AB) January 10, 2018 The NDP used an article where Mandel, a health minister at the time, discussed putting funding for a cancer treatment centre on hold. Mandel’s daughter died of cancer recently.   We apologize for ourRead More

5 things to know on Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Justin Trudeau, Porter Airlines, Dollarama

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a backlash at the first of six town hall meetings he’s holding across the country. Plus, a Montreal designer is showcasing dollar-store fashion. 1. Town hall backlash: A Nova Scotia mother forced to quit her job to care for her son because of his violent outbursts called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fix Canada’s fragmented system of supports for children with autism. The calls came at Trudeau’s first of six town hall meetings being held across the country. 2. Threats alleged: Porter Airlines passengersRead More

More female officers accuse WRPS colleagues of discrimination

More female officers accuse WRPS colleagues of discrimination

Two current Waterloo Regional Police officers and one former officer have sworn affidavits as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit against the region’s police board and police union, alleging a culture of sexual harassment that leaves female officers afraid to report misconduct. The legal action was launched last year, when a current officer and a former officer came forward with allegations that they were repeatedly harassed and abused. Like the earlier claims, none of the new allegations have been tested in court. The lawyer representing Waterloo Regional Police in theRead More

Influenza virus claims first Edmonton patient in 2017, cases triple since last year

This year’s influenza virus has claimed its first patient in Edmonton, according to Alberta Health Services. Edmonton has seen 167 cases of influenza in 2017. Alberta as a whole has had 1,147 – a large increase compared to 2016’s 374. An infectious disease specialist says this year’s vaccine is not getting the job done. “They did observe in Australia that the vaccine didn’t work very well,” Dr. Neil Rau said. “It protected only 10 per cent of people and that’s even worse than the usual rate of protection, which isRead More

Employee exposed to bear spray during robbery at Okotoks store

Police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery at a Telus store in Okotoks on Wednesday. A man entered the store at about 3:40 p.m. and sprayed an employee with bear spray before fleeing the scene. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of property. The employee was temporarily disabled by the spray. Anyone with information is asked to call Okotoks RCMP at 403-995-6400 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS.  Source linkRead More