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Concordia’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity to get consent training

Concordia's Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity to get consent training

In the era of the #MeToo movement, the issue of consent is front and centre on university campuses. As students prepare to go back to school this week, one fraternity is ensuring its members know exactly what that means. “We want to make sure that everyone is aware on campus that we are taking those initiatives,” said Brett Gilmore, president of Concordia’s Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter. Gilmore said he knows fraternities and sororities can get a bad rap, but he wants members of TKE to be leaders – like theirRead More


New Zealand allows Chelsea Manning entry after Australia bars her

chelsea manning

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand authorities say Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after organizers said she couldn’t enter Australia. Manning was convicted for leaking U.S. government secrets and would not normally qualify for entry into New Zealand under its good character provisions. But Immigration New Zealand General Manager Steve Stuart said Friday that Manning had been granted a “special direction,” allowing her to apply for a working visa for planned speaking events in Auckland and Wellington. Stuart said the agency noted thatRead More


Prairie cattle producers tighten their belts as drought diminishes pastures

Pasture care

Cattle producers on the Prairies are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as an ongoing drought continues to diminish pastures. On his property near Gull Lake, Rick Toney of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association said some producers are deciding whether to move cows north to the few pockets which did get rain or take the hit of bringing expensive feed into their areas. That cost is just too much for some. “What are the economics here? There’s a lot of people that are looking to sell off 40Read More


Car smashes into two houses on South Shore

A car went through a house

Chateauguay police are investigating an amazing car crash that saw a vehicle go through a house and smashed into a second home. The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on Lac Saint Louis Rd. in Lery. The occupant of the home was awake, but those living nearby were woken up by what they said sounded like an explosion. Police said a man in his twenties lost control of his car and drove entirely through a house, only coming to a stop with the vehicle partway into a second house. NoRead More


More than 145 new blazes in B.C., as wicked weather adds to firefighters’ woes

B.C. Wildfire

Thousands of people living in central and northern British Columbia are keeping a close watch on winds and weather as wildfires have the potential to threaten more homes. No new evacuations or alerts were issued early Monday, offering some respite in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and Cariboo Regional District after officials in both regions spent Sunday expanding orders around nearly two dozen blazes. Roughly 1,600 residents of Fort St. James and close to 2,000 more around West Quesnel have been advised to be ready to leave as aggressive firesRead More


Convictions for cannabis possession could carry consequences after legalization

Convictions for cannabis possession could carry consequences after legalization

Possessing marijuana is still a crime. That’s the message the Trudeau government is sending to Canadians four months ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis. Critics say that could have extreme consequences for people carrying a conviction even after pot laws change. Come October 17th adults will be allowed to legally possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis. The law will create a new offence for possessing more than that amount. The uncertainty over what will happen with previous convictions under the existing law has left a cloud hangingRead More


Man seriously injured in knife attack in Gravenhurst

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was attacked with a knife in Gravenhurst. The OPP says the 58-year-old victim was assaulted by the unknown suspect in a driveway on Peter Street, at around 1:30 a.m. The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to recover. Police are still trying to get a better description of the suspect. The person they are looking for is believed to be 5’6” to 5’7” with some facial hair. The suspect may have been wearing a blueRead More


Renovation work halted after shards of glass fall onto busy sidewalk

falling glass

Renovations on a historical downtown building have been suspended since authorities were alerted to some public safety concerns. On Tuesday, pedestrians dodged shards of glass falling from the two-storey building as a worker hammered away at the window panes above. “I’m really grateful to the pedestrians who called this incident in,” Labour Minister Christina Gray said. She said occupational health and safety officers visited the building on 100 Street north of Jasper Avenue, and ordered the employer to conduct a hazard assessment and prove the site is safe before workRead More


Athletics program cut at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic fitness centre closure

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s athletics program has been cancelled, officials with the post-secondary institution confirm. The school is making changes to its fitness service model and closing all fitness centres on its campuses, except the Regina campus, as it works on the new model. The new model is being referred to as a “Wellness Strategy.” “The Wellness Strategy will be consistent across campuses and better serve the entire student population who may benefit from enhanced wellness supports,” a letter sent to students reads. “The new model will be developed through a consultativeRead More


David Copperfield not liable for tourist’s injuries, jury decides

David Copperfield

LAS VEGAS – Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday. Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel. In a complex verdict reached after several weeks of testimony but only about two hours of deliberation, the stateRead More