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Fringe audience grows, festival announces holdover series

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The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival set a ticket record purchase in the 11-day run that wrapped up Sunday. The festival welcomed 817,000 Fringers – 9,000 more than last year – and sold 133,276 tickets in the more than 1,600 live performances at 38 different venues. There were 419 sell out shows. “We work hard to create a space for artists to get their work to the masses, in an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and we think we’ve done that,” Murray Utas, the festival’s artistic director, said in aRead More


Humans responsible for more than 400 B.C. wildfires so far this season

Humans responsible for more than 400 B.C. wildfires so far this season

VANCOUVER — Campfires, cigarettes, flares and car accidents are some of the ways humans have likely started more than 400 wildfires in British Columbia this season. As wildfires blaze across the province, the B.C. Wildfire Service says many of them have been avoidable. Despite efforts to spread the word about fire bans and other restrictions, fire information officer Ryan Turcot says many people still aren’t getting the message. “It’s important to note that every time we run into a human-caused wildfire, that’s a wildfire that didn’t have to happen,” TurcotRead More


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies

Kofi Annan

The Associated Press Published Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:16AM EDT Last Updated Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:55AM EDT GENEVA — Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet, saying he died after a short unspecified illness. “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deepRead 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


Environment Canada issues air quality statement as temperatures rise

Environment Canada issues air quality statement as temperatures rise

CTV Winnipeg Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 12:27PM CST Last Updated Wednesday, August 8, 2018 6:47PM CST Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Wednesday for parts of southern Manitoba, warning citizens about potential air quality risks. The statement said a northwesterly flow aloft is carrying smoke from forest fires in Alberta and B.C. into southern Manitoba, and that the amount smoke will gradually decline over the next few days. The statement indicates that the heat, in combination with the seasonally dry conditions, and pollution, have caused a declineRead More


Canadian tennis stars confident ahead of Rogers Cup

Canadian tennis stars confident ahead of Rogers Cup

When the Rogers Cup tennis tournament kicks off in Toronto and Montreal on Monday, there will be plenty of Canadian talent on display. Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard will be among the Canadian talent aiming for the title. Shapovalov, the Richmond Hill, Ont., native whose semi-final run at last year’s tournament made him the competition’s breakout star, told CTV News Channel that some of the best experiences of his life have been at the Rogers Cup. “I always grew up watching this tournament,” Shapovalov said. “WhenRead More


13-year-old girl struck by bullet fragments during Ministry of Environment operation

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Police say that 13-year-old girl was taken to hospital after being struck by bullet fragments on Friday night near Jan Lake, during a Ministry of Environment operation to remove four problem bears from the area. At around 10 p.m. a Ministry of Environment Conservation officer fired a shotgun up at the bears in a tree. A member of the public, who was assisting the officer, shot his firearm at one of the bears after it hit the ground, according to police. The girl, who was standing away from the sceneRead More


Local reaction to Doug Ford’s plans to cancel regional chair elections

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Following Premier Doug Ford’s stunning announcement Friday in which he revealed plans to cancel several region chair election, implications are being felt in Muskoka, Peel and York Region.  Wayne Emmerson; appointed Regional Chairman and CEO of York in 2014 had previously withdrawn his candidacy when polls showed he likely wasn’t going to win.  “Unless you’re from the Vaughan, Markham or Richmond Hill areas, it’s hard to get to get those numbers out for support…when you look at it, it’s a popularity contest,” said Emmerson.  Now Emmerson’s back in the raceRead More


Netflix backs ‘Master of None’ despite misconduct claim

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Netflix is standing by “Master of None” and Aziz Ansari despite a sexual-misconduct allegation against him earlier this year. Cindy Holland, a programming executive for the streaming service, said Sunday there’s been thought given to a third season for the comedy starring and co-created by Ansari. She added that Netflix would “certainly be happy” to make another “Master of None” season with Ansari, but didn’t commit to it or indicate what the production or release timeline might be. The show about a young, single actor inRead More


Teen killed in crash near Prince Albert

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A 17-year-old boy is dead after a crash north of Prince Albert on Tuesday evening. RCMP were called to a two vehicle collision near the junction of White Star and Cloverdale Roads just after 5 p.m. Officers say the 17-year-old driver from Prince Albert was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, a 37-year-old woman from the RM of Buckland, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines [su_feed url=”http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/usatoday-NewsTopStories” limit=”20″] USARead More