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After Brown bows out, new possibilities in local PC nomination race

After Brown bows out, new possibilities in local PC nomination race

After a decision he says took a lot of thought, former PC leader Patrick Brown has bowed out of provincial politics. His message on Twitter Thursday night reading “I will not be running in the upcoming provincial election.” The message came just minutes after the party’s provincial nomination committee unanimously decided to block brown from running in Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte. Today, Garfield Dunlop, the veteran MPP who resigned so Brown could seek a seat at Queen’s Park, announced he wants his job back, in the newly created riding. “This is reallyRead More

U.S. Congress demands Pentagon, Department of Justince investigate child sex assault

Child sexual assault in U.S. military

Justin Pritchard and Reese Dunklin, The Associated Press Published Friday, March 16, 2018 12:37AM EDT Congress is reacting to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defence and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, meanwhile, says it has begun its own examination of the issue. And a top Democrat on the committee says she will call a hearing within six months. Four senators, including the veteran head of the Senate ArmedRead More

Report recommends raising parking rates, extending hours at River Landing Parkade

Saskatoon City Hall

You could soon have to pay more to park at River Landing Parkade. City administration is recommending a phased increase to parking rates at the parkade starting May 1st. The plan would see monthly and daily parking fees rise, while the cost of hourly parking would not change. A report to be tabled at next week’s Environment Committee meeting says the city originally priced rates conservatively to attract more people. It now wants to raise rates to more closely reflect market prices. The report says monthly parking would rise fromRead More

Four charged in death of man whose body was found in Sturgeon County

Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird

RCMP said Friday that four people were facing charges in the death of a man, whose body was found in a rural area north of Edmonton in October, 2017. The investigation started after the body of Kevin Dean Yellowbird, 27, was found on October 17, in rural Sturgeon County. RCMP said investigators arrested and charged the four male suspects on February 15. The four Edmonton men: Sterling Devon Martin McGilvery, 24, Skylar Taurus McGilvary, 21, Tyler Edmonton Fischer, 31, and Cougar Dominique Fafard, 24, are jointly charged with one countRead More

Wallaceburg tire shop fire causes $400K damage

Wallageburg fire

A fire caused $400,000 damage at O’Neil Tire and Battery in Wallaceburg. Chathem-Kent firefighters from station #3 first responded to a call after heavy black smoke was seen billowing from the business on McNaughton Ave. just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters from stations #1 and #2 and volunteer firefighters were called for assistance. Assistant Chief Chris Case says firefighters entered the building and quickly knocked down the flames before the fire grew in size. “Buildings such as these present significant challenges and hazards to firefighters,” explains Case, “By virtue ofRead More

Third of Canadians can’t pay monthly bills even as rates set to rise

Household debt

CALGARY — A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can’t pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates. The quarterly MNP consumer debt index survey finds the number of Canadians who can’t cover their fixed monthly expenses is up eight points since September. It also finds Canadians who are making ends meet have less disposable income, with an average $631 left after paying bills and contributing to debt repayment. That’s 15 per cent less money left over than in the previous quarter. TheRead More

At-risk youth arts program looking for new space

inntercity youth

A program that helps at-risk youth stay off the streets through art is looking for a new place to go. Ottawa Innercity Arts is a program run by Ottawa Innercity Ministries. They operate in a space in St Paul & St Peter’s Church on Metcalfe Street. “Most of the kids are leaving home because of domestic violence. As bad as the streets are – home is much, much worst,” says Executive Director Ken MacLaren. But the church needs to close off a section of the building for required construction. ItRead More

Calgary band coming up with dozens of original songs to support cancer research

Calgary band coming up with dozens of original songs to support cancer research

A Calgary rock group is putting their songwriting skills to the test as they write and record 50 songs in 24 hours as part of an ambitious venture to support the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Chris Naish’s mom left a last impression on him, always being supportive of everything he did. “When she came to my hockey game, she would bring her knitting,” Naish says. “She was always very clear that I didn’t have to do anything to impress her.” Unfortunately, last March, Vickie lost her battle with cancer. NaishRead More

World media struggle to translate Trump’s Africa insult


Warning: This story contains vulgar language NAIROBI, Kenya — U.S. President Donald Trump’s vulgar insult of Africa was a puzzle for many foreign media organizations, which didn’t have a ready translation of his epithet for their readers or listeners. Their answers ranged from “dirty” to, well, dirtier. While meeting with senators on immigration, Trump had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation. His comments Thursday revived accusations of racism, roiled immigration talks,Read More

Police officials want more resources for Innisfil, Bradford

As the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil continue to grow, there are concerns that police resources aren’t. The South Simcoe Police services board presented its 2018 budget to both town councils before Christmas. Both municipalities approved the addition of four new officers. “The population between Bradford and Innisfil is growing or has grown upwards of 35 per cent over the last four to five years, and the police service is basically status quo and has been for the last 10 years,” says Dan Tucker, president of the SouthRead More