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July 13, 2018 2:13 PM Alberta United Conservatives hold on to two ridings with byelection wins

Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives won two byelections Thursday, maintaining hold of ridings the party represented before the vote was called. In Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, United Conservative candidate Devin Dreeshen took about 80 per cent of the vote with the NDP’s Nicole Mooney running a distant second. The United Conservative margin of victory 11

July 12, 2018 7:46 PM Alberta goes to the polls to fill vacancies in two byelections

Albertans are casting ballots today in two byelections to replace two members of the United Conservative Party. In Fort McMurray-Conklin, former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean left in March after his unsuccessful bid to head the United Conservatives. There are five candidates in each riding, and advanced polling suggests a greater interest in the races 11

July 11, 2018 6:42 PM Postmedia reports $15.5 million loss as quarterly revenue slips

Most recently, the company announced it would stop printing daily newspapers in Portage La Prairie, Man., Kirkland Lake, Ont., and Pembroke, Ont., but will have a digital presence in the three communities. It also announced the closures of two community newspapers in Alberta and four community newspapers in Ontario. An earlier deal last November, in which 8

July 11, 2018 6:23 PM ‘A tough lesson to learn’: How a missed email put one tennis player in Illinois instead of Wimbledon

WINNETKA, ILL.—Centre court at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in this leafy suburban enclave along Lake Michigan sits nearly 4,000 miles away from Wimbledon’s pristine grass-court setting. Tim Smyczek had planned on competing at the Grand Slam event, but instead he was here on Monday, locked in a three-set match in front of a couple hundred spectators 7

July 4, 2018 8:45 PM 16 dogs seized from B.C. duo already banned from owning animals

She says the dogs, including German shepherds, bull terriers, standard poodles and corgi-border collie crosses, are in SPCA shelters and new charges of animal cruelty will be recommended against the Adams. Moriarty has also announced two charges of animal cruelty against a man who allegedly neglected 46 dogs and puppies that were seized in February from his rural 96

July 1, 2018 2:43 PM Former Humboldt Broncos player and family among six dead in Saskatchewan crash

ROSETOWN, SASK.—A small Saskatchewan community is mourning the death of a former Humboldt Broncos player and his young family, who were among the six people who died in a car crash in southwestern Saskatchewan on Friday. Officials identified Troy Gasper, 26, his wife Carissa Gasper, 28, and their three children as five of the victims of the fatal crash 8

June 27, 2018 5:44 PM Williams Treaties First Nations vote to approve $1.1-billion settlement proposal

La Rocca said the approval is “an important milestone” toward a final settlement that would end decades of court litigation and negotiation over the controversial Williams Treaties of 1923. The seven First Nations have long argued the government unjustly crafted and implemented the treaties, that they were unfairly compensated for their land, and that they never 12

June 19, 2018 3:26 PM Suman Virk, mother of slain B.C. teen Reena Virk, dies at 58 years old

VICTORIA—Suman Virk, a grieving mother who “pioneered” the conversation about bullying after her daughter was murdered, has died in Victoria. She was the mother of 14-year-old Reena Virk, whose death more than two decades ago made international headlines about youth bullying. “Suman’s tireless work to end bullying has helped make life better for countless 6

June 15, 2018 6:07 PM Amid wave of Toronto deaths, cyclists holding first of four ghost bike rides Friday

Riders will honour killed cyclist Jonas Mitchell with a ghost bike ride Friday evening — the first of four planned following a series of cyclist deaths across the GTA. Mitchell, 36, was hit on Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Colborne Lodge Rd., near High Park, on May 15. He died in hospital on June 7. Mitchell was “someone who’s created so much kindness, compassion 17

June 13, 2018 6:18 PM Alberta oilsands project wins regulator approval despite Indigenous objections

CALGARY—The Alberta Energy Regulator has approved a northern Alberta oilsands project over the objections of local Indigenous people who say it will encroach on sacred lands and poses a risk to their drinking water. In an announcement on its website, the AER says the 10,000-barrel-per-day steam-driven Rigel oilsands project proposed by Prosper Petroleum 14