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Fire that destroyed Alberta church built in 1875 under investigation

MORLEY– An historic 19th century church in southern Alberta has been destroyed by fire. RCMP say the McDougall Church in Morley, west of Calgary, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene early Monday morning. The fire is still under investigation. The McDougall Stoney Mission Society says on its web page that …

Hazmat crews responding to truck fire south of Merritt, B.C.

MERRITT, B.C. – A truck fire on a major highway in British Columbia’s Interior is snarling traffic and prompting concerns about air quality. The ministry of transportation says in a release that Highway 5 is closed between Hope and Merritt after a fire started in a semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods early Monday morning. It …

Absentee ballot, recount results trickle in across B.C. following tight election

VANCOUVER – Counting is underway for thousands of absentee ballots that could determine the results of British Columbia’s tight election. Elections BC says the final count is complete in 16 ridings, with the Liberals securing 11 seats and the New Democrats five. Results from the vote on May 9 show the Liberals with 43 seats, …

Canadian officials express concern, solidarity after deadly explosion in U.K.

OTTAWA –Canada’s public safety minister is expressing concern about what he is calling “brutal attacks” in northern England. Police in Manchester, U.K., say 19 people have died and 50 have been injured by an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. Local authorities say they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Pubic …

Sea Lion drags little girl into water at Vancouver area wharf

VANCOUVER – The man who shot heart stopping video of a sea lion snatching a little girl off a Vancouver-area wharf says at first he froze. “I was just in shock. I didn’t know what to do at first,” Michael Fujiwara said a day after he shot the video on Saturday that shows the sea …

Where the leaders are in the N.S. election

HALIFAX – Where the N.S. leaders are on Monday, May 22. Liberals DARTMOUTH – Liberal leader Stephen McNeil makes an announcement at candidate Joanne Bernard’s campaign headquarters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., between Dominos and Subway restaurants, 118 Wyse Rd.) Tories HALIFAX – Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie holds media availability (9:30 a.m., 1482 Queen …

Couillard says Quebec could play a role in Middle East peace process

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says the province could contribute to an eventual successful peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking today in the West Bank, he said Quebec could play a role, within its limits, in resolving the impasse and promoting the construction of two peaceful states living side by side. …

N.S. parties trade accusations about ‘playing politics’ with sexual assault

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal and Tory parties are pointing fingers at one another for “playing politics” with sexual assault. Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said Sunday that the Liberal government misled the public when it committed to hiring two special prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases. The hires were announced in March in the …

Former student leader rises to top post with left wing Quebec solidaire

MONTREAL – A former student leader who rose to prominence during Quebec’s 2012 student protests has been named an official spokesperson of the left-wing party Quebec solidaire. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was chosen as the party’s male spokesperson at a gathering today in Montreal. He is also the party’s candidate in a provincial byelection in the Montreal …

Kawartha Lakes police investigate homicide after body is found in vehicle

KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont. – Police in Kawartha Lakes say they’re investigating the homicide of a 19-year-old whose body was found in a vehicle parked in a field. Police say 19-year-old Bayram Abolhassani-Larki was reported missing in Toronto last December. Kawartha Lakes police say the body was found on May 16, more than five months after …