HALIFAX—If you ask Alex Ross he’s just a normal person who loves his community. To others he’s a community leader, rapper, and the man behind the clothing brand Family Over Fame. Alex Ross says that the second annual Family Over Fame Day is all about spreading positivity in his community. ( Silas Brown / For StarMetro Halifax )“I just see myself as a regular person that's trying to do community events. “It's amazing to be able to see Alex from going to a young, young kid, to a young man taking ownership in his community and wanting to see change,” he said.
August 19, 2018 23:48 UTC
The Liberal leader formally announced his nomination at a party event today in his Montreal riding of Papineau. MONTREAL—Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election. The partisan crowd cheered as Trudeau reaffirmed his belief in what he called “positive politics,” and took jabs at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whom he accused of exploiting fear and division. The Liberal leader also promised to tackle a number of challenges that include protecting Canada’s oceans, raising the standard of living for Indigenous Peoples and narrowing the gap between rich and poor. Trudeau was first elected to represent Papineau in 2008, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
August 19, 2018 23:37 UTC
An inmate who was one of three prisoners assaulted at Stony Mountain Institution in Manitoba last week has died. Monias and two other inmates were in the medium security unit of the jail north of Winnipeg when the assaults occurred Thursday night. The CSC hasn't said what happened, and Campbell didn't have further details, saying the incidents are still under investigation. Monias was serving an indeterminate sentence for second-degree murder, aggravated assault and uttering threats to cause death or harm. Both the medium and maximum security areas of Stony Mountain Institution have been in lockdown since Thursday.
August 19, 2018 23:26 UTC
In all, more than 17,000 South Koreans have taken part in more than 20 meetings, seeing their relatives in person or over video link. Southern participants are advised not to criticize the North Korean leadership or ask about the country’s economic situation in case it causes problems for their relatives. Ten days ago, Yun found out he had been selected for this round of family reunions. North Koreans whose relatives had fled south were often seen as suspect and placed in the lowest rungs of the country’s heavily stratified society, experts say. Also on board were the parents of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
August 19, 2018 23:15 UTC
When the legislation package, known as Bill 175 or the Safer Ontario Act, was unveiled late last year it was hailed as historic and overdue. Also known as the Safer Ontario Act, the omnibus legislation passed in March and created new laws and regulations around policing and its governance and oversight. What’s the status of Bill 175 — is it all on hold? Much of the pushback against Bill 175 has centred on defining the core duties of police officers in law. Carding — the practice of stopping, questioning and documenting someone not suspected of a crime — is not part of Bill 175.
August 19, 2018 23:03 UTC
CALGARY—Parks Canada and the owners of Banff’s Sunshine Village resort are in a tussle over proposed parking changes to the year-round tourist site. Parks Canada and the owners of Banff’s Sunshine Village resort are in a tussle over proposed parking changes to the year-round tourist site. ( HO, Banff Sunshine Village / The Canadian Press )As part of the lease-renewal process, Parks Canada is asking the resort to complete Site Guidelines. Among Parks Canada’s proposed changes with which Sunshine disagrees is how the resort ought to expand its parking capacity. Sunshine Village has created its own online website with information and details about the proposed changes to the area’s Site Guidelines.
August 19, 2018 22:52 UTC
After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will try to refocus the spotlight on trying to convince Canadians his party is a government-in-waiting. Party members from across the country are preparing to gather this week for their first policy convention since Scheer was elected chief last year. A speech by the leader planned for Friday night of the convention is being promoted by organizers as the highlight. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, speaking for the first time about Maxime Bernier's provocative Twitter comments about diversity, says Bernier speaks for himself, not the party. But while such discussions likely will play out in some way at the convention, members will also vote on six dozen policy resolutions, including several that promise to spark lively debate.
August 19, 2018 21:33 UTC
's Interior and West Kootenay regions have been cancelled or delayed Sunday as wildfire smoke continues to choke the province. Kelowna International Airport, Penticton Regional Airport and the West Kootenay Airport in Castlegar all had several flights cancelled by noon PT. Live webcam from the Kelowna airport:He said he hasn't seen such thick smoke from wildfire smoke in years. Firefighters have set up their tents in Fraser Lake as they continue to fight the nearby Shovel Lake wildfire. Wildfire smoke over western Canada is visible from NASA's DSCOVR satellite — about 1.6 million kilometres away.
August 19, 2018 21:28 UTC
The Medicine Hat Police Service said in a statement its officers arrested the man on Aug. 15, after he allegedly fled police who tried to pull him over during a traffic stop. He was later charged with one count each of flight from police, dangerous driving, bail violations, possession of stolen property and theft. CALGARY—A 21-year-old man arrested in Medicine Hat is facing fresh charges, including attempted murder, stemming from an alleged incident in Regina. But the following day, Medicine Hat police learned that the Regina Police Service had issued “fresh” arrest warrants for the man. He was later re-arrested in southwest Medicine Hat.
August 19, 2018 21:22 UTC
Happ stayed unbeaten with the New York Yankees by topping his former teammates, and Greg Bird hit a grand slam during a six-run first inning Sunday in a 10-2 win over the Blue Jays. Jays starter Ryan Borucki reacts while Yankee Greg Bird rounds the bases after a first-inning grand slam in Sunday’s game in the Bronx. Happ (14-6) facing the Blue Jays for the first time since they traded him to the Yankees on July 26. Gleyber Torres then reached on an infield single and Bird hit his slam into the right field stands. Before the game, the Jays put starter Marcus Stroman (right middle finger blister) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 16.
August 19, 2018 21:11 UTC
An invasive species of fish has been sighted for the first time at Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, and officials are doing everything in their power to prevent it's spread. A chain pickerel was caught in a river attached to Kejimkujik Lake. Resource conservation manager Chris McCarthy is shown standing with one of the barriers installed to prevent the spread of invasive species into Kejimkujik National Park. "The whole brook trout fishery at Keji national park is at stake if we have invasive species come in, there's no doubt about that,"Chris McCarthy demonstrates the mesh barrier used to prevent invasive fish from entering the park. "That way, the native fish species really have a good chance of surviving."
August 19, 2018 20:52 UTC
Danielle Johnston has been staying at the intensive care unit at the hospital with her newly-born triplets. But the family of nine doesn't have a home to return to after a fire Saturday afternoon. The family was in Regina with the babies when their house south of Griffin, Sask. The family had been staying in a camper in Regina to be close to the hospital. The family of nine plans to live in their trailer temporarily until they figure out something more permanent.
August 19, 2018 20:37 UTC
It's been more than two decades since David Milgaard was released from prison after serving more than 20 years for a rape and murder he didn't commit. But he hasn't forgotten about a group of volunteers who helped him make it through his time in jail. And for that, Milgaard said thank you over the weekend to a group of prison ministry volunteers at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Calgary. David Milgaard says having volunteer visitors can be important for those serving time in prison. Milgaard said he had several volunteers visit him while serving time.
August 19, 2018 20:37 UTC
The NCA group says that they stand “for Canada’s traditional identity, heritage, and culture.”An NCA demonstrator speaks to a counterprotestor while police stand nearby on Sunday afternoon in Dartmouth, N.S. ( Silas Brown / For StarMetro Halifax ) Maritime NCA co-ordinator Adrien Bordage (left) and another NCA demonstrator speak to counterprotestors. Adrien Bordage, who claims to be the maritime co-ordinator of the group, stood on a picnic bench amongst the large crowd occasionally speaking to protestors who repeatedly called him a racist or fascist. This is not the first time the group was in Halifax, having visited in May, hosting a rally in Victoria Park. In a statement by Halifax Police on Sunday afternoon, the estimated between 60 to 80 people from the group protesting the NCA rally.
August 19, 2018 20:31 UTC
MEXICO CITY—The legislature in the violence-torn Mexican state of Guerrero is calling on the federal government to legalize production of opium for pharmaceutical use in a move it hopes will reduce crime and help local farmers. The mountainous state on Mexico’s Pacific Coast produces much of the poppy plants for heroin consumed in the U.S. Guerrero Gov. Hector Astudillo first floated the idea of decriminalizing the crop in 2016 to combat the state’s rampant drug gang violence.
August 19, 2018 20:26 UTC