October 21st, 2014

News

Local News

  • ‘Assassinating Thomson’

    Nick Kuhl Lethbridge Herald nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com “I’m a visually impaired visual artist.” Words from award-winning performer Bruce Horak, who will bring his critically-acclaimed one-man show “Assassinating Thomson” to the University of Lethbridge’s David Spinks Theatre on Wednesday. It’s the story of Canadian painter Tom Thomson, who died under mysterious[...] Read More »

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  • “Why Is It So Hard: The Dilemma of Social Justice”

    Nick Kuhl Lethbridge Herald nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com Racism, sexism and classicism are still prevalent in today’s society, says an award-winning author and well-known advocate for First Nations rights. “They are socially unacceptable. Now, we have to make them socially extinct,” said Thomas King, who made a presentation called “Why Is[...] Read More »

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  • police dept. hopes to hire more officers

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge police officials hope to hire eight more personnel, to maintain current service levels over the next four years. They’re also asking city council to approve three more positions, including a violent crimes investigator and an internet child exploitation investigator. But council members[...] Read More »

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  • Palliser making literacy plans

    SUBMITTED BY PALLISER REGIONAL SCHOOLS Principals and vice-principals from across Palliser Regional Schools began work on three-year action plans for their schools during the division’s second annual literacy symposium. The “Leadership in Literacy 2.0″ event, planned and organized by Palliser’s Central Office literacy team, including Director of Learning[...] Read More »

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  • Fire bans, in October

    Lethbridge Herald It’s dry out there. With warm fall temperatures continuing, officials enacted a fire ban on all open fires in Lethbridge County, as of Monday morning. According to a press release from the county, conditions exist in the area that pose a heightened threat of extreme fire[...] Read More »

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National News

  • Soldier dies of injuries after being hit by car driven by man police killed

    SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. – One of two soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier’s name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier’s injuries were described as less serious, but police were not able to provide [...] Read More »

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  • Left-leaning think tank raises new questions about bias in tax agency audits

    OTTAWA – A left-leaning think tank is raising new questions about the possibility of political interference in audits of charities. The Broadbent Institute says records suggest at least 10 right-leaning think tanks are reporting they don’t carry out any political activites despite public statements which might suggest otherwise. Yet, the institute says, those groups seem [...] Read More »

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  • Coalition for Quebec’s Future retains riding near Quebec City

    LEVIS, Que. – Quebec’s third-placed party retained a stronghold in a provincial byelection on Monday that was called after one of its most prominent members stepped down. Francois Paradis captured about 45 per cent of the vote for the Coalition for Quebec’s Future to outdistance Liberal candidate Janet Jones, who had just more than 30 [...] Read More »

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  • Bernard Drainville to run for Parti Quebecois leadership

    MONTREAL – The man behind Quebec’s doomed values charter confirmed Monday he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois. Bernard Drainville said he will officially launch his campaign next Sunday in his Montreal-area riding of Marie-Victorin. Drainville, 51, picked up his candidacy papers at PQ headquarters and said he made the decision to run [...] Read More »

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  • Family condemns RCMP response during B.C. manhunt that ended with suspect dead

    VANCOUVER – The family of a B.C. man who was shot by the RCMP during a manhunt says police failed to attempt to end the ordeal peacefully and that it amounted to an execution. Peter de Groot was killed last week, several days after he disappeared in the bush over a confrontation with the police [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Federal prison in central Alberta in lockdown after inmate injured in attack

    DRUMHELLER, Alta. – A federal prison in Alberta has been put in lockdown after an inmate was assaulted. The Correctional Service of Canada says the inmate at Drumheller Institution was found injured on Monday afternoon. The inmate was taken offsite to an unnamed hospital for treatment. No staff members or other inmates were injured. RCMP [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta woman made false claims to AISH, also lied about kids having disabilities

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding several provincial agencies out of thousands of dollars. A trial for Judith Lyczewski (luh-CHEW-skee) was supposed to start on Monday, but the 53-year-old woman from Enchant, Alta., pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and forging documents. Court was told Lyczewski made false [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta agency investigating police pursuit of mentally disabled woman on ATV

    CALGARY – An Alberta agency that investigates police is looking at how officers responded to a mentally disabled woman driving an ATV on a busy Calgary freeway. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says the 21-year-old drove the quad off her family’s property near Gleichen (GLEE’-shehn)and onto a highway on Sunday. A Mountie spotted her [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta premier announces 1,200 new supportive living spaces to be built

    CALGARY – Premier Jim Prentice says the province will build 1,200 new supportive living spaces in both urban and rural areas. That’s in addition to 300 spaces he announced last week. Prentice says one of his priorities is to provide seniors with safe, affordable and quality housing that is close to their families and friends. [...] Read More »

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  • Suspect in death of popular Calgary sportscaster, wife pleads not guilty

    CALGARY – A suspect in the death of a popular one-time Calgary sportscaster and his wife has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. A hearing is being held in court to determine Derek Puffer’s mental state at the time Bill Powers and his wife, Donna Lee, were killed. The couple were found dead in their [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Oscar Pistorius taken away to jail to serve 5 years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

    PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the “gross negligence” the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home when she delivered [...] Read More »

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  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

    PRETORIA, South Africa – Double amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced in a Pretoria court to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling after reviewing prosecution arguments for a tough sentence as well as the defence case for a more lenient punishment. Pistorius killed Steenkamp [...] Read More »

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  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in 2013 shooting death of girlfriend

    PRETORIA, South Africa – Double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, who shot and killed Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home last year, had earlier been convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing. Pistorius’ lawyers argued for [...] Read More »

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  • Oscar Pistorius in court for sentencing in girlfriend’s killing

    PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius was surrounded by police officers as he walked into a South African courthouse Tuesday ahead of his sentencing for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa will announce if the double-amputee Olympian goes to prison at the climax of the months-long trial involving one of the world’s most recognizable [...] Read More »

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  • Evangelist Ernest Angley encouraged vasectomies, abortion among followers, newspaper reports

    AKRON, Ohio – Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labour at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation. The Akron Beacon Journal published a series of articles starting [...] Read More »

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