Prince Albert RCMP deem deaths near Garden River suspicious

Police say on Nov. 25, just before 9 p.m., Prince Albert RCMP located two deceased individuals in a vehicle near Highway 355, between Albertville and Meath Park.

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Their initial investigation has determined the deaths to be suspicious in nature, and Saskatchewan RCMP’s Major Crime Unit has taken charge of the investigation.

Police said further information about the individuals including age and sex will be released in the coming days.

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Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on Highway 355 on Nov. 25, or has information about these deaths, should immediately call their local police service.

Information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

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Regina Humane Society cat on road to recovery after hairband forced leg amputation

WATCH: A cat has caught the attention of animal lovers in Regina and area after one of her legs needed to be amputated. However her resilience has shown her ability to bounce back from a painful experience. Moises Canales-Lavigne has the story.

A cat taken in for treatment at the Regina Humane Society (RHS) has caught the attention of animal lovers in Regina and area after she was found with a wound on one of her legs.

However, her resilience has shown her ability to bounce back from a painful experience.

RHS staff named the six-month-old fluffy feline Katniss Everdeen after a character from the popular Hunger Games novels and movies.

Workers at the humane society say the name is a testament to her soft soul and spirited resilience in the face of such adversity.

“She was in a lot of pain, yet she is one of the nicest cats I have seen,” said Bill Thorn, RHS director of marking and public relations. “She’s very calm, she’s constantly purring, she’s a very gentle cat and she has a very nice nature about her.”

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Thorn said the first time members of the humane society met Katniss was on the morning of Nov. 6, 2021, when animal protection officers were flagged by a citizen regarding a badly wounded young cat in distress. Officers found the leg to be deformed.

She was brought to the humane society for a closer examination where the team discovered an elastic hairband was tightly wrapped around her back left leg.

The veterinary team at the Regina Humane Society determined there was too much damage and risk of infection to save the leg after an elastic band was wrapped around it.

The veterinary team at the Regina Humane Society determined there was too much damage and risk of infection to save the leg after an elastic band was wrapped around it.

Photo courtesy of Regina Humane Society

According to RHS, the hairband had become embedded in her flesh, resulting in swelling and infection. Staff still do not know how the band ended up tightly on her leg.

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Despite their best efforts, the RHS veterinary team was unable to save the leg.

“We did an emergency leg amputation on Katniss so the infection wouldn’t spread and to relieve her from what must have been incredibly painful for her as well,” explained Thorn.

A RHS staff member is pictured cuddling with Katniss.

A RHS staff member is pictured cuddling with Katniss.

Photo courtesy of Regina Humane Society

No doubt it has been an uphill battle in Katniss’ young life to date, but RHS staff say her road to recovery has been a smooth transition so far.

The last couple of weeks for Katniss have been about adjusting to life without one leg. However, her spirits seem high as staff expect she will be able to find a “purrfect” home soon.

“It often seems some of the animals we see that have gone through the most seem to be the nicest in spirit, which is kind of nice to see,” added Thorn.

“It’s a good ending to her story, at least this chapter of the story with us.”

More animals at RHS than normal

The humane society has an adoption event happening now after they have taken in a large number of animals in recent weeks.

Thorn said most of the animals that have come through the shelter are particularly junior and adult cats.

“We do have a problem with our cat population in the city and we do have a lot here right now,” Thorn mentioned.

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He suggested now is the time to consider adopting a pet since RHS has temporarily reduced their adoption fee pricing for kittens and cats in order to relieve some of the pressures they are experiencing at the moment.

“We want to see them go home, especially during the holidays, which is a great time to get to know a new pet in your home.”

Adoptions are by appointment with more information on the humane society’s website.

The adoption event runs until Nov. 28.

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Food Bank Friday: Central Okanagan Food Bank manages spike in demand ahead of holidays

WATCH: It's Food Bank Friday and this week Sydney Morton highlights the hard work being done at the Central Okanagan Food Bank in Kelowna. The tough year has forced some families and residents to lean on food banks to put nutritious meals on the tables and that demand for support is only growing.

The volunteers at the Central Okanagan Food Bank have been working overtime to keep up with rising demand during this difficult year.

“The economy, the food prices, the inflation costs, those are big factors and on top of it with all the fires and the floods, it’s been a busy but also a very tough year for families individuals, children and seniors,” said Trevor Moss with Central Okanagan Food Bank.

There has been a 20-per cent increase in clients utilizing the Central Okanagan Food Bank’s services this year and just as Moss and his team have been preparing for another spike in clients needing a little extra help during the holidays.

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“What we’re seeing as we go into this Christmas season we actually have over 2,100 families that have registered for a Christmas family hamper, so it’s actually a 20-per cent increase compared to last year which is approximately 450 more individuals,” said Moss.

To meet that growing demand they need two things; monetary donations and volunteers.

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“We need volunteers to actually volunteer to build the Christmas hampers, so starting on Dec. 6 right up until the 24th, we have around 70 per cent of volunteer spots filled but we still need another 30 per cent, so we just ask that you call in,” said Moss.

“The second thing is because of all the food supply disruption in the food chain, we are saying the best thing right now is to donate.”

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You can help support local food banks like the Central Okanagan Food Bank by donating to our Global Okanagan Your Okanagan Calendar Campaign.

You can donate in the following ways:


Through Food Banks BC.

By visiting this website, you will be directed to make a donation to the bank in your area.

Food Banks BC will send your tax receipt directly to your email once your donation is complete.

By mail:

Send a cheque made to the Food Bank of your choice to:

Global Okanagan, 342 Leon Ave., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 6J2

In person:

At the Global Okanagan office at 342 Leon Ave., in Kelowna. We accept cash, cheque, credit or debit.

By phone:

Call our receptionist at 250-762-4535 or 1-888-762-4535 to pay by credit card.

When you donate online, by phone or by mail, we will mail your calendar(s) to you. Expect that they will take 10 to 14 days to arrive.

Please make a donation to the food bank of your choice in the Okanagan. Only donations of $30 and greater per calendar are eligible for a tax receipt.

Tax receipts for donations sent by mail, phone or in person will be receipted by the food bank you donated to. They will not be sent until the end of the campaign, which is Dec. 31, 2021.

Calendars will be available while quantities last.

This fundraiser is a collaborative effort between Global Okanagan and their partners.

— with files from Doyle Potenteau

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Driver avoids $2K ticket after setting cruise control in miles per hour in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan RCMP says one of its officers demonstrated a “friendly” and “stereotypically Canadian” attitude when dealing with a speeder this week.

During regular patrols around noon on Tuesday, a vehicle was observed travelling westbound at a high rate of speed on Highway 1 near Wolseley, Sask., read a press release.

The officer said they double-checked the radar to ensure it was functioning properly and again it showed 202 km/h.

After stopping the vehicle, the driver was confused by the speed captured by the radar.

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RCMP said the driver had recently entered Canada and it was determined the cruise control was set for miles per hour.

The Broadview Combined Traffic Services officer focused primarily on education versus a $2,055 speeding ticket.

“It’s not always about enforcement … sometimes education is the appropriate response,” the officer said in a statement on Friday.

“In this instance, the driver and I had a discussion about the differences between miles and kilometres per hour when driving in Canada and what the equivalent miles per hour speeds would be for highway and city driving.”

RCMP said the driver needed to fill up with fuel twice since crossing the border between Canada and the United States.

The town of Wolseley is approximately 100 km east of Regina.

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Boosting gender parity: Ontario Liberals create women-only candidate ridings

WATCH: Only women will be able to seek Liberal candidacy in a number of ridings across Ontario for the next provincial election. The party says it's a way to ensure gender parity but one expert says it could have unintended effects. Albert Delitala reports.

The Ontario Liberal party has moved to only allow women to run for the nomination in more than 20 of its ridings in an effort to improve gender equity in its caucus.

The party provided a list of 22 ridings to Global News where it has made the rule change, including in the Greater Toronto Area, Durham Region and elsewhere in southern Ontario.

Janice Hebbert owns a downtown business in the riding of Oshawa, which is among those selected in the strategy. She said she would rather see the best candidate win, regardless of gender.

“I mean, we’re able to run against the men, in my opinion. We don’t have to have them excluded to win,” she said.

Others out for a walk were more in favour of the move.

“Women have a different perspective on what’s important, what’s high-priority, so I think we’re more likely to put people first,” said Wenda Abel, who lives in nearby Whitby, Ont.

Margaret Egan, who lives just west in Courtice, Ont., said the rule change could influence how she votes.

“I really just feel that it’s good to have more women on the scene and the table and coming to the forefront,” she said. “I really do believe it’s a good sign.”

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The effort aims to build a strong and diverse team ahead of the June election, according to the party, with a commitment to gender parity on its team by that time.

“A lot of parties will talk about the fact that we need gender parity but they very much treat it as aspirational goals,” said Brian Johns, president of the party.

“Our leader, Steven Del Duca, has felt very strongly that we needed real tools to make sure that we could achieve it.”

Tim MacNeill, a political science professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, said he thinks the move is a positive change but doesn’t go far enough.

“In any democracy you want the elected representatives to look like their populations and this goes some way to do that,” he said.

MacNeill added he would prefer a more holistic approach, with ridings set aside not just for women but also other under-represented groups.

“You could have a very qualified male Indigenous candidate who comes from a low socio-economic background — he is precluded from running and then you end up with a white woman of privilege who gets the position,” he explained.

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Johns said for now the focus is on gender parity for women and anyone who identifies as a woman.

“The discussion can kind of go anywhere based on religion, colour of skin, whatnot — the fact is we’re talking about gender parity,” he said.

About 60 per cent of the candidates nominated so far are women, Johns said, with about 70 per cent of those women having benefited from the rule change.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and the Ontario NDP were contacted for comment by phone and email but didn’t respond by deadline.

Ontario’s 43rd election is set to take place on June 3, 2022.

List of women-only candidate ridings:

-Bay of Quinte
-Don Valley West
-Etobicoke North
-Humber River-Black Creek
-Mississauga Centre
-Oakville North-Burlington
-Ottawa Centre
-Scarborough-Rouge Park
-Spadina-Fort York
-Windsor West
-York South-Weston

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COVID-19: B.C. reports 341 new cases and 6 deaths, says no sign of new variant yet

WATCH: Canada, the U.K., France and Israel are some of the countries that recently banned air travel from southern Africa after a new variant, known as "Omicron," was recently detected in South Africa and labeled by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern.

British Columbia reported 341 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with six more deaths as officials responded to an emerging variant of concern.

The update saw the province’s seven-day average for new cases fall to 352, and left B.C. with 3.035 active cases — the lowest both figures have been since Aug. 8.

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There were 291 active cases in hospital, including 115 COVID-19 patients in critical or intensive care.

More than 4.21 million British Columbians, accounting for 91 per cent of those eligible and 81.9 per cent of B.C.’s population have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Of them, more than four million people, 87.6 per cent of those eligible and 78.8 per cent of B.C.’s population, have had two doses.

The province says people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 59.2 per cent of cases in the last week and 68.4 per cent of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

The update came as the federal government issued new travel restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the new Omicron variant of concern, first detected in South Africa.

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Federal chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the new variant had a high number of mutations, which could lead to greater transmissibility, a stronger effect on the body’s immune system and less susceptibility to vaccines.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a joint statement saying B.C. was closely watching the new variant and backing the new federal restrictions.

“At this time, there is no evidence that this variant has been introduced into British Columbia,” the statement reads.

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“The BC Centre for Disease Control’s public health lab has sequenced over 90,000 virus isolates in B.C. and will continue to use whole genome sequencing to monitor for all variants circulating in B.C., including this new VOC Omicron.”

The province was also working with the federal government to identify travellers returning from areas of concern to arrange testing, it said.

Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has reported 217,099 total cases while 2,322 people have died.

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Interior Health to hold 'whole community' vaccine clinics in rural and remote communities

The Interior Health Authority (IHA) has announced it is gearing up to host what it calls “whole community” vaccine clinics in rural and remote communities.

“Early in our vaccine rollout this spring, we held immunizations clinics for people living in rural and remote communities to make it easier for people to get vaccinated right away,” said IHA’s president and CEO, Susan Brown. “We are on the way back to these communities to provide booster doses and immunization for kids who are now eligible for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.”

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The clinics will allow anyone 18 and older to get their booster dose and children, aged five to 11, to get their pediatric vaccine.

The clinics will be held in rural and remote communities right across the health region.

IHA said the clinics will begin in December.

Community members will be notified directly by Immunizations B.C. when it is time to book their appointment.

Click here for a full list of immunization clinics in the region.

In order to get an invitation to book an appointment, British Columbians must be registered provincially.

Click here if you are not yet registered or call 1-833-838-2323.

IHA said for those 12 and older who still need a first or second dose can book an appointment or drop in at a clinic.

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If you are needing more information on registering and booking appointments for children aged five to 11, click here.

According to B.C. health minister Adrian Dix, 91 per cent of eligible people in the province have received their first dose of the vaccine while 87.5 per cent have received both, their first and second.

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Nunavut to get first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine for kids this weekend

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Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine for children are expected to arrive in Nunavut over the weekend with first doses to be administered Monday.

The government of Nunavut says in a release it will receive enough first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine to immunize every Nunavummiut between the ages of five to 11.

Health Minister John Main says this age group makes up about 15 per cent of the territory’s population.

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Vaccines will be available by appointment at all health centres and at Iqaluit Public Health starting Monday, the release stated.

A delivery schedule for the territory’s 25 communities will be determined once the shipments have arrived, with the possibility of some being delayed due to unexpected circumstances such as weather.

Main says the arrival of the pediatric vaccine will provide an added layer of safety for children, families and communities.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Kingston Humane Society thanks public for helping with overcapacity challenges

WATCH: The Kingston Humane Society is still struggling to deal with several unexpected expenses over the past year.

It was just over a month ago the Kingston Humane Society was bursting at the seems with more than 300 animals in their care.

After putting out a public plea for help the charitable organization’s Executive Director, Gord Hunter, says the community stepped up.

“With a bunch of applications for adoption and now our adoptions are delayed by two or three weeks because we have so many of them,” said Hunter.

The Kingston Humane Society’s head says they’ve also had a large number of people volunteer to foster animals as well.

Hunter says with 190 animals now in their care they are still over their 140-animal capacity but it is manageable

“About 140 cats and about 46 dogs,” said Hunter.

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Hunter says it wasn’t just adoptions and fostering the picked up, financial donations did as well.

Local philanthropists Linda Ann Daly and Walter Fenlon made an unexpectedly large donation of $30,000, according to Hunter.

“I think it’s a recognition of the stress that we’ve been under and that people recognize what we do,” said Hunter

An additional $20,000 was also donated by community members over the last month.

“It is really an incredible community that we live in and when you need help and you let them know you need help, people are more than willing to step up and help out,” said Hunter

Just as that money was coming in the Humane Society was facing other unexpected expenses like having to spend $50,000 for a new X-ray machine.

“It was a shared machine with St. Lawrence College,” said Hunter explaining the recent turn of events. “They needed to move it back to the college and we had to replace that, with surgeries now five days a week, we use that X-ray machine probably more than a thousand times a year.”

Hunter says the X-ray machine combined with other infrastructure issues like an aging HVAC system and $5,000 for an air conditioner, the bills are adding up.

“We had to spend about $15,000 upgrading our anesthesia system to properly expel the gases and things like that,” said Hunter.

He is hoping the public will once again dig into their pockets and donate on ‘Giving Tuesday’ next week, on the first Tuesday after Black Friday.

“We are featuring an online campaign on Nov. 30 featuring a lot of animals that are available for adoption and a lot facts about our costs,” said Hunter.

He says the Kingston Humane Society also has a direct mail campaign already underway.

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Regina continues to deal with an increase in catalytic converter theft

It’s a crime that is becoming all too familiar in Regina with new victims popping up weekly.

Thieves are stealing catalytic converters from beneath their vehicles.

The price of replacement and repairs can be thousands of dollars per vehicle.

A catalytic converter turns car exhaust into less harmful substances. The insides are made up of precious metals and that is what the thieves are after.

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Over the past five years, the value of these metals — platinum, palladium and rhodium, in particular — has risen significantly.

These thefts usually take place in the middle of the night and are only discovered when the victim starts their car the next day.

Steve Karch is the branch manager of Traction Heavy Duty Parts on Park street and he explained his recent ordeal.

“Back in early October we came in and my driver went to start one of the trucks and it sounded more noisy than normal. We took a look underneath and found the converter had been cut out of it”.

Karch said they were left without a truck that day until the catalytic converters could be replaced. A subsequent police report did not turn up any results.

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However, Regina police did recently lay seven theft charges against two individuals who were caught with stolen converters.

The Regina Police Service says it has dealt with several reports of this specific crime in 2021. In a statement, police said they’re hopeful the recent charges may act as a deterrent to other would-be thieves.

— with files from Nick Logan

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