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Salt Spring Island ‘chicken war’ moves to court as rooster owner challenges noise bylaw

Warren Dingman calls them “chicken wars” — paltry poultry disputes that crop up on B.C.’s Gulf Islands each year as dependably as a cockerel’s crow. Ground zero for 2022 is Salt Spring Island, where concerns about rooster noise have led to bylaw tickets, spreads in the local newspaper and even a pro-rooster petition. As Islands Trust head bylaw officer, […]

Thunder Bay leads Ontario in opioid deaths per capita. Here’s how 2 organizations handle the crisis

Outside the entrance to the community warming shelter on the north-side downtown core in Thunder Bay, Ont., paramedics respond to a suspected overdose. Staff at Elevate NWO, a community-based harm reduction organization in northwestern Ontario, had called 911 after an individual was non-responsive in its lobby. At the same time, staff were called a block up […]

Military failing to remove barriers to diversifying ranks: ombudsman

Canada’s military ombudsman is joining the chorus of those accusing the Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence of failing to address long-standing barriers to the recruitment and retention of women, visible minorities and Indigenous people. Gregory Lick says in a new report that the military and department have adopted numerous initiatives over the last […]

Sask. govt. wants to allow municipalities, parks to permit alcohol in outdoor spaces

The Saskatchewan government is hoping to pass amendments that will allow municipalities the ability to permit alcohol consumption in outdoor public spaces, but the Opposition says it will not support the change in time for summer. On Tuesday, the government will look for support from the Opposition to have the bill pass through all stages. The government […]

Residential school survivors, Indigenous leaders say Queen should apologize next

Now that residential school survivors have an initial apology from Pope Francis for the conduct of some Catholics at the facilities, president of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron says the Queen should be the next to apologize. Following a suggestion from a Métis residential school survivor, Caron is calling on Queen Elizabeth II, as Canada’s head of state and leader of the Anglican Church, to apologize for the operation of residential […]

Farm workers in cannabis grow-op raids often oblivious to criminal nature, OPP say

Illegal marijuana grow operations most often crop up on the Ontario Provincial Police’s radar in Essex County, and during raids, farm workers are “almost every time” completely unaware of the criminals behind the cannabis, police told CBC News. Organized crime entities use illegal cannabis grow operations as “easy, quick” cash that’s “relatively risk free,” according to Det.-Insp. […]

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