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Canora Mayor thanks those involved with two recent events

Canora Mayor thanks those involved with two recent events

A big thank to several volunteers and individuals for putting on the Canora Ag Days and the Live and Play Street Festival.

Mayor Mike Kwas notes some of the organizations involved where the Cruiser Car Club, the Tourism Committee, the Canora Ag Society and Public Works department.

Chariot and chuckwagon races as well as a Gymkana highlighted the weekend.

There was also a cabaret which featured the Crawdaddies.

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Islamic Solidarity Games “valuable” for hosting more events, says Konya Mayor

Konya Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay is hoping to use the experience of staging the Islamic Solidarity Games to host further major events ©Konya 2021

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New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

After a successful first part of the summer, New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks said she is happy

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks

to see people getting out in the community.

Dicks pointed to the success the town saw through the attendance at the Festival of the Tartans as well as the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. Dicks credited both events for having seamless operations despite the two year hiatus. She also noted the weather cooperated as well.



With Ribfest on the way this weekend and other events on the slate for later in the summer, Dicks said the early success bodes well for upcoming events. She said the fact the events were outdoors helped, noting it is encouraging to see people getting out and enjoying themselves.


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Philadelphia mayor says he’s worried about other big events after 2 officers shot during a July Fourth event

Philadelphia mayor says he's worried about other big events after 2 officers shot during a July Fourth event

A 36-year-old Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer suffered a graze wound to the forehead, and a 44-year-old Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

Both officers were providing security at a July Fourth concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway when shots were fired around 9:47 p.m., just before the fireworks went off, Outlaw said.

Neither officer heard the gunshots before they were hit, she added.

“We don’t know if this was ricochet from celebratory gunfire, we don’t know if this was intentional,” Outlaw said. “We’re just extremely grateful this wasn’t worse than it was.”

The officers were taken to Jefferson University Hospital, treated and discharged, Outlaw said.

In a Tuesday news release, Philadelphia police identified the officer shot as Sergio Diggs, a 13-year veteran of the department. In a separate post, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified the injured deputy as John Foster.

Foster is a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has been a member of the department’s bomb squad for three years, according to the Facebook post.

“Many of our deputies provide security and specialized aid to neighboring areas for large events,” the sheriff’s office added. “While we are thankful that Deputy Foster and the injured Philadelphia officer are ok, we are troubled by the violence that turned what should have been a celebration into a near tragedy.”

Police union offering reward for information

The Philadelphia police union announced it was offering $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection with the shooting.

“We were inches away from planning a funeral for at least one brave, Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer as a bullet lodged in his cap,” said John McNesby, the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, in a news release.

“There are too many guns on our streets and far too many individuals acting recklessly with these deadly weapons,” McNesby added.

Social media video of the incident, apparently filmed from a nearby building, shows large crowds of people running along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as lights from police cars and emergency vehicles flash in the street.

There have been no arrests so far, and no suspects in custody. Police said they are following several leads, and are asking members of the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the shooting or video capturing what happened.

Mayor: ‘I’m concerned every single day’

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the day had been “laid back, chilled,” with good weather and an enjoyable concert.

“But we live in America, and we have the Second Amendment, and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everybody they can carry a gun wherever they want,” he said. “This is what we have to live with.”

Kenney, who was wearing a soccer jersey during the news conference, was asked about his concerns about the upcoming 2026 World Cup and other big events coming to Philadelphia.

“I’m concerned every single day,” he said. “There’s not an event or a day where I don’t lay on my back at night look at the ceiling and worry about stuff. So everything we have had in the city over the last seven years, I worry about. I don’t enjoy the Fourth of July. I didn’t enjoy the Democratic National Convention. I didn’t enjoy the NFL Draft.”

“I’m waiting for something bad to happen all the time. I’ll be happy when I’m not mayor and I can enjoy some stuff.”

Kenney’s second term as mayor is up in 2024.

“If I had the ability to take care of guns, I would. But the legislature won’t let us, the US Congress won’t let us,” he added. “This is a gun country.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the mayor said he wanted to clarify his earlier comments, adding that he is “incredibly grateful” to be mayor.

“I made Philadelphians feel like I don’t care, and that cannot be further from the truth. I’ve said it many times before, I lay awake at night thinking about the challenges facing the residents in our city and what more we can be doing or doing differently to solve them. Being mayor comes with a lot of restless nights, so I am looking forward to a good night’s sleep,” the mayor said in his statement Tuesday.

“I love this city, and as Mayor there’s nothing more I want than to help solve this problem and keep our residents and visitors safe,” Kenney added.

CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji and Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.

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Rain event, transit masking, STC wellness centre highlight Saskatoon city council |

Rain event, transit masking, STC wellness centre highlight Saskatoon city council  |

The response to last week’s rain event was a big topic at Saskatoon city council Monday afternoon.

“In the 24 hours from the beginning of the storm over 1,200 calls were recieved at the customer care centre, with 114 that required service,” said Angela Gardiner, general manager with Utilities and Environment.

Mayor Charlie Clarke said a lot of credit should be given to the city for the rain event response,

“It’s a moment worth celebrating for the city to be able to do that and I think lots of people I’ve talked to have said good on the city for that” said Mayor Clarke.

Councillor Bev Dubois put forward a motion seconded by councillor Donauer for an investigative device that could signal to drivers not to proceed under overpasses when water or snow gets to a dangerous depth.

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Councillor Loewen put forward a motion also seconded by councillor Donauer to receive information back and to be transparent about what is learned about our infrastructure.

The motions carried unanimously.

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Masking on city transit was another topic of discussion.

Saskatoon Fire delivered the June COVID-19 update, with the motion of the information be received being moved by councillor Jeffries and seconded by councillor Gersher.

The update recommended masking continue to be mandatory on transit on a month-to-month basis.

Councillor David Kirton motioned to make masks optional, and council agreed.

Councillors Gough, Loewen, and Gersher were the only one to oppose the move.

Council plans to re-visit mandatory masking on transit in the fall.

The STC Wellness Centre’s temporary location also stirred up a lot of talk at council.

Council looked at several different options for the STC to have outdoor space and decided moved a motion to use the sidewalk in front of the building.

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The option is temporary and will be revisited at the end of October.

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Council also brought up the residential speed limit review program, a program proposed by councillor Kirton several months ago.

The program would entail volunteers working with police to track speeders.

Council passed the motion, sending it to the Board of Police Comissioners for more information.

The board will report back with more information at a later date.

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Landlord clashes with Church Stretton mayor in row over Platinum Jubilee events

The Yew Tree in Church Stretton. Photo: Google
The Yew Tree in Church Stretton. Photo: Google
The Yew Tree in Church Stretton. Photo: Google

Regulars at the Yew Tree Inn in All Stretton had planned an all-village celebration of the event for Friday, with landlady Lauren Medlicott spending a month planning it and getting the necessary permissions to close the road just outside the pub.

But permission was suddenly revoked last week, shortly after Church Stretton mayor Andy Munro had visited the pub and asked Ms Medlicott to move the event to the car park.

She said: “A lot of time and effort had gone into the planning for the street party, including a lot of time spent filling in the necessary paperwork required which as you can imagine was not inconsiderable.

“We had consulted with the village residents about the partial road closure and in particular, the residents of the the care home opposite the pub who were looking forward to celebrating the jubilee with the rest of the villagers.

“It seems strange that shortly after we had a visit from the mayor asking us to move the event to the car park we had a copy of the original permission letter from Shropshire Council, saying simply it had been revoked.

“We were trying to do something for the village, not for the pub or the regulars, this would have been an inclusive event and with closing the road – it would have made it a proper street party.”

She said the pub planned to mark the occasion with their own event on Friday to which everyone was welcome.

Councillor Munro, who represents All Stretton on the town council, said he had a number of concerns about the event.

He said: “They include not least the closure of the Shrewsbury Road in front of the pub and the diversion of buses and all traffic which could cause congestion, plus access by emergency services to Stretton Hall nursing home.

“Some of the residents in the village have contacted me about this and I don’t think it is appropriate to close the road for the majority of the day when the pub has a large car park that could be used for the event.

“There is an alternative event being held and organised by All Stretton Village Society on Friday and a jubilee celebration the next day and whilst people are free to celebrate in the way they see fit, there has been a lot of time and effort gone into the planning of these events.”

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St. John’s Mayor Excited for Return of Summer Events

St. John's Mayor Excited for Return of Summer Events

St. John's Mayor Excited for Return of Summer Events

The City of St. John’s events calendar is filling up quickly, and absolutely no one is complaining.

After two years of COVID interruptions, the entire province is prepping for Come Home Year.

But yesterday’s addition of a short-notice Royal Visit, and return of the folk festival to Bannerman Park, has the capital city feeling particularly positive.

Mayor Danny Breen expressed that sentiment at the conclusion of Tuesday afternoon’s public council meeting.

He says many are anticipating getting out and returning to things such as the pedestrian mall and the Royal St. John’s Regatta.

Cruise ships will also make stops again in St. John’s this year, not to mention the George Street Festival and the new Churchill Park Music Festival in August.

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‘They have suffered’: Mayor of N.S. county where mass shooting began says residents are still grieving

'They have suffered': Mayor of N.S. county where mass shooting began says residents are still grieving

As Canadians remember the victims and survivors of the Nova Scotia mass shooting two years after the tragic events, the mayor of Colchester County says she describes the days following April 18 and 19 of 2020 as “surreal.”

“It was such a challenge for all of us to try and get our heads around something like this,” said Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair in an interview on CTV Morning Live Monday. “But now after two years, we’re facing the reality and the loss, and recognizing that loss more than we have before.”

On the night of April 18, 2020, a gunman began a shooting rampage in the small beachside community of Portapique, N.S.

His spree continued the next morning, leaving victims in Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Valley, Debert, and Shubenacadie, before he was killed by police in Enfield.

In total, 22 people and an unborn child were killed during the 13-hour rampage.

Two years later, Blair says many people are still struggling to deal with those tragic events.

“We have people in our community who have suffered the worst intended mass casualty in Canadian history, and as we know, intended mass casualty’s affect everyone,” said Blair.

“They affect the families, the friends, the neighbours, the first responders, co-workers, students in school. We had teachers that were affected… the community, Nova Scotia, Canada. We’re all affected in a certain way.”

Blair says residents in her county will likely be struggling for years to come.

“They have suffered a traumatic experience, we have all suffered the trauma of this event,” said Blair. “When you have someone that goes through a depraved act like this, and who was believed to be a good neighbour, and he impersonates a person of trust in the community, there are repercussions.”

Blair says the victims’ families and friends do need the truth, but also hopes they are emotionally prepared for what they may hear.

“Because as we all know, trauma is not mental illness. Grief is not mental illness, and thank the province for putting people in place that could help, but what we really need is a team of individuals to understand, and who can give support and educate on what trauma actually is,” she said.

“To the best of my knowledge, that little gap has not been filled.”

Blair adds assistance is needed for many people in her area who have reported experiencing anxiety, depression and mental health issues.

“You need to know what you’re going through, and it takes a specially trained person in trauma, in grief, in order to assist in that matter,” said Blair.

Although many are still grieving, Blair says the support received Canada-wide has been “heartwarming.”

“We are strong people, we are resilient people. There’s no question about that,” said Blair.

“But the support we have received, the letters – I’ve had letters from Switzerland, from Australia, from all through the States and right across this great country of ours.”

Flags at all provincial government buildings and institutions in Nova Scotia, including Province House, will fly at half-mast from sunrise Monday to sunset Tuesday.

The province is also encouraging people to pause for a moment of silence at noon on Monday and Tuesday in honour of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting.

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Events Celebrating Chicago’s First Black Mayor Harold Washington, on His 100th Birthday

Events Celebrating Chicago's First Black Mayor Harold Washington, on His 100th Birthday

Friday would have been the 100th birthday of Chicago’s first black Mayor.

April 12, 1983, Harold Lee Washington was elected the first African American mayor of Chicago. He was also the first mayor to bring a vote for LQBTQ+ protections to the council floor.

A trailblazer in many communities and nicknamed ‘The People’s Mayor,’ Washington soon became one of the most celebrated mayors in the city’s history.

NBC Chicago Commemorates Harold Washington’s Life and Legacy on His 100th Birthday

In honor of Washington’s birthday, organizers with The Harold Washington Foundation and The People’s March Inc. are organizing several events across the city. The events, according to a press release, are “efforts is to keep Mayor Harold L. Washington’s legacy alive by promoting Black-in-Black Love and encouraging an end to the violence in all of Chicago’s 77 communities.”

Here’s a Look at Friday’s Harold Washington Celebrations:

9 a.m.: Community Breakfast Giveaway at The Community Breakfast Giveaway at Harold Lee Washington Park at 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.

1 p.m.: Car caravan and peace parade in Washington’s honor. The parade begins at at Washington Park Field House, located at 5531 South King Dr.

The caravan will end with a prayer vigil at Oak Wood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th St., — the final resting place for Mayor Washington.

5-7 p.m.: Community reception with food and music at Harold Lee Washington Park

To join the car caravan or to support and/or become a member of The Harold Washington Foundation, visit The Harold Foundation or call 312-671-2773.