Canada’s York West (Ward 8) city council candidates speak
September 26, 2021
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details. Monday, October 30, 2006 On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward's councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto's ridings is York West (Ward 8). One candidate responded to Wikinews' requests for an interview. This ward's candidates include Hau Dang Tan, Garry Green, Peter Li Preti (incumbent), Abdulhaq Omar, Anthony Perruzza, and Ramnarine...
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CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate John M. Wierenga running in Yellowhead
September 26, 2021
Friday, September 26, 2008 On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Christian Heritage Party candidate John M. Wierenga is standing for election in the riding of Yellowhead. A journeyman welder with a company in Neerlandia, Alberta, John is an active member of the Neerlandia Canadian Reformed Church. Serving on his church council, he actively volunteers in the community, serving a partial term on the Pembina Pro-Life Board. Wikinews...
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Bangladesh reports first human case of H5N1 bird flu
September 25, 2021
Friday, May 23, 2008 Bangladesh reported its first human case of the H5N1 strain of Avian flu on Thursday. According to a representative of the Bangladesh health ministry, the 16-month old boy initially tested negative for the disease. His virus culture tested positive in tests performed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The boy is from the capital city of Dhaka in the Dhaka District. "Although there is no farm in the...
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Freighter hits fishing boat in Gulf of Suez; thirteen dead
September 17, 2021
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A freighter hit a fishing boat around midnight on Sunday morning in the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea. Of the 40 Egyptian fisherman on board, thirteen are dead and thirteen more missing. Survivor Al Sayyed Mohamed Arafat told local media he jumped from the fishing boat, named Badr al-Islam, as the container ship approached. He says he hung onto a wooden crate for four hours before rescue. Local authorities have...
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Loss of integrity in underground city tunnel causes evacuation of Downtown Montreal
September 16, 2021
Sunday, August 26, 2007 A one-inch settlement of the roof of The Bay tunnel to the Montreal Metro caused authorities to evacuate 12 blocks of the Montreal downtown core. Several people noticed water infiltration in the tunnel over the last few days. On Friday, August 24, at 1 p.m., while investigating another water infiltration incident, The Bay employees noticed that the ceiling of the tunnel portion of The Bay's basement sales area had descended one inch...
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Nine dead after armed Santa Claus opens fire in LA suburb
September 11, 2021
Monday, December 29, 2008 At least nine people have been killed in a two-story house in Covina, California, after a man dressed in a full Santa Claus outfit opened fire at a Christmas Eve party and then set the house ablaze. Covina is a city in Los Angeles County, California about 22 miles (35 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. According to local police, the Christmas party at the 1100 block of East Knollcrest Drive was...
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Too Grimm? Mother Goose cartoonist sued by Colombian coffee growers
September 8, 2021
Sunday, January 11, 2009 While it was just a joke, the FederaciĆ³n Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia doesn't find a recent "Mother Goose and Grimm" comic terribly funny. In what the coffee growers association calls "an attack on national dignity and the reputation of Colombian coffee," the characters in a comic strip by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters call into question the relationship of Colombian coffee growers and the crime syndicates of Columbia. The cartoonist is...
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NASA prepares to launch mission to nearby asteroids
September 7, 2021
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 NASA is beginning the final preparations for next Wednesday's launch of the Dawn probe, aboard a Delta II rocket. The Dawn probe, costing over US$250 million, will visit the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta. The launch was originally planned for mid-June, however due to a damaged crate, shipping delays, and a damaged solar panel, NASA chose to delay it until now. Last week the spacecraft was delivered to the launch...
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72 hour Australia wide ban on horse movements
September 6, 2021
Saturday, August 25, 2007 The Honourable Peter McGauran, Federal Minister for Agriculture, has issued a 72 hour Australia wide travel ban on all Equine horse species. The ban followed confirmation that 16 horses from two separate Sydney locations have been infected with Equine Influenza. This follows earlier restrictions placed on horses in New South Wales (NSW). Mr McGauran said "There will be a 72-hour ban on all race meetings for both thoroughbreds and harness..." "In addition...
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Wikinews interviews Jim Hedges, U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate
September 5, 2021
Saturday, January 29, 2011 U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate Jim Hedges of Thompson Township, Pennsylvania took some time to answer a few questions about the Prohibition Party and his 2012 presidential campaign. The Prohibition Party is the third oldest existing political party in the United States, having been established in 1869. It reached its height of popularity during the late 19th century. The party heavily supported the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which banned...
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