Watching hurricane Fiona, crime gun tracing: In The Information for Sept. 23

At a information convention Thursday afternoon, Atmosphere Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaud mentioned it stays to be seen if Fiona’s wind gusts will set information, however the expectation is that gusts might be stronger in some areas than the 150 km/h winds felt when post-tropical storm Dorian made landfall in 2019.

Fiona is predicted to achieve Nova Scotia waters by Friday night time earlier than passing by way of the japanese mainland a part of the province, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island on Saturday, and on to Quebec’s Decrease North Shore and southeastern Labrador early Sunday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., mentioned the forecast was for the worst gusts to hit japanese Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and components of Prince Edward Island

Coastal areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are anticipated to expertise pounding surf, with waves off Nova Scotia anticipated to construct to greater than 10 metres, whereas wave heights may very well be greater than 12 metres in japanese components of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Federal companies try to spice up efforts to hint the origins of weapons utilized in crimes, but it surely seems jurisdictional hurdles may forestall the measures from going so far as some would love.

The federal authorities says the RCMP has launched a brand new necessary tracing coverage, which means that in locations the place the Mounties are the police of jurisdiction, seized unlawful weapons will mechanically be despatched to the pressure’s nationwide firearms tracing centre.

The Commons public security committee and the Canadian Affiliation of Chiefs of Police have referred to as on the federal government to make it necessary that every one crime weapons recovered throughout investigations by police throughout the nation be submitted for tracing.

The latest figures point out solely a small fraction of the tens of 1000’s of crime weapons recovered every year are being traced.

In a response to the committee’s April report on decreasing gun and gang violence, the federal authorities says tracing is a key device to find out the sources of illicit firearms.

However the authorities stops wanting a pledge to make the tracing of all crime weapons a requirement.

What we’re watching within the U.S. …

ATMORE, Ala. _ Alabama officers referred to as off the Thursday deadly injection of a person convicted in a 1999 office taking pictures due to time issues and bother accessing the inmate’s veins.

Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm mentioned the state halted the scheduled execution of Alan Miller after they decided they may not get the deadly injection underway earlier than a midnight deadline. Jail officers made the choice at about 11:30 p.m. The last-minute reprieve got here almost three hours after a divided U.S. Supreme Courtroom cleared the best way for the execution to start.

“As a consequence of time constraints ensuing from the lateness of the court docket proceedings, the execution was referred to as off as soon as it was decided the condemned inmate’s veins couldn’t be accessed in accordance with our protocol earlier than the expiration of the dying warrant,” Hamm mentioned. The execution group started making an attempt to determine intravenous entry, however he didn’t know for a way lengthy.

Miller was returned to his common cell at a south Alabama jail.

Miller, 57, was convicted of killing three folks in a 1999 office rampage, drawing the dying sentence.

Prosecutors mentioned Miller, a supply truck driver, killed co-workers Lee Holdbrooks and Scott Yancy at a enterprise in suburban Birmingham after which drove off to shoot former supervisor Terry Jarvis at a enterprise the place Miller had beforehand labored. Every man was shot a number of instances and Miller was captured after a freeway chase.

Trial testimony indicated Miller believed the boys have been spreading rumours about him, together with that he was homosexual. A psychiatrist employed by the defence discovered Miller suffered from extreme psychological sickness but additionally mentioned Miller’s situation wasn’t dangerous sufficient to make use of as a foundation for an madness defence beneath state legislation.

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KYIV, Ukraine _ Voting started Friday in Moscow-held areas of Ukraine on referendums to grow to be a part of Russia, Russian-backed officers there mentioned.

The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been extensively denounced by Ukraine and the West as shams with none authorized pressure, are seen as a step towards annexing the territories by Russia.

The votes are being held within the Luhansk, partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk areas. In Kherson, which is nearly totally managed by Moscow, the balloting was additionally anticipated to get underway on Friday morning.

The vote, which asks residents if they need their areas to be a part of Russia, is definite to go Moscow’s means. That may give Russia the pretext to say that makes an attempt by Ukrainian forces to regain management are assaults on Russia itself, dramatically escalating the seven-month-old battle.

The referendums observe President Vladimir Putin’s order of a partial mobilization, which may add some 300,000 Russian troops to the struggle. The balloting will proceed for 5 days by way of Tuesday.

Because the votes was getting underway within the occupied areas, Russian social media websites have been stuffed with dramatic scenes of tearful households bidding farewell to males departing from army mobilization centres. In cities throughout the huge nation, males hugged their weeping members of the family earlier than departing as a part of the draft. Russian antiwar activists, within the meantime, deliberate extra protests towards the mobilization.

Election officers might be bringing ballots to folks’s houses and organising makeshift polling stations close to residential buildings throughout the first 4 days of the referendums, in accordance with Russian-installed officers within the occupied areas, who cited security causes. Tuesday would be the solely day when the voters might be invited to come back to common polls.

Polls additionally opened in Russia, the place refugees from the occupied areas can forged their votes.

On today in 1987 …

Saskatchewan turned the primary English-speaking province to ratify the Meech Lake accord.

In leisure …

The Weeknd returned to his Toronto hometown on Thursday to provide followers the live performance they’d lengthy waited to see.

Greater than two months after a nationwide Rogers community outage harm the Canadian pop star’s plans to start out his world tour at residence, he returned with all of the flames and fury he’d taken on the street over the summer time.

In opposition to a large set of a post-apocalyptic metropolis, he carried out quite a few his largest hits, together with “Can’t Really feel My Face” and “Starboy.”

Then the singer, born Abel Tesfaye, took a second to inform the group that returning residence reminded him why he’s in music.

After recalling how he performed his first live performance ever at Toronto’s Mod Membership in 2011, he identified that now he’s enjoying back-to-back nights on the metropolis’s largest venue, the Rogers Centre, which he referred to as by its previous identify, the SkyDome.

The Weeknd will return to play a second present on Friday night time.

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The windswept prairie east of the Rocky Mountains might appear to be an unlikely spot for a hot-air balloon competition however the city of Excessive River, Alberta is celebrating the occasion for the tenth straight 12 months.

Greater than 20 brightly colored balloons together with a pink elephant, a black and yellow bee and the purple and yellow Eye of Ra, named after the Egyptian solar god, took benefit of a lull within the prevailing wind this week to get some up-in-the-air time.

Occasion director Jamie Kinghorn says the Heritage Inn Worldwide Balloon Competition started after the group was hit by a devastating flood in 2013.

Kinghorn, who can be a city councillor, says it was hoped the occasion would carry the spirits of space residents.

He says the competition is a lift to native tourism and there’s not a lodge room obtainable.

There are 23 balloons collaborating this 12 months together with some from the USA, Belgium and the UK.

The competition runs by way of Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 23, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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