By Mesfin Fekadu And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.
WINNIPEG — Proponents for a pedestrian-friendly Portage and Main have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help amplify their cause ahead of this fall’s municipal election.
The Vote Open initiative is aiming to raise $100,000 for a public information campaign to argue the benefits of tearing down the barriers at Winnipeg’s iconic downtown intersection. The movement is being spearheaded by the Coalition for Portage & Main — a community group made up of volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations who want to boost economic development at the intersection.
EDMONTON – Air quality warnings were issued across the Prairies on Wednesday as smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continued to waft across most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.
Environment Canada issued a special statement for much of the Prairies that said air quality was poor and conditions were not expected to change for the rest of the week.
TORONTO – Shopify is taking aim at weapons companies by banning the sale of some firearms and accessories on its platform.
The Ottawa-based e-commerce giant quietly made changes to its policies this week to keep merchants from using its technology to sell everything from semi-automatic firearms that accept detachable magazines to accessories including grenades, rocket launchers and flash and sound supressors.