‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

By Mesfin Fekadu And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

Aretha Franklin
In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh, file)

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.

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Swoop Begins Flying Winnipeg-Abbotsford Seasonal Route

Swoop Begins Flying Winnipeg-Abbotsford Seasonal Route

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Discount airline Swoop has launched its fourth aircraft with a seasonal summer route between Abbotsford, B.C. and Winnipeg.

Flights will be offered daily until Labour Day, which will then shift to five times per week until the end of the summer schedule on October 27.

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Coalition for Portage & Main Aiming for $100K in GoFundMe Campaign

Coalition for Portage & Main Aiming for $100K in GoFundMe Campaign

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.

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Smoke Gets in Their Eyes: Prairies Feel the Effects of B.C. Fires

Smoke Gets in Their Eyes: Prairies Feel the Effects of B.C. Fires

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

Edmonton
A morning commuter stops to take a photo of the city as smoke from the B.C. wildfires rolls in over Edmonton on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

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.

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Gun Makers Up in Arms Over Shopify’s Ban on Certain Firearms and Accessories

Gun Makers Up in Arms Over Shopify’s Ban on Certain Firearms and Accessories

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

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A Shopify logo is seen during an event in Toronto on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Shopify is banning the sale of some firearms and their related parts through its platform. A policy update that the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant quietly posted Monday shows Shopify merchants can no longer use the platform to sell automatic firearms that have not been rendered inoperable and semi-automatic firearms that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

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.

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Crown Appealing Sentence for Winnipeg Man Who Left Mother to Die on the Floor

Crown Appealing Sentence for Winnipeg Man Who Left Mother to Die on the Floor

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

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People enter the Law Courts in Winnipeg on Monday, February 5, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Crown prosecutors are appealing the sentence of a man who left his 89-year-old mother on the floor of their home for several weeks until she died.

Ronald Siwicki, 66, was sentenced in July to three months in jail for criminal negligence causing the death of his mother Elizabeth. One month was deducted as credit for the time he spent in custody before the trial.

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