• Kylian Mbappé has signed a contract to join Real Madrid

    Kylian Mbappé has signed a contract to join Real Madrid
    MADRID (AP) — Kylian Mbappé has signed a contract to play for Real Madrid in a union of the sport’s top talent and its most successful club.
    Madrid said on Monday that Mbappé agreed to a five-year contract.
    The 25-year-old World Cup winner with France joins a Madrid team that is already loaded with talent and still celebrating its record-extending 15th European Cup title.
    Until now, Mbappé has played club soccer only for French teams — first at Monaco and f
  • Host Germany kicks off Euro 2024 by thrashing Scotland 5-1

    Host Germany kicks off Euro 2024 by thrashing Scotland 5-1
    MUNICH (AP) — Host Germany opened the European Championship with a confidence-boosting 5-1 win over 10-man Scotland on Friday.
    Goals from Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala had Germany firmly in control after less than 20 minutes, and the duo also became their team’s two youngest goal-scorers in Euro history.
    The first half ended in the worst possible way for Scotland when defender Ryan Porteous was sent off and Kai Havertz converted the resulting spot kick.
    Substitute Niclas Füllk
  • Trooper with checkered FBI past convicted of child rape in Alabama

    Trooper with checkered FBI past convicted of child rape in Alabama
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former FBI agent was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl while serving as an Alabama state trooper — a law enforcement job he landed even after he was kicked out of the FBI amid earlier claims that he raped a co-worker at knifepoint.
    Christopher Bauer’s case, first detailed in an Associated Press investigation, showed how he was able to hide a checkered past and move from one law enforcement job to another with the help of an al
  • Fraser Valley Children’s Chorus to hold fundraising concert Saturday for World Choir Games in New Zealand

    Fraser Valley Children’s Chorus to hold fundraising concert Saturday for World Choir Games in New Zealand
    CHILLIWACK — The Fraser Valley Childen’s Chorus will hold a special concert this weekend as it fundraises for its upcoming trip to represent Canada at the World Choir Games this summer in New Zealand.
    The special concert, entitled “Love Train”, features songs of love from around the world. The concert happens Saturday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Yarrow United Mennonite Church, 4336 Eckert Street in Yarrow. Tickets are $15 each.Director Heidi Epp oversees the talented roster
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  • 200-seat expansion earmarked for Abbotsford Middle School

    200-seat expansion earmarked for Abbotsford Middle School
    ABBOTSFORD — Abbotsford Middle School is getting an expansion.
    In a news release issued Friday (June 14), Education Minister Rachna Singh says the $12-million expansion will add eight new classrooms and a total of 200 student spaces.
    The prefabricated addition will also include new corridors, lockers and ventilation systems.
    “I am pleased to see these new capital funds addressing the growing student enrolments in the Abbotsford School District,” said Abbotsford Board of Educati
  • ‘Hill he’s prepared to die on’: Second undercover officer at Coutts conspiracy trial

    ‘Hill he’s prepared to die on’: Second undercover officer at Coutts conspiracy trial
    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A second undercover Mountie who infiltrated the Coutts border blockade said Anthony (Tony) Olienick displayed a strong dislike of police and told her he had guns and ammunition at the ready if officers moved in.
    “He was standing up for what he believed in,” the officer testified Friday in Court of King’s Bench.
    “This is the hill he was prepared to die on.”
    She testified Olienick made it clear to her he didn’t like police and felt &ldq
  • Frank Stronach accused of sexually assaulting three complainants: document

    Frank Stronach accused of sexually assaulting three complainants: document
    Canadian businessman and billionaire Frank Stronach is accused of sexually assaulting three different complainants in alleged incidents that took place in Toronto and Aurora, Ont., a court document filed this week shows.The document, which details the charges against the 91-year-old, says the alleged incidents took place in 1980, 1986 and last year.
    Peel Regional Police said last week that Stronach had been charged with one count of rape, one count of indecent assault on a female, one count of f
  • Senators sign forward Cole Reinhardt to one-year, two-way contract extension

    Senators sign forward Cole Reinhardt to one-year, two-way contract extension
    OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Cole Reinhardt to a one-year, two-way contract extension, the NHL team announced Friday.
    The contract carries a value of US$775,000 in the NHL and $95,000 in the American Hockey League.
    The 24-year-old from Calgary had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and 76 penalty minutes over 56 regular-season games with the AHL’s Belleville Senators last season.
    He also scored a goal while skating in each of Belleville’s seven Calder Cup p
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  • RCMP arrest Quebec man for 3D printing of guns and spreading hatred against Jews

    RCMP arrest Quebec man for 3D printing of guns and spreading hatred against Jews
    MONTREAL — The RCMP say they arrested a Quebec man Thursday on charges of hate speech and 3D printing of firearms.
    The police say they seized a “significant quantity” of 3D printers and a homemade firearm belonging to 37-year-old Pascal Tribout of Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, about 40 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
    Police also say in a news release today that Tribout made hateful comments against the Jewish community on social media platform Telegram.
    He faces five charges including
  • Aides’ vehicle in a convoy carrying Mexico’s next president involved in a crash that killed 1

    Aides’ vehicle in a convoy carrying Mexico’s next president involved in a crash that killed 1
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A highway accident Friday involving an SUV carrying aides to Claudia Sheinbaum, who won Mexico’s June 2 presidential elections, has resulted in at least one fatality. Sheinbaum was not injured.
    Sheinbaum’s spokesman said the advance car hit another vehicle on a highway in the northern state of Coahuila, and that one person in the other car was killed. Several Sheinbaum aides were being treated for injuries suffered in the crash.Sheinbaum was traveling in anot
  • Singh won’t break pact with Liberals despite concern PM isn’t protecting democracy

    Singh won’t break pact with Liberals despite concern PM isn’t protecting democracy
    OTTAWA — Federal New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is not willing to break ranks with the minority Liberal government, even after criticizing the prime minister for failing to protect Canada’s democracy.Singh said the evidence from a recent spy watchdog report shows Justin Trudeau is willing to accept some level of foreign interference, which weakens democracy and undermines the confidence of Canadians.He made those comments Thursday after reviewing a national security committee&rsqu
  • Toronto FC looks to reduce ‘needless’ cautions and cut back on conceding late goals

    Toronto FC looks to reduce ‘needless’ cautions and cut back on conceding late goals
    TORONTO — Discipline was a topic of discussion this week for Toronto FC, which has conceded 12 goals in the last 15 minutes of league games this season.
    Only San Jose, which languishes in the league basement 18 places and 13 points behind Toronto, has conceded more goals in the dying minutes with 15.
    Ill-discipline cost Toronto last time out when it squandered a 2-0 lead at D.C. United and had to settle for a 2-2 draw after star attacker Federico Bernardeschi, in the 87th minute and defend
  • Victims of workplace harassment, sexual violence can get free legal counsel in Quebec

    Victims of workplace harassment, sexual violence can get free legal counsel in Quebec
    QUÉBEC — Quebec has announced $2.4 million over four years to cover the legal expenses for people who file claims of psychological harassment or sexual violence in the workplace.
    Employment Minister Jean Boulet made the announcement today alongside Sophie Gagnon, head of the non-profit legal organization Juripop, which will receive the funding.
    Boulet says the money will help the organization’s lawyers give free legal services to about 300 people per year.
    To be eligible for t
  • Football jamboree at Exhibition Stadium in Chilliwack showcases local talent

    Football jamboree at Exhibition Stadium in Chilliwack showcases local talent
    CHILLIWACK — The work never stops for the successful G.W. Graham football program in Chilliwack, especially in the off-season.According to G.W. Graham varsity football coach Ryk Piché, Exhibition Stadium came alive Thursday (June 13) with adrenaline and excitement stemming from a football jamboree featuring four local schools. Junior varsity teams from G.W. Graham and Seaquam Seahawks took to the field, while varsity squads from G.W. Graham, Seaquam, and W.J. Mouat showcased their t
  • Andreescu through to semifinals at Libema Open with win over Osaka

    Andreescu through to semifinals at Libema Open with win over Osaka
    ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH — Canada’s Bianca Andreescu continued her comeback from injury with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka of Japan in quarterfinal action Friday at the Libema Open.
    Andreescu held on for the win after missing her first chance to close out Osaka when serving for the match up 5-3 in the third set.
    An Osaka break and hold tied the set at 5-5, then both players exchanged holds to set up the deciding tiebreaker.
    Andreescu will face Hungarian qu
  • Canada to host G7 leaders’ summit in Kananaskis, Alta., next June

    Canada to host G7 leaders’ summit in Kananaskis, Alta., next June
    OTTAWA — Canada says it will host the G7 summit next year in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
    The announcement comes as this year’s leaders’ meeting continues in Apulia, Italy.The member countries — Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan — rotate hosting duties each year.Next year’s meeting is set to be held in Kananaskis, Alta., southwest of Calgary.That’s where the G8 summit was held in 2002 — back when i
  • Highway 1 bridge at Jackass Mountain to be fully open for July long weekend: province

    Highway 1 bridge at Jackass Mountain to be fully open for July long weekend: province
    LYTTON, B.C. — The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says one of the final reconstruction projects stemming from the catastrophic November 2021 floods will be opened in time for the Canada Day long weekend.
    In a release, the ministry says the new Highway 1 bridge at Falls Creek, near Jackass Mountain 20 kilometres south of Lytton, will replace a culvert that flood waters destroyed.
    The bridge has been named CəX̣ ʷ Cixʷ (pronounced Check-Chow), celebrati
  • Justice Department won’t prosecute Garland for contempt, says refusal to provide audio wasn’t crime

    Justice Department won’t prosecute Garland for contempt, says refusal to provide audio wasn’t crime
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Attorney General Merrick Garland will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress after refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview in his classified documents case because his actions “did not constitute a crime.”A Justice Department official said that in a letter to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday after the House voted to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio.
  • B.C. establishes largest provincial park in a decade to protect threatened caribou

    B.C. establishes largest provincial park in a decade to protect threatened caribou
    VICTORIA — A major provincial park expansion will create a protection zone of almost 2,000 square kilometres for caribou and other species in northeastern British Columbia.
    The Ministry of Environment says in a statement that the addition to the Klinse-za Park will make it the largest provincial park established in the province in a decade.
    The park addition is the result of a partnership in 2020 between the province and the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations, where they agreed to hel
  • NFL veteran Christian Covington a ‘perfect addition’ to B.C. Lions roster

    NFL veteran Christian Covington a ‘perfect addition’ to B.C. Lions roster
    VANCOUVER — Christian Covington probably could have finagled his way out of making an appearance in the B.C. Lions’ rookie talent show.After all, he isn’t exactly new to professional football. The 30-year-old defensive lineman played 102 NFL games and registered 196 combined tackles over nine seasons before signing with his hometown Lions as a free agent in May.And yet, Covington gamely took a spot among the new additions at training camp last month, and belted out “Amazi
  • Veteran cornerback Jamal Peters resumes practising with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    Veteran cornerback Jamal Peters resumes practising with Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    HAMILTON — Jamal Peters could return just in time to face the buzz saw that is Shawn Bane Jr.
    The veteran cornerback resumed practising this week with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He missed their season-opening 32-24 road loss to the Calgary Stampeders last week with a hamstring injury.
    Peters, 27, could make his Hamilton debut Sunday night when the Ticats host Saskatchewan. The Roughriders are coming off a 29-21 road win in Edmonton last week, outscoring the Elks 21-3 in the fourth quarter.
    E
  • US cricket team advances to second round in Twenty20 World Cup debut at Pakistan’s expense

    US cricket team advances to second round in Twenty20 World Cup debut at Pakistan’s expense
    LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — The United States cricket team qualified for the second round in its Twenty20 World Cup debut after its last group game against Ireland was washed out on Friday.
    Rain meant the match was abandoned without a ball bowled, advancing the U.S. to the Super Eight stage and automatically qualifying the Americans for the 2026 T20 World Cup in India and Sri Lanka.
    The U.S. qualified for this T20 World Cup only as a co-host with the West Indies, but it has used home advantage
  • NDP says it’s considering options about support for much-criticized Senate porn bill

    NDP says it’s considering options about support for much-criticized Senate porn bill
    OTTAWA — Federal New Democrats won’t state their position on a bill that seeks to keep minors from accessing sexually explicit material online.
    The legislation proposes requiring websites like Pornhub to verify the age of their users, and privacy experts warn it’s overly broad and risks violating free expression.The Liberal government opposes the private member’s bill, but the NDP, Bloc Québécois and Tories voted in favour of sending it to a House of Commons
  • Princess of Wales says she’s making ‘good progress’ in cancer treatment, will attend a public event

    Princess of Wales says she’s making ‘good progress’ in cancer treatment, will attend a public event
    LONDON (AP) — The Princess of Wales said Friday she is “making good progress” in her cancer treatment and will attend King Charles III ‘s ceremonial birthday parade on Saturday, Kate’s first public appearance since her diagnosis.The 42-year-old wife of Prince William has not made any public appearances this year. She announced in March that she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer.
    “I am making good progress, but as anyone going throug
  • A statement from Kate, Princess of Wales on her cancer treatment

    A statement from Kate, Princess of Wales on her cancer treatment
    LONDON (AP) — Kate, Princess of Wales, has given an update on her cancer treatment, saying she is making good progress and hopes to return to some public duties.
    Here is her statement in full:
    “I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months. It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.
    I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy
  • Independent study makes recommendations to improve Canada Soccer governance

    Independent study makes recommendations to improve Canada Soccer governance
    A review of Canada Soccer’s governance recommends that the governing body modernize its bylaws, make changes to its board structure, improve its communication and transparency, and improve athlete involvement.
    The independent review was requested in May 2023 by Pascale St-Onge, then minister of sport, and was conducted by LBB Strategies, a sports consulting firm led by sports lawyer Benoit Girardin.
    The 48-plage report concludes that Canada Soccer “is, in general, meeting many standa
  • Patients going without care due to nursing shortage in Manitoba First Nation

    Patients going without care due to nursing shortage in Manitoba First Nation
    OTTAWA — A First Nation in northern Manitoba says its nursing station is operating at half-capacity, and as a result members are going without the care they need.
    Chief David Monias of the Crosslake Band says because his community is short some eight nurses, the station is mainly seeing emergency situations while patients with diseases like diabetes and hypertension are left without necessary care.
    When those ailments become dire, patients are being flown to Winnipeg because the station is
  • Vancouver Whitecaps won’t underestimate struggling New England Revolution

    Vancouver Whitecaps won’t underestimate struggling New England Revolution
    VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps know Major League Soccer’s standings can be deceiving.Just because a team sits at the bottom of the table doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy opponent. So the Whitecaps (7-5-4) will be prepared when they face the New England Revolution (4-10-1) in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday.New England is currently last in the Eastern Conference standings, but comes in on a two-game win streak after downing the New York Red Bulls 1-0 last weekend.
  • Alex Jones’ assets to be sold to help pay Sandy Hook debt

    Alex Jones’ assets to be sold to help pay Sandy Hook debt
    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ′ personal assets and was still deciding on his company’s separate bankruptcy case. The decision could determine the future of his Infowars media platform, as Jones owes $1.5 billion for his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
    Judge Christopher Lopez approved converting Jones’ proposed personal bankruptcy reorganization to a liquidation. H
  • Olympic dreams all but over for Canadian women’s volleyball team after loss to Dutch

    Olympic dreams all but over for Canadian women’s volleyball team after loss to Dutch
    FUKUOKA — The Canadian women’s volleyball team had their Olympic dreams all but ended Friday with a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in Volleyball Nations League action.
    Set scores were 26-24, 25-16 and 25-23 as the Dutch opened up a 22.47-point gap over Canada in world rankings points with just one game remaining in the Paris Olympics qualification window for each team.
    Calgary’s Alexa Gray and Kiera Van Ryk of Surrey, B.C., each had a match-high 17 points, but Canada committed 24

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