City Council makes proclamations on Monday night

first_imgPhoto: Acting Mayor Don Irwin (centre) listens in as members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society present their proclamation request on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John City Council made three proclamations at Monday night’s regular meeting.Sherri Jones from the Adoptive Familes Association in British Columbia requested that City Council proclaim November as Adoption Awareness Month. During her presentation, Jones said there are roughly 1,300 children across the province that are waiting for a permenant home. Councilor Lori Ackerman endorsed her request, stating that she herself is a grandmother of three adoptive children.- Advertisement -Members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society asked Council to proclaim November 15th-22nd as Restorative Justice Week in Fort St. John. The Restorative Justice Program is an alternative way for victims and offenders to mitigate the effects of misdemeanor petty crimes.Mary Marcellus was the last delegation to present to council. She requested that November be proclaimed as Diabetes Awareness Month and that November 14th be recognized as World Diabetes Day in Fort St. John.All three proclamation requests were approved by City Council.Photo: Acting Mayor Don Irwin hands Sherri Jones the Adoption Awareness Month proclamation – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Iraq security tightened; constitution vote nears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Even with no people on the streets, sharp divisions over the referendum were visible in Baghdad. Hundreds of posters and banners urging a “yes” vote were plastered on virtually every wall and shop window in the Shiite district of Kazimiyah. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has ordered his followers to approve the constitution. In contrast, not a single referendum poster was visible in the Sunni district of Azamiyah, just across the Tigris River. A banner by the Sunni Arab Iraqi Islamic Party urging a “no” vote was removed from where it hung a day earlier outside Azamiyah’s Grand Imam mosque. The party changed its stance after Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to several amendments to the document designed to win Sunni Arab support in Saturday’s vote. Still, no new “yes” banner was on display in the district. Many other Sunni Arab parties still oppose the charter. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Hundreds of Iraqi police and army troops fanned out across Baghdad on Thursday, setting up checkpoints and fortifying polling stations with barbed wire and blast barriers two days ahead of a historic constitutional referendum. From the city’s Shiite stronghold of Kazimiyah to its southern approaches in the notorious “Triangle of Death,” the capital’s usually chaotic traffic was down to a tiny fraction. Many stores didn’t bother to open and others shuttered early ahead of a 10 p.m. curfew. By nightfall, Baghdad streets were almost emptied of civilians. The large army and police presence, combined with the scarcity of people and vehicles, gave the city a disquieting calm. Similar security precautions were in place across much of Iraq in anticipation of a spike in attacks by insurgents who want to derail the political process. Nearly 450 people have been killed in violence over the past 18 days. In the so-called Triangle of Death, a mainly Sunni area known for kidnappings and killings, there was no sign of posters either. Iraqi troops searched cars under the watchful eyes of comrades manning machine-gun positions. U.S. helicopters hovered over the area. Traffic on the road through the “triangle” was thin. “I will vote ‘yes’ so as to isolate the troublemakers,” said Faisal Galab, a Sunni Arab sheik from the town of Youssifiyah, about 12 miles south of Baghdad. “I have asked my family and clan to vote ‘yes.”‘ U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch provided an upbeat assessment of the security situation ahead of the vote, arguing that the insurgent danger was far less than on the eve of the Jan. 30 parliamentary election. Also, Iraq’s security forces total 200,000 now, compared to 138,000 in January, Lynch said. But he still expects a referendum spike in attacks. “The insurgents have declared war on democracy and they’re going to conduct horrific acts of violence,” he said. In a clampdown to safeguard the vote, Iraq’s borders closed Thursday at midnight and will reopen Sunday. Baghdad’s International Airport will be shut Friday and Saturday. Private vehicles are banned for two days starting Friday evening. A nationwide 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew began Thursday and remains in force until Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more