Vernon and Coldstream votes in favour of referendum, Lake Country says no – Okanagan

While thousands across the Thompson-Okanagan voted in the civic election Saturday night, voters in Vernon, Coldstream and Lake Country also had the chance to take part in a referendum vote. Residents in Vernon voted in favor of borrowing $121 million for a new multi-use indoor recreational facility in their referendum. The proposed development includes an … Read more

Russian ‘referendum’ in occupied Ukraine casts menacing shadow

If things weren’t bad enough already, imagine a Russia that is meaner, more menacing — and bigger, to boot. This is the promise and the threat that flows from the results of a separation vote announced Tuesday in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine. It is a vote that was held in a war zone, with … Read more

India is warning its citizens about Canadian ‘hate crimes, sectarian violence’

The Indian government has issued a safety advisory to its citizens and foreign students in Canada, warning about what it describes as an increased risk of hate crimes, sectarian violence and “anti-India activities.” Indian nationals in Canada should “exercise due caution and be vigilant,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement Friday. … Read more