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MONCTON, N.B. - New Brunswick's premier said Saturday he feels good about the campaign waged by his Progressive Conservatives while his Liberal rival tried to visit as many ridings as possible ahead of Monday's provincial election.

David Alward strolled through farmers' markets in the Moncton area Saturday morning, shaking hands and offering to discuss election issues. Alward said he ran a positive campaign.

"Look at the ads that we've done, they're asking people to say 'Yes' to the future of New Brunswick," he said.

OTTAWA - Former prime minister Jean Chretien has weighed into the debate about the federal government's decision to send special forces to northern Iraq to help fight an extremist group, warning it could pull Canada into further commitments in the region.

In an interview with CBC radio broadcast on Saturday, Chretien says Canada is now fully a part of the action being taken against the extremist al-Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

BROOKS, Alta. - Controversial Alberta MP Rob Anders has failed in his second attempt at new political life, losing the Conservative nomination in a rural riding east of Calgary.

Anders was seeking the Conservative nomination in the new riding of Bow River, a largely rural area which covers a large swath of southern Alberta east of Calgary including Strathmore, Brooks, Taber and Vauxhall.

His decision comes after losing a bitterly fought battle in Calgary Signal Hill, which takes in a large part of the constituency of Calgary West that Anders represented for 17 years.

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Secret Service has ordered stepped-up security outside the White House after a man who jumped the fence made it all the way inside before being apprehended.

The Secret Service says Director Julia Pierson has ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the White House. The measures took effect Friday evening after the incident.

Pierson has also ordered a comprehensive review of the incident. The Secret Service says it's unacceptable that the suspect made it so far before being arrested.

MONTREAL - Abortion-rights activists in Montreal denounced the lack of access to abortion in New Brunswick ahead of Monday's election in the Maritime province.

The protesters, several of whom originally hailed from out east, said Saturday access has become an even bigger problem following July's closure of Fredericton's Morgentaler Clinic, and they'll be pressing the next government to make changes.

Janelle LeBlanc, who grew up in Shediac, N.B., said she wanted to send a message home.

Regina Sobeys Liquor store expected to bring new experience for customers
By Brant Hilton paNOW Staff

When people think of the name Sobeys, they think strictly of groceries but that is not going to be the case much longer.

Similar to what happened in Saskatoon, the grocery chain will be building a private liquor store in Regina.

Sobeys Liquor will be located at the site of the former Silver's Steakhouse at 1060 Pasqua Street N. Sobeys believes the store will be unlike any other in the city. The building will be 10,00 square feet with a 360-degree tasting bar and a two-thousand square foot walk-in cooler.

VILNIUS, Lithuania - NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.

A new chapter for MADD
By Caitlin Brezinski paNOW Staff

Bringing awareness to the dangers of impaired driving is one of the main goals of Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD). The Prince Albert chapter of MADD, despite only starting up a few short months ago, is making a strong appearance in the community.

Volunteers of MADD held a barbeque in Prince Albert on Saturday afternoon to draw awareness and to raise funds for the organization. 

NEW YORK - Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song "Superwoman," Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.

The three-hour celebration of Lee's life was held at the cavernous Riverside Church in New York on Saturday. Dee died June 11 at age 91 and was called everything from a "small but mighty lady," to a "street-fighter" to the "voice of our humanity."

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.

The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissi's election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy, with pro-democracy dissenters jailed or silenced.

TORONTO - Rob Ford's brother Doug officially launched his campaign for Toronto mayor Saturday in the shadow of his ailing sibling, who he said was "coaching me all the way" despite his hospitalization.

Doug Ford kicked things off with a campaign-office pep talk to a joyful throng of supporters who cheered and chanted "I love you."

"Thank you, thank you. My heart is beating right now," he said to applause.

And he brought word from his hospitalized brother, saying the controversial mayor thanks everyone in Toronto for their kind words during his illness

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.

But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital's airport, experts had doubts about the government's story.

MONTREAL - Thousands marched through downtown Montreal on Saturday to denounce the Quebec government's planned pension reforms for municipal workers.

The rally, which spanned several street lengths, was organized by union groups opposed to the changes.

The march ended at the Montreal office of Premier Philippe Couillard.

Marc Ranger, the leader of the union coalition, says he believes the protest movement will grow once the rest of the population realizes the extent of the government's austerity measures.

New website shows RQHR has high patient readmittance, long ER waits
By Courtney Markewich paNOW Staff

Data posted about the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) on a new website hasn't surprised the region itself, but its CEO says the information can be used to help the region improve how it serves its patients.

On Thursday, the website called Your Health System launched. It provides data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information and lets people see how their provinces, health regions and hospitals are doing.

Police search for suspect in pharmacy robbery
paNOW Staff 

Saskatoon police are searching for a man who made off with pharmaceuticals following a robbery Friday morning.

Police were called to the pharmacy in the 1500 block of 8th Street East around 11:25 a.m. after a man walked into the store and demanded pharmaceuticals before fleeing on foot.

No weapon was shown during the robbery.

The male is described as six feet tall, wearing a hard hat and jeans and carrying a black duffel bag.

CAIRO - Egypt's president says he can't interfere with his country's courts in the case of a jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says if he had been in power at the time when Mohamed Fahmy and his fellow Al-Jazeera English colleagues were arrested, he would have simply deported them instead of letting their case go to trial.

But el-Sissi, who took power in June, says if Egypt is to have an independent judiciary, his government "can't accept criticism or comment" on court rulings."

CARACAS, Venezuela - A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home.

Ivan Simonovis had been jailed since 2004 in connection with the death of pro-government protesters who had rushed to the defence of then-President Hugo Chavez during a failed coup attempt two years earlier. In 2009, he was convicted of aggravated murder.

Juvenile Diabetes walk to hit the pavement
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s walk that is expecting to bring in 150 participants on Sunday.

In Prince Albert outside of the Art Hauser Centre the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at 10 a.m. to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chantelle Hovdebo, chair of the walk said the Prince Albert Mintos will be there to show support.

WASHINGTON - New York will be at the epicenter of the climate change debate next week. More than 120 world leaders will attend a one-day summit on Tuesday at the United Nations on climate. Tens of thousands are expected to march to call for action on global warming. Dozens of other events are planned throughout the city as part of Climate Week NYC. Here are 5 things you need to know:

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Some residents ran from their homes in Sierra Leone to avoid being trapped during a three-day lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak, a health worker said Saturday, a minor setback on the second day of a massive effort to confine 6 million people to their homes.

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's police chief asked residents Saturday to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.

David Kimaiyo said police have doubled patrols across the country and asked entertainment facilities to continuously review and update security arrangements.

Al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 Westgate Mall attack that left 67 people dead.

Regina collision reconstructionist: investigations take time
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff 

After it took Regina police nearly five months to complete its investigation into a deadly crash on Lewvan and Saskatchewan Drive, some people might be asking why it took so long.

Earlier this week police released more information about the April 22 crash that killed an 18-year-old woman. On Tuesday, charges were laid against 21-year-old Brandon Marcotte of Estevan who police say was driving the vehicle the two were in. Charges include impaired driving causing death.

RCMP report recovering trove of goods stolen in Sask.
paNOW Staff 

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman after police report they discovered a trove of stolen property.

It started Thursday night with reports to the Saskatoon RCMP of a suspicious vehicle.

Officers checking into the complaints discovered the pair in a truck that had been reported stolen.

From there, investigators went to a property in the town of Meecham where police report they found electronics, vehicles and a large amount of other stolen items.

Transit negotiations break down, lockout looms
By François Biber paNOW Staff

A Saturday night transit lockout is all but guaranteed after labour negotiations broke down yet again Friday afternoon.

President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 Jim Yakubowski, said both sides met for just 45 minutes on Friday, and even before the union sat down, the city was clear they weren’t moving on pensions or wages.