WATCH ABOVE: Some residents in north Lethbridge were awakened by gunfire early Wednesday morning. It left a home damaged and police believe it was a targeted incident. Erik Bay has more.
Residents along the 1800 block of 2B Avenue N. in Lethbridge awoke to the sounds of gunfire Wednesday morning.
Neighbours — who didn’t want to appear on camera — told Global News they heard several pops at around 6 a.m., while one person said he heard the shots all the way from his house at the end of the street, which he mistook for construction.
“I had no idea that the guy’s music I posted was recently found saying racist comments as you know I don’t support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination,” he wrote to Instagram. “I had no idea, I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended.”
In a second post, Bieber wrote, “When I was a kid, I was incredibly ignorant and said some very hurtful and racist jokes that clearly were not funny. I hurt a lot of people, especially the Black people in my life but I was fortunate enough to have had them educate me on the horrifying origin of the n-word. This brings those painful memories back up. I will always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person. I know that I have apologized for this before but knowing that this is such a sensitive issue.”
He added, “I believe it is important to bring this up and hopefully educate people who may be ignorant to the topic of racism and how hurtful it is.”
“I think I was just ignorant about it. I don’t think I sat down and was, like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?’” he said.
After the video emerged, Wallen checked himself into a rehab facility.
“For 30 days, I spent some time out in San Diego, California — you know, just trying to figure it out… why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?”
When asked about people questioning why he’s speaking now, Wallen told Michael Strahan: “I’m not ever gonna make, you know, everyone happy. I can only come tell my truth, and — and that’s all I know to do.”
“At a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of colour, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities,” part of the letter read via THR.
It adds, “We believe you now have an opportunity to not just move past this unfortunate incident, but to use your platform and celebrity to heal not harm.”
After sharing a number of facts, the letter concludes, “You stated you now understand how and why your comments were damaging. An open conversation holds the potential for you to now create meaningful impact by transforming from an adversary to an advocate.”
Miley Cyrus added her name to those who want to help educate DaBaby.
“It’s easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds,” Cyrus wrote on Instagram. “There’s no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn.”
In the caption, she added, “@DaBaby check your DMS – would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!”
DaBaby first faced backlash during Miami’s Rolling Loud festival in July for his factless statements about HIV/AIDS. He then addressed the comments later on with more uneducated statements. As a result, a number of gatherings including Lollapalooza, the Governors Ball and Day N Vegas dropped him.
WATCH: Hot, dry conditions, in addition to a ladybug shortage, have created perfect conditions for aphids to thrive this summer. Their sticky excrement is thriving too.
It’s making Regina city streets feel like movie theatre stairs, and is causing carwash lineups like never before.
If you don’t know what “it” is, and you’re even a little bit squeamish, you may not want to read any further.
“It’s kind of like an aphid poo is the best way to put it,” says City of Regina Open Space Services Manager Russell Eirich of the syrupy substance covering sidewalks, roadways and car windows everywhere this summer.
“The aphids feed on the leaves of our elm trees. They’re kind of like a mosquito for people, only they’re sucking the juice out of the leaf, and then they create a ‘honeydew’. And all the excess honeydew isn’t getting washed out of the tree, and now it’s starting to come down itself.”
Eirich says the hot, dry summer is working in a number of ways to boost the Queen City’s aphid population this year.
Firstly, rainfall usually works to destroy some of the tiny pests before their “honeydew” excrement can cause a problem. The rain also works to wash away the honeydew before it becomes a problem/
“We’re seeing the honeydew is sticking around a lot more. The weather is both helping the aphids but also making the honeydew a lot more noticeable,” Eirich said.
The city would also typically release ladybugs to help control the aphid population, but Eirich says the city has been unable to source the helpful predator this season.
They typically buy them from suppliers in Ontario, which source them from California. One such supplier notes that “a ‘perfect storm’ created by the combination of a prolonged drought with the wildfires that made the news this past fall” likely destroyed many ladybug hibernation sites.
Eirich noted that the hot weather has helped ladybug predators like wasps breed locally.
Erich said people will likely start to notice the honeydew less and less by the end of August.
He said at that point the aphids will take flight from their leafy summer homes, and start making their way into the eyes, noses and mouths of cyclists, runners and roller bladers making their way along city pathways.
He said the city does operate a small tree spraying program that is available on request but that like with vehicles, homeowners can combat the creatures, and their sticky juice, with soap and water.
Camila Cabello is opening up about releasing music during a pandemic.
The singer, 24, joined “Kyle & Jackie O Show” to promote her latest single, “Don’t Go Yet”, and admitted it feels “weird” to put out music while the Delta variant of COVID-19 runs rampant through the United States.
“Delta variant has just gotten crazy here, and it was just starting to feel normal and good again. And it was so nice. It would just completely suck if we kept heading in this direction,” she said.
The “Cinderella” actress added, “It feels honestly weird now. It’s weird to get a sense… I don’t know, it was so fun making music and I feel like putting it out… because you’re not seeing people and you’re not feeling that energy from people, it can kind of feel like you don’t really know what’s going on when a song comes out.”
So for now, Cabello is looking forward to when “things get better.”
“Sometimes it feels like you don’t get that energy back that I feel like you used to just because everything’s kind of online,” she explained. “I don’t check social media and stuff, so I’m not really seeing that either. It is kind of weird. I can’t wait for things to get better.”
The city is giving the public 24 hours’ notice that as of August 5 at 10:00 pm the spraying will begin for adult mosquitoes in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul and Winnipegs insect management areas.
Public health officials have noted in a press release that the current hot and dry weather conditions have created ideal conditions for Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry WNV.
The province says, although no human cases of the virus have been identified in Manitoba, the risk for potential exposure is high and will likely continue as we move through a historical high-risk period in August.
Between 2012 and 2018, there were 112 cases of WNV in Manitoba. Nearly 40 per cent of these cases were hospitalized and 11 required intensive care.