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Canadian Press NewsAlert: B.C. Liberal leader stepping down after losing seats


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VANCOUVER — British Columbia Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson is quitting the party’s top job, saying he’ll step down as soon as a replacement is selected. 

Wilkinson says the party is beginning the challenging and exciting process of rebuilding. 

The Liberals lost about a dozen seats in Saturday’s election, although there are still 525,000 mail-in ballots yet to be counted. 

The Liberal party’s losses gave John Horgan’s New Democrats a majority government. 

Wilkinson took on the job as Liberal leader in 2018, replacing Christy Clark, who stepped down when the Liberals lost power after the 2017 election. 

Wilkinson, who is 63, served in several cabinet positions when in government, including justice and advanced education. 

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Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter.

Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following brain surgery.

Famed for the “Hand of God” goal in which he punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Maradona captivated fans over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own.

Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team, he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”

The No. 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

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CP NewsAlert: Sasakamoose, Indigenous NHLer, dies at 86 after presumed COVID-19 case

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Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19.

He was 86.

Fred’s son, Neil, announced his death on Tuesday in a video posted on Facebook.

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