News for November 5th, 2014

Republicans win Senate control

by Julia Bryant


The Republicans won control of the Senate in the US mid-term election on Tuesday.

According to BBC News, the Republicans easily gained the six seats they needed, even though some votes still need to be counted.

The Republicans will have more power in Barack Obama’s government for the final two years of his term.

The entire House of Representatives and about one-third of the Senate were available in the election.

This is the first time in eight years that the Republicans have had a Senate majority.



Pit Bull ban to be lifted in City of Sherbrooke

by Catlin Spencer


For nearly two decades, residents of Sherbrooke have been banned from owning pit bulls.

As of January first, however, that by-law will be lifted.
According to CBC, the all-out ban will be replaced by a complaint system, where the city will send experts to evaluate a pets behaviour if complaints have been made.
City officials say the change is due to several factors, including experts saying pit bulls are no more dangerous than other breeds and that it is difficult to prove if a dog is pure bred.

With the law change, owners will also be forbidden from leaving a dog alone for more than 24 hours or tied up for more than 12 hours straight.