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Police seek boy, mom

TORONTO -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a boy who Toronto police say they believe is with his mother.

Police say eight-year-old Joshua Low left the family's Toronto-area home with Jessica Yi Qing Low-Zhen more than a week ago, on April 13.

They say they received information on Friday that raised concerns about his safety in her care.

Toronto police Det. Darren Berenowski said investigators are also concerned about the mother's safety.

He said she has ties to York Region as well as the Hamilton area. The boy is described as Asian, four feet tall, 40 to 45 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Forty-five-year-old Jessica Yi Qing Low-Zhen is described as Asian, with long black hair and brown eyes. They were last seen in a 2000 brown Toyota Corolla with an Ontario licence plate -- BAME697.

Battle for Alberta

EDMONTON -- Alberta Premier Alison Redford rallied the troops for one last push Saturday morning while dismissing suggestions her province is heading for a north-south split in Monday's election.

"Talking to our candidates in Calgary, they're very optimistic. I think we're going to see a good representation for us as Progressive Conservatives across the province," she said.

Redford and Wildrose rival Danielle Smith were making feverish last-minute stops and meet-and-greets in Edmonton and Calgary on Saturday to solidify support and woo undecided voters.

Strong support for the Wildrose party in southern Alberta and Calgary has led to speculation the south will go to Smith while the north and Edmonton would remain solidly PC.

But the only sure thing appears to be a big turnout.

Advanced voting polling stations reported long lines Saturday, and the province is expected to easily surpass the 41 per cent turnout in the 2008 campaign, which was a record low.

Man ends hunger strike

FREDERICTON -- A New Brunswick man was weakened but content on Saturday after ending a 48-day hunger strike he launched to support his crusade for peace and justice in Congo.

Frederick MweneNgabo of Fredericton said he stopped his marathon fast on Friday after the federal government assured him it would lend its voice to his cause.

The hunger strike wracked his body with pain and caused frequent headaches, MweneNgabo said. On day 38 of the strike, he was rushed to the hospital after collapsing, but refused any treatment or food.

"It was a really, really hard period," said MweneNgabo, his voice weak from his ordeal.

"But I was still determined to carry it to my last breath if I did not get a positive response," he said in a phone interview from the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, where he is gradually be fed over the next few days.

Train derails

RED DEER, Alta. -- The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating a 10-car train derailment south of Red Deer.

It happened on Canadian Pacific's Red Deer subdivision line, about 40 kilometres south of Red Deer, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

A total of 10 cars went off the track and three of them hit a stationary train. Seven are on their side and three are standing upright.

"The reason for the derailment isn't known at the moment," said TSB spokesman John Cottreau.

"They were carrying residue of glycol. All 10 were essentially empty," said Cottreau.

No one was injured.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2012 A5

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