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On Sunday, FBI director James Comey announced Sunday the Bureau reviewed a new batch of Hillary Clinton emails and was not recommending charges.

Although Comey’s original announcement of the investigation closed the gap in the polls between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, Global News Montreal’s political analyst Raphael Jacob still picks the Democratic nominee to win.

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  • Where US presidential candidates stand on eve of election day

    “Never at any moment did Trump entirely catch up with Clinton,” Jacob said Monday. “We’re 24 hours away from the first polls closing and he is still behind, not by 20 points but by a good, solid and stable two to three points nationally, which is more than enough.”

    In order to win the U.S. elections, a candidate needs to win 270 electoral votes out of a possible 538.

    Each state is assigned a number of electoral votes based on the number of delegates it can elect in the House of Representatives, plus two for their senators.

    For Instance, the State of Vermont has three electoral college votes since they are allowed to elect one official to the U.S. House of Representative, plus two more for each U.S. senator (every state has two senators in the U.S. Congress).

    READ MORE: Where US presidential candidates stand on eve of election day

    Each state has a varying number of electoral college votes, California has the most with 55, which make some more important than others.

    “Even if we take out all of the states that we consider toss ups at the moment, so that could realistically either fall in Clinton’s column or Trump’s column, she is still over that magic threshold of 270 electoral college votes,” Jacob said. “She is in a very strong position.”

    The current number of electoral college votes will remain the same for the 2020 elections and be reviewed for 2024.

A hip hop artist is exploring the role his craft plays in indigenous cultures with Saskatchewan students.

Brad Bellegarde, who performs under the name “InfoRed,” has been named the Prairie Spirit School Division’s first “artist in residence.”

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  • First Nations hip hop artist promotes cultural healing through music

  • Sask. school division sees increase in indigenous student graduation rates

    “Rather than just having someone coming in to talk about indigenous culture, indigenous history and first nations people. It’s a unique way to explore storytelling, culture and history in a way that’s relevant to a lot of teens across the world and that’s hip hop,” Bellegarde said from Martensville High School.

    READ MORE: NORTEP students protest provincial funding cuts in northern Saskatchewan

    The hip hop artist from the Little Black Bear First Nation in west-central Saskatchewan will be working in Duck Lake, Blaine Lake and Leask during the 2016-17 school year.

    InfoRed will be demonstrating how rap has become a contemporary form of storytelling and help them express themselves.

    “My ultimate goal is to instill pride. Create a little bit of knowledge about indigenous cultures to non-indigenous students. Get them to not attach themselves to stereotypes that come through in day to day life or to what they read on the internet,” Bellegarde added.

    “The message Brad brings is to be true to yourself, to be real and express yourself in that way. I think that’s the inspirational thing about working with him,” Dave Carter, Prairie Spirit School Division co-ordinator, said.

    Bellegarde presented to the Prairie Spirit Teachers’ Association (PSTA) assembly in the summer on the theme “Rap as the New Buffalo: the role of Hip Hop in indigenous Education.”

    The aboriginal artist’s work supports the school division’s overall strategy for First Nations and Métis education. Elements of the curriculum will also be addressed through writing and hip hop.

    “We know that First Nation and Métis content needs to be in all aspects of the curriculum, it’s not a separate thing. Brad brings that integration,” Carter added.

    Prairie Spirit ’s 45 schools in 28 communities around Saskatoon have a student population of over 10,000.

The long presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been bitterly divisive, marred by violence. Fear has played a key role for both party candidates.

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While the final days of the political battle have been enveloped by allegations of sexual assault against Trump and questions about emails involving Clinton, the 2016 road to the White House has been marked by a level of violence not seen in the United States in decades.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continue to campaign as presidential race gets tighter

Kashiya Nwanguma, an African-American student at the University of Louisville, attended a Trump rally in Louisville, Ken., in March and witnessed firsthand the often-violent clashes that occur.

The 21-year-old student said she went to protest the GOP nominee’s negative comments and “specifically his hateful comments towards Muslims.”

Nwanguma was standing at the back of the rally when she made her way to the front. She got about 10 rows back before she held up her sign — a picture of Donald Trump’s head photo-shopped onto the body of a pig.

WATCH: Kashiya Nwanguma is shoved by protesters at Trump rally (March 1)

“That’s pretty much where the video picks up, where you see me getting assaulted and pushed and kind of ejected by the crowd,” Nwanguma told Global News in a telephone interview. “I would never think to assault someone because they have beliefs that are different than mine.”

Video of the incident was widely reported and shows the young student being shoved and yelled at by several white men. She also said the crowd yelled racial slurs as she was forcibly removed.

“I don’t like to watch [the videos],” she said. “At one point I had to re-watch it and I was always focused on myself and being pushed around and thrown around in the video. [When] I looked at other people’s faces and then I realized how scary and unsafe it was.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump warns of ‘constitutional crisis’ if Hillary Clinton is elected president

Nwanguma said that for her, the election has revealed a simmering racial divide in the U.S.

“A lot of people’s eyes have opened up to that, you know, the fact that the U.S. is not a post-racial society,” she said. “We live in a white supremacist society here in America in my opinion and I think for a while that was brushed under the rug.”

READ MORE: Why some voters will never abandon Donald Trump

Violence at rallies, particularly at those organized by the Trump campaign, have been a common theme with dozens of arrests and videos of supporters and protesters attacking each other.

And with the Republican candidate refusing to say whether he’ll accept the outcome of Tuesday’s election, fears of more violence have popped up across the U.S. and left many questioning what will happen to political discourse in America after Nov. 8.

WATCH: Video show man being punched at Donald Trump rally

University of Toronto philosopher Mark Kingwell has been following the presidential race closely and says the “nastiness” of the campaign could lower the standards for future elections and political discussion.

“If someone perceives a potential advantage in being nasty then that tends to raise the incentives for other people to respond with even greater degrees of nastiness,” said Kingwell.  “Unfortunately we might expect to see more of this in the future.”

What will happen to the GOP?

Trump’s campaign has been accused of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and xenophobia by a wide array of civil rights groups, activists, political opponents and even fellow Republicans. Clinton even waded into the muck when she labelled her opponent’s supporters as “deplorables” – a comment she later apologized for.

“Trump has set himself up as a kind of licence-giver to people in extreme political or ideological positions. He gives them permission to hold the views and maybe even in his dog whistle tactics, gives them permission to act on the views,” said Kingwell. “He says things like ‘you all know what I mean’ which is really just code for the people who are getting the message that their views —however extreme — are welcome.”

WATCH: Protesters and supporters clash at Donald Trump campaign rallies

Violent protests erupt outside Trump rally in San Jose


Violent protests erupt outside Trump rally in San Jose


Protesters clash with police outside Trump rally in California


Violent protests erupt outside Trump rally


Protesters chant ‘hate free zone’ at Donald Trump rally in California


20 protesters arrested outside Trump rally


Demonstrators go face-to-face with police at Trump rally


Donald Trump rally comes to Buffalo; protesters gather outside venue


Teen pepper sprayed outside Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin


Protesters block off intersection to Trump rally


Protesters clash with police outside Trump rally


Police pepper spray protesters at Kansas Donald Trump rally


‘He’s all mouth, get him out’: protester escorted out of Trump rally


TIME photographer gets into physical altercation with Secret Service agent at Donald Trump rally


Muslim woman kicked out of Trump rally after silent protest

While many Republicans stood by his comments on Mexican immigrants, his ban on Muslims from entering the U.S., criticism of Vietnam veteran John McCain for being captured and attacks against a gold-star family, it was an October surprise that sparked members of his own party to turn against him.

On Oct. 7, an audio-recording emerged of Trump making obscene comments about women in 2005. While he dismissed them as “locker-room talk,” many high-ranking members of the GOP publicly denounced the Manhattan billionaire.

WATCH: Sexual assault allegations facing Donald Trump

Amateur video shows man being punched at Donald Trump rally


Amateur video shows man being punched at Donald Trump rally


Another woman comes froward alleging Trump sexual assaulted her


How damaging are the Trump allegations to his campaign?


Donald Trump accused of sexual assault


Victims of sexual assault respond to #TrumpTapes


Donald Trump continues his attacks on sexual assault accusers, the media


Another ‘Apprentice’ contestant comes forward to say Donald Trump made inappropriate sexual advances


Presidential debate: Donald Trump maintains all sexual assault allegations against him are “fiction”


10th woman publicly accuses Donald Trump of sexual misconduct


‘Random moment of sexual pleasure came at my expense’: Trump accuser


‘All of these liars will be sued’: Trump on sexual assault accusers


‘They are not normal’: Christy Clark on Donald Trump’s sexist comments


Trump denies sexual assault allegations, labels accusers as liars


Biden: Trump’s remarks are ‘textbook definition of sexual assault’

Kingwell says that despite the outcome of Tuesday’s election the Republican party has been fractured and will have to figure out a new way forward.

“There will need to be some serious navel gazing and rebuilding going on there.”

An election ‘rigged’

One of Trump’s favourite campaign targets has been the U.S. electoral system itself, which he has described as “rigged” in interviews and at rallies, and refused to say whether he would accept the election results on Tuesday if he loses — upending a basic pillar of American democracy.

The Republican candidate’s accusations have resonated with supporters and rumblings of a “revolution” and possible violence have echoed among his followers.

READ MORE: Donald Trump supporters agree election is ‘rigged’; some calling for revolution

If Clinton does become the first female president in U.S. history, there are reports of armed militias preparing for a “stolen election.”

“What we need to remember is that compared to five or 10 years ago this is drastically worse. But even though the levels of discursive civility were higher back in the 60s and even the 70s much worse things happened,” he said. “Political assassinations actually were attempted and successful in some cases. We haven’t seen that in American politics or in European politics for some time.”

However, Nwanguma says despite the negative tone of this election, she hopes it’s opened up an important dialogue on race and politics.

“Tensions are always decently high around election time,” she said. “There are some things that have gone on, some doors that we’ve opened that we can’t close. Hopefully you know things get better. I’m an optimist.”

UPDATE: Man accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old Lethbridge girl appears in court

Police have charged a 59-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a Lethbridge girl in the early morning hours Monday.

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In a news release, investigators called the attack “random” and said the 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in her bedroom. Police believe the man broke into the girl’s home, found her asleep in her bedroom and “took steps” to prevent her from making noise and waking up the other members of her family.

According to police, officers responded to a 911 call at a north Lethbridge home just after 5 a.m. that a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted in her home by an unknown male.

Multiple officers responded and searched the area for the suspect who was found and arrested without incident a short time later.

They said the accused and victim are not known to one another.

Darral Gerard Courtoreille is facing several charges in connection with the attack, including sexual assault and sexual interference.

Archives: Lethbridge police issue warning for convicted sexual offender

Global News has confirmed Courtoreille is a high-risk offender. In 2006, police alerted the public when he was moving to a new neighbourhood and said he had served time for sexual interference. According to police at the time, his victims were girls under the age of 14 and he was considered a significant risk to reoffend.

Archives: Bulletin sent to parents after convicted sexual offender released

Darral Courtoreille was remanded in custody following his Judicial Interim Release hearing Monday night.

He is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Tuesday via CCTV.

Edmontonians would be hard pressed to remember a November 3rd and 4th quite as warm as what we saw last week.

Thursday and Friday saw some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded in month of November throughout the Capital Region. The Edmonton International Airport even managed to set consecutive November temperature records two days in a row.

READ MORE: Edmontonians ditch the mitts and park the parkas over November warmth

And though thermometers failed to hit the forecast of 19°C for Saturday’s Eskimos game (we hit 13°C), Mother Nature has more unusually warm weather planned for the region thanks to a southwest flow of warm Pacific air.

“The Pineapple Express is in place and driving in warm Pacific air into western Canada,” Global Edmonton’s chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer explained. “That, in conjunction with an upper ridge in the jet stream is allowing unseasonably warm in into central Alberta.”

“Average daytime highs for this time of year hover around a degree or two above 0°C,” Beyer continued.

“We could be dealing with near 20s in central Alberta, and even mid 20s in the south.”

The average daytime high for the first seven days of November in Edmonton has been 11°C. But Beyer recommends taking advantage of the warm weather while it’s here.

READ MORE: Edmonton to see unusually warm weather to start November 

“All good things come to an end,” Beyer said. “We’ll still be above seasonal, but we can expect a nearly 10-degree temperature drop by the weekend.”

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