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PHILADELPHIA — Closing out a wildly unpredictable White House race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump blitzed through battleground states Monday in a final bid to energize supporters. Clinton, backed by an emotional appeal from Barack Obama, urged voters to embrace a “hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America,” while Trump vowed to “beat the corrupt system.”

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The candidates rallied voters late into the night, a frenzied end to a bitter election year that has laid bare the nation’s deep economic and cultural divides. Clinton and Trump were both nostalgic at times, looking back fondly at a campaign that has put each on the brink of the presidency.

Clinton campaigned with confidence, buoyed by FBI Director James Comey‘s announcement Sunday that he would not recommend criminal charges against her following a new email review. The FBI inquiry had sapped a surging Clinton momentum at a crucial moment in the race, though she still heads into Election Day with multiple paths to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the nation’s first female president.

WATCH: Trump, Pence brings out their families day before election

Clinton closed her campaign alongside the last two Democrats to occupy the Oval Office, Obama and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as first lady Michelle Obama. In a nod to the deep divisions that await the next president, Clinton said she’d come to “regret deeply how angry the tone of the campaign became.” She cast the choice facing voters Tuesday as a “test of our time.”

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

“We know enough about my opponent, we know who he is,” Clinton said, addressing tens of thousands of people sprawled across Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “The real question for us is what kind of country we want to be.”

Obama’s address amounted to a valedictory for a president whose popularity has grown in his final year in office.

“America, I’m betting on you one more time,” Obama said. “I am betting that tomorrow you will reject fear and choose hope.”

Trump, who sped through five rallies Monday, recalled the rivals he’d vanquished and how far he’s come since launching his improbable candidacy. As he surveyed the crowd in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he declared, “It’s been a long journey.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: The most memorable, cringe-worthy moments from the 2016 campaign

Still, Trump was aggressive to the end, slamming Clinton as the “face of failure.” Having made the new FBI review a centerpiece of his closing case to voters, he argued that the Democrat was being protected by a “totally rigged system.”

“You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice,” Trump said. “Do not let this opportunity slip away.”

The comments were a reminder that Comey’s news, delivered in a letter to lawmakers on Sunday, was a doubled-edged sword for Clinton. While it vindicated her claims that the emails would not yield new evidence, it ensured that a controversy that has dogged her campaign from the start would follow her through Election Day.

Across the country, nearly 24 million early ballots were cast under the shadow of Comey’s initial announcement of a new email review. That number represents about half of the nearly 45 million people who had cast votes by Monday, according to Associated Press data.

WATCH: Donald Trump goes after blue States in final push

The inquiry involved material found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide. Comey said Sunday the FBI reviewed communications “to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.”

Clinton tried to fly above the controversy Monday, making no mention of the FBI during her rallies. She was closing out her campaigning with a midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump make last push as tight race for White House hits final day

Clinton is banking in part on high turnout — particularly among Obama’s young, diverse coalition of voters — to carry her over the finish line Tuesday. Roughly half the states with advance voting have reported record turnout, including Florida and Nevada, which have booming Hispanic populations, a possible good sign for Clinton.

In Florida alone, Hispanic participation is up by more than 453,000 votes, nearly doubling the 2012 level. Black turnout is up compared to 2012, but that share of the total vote is lower due to bigger jumps among Latinos and whites, according to University of Florida professor Daniel Smith

In Nevada, where more than three-fourths of expected ballots have been cast, Democrats also lead, 42 percent to 36 percent.

WATCH: Can Hillary Clinton claim the battleground States?

Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie downplayed the impact of increased Hispanic participation, telling reporters on a conference call, “We feel that we’re going to get a good share of those votes.” However, he sidestepped two questions about the level of Hispanic vote Trump needs to win the presidency.

Without victories in Florida and Nevada, Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes would be exceedingly narrow. He already must win nearly all of the roughly dozen battleground states.

Trump had planned to keep up his breakneck travel schedule deep into Election Day, but aides revised plans, keeping the businessman in New York.

Midway through his final day of travel Monday, Trump praised his supporters for having created a “movement.” But he warned it would all slip away if he loses Tuesday.

“Go vote,” he urged. “Or honestly, we’ve all wasted our time.”

WINNIPEG —; With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers failing to get any help over the final weekend of the regular season, they’ll open the playoffs on the road. The Bombers will travel to Vancouver to tangle with the B.C. Lions in Sunday’s West Division Semifinal and there’s a new feeling of excitement around the team as they begin the quest for the Grey Cup.

“You definitely don’t take these opportunities for granted,” said veteran receiver Weston Dressler.

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Dressler is in his ninth season in the CFL. He won one Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and knows these chances don’t come along every day.

“Playing as long as I have, been in the playoffs quite a bit but I’ve also missed a couple times. And it’s not fun to be at home.” Dressler said.

RELATED: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kevin Fogg to miss Western Semi-Final: CJOB

“It’s what you always play for,” said quarterback Matt Nichols. “You don’t know how many times you get an opportunity like this, so you know that this exact team isn’t going to be together next year, so just as a team we’re excited to go on this journey together.”

The Bombers are listed as five point underdogs for the division semifinal but defeated the Lions in both their regular season meetings.

“This team has the talent and has the want to, to go in and win and we feel like we can play with anyone,” Nichols said. “Your goals is to get into the playoffs because you never know what can happen in the playoffs. We feel very confident in our abilities to go in and win this football game.”

When the Bombers face the Lions on Sunday it’ll be the first playoff game for the franchise since the 2011 Grey Cup game which was also coincidentally against the Lions. For many on the team this will be their first taste of the playoffs, but there’s still plenty of post-season experience around the dressing room.

“I played in the Western semifinal against Saskatchewan,” said Nichols. “I think it was -20 degrees or something and I think we won that game like 18-5, so I do have a playoff start.”

RELATED: Winnipeg Blue Bombers look forward to Western Semi-Final against BC Lions

“I think the biggest thing for me as a younger player when I experienced my first time in the playoffs, you notice just how much the intensity level of the game has risen,” said Dressler. “You feel like you’re giving everything you got throughout a season, once you get to the playoffs you find a way to dig a little deeper.”

Playing on the road is obviously not ideal but keep in mind this is a Bombers team that went 7-2 on the road in the regular season.

“We don’t look at it as a road game or a home game,” said defensive back Chris Randle. “We go out there and try to prepare for each game the same and go out there and give maximum effort. It’s something about how we execute in road games that’s been working well for us.”

The Bombers won’t practice again until Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm central time on Sunday.

WATCH: Raw Matt Nichols Interview

The Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni declared a State of Emergency on Friday.  Today, members are just trying to stay one step ahead of the rain.

“We’ve got Sproat River, Stamp River, Ash River – all feeding into the Somas. It’s those headwaters that we’re most concerned about,” said emergency preparedness coordinator Hugh Braker.

Portions of Highway 4, connecting to Tofino and Ucluelet, is expected to flood, resulting in either one-lane alternating traffic and possibly a total closure.

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So far, six families from four homes have already been evacuated. Many others located along the river bank are on alert.

“If the river rises as predicted, I anticipate we will be evacuating homes again late Tuesday,” said Braker.

But the weather system is starting to shift north. Courtenay and Comox are expected to be the hardest hit. Only 35 millimetres of rain is in the forecast, but up to another 125 millimetres of runoff from the nearby mountains could compound the situation.

Further north at Elk Falls near Campbell River, the levels are already high. The BC Hydro dam upstream is planning to increase the flow. Between that, the potential for storm surge, strong winds and high tides over the next couple of days, it makes it an area to watch.

But the storm is expected to shift south again, picking up in Port Alberni overnight. Fifty to 100 millimetres of rain could fall.

WATCH: A First Nation near Port Alberni has declared a state of emergency. As Kylie Stanton reports, the community has been busy sandbagging, preparing for potential flooding.

It’s not the first time the region has dealt with massive flooding. In 2014, the event was referred to as “The Flood of the Century.”  It prompted the City to move forward with the Dry Creek Improvement Project, meant to protect Port Alberni’s commercial district from flooding.

“It’s handled the amount of rain we’ve had over the last two or three weeks quite well. We’ve had no issues in this area where we would’ve had issues in the past,” Port Alberni’s manager of operations Wilf Taekema said.

But that’s of no help to the First Nation, left filling sandbags and doing everything they can to protect their homes.

Braker said, “It’s not looking very good at all. We’re rather pessimistic right now.”

While speaking in the province of B.C. on Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau promised the federal government would do more to ease a mental health crisis in B.C. and across Canada.

The issue of mental illness has sparked up after the death of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, who was allegedly stabbed in her Abbotsford high school last week by Gabriel Klein.

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READ MORE: Did the Abbotsford stabbing suspect fall through the cracks of our mental health system?

Trudeau acknowledged it is time for Canada to step up and address the issue that affects so many Canadians.

“There is no Canadian who doesn’t have a friend or family member affected by mental health,” Trudeau said. “We know the challenge it poses to our communities, our families, to our economy. It is long past time Canada stepped up, in terms of mental health, in terms of fighting addiction, in terms of working to heal the ills that aren’t always visible to the naked eye.”

While mental illness may not be an issue many Canadians can see with their own eyes, its prevalence is undeniable.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or addiction problem in their lifetime. Furthermore, people with a mental health disorder are twice as likely to have a substance abuse problem than those without.

Yet funding by provinces and territories is on average only seven per cent of all health-related spending, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

In B.C., that amounted to $945 million in 2013/2014 for mental illness and addictions, as noted by a 2016 report from the auditor general.

“It is something that I have had many long conversations with our Minister of Health Jane Philpott on, and one in which we are of one mind. Canada needs to work with provinces to do more on mental health, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” he continued.

“Health ministers are in discussions on the future of health accords in Canada and how we’re going to make sure that we’re responding to the needs of Canadians, but quite frankly, it is time that the federal government be a supportive and active partner respecting the province’s jurisdiction in delivery of health care. But the federal government can and must do more, and I look forward to doing more.”

The issue of mental health isn’t foreign to Trudeau. His mother, Margaret, ex-wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has spoken publicly about her battle with bipolar disorder.

“I wouldn’t be my mother’s son if I wasn’t a strong advocate for mental-health and de-stigmatization of mental health,” he said back in April.

WATCH BELOW: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers Global News reporter Aaron McArthur’s question about how the federal government plans to help B.C.’s growing mental health care crisis.

Read Trudeau’s full statement on mental health below:

“There is no Canadian who doesn’t have a friend or family member affected by mental health. We know the challenge it poses to our communities, our families, to our economy. It is long past time Canada stepped up, in terms of mental health, in terms of fighting addiction, in terms of working to heal the ills that aren’t always visible to the naked eye. It is something that I have had many long conversations with our Minister of Health Jane Philpott on, and one in which in we are of one mind. Canada needs to work with provinces to do more on mental health, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Health ministers are in discussions on the future of health accords in Canada and how we’re going to make sure that we’re responding to the needs of Canadians, but quite frankly, it is time that the federal government be a supportive and active partner respecting the province’s jurisdiction in delivery of health care. But the federal government can and must do more, and I look forward to doing more.”

When voter Betsy Winsett cast an early ballot for Hillary Clinton, she did so with as much exhaustion as exhilaration. “I am so ready for this to be over,” Winsett, a semi-retired business owner in Del Mar, California, said.

And though John Barnes, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, retiree, would disagree vehemently with her politics, he seconds the sentiment. Regardless of what happens Tuesday, Barnes, who voted early for Donald Trump, said that he’ll stay mad at a neighbour who’s a Clinton supporter for just one day.

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“Then, we all have to move on,” he said.

The campaign for the White House – seemingly interminable and bitterly divisive – has at last reached the eve of decision-making. But across the country, Winsett, Barnes and millions of other Americans continue to arrive at early polling sites, determined to play their part, despite misgivings about the outcome.

In Wakarusa, Kansas, machine operator Edwin Sedam said his experience as a Marine in Afghanistan was central to his decision Monday to vote for Trump.

“I’ve seen good men killed…, maimed. I’ve seen young kids come home completely screwed up,” and some candidates, he said without naming them, have allowed service personnel to “die needlessly… That’s greatly influenced how I’m going to vote because it hits home for me.”

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, though, Russell Allen, a 22-year veteran of the Navy, said he voted for Clinton because he believes she would be better at keeping the country safe and working with U.S. allies.

“I feel like she has the background, she has the experience, she has the ability to reach across to our allies in Europe and around the world to keep our country safe, and I don’t believe that the other candidate has that ability, nor do I trust him to create those kinds of unions,” Allen said.

READ MORE: Early advanced voting numbers strong for Hillary Clinton in NC, Donald Trump in Iowa

By Monday, at least 43.2 million people had cast early ballots by mail or at polling stations, according to Associated Press data, with records in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

The heavy turnout was evident Monday in a number of places, including Bismarck, North Dakota, where waits of an hour or more at the county’s only early polling precinct convinced some voters to give up and make plans to return Tuesday.

“I thought I could come today and save time,” said Natalie Krein, 42, a retail manager who was willing to wait. “I’m really surprised by the turnout.”

Many early voters explained choices based not just on support for one candidate, but rejection of the other.

“I was anti-Trump because I can’t support someone who has promoted hate,” said Roz Booker, 56, a Clinton backer in Tallahassee, Florida who joined members of her church Sunday at a “Souls to the Polls” event to promote turnout.

Danessa Decosta, 20, of Albuquerque, said she voted for Trump “just because I don’t agree with Hillary’s (position on) abortion and her lies.”

WATCH: How would a Clinton or Trump presidency affect the economy?

The split in public opinion, and the animosity the campaign has fueled, won’t be easily resolved, said Michelle Broadnax, 48, a teacher and entrepreneur in Sacramento.

“The division is real. And so I’m really curious to see what and how America’s going to get past this,” said Broadnax who voted early for Clinton last week. “How do we come back together again, and how do we heal after so much?”

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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    “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


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


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


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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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