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The Saskatoon-Meewasin byelection is shaping up to be a close race.

A new poll from Mainstreet/Postmedia has the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP in a dead heat.

If the election was held today, 39 per cent would vote for Brent Penner, the Saskatchewan Party candidate, while 37 per cent would vote for the NDP鈥檚 Ryan Meili.

The Green Party鈥檚 Shawn Seyto is at five per cent and Saskatchewan Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux at three per cent. Another 15 per cent were undecided.

Voters in the riding head to the polls on March 2.

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    David Valentin, the executive vice-president of Mainstreet Research, said it has been quite the turnaround for the Saskatchewan Party.

    鈥淚n our last poll, we pointed out the low results for the Saskatchewan Party were underpinned by low support among younger voters who were registering high undecided rates,鈥?Valentin said in a statement.

    鈥淚t looks like those voters have made up their minds and decided to stick with the government they know.鈥?/p>

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    However, Valentin cautioned that byelections are unpredictable due to low voter turnout.

    鈥淣o result here on election day would surprise me at this point,鈥?he said.

    鈥淕iven the margin of error and by election turnout we will truly all have to wait until election night to see what happens.鈥?/p>

    The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll of 430 voters in the riding on Feb. 23, 2017 has a margin of error of +/- 4.71 per cent 19 times out of 20.

Hundreds of attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland Friday waved flags in support of U.S. President Donald Trump with a familiar red, white & blue appearance.

While they are the colours of the American flag, in this case CPAC attendees were actually waving Russian flags with Trump’s name on them.

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CPAC organizers were quick to spot the faux pas and attendants were sent around to collect the flags to spare further embarrassment.

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Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton, of the group Americans Take Action, were the brains behind the operation. They purchased tickets to the conference ahead of Trump’s speech and handed out approximately 1,000 flags.

“Most people didn’t realize it was a Russian flag, or they didn’t care,” Charter told Atlantic Magazine.

The pair say that rather than being a “false-flag” operation, it was a “true-flag operation.”

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“It shows how Trump and Russia are connected, they are like peas in a pod,” Clayton told Atlantic Magazine.

Trump’s campaign staff were reportedly in constant contact with Russian operatives leading up the election while it is also believed the Russian government attempted to sway the election results.

The president has also expressed his admiration for Russian president Vladmir Putin on several occasions.

Organizers were quick to eject Clayton, but Charter managed to evade staff for a time.

One person in attendance told the Los Angeles Times they were shoved into his hand out of context so he didn’t clue in to what was happening.

“He was dressed like any one of us,” Tyler Dever, 20, a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, who was wearing a suit, told the Los Angeles Times. “He passed them to me and was like, ‘Pass them down, pass them down.’ ”

He said he was surprised Charter and Clayton were able to get past security and felt like it was an attempt to victimize him.

“Someone tried to victimize me,” Dever said. “You have Secret Service out here, and I’d expect it to be fully screened. … Thank God someone noticed.”

Iranian Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has taken a strong stance against the United States “climate of fanaticism and nationalism.”

Farhadi, who is nominated for best foreign language film for The Salesman, has previously said he will be boycotting Sunday’s Oscars because of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s travel ban.

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(The ban, which has since been rejected by a judge, affected travellers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iran.)

Instead, he’s sending two Iranian-American NASA scientists — Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari in his place, his publicist told Variety Friday.

READ MORE: Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi to miss Academy Awards due to Trump immigration order

WATCH: Around a thousand people rallied in Beverley Hills outside the headquarters of Hollywood power broker United Talent Agency. They rallied against President Trump’s proposed travel restrictions on seven muslim-majority countries. 

Farhadi —; speaking via video conference from Tehran —; made some strong comments during a protest hosted by United Talent Agency Friday afternoon. The UTA usually hosts an annual Oscar party, but scrapped it in favour hosting the protest as well as making a donation of US$250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures, religions and nationalities, the cinema community has joined the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition,” Farhadi said. “I hope this unity will continue and spread to fight other injustices.”

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Farhadi also condemned the new U.S. president’s policies and said they are “trying to promote hate.”

He was speaking on behalf of all the nominees for best foreign language film, who released a joint statement during the rally.

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The statement comes as news broke of a cinematographer from Syria who was denied entry to the U.S.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from travelling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khateeb is a 21-year-old Syrian who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, The White Helmets, which was nominated for best documentary short.

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Celebrities Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were also among the speakers at Friday’s rally.

Read the full statement from the foreign language filmmakers below:

On behalf of all nominees, we would like to express our unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.

The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on – not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly “foreign” and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better. These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.

So we’ve asked ourselves: What can cinema do? Although we don’t want to overestimate the power of movies, we do believe that no other medium can offer such deep insight into other people’s circumstances and transform feelings of unfamiliarity into curiosity, empathy and compassion – even for those we have been told are our enemies.

Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders. We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.

Human rights are not something you have to apply for. They simply exist – for everybody. For this reason, we dedicate this award to all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity – values whose protection is now more important than ever. By dedicating the Oscar to them, we wish to express to them our deep respect and solidarity.

Martin Zandvliet – Land of mine ( Denmark ) Hannes Holm – A Man called Ove ( Sweden ) Asghar Farhadi – The Salesman ( Iran ) Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann ( Germany ) Martin Butler, Bentley Dean – Tanna ( Australia )

With files from Reuters.

WINNIPEG —; At least four more people have crossed the border from the US in to Emerson, Manitoba.

Saturday morning Global News captured footage of at least four asylum seekers being met by RCMP Officers on Highway 75 on the Emerson, Manitoba side of the border.

The town Reeve, Greg Janzen, confirms the asylum seekers crossed over.

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Seven asylum seekers, including a young child made the same treacherous trek on Wednesday. The total number of refugee claimants on record at Welcome Place sits at 139, not including the at least four more people that arrived Saturday.

READ MORE: 7 more asylum seekers cross border into Manitoba Wednesday

For the first time since the influx of asylum seekers started making their way across the US-Canada border in to Emerson, Federal Members of Parliament came to the small town to speak to locals and officials.

However, Greg Janzen, the Reeve of Emerson-Franklin said he was unaware of the federal visit until Global News informed him.

As a result of not being notified about the visit, Janzen said he would not be coming back to town for a visit he wasn’t invited to.

Janzen along with people living in the community said they would have preferred some notification that federal officials were coming to visit their town, instead of just showing up without any warning to them.

MaryAnne Mihychuk is the MP for Kildonan-St.Paul and Robert Falcon-Ouellette is the MP for Winnipeg Centre. Both MP’s went to Emerson Saturday to get a feel for how the town is doing and said it wasn’t an official visit and that’s why they hadn’t informed anyone other than the media.

“I’m not a formal representative of the Liberal party. I’m a Manitoban who happens to be a member of parliament coming out to talk to regular folks to see how things are going,” Mihychuk said.

She couldn’t address any possible funding announcements from Ottawa, but did say the Federal Government is aware of the situation in Emerson and is doing what it can to help the people of the town as they welcome more asylum seekers.

A subway closure could have an impact on Toronto commuters this weekend.

Subway service will be shut down Saturday and Sunday between Downsview and St. George stations on Line 1.

The shutdown is due to signal updates, according to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) website.

In order to help speed up transit and vehicle traffic during this time, the TTC has put parking restrictions on Lawrence Avenue between Allen Road and Yonge Street, and on Bathurst Street between Bloor Street and Barton Avenue.

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Shuttle buses will operate between Downsview and Lawrence West stations during the shutdown. The TTC is urging customers to continue to use “existing east-west bus and streetcar routes to the Yonge portion of Line 1 or north-south bus routes to Line 2,” as additional service will be provided there during the suspension.

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Transit users looking to travel northbound on Line 2 should transfer at Yonge-Bloor station as there are no shuttle buses at St. George Station.

Regular service is expected to resume Monday morning.