ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon, cites ‘anti-Semitic’ comments
The company’s move was in response to remarks made by Cannon on a podcast in which he and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffith, the former Public Enemy member, discussed racial bias.
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Artillery Park shelter to open next week in Kingston
The 24-hour drop-in centre will be located at Artillery Park and offer food, support and community to people in need in the city beginning July 20.
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Ontario government changes long-term care building fund in bid to spur construction
The Ontario government says the creation of thousands of needed beds has been slow, so it will change the way it funds the projects.
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Manitoba expands back to work subsidy program amid coronavirus
The Manitoba government is expanding efforts to get Manitoba businesses hiring and rehiring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2 hairstylists with COVID-19 saw 139 clients. Here’s why no one caught the virus
Two U.S. hairstylists worked for days while having symptoms of COVID-19, but none of their clients caught the coronavirus.
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Reports of shots fired in Haliburton area following alleged assault at Minden grocery store
OPP were warning residents to stay inside following an alleged assault at a grocery store in Minden that led officers to Haliburton.
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Uncertainty, fear and anxiety: How teachers feel about returning to school
From uncertainty about class schedules to fears about contracting the coronavirus, teachers from across Canada share their most pressing concerns about returning to school in the fall.
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Ottawa council passes mask bylaw with fines of $200 for violators
Ottawa city council officially approved a new bylaw Wednesday to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces.
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Picasso portrait expected to fetch up to $1.6 million at Heffel online auction
Heffel says “Tete de femme,” an oil-on-canvas painted by Picasso in 1939, could fetch between $1.2 million and $1.6 million.
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Search discontinued for missing Wasaga Beach man, investigation still ongoing
Richard Kocik, 54, was last seen by his family at about 11 p.m. on July 6. Officers believe Kocik walked away from the residence.
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Toronto man charged after alleged sexual assaults on board a boat
Toronto police allege the incident took place Saturday night when two passengers boarded a yellow and white boat at Woodbine Beach in Toronto's east end.
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Calgary shootings on par for highest numbers in 5 years, police chief says
With 56 shootings so far this year, police said that Calgary has seen a spike in gun crime over the last few months.
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Toronto man accused of sex assault, kidnapping aboard powerboat
A Toronto man faces kidnapping and sex assault charges after two people reported to police they had been allegedly sexually assault on board a boat. On Saturday at 10:30 p.m., a man was operating a powerboat in the area of Woodbine Beach and offered two people to join him in the boat, police said. Once […]
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Toronto man arrested after two people assaulted aboard boat at Woodbine Beach
The two were lured onto the power boat by the shoreline late Saturday night.
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Alberta doctors take out newspaper ads in hopes of reaching agreement with UCP
The Alberta Medical Association is sending a message to the province's health minister through full-page newspaper ads in the hopes of reaching a new agreement with UCP.
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18-year-old man charged with arson following Alliston, Ont., fire
An 18-year-old man has been charged with arson following a structure fire in the Treetops subdivision in Alliston, Ont., on Monday night, Nottawasaga OPP say.
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U.S.-Canada border crossings are increasing. Here’s what needs to happen to keep COVID-19 out
Land crossings over the Canada-U.S. border have climbed in recent weeks. More can be done to prevent further coronavirus cases from being imported into Canada, experts say.
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Calgary councillor calling for funding for homeowners for hail-resistant materials
A Calgary city councillor is bringing forward a notice of motion asking for government support for residents to rebuild with severe weather resistant materials. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports.
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Doctor puts on six face masks in video to debunk idea that they lower oxygen levels
A doctor in Ireland has made a video showing him put on six face masks to debunk the notion that wearing one can lower a person’s oxygen levels.
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Bloc Québécois’ Yves-François Blanchet denies sexual assault allegations dating back to 1999
In statement in French on Wednesday, Yves-François Blanchet's press secretary said the Bloc leader "unequivocally denies" the allegations that date back to 1999.
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Less French, more spending in TDSB return-to-school plan
Quel dommage. French classes could be on the chopping block in September as the Toronto District School Board releases its preliminary plans for a COVID-impacted return-to-classes in September. And the country’s largest school board says reduced class sizes will require the hiring of anywhere between 200 to over 2,000 more full-time teachers and up to […]
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B.C. businessman David Sidoo expected to be sentenced in U.S. college admissions scandal
Sidoo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a U.S. federal court on March 13.
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Passengers on 31 flights in Canada may have been exposed to COVID-19 in July
Canadians who have recently traveled by plane domestically or internationally may want to check if they have been potentially exposed to the novel coronavirus.
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Michigan man wins $2M after being given wrong lottery ticket
Talk about good luck. A Michigan man is $2 million richer after being given the wrong lottery ticket, which ended up being a winner. The Michigan lottery said the man was at a gas station in Eastpointe, Mich., about 21 kilometres away from Detroit, to put air in a tire. He needed change for the […]
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Roger Petersen out at Toronto’s Breakfast Television
After a little over two years as co-host of Breakfast Television, Roger Petersen has exited the Toronto morning show. Petersen, who has been part of the Toronto Citytv team since 1999, announced the news in a video posted to his Twitter page, calling his stint on the TV program “wonderful,” while lauding the crew and co-host Dina […]
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Toronto officer who beat Dafonte Miller to be sentenced in September
Const. Michael Theriault, who was off-duty at the time of the 2016 assault, has been scheduled to face his sentencing hearing in Oshawa on Sept. 25.
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Driver, 19, faces charges after allegedly revving his engine during Vaughan car meet
The driver of a souped-up vehicle is facing a criminal charge due to the excessive noise caused by his vehicle in Vaughan. On Sunday, just after midnight, officers were in the area of Hwy. 7 West and Ansley Grove Rd. after weeks of complaints from the community regarding loud vehicle noise from cars and motorcycles. This […]
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Nova Scotia identifies 1 new coronavirus case Wednesday
To date, Nova Scotia has 58,315 negative test results, 1,067 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and two active cases.
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Lakefield Park beach remains unsafe due to bacteria levels: Peterborough health unit
Peterborough Public Health says Lakefield Park beach is unsafe due to high levels of bacteria.
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Celebrity news: ‘Entourage’ star accused of sexual assault; Michael Jackson channel coming to SiriusXM; Banksy’s work scrubbed from London subway
Also, Lee Greenwood hits No. 1 on the charts with a song released in 1984.
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Maple Leafs part ways with longtime sports reporter Paul Hendrick
Hendrick, known around the Scotiabank Arena as “Henny” has been with Leafs Nation Network since its early days, when it was known as Leafs TV starting in 1995.
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More staff will be added to COVID-19 testing centres in Montreal
Public-health authorities working to improve access after calling for anyone who worked in or was in a bar after July 1 to be tested.
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Most Thames Valley parents want kids back in class in September: TVDSB survey
According to a survey by Thames Valley District School Board, most parents are in favour of sending their children back to school in September.
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‘Survivor’ pulled from fall TV schedule as COVID-19 continues to halt production
The show's producers 'are continuing to work with officials in Fiji on the appropriate time to start production.'
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P.E.I. reports no new coronavirus cases on Wednesday after recent clusters
Dr. Heather Morrison said Wednesday more than 1,300 tests have been done since a health-care worker in the emergency department and a patient in the hospital were identified as positive on Sunday.
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We Really Need To Talk About WE's White-Saviour Problem
A professor surveyed the classroom of eager students and asked us, “How many of you are here because of a Free the Children trip?” Hands shot up, mine alongside them. I was 18 years old, and it was the first week of my undergraduate degree in international development. Years of involvement with the WE Movement had taught me and thousands of similarly mobilized youth that all it would take to change the world was volunteerism and good intentions.At the time, WE Charity, formerly known as Free the Children, and its sister company, the for-profit social enterprise Me to We, had been seen as a leader in Canada’s youth engagement sector. Few stopped to question whether their international programming lived up to expectations in contributing to ethical, sustainable change.That changed in recent weeks. News broke about a questionable federal government contract, followed by an ethics investigation into speaking fees paid to members of the Trudeau family. Former WE employees shared accounts of alleged mistreatment of staff, racism within the organization and fraud in international operations. As a former program participant whose perspective has since been changed by critical education and experience, I was relieved to see that the world is taking a closer look at the WE movement. Yet, even if WE were to transform its contracts, conditions and culture, I believe there would still be a deeper underlying issue at hand. WE partners with 18,000 schools and has engaged a million youth to date in their massive WE Day events. Within their expansive programming, you’ll find consistent encouragement to participate in international volunteer trips through Me to We.In 2012, I was in Rajasthan, India alongside a group of other keen young Canadians, ready to change the world with Me To We. Although our group was sponsored by a corporation, the three-week trip would have normally cost around $5,000 per participant.We were told that we’d be contributing to the building of a school in a rural community. In reality, we spent the first week moving a pile of bricks from one side of the work site to the other, the second week moving them back, and the third week painting some walls the wrong colour. We were given busywork — and fair enough. I wouldn’t trust unskilled teenagers to play a key role in building schools in my community, either.At one point on our trip, we were brought to the house of a local woman to assist with home repairs. She smiled at us warily as we smoothed mud over the already well-maintained walls of her house. This performative task was clearly more for our own experience than it was for the benefit of local stakeholders.This work was continually framed by our Me To We facilitators as integral to changing the world.I’m not alone in feeling that a voluntourism experience fell short of its intended impact. Volunteers with other organizations have shared stories of messing up a construction project so badly that local workers had to redo it each night, schools being built without any sustainability plans, and feeling that they actually slowed down progress on local projects with their lack of skills and knowledge.Some may argue that the benefit of voluntourism lies in the perspective change of the volunteers, but I question why we need to become a tourist to the poverty of others to confront our own privilege.Even if my group had taken on more intensive work, this trip still would have contributed much more to our own personal development as volunteers than it would have to community change. Local tradespeople could carry out construction for a fraction of the cost of our trip’s price. Some may argue that the benefit of voluntourism lies in the perspective change of the volunteers, but I question why we need to become a tourist to the poverty of others to confront our own privilege. A simplistic modelWhen I came home from India, Me to We seemed less concerned with me going forward and pursuing more impactful change than they were in getting me to spend more money. I was soon emailed about purchasing another volunteer trip. This type of encouragement seems to work, as I travelled to India with an individual who had been on four Me to We trips.Although Me to We states that, “Engaging directly with partner communities and projects is far more impactful than just giving money,” I believe that much more impact could have been created by directly donating the money spent on trip costs to local community organizations who understand their own issues and can propose their own solutions.The proceeds from Me to We in part go to supporting WE Charity, which runs the program WE Villages. This development model centres around providing the five pillars of water, education, health, food security and opportunity. The danger of breaking development down into a simplistic model is that it can perpetuate stereotypes about developing countries as rural, agrarian and poor, and give the impression that with simple solutions, such as building a school, a community can sustainably lift itself out of poverty. It fails to delve into the nuances and barriers caused by colonialism, governance structures, conflict, climate change and a complex global economic system, or acknowledge constantly evolving urban development, innovation and social change.In my experience, WE does not do enough to show their largely privileged program participants the role that Western countries have played in causing global poverty (ahem, colonialism) and continuing to benefit from it. Following my Me to We trip, I went into my undergraduate degree thinking that I would go forward to help save the world, perpetuating a problematic concept of white saviourism. I had to learn to step back and acknowledge that supporting social change isn’t about centring ourselves in the process.We have a problem here, and it’s not just with WE. It’s with how our society chooses to selectively view and contribute to local and global issues. If you are turning away from Black Lives Matter, Indigenous sovereignty, poverty and homelessness in Canada, but are paying thousands of dollars to go on an international volunteer trip, the outcomes may be more self-serving than impactful. I get it because I’ve done it — it’s easier to go on an exotic trip where you do a bit of work, tour around, and then get to upload your pictures to social media. It’s easier to view the problems of others as simpler than our own. But easy isn’t intentional, or impactful, or ethical, or right. Let’s do the harder work to untangle the deeper, systemic issues at play. And unless there are some major organizational changes, we will be doing it without WE.Note: HuffPost’s previous owner, AOL, sponsored and participated in WE Charity events and Free The Children trips.RELATED As An Indigenous Mountie For 17 Years, I Became Numb To The Casual Racism Trudeau Faces Ethics Investigation Over WE Charity Contract What Academic Streaming Calls Fairness, Ontario's Black Students Know As Racism
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Bloc Quebecois Leader Blanchet denies anonymous allegation against him
Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet is denying an anonymous allegation against him made in a Facebook post.
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Microsoft jettisons dozens of full-time MSN jobs in favour of artificial intelligence
The move comes six weeks after the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant told about 50 news production contractors they would not be kept on by MSN beyond June 30.
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Competitive eaters are 8 hot dogs away from the human limit, study says
Competitive eaters are nearing the human limit for the number of hot dogs that can be consumed in 10 minutes, according to a new study that says the threshold for humans is around 83.
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Transport truck flipped over near Moncton airport
Police spokesperson Sgt. David MacDonnell says a male and a female, believed to be on the truck, sustained minor injuries from the accident.
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Several children injured by mystery substance at Mission Spray Park
Several parents in Mission, B.C., are concerned after their kids were hurt by a mystery substance at a spray park.
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Kelowna RCMP investigating downtown assault on woman
'RCMP credit the woman for her strong will, as she managed to free and defend herself.'
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Toddler attacked by pit bull celebrates birthday with surgeon who rebuilt her face
The incredible procedure required Dr. Rachel Ruotolo to shave a piece of Alessia's rib and cartilage to rebuild her nose.
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Toronto Raptor Fred VanVleet joins initiative for people to support local business amid COVID-19
"I think it’s just important to keep encouraging people to spend with their local businesses." Fred VanVleet said.
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New Brunswick reports 1 new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday
There are now 168 people in the province who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
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