Vaughn Palmer: Suspect timing for latest update on problematic holes at Site C
Opinion: Sooner or later the public and ratepayers will discover what B.C. Hydro and the New Democrats have been hiding all these months
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Three Richmond drug labs busted in one-day raid
Police are not releasing the locations of the three drug labs being investigated for investigational and safety reasons. Each site has been cordoned off and police are working to ensure all toxic materials are safely secured at the sites.
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Charlie Hebdo to still publish Islam cartoons despite attacks in France
Its decision to publish new cartoons this week ridiculing its opponents in the Islamic world formed the backdrop for yet another attack Thursday in France, where three people were fatally attacked in a church.
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B.C. family who raised millions for their child’s rare drug pays it forward
"I see they're doing this for lots of families, this is amazing, they're changing lives," Cherie Ehlert told Global News.
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Hacker behind Montreal transit agency cyberattack asks for $2.8M ransom
The attack launched on Oct. 19, affected 1,000 of the transit agency's 1,600 servers. Of those, 624 are considered operationally sensitive.
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Lottery Corp. witness denies deal with B.C. casino to underreport suspicious transactions
A former Lottery Corp. assistant of investigations says a small number of surveillance staff at the Richmond casino "didn't recognize" they had to report certain transactions as per federal law.
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Man dead after crash on Highway 401 in Toronto’s east end
Emergency crews were called to the westbound express lanes of Highway 401 near Markham Road Thursday evening with reports of a two-vehicle collision.
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COVID-19: New report shows viability of Alberta’s music industry as it looks to bounce back
A new report showing the economic benefits of the music industry in Alberta has gained widespread support in the province. This comes as the sector hopes to bounce back after being hit hard by COVID-19.
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Detaining Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou ‘a catch-22’: Border services officer
Discussion on how to handle high-profile Chinese executive took place before her arrival on Hong Kong flight
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Ontario man denied government-funded mental health support for having ‘complex’ case
Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised to look into the issue of people turned away from MindBeacon, a free virtual therapy service that recently received millions in provincial funding.
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24-hour house arrest ordered for suspect in fatal Vancouver Island hit and run
Thirty-two-year-old Spencer Alexander Moore’s body was discovered in the 200-block of Hirst Avenue in Parksville in the early hours of Aug. 24, 2019.
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Halloween: 5 ways to get spooked this weekend (and beyond)
Here are some late-breaking things to do this Halloween.
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U of A Golden Bears to tangle on the ice with Team Canada in Red Deer
The Golden Bears will play two games in Red Deer to help Canada pick its world junior team.
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U.S. Election: This small Pennsylvania county means big prizes for Trump, Biden
This county, like so many others in the United States of America, is divided — but this small working class community is different and both candidates know it.
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Centennial High students making sure kids get Halloween treats safely
They've designed devices to distribute candy during the pandemic.
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Shooting death of 19-year-old linked to another homicide on same day, Toronto police say
Toronto police say Jonathan Rodriguez-Sanchez was shot on Sept. 27 and died on Wednesday. Josephate Tyran Martelly was fatally shot an hour earlier.
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Police seek hit-and-run driver who may be hiding a damaged grey BMW
The driver is believed to have been in a grey 3-series BMW, possibly 1992 to 1998 model, speeding westbound on Hastings. As the car approached Columbia, the driver crossed the centre median into oncoming eastbound traffic and struck a pedestrian in the east crosswalk. The driver did not stop.
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Injured, heartbroken B.C. man appealing for driver to come forward after dog killed in hit-and-run
"I'm just heartbroken," Matt Rebman said of his dog, Opie. "She was my best friend. I did everything with her."
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Canada Dry Agrees To Pay Out $200K Because Drink Contains No Ginger
VANCOUVER — The maker of Canada Dry ginger ale has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits.A B.C. Supreme Court decision on costs released Monday shows Victor Cardoso claimed he bought Canada Dry on the basis it was “made from real ginger” but the marketing was false and it contained none.The decision says Cardoso later conceded that the soda contains small amounts of ginger derivatives but he continued to allege that the company’s representations of its product were false.The soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability.Under the settlement agreement, the company is not required to change its labelling or advertising for products marketed in Canada.RELATED Canada Dry Can’t Claim It’s ‘Made With Real Ginger’: U.S. Court Deal Canada Dry Is Being Sued Over Lack Of 'Real Ginger' In Ginger Ale Holiday Drinks That Will Convince People You're Fancy The settlement was approved in March for Canadians outside Quebecrequiring that the company pay $200,000, which includes legal costs, plus $18,607 in other legal expenses.The agreement means the remainder of the money will be paid to class members by way of a donation to the B.C. Law Foundation. The two lead plaintiffs receive $1,500 each.Cardoso had argued Canada Dry advertised its product as being made from real ginger “in an effort to capitalize on the health benefits associated with the consumption of ginger.” He said he purchased the ginger ale regularly for his family believing it was “natural.”The class-action followed similar lawsuits in the United States, which saw the company drop the “made from real ginger” line from its products sold there.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Human Consumption Is Causing Pandemics, And It’s Only Getting Worse
An international group of scientists has concluded pandemic problems are just starting unless the world moves to deal with the issues creating them.“The factors driving pandemics are human activities — unsustainable growth in livestock production, deforestation, the wildlife trade and global connectivity,” says Peter Daszak, a British expert on disease ecology and head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.The panel, which has 137 member nations, commissioned a report into the environmental roots of pandemics and new diseases including AIDS, H1N1, SARS, Ebola and COVID-19. The authors of the peer-reviewed report drew on the findings of more than 700 journal articles ― about a third published in the last year.“Pandemics are becoming more frequent, driven by a continued rise in the underlying emerging disease events that spark them,” the report says. “Pandemic risk could be significantly lowered by promoting responsible consumption and reducing unsustainable consumption.”The report estimates mammals and birds host about 1.7 million undiscovered viruses. Somewhere between 540,000 and 850,000 could infect humans. More than five new viral diseases emerge every year, about three-quarters of which originate in animals.Growing human populations that push into previously unpopulated lands, as well as the deforestation required to grow crops, are a big part of the problem. The panel found about a third of the new diseases result from land-use changes, agricultural expansion and urbanization. The trade in wildlife, which has increased more than fivefold in value over the last 14 years, also increases close contact between humans and unfamiliar animals, the report says. So does climate change, which drives migration of both people and animals.“We are part of the animal kingdom,” said report co-author Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, a Bolivian biologist.“We can get viruses from animals. What happens is all these human activities are putting together humans more in close contact with animals that have these viruses. In the past, we would never get so close.”It’s no longer good enough to wait for pandemics to emerge and rely on a medical response, the report concludes. It points to research that is starting to be able to predict where future pandemics will arise, which animals will host the virus and the environmental and economic changes that drive them. “Pilot projects, often at large scale, have demonstrated that this knowledge can be used to effectively target viral discovery, surveillance and outbreak investigation,” it says. The report calls for reform in how land-use changes are funded to account for biological risks. Habitat conservation should be stepped up.RELATED ‘This Sucks. It Really, Really Does,’ Trudeau Says Of COVID-19 Pandemic Nearly 9 In 10 Canadians Want National Pharmacare Plan: Poll COVID Death Rates Are Higher In Areas With More Visible Minorities: StatCan People in viral hotspots need education about potential risks. Animals most likely to host dangerous viruses should be blocked from the wildlife trade, which also needs higher safety and cleanliness standards.Government policies should discourage consumption of products that drive deforestation and habitat loss.  “We have a choice now,” Daszak said. “We can either continue business as usual and have more and more pandemics that emerge quicker, spread more rapidly, kill more people and crash our economies ― or we can shift toward preventing pandemics.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Douglas Todd: The undeniable Scottishness among Metro Vancouver's mayors
Opinion: Kennedy Stewart is the fourth consecutive Scotish-Canadian mayor of Vancouver.
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BBB warns of furnace and duct cleaning scams, unethical practices as winter approaches
The BBB and HVAC operators warn about fly-by-night companies costing them and consumers money.
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Vancouver B.C. woman commits to live Halloween display, standing for hours in costume
Anne Bruinn can be seen daily, standing at the corner of Marine Drive and Balaclava Street in Vancouver, dressed up in costume.
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Judge rules lawyers can argue U.S. misled Canadian officials in win for Meng
A border officer who assisted in the examination of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport before her arrest two years ago says information sharing was discussed with RCMP before she landed.
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Questions linger after deadly crash on Lessard Road in Edmonton
An Edmonton truck driving instructor suggests the two crashes in as many days involving semi trucks were preventable.
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Coronavirus: Alberta hotels, event venues not exempt from 15-person gathering limit
Social gatherings have been limited to 15 people in Calgary and Edmonton, but some venue operators think they should be exempt from the restrictions.
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Animal cruelty charges laid against Edmonton man trying to sell puppies from garage
A 45-year-old man has been charged with cruelty to animals, failure to provide adequate shelter and failure to protect from injurious cold.
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Fatal Penticton, B.C., condo blaze deemed accidental in nature: investigators
The fire along the 400 block of Elm Avenue broke out just after 4 a.m., Tuesday.
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Court: Late Minnesota absentee ballots must be separated
The ruling doesn’t block Minnesota’s seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots.
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Swing and a lease: Winnipeg Goldeyes stadium deal passes after last-minute city council motion
The current lease, set to expire in 2023, has been subject to more than five years of debate at city hall. 
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Land Rover Defender ready for everything
From city traffic to tough terrain, this Land Rover can get through it all.
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Europe braces for a ‘difficult winter’ as it breaks coronavirus records
WHO’s European regional director Dr. Hans Kluge said “hospitalizations have risen to levels unseen since the spring” and deaths have sharply risen by more than 30 per cent.
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Lethbridge Police Commission reviews data from first full month following closure of SCS
Data from the first full month after the shutdown of the city's supervised consumption site was presented at a Lethbridge Police Commission meeting on Wednesday.
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Regina council to address addictions crisis with talks of city-wide harm reduction strategy
The city will work with a group of experts and community organizations to address the overdose crisis and develop a city-wide harm reduction strategy.
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