Calgary city council approves break on penalty for owed taxes

Homeowners still owing taxes on Oct. 1 will be charged a 3.5 per cent penalty instead of a seven per cent penalty.
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One person dead, another in critical condition after shooting in north Etobicoke
Toronto police said the shooting happened near Kipling Avenue and Mt. Olive Drive, just north of Finch Avenue West, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
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5 things to know for Monday, September 28, 2020
Canada has had more than 153,100 total cases of COVID-19, with more than 12,700 cases still active.
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Montreal weather: Get out and relish this last gorgeous day
A mix of sun and cloud with a 30-per-cent chance of showers in the afternoon.
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Trial for accused double murderer Adam Strong set to begin in Oshawa
Adam Strong faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Rori Hache and Kandis Fitzpatrick, and his trial in Oshawa, Ont., will proceed in front of a judge alone.
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$4,000 for a mutt? Coronavirus pushing up puppy prices in Manitoba
Sellers across Manitoba are pricing their mixed-breed puppies at astronomical rates, many double than what breeders are charging for Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) registered dogs.
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Rick Zamperin: Ryu should start opener of Blue Jays-Rays wild card series
The Toronto Blue Jays went 4-6 versus Tampa Bay this year, including a 3-4 record at Tropicana Field.
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City council should reaffirm its commitment to ranked ballots at Wednesday vote
Ranked ballots can mean fairer elections, and a more diverse, representative city council. When London, Ontario implemented ranked ballots in 2018, more young people, Black people, women, and the first openly gay person were elected to council.
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Lessons learned from Catherine Parr Traill on how to persevere as a woman
Gratitude in a time of hardship has been identified as one of the great coping mechanisms that helps to build resilience. We must afford ourselves permission to feel fear, anxiety and sadness, as Catharine did, but we can add gratitude. Catharine’s gratitude for new friends, the rugged Canadian wilderness and her family was a driving force in not just her success as a botanist and writer, but in her survival.
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Planning to get a flu shot? Better make a plan, it may not be easy
Depending on who you ask, getting a flu shot is either going to be easier than ever or extremely inconvenient.
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Ontario is needlessly handcuffing TDSB’s ability to repair and build schools
The Toronto District School Board is banned from charging development fees that could be used to create spaces for students in neighbourhoods where schools are at capacity.
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Virtual healthcare can ease pain of being hospitalized far from home
Our list of recommendations gathers evidence which shows that transport outside the community is not always necessary. Often a patient’s end-of-life wishes can be achieved locally. With a clear understanding of the patient’s goals and the support of external specialists through virtual care, many people can die closer to home.
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How do I stop my husband from smoking, eating junk food and sleeping all day? Ask Ellie
Don’t keep arguing with him about his poor habits. Just be direct: A father who only sees his children one hour in a day because he needs to sleep instead, is unhealthy
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Heather Mallick: While we go about our day, an octopus fulfills her destiny
Oh, the simultaneity of it. While we’re busy with the fires that we set on this overheating planet, killing each other but not for food, raising children badly, scratching an itch, and yearning for purpose, this octopus was using her swishing, glutinous mind to stay alive for one year in a stately ocean pleasure dome packed with sinuous enemies.
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Six months into covering COVID-19 pandemic, these were the stories that moved us, inspired our journalism
On World News Day, Toronto Star journalists look back covering the COVID-19 pandemic: the stories they’re telling, the data they dig up, and why it is so important to them to keeppushing for trustworthy, reliable information.
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Earlier decisions could have avoided chaos in online learning
If back-to-school plans were drafted earlier and communicated earlier, parents would have had time to make decisions based on what is best for their children, not on avoiding what they fear the most.
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We need journalism to chip away at the darkness
Without journalism, you only ever hear or see what politicians or systems want you to. Abuses, cut corners and injustices are invisible, and in that invisibility, they grow, Irene Gentle writes.
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Halifax police search for suspect in early morning robbery
Halifax Regional Police say they were called to the Bluenose Market on Titus Street just after midnight Monday.
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Today’s coronavirus news: Mexico virus data may not be available for years; India’s confirmed case tally reaches 6M; Dubai to restrict nightlife amid virus increase
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and Bloc Quebecois chief Yves-Francois Blanchet are expected to take their seats in the House of Commons this week after being benched due to COVID-19.
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Chronic pain patients praise nerve blocks for freeing them from the shackles of pain
The Star spoke to more than a dozen chronic pain patients. Some of them get weekly nerve blocks and others wait as long as three months between injections.
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An American success story, ‘opportunity zones’ could be the key to unlocking a more equitable recovery for all Ontarians
The tax incentives provide a fair and neutral way to support the overall objective of directing capital to disadvantaged areas, while letting private investors choose the individual opportunities, Tim Hudak writes.
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Planning a home renovation? Here’s how to make sure you profit from it
After spending the better part of 2020 at home, it’s only natural that many of us feel like it’s time for a home overhaul — but be rigorous about money, Lesley-Anne Scorgie writes.
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‘That’s an injection mill.’ Ontario’s top-billing pain doctors capitalize on province’s lax rules, running up the public’s tab for chronic pain management
Patients swear by the injections. The doctors who support the procedure say they help those suffering with chronic pain. The province has struggled to rein in unbounded growth in nerve block billing.
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Victim injured by gunfire in Toronto drive-by shooting
Emergency crews were called to Jane Street and Shoreham Drive at around 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
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COVID-19 aid bill, Tory leader O'Toole's speech headline Parliament's first full week
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and the Bloc Quebecois chief Yves-Francois Blanchet are expected to take their seats in the House of Commons this week after being benched due to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 further delaying some overdue military procurements
While the federal government is pressing ahead with plans to buy billions of dollars worth of much-needed equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence's top procurement official says COVID-19 is further slowing down some already delayed purchases.
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Horoscope for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020
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Amazon to hire 3,500 workers in B.C. and Ont., expand their office footprint
Amazon.com Inc. will hire 3,500 Canadians to work in spaces it is opening and expanding in British Columbia and Ontario.
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California wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes, hospital in wine country
The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.
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