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SIU terminates investigation after determining that man’s injury in Barrie cell ‘self-inflicted’
Ontario's police watchdog has terminated an investigation into an injury sustained by a 37-year-old man while he was in a police cell in Barrie.
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Low-ranking underdog sumo wrestler bursts into tears after winning top-division tournament
Tokushoryu became the first low-ranking wrestler to win a top title since 2000.
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Ighani granted freedom, sentenced to time-served for Okanagan prison attacks
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 48, pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton on Tuesday to two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of assaulting a peace officer.
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Calgary-based Calfrac reports fourth quarter loss on lower revenue
One of Canada's largest oil and gas well completion companies is reporting a loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 as demand for its services remains at a low ebb.
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Cambridge lawyer launches Conservative leadership bid
Jim Karahalios, who is married to Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios, has launched a website to support his bid for the top spot in the Conservative Party.
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Top Tory Leadership Hopefuls Commit To Marching In Pride Parades
OTTAWA — The most high-profile Conservative leadership candidates jockeying to replace Andrew Scheer have made it clear they want to move forward from an issue that dogged the party by walking in Pride paradesPeter MacKay released a statement Tuesday calling Pride parades “important.” The former Conservative cabinet minister, who launched his leadership bid Saturday, said he intends to march in Toronto’s parade this summer, whether he wins the contest or not. “We live in a world where sexual orientation and gender identity are still used by tyrants and bigots to belittle and oppress,” MacKay said. “In Canada, we are lucky to have a society that has grown more tolerant, more accepting, and more understanding, but there is still more work to be done.”Watch: Pierre Poilievre says decision to bow out of Conservative leadership weeks in the making. Story continues below video. MacKay’s statement also worked in a nod to former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, who became the first party leader to march in a Pride parade in 2016. MacKay said the next leader of the party should follow in her footsteps. Ambrose, a former Alberta MP and federal cabinet minister, recently ended weeks of speculation and ruled herself out of the current leadership race.Pride parades are important. pic.twitter.com/5D43zwOrDY— Peter MacKay (@PeterMacKay) January 28, 2020MacKay’s declaration comes a day after leadership rival Erin O’Toole confirmed he would march in future Pride parades, should he become leader.After delivering a speech in Calgary for the official launch of his leadership campaign Monday, O’Toole said he would march in a Pride parade. The Durham MP was responding to an audience member’s question at the time, according to the National Post. “There are no albatrosses in my Conservative party,” O’Toole said, an apparent reference to MacKay’s post-election musing that social issues hung around Scheer’s neck like a “stinking albatross” during the fall campaign. The reference to the large oceanic bird was a dig at an earlier comment made by MacKay about Scheer’s election performance.  O’Toole has since clarified his declaration, saying that he will march in Pride parades — but not at one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. “I will not participate in the Toronto Pride Parade while its policy is to exclude Canadians, especially uniformed police officers,” he said in a statement Tuesday. The former Royal Canadian Air Force officer called the policy a “regrettable position” that is “incompatible with the principles of inclusivity and the equality of all Canadian.”Inclusive Pride parades are important. pic.twitter.com/0tpGjpglYQ— Erin O'Toole (@ErinOTooleMP) January 28, 2020Toronto Pride members voted last year to bar uniformed officers from marching in the parade.Marilyn Gladu also has said she would also march in Pride parades. The Sarnia–Lambton told HuffPost the leadership convention will be in Toronto in June during Pride weekend and that she will participate regardless if she is elected leader or not.During the election, Scheer repeatedly defended his decision not to walk in Pride parades. He told “Tout le monde en parle” in September that he would stand up for people who are persecuted for their sexual orientation. The outgoing Conservative leader has not marched in a Pride parade since he started leading the party in 2017. Prior to the election, Liberals continuously pressed Scheer on his “lifelong boycott” of Pride-related events.Rachel Giese, editorial director of Xtra, previously called the Liberals’ attack against Scheer “strange,” telling CBC Radio’s “The House” that the government was “exploiting the community to take a hit at the Conservative party.”Scheer’s unclear responses on social issues during the election, including on abortion and same-sex marriage, was one issue that challenged the party’s ability to expand its base. Despite Scheer’s failure to defeat Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, blighted by the SNC-Lavalin affair, and domestic and international controversies, Conservatives increased their seat count to 121 from 95 — reducing the incumbent Liberal majority government to a minority.Renewed attention has been drawn to the issue since since Tory leadership candidate Richard Décarie told CTV News’ “Power Play” that he thinks being gay is a choice. Décarie, a former Conservative staffer, is one of two social conservatives who have jumped into the federal leadership race, including rookie Hastings–Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan.RELATED Top Tories Hammer Leadership Hopeful For Claim Being Gay Is A ‘Choice’ Scheer Says No 'Free Ride' For Liberals While Tories Look For New Leader Erin O’Toole Launches Tory Leadership Bid To ‘Take Canada Back’ Peter MacKay Launches Bid For Conservative Leadership Rona Ambrose Rules Out Conservative Leadership Bid Heading into the first day of the party’s winter caucus retreat in Ottawa last week, Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner shared her frustration with reporters over the focus on differing views on social issues under the Conservative tent. Rempel Garner said other issues, such as national unity and Alberta’s place in Confederation, are tensions that she wishes people would pay more attention to.“I am very, very tired, beyond tired of my party being hijacked by this type of bigotry,” she said.Conservative party members will pick their next leader at a leadership convention on June 27 in Toronto.
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7.7 magnitude earthquake recorded near Cuba
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded just south of Cuba, although it is unclear whether or not any damages have been reported.
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Honouring Kobe Bryant: Fans, players pay tribute on and off the court
The tragic death of the 41-year-old NBA superstar continues to be a shock for players, family members and fans worldwide.
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Ontario education minister: ‘Disturbing’ that ETFO is withdrawing services for ‘vulnerable’ kids
A number of hospital boards will be affected by rotating strikes and a one-day walkout by members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) next week.
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Brossard hopes new infrastructure will help ease traffic woes on Lapinière Boulevard
Brossard city officials hope the spending of a combined $40 million on infrastructure will help the traffic woes Lapinière Boulevard.
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Hero to villain? Vigilante Phoenix Jones arrested on drug charges in Seattle
Phoenix Jones, a.k.a. Benjamin Francis Fodor, was arrested after an undercover sting by police in Seattle, Wash.
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Northern Alberta community could be without running water for 7-10 days
Alberta Health Services issued an advisory Friday after a mistake at the Janvier plant.
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Man charged with weapons offences after standoff with Winnipeg police
On Monday, officers were called to an apartment in the 600 block of Ellice Avenue, where police say a man allegedly armed with a gun had barricaded himself inside a suite.
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Waive EI waiting period for coronavirus patients: councillor
Waive the EI wait for those under coronavirus quarantine, says a Toronto city councillor. In a letter sent Tuesday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Councillor Jim Karygiannis calls on the federal government to waive the customary 14-day EI waiting period for those under medical quarantine due to the Wuhan coronavirus. The gesture would mirror a […]
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Middle class prosperity minister says Canada can't measure who is in the middle class
Canada has no official way of measuring who is and isn't a member of the middle class, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity Mona Fortier said Monda
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Rising sea levels swallow up 2 Indonesian islands
Indonesian scientists claimed that the capital's airport would be flooded with water by 2035.
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Lowe’s appoints transformation vice president as new head of Canadian operations
Hurst has 25 years of retail and home improvement experience, having worked at J.C. Penney Co. and Home Depot Inc.
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Top earners could benefit from Liberals’ income tax cut, parliamentary spending watchdog says
A report says Canadians earning between about $160,000 and $227,500 will, on average, save about $257 a year in taxes once the tax cut is fully implemented in 2023 — just above the $211 to be saved by those earning around $51,000.
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PuSh Festival: 5 things to know about Kismet, Things Have Changed
The four artists who comprise the Chop (Canada) reprise a cross-country survey of 100 people a decade later.
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Defence wants manslaughter conviction for Regina man charged in wife’s death
Jason McKay is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Jenny McKay.
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Project offering 47 free bed sets to students in need at Cape Breton University
The project will assist 47 students who live in unfurnished apartments and either have sub-standard beds or none at all.
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Indigenous group seeks big funding boost for guardians to help protect lands
The Indigenous Guardians program trains and equips local band members to watch over their traditional lands and protected areas.
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Man charged with impaired driving after vehicle crashes into Gravenhurst snowbank
At 7:40 p.m. Sunday, police were called after a vehicle was reportedly observed driving erratically northbound on Highway 11.
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Victim in Maple Ridge homicide identified as talented soccer player
Police are asking those who knew Edi Bogere-Nyigwo to come forward.
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GTA mayors and police chiefs call for smarter investment on ‘unacceptable’ youth gun violence
Mayors and police chiefs from cross the Greater Toronto Area met at Toronto city hall on Tuesday.
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Ten-year anniversary of Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival sees new sips, return of old favourites
More than 100 sweet sips on offer during festival.
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Fab 5: Chase the sun
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More than 98,000 still owe money after Phoenix overpaid them, says MacKinnon
The government revealed the estimate this week in a written response to a question from the Opposition Conservatives, but could not say how many of its employees are owed money, or how much.
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Telluride and Crested Butte may be Colorado’s last great ski towns
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Five reasons to check out the Vancouver International Boat Show
Boats for every taste — and daily shows from Twiggy, the world-famous water-skiing squirrel!
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Kanye West holds private memorial service for Kobe Bryant
Chance the Rapper and gospel singer Kirk Franklin also joined in for the service.
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Coach Butch Carter on Kobe Bryant: ‘His legacy goes way beyond what he did as a player’
Bryant and his daughter Gianna perished Sunday along with seven others in a California helicopter crash
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Taking the stress out of supper with these tips from 3 Edmonton chefs
Make mealtime easier with tips from three notable local chefs. The pros visited the Global Kitchen to show us their secrets for taking the stress out of suppertime.
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Hamilton Public Health working with local hospitals, first responders to prepare for coronavirus
Though there are currently no confirmed cases, Hamilton's public health officials are preparing for the possibility of the new coronavirus spreading to the city.
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Labour dispute a distraction for officers amid Regina homicides, says police chief
Evan Bray says police response to the lockout is taxing resources because officers are assigned daily to be at the plant and do investigative work.
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1st Presumed Coronavirus Case Reported In B.C.
VANCOUVER — Health officials in British Columbia say a man in his 40s is presumed to have coronavirus and is doing well as he recovers at home.Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, says the man works regularly in China and lives in the area covered by Vancouver Coastal Health.She says the man has voluntarily isolated himself since returning to Canada last week and no members of his family have shown any symptoms as they are being monitored by health officials.RELATED Canadians Should Avoid Travel To China’s Coronavirus Epicentre, Feds Warn 1st 'Presumptive Case' Of Coronavirus In Canada Officially Confirmed Hand Sanitizer, Washing Hands Prevents Spread Of Coronavirus Do Face Masks Actually Protect You From Coronavirus? The province expects to have tests results from the man’s case back from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg within 48 hours.If confirmed, it would be the first case of coronavirus in B.C.China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new form of coronavirus, with at least 106 deaths.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 28, 2020.
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Chinese-Canadians speak out against racism in light of coronavirus fears
Members of the Chinese-Canadian community are urging the public to remain calm in their reaction to the spread of a new coronavirus and warning against the kind of racist and sinophobic backlash that occurred during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003.
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Feds rang up $1.4M in legal costs during failed prosecution of Mark Norman
Justice Minister David Lametti did not provide any further details about the costs — including whether the figure included Norman’s legal fees, which the government has said it would pay.
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FUREY: School board labels coronavirus concerns ‘racism’ and ‘hate’
Should we encourage people who arrive in Canada from the Hubei province to self-isolate for two weeks? Should you work from home if you recently visited China? What about using the face masks that some are now wearing in the streets of Toronto-area cities? Right now, public health officials in Canada have not called for […]
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Opinion: Royalty has its place — just not here in Canada
Our reality is very different, and my sense is we quietly value the ordinariness of the type of society we have built over the years.
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Ontario school board warns that coronavirus concerns veer into anti-Chinese racism
They said that while the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, it’s important that it not be seen as a ‘Chinese virus.’
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Halifax council approves $250,000 in funding for Bus Stop Theatre Co-Operative
The decision was met by a round of applause from supporters of the theatre who attended Tuesday's meeting at Halifax City Hall.
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Christopher Labos: Is there a cancer risk with talcum powder?
The science isn't clear-cut, but the real question you might ask is: Why use it at all?
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Alberta cuts funding as coronavirus slams oil prices
Alberta is pulling back on borrowing in a move that could contain the recent widening of its debt risk spreads as the virus hurts a key revenue source for the province.
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