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Judge rules Meng Wanzhou can argue that U.S. misled Canada in extradition case
However, the judge ruled that the Huawei CFO's arguments were not strong enough to warrant an immediate dismissal of the case.
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Video shows ‘aggressive verbal argument’ over masks on SkyTrain
"Fortunately, at least from what we've seen, there wasn't any kind of physical assault ... but it could have turned into something so much more," said a transit police spokesperson.
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St. Boniface Hospital intensive care unit officially over capacity
All 14 beds in St. Boniface's intensive care unit are now occupied.
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New Zealand votes against legalizing cannabis, preliminary results show
53 per cent voted against legalizing the drug for recreational use and 46 per cent voted in favour, leaving a chance it could still pass once all special votes are counted next week.
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Toronto carpenter builds tiny wooden shelters for those experiencing homelessness
With winter right around the corner, one Toronto carpenter is using his skills to help those who would otherwise be stranded on the streets in frigid temperatures.
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Ontario woman to be reunited with senior dog taken away because he may be part pit bull
An Ontario woman will be reunited with her 12-year-old dog on Friday after it was held by animal services because he may have been part pit bull.
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Uplifting developments inch flying cars closer to reality
Slovakian research and development company Klein Vision recently unveiled its “AirCar Prototype,” which is capable of driving on the road and -- after a three-minute transformation -- flying through the air.
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Toronto man, 27, and girl, 17, arrested in North York homicide investigation
Toronto police have charged Raheem McLaughlin, 27, with first-degree murder and a 17-year-old girl with being an accessory after the fact.
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Final suspect, 19, in Mississauga carjacking investigation turns himself in: police
In total, four suspects have been arrested since July, police said.
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Qaumajuq—new name of Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit art centre—an act of decolonization
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Inside a Toronto ICU: A second-wave revisit and what has changed in six months
It has been six months since CTV News first visited a Toronto COVID-19 intensive care unit, where hospital staff grappled with overwhelming hurdles. Half a year later, there is less anxiety and some positive trends, but there is still a lot that remains unknown as doctors and nurses urge the public to continue to take precautions.
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Montreal to nearly double number of homeless shelter spaces this winter
The number of indoor shelter spaces will be nearly doubled, with 1,650 spaces available this winter.
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New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not cannabis
New Zealanders have voted in favour of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum. But in preliminary results they were rejecting a measure to legalize marijuana.
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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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