Quebec softens stance on international student immigration program
The Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ) is a provincial immigration program that fast-tracks foreign students and workers.
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Damien Cox: The big question for big-league athletes in a bubble: Can they trust the player next to them?
Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid had a new uniform for the journey to Florida — a haz-mat suit.
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Alberta’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app a ‘security risk’ on Apple devices: privacy commissioner
Alberta's privacy commissioner says there is a potential security risk while using the ABTraceTogether app on Apple devices.
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Florida mad man ‘Costco Ken’ gets axed from job in wake of mask eruption
A Florida man caught on camera yelling at fellow customers in Costco after he was asked to don a mask has lost his job. In the viral clip, the man, who would subsequently be identified, reports the Fort Myers News-Press, as Daniel Maples, goes ballistic at the person recording the video to “back up” because […]
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Halifax police board of commissioners examines options to defund police
The Halifax board of police commissioners' special virtual meeting was stalled by technical and procedural issues.
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Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in British Columbia’s Surrey Six case
Reputed gang leader Jamie Bacon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder in the Surrey Six case.
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Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board approves $431M balanced budget for next school year
School board trustees approved a budget of $431,036,046 for the 2020-2021 school year following a meeting on Thursday
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Stolen car crashes into another stolen vehicle during police chase
Two stolen vehicles and one police chase in Oregon would come to an abrupt end when a driver fleeing law enforcement crashed into a woman driving a different stolen car. The frenzied turn of events began when police responded to a report of a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser driving through downtown Newberg, according to the […]
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‘This is your moment’: Dozens urge Toronto police board to take action on first day of marathon town hall meetings
One by one, Torontonians took to the virtual microphone to call for change to how police handle mental health crises — and to express their fear of interacting with police as people of colour.
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For years the Jean Augustine Centre has been a ‘second home’ for young girls in Etobicoke. Severe funding cuts put its programs at risk
The centre was founded in 2014 by former MP Jean Augustine and aims to build young girls’ self-esteem through after-school mentorship and civic engagement.
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Health officials battle COVID-19 and already deadly extreme heat
To prevent more deaths, public health officials are walking a thin line between preventing COVID-19 and keeping people cool.
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Should the Canada-U.S. border be opened just a bit? Some Canadians think so
U.S. case loads per capita of COVID-19 are far higher than Canada’s adding fuel to demands to keep the border closed. Yet many people remain saddened by border restrictions, feeling they arbitrarily block many potentially safe and justifiable crossings.
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BC Wildfire Service teams up with Tsilhqot’in National Government for firefighter boot camp
The training will help First Nations communities to build wildfire suppression capacity for their local crews, or gain experience needed to secure entry-level fire suppression contracts with the provincial wildfire service.
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Edmonton COVID-19 deaths climb to 20 as Alberta announces 37 more coronavirus cases
Alberta Health announced three additional COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, all linked to a coronavirus outbreak at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
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Health minister pledges to help fight COVID-19 in Toronto’s hard-hit northwest corner
Christine Elliott says province ‘prepared’ to deploy mobile testing units to northwest Toronto, which has seen higher infection rates than other parts of the city.
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Safia Nolin Accuses Maripier Morin Of Sexual Harassment, Racism
Quebec musician Safia Nolin caused a stir on social media Tuesday night, when she alleged she was sexually harassed and subject to racist comments by Maripier Morin.Nolin says the events took place in May 2018, when she and Morin, an actress and TV host with a huge Quebec following, were at the same Montreal bar. Nolin alleges Morin made inappropriate advances.“She said she was getting Instagram messages saying she looked like my ex, and she asked me if that meant I thought she was hot. She was two inches away from me and she was stroking me, and I froze up like a block of ice,” Nolin wrote in French in a series of Instagram stories.“She said she was going to put me in a cage, that she was going to feed me, all in this super sexual tone, while she was caressing my arms,” ​ the singer added. Voir cette publication sur InstagramUne publication partagée par Safia Nolin (@safianolin) le 8 Juil. 2020 à 8 :06 PDT“Just because the person in question is a woman, and she’s 4 foot 11, doesn’t mean it isn’t harassment. I’ve been trying to get that into my head for two years now,” Nolin wrote. “It’s still harassment, no matter who’s doing it and who they’re doing it to.”She also alleges Morin made several racist remarks, towards her and about other people.“She said, ‘Besides being a lesbian, what else are you?’ I told her I’m Arab. She asked why I wasn’t driving a taxi,” Nolin wrote.“She also said the Black bartender ‘was angry, because she was Black.’ And then she said ’I’m not racist, my anus is tiny like an Asian’s.”“After that, she bit my thigh so hard that I had an enormous bruise for two weeks. I was screaming out in the bar, it hurt so much.”Morin admits she behaved “reprehensibly”Morin responded late Wednesday afternoon, also on Instagram, saying she was “stunned” by Nolin’s version of events.She remembers that night in May 2018, she said, when they were “between friends, partying, going crazy.” She said she didn’t realize she had acted inappropriately at the time, and that she thought she and Nolin were on the same page about what had happened after Nolin sent her a picture of the bruise with a message reading, “lol.”“It wasn’t until a few days later, when she sent me a new photo of the bruise, that I realized I had behaved reprehensibly,” she said. “I immediately apologized.”“I didn’t recognize the boundary that she says I crossed ... I never wanted to take advantage of how close we were.”She went on to say, “God knows I’ve been in situations of excess and abuse by certain people. It’s deplorable that I became one of those people that night,” reiterating how sorry she was.Her Instagram story made no mention of Nolin’s allegations of racism.Nolin’s allegations were made a few hours after Morin had shared her wishes for the next year on an Instagram post celebrating her 34th birthday on July 7.“This year, I will wish to see more benevolence, less fatphobia, thinphobia, misogyny, homophobia and racism. Basically, less cruelty. Less animosity between us, including on social media. More compassion, kindness, listening ... More ethnic diversity in our TV and in our cinema, more bodily diversity in magazines and in advertising campaigns,” she wrote.Nolin’s allegations are part of a larger wave of accusations of sexual misconduct in the last few days. Several influencers have talked about their own experiences with harassment, after an effort was made to denounce inappropriate behaviour by some Montreal tattoo artists.On Wednesday morning, Nolin put her stories into a permanent Instagram post, asking her followers to share her claims against Morin.Several Quebec media personalities took up the call, with many emphasizing that they believed Nolin.“For what it’s worth, I saw Safia Nolin’s bruise, and it was worse than what you see in the photos. It took a really long time for it to fade,” said musician Stéphanie Boulay.Morin has lost at least two of her endorsement deals since Nolin went public. On Wednesday night, Blush Lingerie announced it was pulling the line that Morin had helped design from its website. Morin had worked on several lines with the company since 2017.“There will be no future collaborations between Blush and Maripier Morin,” the company wrote on Instagram. View this post on InstagramA post shared by b l u s h (@blushlingerie) on Jul 8, 2020 at 4:37pm PDTAnd on Thursday, the Montreal glasses company BonLook dropped her as a spokesperson.Morin’s “behaviour towards Safia Nolin is simply unacceptable and does not align with the values our organization lives by,” BonLook wrote on Instagram. She still has commercial deals with Revlon, Reebok, and Buick.Later on Thursday, Morin said she would put her career on hold in order to get help.“I don’t want to make excuses for my words and my actions,” she said in a release. “Instead I want to understand, and more than anything, find the help I need. I will start therapy with health professionals who will know how to help me.”HuffPost Quebec reached out to both Morin and Nolin, and we will update this story if we hear back.This story originally appeared on HuffPost Québec. Translation by Maija Kappler.Also on HuffPost:RELATED Jessica Mulroney Steps Down From Charity After Bullying Black Influencer Elaine Lui Of Lainey Gossip 'So Sorry' For Past Racist Posts On Her Blog Lea Michele Apologizes After Several Black Co-Stars Blast Her On-Set Behaviour
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Clothes, bedsheets taken away from Ghislaine Maxwell due to suicide concerns: official
The steps to ensure Maxwell’s safety while she’s locked up at a federal jail in New York City extend far beyond the measures federal officials took when they first arrested her in New Hampshire last week.
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Runner sets goal to run every street in Saskatoon
Over the last four years, Troy Harkness has run down every road, alley and trail in Saskatoon.
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LILLEY: Trudeaus paid big to appear at WE Day events
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mother and brother were paid more than $350,000 to appear at WE Day events run by the same charity that his government attempted to give a sole-sourced $912 million contract to just weeks ago. Remarkably, Trudeau continues to see no conflict of interest in this contract or in his involvement in […]
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3 more deaths linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital
Three more people have died in the last 24 hours as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
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SGI rates to hold steady ‘despite COVID-19 volatility’: minister
"The fiscal year came with its challenges, but the Auto Fund is fortunate to remain in a strong financial position overall," Joe Hargrave told reporters Thursday
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Positive COVID-19 cases should be of great concern to NHL
If league doesn't get a handle on problem before going to hub cities it could end up in similar situation to MLS is Back Tournament.
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Nygard's final sale: The rise and fall of the Polyester King's retail empire
On Friday the 13th of March, as Canada went into lockdown, Peter Nygard’s retail fashion empire was still standing, barely. As it closed its distribution centres that day, with 1450 employees operating 169 retail stores and a large wholesale operation, it was hardly at the peak of its influence. But it was still an astonishing and profitable success, built on cheap and cheerful fast fashion for the modern cost-conscious woman of style, which had made Nygard fabulously wealthy and tagged him with the nickname of the Polyester King. What a difference a few months can make. A court decision in March took corporate control out of Nygard’s hands, as his companies were put into receivership, and warehouses in Toronto and Winnipeg put up for sale. This week came news that an intellectual property firm will be auctioning off the brands that made him rich, including the labels Nygard, Alia and TanJay, the last of which refers to Jacob Fashions, which was the first company Nygard bought into after leaving Eaton’s as an ambitious young salesman in the 1960s. Nygard, 78, has been in and out of courtrooms his entire career, with major litigation over alleged defamatory libel, paternity, trademark law, and other disputes. In 1980 he was charged with the rape of an 18-year-old woman, but was not tried or convicted. He settled with three women who filed sexual harassment complaints in Manitoba. He brought a Charter challenge to a blood test over a child support claim. But nothing had destroyed the retail empire, with its flagship store in Manhattan and its deals to supply department stores across North America. The world has now caught up to Nygard’s empire, however, and since that day in March, when control finally slipped away, the decline of the polyester king has snowballed. Now, the avalanche has swept away many of the luxury trappings of a life lived famously to excess, leaving Nygard recently pleading in vain with a judge not to sell a corporate building in Winnipeg because he has been living in it as a tenant, and therefore cannot be evicted. The judge dismissed that claim for lack of documentary evidence, other than a picture of a bed. CBC reported in June that Nygard was living at his cottage at Falcon Lake, Manitoba. He was already the subject of an arrest warrant in the Bahamas, where he lived for many years until 2018, the last decade of which was consumed by an epic battle with the government of the Bahamas and his neighbours over his illegal dredging of the sea floor and other construction to expand his property, Nygard Cay, on the spit of land on the western tip of New Providence. That fight took years, but it was not until recently that the property started to look less like the real estate extravagance of a rich man and more like an alleged crime scene, where young women were allegedly trafficked and abused sexually. Styled as a Mayan palace, Nygard’s house was the site of modelling shoots for his various fashion lines, and elaborate parties with celebrity guests, including Prince Andrew, whose dealings with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein have caused turmoil for the Royal Family, newly escalated by Maxwell’s arrest by the FBI. U.S. federal agents have also been investigating Nygard, and in February raided offices in New York and California. In response, Nygard stepped down as chairman and divested ownership. Photos show Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard with scantily clad girls at Bahamas mansion Fashion designer Peter Nygard steps down from company after FBI raid following sex assault claims Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard says he is too ill to travel to Bahamas for jail sentence Then came a class action law suit, filed in February in New York by a group of 10 women, which has now grown to 57, alleging they were raped and trafficked for sex by Nygard, some when they were as young as 14. The lawsuit describes a sex trafficking scheme run over decades by Nygard, with his company’s money, in which underaged girls and women were drugged, sexually assaulted and coerced into sex acts in exchange for money or promises of modelling opportunities or career advancement within the Nygard empire, in locations that include the Bahamas compound, sites in the United States, and in Nygard’s hometown Winnipeg. The allegations in the lawsuit have not been tested in court. No criminal charges have been filed. Nygard’s lawyers filed a motion this week asking a judge to dismiss the suit, as many of the plaintiffs do not live in New York, some of the allegations related to claims outside the United States, and most of the women’s claims are barred under the statute of limitations, the motion claims. The class action demands a jury trial on claims that Nygard and his companies “conspired to and did recruit, lure, and entice young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women,with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities or other career opportunities to assault, rape,and sodomize them. Nygard used his considerable influence in the fashion industry,his wealth,his power through corruption of officials, and a network of company employees under his direction,to kidnap, groom and entice children and women.” The Winnipeg Free Press reported this week that Nygard is now also the subject of a Winnipeg Police Service sexual assault investigation. The newspaper quoted one woman who described being interviewed by police over her claim Nygard violently raped her when she was 17 in 1979, after she accepted a ride home from him after a night of dancing. She has also joined the New York lawsuit. Her claims are similarly untested in court. Nygard was born in Finland to a family that immigrated to Manitoba when he was a child. After studying business, he started working at Eaton’s, learned retail, then bought a stake in a small company that he built into his empire. Last month Dillard’s, the large American fashion retailer, reached a settlement with several Nygard companies in receivership over millions of dollars in debt and inventory. Some of the clothing had already been ordered and shipped, the rest was refused on delivery and all future orders cancelled, due to the growing scandal. Part of that deal involves Dillard’s buying the Allison Daley trademark, which was sold at HBC stores for many years, and was the subject of lengthy litigation over a consignment scheme.
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HANSON: The fragility of the woke
A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said “all lives matter.” In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics. She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that […]
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Case study highlights need to test flu patients for COVID-19: doctors
Doctors in Japan are warning other physicians to be on the lookout for COVID-19 among patients with other respiratory infections as more than one virus can be present at the same time.
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Toddler Sneaking Snacks Pretending To Be Asleep Fools No One In Adorable Clip
There’s no shortage of kids being hilarious and cute on Beyoncé’s internet, but we’re pretty sure this one-year-old’s antics qualify for platinum status. A clip of Amala sneaking a snack is going viral, because the kid thought it would be a great idea to pretend she was asleep when caught in the act. The kid logic of “if you can’t see someone, they stop seeing you” is flawless, right?“Amala, put it back! You hear me,” her grandma Chris J. Vaughn warns offscreen. Amala keeps her eyes shut as the family’s pet looks on, rapt, as the scene unfolds. The young actress-in-the-making stays still and pretends to sleep, as her grandma continues: “Open your eyes and put the snacks back, I don’t care if your eyes are closed. Put the snacks back in the cabinet.”In spite of Vaughn’s words, Amala gives an award-winning performance of being fast asleep (while standing up and staying suspiciously still).“Oh you asleep?” her grandma jokes. At that, Amala opens her eyes, before giving Vaughn the world’s cheekiest smile. Who among us hasn’t pretended to be asleep to get out of an obligation or trouble? Hopefully she uses her Oscar-worthy skills for good once she gets older. MORE CUTENESS Kylie Jenner's Daughter Being Patient Is The Cutest Thing You'll See Today What We Wouldn't Give To Be This Baby Getting Hugged By A Dog Kid Teaches Her Little Sis Mandarin And It’s Friggin’ Adorable Also on HuffPost:
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Man seen on controversial Winnipeg arrest video sentenced to 30 days
A man seen on viral video being kicked by Winnipeg police during his arrest in June has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars.
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BONOKOSKI: 50 years ago, they thought they had answers — then nothing
Shortly before the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson commissioned a massive inquiry into the cause of black rioting in cities like Detroit and Newark. They were dangerous times. Windsor Star journalists were ordered to stay away from Detroit (and do the same when things heated up […]
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Peel Region unanimously votes to reduce the police role in mental health crises ‘when appropriate’
The move also calls on the province to change the law to give mental health workers, not just police officers, the authority to take charge of mental health crisis situations.
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DavidsTea to close 82 Canadian stores amid coronavirus pandemic
The store closures are part of its restructuring after it obtained court protection from creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
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UCP appoints panel to review affordable housing in Alberta
Over the next few months, the panel will hear from diverse groups and go through research to come up with ways to "better provide housing for Albertans in need."
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Ontario’s ability to identify workplace cancer risk is ‘grossly inadequate,’ study finds
Data gaps and poor training leave workers exposed, according to new research.
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Gregor Chisholm: Blue Jays will add top pick Austin Martin to 60-man roster and bring him to Toronto as soon as they can
Martin, who agreed to a signing bonus of more than $7 million Wednesday, will need to have two negative tests for COVID-19 before he can join the team.
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‘Terrifying’ close encounter with coyotes for Kelowna woman, dog
Baker and her dog named Henry, a six-year-old Bouvier mix, were running on her privately-owned  trail in the Kirschner Mountain area, when all of a sudden, Baker saw something out of the corner of her eyes.
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NHL teams hope to keep COVID-19 at bay as training camps loom on the horizon
Once NHL players enter so-called "bubbles'' in two hub cities later this month as part of the league's blueprint to resuscitate its pandemic-halted season, teams should -- at least in theory -- be fairly well-protected from the threat of COVID-19.
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North Atlantic right whales nearing extinction, international nature body says 
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is moving the whales from "endangered" to "critically endangered" on its red list of global species facing threats to their survival.
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GOLDSTEIN: Spending easy for Trudeau — now comes the hard part
The massive spending and debt hikes by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, as outlined in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal “snapshot” Wednesday, is the easy part for the Liberals. Spending is in the Liberals’ DNA. It’s what they do. A $343.2-billion annual deficit and a total public debt of $1.2 trillion aren’t going to phase […]
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