Lady Gaga’s dogs found safe after violent robbery, police say
A woman who delivered the dogs to police appears to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the attack, which left the singer's dog walker in hospital with gunshot wounds.
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Homan and Einarson improve to 8-1 at Canadian women’s curling championship
The favourites set the tone in championship pool play Friday at the Canadian women's curling championship. Rachel Homan and Kerri Einarson posted afternoon victories.
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Canada adds 3,183 new COVID-19 cases amid AstraZeneca vaccine approval
To date, a total of 861,408 infections have been diagnosed in Canada, of which 809,046 have since recovered.
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Blood Tribe members call for election reform
Some are calling for changes to be made to how Blood Tribe elections are administered after criticism emerged in the wake of a vote last fall.
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Police investigating death of 60-year-old woman as homicide
Police responded to a call Friday morning to find a woman dead in King’s Mill Park.
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Video captures dramatic arrest of man who police allege stole tow truck in Brampton
A spokesperson for Ontario's police watchdog said the agency is investigating the arrest by Peel Regional Police officers.
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Marathon attempt to save Nanaimo sea lion caught on camera
Unfortunately the effort, which included up to a dozen people carrying the large creature up over 100 stairs, wasn't able to save it.
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COVID-19: Three Fraser Valley churches now allowed to hold worship services outdoors
The churches are now allowed to hold in-person services outdoors.
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Canadiens Notebook: Jake Allen will be in goal for Habs Saturday night
New coach Dominique Ducharme will give Carey Price, who has a 3.13 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage, a break against Jets.
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New initiative will rate social media platforms based on how safe they are for LGBTQ2S+ users
A new initiative by the LGBTQ2S+ advocacy organization, GLAAD, plans to rate social media platforms based on how well they protect people from abuse.
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Raptors leaders Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet step up with most of coaching staff sidelined
Lowry has triple double, VanVleet makes first first four three-point attempts as Toronto gets back to .500.
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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole spent over $3.6M on bid for party leadership
While all leadership candidates for political parties report on how much they've raised, how much they spent isn't required to be disclosed until six months after the race ends.
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Lady Gaga's stolen dogs recovered safely
Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.
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Surrey boat dealer facing 33 charges for allegedly defrauding 100+ victims of $1.8M
Police allege that Breakwater Marine owner Aaron Fell defrauded more than 100 victims out of $1.8 million. 
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NHL stars help to break down barriers on ice for young newcomers to Canada
“Being the only person, you might feel different. But if more people are like you, you feel more comfortable,” 16-year-old Blessing Boakye said.
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Harper Gov't Approved Chinese Police-Owned Company Running Visa Centre: Blair
OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he assumes security authorities signed off on an arrangement to allow a company owned by a Chinese police force to run Canada’s visa application centre in Beijing.Blair says he can only make assumptions because the arrangement was put in place in 2008, under the previous Conservative government.Still, he says he’s been assured by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that the personal information provided by visa applicants is secure.He says the information is handled according to Canada’s privacy laws, that no application or biometrically collected data is stored at the centre and that all databases containing personal information are located in Canada.Questions have been raised about the centre since The Globe and Mail reported earlier this month that its operation has been subcontracted to Beijing Shuangxiong Foreign Service Company, which is owned by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.Opposition MPs questioned Blair about the possibility that visa applicants’ personal information could be relayed to the Chinese government and cause negative repercussions, particularly for dissidents trying to flee the country’s repressive Communist regime.Bloc Quebecois MP Stephane Bergeron and New Democrat MP Jack Harris pressed Blair to explain which of Canada’s national security agencies signed off on the subcontract to the Chinese police.“I have some difficulty frankly answering your question Mr. Harris about the origins of this contract,” Blair told the special committee on Canada-China relations Thursday.“It was signed in 2008. So it’s been in place for 12 years now and so its origin and who actually authorized this contract predates me or my government and frankly my knowledge”Blair said there are “normal procurement processes” in place for contracting out services and he assumes they were followed in this case.“I want to make sure that it’s clear. I’m only able to make an assumption that those processes were in fact followed because it did take place 12 years ago.”“That’s not much comfort, I have to say,” Harris responded.Blair acknowledged that IRCC is not a security agency but he said it does have an information technology specialist department that has provided assurances that the visa information is secure.He said inspections and audits are regularly conducted to ensure there is no privacy breach of sensitive information and there has been no evidence of a problem.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2021.Also on HuffPost:RELATEDLiberal Cabinet Abstains As MPs Pass Motion Declaring Uighur Genocide In ChinaChina's Envoy Calls Out Canada For 'Interfering In Our Domestic Affairs'57 Nations Sign Canadian Declaration Against ‘Immoral’ Arbitrary Detentions
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Montreal hotel owners forced to close their pools for March break
It seems the decree governing what can reopen was quietly changed in the last 24 hours to ban hotels in red zones from opening their pools.
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Rosie DiManno: The Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson plans to strike first this year, with plenty of first strikes
Top prospect has learned in his brief time in the big leagues that his fastball won’t bail him out every time he gets behind.
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