Stabbing in Montreal’s Villeray neighbourhood sends man to hospital
Police say no arrests have been made.
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3-vehicle crash in Etobicoke injures driver, child
Emergency crews were called to Dixon Road and Celestine Drive just before 8 a.m. Monday.
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While you were sleeping: The joke's on all of us because it's Monday again
How does this keep happening?
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RCMP investigating series of suspicious fires in Cape Breton
Police say the three fires are believed to be linked. 
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Halifax youths rescued after separate missing person reports on Sunday
Both were located safe and uninjured.
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Witnesses nab man who fled series of car crashes with bottle of alcohol: police
Reports said the driver was speeding excessively and had already collided with three vehicles over a distance of five kilometres.
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U.S. Senate set to confirm Barret despite calls for Pence to skip over COVID-19 risk
Under the Constitution, the vice-president serves as the largely ceremonial role of Senate president and can break a tie vote.
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Coronavirus: How to fill the treat-or-treating void in Winnipeg
Winnipeg psychologist suggests parents avoid cancelling Halloween — and find alternatives instead.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan trade blame over new truce violations as conflict escalates
The truce that took effect Monday morning was agreed upon on Sunday after talks facilitated by the United States.
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Trump, Biden in final full week of U.S. election campaign as coronavirus cases spike
With eight days to go before Election Day, more than 59.1 million Americans have already voted in person or by mail.
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Man stabbed in early morning altercation in Villeray
Montreal police are seeking suspects and do not know the motive for the attack.
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B.C. court to hear witness testimony in Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou extradition case
The B.C. Supreme Court will hear witness testimony starting Monday as part of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's legal battle to stop her extradition to the United States.
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As student athletics get cancelled by COVID-19, esports leagues are on the rise on campus
For student athletes at Canadian universities, the 2020-21 season is, basically, a bust, with competitive play cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Esports seems to be stepping into the void. For the uninitiated, esports is video gaming, and it’s on the rise in a competitive and organized way at university and college campuses. Garrett Holmes, founder of the Canadian Student-Athlete Association, says the decision to cancel competitive athletics at schools could not be avoided. There’s no way, for example, to wrestle safely. Fall athletics were a write-off, and U Sports, Canada West and Ontario University Athletics have cancelled winter sports competitions. “We support this decision, but there’s also no input from student athletes,” Holmes said. “Schools can’t actually play games or anything against other schools, so in reality, there’s no season.” While 2020-21 is a lost year for student athletes, esports — competitive video games — are on the rise. The games stream online, via a variety of platforms, and draw audiences. Esports have become a spectator sport over the past decade, and now mainstream sports networks such as ESPN are broadcasting major events. There’s enough interest on campus that 17 Ontario universities have joined for the inaugural season of the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports league, which organizes competitions between teams that are affiliated with universities. James Fitzgerald, the league commissioner, and a Carleton University alum, said the league started preparing for the pilot season last spring when it became clear that regular athletics would be interrupted by COVID-19, and a very different year on campus overall, with many students going to school and classes online. “We had an opportunity here, a vacuum,” Fitzgerald said. By getting school athletics departments involved, esports are developing inter-school rivalries and player training and development opportunities That is helping to elevate esports overall, and draw more awareness and recognition then when leagues were more informally run by students, Fitzgerald said. “You can’t have your football development program run by a group of students, that would be unheard of.” The new league in Ontario is offering scholarship prizes valued at $24,000. “I think this is the direction and future of where esports was heading … but I do think the pandemic accelerated that growth,” said Fitzgerald. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic was predicted to be a boon for gaming.  A March report from Cowen Inc., an investment bank, said the video game industry was poised to grow this year because of increased demand for at-home activities. Virus video game sees 'very high' player numbers in wake of coronavirus outbreak Lester Liao: Video games have much to offer our society But Thomas Gronnevi, CEO of Wasder, an online gaming platform, said  e-sports have been growing in popularity long before the pandemic, with major events drawing international audiences as high as the Super Bowl. Prize money for some events can range between $5 and $10 million No question, though, the pandemic has raised mainstream awareness of esports. “It’s been on the rise for the last 10 years,” said Gronnevi. “But I think with the current situation that you have around the world, where people are isolated, and you can’t have fans in the arena, everyone is kind of flocking towards the digital solutions.” For the Ontario esports league, Fitzgerald says they’re getting a few hundred viewers on some games, and the schools are paying more attention to esports. “And we can bring that to them in a time when people are lacking a lot of social engagement,” Fitzgerald said. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: tylerrdawson
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Study suggests Ontario could avoid hundreds of hepatitis B infections with newborn vaccine
Children in Ontario and several other provinces don't get their hep B shot until Grade 7, but research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests earlier vaccinations could help avoid the spread of hundreds of infections.
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Two Toronto byelections test Liberal government’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic
Voters in two Toronto ridings head to the polls today in the first electoral test of the federal Liberal government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Pfizer raises concerns over Conservative motion on Trudeau’s handling of coronavirus
Opposition parties are poised to approve a parliamentary probe of the Trudeau government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic despite growing objections from industry and experts.
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Montreal forecast: A dreary day
Not much to look forward to on a Monday with rain and a southeast wind at 20 km/h, becoming light late in the afternoon.  
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Ontario set to decide on imposing new COVID-19 restrictions on Halton, Durham regions
Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce Monday whether Ontario will impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on two Toronto-area regions.
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Allison Hanes: Home-schooled kids left more isolated than ever
Homeschooled kids lost access to other children and organized activities when Montreal and other regions of Quebec went into the red zone at the start of the month. Now a pair of home-schooling moms are pleading for an exception so their kids aren't completely isolated.
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Anxiety, confusion for Montreal seniors trying to book a flu shot
The official launch date for flu shots across the province is Nov. 1.
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‘Everyone deserves to have their voice out there.’ How the Reel Start youth program is working to diversify the film industry
Reel Start founders Adrienne Slover and Evan Goldberg started the program to introduce youth from under-represented communities to the film industry. It operates in Toronto and Los Angeles.
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This RCMP corporal has been on medical leave for 17 years. Could an end to his messy dispute with the force be near?
Depending on whom you talk to, the unusual case represents the RCMP’s mistreatment of members on sick leave, a waste of taxpayer dollars or organizational dysfunction of the highest order.
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Ranked ballots for municipal elections matter and why Doug Ford should care
Ranked ballots give more choice to voters, and produces outcomes that are more reflective of voters’ preferences. They open our elections up to more voices, more perspectives, and wider representation. Ranked ballots don’t benefit groups who rely on the status quo to win elections.
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What’s in a slogan? MAGA exemplifies puffery
Ironically, the MAGA slogan appeals to nationalistic sentiment yet suggests the country is no longer great, even though it once was.
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Halloween spike in anaphylactic reactions reinforces need for food allergy literacy
A comprehensive approach to addressing inconsistencies in public understanding is critical. Given that approximately every 10 minutes there is an emergency department visit for food allergy during non-pandemic times, this should be a priority.
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Heather Mallick: Say no to Halloween and yes to Christmas
Why take a giant risk for two hours of one orange-and-black night and end up with the coronavirus and its long tail of illness just before the bigger, better, redder event?
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My dad is showing signs of dementia, and now I’m worried about his wife’s influence over our inheritance. Ask Ellie
On its surface, this is a legal matter, writes advice columnist Ellie. But deeper, there’s the issue of your past relationship with your father versus the one that it became after he divorced and married
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Need to move fast on a home purchase but aren’t sure how? Try these tips
Looking to take advantage of low interest rates and buy your first home, but feel overwhelmed and unprepared? Here’s how you can get it together.
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Banning plastics is just a start on reducing our mountain of waste
‘As a society we produce an unconscionable amount of waste. That’s been particularly easy to see with so many people staying home during the pandemic and getting ever more things delivered.’
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Five reasons it’s time to relax about the Trudeau government’s huge deficit
Yes, fighting COVID-19 will require big deficits — now and for years to come. That’s not scary: it’s a sign government is doing what it’s supposed to, writes Jim Stanford.
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Today’s coronavirus news: Parliamentary probe examining Trudeau’s handling of the pandemic could be approved; Tougher COVID-19 restrictions expected for two Toronto-area regions
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Canada has publicized their concerns regarding the probe.
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Thai Parliament holds special session as protests continue
The scrutiny and public criticism of the monarchy that has been displayed by some of the protesters is unprecedented in a country where the royal institution has been considered sacrosanct.
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Crimes at sea: The plight of the abandoned seafarers
The problem of abandoned seafarers has become more severe during the COVID-19 pandemic as global maritime commerce has ground to a halt. Investigative journalist Ian Urbina explores the problem in his piece published on CTVNews.ca.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of truce violations
Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday accused each other of violating the new ceasefire announced the day before in a bid to halt the fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has killed hundreds, and possibly thousands, in just four weeks.
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Coronavirus vaccine by Oxford-AstraZeneca produces immune response among adults
If it works, a vaccine would allow the world to return to some measure of normality after the tumult of the pandemic.
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