Police investigating shots fired in East Abbotsford
Abbotsford Police have tweeted that they are responding to reports of shots fired in an East Abbotsford neighbourhood Friday evening. Police say they received the call at about 7:49 p.m. Social media lit up shortly after that time, with multiple reports of roughly a dozen shots fired and the sound of someone screaming in the...
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Thunderstorms, periods of intense rain could hit Greater Toronto Area on Saturday
The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay could bring periods of intense rain to the Greater Toronto Area on Saturday even though the system is tracking farther east.
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Calgary Flames’ Hamonic becomes 1st NHL player to opt out of league’s plan to play during pandemic
Just hours after the NHL announced it had reached a deal with the NHLPA to resume play amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Calgary Flames issued a statement to say one of the team's players told them he would not be taking part.
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Hamonic opts out of NHL’s restart
Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic has decided not to play in the NHL's restart.
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Police release video of Edmonton nightclub shooting in effort to have suspects identified
Police have released surveillance video of a shooting at a downtown Edmonton nightclub earlier this month in hopes that someone will be able to identify the suspects involved.
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Brantford, Ont., puts mandatory mask bylaw to council on Tuesday, July 14
Brantford's EOC commander put a draft of a mask bylaw on city council's agenda for July 14, 2020.
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B.C.’s top ‘nerd’ Dr. Bonnie Henry helps Science World with funding campaign
Science World, which has been closed since mid-March, is facing a major funding shortfall amid COVID-19.
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3 people injured, 1 in critical condition, after shooting in Toronto’s west end
Emergency crews were called to a plaza near the intersection of Jane Street and Woolner, north of St. Clair Avenue West, at around 10:20 p.m. on Friday.
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1 dead, another in hospital after ‘double shooting’ on Red Hill Valley Parkway: Hamilton police
Police closed lanes on the Parkway around 10:p.m. Friday night during an investigation.
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Three people injured following late night shooting
Police responded to reports of multiple gunshots heard in the area of Jane Street and Woolner Avenue.
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Class-action lawsuit alleges meat packer Cargill failed to take COVID-19 precautions
The statement of claim alleges that despite warnings and guidelines issued by the Alberta government, Cargill Ltd. failed to take “reasonable precautions” at the beginning of the outbreak to limit its spread.
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Grizzly bears around Yellowstone can stay on endangered species list, court rules
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled this week that the bears living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — which includes 34,000 square miles in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming — will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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Victoria police searching for ‘high risk’ woman last seen June 24
Police don't believe Amanda Williams is in immediate danger but say the "circumstances under which she has gone missing are considered high-risk."
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14 Manitoba Bisons football players to miss senior years after U Sports ruling
Winnipeg-born wide-receiver Riley Harrison, who's spent six years donning the black and gold, is one of 14 Bisons forced into university retirement after a recent U Sports ruling.
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Motorcyclist in critical condition after collision with vehicle in Mississauga, police say
The collision happened on Hurontario Street at Park Street East, close to the Port Credit GO Station, Friday evening.
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RCMP ‘disappointed’ by idea of race as factor in Rideau Hall arrest outcome
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Brian Sauve of the National Police Federation made the comment in a joint statement late Friday
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Surrey residents trash city over ‘worsening’ illegal dump sites
"With wildlife and with kids and everything around, if they come in here with needles and everything on the ground, then they could get hurt."
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Pandemic has travellers rediscovering the open road, and camper vans
Interest in camper vans has soared this year as many travellers have given up on the idea of getting on a plane or going to a hotel for their holidays.
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Canada reports 10 new coronavirus-related deaths, more than 300 new cases
The new numbers bring the total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 107,105 as well as raising the country's death toll to 8,759.
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Leafs open door for Jackets, Hub games
Back in March when everyone in town said they didn’t care how the Maple Leafs got in the playoffs or who they met, a start date of Aug. 2 against Columbus didn’t leap to mind. But the best-of-five series — all to be played at an empty Scotiabank Arena — is just part of the […]
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RCMP says speculation over Rideau Hall outcome if suspect had been non-white a ‘distraction’
Public speculation that the Rideau Hall arrest last week by the RCMP would have ended differently had the suspect been non-white is a “negative distraction” and “disheartening”, RCMP said in a statement issued late on Friday.
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Risk of flooding grows across northern Saskatchewan
Rainfall and moisture are contributing to record-high flows and water levels along Saskatchewan's rivers.
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Emotions run high as TFC prepares for MLS is Back opener on Sunday morning
It rained during a Toronto FC training session in Florida on Friday, but captain Michael Bradley said TFC is home and dry as the club prepares to open the MLS is Back tournament against D.C. United on Sunday morning. “None of this stuff phases us,” said Bradley, when asked how the group was doing in […]
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WHO now says airborne transmission of COVID-19 may be possible in some settings. A Toronto infectious diseases expert explains and offers advice
Canadian experts are calling for a measured reaction to this week’s acknowledgment by the World Health Organization that airborne transmission of COVID-19 could be possible in poorly ventilated areas.
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B.C. woman who made sexual harassment complaint says RCMP told her to move
Sam Mohammad Saber said a man in her building has left her and her neighbour highly sexualized notes.
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Aaron Derfel: Young people and regions are driving Quebec's COVID-19 spread
After being overshadowed by Montreal and its soaring rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths for most of the pandemic, Quebec's regions are now reporting a disturbing number of cases — with nearly all of them resulting from community transmission.
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'We made a gigantic mistake': Retailer Shein apologizes for selling swastika necklace
Online fashion retailer Shein has apologized after coming under fire earlier this week for selling a swastika necklace.
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Finding Willy: Missing Weyburn dog safe after month on the run from drones, quads, traps
The wayward pup had his pursuers barking up the wrong tree — until Wednesday, that is. 
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Towers threaten ‘small town’ character in Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood: residents
The Inglewood Community Association's online petition to keep the look and feel of Calgary's oldest community has gathered more than 15,000 signatures.
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Oneida Nation of the Thames women take stand against drugs in their community
Over 60 people, the majority of whom were women, participated in the demonstration on Friday afternoon.
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Demonstrators attempt to storm Serbian parliament on 4th night of protests
Friday's unrest came after a peaceful protest on Thursday — though there was also violence earlier this week.
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RCMP brass, union push back on suggestion Rideau Hall break-in ended peacefully because suspect is white
In a joint statement, Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Brian Sauvé, head of Mountie union, say criticism a ‘distraction’ from national conversation about race and policing
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Ten reasons why you should step up your Excel game ASAP
Eighty per cent of jobs require Excel skills. Mastering this software tool will open up new career opportunities.
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‘Hollywood ending’ for lost B.C. dog who crossed mighty Columbia River three times
"In my heart I thought he was going to try the Columbia one more time and he was going to drown."
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Affordable housing project breaks ground in Edmonton
Edmonton broke ground on its latest affordable housing complex that will provide 120 homes to families struggling financially in the capital region.
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Montreal public transit set to enforce mask-wearing measure as of July 13
"Our strategy is to make it easy for them to respect the new rule," said the STM's Chairman of the Board of Directors Philippe Schnobb.
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Penticton Art Gallery hosts first Bob Ross exhibit in Canada
"There is something magical when you see them in the flesh."
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Albertans hustle past fundraising goals for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Each year the Hustle for the House run and walk event raises money for the Ronald McDonald House charities.
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Quebec arts scene shaken by wave of anonymous sex misconduct allegations
Mostly anonymous allegations are being posted to an Instagram page that has garnered more than 49,000 followers and is focused on prominent Quebecers.
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Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys Say Pandemic Pay Cut Was Made Independently Despite Emails
Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains were in communication before launching and ending temporary wage increases for grocery store workers during COVID-19, but maintain their decisions were not co-ordinated.Metro Inc. was aware of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s decision to stop its so-called pandemic pay program before it made a similar decision, chief executive Eric La Fleche told the House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology Friday. La Fleche said that a Metro competitor’s move was one of several influencing factors in its decision-making process.He joined the Loblaw president and Empire Co. Ltd. chief executive at a two-hour session about why they stopped paying a temporary wage bump to employees as of June 13.“Let me be absolutely clear, we did not co-ordinate our decisions,” said Michael Medline, Empire CEO, in his opening statement before the committee. Medline, whose company owns the Sobeys and Safeway brands, was the first of the trio to give his opening remarks.“The decision was our own.”Loblaw president Sarah Davis echoed the sentiment, but noted she sent a “courtesy email” to both competitors, as well as Walmart and Save-On-Foods, on June 11. The latter two did not appear at the hearing.The email notified competitors of Loblaw’s decision to end its pandemic pay program on June 13. The company had already informed its roughly 200,000 employees, she said, and recognized “the news would be public immediately.”La Fleche said in later questioning that he was aware of the email when Metro made its decision to end its bonus pay program on the same day.“We made our own decision based on the information we had, which included that last piece of information, yes,” he said.He called it “one factor among others” contributing to its decision. Other factors included the broader economic reopening, other retailers starting to open their doors, lower business volumes and a gradual return to more normal conditions.Empire had not received Davis’s email when the company made its decision to terminate the extra wages, said Medline, but had heard through the grapevine that Loblaw was considering doing so.I asked my counterparts their intentions regarding whether or not they would maintain the temporary bonus.Eric La Fleche, MetroDavis received a reply to her June 11 email, and said she would provide copies of the original and all answers to the committee.She also sent a courtesy email to competitors when Loblaw decided to begin its extra pay program. Davis said she doesn’t recall sending courtesy emails to competitors on other topics, including executive compensation.In addition to receiving the email, La Fleche said he made several phone calls to competitors in May and June to ask whether they planned to extend their bonus pay programs or end them on previously announced dates.“In perfect compliance with The Competition Act, I asked my counterparts their intentions regarding whether or not they would maintain the temporary bonus,” he said, in a translation from French, during his opening remarks.In each case, competitors, including Medline from Empire and Davis from Loblaw, told him they had not yet decided.“Whatever the case, those calls were made in a decisional process that was much larger and ... did not inform our decisions.”RELATED Grocery Store 'Heroes' Should Be Paid Properly During Pandemic: PM Loblaw, Metro To Stop Extra Pay For Front-Line Pandemic Workers Is It Safe To Shop At A Grocery Store That's Had A COVID-19 Outbreak? When asked why he made the phone calls, La Fleche answered he “wanted as much information as I could have in order to make a best decision for our company, our employees at the right time.”He said he would “absolutely not” characterize those conversations as trying to obtain a tacit agreement on wages.Those who sent emails and made phone calls said they consulted with company counsel before doing so and lawyers were present during at least one phone discussion.The appearance was a chance for the executives to admit they were wrong to end the pay increases, said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, a private sector union.“What we got instead was highly paid grocery executives insisting they did not collude, and then going on to say — remarkably — virtually the same thing over and over again,” he said in a statement.“The executives all admitted to exchanging ‘courtesy emails’ and ‘courtesy calls’ on pandemic pay, and yet insist there was no collusion. I look forward to the committee’s ruling on that.”Unifor has been critical of retailers ending temporary wage increases while the pandemic continues and has called for the pay bump to be permanent.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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