Large police presence near Edmonton Exhibition Lands
Several police vehicles, a lot of officers and crime scene tape are visible near 118 Avenue between 68 and 69 streets.
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Toronto residents turning to music for comfort during pandemic
"We've certainly seen a huge rise in music consumption in the last six or seven months.”
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Southern Alberta campers protest proposed delisting of provincial parks
More concerns are being raised about the future of some provincial parks in Alberta.
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Stanley Cup in sight, finally, for 14-year NHL veteran Blake Comeau
“I’ve never had a chance to be in a Stanley Cup. Before I got to Dallas, I hadn’t even been past the first round of the playoffs.”
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COVID-19 fears close two West Island synagogues for Rosh Hashanah
‘Is this really what we want to be doing right now, bringing hundreds of people together?’
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Woods, Mickelson, defending champ Woodland miss U.S. Open cut
Tiger Woods missed the cut for the eighth time in his last 15 majors after missing the cut at one just three times in a span from 1996-2014.
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School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap makes teacher cutbacks
"It doesn't make any sense, it's complete backwards thinking considering we are supposed to have proper social distancing."
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Rosie DiManno: Inside the head-spinning world of Clare Bronfman and the NXIVM cult
It’s baffling how well-educated and worldly women fell under Keith Raniere’s spell; the ever adoring and accommodating Bronfman used a nonprofit foundation to sponsor visas for certain non-citizens who were recruited into the NXIVM community, writes Rosie DiManno.
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Vancouver police arrest man accused of breaking into 2 women’s homes with a knife
"There was a man right at the head of my bed beside me, I sat up, I screamed," one of the victims told Global News.
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Eflin fans nine, Harper homers, Phillies blank Blue Jays
Toronto has lost four in a row but entered with a 4 1/2-game lead over Seattle for the final wild card in the AL.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at age 87
The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. Find updates here:
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Stanley Cup final preview: Advantage Lightning over Stars, even with Point and Stamkos hurt
The Stanley Cup final starts Saturday night, and if it goes the limit of seven games it will end Sept. 30, more than a calendar year after training camps opened for the 2019-20 season.
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Regina mom frustrated as public division moves 25 teachers out of class to meet e-learning demand
Twenty-five teachers have bee pulled from their in-class assignments across the school division's 41 elementary schools to support the online courses. 
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Toronto FC expects to play six games in home away from home in East Hartford
Team president Bill Manning says while the first couple of matches will be behind closed doors at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, the club may look at admitting fans down the line.
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‘She wants my dad, she wants to see him smile’: Family of man killed in Woodbine Beach boat crash speaks out
"I don't know what to do. I've got school to worry about and my mom's not taking care of herself properly. Our uncles are staying over, so it helps."
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NHL Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Dallas is duel of former coaching associates
It's not only two American Sunbelt teams facing off Saturday in the NHL's Stanley Cup final, it's also a matchup of two head coaches who once worked together, but with the student now trying to outshine the mentor.
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Saskatoon McDonalds temporarily closed after employee tests positive for novel coronavirus
The employee was at the franchise’s 2225 22nd Street West location, according to a press release from McDonald's Canada Friday.
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Ontario nurses’ college hit by ransomware attack; personal data at risk
It remained unclear to what extent private and other sensitive information was compromised, but the college said it had embarked on a comprehensive forensic investigation with the help of an unnamed leading cybersecurity firm.
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Lethbridge family airs WestJet woes after flight cancellation; warns others to be diligent
“From my perspective, it's a demand thing that was within their control and so there should be no reason why they can't just refund the money."
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Teachers’ unions will ramp up labour board appeal next week
Class sizes and classroom ventilation are among their chief concerns about working conditions.
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Lights, Camera, Rabbi: For limelight-loving Yossi Sapirman, the show must goes on, even during COVID
Yossi Sapirman’s unlikely path to being one of Toronto’s most unconventional rabbis didn’t begin in New Jersey, where he was born into an ultra-Orthodox family, but in Toronto’s Greektown, where he opened a bike shop. Nearly three decades later, he is rewriting the script again to meet the challenges of a pandemic, planning a high holidays broadcast Saturday that includes a Grammy-winning singer, multiple cameras, and a dramatic drone entrance. Sapirman, 52, is a fantastical blend of P.T. Barnum and Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. He favours black, with a long greying beard that evokes the director Orson Welles. He loves rap (and opera) and the speed rush of his 707 horsepower Dodge Hellcat muscle car. I first met Rabbi Yossi in 2014, while he was officiating at the bat mitzvah for the granddaughter of the late, legendary criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan. He blended the ancient traditions and scriptures with modernity and schmoozing, leaving the pulpit, wandering throughout the congregation, mingling. Sapirman was one of nine children, to a family that claims lineage to rabbinical royalty, dating back over 500 years. He moved to Toronto in 1973 at the age of 5. As he grew up, he was drawn to the rich traditions of Judaism, but its severity, and his father’s demands to maintain the rigidity of orthodoxy, tortured him. At the age of 15, amidst enormous tension between father and son, Sapirman moved out and rented a basement apartment, earning money fixing appliances and later opening his own bike shop. He immersed himself in Jewish studies at night, determined to discover a mix of antiquity with modern theology. If he couldn’t find it, he would invent it. Clad in grease-covered overalls, Sapirman developed a reputation as the somewhat cool, go-to guy for spiritual advice, modern thinking and bike repairs. Although not yet ordained, he was invited to lead a small Jewish congregation in the back of a nearby Greek restaurant, assured that he could run the service his way. His congregation ultimately found him too progressive and he left. Sapirman realized that without formal rabbinical credentials, he would never succeed in having his unconventional approach accepted, so he went to Israel to study. He returned to Toronto in 1986 as an ordained rabbi. All he needed was a congregation. In the meantime, he tutored Jewish children, including preparing future actor Daniel Levy for his bar mitzvah. Sapirman’s first prime time gig was as a rabbi for an orthodox synagogue in Peterborough, but the older congregants again resisted a modern style that included women playing a role and actually touching the Holy Scriptures. A short time later, when a fading synagogue with a dwindling congregation in North Toronto asked to meet with him, he pitched hard, telling them he was their messiah. Facing a dire situation that included diminishing revenue and very few alternate candidates, the Beth Torah elders rolled the dice. He immediately modernized the service, engaged younger audiences with diverse programming and high-profile speakers, added live music — like inviting the Toronto Symphony to play during the high holidays. He involved women in all of the rituals, creating a highly immersive experience. Suddenly, this messiah was a superstar. The temple grew from 100 families to 500, along with a waiting list. Some felt he had gone too far, but there was no disputing his success. Sapirman drew crowds that rewarded him with significant donations to fund a massive renovation to fit his growing flock. The result was a brightly lit modern sanctuary that matched his personality, complete with a thrust stage inspired by the Stratford Festival that allows him to engage dramatically with his congregation. When COVID-19 hit, he had already been experimenting with livestreaming. He had found the use of a single camera limiting and a convoluted distraction and set to work on a new plan to prepare for the impending closure caused by the virus hit. Fuelled by his determination that spirituality should not be experienced in isolation, he transformed his synagogue into a television studio with six HD cameras and a black box studio to film and edit socially distanced interviews and learning sessions. He hired an experienced technical crew to operate from within a safe, state-of-the-art control booth and spent the last six months producing content and warming up for the main event; the upcoming Jewish high holidays. So while concerts are cancelled and movie theatres are struggling, Sapirman has pre-sold his high holidays broadcast to 95% of his congregation and potentially his largest audience ever through a professionally produced stream. He will have a mix of live and taped segments featuring custom soundtracks, large choirs filmed by multiple cameras, and a dramatic entrance to ensure congregants feel they are still entering the sanctuary. Above all, he promises an earth-shaking live sermon to help congregants make sense of this agonizing moment. For Yossi Sapirman, the show must go on. — Barry Avrich is an advertising executive and filmmaker (Prosecuting Evil, Made You Look).
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British Columbia disburses first half of federal funds to reclaim dormant oil and gas wells
Energy Minister Bruce Ralston says work is underway to reclaim wells that have been inactive for at least five years and aren’t likely to come back into service.
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Doug Ford joins other premiers in demanding Justin Trudeau hand over billions more for health care
A group of conservative-minded premiers say the federal Liberal government must give provinces tens of billions of dollars more for health care, infrastructure and fiscal aid, but should not tell them how to spend it.
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Shaping Saskatchewan: Lisa Thomaidis
Lisa Thomaidis has an impressive coaching career and says that has a leader, actions speak louder than words.
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Coronavirus: Londoners and off-campus students react to spike in Western University cases
Since Sept. 11, 39 cases have been reported among students at Western University.
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‘None of us are superhuman,’ says PHAC president as she steps down amid pandemic
Tina Namiesniowski, who has been in the job only since May 2019, sent a letter to staff on Friday to say months of responding to the global health crisis has taken a personal toll on many people.
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Private workplaces are a big and dangerous gap in mandatory mask orders, expert says
Some of Canada’s biggest COVID-19 outbreaks have happened in private businesses, where it is up to owners to decide who needs to cover their faces.
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A Conversation w Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy
Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy chats about his upcoming Peterborough show and the incredibly talented Jimmy Bowskill of The Sheepdogs
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Evaluate skills in unexpected COVID-19 career shifts, Winnipeg expert says
"If you have a positive attitude and what I call a learning attitude, at any age, you can learn something new."
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Terry Fox cancer research crusader carries on after own battle with disease
Montrealer Les Hay is hoping to reach his goal of raising $500,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
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Gregor Chisholm: The Blue Jays are big winners in an MLB playoff format that needs to change
There are playoff teams and then there are 2020 playoff teams. The Jays fall into the second category because, as positive as this season has been, it’s blatantly obvious they have a lot of work to do before they can hang with upper-echelon rivals, Gregor Chisholm writes.
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Regina Cat Rescue converts coolers into shelters for feral felines in the city
Volunteers outfitted medical-grade coolers with fleece and pillows that will be distributed to 30 cat colonies in Regina.
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Islanders rally to help community rocked by disappearance of P.E.I. teens at sea
At a makeshift headquarters at a community centre in Northport, near the spot where the two boys went missing, Wendy McNeill said she’s been overwhelmed and amazed by the support.
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Trump Claims Canada Wants Border Reopened. Canadians Disagree.
Canada and the United States announced this week that restrictions on non-essential border travel would remain in place until at least Oct. 21, with public safety minister Bill Blair saying the feds will continue to make the best decision to “keep Canadians safe.”But according to U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadians actually want the border reopened as soon as possible. During remarks to reporters on Friday, Trump claimed Canada is actually pushing to reopen the border, despite absolutely no evidence to suggest that.“We’re looking at the border with Canada. Canada would like it open, and you know we want to get back to normal business,” Trump said.Canadians, for the record, disagree.@realDonaldTrump just thought I’d let you know that the majority of Canadians support closure of the US/Canada border until the US has the Covid pandemic under control.— kaminiskeg (@gglloyd) September 18, 2020Ummmm...no offence, as I love my friends and family from the US, but no there is no push from Canada to broadly open the border. Sorry ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ , you’re lying once again https://t.co/dTeuhEzjv1— CanadianAgainstTrump (@CdnAgainstTrump) September 18, 2020@realDonaldTrump Canada doesn't want the border open till you know how to contain the COVID-19 in your own country president human Orangutan— Kick FM (@Kickfm2016) September 18, 2020Trump is saying Canada wants to open our border to Americans. That is lie.I can confidently speak for all Canadians when I say, I’m sorry but: pic.twitter.com/Xj78rjojjT— TotalRandomMama (@TotalRandomMama) September 18, 2020Well now I'm sure Canadians support the border closure. Donald Trump says we want it open.
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Alberta Health Services declares COVID-19 outbreak over at Edmonton’s Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre
An outbreak of COVID-19 that began at an Edmonton care centre in June has been declared over by Alberta Health Services. 
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2 women charged after 7 animals seized from southeast Calgary home
On Sept. 15, police were called to a residence on Erin Meadow Close S.E., after neighbours reported hearing animals inside the home, but had not seen the residents in several days.
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7 confirmed cases of E. coli at Valens Lake
The beach at Valens Lake Conservation Area is closed as of Friday to mitigate any further exposure to the bacteria.
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Montreal to reflect on the idea of reallocating police budget as activists call for action
Montreal's Commission on Finances and Administration will explore the reallocation of money in the Montreal police's budget to other services for city residents.
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Stella’s closing restaurant at Winnipeg airport citing drop in customers due to coronavirus
The airport eatery is slated to shut Oct. 16 and will be the second Stella's location to close since coronavirus arrived in Manitoba in March.
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Government plans to remove offensive name from mountain in Banff National Park
The federal government says the offensive name of Stoney Squaw Mountain and trail has been a concern for Indigenous groups and Parks Canada for some time.
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Montreal should restrict police use of facial recognition technology: councillor
Montreal police said through a spokesperson they have no comment on the proposed motion but they follow all laws governing their operations and investigations.
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