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Books that reveal some harsh realities, teach, enlighten and support children without being maudlin.
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Newly-released video shows Oscar Arfmann during shooting that killed Abbotsford police officer
The only known video of Oscar Arfmann with a gun on the day of Const. John Davidson's death was played in court in June, but was released to the public Friday.
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Future of Montreal recycling uncertain after company announces intention to cease operations
However, Jean-François Parenteau, the executive member in charge of the environment, said the city has various options when it comes to moving forward.
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Calgary elephant hunt auction cancelled following protests
Outrage over an Alberta hunting group’s planned auction of an elephant hunt in Africa has triggered organizers to cancel it. In a Facebook update Friday afternoon, the Calgary Alberta Chapter of Safari Club International announced it will no longer offer the auction. “Considerable interest has been shown for the hunt that was reserved for auction […]
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Quarantine of China virus epicentre leaves some businesses reeling
China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region.
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Bonnie Stewart: One Ring to rule them all: Surveillance ‘smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer
Do we want a societal surveillance system where public crime data is owned by a corporate entity?
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Letters to the Editor: Is reason and tolerance too much to expect?
Re: Douglas Todd’s column on Stereotyping Religions, Jan. 18. In 1976-77, my late father, Rev. Alastair MacLeod, was the elected president of the United Church of Canada in B.C. He was also chairman of a group called Interfaith Forum. Each month, people from many faiths — Christian, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. — would […]
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Claire Jones and Eileen McMahon: More is not always better in fertility treatment
Opinion: Sometimes in reproductive medicine, more interventions may be unnecessary, wasteful and sometimes harmful
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Ford says he’s losing patience with teacher strikes
As a week of rotating school strikes wound down, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was getting fed up with union leaders constantly taking teachers out of the classroom. “There’s only so long my patience can last with the head of the unions,” Ford said Friday morning. “I got a message to the teachers, I […]
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Vaughn Palmer: Never the yes man, Lekstrom wants no part of NDP's caribou rescue plan
OPINION: Rather than preside over a sham consultation that was designed to make Premier John Horgan look good, Blair Lekstrom resigned in frustration
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Surrey committed to planning for density to support SkyTrain extension
The business case for the project, along with a supportive policies agreement, will be considered at a Jan. 30 Mayors' Council meeting.
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Risk of British Columbians contracting Wuhan coronavirus is ‘very low’: BC CDC
Officials say there are still no confirmed cases in the province, despite rumours of people falling ill to the coronavirus in Metro Vancouver.
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PGA TOUR: Palmer scorches Torrey…Tiger and Rory stumble…Canadians sent packing
LA JOLLA, Calif. — With Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy spinning their wheels on Friday, it was journeyman Ryan Palmer who looked like the best player in the world at the Farmers Insurance Open. The 43-year-old Palmer scorched the north course at Torrey Pines with a 10-under-par 62 to take a two-shot lead into the […]
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Premier Doug Ford puts up $20M to fight guns and gangs
The Ford government is investing more money in backing local police forces in their fight against guns and gangs while also calling on the federal government to deal with issues like weapons smuggling at the border. Premier Doug Ford announced $20.5 million for Peel Regional Police so the force can beef up its efforts to […]
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Ride-hailing Day 1: Some teething problems for Uber and Lyft in Vancouver
The last major market in North America without Uber or Lyft welcomed the start of their services on Friday.
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Man sentenced to five years for attempted shooting of New West police officer
Steven Gordon Vollrath, 37, who also received a 12-year sentence in Alberta on other charges, will now remain in custody for 17 years.
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Frederik Andersen’s affection for Maple Leafs teammates unmasked at all-star weekend
The Leafs goalie showed up in St. Louis with a special mask depicting familiar moments with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.
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Human remains discovered during home renovation in Annex
Human remains have been found at a home renovation in the Annex. It may be ancient who-done-it as the house is 140 years old. Police were called to a suspicious incident on Wednesday at 410 Brunswick Ave., just south of Dupont St. at about 3 p.m. “A contractor was renovating a house and discovered what […]
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Mountain of paperwork in BEI's investigation of UPAC's leaks to media
Before BEI even took over the investigation of UPAC leaks to media, the probe had already generated 4.8 million electronic documents
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Milos Raonic is using that big serve to take back the spotlight at the Australian Open, and raise a little money in the process
The media attention has been on Canadian upstarts Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime of late, but the former World No. 3 is showing again he’s formidable when healthy.
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Alberta woman charged with child abduction pleads guilty to lesser charge
The case began on Jan. 6, 2014, when the woman’s ex-husband told police she had taken their son and left the country.
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Christine Sinclair goes for milestone goal in Texas as Canadian women look to Tokyo
Her next goal will be her 184th, tying the world scoring record currently held by retired American striker Abby Wambach.
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Uber and Lyft still face employment rights challenge in B.C.
A United Food & Commercial Workers' International Union complaint with B.C.’s Labour Relations Board has yet to be resolved.
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Former Liberal Blair Lekstrom quits post as Premier Horgan’s caribou liaison
Horgan appointed Lekstrom last year to bridge tensions between local groups, including backcountry enthusiasts and Indigenous nations, over government plans to save threatened caribou herds.
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Edmonton seniors out of luck after catalytic converter theft
Some residents of an Edmonton seniors' home are feeling the impact of a crime that some people worry is becoming more and more common.
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Ian Mulgrew: B.C. Law Society injunction ignores access-to-justice crisis
OPINION: “If lawyers cannot work with non-lawyers to deliver affordable services, legal fees will skyrocket higher than ever.”
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Surgeon gets one-month suspension for abusing colleagues on Twitter
A prominent Ontario surgeon has had his license suspended for one month over an unprovoked Twitter attack on two female colleagues. Dr. Angus Macivor admitted at a disciplinary hearing that he used shocking and sexualized language to bully and humiliate the other doctors on the public forum in the fall of 2018. The College of […]
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Indigenous youth chant ‘stand up, fight back’ at B.C. anti-pipeline protest
About 100 people attended a protest Friday at the B.C. legislature to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan to respect Wet’suwet’en laws.
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No tsunami predicted following quake off Vancouver Island coast
Earthquakes Canada says no tsunami is expected following a magnitude 4.5 earthquake that was felt on Vancouver Island and in Greater Vancouver.
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Conflict of interest commissioner clears Saskatchewan cabinet minister
Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell requested the review after the lease agreement became public.
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Albertans raise money to help relief efforts amid ‘totally heartbreaking’ Australian wildfires
An Alberta ski hill fundraiser and musical benefit are aimed at helping people and wildlife hit by the devastating Australia wildfires.
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Jimmy Butler’s all-star snub has Heat coach calling for voting changes, for starters
Spoelstra would like to see position requirements eliminated on the ballot.
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NBA superfan travels to 30 cities in 30 days to watch 30 games
NBA superfan David DeLooper successfully completed day 30 of an ambitious project this week: to not only attend 30 basketball games in 30 days in 30 different cities, but to get featured on the Jumbotron every single time.
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Winnipeg mayor asks for more collaboration at annual State of the City address
Bowman reiterated a call for collaboration between levels of government on three key files — illicit drugs, homelessness and Lake Winnipeg's environmental state.
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Face masks for protection against Chinese coronavirus? Not just yet
Don’t be rushing out for the personal protective equipment — just yet. Word that face masks and hand sanitizer are selling out across Asia is not entirely surprising, given current fears over the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. However, as there are still no cases confirmed in Toronto, the current medical advice is: Don’t have […]
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Raptors are hoping to make OG Anunoby a regular contributor
The third-year forward has shown he can help the offence, now he needs to do it consistently.
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Anti-war protesters gather at University of Lethbridge
"My father was in World War I, believe it or not, and we don't want to see it again, because wars escalate very quickly."
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HSC Foundation Hope to Life Radiothon exceeds fundraising goal for 2020
The 2020 HSC Foundation Hope to Life Radiothon presented by Maric Homes has raised $212,458.81.
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Calming measures coming to Prior Street Monday as Vancouver pilot project kicks off
The year-long pilot project will see the road reduced to just one lane of traffic each way between Gore and Raymur avenues, including during peak commute times.
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Former Riders GM Brendan Taman hired by Montreal Alouettes following CFL hiatus
The Montreal Alouettes have hired Brendan Taman, who’s been on hiatus from the CFL since he was fired from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015.
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Calgary elephant auction withdrawn, hunt still going ahead
A Calgary group planning to auction off a two-week elephant hunting expedition has changed the nature of its sale.
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COLD CASE: Girl killed by hit-and-run driver in 1973
It’s been 47 years, but Bill Blundell still hopes for some closure in the hit-and-run death of his sister. On Feb. 6, 1973, 10-year-old Sheryl Blundell and a friend left home to a buy candy at a local Stouffville store around 7 p.m. Sheryl died when both girls were struck by a vehicle on Main […]
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