‘Harmful legacy’ of Regina John A. Macdonald statue under review

A sign hanging around the feet of the John A. Macdonald monument in Victoria Park Tuesday morning indicated the city has begun consultation with elders and community members.
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Influx of water from Saskatchewan prompts flood warning in Manitoba’s northwest
The province said Thursday SaskPower is releasing "record high flows" from reservoirs along river and Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Granville Lake and Leaf Rapids should prepare for high water.
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Quebec’s new immigration minister announces changes to PEQ
According to the government, the adjustments announced Thursday will allow students already in Quebec who obtain a diploma by December 31, 2020, to apply for PEQ.
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International student in Calgary loses life’s savings to scammers
An international student in Calgary is warning others to beware of an old scam with a new twist.
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Leslyn Lewis says racist slurs from viewers during Tory leadership debate ‘not surprising’
Lewis, Erin O'Toole and Derek Sloan were debating B.C.-related issues when for nearly a minute, slurs started filling the chat box of the video conference program.
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Methamphetamine use on the rise, city in ‘crisis’: AIDS Saskatoon
“If you don’t believe in safe consumption sites, you’re basically advocating for people to die,” a front-line worker says.
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Coronavirus: Canada adds 370 new cases, 12 deaths Thursday
Canada now has 106,783 cases total with 27,460 of them active, and 8,749 deaths total.
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Government files statement of defence in response to Alberta Medical Association lawsuit
The lawsuit claims that more than $250 million in damages has ensued due to governments’ actions in breaching a contract.
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Waterton Lakes National Park continues to reopen after Kenow Fire
Parks Canada was forced to close portions of the Waterton Lakes National Park after the Kenow wildfire in 2017, and just as things were starting to return to normal, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the delay of another season
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COVID-19 pandemic could mean permanent closures for Plus-15 businesses in Calgary
The Plus-15 walkway system downtown had been bustling with activity leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic and now it is nearly empty.
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The inside story of why Mary Trump wrote a tell-all memoir
Mary Trump’s book about her uncle Donald sheds new light on a decades-long saga of greed, betrayal and squabbles, laying out what she has described as her family’s legacy of darkness and dysfunction.
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Nearly 40% of Saskatchewan’s workforce has received CERB
Federal government data shows that as of June 28, it has received more than 214,000 unique CERB applications from Saskatchewan.
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Scarborough man who killed best friend by mistake gets life with no parole for 12 years
Aruran Suthukaran has been sentenced to an automatic life term with no parole for 12 years for accidentally killing his best friend. A jury found Suthukaran, 23, guilty of second-degree murder in March for shooting Anik Stewart, 22, outside a Scarborough bar when he was aiming at another man and missed. “He took a loaded […]
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Academics discuss challenges of full-time work and parenting amid COVID-19 pandemic
A team of researches and a graduate student from the University of Lethbridge recently expressed their frustrations with having to take on the roles of both full-time parents and academics amid the COVID-19 pandemic
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Vernon, B.C., senior meal program hits milestone with 1,000 lunches
“We've done over 1,000 lunches so far."
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MANDEL: A whiff of kindness
At first sniff, it was easy to suggest Ramesses Kane’s complaint didn’t pass the smell test. A web consultant and director of a not-for-profit community organization, Kane had launched a human rights complaint against the use of chemical smells in his Toronto condo building and until his hearing could be held, sought an immediate ban […]
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Foodbenders faces human rights complaints
A human rights complaint has been filed against Foodbenders claiming owner Kimberly Hawkins discriminated against all Jews when she publicly stated her refusal to serve Zionists in her store. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal complaint, brought forward on behalf of GTA resident 86-year-old Elena Aschkenasi, claims attacking Zionists is a “thinly veiled euphemism for anti-Semitic […]
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McCARTHY: Scintillating start for Canadian duo at Muirfield Village
Thursday morning started out as just another work day for Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. It didn’t end that way. Through nine holes of the opening round of this one-time PGA Tour event, both Hadwin and Taylor were one-under par. Ho hum. When their rounds ended the […]
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‘Jews are our dogs’: Anti-Semitic chant at Mississauga rally being investigated by police
"It's important that no matter what the intention of the organizers that those who joined with this hateful speech are held to account."
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Weekend traffic: Highway 10, Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge among roadwork sites
In addition to previously announced closures in and around the Turcot Interchange, here are some other key areas that will be affected.
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UCP government to use grants to attract petrochemical investments to Alberta
The new program won't be a competition. All projects that meet requirements set out by the province will be eligible to receive funding.
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With the help of her fellow bus passengers, Tina Hoang, 21, stands her ground in the face of a racist attack
Eight cent of Chinese Canadians have been physically attacked by strangers during the pandemic, according to a poll from the Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta. On the bus, the passengers weren’t going to stand by for another attack.
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Golf Saskatchewan, amateur provincials host confident in coronavirus safety measures
Organizers of the Saskatchewan men's and women's amateur golf championships are confident the tournaments can be staged while keeping players safe.
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Manitoba helping school divisions with cost of reopening: education minister
Kelvin Goertzen said funds saved by school divisions that took steps to limit spending early in the pandemic will go back into schools in anticipation of September reopening.
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TransLink boosting SeaBus service amid rising demand
Average daily SeaBus boardings have nearly tripled since the lowest point of the pandemic in April, but remain about 25 per cent below last year's levels.
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Gov’t moves to ban most K-Gr.3 suspensions
Racialized and special needs students are being hurt by Grade 9 streaming and school suspensions, Premier Doug Ford says. The Ford government announced its education equity strategy Thursday, which calls for a near ban on suspension of students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, and the phase out of high school streaming. “It’s unfair and it’s […]
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Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard asks court to dismiss class-action lawsuit
Peter Nygard’s motion filed in a New York court argues it does not have jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit.
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Saskatchewan reports 5 new coronavirus cases, releases more Phase 4.2 guidelines
Saskatchewan health authorities say there are five new coronavirus cases in the province, with 48 active cases and 750 total recoveries.
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UBC study suggests dying people can still hear in their final hours
"This research gives credence to the fact that hospice nurses and physicians noticed that the sounds of loved ones helped comfort people when they were dying."
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LEVY: Porsche hits the road to celebrate seniors
You might say it was a turbo-charged morning for the 150 residents of Norfinch Care Community nursing home. Dozens of masked residents and caregivers clapped and cheered outside the home near Finch Ave. W. and Hwy. 400, and from windows right up to the third floor, as a tour of classic and late-model high-performance Porsche […]
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Police chiefs call on feds to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police wants to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs for personal use. “Arresting individuals for simple possession for illegal drugs is ineffective and doesn’t save lives,” said Chief Const. Adam Palmer, CACP’s president. He said the opioid crisis started on the west coast in 2014 and […]
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Jordin Tootoo says Edmonton team name discussion should centre on feelings of Inuk people
Jordin Tootoo says he doesn't find the Edmonton Eskimos' team name objectionable, but that doesn't mean the CFL club should keep it.
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‘If we had to go back to school I’d be furious’: Kids on pandemic life
Kids on fighting boredom, too much screen time, and what’s actually better about life in these times The post ‘If we had to go back to school I’d be furious’: Kids on pandemic life appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Saskatoon Wildlife Federation and Saskatoon Tribal Council partnership to benefit youth
The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation and Saskatoon Tribal Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding to make progression in education, conservation and preservation.
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Trudeau’s Mother, Brother Were Paid Thousands To Speak At WE Charity Events
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mother and brother have each been paid tens of thousands of dollars over last four years to speak at events organized by WE Charity, the organization originally tapped to administer a $900-million government aid program.WE Charity confirmed details of Margaret and Alexandre Trudeau’s speaking fees Thursday, which were first reported by Canadaland and CBC News.The developments add a new layer to a growing controversy over the prime minister’s personal ties to the Toronto-based international charity, which is now at the heart of an investigation by the federal ethics commissioner.Watch: Trudeau draw big cheers at 2017 WE Day UN event in New York WE Charity told HuffPost Canada in an emailed statement Thursday that Margaret Trudeau received honorariums to participate in “WE Day” events, where speakers address thousands of young people.“Margaret Trudeau had her speaking fees sponsored by ME to WE Social Enterprise, and was paid via Spotlight Speakers’ Bureau,” the organization said. ME to WE Social Enterprise is the WE organization’s separate, for-profit entity.“Margaret Trudeau spoke to the students primarily on the topic of mental health. During 2016-2020, Margaret Trudeau spoke at approximately 28 events and has received a total of approximately $250,000 in speaking honorariums via Speakers Spotlight (approximately $312,000 in total payments to the speakers’ bureau, minus a 20 per cent commission to the bureau),” the statement reads.Alexandre Trudeau received $32,000 for speaking at eight events “during the 2017-2018 academic year,” minus a 20 per cent commission of $8,000 to the Spotlight Speakers’ Bureau, the charity said.However, in what the group has called an “error in billing/payment” that was discovered after an internal review process, WE Charity paid Spotlight Speakers’ Bureau directly for a number of Margaret Trudeau’s speeches and was “reimbursed by ME to WE Social Enterprise for their sponsorship of the speeches.”RELATED Trudeau Faces Ethics Investigation Over WE Charity Contract Tories Urge Watchdog To Review Government Contracts With WE Charity WE Charity Walks Back Claim PM’s Office Reached Out Over $900M Program “The amount paid from the charity to Speakers Spotlight was approximately $64,000,” the statement reads. “This was an error and corrected by accounting. All speeches by Alexandre Trudeau were paid by ME to WE Social Enterprise.”The organization said “Justin Trudeau has never been paid by WE Charity or ME to WE Social Enterprise for any speeches or other matters.”Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife, “has participated in six WE Day events over eight years,” the organization said, and has spoken at more than a dozen other youth events. WE Charity said Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who serves as an “ambassador” for the organization, is not paid for the WE Well-Being podcast she hosts with Leysa Cerswell Kielburger, the wife of WE co-founder Craig Kielburger.“Other than the reimbursement of expenses, the only payment that Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has ever received from WE Charity or ME to WE Social Enterprise was in 2012,” the organization said. “It was a one-time speaking honorarium of $1,400 for her participation at a youth event.”Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion announced Friday he will investigate if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act when the government awarded WE Charity a sole-sourced contract in June to administer a $912-million program placing post-secondary students and recent graduates with paid volunteer opportunities. PM didn’t recuse himself from WE decisionThe group and the government ended the partnership last week amid questions about the Trudeau family’s links to charity and accusations of cronyism from opposition MPs. WE Charity stood to receive $19.5 million to run the program.The prime minister confirmed at a press conference Wednesday that he did not recuse himself from the cabinet decision to give WE Charity the since-scrapped contract.“No, I did not,” he told reporters. “I had long worked on youth issues both before I got into politics and since I’ve been in politics as youth critic, getting young people involved in serving their country, recognizing their desire to build a better Canada, particularly through this time of crisis is something I believe in deeply.”In an emailed statement to HuffPost Canada Thursday, Trudeau spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said the “prime minister’s relatives engage with a variety of organizations and support many personal causes on their own accord. “What is important to remember here is that this is about a charity supporting students. The Canada Student Service Grant program is about giving young people opportunities to contribute to their communities, not about benefits to anyone else.”Recall Parliament, Tories demandIn a statement Thursday afternoon, Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett called the revelations scandalous.“We know now that Justin Trudeau handed almost a billion-dollar contract to a charity that not only had close ties to the Liberal Party, but which paid his family almost $300,000,” Barrett said.“Parliament must immediately be recalled so that we can get to the bottom of this. All of the documents related to the contract must be made public. Every single cabinet minister needs to come clean about whether or not they knew that the prime minister’s family had a financial relationship with WE Charity when they approved this massive contract.”Barrett also called on the ethics watchdog to “accelerate his investigation,” and asked the auditor general and procurement ombudsman to launch their own probes. Tories wrote to the federal procurement watchdog last week to review other smaller, sole-sourced contracts between the Liberal government and WE Charity.The ethics investigation is Trudeau’s third since becoming prime minister in late 2015. Last year, Mario Dion found the prime minister improperly pressured his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In 2017, then-ethics watchdog Mary Dawson found Trudeau breached conflict rules when he accepted family vacations on the Aga Khan’s private island.With files from Althia Raj
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Alberta politicians trade accusations of bullying, misogyny after member ejected
Alberta's Opposition NDP tried and failed Thursday to censure the deputy speaker for evicting one of their members from the house in a day that saw both sides accuse each other of belittling and marginalizing women in politics.
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Lethbridge Farmer’s Market coming to new downtown location, COVID-19 protocols to be enforced
The new outdoor farmer's market will take place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 2 Avenue, between 4 and 5 streets south.
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Winnipeg mayor pleased with some legal precedents despite court order to refund $30M in impact fees
“We now have a judicial decision which confirms that imposing an impact fee is lawful and in fact growth in the city is not paying for growth."
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Saskatchewan home sales surge to ‘near-record levels’ in June
One realtor said the volume of home sales has led to the first seller's market he's seen in years.
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Kelowna organization launches online portal to report racism, discrimination
The organization has launched a new online portal to help combat racism and discrimination.
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The psychology of masks: why won't Quebecers wear them?
"I think once we hit a point where enough people are doing it, it will start to feel funny not wearing one.”
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Two dead after vehicle drives off second-storey parking lot in Vaughan
A female pedestrian and a male driver are dead after a vehicle drove off an upper-level parking structure in Vaughan on Thursday afternoon. Police responded to a commercial parking lot at 9131 Keele St. south of Rutherford Rd. in Vaughan. A female died at the scene and the male driver of the Audi SUV that […]
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Actions of ‘very few’ painting RCMP with negative brush, says B.C. officer
"We have no comprehension of how good our society is because we have a force like the RCMP that takes care of the underbelly.”
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The community of Rockcliffe keeps flooding. When will it end?
Wednesday’s sudden storm highlights an ongoing problem for some west-end neighbourhoods, even though the planned solution has been agreed upon
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Retiring Durham police chief: Cops ‘do falter, do struggle and do sometimes need help’
Yet another GTA police chief is retiring – and Durham’s top cop is sharing a few unvarnished opinions on his way out. The Durham Regional Police Services Board announced on Thursday that Chief Paul Martin has informed the board of his intention to retire following more than 30 years of service. Martin, who will remain […]
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