Ian Mulgrew: Sound of silence not so golden

B.C. Attorney-General David Eby acknowledges the pacts can hamper whistleblowers, stymie corruption and sexual assault investigations and jeopardize public safety, but he is not sure that banning them is the cure.
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‘I’m reasonably sure I need less Céline and more Stompin’ Tom’
Letters to the editor, January 27, 2022: Readers weigh in on Céline Dion, a beetle-obsessed scientist, and the future of the Liberal party The post ‘I’m reasonably sure I need less Céline and more Stompin’ Tom’ appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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'Stealth' strain of Omicron, BA.2, detected in Quebec
Because BA.2 doesn't have the many spike mutations characteristic of the original Omicron variant, it's harder to detect. But authorities don't think it will interfere with Quebec's deconfinement plans.
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Hugh O’Neill one of 10 players released by Edmonton Elks Thursday
The Edmonton Elks released 10 players on Thursday, including local kicker and U of A Golden Bears product Hugh O'Neill who played six seasons in green and gold.
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COVID-19: MLHU reports 1 death, LHSC caring for 166 COVID inpatients
Of the 166 patients, 77 are being treated for COVID-19 while 94 others in hospital have incidental COVID-19 infections.
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Mi’kmaw, justice partnership helps prevent reoffending through healing
The Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network offers support to First Nations people who come in contact with the justice system.
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Suspect arrested in series of Hamilton arsons that caused $130,000 in damage
Hamilton police have arrested a suspect in connection with three suspicious fires over a span of three weeks that caused $130,000 in damage.
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Surrey RCMP Guildford office closed after person turns in potentially live grenade
Mounties said a member of the public brought the grenade into the detachment shortly before noon, saying they'd found it in Tynehead Park and wanted to turn it in.
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Major show of support for trucker’s convoy in Hamilton, Niagara
"The truckers are the backbone of our nation", said one protest supporter, "and now they are the metaphor backbone for us standing up for our rights."
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Truckers Freedom Convoy passes through Quebec on Friday
Groups will depart from Rivière-du-Loup and the U.S. border to rendez-vous in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
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COVID-19: Peterborough area reports 2 new deaths, 52 new PCR-lab confirmed cases
There have now been 17 deaths reported in January and nearly half of the region's deaths have occurred since the onset of Omicron wave of the pandemic a month and a half ago.
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RCMP launches investigation into website selling fake COVID-19 vaccine and mask exemptions
A police investigation has been launched into a B.C. website offering false vaccine and mask exemptions for COVID-19 for a fee, after it was highlighted by Global News.
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Meeting with Kenney leaves mayor fearing Rocky Mountain coal mining concerns will be ignored
High River's mayor is concerned a massive public outcry over coal mining in Alberta's Rocky Mountains will be ignored — Premier Kenney said he is an "unapologetic supporter."
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Guelph city council to decide on accommodation tax that could boost tourism
A report going to city council states the four per cent charge would cost guests an extra $4-7 per night but it could generate up to $950,000 in revenue each year. 
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Union says Nova Scotia teachers feeling strain of staff shortages caused by COVID-19
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union's president said while no schools have been forced to close because of COVID-19, that doesn't mean there aren't significant teacher shortages.
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‘We didn’t get it right’: City of Vancouver to revisit new single-use cup fees
The new fees, 25 cents for a cup and 15 cents for paper bags, took effect on Jan. 1 as a way to encourage more environmentally-friendly consumer habits.
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Tech update: A new fund aims to help early-stage entrepreneurs; making sure ESG pledges are more than platitudes and other news
Graphite Ventures will be focusing on seed-stage investments for promising early-stage and scaling companies.
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Surrey RCMP detachment closed after person walked in with a grenade
Until police know whether the grenade is live or inert, it is treating the grenade as a live explosive device.
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COVID-19: 1 new death reported in Waterloo Region, lifting January’s death toll to 34
Waterloo Public Health reported one new COVID-19-related death on Thursday, lifting the death toll in the region including the 34 victims in January.
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UBC study finds evidence of greater mammal diversity in protected areas
Researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 cameras set up in wildlife areas around the world.
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Review: 2022 Hyundai Kona N Line
Liking the Kona N’s mean looks, but looking for something a tad more sensible? The Kona N Line should fit the bill.
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The joy of clutter
Surrounding ourselves with things we love is a salve in trying times The post The joy of clutter appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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N.B. seniors advocate calls resident’s death following several assaults preventable
New Brunswick's child, youth and seniors advocate says the death of a resident in a nursing home that resulted from several assaults was preventable.
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Engine fire on board Gulf Islands school boat; students, crew safe
The vessel had been taking students and staff from surrounding Gulf Islands to the high school on Salt Spring Island.
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Hamilton police investigating stabbing in city’s east end
Police say the incident is in connection with a disturbance call just east of the Red Hill Valley Parkway.
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Advocate for homeless says ‘very common’ attacks on vulnerable people highlights dangers
'In the 17 or so years I've been doing this, I've met hundreds and hundreds of homeless people, and I can think of only a handful that haven't been a victim of violence.'
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Students and crew safe after engine fire on board B.C. school boat off Vancouver Island
A spokesman with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says crew members on board the vessel were able to put out the fire Thursday morning.
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Alberta Court of Appeal reserves decision on ID policy for supervised drug use sites
The rule, set to come into force Monday, would require people who are using drugs to show their health-care number to get access to the sites.
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$300K of stolen property recovered, firearms seized from 3 separate investigations: Kelowna RCMP
'These are just three examples of the outstanding work performed by our officers this month,' said Kelowna RCMP Supt. Kara Triance.
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Lucan, Ont. man accused of communicating with undercover officer to obtain sexual services
London, Ont., police say the accused, a 56-year-old man, has since been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Apr. 21.
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Moderna begins trial of HIV vaccine that uses mRNA technology
Moderna credits mRNA technology for potentially shaving years off typical vaccine development times. First doses of the vaccine have been administered in a clinical trial.
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There could be 93 unmarked graves at former residential school on Williams Lake First Nation
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Breaking down Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe’s strategy in win over Ducks
Wednesday night’s 4-3 shootout win over Anaheim was a window into his mind and how he thinks — and perhaps even overthinks — the game.
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Unions want Ontario to reverse hospital COVID policy that allows sick people to work
"We're asking the province to reconsider and to scrap this policy and to look at the alternatives."
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