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Lawsuit involving alleged misuse of labour-inducing drug at Moncton Hospital in court
The representative plaintiff, Jayde Scott, launched the lawsuit in April against the Horizon Health Network and Nicole Ruest, a former nurse at the Moncton Hospital.
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Arson charges laid in Peguis First Nation house fire
Arson charges have been laid in connection with a fire on Peguis First Nation that burned a home to the ground and sent two to hospital last week.
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LILLEY UNLEASHED: 5 solutions to fix our gun issues
WATCH ABOVE as Sun’s political columnist Brian Lilley takes aim at Trudeau’s gun file and offers 5 easy tips to solve the weapon debate in our country. What do YOU think? Is Lilley on the mark? Or do you like our PM’s approach? Tweet and Facebook us! And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel. 
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Shock, concern after headstones, burial plots in Okanagan graveyard driven over by excavation crew
The city says the incident happened while another burial plot was being prepared.
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Feds Use Nearly Half Of Electric Car Rebate Budget In 8 Months
OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is thinking about expanding the government’s rebate program for people who buy electric vehicles after eager car-buyers gobbled up nearly half the funds in just eight months.Garneau launched the incentive payments last May, offering up to $5,000 off the price of buying new electric and hybrid passenger vehicles to try and bring their price tags closer to those on similar gas models.Ottawa funded the program with $300 million, on a first-come, first-served basis, over the next three years.As of Jan. 19, Transport Canada reports that more than $134 million in rebates have already been issued to 33,000 Canadians. At that rate of uptake, the funds will be entirely gone before the end of this year.“It’s very encouraging to see how many people are now thinking about and actually going ahead and buying [zero-emission vehicles],” Garneau said outside the House of Commons Monday afternoon.Watch: There’s an electric charging station shortage in Canada. Story continues below.While the government expected the program to be popular, the briefing book prepared for Garneau after he was reinstated as the transport minister after the fall federal election, says “the program has induced more new sales than projected.”According to Transport Canada, overall electric vehicle sales jumped 32 per cent after the rebates were launched, compared to the same period the year before. In 2019, electric cars made up three per cent of all vehicle sales, up from two per cent in 2018.That is still a long way from the goals the federal Liberals set last year to have electric cars make up 10 per cent of all light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040. It is a significant part of Canada’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with light-duty vehicles emitting 12 per cent of all emissions in Canada in 2017.Garneau noted his mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructs him to do more to meet those quotas, and he said looking at doing more with rebates is among the possibilities, including extending them to used cars as well.“I’m certainly working very hard in that direction,” he said, though he wouldn’t speculate about the specifics about what an expanded program would look like. It’s likely any expansion would be included in the next federal budget.Cara Clairman, CEO of the non-profit electric vehicle advocacy group Plug’n Drive, said a 2017 study by her organization found price to be the main deterrent for consumers when it comes to buying an electric car, so incentives are definitely helpful.“There are people buying electric vehicles without them but definitely it helps,” she said.She said a program in Ontario to offer $1,000 incentives to buy used electric cars spurred the purchase of more than 300 used electric cars since it launched in April. That program, run by Plug’n Drive with funding from the private M.H. Brigham Foundation, is expanding next month to add an additional $1,000 incentive to not just buy a used electric car but to scrap a gas-powered vehicle in the process. The scrapped vehicles will be disposed of by the Automotive Recyclers of Canada.Canadian electric vehicle sales are still heavily concentrated in Quebec and British Columbia, which offer provincial rebates on top of the federal rebate. B.C. drivers can get up to $3,000 more back from the provincial government, and Quebec drivers can get up to $8,000 on top of the federal incentive.Electric Mobility Canada reported late last year that 75 per cent of all electric cars sold in Canada were purchased in B.C. (29 per cent) and Quebec (46 per cent.) Twenty per cent were bought in Ontario, leaving the remaining seven provinces with just five per cent of all the sales.Ontario had a rebate program until it was scrapped by the new Tory government in 2018, leading to a significant drop in electric car purchases in that province. Electric Mobility Canada says the sale of electric cars in Ontario fell 44 per cent in the third quarter of 2019, compared to that period in 2018.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 27, 2020.RELATED Will Canada's Auto Industry Survive The Age Of Electric Cars? It's The End Of An Era As Toronto Retires Old Streetcars Ontario Meeting Its Emissions Target? Not Gonna Happen, Says Auditor General
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Two Vietnamese men taking ‘shower’ on motorcycle fined by police
The two were fined $102 by police after they were tracked down by the licence plate.
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Five things to know about coronavirus in B.C.
On Tuesday, officials announced the first case of coronavirus was presumed in B.C.
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Private instructor charged with sexual interference of two students in Surrey
The Special Victims Unit says investigators believe there may be more alleged victims in the community and are encouraging anyone with more information to come forward.
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‘Beastie Boys Story’ trailer: an intimate first look at Apple TV documentary
'Beastie Boys Story', the live documentary directed by Spike Jonze, will be available to stream worldwide on April 24.
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Epstein, Maxwell lured art students to ranch for sex games
The pedophile and his muse thought they had another winner. Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged scheme was to get a trio of attractive young art students to his Zorro ranch in New Mexico for a sex-packed weekend. The promise for the women was a five-figure commission for a mural. For Epstein and his alleged […]
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Follow on Surrey's refusal to allow ride-hailing services to operate in the city
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said bylaw officers would fine the company and drivers working in the city because of a lack of business licence.
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‘Electricity is unforgiving’: Warning issued over new TikTok power outlet challenge
The so-called #OutletChallenge consists of someone sliding a coin in between a phone charger that is loosely plugged into an outlet and then sharing the video to social media.
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Harvey Weinstein trial moves swiftly with more accusers on deck
A secondary witness took the stand Tuesday, where she detailed her allegation that Weinstein forced oral sex on her at his New York City apartment in 2006.
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Ontario government announces $125,000 to support upgrades to Brighton Skate Park
The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant helps organizers reach their fundraising goal of $260,000.
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Contract talks between CUPE and the Saskatchewan government break down
CUPE Local 600, which represents social service workers in the province, said talks halted after the Saskatchewan government walked away from the bargaining table.
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VPD release photo of suspect in theft of Lake Babine Nation regalia
For two weeks, VPD have been investigating the overnight break-in of a van belonging to the Lake Babine Nation.
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Halifax mental health walk-in clinic project forced to close due to lack of funding
Counsellors will see their last patients at both locations this week.
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2 charged in Edmonton drug trafficking investigation; meth, fentanyl and GHB seized
The four-month investigation resulted in dozens of charges against two Edmontonians.
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EISEN: Evidence fails to back union demands for smaller class sizes
BEN EISEN During the ongoing rotating teacher strikes in Ontario, which could ramp up next week to two days a week, union leaders have pointed to classroom size as a key bone of contention and have repeatedly warned that proposed increases to the number of students per teacher will hurt the quality of education in […]
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2019 ‘challenging’ for Saskatoon’s home builders: SRHBA
The demand for more affordable housing was the lone bright spot for Saskatoon’s new home builders, according to the SRHBA.
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Surrey private instructor charged with sexual interference involving former students
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2010 and 2012.
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Powerful earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake measured a powerful magnitude 7.7.
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What is Facebook’s new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool and can you shut it off?
A new tool launched worldwide Tuesday shows users a list of information that businesses share with Facebook and your interactions with them. 
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Coronavirus: Toronto schools, universities on alert amid reports parents of students shared flight with patient
There has been mounting fear in some local communities in the GTA after reports this week detailed the virus’s outbreak in certain countries as well as its impact in China
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Vinay Menon: CNN comes to Donald Trump’s rescue with ‘boomer rube’ crack
Amid impeachment trial, Trump keeps firing at CNN, even as it hands him ammo.
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Vernon Adams Jr. signs contract extension with Montreal Alouettes
The Montreal Alouettes have signed quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., to a contract extension, which goes through the 2022 season.
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7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica
It was centered 125 kilometres north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and hit at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday.
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How two sisters survived being trapped in a canyon for seven days
It’s been 35 years since the Culjak sisters experienced the week that changed their lives.
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SIU terminates investigation after determining that man’s injury in Barrie cell ‘self-inflicted’
Ontario's police watchdog has terminated an investigation into an injury sustained by a 37-year-old man while he was in a police cell in Barrie.
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Low-ranking underdog sumo wrestler bursts into tears after winning top-division tournament
Tokushoryu became the first low-ranking wrestler to win a top title since 2000.
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Ighani granted freedom, sentenced to time-served for Okanagan prison attacks
Afshin Maleki Ighani, 48, pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton on Tuesday to two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of assaulting a peace officer.
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Calgary-based Calfrac reports fourth quarter loss on lower revenue
One of Canada's largest oil and gas well completion companies is reporting a loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 as demand for its services remains at a low ebb.
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Cambridge lawyer launches Conservative leadership bid
Jim Karahalios, who is married to Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios, has launched a website to support his bid for the top spot in the Conservative Party.
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Adnoc’s $15B gas pipeline draws interest from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, BlackRock
Abu Dhabi’s state-owned oil giant expects to receive first-round bids for a stake in mid-February, sources say.
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Top Tory Leadership Hopefuls Commit To Marching In Pride Parades
OTTAWA — The most high-profile Conservative leadership candidates jockeying to replace Andrew Scheer have made it clear they want to move forward from an issue that dogged the party by walking in Pride paradesPeter MacKay released a statement Tuesday calling Pride parades “important.” The former Conservative cabinet minister, who launched his leadership bid Saturday, said he intends to march in Toronto’s parade this summer, whether he wins the contest or not. “We live in a world where sexual orientation and gender identity are still used by tyrants and bigots to belittle and oppress,” MacKay said. “In Canada, we are lucky to have a society that has grown more tolerant, more accepting, and more understanding, but there is still more work to be done.”Watch: Pierre Poilievre says decision to bow out of Conservative leadership weeks in the making. Story continues below video. MacKay’s statement also worked in a nod to former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, who became the first party leader to march in a Pride parade in 2016. MacKay said the next leader of the party should follow in her footsteps. Ambrose, a former Alberta MP and federal cabinet minister, recently ended weeks of speculation and ruled herself out of the current leadership race.Pride parades are important. pic.twitter.com/5D43zwOrDY— Peter MacKay (@PeterMacKay) January 28, 2020MacKay’s declaration comes a day after leadership rival Erin O’Toole confirmed he would march in future Pride parades, should he become leader.After delivering a speech in Calgary for the official launch of his leadership campaign Monday, O’Toole said he would march in a Pride parade. The Durham MP was responding to an audience member’s question at the time, according to the National Post. “There are no albatrosses in my Conservative party,” O’Toole said, an apparent reference to MacKay’s post-election musing that social issues hung around Scheer’s neck like a “stinking albatross” during the fall campaign. The reference to the large oceanic bird was a dig at an earlier comment made by MacKay about Scheer’s election performance.  O’Toole has since clarified his declaration, saying that he will march in Pride parades — but not at one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. “I will not participate in the Toronto Pride Parade while its policy is to exclude Canadians, especially uniformed police officers,” he said in a statement Tuesday. The former Royal Canadian Air Force officer called the policy a “regrettable position” that is “incompatible with the principles of inclusivity and the equality of all Canadian.”Inclusive Pride parades are important. pic.twitter.com/0tpGjpglYQ— Erin O'Toole (@ErinOTooleMP) January 28, 2020Toronto Pride members voted last year to bar uniformed officers from marching in the parade.Marilyn Gladu also has said she would also march in Pride parades. The Sarnia–Lambton told HuffPost the leadership convention will be in Toronto in June during Pride weekend and that she will participate regardless if she is elected leader or not.During the election, Scheer repeatedly defended his decision not to walk in Pride parades. He told “Tout le monde en parle” in September that he would stand up for people who are persecuted for their sexual orientation. The outgoing Conservative leader has not marched in a Pride parade since he started leading the party in 2017. Prior to the election, Liberals continuously pressed Scheer on his “lifelong boycott” of Pride-related events.Rachel Giese, editorial director of Xtra, previously called the Liberals’ attack against Scheer “strange,” telling CBC Radio’s “The House” that the government was “exploiting the community to take a hit at the Conservative party.”Scheer’s unclear responses on social issues during the election, including on abortion and same-sex marriage, was one issue that challenged the party’s ability to expand its base. Despite Scheer’s failure to defeat Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, blighted by the SNC-Lavalin affair, and domestic and international controversies, Conservatives increased their seat count to 121 from 95 — reducing the incumbent Liberal majority government to a minority.Renewed attention has been drawn to the issue since since Tory leadership candidate Richard Décarie told CTV News’ “Power Play” that he thinks being gay is a choice. Décarie, a former Conservative staffer, is one of two social conservatives who have jumped into the federal leadership race, including rookie Hastings–Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan.RELATED Top Tories Hammer Leadership Hopeful For Claim Being Gay Is A ‘Choice’ Scheer Says No 'Free Ride' For Liberals While Tories Look For New Leader Erin O’Toole Launches Tory Leadership Bid To ‘Take Canada Back’ Peter MacKay Launches Bid For Conservative Leadership Rona Ambrose Rules Out Conservative Leadership Bid Heading into the first day of the party’s winter caucus retreat in Ottawa last week, Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner shared her frustration with reporters over the focus on differing views on social issues under the Conservative tent. Rempel Garner said other issues, such as national unity and Alberta’s place in Confederation, are tensions that she wishes people would pay more attention to.“I am very, very tired, beyond tired of my party being hijacked by this type of bigotry,” she said.Conservative party members will pick their next leader at a leadership convention on June 27 in Toronto.
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Harley-Davidson shares fall as revenue misses estimates
Motorcycle revenue and shipments fell more than expected, adding urgency to CEO Matt Levatich’s effort to expand the manufacturer’s sales overseas.
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7.7 magnitude earthquake recorded between Cuba and Jamaica
The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday.
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7.7 magnitude earthquake recorded near Cuba
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded just south of Cuba, although it is unclear whether or not any damages have been reported.
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Honouring Kobe Bryant: Fans, players pay tribute on and off the court
The tragic death of the 41-year-old NBA superstar continues to be a shock for players, family members and fans worldwide.
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Ontario education minister: ‘Disturbing’ that ETFO is withdrawing services for ‘vulnerable’ kids
A number of hospital boards will be affected by rotating strikes and a one-day walkout by members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) next week.
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Brossard hopes new infrastructure will help ease traffic woes on Lapinière Boulevard
Brossard city officials hope the spending of a combined $40 million on infrastructure will help the traffic woes Lapinière Boulevard.
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Hero to villain? Vigilante Phoenix Jones arrested on drug charges in Seattle
Phoenix Jones, a.k.a. Benjamin Francis Fodor, was arrested after an undercover sting by police in Seattle, Wash.
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Northern Alberta community could be without running water for 7-10 days
Alberta Health Services issued an advisory Friday after a mistake at the Janvier plant.
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