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Severely burned man gives back to Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society
A Calgary father is recovering from third-degree burns to a quarter of his body after being scalded by hot water in his own home.
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Giuliani has Ukraine info he wants to take to Congress, Trump says
Trump said Giuliani had not yet told him what information he has gathered, though the president said he’s heard it was plentiful.
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Blues a fine example, but Leafs looking to set their own path
ST. LOUIS — The Maple Leafs were scrambling to get back into a playoff spot, but they didn’t look across the ice on Saturday night at the Enterprise Center and wondered what might be. Though the St. Louis Blues are the perfect example of a team that can turn its fortunes around completely — the […]
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‘Peace and love and joy’: The Tenors bring surprise Yuletide treat to the annual Toronto Star Christmas Carol Concert
The annual concert is in support of the Star Santa Claus Fund, which hopes to raise $1.7 million to provide 45,000 children across the GTA with a gift box this season.
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Raptors feeling good a quarter of the way through NBA season
The NBA season has rounded the quarter pole and the Toronto Raptors have been one of the early surprises. Without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, and with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka missing significant time due to injuries, Toronto has been extremely sharp defensively and elite shooting three-pointers. The result has been a 15-6 record, […]
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B.C. highway crash earlier this week involved pregnant woman, over-the-bank rescue
Police say the woman was in good health and spirits after the accident, which saw the vehicle leave the highway under slippery road conditions.
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‘It was really tough’: Edmontonian beats burpee world record, raises money for autism
Const. Stephen Schaefer completed 949 burpees during a special event at Generate Fitness on Saturday afternoon.
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Christmas campaigns kick off at Calgary Humane Society
The Calgary Humane Society is kicking off the Christmas season, raising awareness of homeless animals through coinciding campaigns.
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Shooting kills 4 near Mexico’s presidential residence
Paramedics found the gunman dead, along with two other people, the pollice said.
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Family looking for answers after pet pig killed near Mayerthorpe; no suspects
An Alberta man is searching for answers after his pet pot belly pig was shot and killed on his property.
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Miller stars in OT as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5
J.T. Miller scored on a power play 3:21 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Saturday afternoon.
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Vancouver mayor promises more police in wake of downtown violent shoplifting spike
Vancouver's 2020 budget, which will be voted on by council Tuesday, includes money for 25 new police officers and 10 new civilian employees.
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Two indigenous men shot dead in Brazil, near where forest guardian was killed weeks earlier
Indigenous tribes in Brazil are facing escalating violence during the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to reduce tribal rights and encouraged the commercial exploitation of their protected lands.
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CRIME HUNTER: Missing person’s probe reveals another murder
Lisa Brown walked away from her home on Nov. 10, 1998, and simply vanished. Detectives were never convinced she was looking for a new life or running from a troubled past. They believed she was murdered. But a $250,000 reward failed to make a dent in the probe of the missing Perth, Australia mom. “Lisa […]
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DEATH ROW: Next up for execution in the U.S.
Everything is bigger in Texas — including the number of executions carried out in the Lone Star State. Even Florida is a pretender when it comes to top honours in the American death machine. Six of the next 10 executions slated by state governments will take place at the death house in Huntsville. There’s one […]
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Nathan Chen wins 3rd straight title at figure skating Grand Prix Finals
Chen became only the second men’s skater to win the Grand Prix Finals three times in a row. The only other skater to have done that is Yuzuru Hanyu, who won four straight competitions from 2013 through 2016.
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EDITORIAL: Auditors expose false political claims on climate change
Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s report last week that Premier Doug Ford’s plan to meet Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets is “not yet supported by sound evidence” comes as no surprise. That’s because it’s the same conclusion her federal and provincial counterparts have reached in assessing almost all federal and provincial climate change plans. The […]
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Now the longest serving professional athlete in Toronto, Kyle Lowry has found a place to call home
The Philadelphia native thought he would be here a year or two but now Lowry is the longest-tenured athlete among Toronto’s professional sports teams. And the city really has become home.
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Moisson Montreal on a mission to feed 20,000 families
Many affiliated organizations close during the holiday season but the food bank wants to make sure no stomach is left empty going into the new year.
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Winnipeg family frustrated over slow repairs to accessible change rooms at pool
Kristen Clayden's face lights up when she talks about swimming at her dad's cabin at West Hawk Lake as a kid.
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RANDALL THE HANDLE: Will Buffalo pay the bills as a home dog?
The Ravens have won eight straight games and have covered in five of their past six with the one setback for their backers occurring in last week’s 20-17 win but non-cover versus the 49ers. Baltimore will visit Buffalo this afternoon where they will take on the league’s best money-makers on the season as the Bills’ […]
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Tide barriers to protect Venice from flooding pass another test — but skeptics remain
The system of movable underwater barriers, dubbed Moses, has been beset by corruption, cost overruns and delays.
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MALCOLM: Trudeau doesn’t know what to do with China
The Trudeau government has no idea how to handle its relationship with China. Ever since the diplomatic dispute over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou for violating U.S. sanctions laws by allegedly working with Iran and the resulting arrest of two Canadians as retribution, Trudeau looks like a fish out of water. He can’t […]
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FUREY: Beware – participation award culture is moving into the adult realm
This past summer everyone in my kid’s soccer team received medals after the last game. Both their team and the other team, even though only one of them won. We call these participation medals, the award you get for just showing up and doing the minimum. The merits of this have been long debated. Some […]
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Canada on track to be slightly warmer than normal in 2019
Environment and Climate Change Canada contributed to this week's dire State of the Climate report from the World Meteorological Organization, which says 2019 is set to wrap up the warmest decade on record.
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Second Harvest kicks off holiday season turkey drive at Loblaws
This holiday season, more tables in Toronto are in need of turkeys. But Second Harvest — a food rescue charity — is working with the Loblaws grocery chain for the 17th year on their Turkey Drive to ensure those in need enjoy a tasty meal during the holiday season. Second Harvest volunteers were in the […]
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Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton opens for 2019-20 ski season
The temperature at the hill on Saturday was -2 C, along with overcast skies and variable visibility.
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MLB’s whiteness in manager, GM jobs ‘same as it’s always been’
Only one of the 11 managerial and three GM vacancies across Major League Baseball this off-season was filled by racialized person, and baseball men such as Dusty Baker and Dave Stewart say there is little interest in remedying the situation.
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West Islanders need your help to give Christmas gifts to seniors in need
You can help a lonely senior get a Christmas gift,
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Days after hit-and-run sent pedestrian to hospital, Vancouver police seek more info
The victim remains in hospital as of Saturday, police said, and is being treated for serious head injuries.
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Manchester United players targeted by objects, racist abuse
Manchester City said it was working with police to identify any perpetrators of racist abuse.
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GUNTER: The throne speech was obsolete by the next day
I can never understand commentators who seem surprised (even irritated) by the vagueness of a throne speech. Vagueness is the point. A typical throne speech is to legislative agendas what daydreaming about winning the lottery is to retirement planning. Vice-regal addresses are accurate indications of a government’s priorities — until all those best-laid plans get […]
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How stroopwafels are becoming NBA players’ go-to snack
The stroopwafel, a favourite snack of the Netherlands typically baked by pressing a vanilla-cinnamon dough and a thin filling between flame-heated waffle irons, has permeated the NBA — but this one is made with honey instead of the traditional caramel.
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ROAD RAGE: Mississauga man allegedly points fake gun at another driver
A 41-year-old man is accused of brandishing a fake handgun at a fellow motorist during a road rage incident in Burlington. Halton Regional Police say they received reports of a man in a car waving a gun on Saturday morning. The man reportedly lowered his window and then pointed the fake gun at another driver. […]
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Lights, camera, action: Families in need receive free portraits in Lethbridge
Help Portrait Day in Lethbridge offers free professional photos to families in need this holiday season.
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Taste and tradition unites Saskatchewan mead lovers
Bushwakker started making the mead in the early 1990s. Over 400 pounds of specially selected Lumsden Valley honey is used in every batch along with 80 pounds of blackberries.
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GOLDBERG: It’s a mistake for Democrats to rush impeachment process
“The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” I make no claim to being a first-rate intelligence. I’m not even sure I can claim to function on many days. But that’s […]
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Can limiting eating to a 10-hour window improve your health?
In an early effort to explore the benefits of daily fasting in humans, researchers have found that people who are at high risk of developing diabetes improved their health in myriad ways when they ate all of their meals over a span of just over 10 hours, then fasted for the remainder of their 24-hour day.
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