Raptors settling in nicely with Orlando NBA return around corner

Having run his troops through mostly individual workouts the past week at Florida Gulf Coast University, Nick Nurse says he is pleasantly surprised by both their approach and their conditioning. The Raptors head coach admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect from his team after a near four-month layoff. “I think I would say I […]
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Scientists surprised at Fort McMurray fire’s long impact on rivers 4 years later
In May 2016, the fire swept through nearly 6,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in northern Alberta.
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Second Cup opens its first weed shop in Toronto
Would you like a side of THC with your Americano? Second Cup announced it opened its first cannabis dispensary in midtown Toronto on Friday, with six more locations across Ontario by the end of the year. As part of the restructuring, a number of its venues will be transformed from coffee shops into weed retail […]
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Shell’s Quest carbon capture project hits milestone of 5M tonnes
Shell Canada says the Quest carbon capture and storage project north of Edmonton has reached the milestone of five million tonnes of stored carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of about 1.25 million cars.
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Edmontonians share memories of The Billiard Club after closure announcement
After 27 years, a fixture on Whyte Ave will permanently close.
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B.C.’s iconic grizzly bear adapting to coexist with people in the Okanagan
"Not in the valley bottom proper but right on the edge, right where the trees end and grass starts, there are [grizzly] bears right there," UBC Okanagan wildlife scientist Clayton Lamb said.
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Health care unions considering political action over Ontario’s COVID-19 emergency act
Unions representing Ontario's health-care workers are consulting with their memberships about taking political action in response to the province potentially extending its emergency act.
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Bill Morneau took part in the decision to award the WE contract, even though his daughter works for the charity
Bill Morneau did not recuse himself from cabinet decision to award WE Charity contract to deliver student volunteer money, despite direct family connections to the organization.
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It pays to know your ‘Clutterbug’ personality
When organizing expert Cass Aarssen first started helping families to declutter and establish home storage systems, her motto was: If it doesn’t stay organized, I’ll come back free of charge. It didn’t take long to realize her mistake. “It was a terrible motto because I kept having to go back and reorganize for free over […]
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Blue Jays players react to threat of $750G fines if leave summer bubble
Toronto Blue Jays players reportedly could be facing a $750,000 fine if caught breaking quarantine. And some players aren’t too happy about it, as their tweets in reply to the news getting out indicated. “Here is what’s going to keep #BlueJays players in their stadium/hotel bubble this summer,” TSN‘s Scott Mitchell tweeted on Friday. “Per […]
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Peterborough area alternate summer camps planned, others cancelled or delayed
With usual summer camps called off amid the coronavirus crisis, the City of Peterborough will offer an alternate Summer Play Program starting next week.
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Florida men charged with selling bleach as COVID-19 ‘miracle cure’
The self-styled 'bishop' and his sons sold their toxic 'sacrament' as a cure-all for years, according to the criminal complaint.
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London man accused of stunt driving had baby in vehicle, Perth OPP say
Perth OPP say an officer stopped the motorist along Perth Road 180 in West Perth around 10:30 p.m. Monday.
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Celebrity news: Atom Egoyan film part of TIFF’s new digital platform; Simple Plan bassist leaves group
Also: ‘Vikings’ gets a Comic-Con@Home panel; ‘Schitt’s Creek’ up for Program of the Year at TCA Awards; animator finish ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ from home.
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Renew your home with a fresh coat of paint
There’s lots to love about a fresh coat of paint. Painting is probably the easiest, cheapest and most impactful way to change a home’s aesthetic. It can also be a tricky process. Here are a few lessons learned in my time as a professional designer, which will help you not only survive your next paint […]
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‘DENTAL KAREN’ GOES OFF: Woman irate at being denied service
A woman really wanted her teeth cleaned but empathically didn’t want her temperature taken in order to see he dentist, according to a video posted this week to TikTok. The woman was denied service at an unidentified dental office when she refused to wear a mask, submit to a temperature check, or fill out forms. […]
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Eminem, Kid Cudi drop new song ‘The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady’
In his verse, Eminem raps about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump administration before paying homage to the late George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
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Money now buys more happiness than it used to, huge new analysis finds
By Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University Many factors  determine happiness , but one has stirred considerable controversy over the years: money. While the old adage says that money can’t buy happiness, several studies have determined that the more your income increases, the happier you are, up until  US$75,000 a year . After hitting that threshold, more income doesn’t make a difference. But in a  new analysis  of more than 40,000 U.S. adults aged 30 and over, my colleague and I found an even deeper relationship between money and happiness. Because the survey data spanned five decades, from 1972 to 2016, we were also able to see if the link between money and happiness changed over the years. That’s where things got interesting: Today, money and happiness are more strongly related than they were in the past. It seems money buys more happiness than it used to. How did this happen? A striking class divide We decided to look at happiness trends through the lens of class, specifically via income and education. Among white Americans in the 1970s, adults with and without a college degree were equally likely to say they were “very happy” – around 40%. But by the 2010s, there was an education gap in happiness: Only 29% of those without a degree said they were very happy, compared with 40% of those with a degree. The same was true for income: The difference in happiness by income level grew steadily larger from the 1970s to the 2010s. The happiness of Black Americans with more education and income increased from the 1970s to the 2010s, while the happiness of those with less education and income stayed steady. Thus, a small happiness gap by income level in the 1970s became a larger gap by the 2010s for Black Americans. Furthermore, unlike previous studies, there was no happiness plateau or saturation at higher levels of income. For example, adults making $160,000 or more a year in 2020 dollars were happier than those making between $115,000 and $160,000. Less isn’t more There are likely many reasons for these trends. For one, income inequality has grown: The rich have gotten richer, and the poor have gotten poorer. Today the average company CEO  makes 271 times the salary of a typical worker , up from 30 times more in 1978. While it was once possible to buy a house and support a family with a high school education,  that has become increasingly difficult . In a society with more income inequality, the gulf between the “haves” and the “have nots” is more stark, with fewer belonging to the middle class. That’s partially because the cost of many key needs,  such as housing, education and health care , have outpaced inflation, and salaries haven’t kept up even as workers became more productive. Marriage rates may also explain part of the trend. In the 1970s, marriage rates hardly differed by class, but  now those with more income and education are more likely to be married than those with less . Married people are  happier on average than unmarried people . When we controlled for marriage rates, the trend toward a growing class divide in happiness lessened – though it still remained, suggesting several factors were at work. The road ahead In 2015, a widely circulated paper found that  the death rate for white Americans without a college degree was increasing . Many of these deaths were what the researchers called “ deaths of despair ,” including suicide and drug overdoses. If anything, the class divide in well-being has grown even larger during the COVID-19 pandemic, as  lower-income Americans were more likely to lose their jobs . All of this evidence suggests that the class divide in both physical and mental health is large and growing in the U.S. Politicians are beginning to recognize this, with more supporting the idea of universal basic income, in which all citizens receive a set amount of money from the government each month. Andrew Yang gained traction in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries partially through  his support of universal basic income , and more  mayors across the country  are experimenting with guaranteed income. As a general rule, stark divisions by class have a negative impact on the well-being of a society.  One study  found that people living in countries with more income inequality were less happy. In a nation already deeply polarized, these growing class divisions will likely only make matters worse. As the 2020 election approaches, political campaigns must recognize the ramifications of these sharp class divides. The nation’s happiness and well-being are at stake.
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BILD: Renovating during a pandemic
On May 14, the Government of Ontario expanded the list of allowable construction activities under the COVID-19 Emergency Orders to allow new renovation projects to start. Previously, only work on renovation projects that were already underway was permitted. To help guide renovators and protect homeowners, our partners at the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) developed […]
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Zebra mussels discovered in another Manitoba lake
Adult zebra mussels have been discovered in Sipiwesk Lake in Manitoba, which is north of Cross Lake and part of the Nelson River.
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Coronavirus: Kingston-area public health wants government to extend U.S. border closure
KFL&A Public Health is asking all levels of government to secure the borders until the number of positive cases in the US decreases.
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Art meets life: Can pandemic movies prepare us for the real thing?
Fans of horror and pandemic movies and the 'morbidly curious' show better psychological resilience in relation to the real pandemic, a study argues.
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Human error, lack of training cause of train crash west of Kingston, Ont.: TSB
The Transportation Safety Board says lack of training and human error were contributing factors to a train crash west of Kingston, Ont., last year.
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Simple Plan’s David Desrosiers leaves band following sexual misconduct allegations
'I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused to these women,' David Desrosiers said.
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Peterborough police charge 2 in separate domestic violence investigations
In one of the reported incidents, Peterborough police allege a woman assaulted a man with a pair of scissors.
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Two nature hot spots in southwestern Ontario to plan for this summer
The Thames Valley Trail and the St. Williams Conservation Reserve offer a chance to see a broad range of Ontario’s flora and fauna.
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Canadian Kyle Nelson ready for anything on UFC’s Fight Island
The 29-year-old featherweight from Huntsville, Ont., who has undergone three COVID-19 tests and two quarantines already in the last week, is helping corner a teammate but is ready for anything.
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Saint John businesses say city needs to look more inviting to attract Atlantic bubble tourists
Businesses in uptown Saint John say they're disappointed the city did not plant flowers this year.
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Toronto City Hall’s tent city dismantled
After three weeks, it’s all over. Just after 6 a.m. Friday, occupants of a tent city that sprung up on Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall last month were awoken by city security officers and told to pack up and leave. #TheEncampment at #CityHall is coming down pic.twitter.com/CcfHnc6XcA — Jack Boland (@TorSunphoto21) July 10, […]
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International Medical Students Fear Risks In Flying To Canada For Mandatory Exam
International medical students are urging a re-evaluation of an in-person exam that would force them to fly to Canada during the pandemic.The exam, called the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC), is scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13. It is a requirement for international medical graduates who plan to apply to residency in Canada. The exam “includes a series of stations where candidates are presented with typical clinical scenarios using in-person simulations,” according to the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), and is used by residency programs to screen and select international medical students for training. Even though the physical part of the examination to assess clinical skills has been cancelled, candidates must still attend in-person to describe verbally what they would do in various clinical situations. The exam is also held in March every year, but writing it then makes it too late for students to apply to residency, which will be in February 2021 because of the pandemic.HuffPost Canada spoke to several students who are concerned about booking last-minute flights not knowing whether test centres will be open and worried about missing so much school because of the required quarantine periods that they won’t be able to graduate.“Ultimately, international medical students, whether residing in Canada or abroad, are being forced to accept an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 by participating in the NAC examination,” according to an open letter written by two students sent to the deans of Canadian medical schools, and shared with HuffPost.Over 900 people have signed a petition asking for the exam to be moved to a future date, changed to an online format or cancelled altogether. “The MCC understands that travel during the pandemic is especially challenging, however our stakeholders have encouraged us to continue with administration of our exams despite the uncertainty,” Dr. Maureen Topps, the MCC’s Executive Director and CEO, said in an email to HuffPost. “We are actively encouraging candidates to select exam locations close to their current address due to travel restrictions, and to pay close attention to public health announcements.” There are 10 test centres in major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.WATCH: How does Canada compare to other countries on COVID-19 hygiene? Story continues below.  Over 1,400 students have registered to take the exam so far, and the council is offering refunds to students unable to write the exam because of the pandemic. A “significant portion” of candidates are typically in Canada before writing the exam, Topps said. On the MCC’s website, the council says it will “make every effort” to offer students an alternate time and location to write the exam if a second wave of COVID-19 prevents them from attending the exam. A spokesperson for the Canadian Resident Matching Service declined to comment.Graduating medical students in Canada previously told HuffPost about their concerns with writing an online licensing exam also required by the MCC, including not taking breaks to eat, drink or use the bathroom during the lengthy exam for fear of being disconnected by the system. The MCC has said it will conduct a review of the exam season. Exam could be cancelled up to the day of writingThe MCC says on its website that the NAC exam could be cancelled for reasons out of its control right up to the day of the exam, and that students should pay attention to local travel advisories. Physical distancing and other protective measures will be put in place at exam centres in accordance with local public health guidelines, the MCC says. Students note in the open letter that the exam could coincide with the predicted second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The two weeks of isolation required upon entering Canada — and the two weeks of isolation upon returning to the country they’re studying in — would cost students a month of lost rotations, which they’re supposed to be doing at their international school in the fall, and potentially mean students risk not being able to graduate. (International medical graduates are typically able to take a few days off to fly to Canada, write the exam and fly back.)But if students don’t do the exam, they’ll be “effectively withdraw[ing]” from a chance to be matched as a resident in 2021, according to the letter.It would also be challenging to book last-minute flights with current limited flight schedules and find safe accommodations upon arriving in Canada, students say in the letter.Students add that the American licensing board for international medical graduates (IMG) suspended its clinical skills exam for 12-18 months because of the risk it would pose to students. The board outlined different ways for applicants to be verified if they’re licensed to practise in another country, like if they’ve passed a different standardized clinical skills exam or attend an accredited medical school where an official can attest to their skills. “It should be possible for Canada to develop similar alternative pathways,” the letter reads.Students don’t feel safe planning to fly in September A Canadian medical student studying in Dublin, Ireland, who helped write the open letter, told HuffPost she has the exam booked but is waiting to book her flight until she’s more confident the test won’t be cancelled. She said she doesn’t feel safe flying, given that some airlines have stopped physical distancing on planes.The student asked to remain anonymous because she fears speaking about the exam could compromise her residency applications. Even if she was in Canada, she said she wouldn’t feel safe going to a test centre to write the exam, because there’s no guarantee her fellow students would have quarantined after their international flights. It’s concerning that students will be flying into Canada and potentially putting others at risk just to write an exam, she said. “People are flying internationally to come to certain communities to write an exam that is very, very unnecessary.”These are amazing, qualified students, and they're all planning to go to the U.S. instead.International medical studentShe said students are also concerned about the scores. Typically they are given number grades, but this year the test will be marked by three categories: fail, pass and pass with superior performance — which the student worries won’t be helpful to the program directors reviewing residency applications.One doctor planning to apply to residency in Canada in 2021 said she’s in a “big dilemma” about international travel. She is a Canadian citizen working in Australia, where she completed her medical training. She said if she flies into Canada, she’s not sure she’d be able to return to Australia because of the travel restrictions there. The two-week quarantine in both countries would also amount to missing a month of work. Because the MCC has said the exam can be cancelled at any point, planning travel is a “nightmare,” she said. Some students choosing not to come to CanadaAnother Canadian student attending school in Dublin who helped write the petition told HuffPost that many of her friends, top students in their classes, are simply choosing not to write the exam and not apply to do their residency in Canada. She also asked not to be identified out of fear that speaking out could impact her residency options.“These are amazing, qualified students, and they’re all planning to go to the U.S. instead,” she said. That student has been in Canada since March, and plans to stay to do the exam in September before flying back to Ireland. By the time she’s quarantined for two weeks there, she’ll have missed about a month of her clinical rotations. Her school has made a contingency plan for students like her, to allow them to make up those four weeks in January. But she would have otherwise been doing her elective rotations at hospitals in Canada in January, to gather reference letters to support her residency application. She described it as a Catch-22, trying to decide between being at school in Dublin to graduate, or writing the exam in Canada to apply to residency. It’s a “horrible feeling” to be caught between both, the student said.International medical graduates knew to expect challenges, like additional exams and a greater financial burden. But this situation has been overwhelming, she said. “I am a Canadian citizen, so I feel like I have the right to pursue training and job opportunities in my home country, but it’s just impossible at this point,” the student said. Dr. Tooba Ali is a physician in Oshawa, Ont. who went to medical school in Pakistan. She said Canada relies on IMGs like herself because we don’t have enough physicians graduating from domestic medical schools to meet the needs of underserved, often rural, areas. It’s unfair to international students to go ahead with the exam, she told HuffPost.READ MORE Canadian Medical Students Demand Change After ‘Inhumane’ Exam Conditions Canadian Med Students Lead 3D Printing Crusade For Health-Care Masks Thousands Of Canadian Students Face Deportation Due To New U.S. Policy Bedside Moments, Last Breaths. ER Docs Face Down ‘Nasty Beast’ Of COVID-19. “Obviously we want to make sure that the doctors entering the workforce are trained and safe for Canadians, but there are many different ways to set up those checks and balances,” Ali said. She said the alternatives that students have suggested, like holding an online exam or getting a doctor at a student’s international school to vouch for their clinical skills, are valid options that should be considered because of the unprecedented pandemic circumstances. Ali said she also worries that the decision to go ahead with the exam will disadvantage students who are immigrants and not Canadian citizens studying abroad, or students who can’t afford the cost of last-minute travel or accommodations. “They’re more barriers that they’re sending against [international students] so I really hope that somehow the Medical Council of Canada can think of more creative ways [to hold the exam].”
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Advocates call for an early ‘window’ into Nova Scotia’s plan for schools
The Education Department will release its plan for schools by the end of the month, but some parent and teacher advocates are concerned about transparency.
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FEDELI: Support local manufacturers with help of ‘Ontario Made’ logo
Ontario is the economic engine of Canada, and the plants, factories and workers in every corner of our province are the pistons that drive that engine. And when we issued the call for help in the fight against COVID-19, they answered. Through our Ontario Together web portal, we received thousands of submissions from companies eager […]
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Tories Call For Criminal Investigation Into WE Charity Scandal
OTTAWA — The Conservatives said Friday they want a criminal investigation into the Liberal government’s decision to have the WE organization run a $900-million program for student volunteers.Their call for police to step in comes after it was revealed that the group has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family.Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest with regard to the contract, as his long-standing family ties to the group are well known.But that review was launched prior to revelations the prime minister’s mother, brother and wife have been paid in the past by the WE organization.“The revelation that $350,000 in cash was paid by this organization to immediate members of Justin Trudeau’s family, that organization that he awarded a sole-sourced $1 billion contract to, that revelation raises the need for the police to take a look at it,” Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett said Friday.Watch: Here’s what Trudeau said about the WE charity in late June. Story continues below. The WE organization said Thursday that it had paid Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, about $250,000 for 28 speaking appearances at WE-related events between 2016 and 2020.His brother, Alexandre Trudeau, has been paid $32,000 for eight events, according to WE. The organization that represents them as speakers was paid additional commissions, WE said.And Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, received $1,400 in 2012 for a single appearance that year.Most of the payments went from the for-profit component of the organization called ME to WE Social Enterprise, which sponsors the charitable component, WE Charity said in a statement.About $64,000 went from WE Charity to Margaret Trudeau’s speaker’s bureau because of “an error in billing / payment” that WE said was later corrected.“Justin Trudeau has never been paid by WE Charity or ME to WE Social Enterprise for any speeches or any other matters,” WE Charity said.Trudeau has maintained the non-partisan public service recommended WE to administer the Canada Student Services Grant program, though did acknowledge he did not recuse himself from the cabinet approval of the deal.We’re not looking to bring down the government on this issue.Conservative ethics critic Michael BarrettTrudeau’s office said Thursday said “the prime minister’s relatives engage with a variety of organizations and support many personal causes on their own accord.”Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said late Thursday that Trudeau should step aside until the matter is fully probed, turning power over to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.The Conservatives did not echo that call on Friday, suggesting it is up to the Liberal caucus to look itself in the mirror and decide what should happen with their leadership. Liberal cabinet ministers must also reveal what they knew and when, Barrett said.Barrett also said his party does not intend to try to bring down the minority Liberals over the scandal.“We’re not looking to bring down the government on this issue,” he said.“We’re looking to get the truth and accountability.”RELATED Trudeau’s Mom, Brother Were Paid Thousands To Speak At WE Charity Events Trudeau Faces Ethics Investigation Over WE Charity Contract Tories Urge Watchdog To Review Government Contracts With WE Charity WE Charity, Feds Pull Plug On $900-Million Partnership Amid Backlash The section of the Criminal Code the Conservatives are suggesting could apply in this case is the same one that was once used to charge former Conservative senator Mike Duffy in the Senate expenses scandal.It deals with frauds on the government, and creates offences related to government officials, or their families, benefiting from government contracts.Duffy had been charged under this section for taking a $90,000 cheque from then-chief of staff to the prime minister, Nigel Wright, to repay his housing expenses.Duffy was found not guilty on that, and all, charges.The volunteer program that began under WE’s management promises to pay students $1,000 toward upcoming education costs for every 100 hours of volunteer work they put in between now and early fall, through approved charities and non-profits.Trudeau said in announcing WE as the program’s manager in late June that it was the only organization in Canada with the reach and expertise needed to run it properly.Placements are uncertain now that WE has withdrawn and the government itself is taking the program over.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020.
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Former Peterborough theatre mainstay charged with sex-related offences involving girl in 2013
A Brantford, Ont., man faces sex-related charges stemming from incidents in 2013 involving a girl under the age of 18 at the time.
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Amber Alert continues for missing Quebec girls, 6 and 11, and their father
Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said police aren’t ruling out anything in their search for Norah and Romy Carpentier, and their father, Martin Carpentier.
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Newfoundland and Labrador confirms 1st new coronavirus case since May 
It's the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in the province since May 28, bringing the provincial total to 262.
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Ottawa police apologize after white woman calls 911 on Black man in park
The police have apologized for their handling of an incident where a white woman called 911 on a Black man in a park, leading the operator to tell the man he’s intimidating the woman.
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How to reduce the risk of drowning in backyard pools
An appeal for safety measures comes from the Montreal Children's Hospital after two children under 5 died in pools in the space of a week.
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