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Peterborough man charged with thefts at mall: police
Peterborough police allege the man stole items from a couple of stores.
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Kousoulis first candidate to join Nova Scotia Liberal leadership race
The contest to replace Stephen McNeil as leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal party and premier officially has a candidate.
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McDonald’s employee in Saskatoon tests positive for the coronavirus
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Ontario reports 625 new coronavirus cases as province continues on upward trend
According to Wednesday's provincial report, 288 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 97 in Peel Region, 64 in Ottawa, and 41 in York Region.
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Search for life on Mars accelerates as new bodies of water found below planet's surface
A major new study of Mars published in the science journal Nature Astronomy has revealed several bodies of water under the surface at the planet’s south pole.  Researchers believe the new findings bolster previous research, which suggested the possibility of a large saltwater lake beneath the surface of Mars. The research is exciting scientists because liquid water is a key ingredient to life as we know it, and new findings could pave the way to further knowledge of alien life, they speculate. It’s known, for example, that similar lakes beneath glaciers on Earth are home to microbial life. Could the same be true for Mars? The discovery was made thanks to a tool called MARSIS, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, which is a low-frequency, pulse-limited radar sounder and altimeter instrument developed by a Rome university. It’s currently on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft orbiting Mars, where it sends radio waves into the planet’s surface and ice caps. These waves then bounce back towards the spacecraft, which measures and collects data about the returning pulse, allowing researchers to understand more about the planet’s matter. According to the Independent, the MARSIS helped researchers make a previous breakthrough when a large underground lake was found during a study in 2018. However, at that time there was some skepticism regarding the findings and data collected. In order to clearly determine whether the body of water was liquid, researchers felt they needed to investigate further. To do so, a team led by planetary scientist Elena Pettinelli from Roma Tre University looked to existing methods to study the lakes beneath Earth’s Antarctic glaciers, using satellites in orbit to bounce pulses back and forth. In doing so, they were able to compare data obtained from MARSIS of the area surrounding the body of water found on Mars, which allowed them to confirm that it was in fact liquid.  The method also allowed researchers to locate a number of other wet patches around the larger body of water under Mars’s surface, suggesting a number of salty lakes.  “Not only did we confirm the position, extent and strength of the reflector from our 2018 study but we found three new bright areas,” said Professor Pettinelli, who is also an author on the study published in Nature Astronomy. “The main lake is surrounded by smaller bodies of liquid water, but because of the technical characteristics of the radar, and of its distance from the Martian surface, we cannot conclusively determine whether they are interconnected,” she said in a statement. The subsurface lakes appear to be “hypersaline solutions” — extremely briney liquid with high concentrations of salt — which may explain why they are not frozen solid, given the extreme cold of Mars’ south pole.  The number of lakes also suggests their formation was a natural occurrence and that they have likely existed in several permutations throughout the planet’s history. If the lakes have been a consistent presence through long stretches of time, researchers believe they could have hosted alien life when Mars had a more hospitable environment. Perhaps, they speculate, some of the descendants of these life forms remain. “While the existence of a single subglacial lake could be attributed to exceptional conditions such as the presence of a volcano under the ice sheet, the discovery of an entire system of lakes implies that their formation process is relatively simple and common, and that these lakes have probably existed for much of Mars’ history,” said Roberto Orosei, principal investigator of the MARSIS experiment. “For this reason, they could still retain traces of any life forms that could have evolved when Mars had a dense atmosphere, a milder climate and the presence of liquid water on the surface, similar to the early Earth.” Researchers hope more studies in the future will examine whether alien life — or “astrobiological activity,” as it’s also called — can definitively be discovered on the planet. You might also be interested in… Twitter apologizes after users notice image-cropping algorithm favours white faces over Black Finland is now being run by five parties — all led by women ‘We will send police. With flame-throwers’: Italian mayors lose it at people refusing to self isolate  
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Drivers who photographed Alberta rollover handed distracted driving tickets by RCMP
RCMP said first responders noticed a handful of drivers taking photos of the rollover on their phones.
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Police charge Guelph man with child pornography offences
The Guelph man has been charged with possession of child pornography, distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography.
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Cambridge hires security guards to patrol overnight in downtown Galt
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Guelph police asking for help in locating missing man
Guelph police are asking for the community's help in locating a missing man with dementia.
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One in seven Canadians experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic: report
The number of Canadians who struggle to put good food on the table is increasing as a result of layoffs and the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, according to a new report which examined the impact food insecurity has on people’s lives.
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9 people displaced by North Sydney fire that damaged 2-storey building
The fire on King Street was reported around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 
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Chris Knight: A high bar for SNL to turn the 2020 presidential debate into something we can laugh about
Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin took to the stage last night to — no, wait. I’m thinking ahead to the return of Saturday Night Live this weekend, and what I’m certain will be a livelier, much shorter version of the 90-plus-minute debate that took place in Ohio last night. I’m hoping that Donald Trump’s little magic trick of pulling a face mask out of his breast pocket gets turned into a bit where he pulls out all manner of objects, like a cartoon character. Stocks are falling around the world after Biden/Trump debate reinforces what an ugly contest this will be 'You're the worst president America has ever had': Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash in chaotic debate I tuned in to the first 2020 presidential debate hoping for theatrics, zingers and maybe a bit of light entertainment, used to hearing clips of Trump on the likes of Seth Meyers’ Closer Look segments, or coming out of the mouth of comedian and celebrity lip-syncer Sarah Cooper. Instead, I watched an ugly slugfest that recalled, to borrow from Hollywood, the tagline of 2004’s Alien vs. Predator: “Whoever wins … we lose.” “We,” of course, refers to the American people, whose traditional two-party system briefly became a three-party donnybrook when Democratic hopeful Joe Biden debated President Donald Trump debated moderator Chris Wallace, with all three men shouting over each other as they struggled to make themselves heard. “I’ll ask Joe,” Trump said at one point, unhappy with the line of questioning and, as he tends to be, with the media in general. Wallace responded: “I’m the moderator of this debate and I’d like you to let me ask my question.” To which Trump remarked: “I guess I’m debating you, not him.” When that calmed down, other issues bubbled up. Trump was gunning for Biden’s son Hunter, while Biden tried to chuckle, sometimes looked shocked, and on one occasion told Trump to “Shut up, man.” It was a debacle, and it just got worse whenever Trump was called to defend or denounce his more extreme views. On whether he believed that humanity bears responsibility for the climate change crisis he managed this: “I think a lot of things do, but I think, to an extent, yes.” He added that his goal was “beautiful, clean air.” On the subject of white supremacists he was less clear. Asked to explain his decision to end racial sensitivity training programs at the White House, Trump said he did so because it was racist – against whites, he implied. “If you were a certain person you had no status in life. It was sort of a reversal.” Biden was more succinct in his rebuttal: “He’s a racist.” Wallace then asked Trump to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. He said he would. “Go ahead, sir,” said Wallace. “Say it. Do it. Say it,” added Biden. Trump wanted to know what to call them. Biden gave him Proud Boys, naming a neo-Nazi group. “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” And on the crucial question of whether either leader would urge calm from their supporters in the event of a contested election, Trump would not. “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully,” he said, continuing to complain about spoiled Trump ballots allegedly found in rivers and “wastepaper baskets,” an oddly anachronistic phrase. “This is not going to end well,” he rumbled ominously. And on that I believed him. I’m still counting on SNL to turn this into something we can all laugh about. Because, for all that Biden tried to chuckle, no one was laughing last night. National Post cknight@postmedia.com twitter.com/chrisknightfilm
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American could face prison time in Thailand for posting irate TripAdvisor review
A disgruntled American citizen and resort hotel patron in Thailand is facing serious legal consequences after leaving a negative review of his dining experience on TripAdvisor, the New York Times reports. Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, became dissatisfied with his meal at the Sea View Koh Chang resort on the island of Koh Chang, when staff attempted to charge him a $15 corkage fee after Barnes brought his own bottle of alcohol to the table. After a verbal spat with a manager, Barnes took to the internet to complain about the experience — as North Americans are wont to do — detailing allegedly “unfriendly staff” who he claimed “act like they don’t want anyone here.” But after Sea View staff got wind of the review, and subsequently failed to have it removed from TripAdvisor by the site or to make contact with Barnes himself, management made the decision to contact local authorities and file a complaint under Thailand’s strict defamation laws. “The Sea View Resort owner filed a complaint that the defendant had posted unfair reviews on his hotel on the Tripadvisor website,” Koh Chang Police Colonel Thanapon Taemsara told AFP, noting that Barnes stood accused of causing “damage to the reputation of the hotel.” Consequently, Barnes was arrested and spent a weekend in jail before being released on bail. If he is convicted of criminal defamation, he could be sentenced to up to two years in custody and fined up to 200,000 Baht (approximately C$8,486). “We chose to file a complaint to serve as a deterrent, as we understood he may continue to write negative reviews week after week for the foreseeable future,” a rep for the hotel told CBS News. But instead of preventing damage to the resort’s reputation, Barnes’ arrest has created a public relations nightmare for the Sea View Koh Chang, garnering an explosion of negative online reviews, bad press, and even death threats, according to staff. Thailand’s economy is largely fuelled by tourism, an industry hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic since the Thai government banned nearly all foreign nationals from entering the country until Oct. 1, with few exceptions . The country’s defamation laws have long been criticized by human rights activists, who claim they are used to muzzle free speech in the country — and Barnes’ legal ordeal may make it challenging to attract foreigners when the country re-opens.  
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Thirty per cent of Canadians are concerned about political censorship online, poll reveals
Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians do not trust the integrity of the information they see online, according to a recent poll, and 30 per cent of those surveyed report concerns of political censorship.
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Representation lacking within Regina Police Service, despite more workers: report
The Regina Police Service presented its 2019 equity report to the Board of Police commissioners on Sept 29. RPS failed to meet equity targets developed by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
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Rainfall warning in effect for Montreal as heavy showers continue
Environment Canada says between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain are expected by the end of the day.
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Firefighters knock down blaze at industrial building in Hamilton
Hamilton Fire says the blaze started around 5 a.m. at a building on Parkdale Avenue north.
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While you were sleeping: That sound? Oh, just a sonic boom.
A french fighter jet was given permission to break the sound barrier over Paris, rattling windows and prompting a surge in phone calls to police.
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There's just something to like about the Heat as the NBA Finals begin
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Six takeaways from the first presidential debate
Shouting, interruptions and often incoherent cross talk filled the air as Trump purposefully and repeatedly heckled and blurted over his rival and the moderator alike in a 90-minute melee that showcased the president’s sense of urgency to upend a race in which polls show him trailing.
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Canadian economy grew by 3 per cent in July amid coronavirus: StatsCan
The GDP growth matched economists' estimates amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Brampton driving school instructor charged with sexual assault
Police said the suspect advertised his services through online classified website.
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New COVID-19 mobile test site opens in Winnipeg
As cases rise and lines to get tested lengthen, a new mobile test site opened Wednesday in Winnipeg.
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