Overnight apartment building fire in Revelstoke deemed suspicious by RCMP
Police say an investigation is underway, and that forensic specialists have been called in.
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Former Stingers all-star jailed for C.D.N. hit-and-run that injured two
One victim spent a month in a coma and was left with serious brain damage. It took her a year to recognize her mother.
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Canadiens' cupboard is stocked, player development guru Ramage says
The Habs have drafted 29 players during the past three years, but monitoring and finding them a place to play has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
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University of Manitoba Faculty Association’s bargaining unit to hold strike vote
The University of Manitoba Faculty Association says members of its bargaining unit will start voting on whether to strike this week.
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Edmonton woman introduces tour groups to city’s haunted history
Some of your favourite spots in Edmonton may have an eerie past.
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Saskatoon police officer tests positive for coronavirus
Saskatoon police says one of its officers, who tested COVID-19 positive, is in an administrative position and does not interact with the public in the course of their duties.
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COVID-19: Even small gatherings can kill during a pandemic, say health officials
Dr. Bonnie Henry said the latest death recorded was of a woman in her 80s who attended a small birthday party of less than 10 people in a private home.
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2 restaurants along 17 Avenue close their doors as COVID-19 pandemic wears on
Another Calgary restaurant announced it's shutting down its 17 avenue location due to ongoing obstacles along the popular strip. 
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Gregor Chisholm: The Blue Jays steal from both World Series teams, but they’re more like the Dodgers
Unlike Tampa, the Jays will be able to afford to pay their young stars through the arbitration years, which are still a couple of seasons away. A lucky few also will eventually sign long-term deals, and the Jays will at least attempt to improve that core with big free-agent additions, Gregor Chisholm writes.
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Celebrity news: Mehta’s ‘Funny Boy’ picked as Canada’s Oscar contender;former Miss America Cornett dies
Meanwhile, U.S. movie producer David Guillod is charged with sexual assault.
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Canfor plans for herbicide treatments on regenerating forests
Vancouver-based Canfor is preparing to implement a new pest management plan.
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Liberals renew filibuster of finance committee as WE scandal continues to percolate in parliament
OTTAWA — The confidence vote drama may have receded for now, but a committee standoff over WE documents and an ongoing ethics commissioner investigation are a reminder that the issues that nearly triggered an election last week are still alive and percolating in Parliament. The Liberals have once again filibustered the House of Commons finance committee over the issue of redactions applied to the government’s WE Charity documents, dragging out the meeting for eight hours on Wednesday. The chair, Liberal MP Wayne Easter, suspended the proceedings that night due to “health and safety reasons.” The meeting resumed late Thursday afternoon but the first part of it was conducted in camera, which blocks the public from viewing the discussions. Thursday also brought news that Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is dropping his investigation into whether the WE Charity trips taken by former Finance Minister Bill Morneau were an improper gift. As first reported by CBC, Dion has now informed Morneau that he accepts Morneau “genuinely believed” he’d reimbursed the 2017 travel taken in Ecuador and Kenya by himself and his family. Morneau hastily wrote a $41,000 cheque to WE in July after informing the finance committee he’d just realized he’d never paid back the expenses. Morneau resigned as finance minister and as an MP a few weeks later, saying he wanted to run to be secretary of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. However, the ethics commissioner is still investigating Morneau for not recusing himself from cabinet discussions on having WE Charity administer the $900-million Canada Student Service Grant program, despite the fact one of Morneau’s daughters worked for WE and another had spoken at WE Day events. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also being examined by Dion for not recusing himself despite his own family’s payments for speaking at WE events. It is not yet known when Dion will release his report, but it could arrive later this year. Top public servant offers to explain to finance committee why WE Charity documents were redacted Bloc MP sides with Liberals, attempt to unearth Trudeaus' WE Charity speaking contracts fails by one vote Regardless, the opposition parties are determined to continue with their own study into the matter. At issue in the finance committee are the thousands of pages of government documents related to the WE scandal that were disclosed to the committee in the summer. The documents were redacted by public servants before being handed over; the opposition parties have protested that this was a breach of their parliamentary privilege, as their motion had directed the redactions be done by the independent House of Commons law clerk. The Liberals are attempting to address the complaint by having the Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart appear at the committee to explain the redactions. “Conservatives, Bloc and NDP are ready to find public servants guilty of breaching privileges of MPs without even giving them a chance to explain their actions,” said a statement by Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez on Wednesday. “Liberals believe in due process. The opposition should do the right thing and let the Clerk of the Privy Council and his non-partisan public servants explain themselves.” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre told the  National Post that the Liberals’ proposal does not address the opposition’s complaints. “The Conservatives propose a compromise: the government should give all of the WE scandal documents unredacted to the neutral parliamentary law clerk so that he can report back to Parliament within a week on whether any of the documents have been improperly withheld,” he said. “Mr. Shugart is a fine man, but he is hired and fired by the prime minister. He is dependent on the prime minister for his job. No one who the prime minister can fire should be in charge of determining what documents are released about the prime minister’s scandal.” As of Thursday, there is no end in sight to the standoff, which is preventing the finance committee from doing its usual work of pre-budget consultations. Meanwhile, the Commons health committee is preparing its sweeping investigation into the government’s COVID-19 response, an investigation that will eventually be supported by a trove of government documents ordered to be produced by the end of November by a Conservative motion passed earlier this week. The committee is scheduled to meet Monday to begin preparing a witness list and a timeline for meetings. The Liberals have warned that the investigation risks exposing commercial information and thus threatens the government’s ability to procure vaccines, personal protective equipment, and other pandemic-related supplies. The Conservatives say this concern is overblown and that redactions can be made to protect commercial sensitivity. Although the Liberals had previously deemed a Conservative motion on the WE affair to be a confidence matter, they ultimately decided not to make the COVID-19 motion a confidence vote. That means the investigation is taking place without the risk of triggering an election — at least for now. The Liberals always retain the option of calling an election on their own, regardless of whether a confidence vote has taken place. • Email: bplatt@postmedia.com | Twitter: btaplatt
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Permanent housing found for most residents evacuated from Hamilton residential care home
The city has managed to find new permanent lodging for most of the residents who were recently displaced from a residential care home in central Hamilton.
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Coronavirus: 4 staff members at Okanagan Men’s Centre test positive for COVID-19
Located in Lake Country, the Okanagan Men’s Centre is a faith-based recovery centre for men ages 19 and older.
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‘Leaked’ financial information on Charles McVety’s Christian college jolts Doug Ford’s government
Revelations about the inner financial workings of Charles McVety’s controversial evangelical college have jolted the Doug Ford government.
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Rick Salutin: What happened to the absolute value of free speech?
When Socrates was executed in ancient, oral Athens, it wasn’t for speaking the forbidden — it was for corrupting the minds of the young. No one defended him on free speech grounds. What Athens valued wasn’t speech, it was truth.
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What to do this Halloween weekend in the London, Ont., region
'We’re not telling people not to trick-or-treat' said Dr. Chris Mackie, pointing out a number of safer options. 'Partying during Halloween is the biggest risk.'
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Manitoba health minister hints at tighter rules after record coronavirus case jump
Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the government has been analyzing its next steps.
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Doug Ford's 'Good News' Model Shows COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise
TORONTO —  New COVID-19 modelling touted by Premier Doug Ford as “good news” shows that Ontario will continue to see between 800 and 1,200 new cases per day.“The trajectory appears to be moving away from the worst case,” said Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at a briefing for journalists. “... We’re just getting a slower period of growth.”Earlier Thursday, Ford suggested that the numbers would show a “decline.”Premier Ford: "The good news is we're seeing a little bit of a decline."Dr. Huyer (Coordinator of the Provincial Outbreak Response): "We are not going on a decline right now."#onpolipic.twitter.com/28QfzfVsLo— James Wattie (@jameswattie) October 29, 2020He was referring to the rate of growth, spokesperson Ivana Yelich told HuffPost Canada in an email. “This is a positive step in controlling the spread and flattening the curve,” she said.Ontario’s seven-day average for the number of daily new cases is now near 900, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said. The province reported 934 new cases Thursday and 10 deaths. He said Ontarians need to keep following public health advice. That means limiting close contact to people in their household, washing hands frequently, wearing a mask whenever physical distancing isn’t possible and staying home when sick. Earlier:  The new data shows a “sharp increase” in the number of cases and deaths in long-term care homes, Brown said. More long-term care residents have died in the past week than between Aug. 15 and Oct. 8, he said.The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has risen 56 per cent in the past three weeks. And public health units are struggling with contact tracing: officials cannot identify where 65 per cent of newly diagnosed Torontonians and 49 per cent of newly diagnosed Ottawans caught the novel coronavirus.One reporter on the phone line was blunt: “I’m just not getting why you guys sound, sort of, positive.”Dr. Dirk Huyer, the province’s chief coroner, said they wanted to highlight that people’s efforts are making some difference.“We are still seeing growth. We are still seeing people sick in the hospital. We are still seeing people in the intensive care unit,” he said.“There is some slowing of that growth, which is so important because it speaks to the efforts that everybody is making.”READ MORE... ‘This Sucks. It Really, Really Does,’ Trudeau Says Of COVID-19 Pandemic Start Planning Now For Mail Delays Over Holidays: Canada Post Nearly 9 In 10 Canadians Want National Pharmacare Plan: Poll
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Mural of punk icon Chi Pig going up at Cambie Hotel
Wall-sized portrait of punk rock legend Chi Pig who was fixture in Gastown for decades.
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COVID-19 on the rise in Parc-Extension as some fear getting tested and losing income
Health workers in Parc-Extension say COVID-19 is on the rise in the area, in part because some people are scared to get screened for the illness and face a possible loss in their income.
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Ottawa has no reason to apologize for using War Measures Act in 1970
‘Largely due to Pierre Trudeau’s decisiveness, political violence ended in Quebec and debate about the province’s status in Canada was waged in the appropriate democratic forums by elected political actors.’
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COVID-19 Vancouver-headquartered venture firm seeks to enter testing fray
Firm makes case that its antibody test would be useful layer of information to help keep economy open.
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Home renovation numbers on the rise in Saskatoon and surrounding area during COVID-19 pandemic
People living in Saskatoon and area are spending their time and money on renovations according to the Saskatoon and Region Home Builder's Association.
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Montreal gets sneak peek of new stations on West Island REM lines
Officials of the light rail electric train network show off what six future stations could look like in the West Island
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Pair facing charges after 240,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Halifax
Service Nova Scotia says it has seized around 600,000 illegal cigarettes since July 1 this year.
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CFB Kingston’s new vehicle maintenance building brings numerous units under one roof
Canadian Forces Base Kingston has opened its newest building, that some who work there are calling 'fantastic.'
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'He's like a guardian angel,' boxer Ulysse says of Alouettes GM Maciocia
Seeking a pro sports role model and a way off the streets, Montreal fighter forges an unlikely bond that has flourished over time.
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Federal election during pandemic is feasible, official says
Dr. Barbara Raymond, an executive director at Public Health Agency of Canada, said two federal byelections in Toronto provided valuable experience that would help Elections Canada overcome challenges.
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Global coronavirus case total rises by record 500,000 cases in one day
Global daily COVID-19 cases have risen by nearly 25% in less than two weeks as the world witnessed 400,000 daily reported cases for the first time last Friday.
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Amid staffing shortages, ambulance coverage gaps persist in urban and rural N.B. ‘daily’
'Between 40 and 60 medics a day are working overtime shifts,' says the president of the union representing N.B. paramedics and dispatchers.
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John Horgan’s majority win in 10 key charts
Whatever the mail-in ballots say, the B.C. NDP has won a majority government. Here's a look at where the party is making gains—and at whose expense. The post John Horgan’s majority win in 10 key charts appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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