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Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations working on suicide prevention bill
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron said FSIN is currently working on its own suicide prevention bill.
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Sipekne’katik First Nation calls for immediate stop to Windsor Causeway project pending review
The Pesegitk Protectors have set up an encampment next to the Avon River near Windsor, Nova Scotia to monitor roadwork they say is doing harm to the fish population in the water.
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B.C. students won’t return to class as originally planned on Sept. 8
Students will be welcomed back to classrooms later in the second week of September after staff review the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control guidelines and school operation policies.
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Pascal Siakam’s formula is the same as the Raptors’ — long on effort and short on memory
It’s mostly about the energy for the young Toronto star.
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85 additional cases of COVID-19 in Alberta Tuesday, over half of them recorded in the Edmonton zone
Alberta Health officials released the latest numbers of COVID-19 in the province Tuesday, where 85 additional cases and three new deaths were recorded.
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Ticats’ defensive back Breaux says he won’t play in shortened 2020 CFL season
Breaux becomes the second high-profile Ticats star to say he won’t play this year. Receiver Brandon Banks tweeted in July he wouldn’t be suiting up in 2020.
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3,800 exemption cards have been issued in wake of Edmonton face mask bylaw
The City of Edmonton has heard from people who are exempt from the bylaw "being confronted and in some cases, denied service."
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Kathryn Nesbitt breaks ground as MLS is Back final referee
Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal are the only two women among more than 40 officials that have been sequestered — just like the teams — in Florida for the month-long tournament.
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Bull riding a ‘pretty big adrenaline rush’ for Saskatoon family during coronavirus pandemic
The Tonita family farm features three chutes and a pen used by son Stefan to hone his bull riding skills.
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Take me outside the ball game: Phandemic Krew cheers Phillies
The gathering has become larger — and louder — on the sidewalk outside the outfield concourse known as Ashburn Alley. Phillies fans set up ladders and lawn chairs to root for the home team.
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Police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash on Highway 400 in Georgian Bay
The crash that took place just north of White's Fall Road involved a sedan with one female occupant, according to a Southern Georgian Bay OPP constable.
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1-year-old bulldog taken during Perth County break and enter: OPP
The incident was reported at a residence on Line 71 in North Perth on Saturday, Aug. 1.
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Severe thunderstorm warnings in place for parts of central Alberta
A number of areas in central Alberta were put under a severe thunderstorm warning on Tuesday afternoon.
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N.B. Green Party leader raises concern over premier’s “stability” agreement proposal
David Coon called the proposal an "overreach."
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Habs ready for Flyers’ test: ‘We’re going to be the underdogs in any series’
The Canadiens shut down the Penguins with a commitment to team defence, timely scoring and some exceptional goaltending to close Pittsburgh out 3-1 in the best-of-five play-in round.
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Lead testing in Quebec schools and daycares delayed due to COVID-19
With classes in Quebec set to resume, those concerned about lead levels in school drinking water wonder when testing, halted by COVID-19, will be done.
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Over Half Of Americans Oppose Trump's Aluminum Tariffs, Survey Suggests
OTTAWA — A new opinion survey suggests Donald Trump’s recent decision to slap a tariff on Canadian raw aluminum is garnering poor reviews on both sides of the border.In a web survey conducted by polling firm Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, 58 per cent of American respondents said they disagreed with the 10 per cent import tax.In what comes as less of a surprise, 90 per cent of Canadians who took part in the survey objected to the White House’s tariff.The survey was conducted Aug. 7 to 9 among 1,513 Canadians and 1,003 Americans, 18 or older, who were recruited from an online panel.Since polls created from internet panels are not random samples, the survey cannot be assigned a margin of error.The polling firm says that using data from the 2016 census, results were weighted according to age, gender, language spoken, region, level of education and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.RELATED 'Who Would Do This?': Ford Calls Out Trump Tariffs Trump’s ‘Absurd’ Tariffs Will Be Met With $3.6B Response: Freeland Canada Promises Retaliation After U.S. Reimposes Tariffs On Raw Aluminum Trump announced last week he was reimposing a tax on Canadian raw aluminum because Canada had broken a promise not to flood the U.S. market with the product.Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland vehemently denied the dumping claim and said Canada would soon retaliate with $3.6 billion in tariffs on American items that contain aluminum.“In imposing these tariffs, the United States has taken the absurd decision to harm its own people at a time its economy is suffering the deepest crisis since the Great Depression,” she said.“Any American who buys a can of beer or a soda or a car or a bike will suffer.”The comments might help explain why 28 per cent of Americans surveyed said they somewhat disagreed with Trump’s move, while 30 per cent said they totally disagreed.Jean-Marc Leger, president of the survey firm, suggested the numbers reflect a lack of a clear rationale for the action by the mercurial U.S. president.“Why the 10 per cent? Why at this moment?” he said. “It looks like another impulsive decision.”WATCH: U.S. Aluminum Tariffs ‘Ludicrous,’ Freeland Says. Story continues below.Sixty-nine per cent of Canadians who participated in the survey said they completely disagreed with the tariff, with 21 per cent somewhat opposed.Seventy per cent of Canadian respondents said Ottawa should fight back by imposing tariffs of its own on U.S. products.The trade spat shattered the brief harmony between Ottawa and Washington that followed a successful renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement.While nearly two-thirds of Americans told Leger that Canada and the U.S. benefit equally from their commercial exchanges, only 38 per cent of Canadians supported the notion.Trump has also proposed banning popular video-sharing platform TikTok on national security grounds due to its corporate ties to China.Forty-six per cent of American respondents supported the idea.Fifty-four per cent of Canadians said they believed the Chinese government was using TikTok to spy on people. But only about one-third said Ottawa should outlaw the platform.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 11, 2020.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake scraps proposed noise bylaw after ‘resounding no’ from public
A motion to nix the draft bylaw passed unanimously on Monday night.
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Councillor calls for Terrebonne bike path to be nixed as opposition grows
The path, which was created late last month on Terrebonne St. from Girouard Ave. to Madison St., eliminated parking on both sides of the street, raising the ire of local residents
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Lizzie Velasquez Pleads For End To Cruel 'FaceTime Prank' On TikTok
Some TikTok trends are entertaining, if repetitive. Others edge towards the slightly dangerous dangerous.But a new one, the so-called “FaceTime Prank,” is just cruel — and it’s damaging for a number of different reasons.Author and disability advocate Lizzie Velasquez called out the prank on her own TikTok account on Sunday. It involves telling someone they’re going to FaceTime with somebody they know, and then instead showing them a photo or video of someone intended to shock or scare them — like a mug shot, or a video of a disabled person.Velasquez came across someone using her own image, as a way to scare a child.@littlelizzievPlease help spread the word! #FavoriteMemory#facetimeprank#facetime♬ original sound - littlelizziev“If you are an adult who has a young human in your life, please do not teach them that being scared of someone who doesn’t look like them is okay. Please,” Velasquez urges in her video.“Everything that these kids need to know about having empathy and being kind to one another starts at home. Please, this is not okay.”Velasquez’s TikTok plea has gotten a lot of attention, with a lot of her supporters lamenting the fact that basic decency is something she had to ask for, not something that was automatically granted to her.It’s really shameful that grown ppl still believe mocking someone’s appearance is funny or rewarding somehow, they r raising bullies and it’s not ok. Lizzie u’re a beautiful, brave woman and I appreciate the light ur teachings about empathy and kindness brought into my life.
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Masks recommended in high-traffic areas for all Grade 4-12 students: Saskatchewan government
Along with recommending masks in high-traffic areas for all Grade 4 to 12 students in Saskatchewan, schools are being encouraged to have staggered start and dismissal times.
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Teenage girl and man charged after flight from Halifax police
Police say while a service dog handler was crossing the MacDonald Bridge, a vehicle in front of the dog handler took off and fled.
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‘Basically warehouses:’ shelters in midtown Toronto unsupported, advocates say
A group of local residents are set to protest the shelters this weekend, saying they fear for their safety, while those living in the buildings say they are being discriminated against.
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Coronavirus: Brant county says 5th COVID-19 death connected to travel
The region has only had one new case over the past seven days, according to public health.
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Mayor Tory’s proposed reforms to policing are overdue. Get on with them
It should not have taken a massive, continent-wide uprising against racism and police violence to prompt the Toronto Police Services Board to get going on significant reform.
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Arrests made in string of violent robberies in Flin Flon, Man.
Three teens and two adults are facing charges in connection with a recent string of violent robberies in Flin Flon, Man.
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OPP find $120K in drugs in northeastern Ontario, 4 from Guelph arrested
OPP say officers seized suspected fentanyl, meth and cocaine following a traffic stop in Armstrong Township.
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Kingston police officer named hero of the year for quick actions during deadly stabbing
Const. Fil Wisniak has been given a hero of the year award for his quick actions during a deadly downtown shooting last year.
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Assault charge expected for woman in Masham, Que., face covering dispute
A Quebec police department says they plan to lay charges against a woman who allegedly shoved another woman over a wearing a face covering at a Masham gas station.
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N.B. premier says snap election coming if opposition won’t sign ‘stability’ deal
Blaine Higgs told reporters Tuesday he would "absolutely" call an election if talks fail, as he needs all parties to agree not to topple his government.
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Bumper crop: Manitoba advisory service predicts record-setting wheat numbers
"We expected a big crop and we saw a big crop."
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Jessica Mulroney Returns To Instagram After 'White Privilege' Scandal
After a two-month hiatus, Jessica Mulroney is back on Instagram.Following a self-imposed break from social media following her attack on Black influencer Sasha Exeter in June, Mulroney posted a short video on Tuesday afternoon. The occasion? Her twin boys’ 10th birthday. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jess Mulroney (@jessicamulroney) on Aug 11, 2020 at 8:07am PDTMulroney herself isn’t in the video, but it features her husband Ben singing “Happy Birthday” to their sons Brian and John, with their daughter Ivy excitedly chatting about cake.One of the first comments on the post comes from actress and writer Mindy Kaling, who wishes the boys a happy birthday. Kaling is one of the celebrities Mulroney has worked with as a stylist, along with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Shania Twain and Meghan Markle. She and the Duchess of Sussex became friends while Markle was shooting “Suits” in Toronto, and the Mulroney twins were in the 2018 royal wedding.In her Instagram caption, Mulroney alludes to but doesn’t directly address the reason she’s been absent from social media for so long.“My incredible family have had to witness their mom in the worst state,” she wrote. “These two boys have not left my side and gave me the will to live and work hard when everything fell apart.”She ends her caption with “only up from here.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by SoSasha (@sashaexeter) on Jun 10, 2020 at 4:37pm PDTEverything “fell apart,” in her words, in the spring, when Sasha Exeter, a Toronto-based influencer who is Black, wrote on Instagram that she hoped other influencers would speak out about racism following the death of George Floyd. According Exeter said she then received a number of messages from Mulroney, who appeared to take the general callout as a personal attack. Exeter said Mulroney threatened her brand partnerships, effectively endangering her career.Mulroney publicly apologized, writing in a since-deleted Instagram comment, “I promise to continue to learn and listen on how I can use my privilege to elevate and support black voices.”But after that had played out publicly, she allegedly sent Exeter a DM threatening to sue her for libel. Exeter posted a screenshot of the message, calling it an example of “textbook white privilege.”Mulroney lost her CTV show, stepped down from the charity she co-founded, and was dropped from numerous brand partnerships, including deals with Smash + Tess, Hudson’s Bay and “Good Morning America.” Her husband stepped down from his job at eTalk to “create a space” for people of colour, although he’ll still contribute to the show on “special assignments” including red carpet awards coverage. Influential gossip blogger Elaine Lui, who worked with Ben Mulroney at eTalk for 15 years, wrote that she had heard that the couple was taking note of public figures who supported Exeter. “It’s also been shared on the whisper network that she’s telling those who are continuing to engage with her privately that ‘there are two sides to every story,’ suggesting that she doesn’t feel she’s as in the wrong as she actually is,” Lui wrote.According to the last message Mulroney posted to Twitter, she’s been taking time to “reflect, learn and focus on my family.”Celebrities recovering from a scandal, after attempting to do damage control, apologize, and lay low for a while, will often embark on an apology tour. “You can pick [an interviewer] who’s a little more friendly, but also credible, that will give you some tough questions, but not too tough,” Jamie Diaferia, CEO of the PR company Infinite Global, told Vice. “Then you carefully script out the messaging—not so that it appears to be disingenuous, but so that you at least have a sense of what you’re going to say, and it’s very carefully controlled.”Another PR executive who specializes in crisis communications, Juda Engelmayer of HeraldPR, told the outlet that the fallout form celebrity scandals rarely last very long.“Give it a few months,” Engelmayer said. “Celebrity-watchers have a short attention span for scandal if they like you. As long as you’re doing better, and keeping me happy, and keeping me entertained, I’ll forgive you.”Exeter, for her part, has definitely not been silent over the last few months. She’s used her platform to show off her stylish face masks, match outfits with her adorable daughter Maxwell, and advocate for Breonna Taylor. View this post on InstagramA post shared by SoSasha (@sashaexeter) on Jun 30, 2020 at 6:06pm PDTRELATED TV Host Tracy Moore Wants Jessica Mulroney To ‘Unlearn White Fragility’ Jessica Mulroney Steps Down From Charity After Bullying Black Influencer How To Be An Ally And 20 Anti-Racism Terms You Should Know Also on HuffPost:
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‘Tsunami’ of parents interested in homeschooling amid COVID-19 pandemic
Some Canadian parents are choosing homeschooling over virtual learning or in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Man in mid-20s dies after going missing in Squamish, B.C., lake
Police were called to Browning Lake in Murrin Provincial Park after the man slipped off a floatie and disappeared.
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Out-of-town visitors who attended Muskoka resort, restaurant test positive for COVID-19
The people who tested positive for the coronavirus live outside Muskoka and Simcoe County and were part of a group of about 30 individuals from multiple families, the local health officer said Tuesday.
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Biden picks former Montrealer Kamala Harris as choice for vice-president
Harris spent a good portion of her early life in Montreal and graduated from Westmount High in 1981 before returning to the U.S.
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The marvellous music of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is the joy break we all need now
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is unusual in its use of music — the sheer amount of it, the canny choices both from the era and beyond.
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$250K to help Peterborough, Lindsay police fight gang crime, human trafficking in community housing
In 2020 so far, the Peterborough Police Service's special victims unit has investigated more than 120 internet child exploitation cases.
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'Their side of the story'? New book goes behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan's royal rift
A new book purporting to take readers behind the scenes of Prince Harry and Meghan’s courtship and their subsequent escape from the laser pressure of being royals is now available.
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‘These people belong behind bars’: No charges a year after 14-year-old B.C. boy’s overdose death
'It's frustrating,' says Aron Crimeni about the investigation into his son's death. 'It's been a year. We haven't heard any real news yet.'
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