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U.S. Senate to hold rare weekend session to secure Barrett’s spot on Supreme Court
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will begin the process as soon as the Senate Judiciary Committee wraps up its work Thursday.
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Polypropylene baby bottles may release microplastics during formula preparation: study
A new study investigating microplastics has found that baby bottles made of polypropylene release millions of these plastics during the process of sterilizing, rinsing and preparing baby formula in a bottle -- highlighting the need for more research into the effect microplastics have on the human body.
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Winnipeg beverage rooms allowed to stay open as province reconsiders restrictions
Just hours after they were put in place, the province of Manitoba is amending restrictions in the Winnipeg area designed to slow down COVID-19.
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#ICYMI: Pandemic-safe Halloween, border closure extended, death threats
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World junior hockey championship opens on Christmas Day for first time since 2005
There has been a slight tweak to the schedule for the next world junior hockey championship.
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Suspect wanted after food delivery driver assaulted in downtown Toronto
Police said the incident occurred on Oct. 2 around 11:35 p.m. when the victim parked his car in the area of Yonge Street and Queens Quay. 
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Long-term care homes remain vulnerable to second COVID-19 wave, insiders say
According to the International Long-term Care Policy Network, eight in 10 coronavirus-related deaths in Canada have been in LTC homes.
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Queen’s University strips Sir John A Macdonald’s name from law school building
Queen’s University has decided to remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from the building that houses its law school, the university said Monday.
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Alberta trades union ‘concerned,’ requests meeting with Kenney after ‘right-to-work’ policy resolution approved by UCP members
An Alberta trades union has requested a meeting with Premier Jason Kenney after his party approved a policy resolution this weekend to prevent employers from being required to deduct union dues without written consent from an employee.
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Queen’s University drops John A. Macdonald’s name from law building
The move marks the end of a months-long process that began after a petition to change the name gathered support.
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Vancouver city staffers were asked to consider free parking for veterans. Here's why they're advising against it.
City staff members were asked to look into allowing veterans to park for free year-round in Vancouver, but instead are advising against it.
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Argentina becomes 5th country to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases
Across Latin America, three other nations are expected to reach the 1 million case milestone in the coming weeks — Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
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Watchdog wants court to declare B.C.'s snap election illegal
A non-profit watchdog organization wants the B.C. Supreme Court to declare that John Horgan broke the law calling a snap election last month.
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Reports of armed man prompts security responses at Toronto schools
Several schools in the Eglinton Ave, W. and Allen Rd. area were placed in hold and secure on Monday after police received reports of an armed man walking in the area early in the morning.
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Average cost for Saskatoon paramedics to attend life-saving overdose call is between $700-800
Medavie Health Services West said in its overdose response where life-saving treatment isn’t necessary, the average cost per call is in the $300 range.
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Ottawa urges calm as Nova Scotia fishery dispute rages on
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left little doubt Monday evening that his government will side with Indigenous fishers in southwest Nova Scotia as tensions in the commercial lobster fishery there remain high.
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Political parties try to get out the vote in last week of an odd campaign
B.C.'s political parties are switching gears in the last week of the election to focus on helping supporters cast their ballots.
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B.C. Election 2020: Liberals ramp up online spending as NDP scrambles to keep up
‘Here’s the thing: We can be outspent and still win – but if we’re outspent by THAT much, we risk being drowned out,’ says New Democrats’ media manager
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Letters to The Sun, Oct. 20, 2020: Trudeau is trying to buy votes with his immigration plan
Justin Trudeau's scheme is nothing more than a greasy, cynical attempt to buy votes in the immigrant communities, writes Joseph Hind
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The numbers behind Ontario’s stern warning about Halloween safety, plus more lockdowns: These 4 charts show where we are right now in the COVID-19 battle
The world marked the disturbing milestone of 40 million COVID-19 cases Monday, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg according to Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto.
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Amended proposal brings overdose prevention site in Yaletown a little closer to reality
A simple majority of council will now be required to approve proposed overdose prevention site in Yaletown
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Costumes to make your blood run cold this Halloween
"Bats, plague doctor, vampires have been really big for us and kids wanting to be scary."
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Saskatchewan home builders, buyers paying cost of record-high lumber prices
Saskatchewan builders are seeing an added cost of between $10,000 and $30,000 on a new home due to the rising cost of Canadian lumber.
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Donald Trump, Joe Biden to be muted in final U.S. election debate during their opponent's initial responses
The muting will work like this: At the start of each of the six segments of the debate, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question. During that portion, the opposing candidate's microphone will be muted.
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Sipekne’katik fishers push on amid politicians’ debate and RCMP checkpoints: ‘I’m here to provide for my sons and daughters’
It’s been five weeks since the Sipekne’katik launched their self-regulated, moderate livelihood lobster fishery, and in that time Michael Thiebaux has spent the majority his days at the wharf in Saulnierville, fishing with his mother and brother, and helping anyone else who needs a hand on the water, or off.
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Opposition hammers Plante on homelessness at city council
The Plante administration has never calculated how many parking spots it's eliminated in its 3 years in power, said Éric Alan Caldwell, the executive committee member responsible for mobility
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World Series preview: A clash of coasts and contrasts
The 116th World Series, to be played at Globe Life Field starting Tuesday, will be the third championship series for a big four North American sports league to be decided this fall.
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Man arrested in Quebec City after death threats to minister
The man is alleged to have made death threats online against Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault.
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Alleged Toronto Mafia boss finally gets freedom to roam, though hobbled by broken ankle and COVID worry
Vincenzo (Jimmy) DeMaria, named but not proven by police to be a “top guy in Toronto” for the Mafia, has been granted full parole, finally regaining some freedom to roam — as best he can on a newly broken ankle and a fear of COVID-19. “You are considered compliant with your release expectations with no return to former associates and have not come to the attention of police or the security intelligence officer for any nefarious activity,” the Parole Board of Canada declared in its written decision, issued to DeMaria on Thursday. After being on day parole at his home in Mississauga, Ont., for five months without incident, DeMaria, 66, had his curfew and most restrictions lifted, following his re-arrest in 2013 for having contact with mobsters. He remains on a lifetime sentence from a conviction of second-degree murder, after he shot and killed a Toronto grocery clerk who owed him money in 1981. Over the decades since his first release on parole, in 1992, as police grew convinced he was building a lofty place for himself in the Mafia, he was periodically put back behind bars for alleged parole violations. He disputes each parole revocation and often wins, in a long, complicated, cyclical tug of war with authorities. Police officers’ battle to prove he is a mob boss, and his battle to rebuff the allegation, was the focus of a National Post investigation in 2018 . “You have performed well while on this current period of Day Parole,” the board told DeMaria. “There are no reported breaches of your release conditions… No information has come to light to suggest that you have communicated with negative associates, or engaged in any criminal activity. “You are on a fixed income and for the most part, your wife and son operate family businesses and you are in the process of finding a local family practitioner. You recently broke your ankle, attending regular physiotherapy and have had travel permits issued to visit your father and wife’s father without incident. “You are addressing health issues which may increase your risk should you contract the coronavirus, restricting your access to the community while accompanied by one of your bonds persons.” The board lifted his curfew, which required him to remain at home from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., but retained a condition not to associate with anyone involved in criminal activity and to disclose his finances to a parole supervisor “to ensure you are deriving your income from legitimate sources.” DeMaria still has issues with the government; and the government with him. Born in Italy but immigrating to Canada while still a baby, he never became a Canadian citizen. When DeMaria was last released from prison on parole, he did not even get out of the gate before Canada Border Services Agency officers arrested him on an immigration warrant. Accused Toronto Mafia boss released from prison to live at home while he fights deportation Alleged top Toronto Mafia boss arrested again before he took even one step out of prison CBSA moved to deport him as a non-citizen involved in crime. After a lengthy hearing, he was ordered deported in 2018. As he always does, he appealed the decision and won a new assessment of his case. That new hearing was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has said that if he is ordered deported again, he will appeal the decision again. While he waits for the new hearing, he was released from immigration custody with substantial bond sums from his supportive wife, Linda, and Scott Wilson, a family friend who runs a franchised network of rehabilitation health clinics. DeMaria still must regularly report in with CBSA. Multiple police agencies and federal authorities have alleged that DeMaria is a leading member of the ’Ndrangheta, the proper name of the Mafia formed in Italy’s Calabria region, which is one of the world’s most powerful crime groups. DeMaria was designated by the Correctional Service of Canada as a “member of Traditional Organized Crime,” the federal government’s euphemism for the Mafia, but DeMaria denies he is. CBSA warned he could return to a place of influence with the Mafia while on parole and argued he should remain in prison until his deportation proceedings had been decided. Those arguments were rejected. • Email: ahumphreys@postmedia.com | Twitter: AD_Humphreys
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Sask. Party would consider providing funding to downtown Saskatoon arena: Scott Moe
Moe said if under his leadership, the province would be part of the conversation once more details are shared at the municipal level.
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Hundreds of Kingston call centre employees forced to work from home: employee
Startek employees allegedly receive a letter reading that effective Oct. 30, 2020, all employees who currently work at the Kingston office will transition to working from home.
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