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Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision, lawyers now vetting docs
The finance committee demanded the documents last month as it probes whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relationship with WE Charity influenced the government’s ill-fated decision to have the organization run a federal student-volunteer program.
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Toronto Zoo extends hours for rare blooming of pungent ‘Vincent Van Gross’ corpse flower
The plant is known to smell like rotting meat, and only blooms once every several years for a few days at a time.
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Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision, lawyers now vetting docs
The federal Liberal government has handed over thousands of pages of documents related to the WE controversy to a House of Commons committee, which lawyers are now vetting for personal information and cabinet secrets.
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Alberta Brewery Sorry After Naming Beer After Maori Word For Pubic Hair
Alberta’s Hell’s Basement Brewery has apologized after accidentally naming their New Zealand pale ale “Huruhuru” after the Maori term for pubic hair.The Medicine Hat brewery, which released the ale two years ago, said they looked up the term in a dictionary and believed it meant “feather.” Maori TV personality Te Hamua Nikora pointed out on Facebook that “huruhuru” is more commonly used to refer to pubic hair in te reo, the language Maori people speak.“Yes I know huruhuru means feather, fur and even hair of the head,” he wrote on Facebook. “I know this. But it is most commonly used as hair from a person’s privates.”“When the Maori look at the name of your store, they’re not going to see ‘feather’ or soft leather, they’re going to see ‘pubes,’” he added in a video posted to his page. He called on both Hell’s Basement and a leather shop in New Zealand to stop using the word and feeling “entitled” to using the Maori people’s language without any respect.“If you are selling leather, call it leather, don’t call it pubic hair unless you are selling pubic hair and don’t call beer pubic hair unless you make it with pubic hair,” he said according to The Guardian.Other chimed in with similar sentiments on social media, and encouraged companies to stop using languages that aren’t their own as a marketing tactic.When are people going to stop using “interesting” languages to sell thier products? Yes I’m looking at you @QanukBoards@InukshukCapital ect ect ect https://t.co/I0Lk3Bqfj0— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) August 8, 2020An online Maori dictionary defines huruhuru in a few ways, including “hair, feather, coarse hair, bristles (not normally of the head), fur” and the phrase “puke huruhuru” specifically as a woman’s pubic hair.Others recalled when condiment giant Heinz named their new ketchup-mayonnaise sauce “Mayochup” which had a rather unfortunate translation into the word “shitface” in Cree.RELATED ▶️ Hey Heinz! Mayochup Means 'S**tface' In Cree What You Need To Know About The Six Nations Blockades Edmonton Oiler Ethan Bear Honours His Indigenous Heritage With Special Jersey New Zealand's PM Floats Idea Of Switching To 4-Day Work Week Hell’s Basement told CBC News that it would be rebranding the drink.“We acknowledge that we did not consider the commonplace use of the term huruhuru as a reference to pubic hair, and that consultation with a Maori representative would have been a better reference than online dictionaries,” Mike Patriquin, the brewery’s founder, said.“We wish to make especially clear that it was not our intent to infringe upon, appropriate, or offend the Maori culture or people in any way; to those who feel disrespected, we apologize.”Also on HuffPost:
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The Raptors hit 50 wins against the Grizzlies. So what if it wasn’t pretty
The Raptors were really struggling early to make a shot, and the offence really got unlocked thanks to the playmaking of Serge Ibaka. And no, I’m not sure I’ve ever typed those words in that order.
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12 arrested and charged in Louisville, K.Y., Breonna Taylor, anti-eviction protests
Eight people were charged with felonies and four were charged with misdemeanours, Louisville police spokesman Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a statement.
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Coronavirus: Salvation Army store in Kelowna closes its doors permanently
“These are not easy decisions, and this closure was nowhere on our radar prior to COVID-19."
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Black man says Mascouche and Terrebonne police racially profiled him on the same day
The Center for Research-Action on Race Relations feels Jonathan Woodley's case points to a growing problem with policing in Montreal suburbs.
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Victims of southwestern Manitoba tornado identified
CTV News has identified the two the teenagers who were killed by a tornado in southwestern Manitoba on Friday.
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Conservatives seek investigation into Canada’s outsourced $84M rent subsidy program
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said he would be submitting a request to the lobbying commissioner for an investigation on Monday.
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Iconic Miramichi theatre among buildings destroyed by fire, others damaged
Crews were forced to demolish the Vogue Theatre in Chatham, N.B., after an early-morning fire broke out in a nearby building.
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‘Laughable’: New York’s Gov. Cuomo calls out Trump’s benefits executive orders
The Democrat was particularly critical of Trump's Saturday announcement that states must pay part of $400 weekly unemployment insurance benefits.
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Staff member at Burnaby long-term care home tests positive for COVID-19
Fraser Health confirmed Sunday that a rapid response team is now on-site at New Vista Care Home.
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Moreland homers twice, including walk-off shot, to send Red Sox over Toronto
The Jays now head to Buffalo, N.Y., where they’ll play their first game at Sahlen Field, the site of their Triple-A affiliate, on Tuesday night against Miami.
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B.C. black bear killed after residents admit they left food out so they could take videos
The North Shore Black Bear Society says humans are to blame.
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Liberals hand over more than 5,000 pages of documents dealing with WE Charity decision
The finance committee demanded the documents last month as it probes whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's relationship with WE Charity influenced the government's ill-fated decision to have the organization run a $912-million student-volunteer program.
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Montreal teenager speaks out after her attempted kidnapping
"If I wouldn't have acted quick, and if I wouldn't have had such a rush and been able to kick him and, you know, stand up for myself, ... I don't know where I would be right now."
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Health Canada recalls Manitoba distillery’s hand sanitizer
The product — 204 Hand Sanitizer — is not authorized for sale in Canada and contains unauthorized technical-grade ethanol, Health Canada said in its notice. 
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Halifax MP Andy Fillmore calls for donations for families impacted by Mulgrave Park fire
Four families lost everything in the Tuesday morning fire at the multi-complex townhouse.
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Montreal transit returning to mandatory front door boarding on Monday
Public transit in Montreal is returning to its usual ticket validation and boarding through the front doors on all bus lines as of Monday.
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Saskatchewan reports 15 new coronavirus cases, 12 more recoveries
Saskatchewan's active case count remains the same as Saturday.
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Montreal’s St Joseph’s Oratory seeing less tourist traffic due to COVID-19
Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory is expecting a drop in its revenues this year with just a fraction of the two million tourists who typically frequent the landmark church visiting due to COVID-19.
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Alberta researcher finds coronavirus negatively impacting childhood physical activity
With public health measures coming into effect and cancelling sports "overnight", one researcher says restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing left families without their typical outlets for group exercise.
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Capitals beat Bruins to earn East No. 3 seed, face Isles next
Boston, which won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team during the NHL regular season that was cut short in March, lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East.
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Rosie DiManno: For the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets, the road to Game 5 contained all the elements
You might not think Hippocrates and his ancient theory relating bodily fluids to earth, air, water and fire would have anything to do with what Toronto and Columbus have gone through heading into Sunday night’s deciding game, but read on, Rosie DiManno writes.
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Whycocomagh man arrested after fatal car crash
A jeep was travelling northbound on Macleod Settlement Road when it struck a bank and rolled, police say.
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Final phase of Rutland Centennial Park construction to begin
The remodelled park will now have an event stage, basketball court, ultimate frisbee field, soccer field, ping pong tables and landscaping.
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Toronto Zoo extends hours as corpse flower blooms for 2nd time
The flower, dubbed "Vincent Van Gross," will bloom for only eight to 36 hours.
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Missing man could be linked to human remains in Little Grand Rapids: RCMP
Officers say they're trying to discover if this investigation is related to the human remains located in the community on June 30, 2020.
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Okanagan art gallery showcases pieces made during COVID-19
"Art is a way for people to deal with their lives, art is people's way of coping."
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Arthur The Aardvark Is The Anti-Racist Ally Kids (And Parents) Need
Anti-Black racism has a new foe, and he’s an animated cartoon aardvark.Last week, the beloved children’s series “Arthur” released a short PSA where the titular aardvark and his bunny pal Buster react to a video we don’t see that sounds like it displays police brutality against Black people. The video isn’t described in detail, but Buster says “I can’t believe someone would be hurt like that, just because they’re Black.”Buster is shocked that something so bad could happen in their neighbourhood, but Arthur tells him it happens everywhere, because racism has such a long history.They call Mrs. MacGrady, their school’s wise cook and lunch lady, who tells them racism is like a disease: “if you don’t treat it, it’s just going to get worse.”She tells the boys it’s not enough to say “I’m not racist” or act like it’s someone else’s problem. “We have to actively fight against racism,” she said, before quoting her friend, late congressman and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. She encourages them to talk about racism with the people in their lives, to ask questions and keep leaning, and to listen to and try to empathize with people about their experiences with racism. And most importantly, if you see someone being treated unfairly, stand up for them. “It may be scary, but it’s the right thing to do.”These are issues the show has been tackling long before the racial wounds that George Floyd’s death reopened this summer. Mrs. MacGrady’s friendship with John Lewis first came up when the congressman (a bear, in the “Arthur” universe) visited Arthur and Buster’s school in a 2018 episode called “Arthur Takes a Stand.” When Arthur thinks Mrs. MacGrady is being treated unfairly by the school, he gets some advice from the visiting congressman, who tells him that “a person with conviction can change the world.”Arthur goes on stage a sit-in, which convinces the school’s management to give Mrs. MacGrady the funding help she needs. It’s also revealed that Mrs. MacGrady knows Lewis because they both attended the March on Washington in 1963.The idea of the episode came about in 2017, when the show’s creator  Marc Brown met Lewis at a book fair, according to the Los Angeles Times.“It definitely is in line with all that we’ve done always on ‘Arthur,’ which is to bring in diverse viewpoints and interesting guest stars and think about topics that a lot of other kids’ series might not,” the show’s executive producer Carol Greenwald told the paper.The late congressman was excited to reach a new audience with the show. “He knew it was important to be talking to kids about this stuff,” Greenwald said.Some parents thought kids who watch “Arthur” were too young to be exposed to these kinds of ideas, but Greenwald  said, but the showrunners disagreed.“Maybe some kids can be protected from these issues, but not all kids, and we want all kids to understand what these issues mean to different communities,” she said.Kids are actually aware of racial difference much earlier than parents might realize, according to experts in early childhood education.RELATED Kids Learn About Race Younger Than You Think. Talk To Them Before That. “Children are making sense of the world from the time they start looking around,” Carl James, an education professor at York University who specializes in Black youth, previously told HuffPost Canada. “They try to understand what everything means, and so they give meaning to things... so, no time is too early.”“Antiracism never accidentally shows up,” Jennifer Harvey wrote in an essay for CNN about how white parents can raise anti-racist kids. “When we don’t break white silence with ongoing and explicit teaching about race and racism, and active and persistent modelling of antiracism, we end up raising the Amy Coopers of the next generation.”“Arthur” has tackled other forms of inequality, too. Last spring, the kids’ teacher Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and got married in an episode that, predictably enough, was banned by a public TV station in Alabama.RELATED When Kids Read Books By People Of Colour, Their Worlds Open Up Petition For 'Peppa Pig' To Add A Same-Sex Parent Family Takes Off How Parents Can Help Kids Of Colour Navigate Race And Racism At School
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Beirut explosion: Lebanese Montrealers organize anti-government protest outside consulate
Lebanese Montrealers are calling for accountability after the massive blast in Beirut’s port killed more than 150 people, wounded thousands of others and left tens of thousands homeless.
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Alberta will switch over to national coronavirus tracing app
Alberta will be switching over to the national version of a COVID-19 tracing app, although the timeline on when that will happen is unclear.
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Slope failure prompts state of local emergency in Penticton
The city says it obtained advice from a geotechnical engineer and ordered evacuations for 645 Heather Rd. and 718 Creekside Rd.
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Second phase of NHL draft lottery set for Monday
The eight teams eliminated from the league’s qualifying round will have a chance to select the No. 1 overall pick, prized winger Alexis Lafreniere.
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Residents want action on Strathcona Park encampment while Oppenheimer remains closed 3 months later
B.C. poverty reduction minister Shane Simpson says there's no quick fix to address homelessness and the challenges posed by a growing encampment at East Vancouver's Strathcona Park.
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Campground at Prince Albert National Park evacuated during manhunt
People were asked to pack up and leave as Parks Canada wardens and RCMP searched for a suspect.
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Staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at B.C. long-term-care home
Fraser Health says the case is at New Vista Care Home, which is operated by New Vista Care Society.
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