• A year later, police still struggling to solve deaths of Honey and Barry Sherman
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    A year later, police still struggling to solve deaths of Honey and Barry Sherman

    Almost a year after billionaire couple Honey and Barry Sherman were found dead in their Toronto mansion, police are still struggling to solve the mystery. Barry Sherman, 75, was the founder and CEO of generic drug manufacturer Apotex. The case has attracted international attention, not only because of the bizarre circumstances surrounding their deaths, but also due to the couple's well-known multimillion-dollar gifts to charities in Canada and abroad.

  • A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand
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    A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand

    Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in New York, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime.

  • Alberta premier says oil cut plan working, takes yuletide jab at prime minister
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    Alberta premier says oil cut plan working, takes yuletide jab at prime minister

    Premier Rachel Notley says her recent decision to cut oil production seems to be working. "It wasn't an easy decision," Notley said of the oil cut. Earlier this month, Notley ordered companies to cut production by almost nine per cent starting in the new year to close the price gap between Alberta oil and the North American benchmark.

  • Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says
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    Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says

    Canada's largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as the most efficient way for the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says there is general consensus in Canada that something needs to be done about climate change, and the debate should not be about if, but how that happens. Aaron Henry, the chamber's director of natural resources and environmental policy, said the businesses that make up its membership agree a carbon price is the most efficient way to do it.

  • U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton
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    U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton

    "Great-power competitors, namely China and Russia, are rapidly expanding their financial and political influence across Africa," Bolton said. "They are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States." U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaders of the world's two largest economies, have been trying to resolve trade disputes that have roiled markets. "China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing's wishes and demands.

  • Partially constructed fence a safety hazard, says Alberton mayor
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    Partially constructed fence a safety hazard, says Alberton mayor

    The Town of Alberton, P.E.I. has asked the committee in charge of the local walking track to take down six fence posts for safety reasons. Mayor David Gordon said the posts, made of four-by-fours and about two metres tall, are a safety hazard. The walking track committee has agreed to take the posts down on Saturday, he said, adding they can put them back up in the spring.

  • N.W.T. Power Corp. warns people to stay off ice on Jackfish Lake
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    N.W.T. Power Corp. warns people to stay off ice on Jackfish Lake

    The Northwest Territories Power Corporation is warning snowmobilers to stay off Jackfish Lake near the Yellowknife power plant. In a news release on Thursday, the power corporation said the ice is thin and there is open water in some areas, which pose a "significant risk" to people who use the risk for recreational reasons. "We have seen snowmobile tracks in areas close to our facilities that indicate people are placing themselves and their equipment at risk in areas where the ice is very thin," said Colin Steed, assistant director of hydro operations, in the release.

  • 'Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Here's how to stop it
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    'Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Here's how to stop it

    According to Ottawa police acting central district platoon Sgt. Corey MacNeil, the holidays often coincide with a spike in thefts from parked cars as busy shoppers leave valuables unattended. MacNeil is taking part in a public awareness campaign launched by the force Thursday encouraging residents to make sure their vehicles don't attract the unwanted attention of thieves.

  • Court orders closure of illegal Vancouver pot shops but enforcement timeline unclear
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    Court orders closure of illegal Vancouver pot shops but enforcement timeline unclear

    The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered dozens of illegal marijuana shops in Vancouver to cease operations. It marks a win for the city, which had filed 53 injunction applications against illegal businesses. "It reaffirms the city's authority over land use and municipal  business licence authority," said city chief licence inspector Kathryn Holm.

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    Music Review: Eddie Palmieri's latest will move you to dance

    The Spanish Harlem, New Yorker is a living legend and cultural treasure — chances are you've heard his melodies or tunes influenced by him during your last vacation in the Caribbean, or when you walked through Washington Heights on your way to the Cloisters. The album is comprised of eight salsa arrangements, along with three originals — "Mi Congo" featuring famed guitarist Carlos Santana, the title track and "Yo Soy Mulato," an ode to his grandmother of African descent. Songs like "Chica Ni Lambo," ''Abarriba Cumbiaremos" and "Quimbombo" — the latter two featuring a superb Herman Olivera — grab you and transport you into a tiny Puerto Rican cafe, where the locals effortlessly glide, spin and twirl into the night.

  • Saint John deputy mayor calls for ban on bad news, wants more positivity
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    Saint John deputy mayor calls for ban on bad news, wants more positivity

    The deputy mayor of Saint John is calling for a four-month ban on negative news about New Brunswick's port city. Shirley McAlary said the city of about 67,000 people has a great quality of life, and city council, the public and the media need to tell a positive story to convince others to move there.

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    B.C. man, companies face 38 charges alleging harm to chickens

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has laid 38 charges against a man from Chilliwack, B.C., and two companies over allegations of undue suffering to chickens. The agency alleges that Dwayne Dueck, Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods Inc. unlawfully harmed chickens during a loading or unloading process. The charges were laid under the Health of Animals Regulations, which say no person shall beat an animal being loaded or unloaded in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering.

  • Ervin Bighetty, Leaf Rapids' New Indigenous Mayor, Has Big Plans For His Manitoba Town
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    Ervin Bighetty, Leaf Rapids' New Indigenous Mayor, Has Big Plans For His Manitoba Town

    Leaf Rapids, Man., used to be a bustling mining town, decades ahead of its time. Founded in the 1970s, it was developed as an experimental model that other northern communities could replicate: urban amenities in a rural environment. Leaf Rapids recently had an election this past fall, and Ervin Bighetty became the town's second Indigenous mayor — and the youngest at 27 years old.

  • Thinking about the box: toymakers reinvent packaging for the unboxing age
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    Thinking about the box: toymakers reinvent packaging for the unboxing age

    Any kid knows that the toy box is the most fun, and a plethora of wacky packaging these days makes that especially true this holiday season. Credit those online unboxing videos that feature dramatic descriptions of every aspect of a toy inside and out, along with a drawn-out ritual of rotating the unopened box for inspection, speculation on what's inside, a slow peeling of various layers, and exclamations at every stage. "The supply of surprise toys and products has grown exponentially.

  • Alberta premier pranks federal Liberals
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    Alberta premier pranks federal Liberals

    At the Liberal Party of Canada's annual holiday party on Dec. 12, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley left them a little reminder about what she'd like to see as their priorities.

  • Mississauga to remove Indigenous-themed mascots, imagery from sports facilities
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    Mississauga to remove Indigenous-themed mascots, imagery from sports facilities

    Details of the agreement were revealed Thursday by Bradley Gallant, a Mississauga resident of Mi'kmaq descent, and his legal counsel. "We need to work to tear down the structures of discrimination, and we can start with the continued use of Indigenous peoples as mascots for sports teams," Gallant said.

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    Cryptocurrency project Basis to shut down and return funding to investors

    Basis, a cryptocurrency project that in April announced it had raised $133 million from a slew of high profile investors, said on Thursday that it was shutting down and returning the funds to its backers because of regulatory concerns. The project, which was being developed by U.S.-based company Intangible Labs, had aimed to create a new type of cryptocurrency known as a "stablecoin" that could maintain a stable price and be more usable than existing digital coins whose value in dollars is highly volatile. "Unfortunately, having to apply U.S. securities regulation to the system had a serious negative impact on our ability to launch Basis," Nader Al-Naji, chief executive of Intangible Labs, said in a blog post on Thursday.

  • 1 man dead after collision between car and 5-ton transport truck east of Saskatoon
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    1 man dead after collision between car and 5-ton transport truck east of Saskatoon

    One man is dead after a five-ton transport truck and a car collided on Saskatchewan's Highway 5 on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the transport truck had already exited the truck and was checked for injuries.

  • 'Amazing smiles': Santa drops in for a visit at Stollery Children's Hospital
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    'Amazing smiles': Santa drops in for a visit at Stollery Children's Hospital

    Children's faces lit up when Santa Claus made a special appearance Thursday at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Cheers and shouts of "Santa's here!" echoed through the halls as Saint Nick landed on the hospital's roof, accompanied by the Edmonton Garrison's 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. Mr. Claus brought 120 teddy bears with him to give out to kids at the hospital.

  • 37% of Metro Vancouverites think real estate market is 'extremely corrupt': report
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    37% of Metro Vancouverites think real estate market is 'extremely corrupt': report

    A new report paints a grim picture of how Metro Vancouverites perceive the region's real estate market. The report by non-profit Transparency International Canada, based on an online survey of residents of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan in August 2018, describes Western Canadians' views and perceptions on corruption in Canada. In general, Western Canadians perceived federal political parties as the institution most affected by corruption.

  • Music program for northern Sask. children seeks instruments
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    Music program for northern Sask. children seeks instruments

    Darryl Flett has never seen a music or band program for his school's young students in the four years he's been principal at the elementary school in Stanley Mission. Saskatchewan musician Eliza Doyle will be in Stanley Mission until the end of January, teaching kids and interested adults. Doyle wants to bring instruments to Stanley Mission, with the hope of leave them for the community to enjoy after she's left.

  • Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore
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    Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

    The Holland Tunnel between New Jersey and New York City may be in for a makeover after critics called the placement of its holiday decorations a distraction, a possible trigger for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder — and just plain ugly. On a day when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the tunnel's operator, approved an $8.5 billion budget and celebrated record traffic at its ports and airports in 2018, most of the questions after its monthly board meeting focused on the decorations.

  • Sex-assault squad investigated eight St. Mike's incidents, police say
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    Sex-assault squad investigated eight St. Mike's incidents, police say

    The Toronto police's sexual crimes unit has to date investigated eight incidents at a private Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations, the force said on Thursday. The service had previously said it had looked into six incidents involving St. Michael's College School. Police spokeswoman Caroline de Kloet provided no further information on the investigations, which have so far resulted in charges against six students.

  • Rolling Stones' Keith Richards (almost) quits drinking
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    Rolling Stones' Keith Richards (almost) quits drinking

    Keith Richards, the hard-partying lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking - almost - saying he "just got fed up with it." "It’s been about a year now," Richards told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview. Richards has said he quit drugs after a 1977 arrest in Canada for heroin possession. Bandmate Ron Wood, who battled alcoholism for years, said Richards was easier to work with since giving up drink.

  • Rate of fox trapping in decline, 2016 and 2017 numbers show
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    Rate of fox trapping in decline, 2016 and 2017 numbers show

    The number of foxes trapped on P.E.I. has jumped considerably between 2016 and 2017 increasing by 53 per cent, according to P.E.I. Fish and Wildlife.