• Family offers 'sincere apologies' after daughter falsely reported hijab attack
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    Family offers 'sincere apologies' after daughter falsely reported hijab attack

    The family of the 11-year-old girl who reported that a man tried to cut off her hijab last week — an incident police said did not occur — offered "sincere apologies to every Canadian" in a statement on Wednesday. "We are deeply sorry for the pain and anger that our family has caused in the past several days," the statement reads.

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    Family of Toronto girl who claimed her hijab was cut apologizes, reports say

    The family of an 11-year-old Toronto girl has reportedly apologized for the "pain and anger" they caused, after the girl's claim that a man cut her hijab turned out not to be true. "This has been a very painful experience for our family," said the statement, first reported by the Toronto Star. Toronto police began investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime last Friday, after the girl said she was attacked twice on the way to school by a man who cut her hijab with scissors.

  • Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says
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    Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says

    A little Toronto girl, who died in hospital Monday after being crushed by an SUV in a drop-off area at an elementary school, was recently given a clean bill of health after fighting cancer since the age of three. "She was definitely an angel," said Ana Paula Carrera of five-year-old Camila Torcato. On Monday at around 3:30 p.m. ET, Camila was about to climb into the family's minivan at St. Raphael Catholic School in North York when an unoccupied vehicle rolled into the little girl and her father, Amilcar Torcato.

  • Minister uses profanity as he criticizes companies' excuses not to hire diverse leaders
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    Minister uses profanity as he criticizes companies' excuses not to hire diverse leaders

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains used profanity as he criticized the lack of diversity in corporate leadership positions to a group of Windsor, Ont., law students on Wednesday. Last January, current president Dr. Alan Wildeman, announced his plans to step down by June 2018.

  • Survivors of ISIS atrocities settling in Calgary urge Canada not to turn away others
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    Survivors of ISIS atrocities settling in Calgary urge Canada not to turn away others

    Kamo Zandinan is haunted by the two years spent in the hands of ISIS militants in Iraq, too weak to do anything but watch as they snatched her husband and four of her seven children — the youngest, a three-year-old girl — with the intention of killing them or selling them off into sexual slavery. "I can't sleep if I don't take medication," said Zandinan, 38, speaking through a translator in her dimly lit basement suite in southwest Calgary. Many of them are now urging the federal government to go beyond its initial commitment to bring in 1,200 survivors of ISIS, because they know it's the only way the horrors will stop for those still facing persecution.

  • How to kill a lobster before you cook it
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    How to kill a lobster before you cook it

    A researcher in animal behaviour recommends people kill their lobsters before cooking them, after extensive research suggests crustaceans can feel pain. Robert Elwood, professor emeritus of animal behaviour at Queen's University in Northern Ireland, has spent more than a decade researching the issue. "They show all indicators of it being pain, so although I can't say if lobsters experience pain ... there's always an element of doubt," Elwood said.

  • Family trip up in the air over rigmarole to get newborn on their flight to Ireland
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    Family trip up in the air over rigmarole to get newborn on their flight to Ireland

    Update: Shortly after CBC published this story, FlightHub sent an email asking for more details about the passenger to review the booking. They say that once they can investigate, they can reach out to Andrea Scully and rectify the situation as the travel date is fast approaching. 

  • Family horrified after funeral home mixes up bodies, cremates wrong one
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    Family horrified after funeral home mixes up bodies, cremates wrong one

    A Nova Scotia family is reeling after a funeral home presented them with two wrong bodies — only then to learn their loved one had been mistakenly cremated. "It's just like a horror story," one family member told CBC News. The chairman of the board responsible for overseeing funeral directors in Nova Scotia confirms an investigation is underway into the "mistake" last month at the Serenity Funeral Home in Berwick, located in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

  • Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi released from immigration detention
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    Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi released from immigration detention

    A former child refugee from Somalia who was shuffled between Nova Scotia foster and group homes as a youth, and who as an adult now faces deportation, was released Wednesday from immigration detention. Abdoul Abdi had spent two weeks detained in jails in the Maritimes and Ontario on immigration grounds after serving a four-year prison sentence for aggravated assault.

  • Donald Trump's election 'an enabling force' for hate, U.S. scholar says
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    Donald Trump's election 'an enabling force' for hate, U.S. scholar says

    Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter may have provided the combustion for the explosion of hateful views, but more online policing isn't the solution, says a leading scholar on the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. "Policing the internet is extremely difficult because it's an open source," says Stephen D. Smith, a professor at the University of Southern California who is also executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, and holds the UNESCO chair on genocide education. Instead, Smith believes educators have an obligation to help students develop new skills aimed at recognizing and responding to online hatred.

  • Two deadly crashes in one day on icy North Okanagan highways
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    Two deadly crashes in one day on icy North Okanagan highways

    A 32-year-old man from Nelson, B.C., was killed in a crash on Highway 97 in the North Okanagan Tuesday night, the second fatal collision in the area in just one day. Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP said the crash happened around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 97, south of Westwold, a small community between Kamloops and Vernon. Police said the crash involved two compact cars.

  • N.S. limits new entry into shore side of lobster industry
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    N.S. limits new entry into shore side of lobster industry

    The Nova Scotia government has slapped an indefinite freeze on the buying side of the province's seafood industry, including the lucrative lobster fishery. Under a temporary measure, the provincial government is no longer issuing new seafood buyer and processing licences. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting of dozens of industry players who are being consulted with as part of a departmental review of plant licensing.

  • Edmonton parents charged with child endangerment after fentanyl, firearms found in southwest home
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    Edmonton parents charged with child endangerment after fentanyl, firearms found in southwest home

    The parents of two young children are facing drug, firearm and child endangerment charges after police searched a "very nice" southwest Edmonton home and found fentanyl pills, marijuana, several firearms and $90,000 cash. The children — an 18-month-old toddler and a three-month-old infant — were apprehended by the Child at Risk Response Team, Edmonton police said Wednesday. Search warrants for a home in the Windermere neighbourhood were expedited after investigators learned that two children, an infant and a toddler, were also residing in the southwest Edmonton residence and potentially at risk, police spokesperson Scott Pattison said.

  • 'No one was living in the store': Lethbridge Burger King denies findings of health inspection
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    'No one was living in the store': Lethbridge Burger King denies findings of health inspection

    A Lethbridge Burger King is "categorically denying" anyone ever slept or lived at the restaurant after Alberta Health Services found evidence, during an inspection earlier this month that foreign workers were living or sleeping on the premises.

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    Woman at centre of social media storm says no one told her how to dress

    The woman at the centre of a social media storm surrounding the use of her image says the conversation was misinformed from the start. A Facebook user noted the woman's appearance in a Government of Canada advertising campaign bore a resemblance to the Disney cartoon character Pocahontas. Neegann Aaswaakshin — Saulteaux of the Anishinaabe Nation and member of the Fishing Lake First Nation — is a lawyer who has worked on Indigenous policy and law with many organizations and governments, including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Native Women's Society of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

  • Fishing captain who helped save Tamil refugees passes away
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    Fishing captain who helped save Tamil refugees passes away

    Gus Dalton, a fishing captain who was by most accounts — including his own — an accidental hero for saving the lives of more than 150 Tamil refugees off southern Newfoundland, has died. Scores of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees may have perished had it not been for Dalton, who came across their open boats about six miles off St. Shott's, on the southern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.

  • 'Snow car' prank leaves Montreal police red-faced but amused
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    'Snow car' prank leaves Montreal police red-faced but amused

    'Snow car' prank leaves Montreal police red-faced but amused

  • Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton
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    Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton

    Bethany Dyck was walking with two friends on Saturday along a wooded trail near Hinton, Alta., that runs parallel to an old road. The group was on its way back, when her pooch, Meka, was playing in the forest with another dog. "It's the worst sound I can imagine hearing coming from my pet," Dyck recalled.

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    Moncton photographer captures rare glimpse of bobcat in the wild

    At first, he thought it was just a fox or a groundhog, but closer inspection revealed something much more spectacular. Paul LeBlanc shot these photographs of a bobcat near Sackville on Sunday while out taking pictures of wildlife.

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    Thanks to random photographer and Facebook, this Edmonton couple now have photos of their engagement

    Andrea Alderman was adjusting her camera settings and waiting to take photos of her kids the ice castle in Hawrelak Park when she saw a man get down on one knee. Alderman later took to Facebook, posting the proposal photos and hoping to find the couple. Three hours and 1,500 shares later, the photos reached Edmontonians Zach Jamieson and Bethany Fiske.

  • Jagmeet Singh proposes to designer Gurkiran Kaur
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    Jagmeet Singh proposes to designer Gurkiran Kaur

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh surprised his clothing designer girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur with a proposal Tuesday night in Toronto. Several members of the media were invited to witness the engagement.

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    Hunter shoots Alberta woman's husky, mistaking it for wolf

    A Hinton woman says she's still in shock after a hunter shot and injured her dog, mistaking it for a wolf. "I'm very happy that she's alive, but I still can't believe it happened," Bethany Dyck told CBC News. The hunter said he thought the dog was a wolf and would do it again if necessary.

  • Two people found dead in Oakville home
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    Two people found dead in Oakville home

    Halton police are investigating after two people were found dead inside a home in Oakville. Police are not looking for any suspects, and there are no known threats to public safety, she said. No details have been released around the relationship between the two deceased. Ralph Geronimo, a neighbour who lives on Summerhill Crescent, says he woke up to bright police lights shining into his home.

  • What about the squash? Female player weighs in on debate over men's-only Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club
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    What about the squash? Female player weighs in on debate over men's-only Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club

    Jodi Moskal, a former Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce chair and a Progressive Conservative candidate in a recent provincial byelection, slammed the Squash Club earlier this week for barring women as members. Competitive squash player Dominique St. Hilaire says the community of female squash players in Winnipeg is small and excluding women from the club limits opportunities for players like her to improve their game. The shortage of competitive female players prompted St. Hilaire to enter a men-only tournament at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club.

  • Paramedic house calls 'a godsend' for nursing homes battling flu outbreaks
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    Paramedic house calls 'a godsend' for nursing homes battling flu outbreaks

    When Robert Wilson first enters Vicky Gorgichuk's bright room at Chartwell Stonehaven Retirement Residence, she seems unsure who he is, or what he's doing there. "I'm a paramedic, ma'am. How are you feeling today?" Wilson asks. Wilson is one of about a dozen Ottawa paramedics who have started making house calls to both private and city-run long-term care homes.