• U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea sanctions breach
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    U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea sanctions breach

    The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions. The U.S. Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday that China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. Ltd and its Singapore-based affiliate SINSMS Pte. Ltd had netted more than $1 billion a year by exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea. The department also sanctioned Russian-based Profinet Pte Ltd and its director general, Vasili Aleksandrovich Kolchanov, for providing port services on at least six occasions to North Korean-flagged ships.

  • Time to kick maverick Tory MP Maxime Bernier out of caucus, Scheer urged
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    Time to kick maverick Tory MP Maxime Bernier out of caucus, Scheer urged

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh used the social media platform to say he's been waiting for Scheer to "do the responsible thing" and denounce what he calls Bernier's "divisive" words. "To everyone that belongs to a diverse community — who's been told you don't belong — I've been in your shoes, I get it," Singh wrote, saying he's "deeply disappointed" in Scheer. In a series of tweets posted Sunday, Bernier said promoting too much diversity could have the effect of dividing Canada into "little tribes" that cause division and erode Canada’s identity.

  • Advocates blast province's freeze on injection sites amid Toronto's spike in overdose deaths
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    Advocates blast province's freeze on injection sites amid Toronto's spike in overdose deaths

    Both the provincial and federal governments need to "come to grips with the issue of mental health and addictions," explained Tory, and scale up harm reduction efforts. "I can't remember this many overdoses," said Ford.

  • SEC scrutiny of Tesla grows as Goldman hints at adviser role
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    SEC scrutiny of Tesla grows as Goldman hints at adviser role

    The electric carmaker's shares fell as much as 4 percent but cut their losses after Goldman Sachs Group Inc said it was dropping equity coverage of Tesla because it is acting as a financial adviser on a matter related to the automaker. Investors viewed the Goldman statement as confirming a tweet from Elon Musk on Monday about working with Goldman, even as the reported subpoenas indicated the SEC has opened a formal investigation into a matter. The latest news extended the roller-coaster ride for Tesla investors in recent days, adding to uncertainty about the future course of the company and whether a deal can be done amid growing regulatory complications.

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    Family, RCMP still searching for 29-year-old

    Shawnee Inyallie's family and the RCMP continue to look for clues more than a month after the 29-year-old went missing from Hope, B.C., about 150 km east of Vancouver. "The family has been going through so much tragedy this last month and it's been really hard," Inyallie's aunt, Linda Peters, told CBC. The family is also offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to finding her, thanks to a donation from author Terese Mailhot of nearby Seabird Island.

  • Inspector recommends sweeping reforms at Whitehorse jail
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    Inspector recommends sweeping reforms at Whitehorse jail

    Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee called for the inspection last year to review the controversial case of Michael Nehass, a mentally-ill inmate who spent years at correctional centre, sometimes in segregation, which experts said worsened his condition. Loukidelis's inspection was also intended to look more broadly at "policies and practices" with respect to the mental health of inmates. The government received the report in May, and presented it to the public on Wednesday.

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    Sask agriculture group calls $289M Monsanto payout 'a head-scratcher'

    Saskatchewan farmers will continue to use glyphosate on their crops, despite a $289-million ruling against Monsanto in California. "It's used right across Saskatchewan — one of our most used tools for weed control," said Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan president Todd Lewis. A California jury ordered Monsanto to pay almost $300 million last week after DeWayne Johnson sued the weed giant, saying his terminal cancer was caused by years of work as a groundskeeper spraying Roundup up to 30 times a year.

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    By the numbers: The Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe

    Despite being open for only 12 days, the GoFundMe campaign for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash raised $15.1 million, making it the crowd-sourcing site's second-biggest ever, topped only by that of the Time's Up Legal Defence Fund. A non-profit corporation, the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc., will be shepherding the fund through the courts to divvy up that money 29 ways. As soon as the owners of Violent Gentlemen, a sports clothing company in California, heard about the crash, they knew they had to do something, said co-owner Mike Hammer.

  • Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration
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    Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

    A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday. Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, claimed that Colorado officials are on a "crusade to crush" him and force him into mediation over the gender transition cake because of his religious beliefs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Phillips is seeking to overturn a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling that he discriminated against a transgender person by refusing to make a cake celebrating that person's transition from male to female.

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    'I feel really blessed': B.C. Little Leaguer heading to World Series

    Dio Gama's baseball dream is becoming a reality after all — just when it looked like the 13-year-old baseball star wouldn't be donning the Maple Leaf at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Earlier this week, CBC Sports reported the young baseball player wouldn't be able to join Whalley's Little League team due to immigration issues.

  • A tour of Syria - with the Russian military
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    A tour of Syria - with the Russian military

    The BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from a tour of Syria organised by the Russian military, who are keen to show that life is gradually returning to normal. Syria's civil war isn't over, but Russia has played an important role in putting President Bashar al-Assad on the road to victory.

  • Regina police shoot dog, incident under investigation
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    Regina police shoot dog, incident under investigation

    The Regina Police Service says an officer shot somebody's pet dog today.

  • Young paddlers at Banook Canoe Club left high and dry by algae outbreak
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    Young paddlers at Banook Canoe Club left high and dry by algae outbreak

    Blue-green algae is keeping younger paddlers out of action at the Banook Canoe Club in Dartmouth, N.S. On Tuesday, HRM issued a blue-green algae bloom risk advisory for Lake Banook and Lake Micmac advising people not to swim in either. "We had prepared for this in case it did happen — and sure enough it did," said Stephen Pottie, general manager of the Banook Canoe Club.

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    Inuit boarding home concerned for safety of patrons as resto-bar set to open nearby

    Quebec's liquor board has granted an alcohol permit for a Dorval resto-bar, despite concerns it will create an unsafe environment for Inuit staying at a nearby boarding home as they seek medical care in the Montreal area. The Ullivik boarding home provides support and a place to stay for Inuit who come to Montreal to receive healthcare that is otherwise unavailable in Nunavik.

  • Search becomes recovery operation for woman swept away in Cache Creek mudslide
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    Search becomes recovery operation for woman swept away in Cache Creek mudslide

    In what police were describing as a recovery operation, search dogs, assisted by drones, spent Wednesday looking for the body of a missing 67-year-old woman who was swept away in a car after a forceful mudslide near Cache Creek on Saturday. "We are definitely switching into recovery mode with our search, so we are still looking for our victim at this point and trying to bring some closure to the family," said Ashcroft RCMP Sgt. Kathleen Thain. RCMP say Valerie Morris and her husband, Tom, were travelling in a group of six vehicles en route to Kamloops when a thunder and lightning storm hit and the skies suddenly opened up.

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    How to prepare for — and what not to do during — B.C. wildfire evacuations

    A B.C. father and his 12-year-old daughter have been plagued by forest fires two summers in a row and fear losing their home this time around. Jason Wettstein and daughter Ava live in the North Bonaparte plateau area north of Kamloops and can see the flames from the house they are building. "I've made arrangements to get Ava out of here," Wettstein said, who evacuated his home during the fires last year and spent a month living in a hotel.

  • 'I am scared we will be homeless': Your comments on housing in P.E.I.
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    'I am scared we will be homeless': Your comments on housing in P.E.I.

    Islanders shared their own stories of struggling to find housing on P.E.I. as a panel discussion delved into some of the issues the Island is facing. The Island currently has an overall vacancy rate of just 1.2 per cent, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, with a 0.9 per cent vacancy rate in Charlottetown. The discussion, hosted by Kerry Campbell,  aired on CBC Prince Edward Island's Facebook page and Mainstreet P.E.I. It garnered many comments from Islanders frustrated by a lack of affordable housing on the Island.

  • Cisco's software push fuels quarterly beat, strong forecast
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    Cisco's software push fuels quarterly beat, strong forecast

    (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc topped Wall Street targets for quarterly revenue and profit and forecast first-quarter sales above estimates on Wednesday, as the network gear maker's transition to a software-focused company gains traction. Cisco, like other legacy technology companies, has been launching new products focused on high-growth areas such as cyber security and Internet of Things to cushion sluggish demand in its traditional routers and switches business. "We're seeing the returns on the investments we are making in innovation and driving the shift to more software and subscriptions," Chief Financial Officer Kelly Kramer told analysts on a post-earnings call.

  • Hydro orders work stoppage on section of Southwest Transitway
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    Hydro orders work stoppage on section of Southwest Transitway

    Manitoba Hydro has ordered a work stoppage on a section of the Southwest Transitway, citing concerns that include excavations that come too close to hydro transmission lines. Hydro ordered work be stopped on the second phase of the bus corridor on Aug. 8 after inspectors raised 10 concerns with work underway south of Clarence Avenue and north of Bishop Grandin Boulevard, Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said Wednesday. The city and private construction consortium Plenary Roads are in the midst of a $467-million project that includes the extension of the Southwest Transitway from Jubilee Avenue to the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus and the widening of Pembina Highway below the Jubilee overpass.

  • Whitney Pier garden club growing tomorrow's leaders
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    Whitney Pier garden club growing tomorrow's leaders

    A garden in Whitney Pier is part of a leadership program run out of the Boys and Girls Club aimed at getting children and teenagers planting, growing and maintaining a vegetable garden. Robbie Hussey is the student garden leader. Madeline Yakimchuk is the youth club's gardener.

  • 'The adrenaline is still going:' Excitement lingers after Iqaluit bowhead hunt
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    'The adrenaline is still going:' Excitement lingers after Iqaluit bowhead hunt

    When the tide is in you can hardly see the bowhead whale where it rests on an island in Frobisher Bay outside of Iqaluit. As the waters recede, hunters are hard at work, stripping the dark skin and light pink blubber from the bowhead successfully hunted on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Koovian Flanagan stepped off a boat onto Long Island, or Ukaliqtuliq in Inuktitut.

  • Environment minister didn't know extent of Tufts Cove oil spill until this week
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    Environment minister didn't know extent of Tufts Cove oil spill until this week

    Nova Scotia's Environment Minister Margaret Miller offered only a mild rebuke to Nova Scotia Power for not letting her or her department know sooner the full extent of an oil spill at the utility's generating plant in Dartmouth. A company executive briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon at the Tufts Cove plant, not long after the company issued a news release detailing the full extent of the spill. Until then, the focus had been on a 5,000 litre spill in and around Halifax harbour.

  • Piikani Nation elder loving the privacy of her very own home
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    Piikani Nation elder loving the privacy of her very own home

    "I like to live with my children, but to a certain point, I'd rather have my own privacy and not depend upon them," she told The Homestretch on Wednesday. The 300 square-foot, one-bedroom home was built with a $250,000 grant from Indigenous Services Canada and the labour of a dozen high school students supervised by Saskatchewan-based Your Choice Homes Inc.

  • How the service industry is trying to address a 'culture of sexual harassment'
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    How the service industry is trying to address a 'culture of sexual harassment'

    The service industry on P.E.I. is trying to tackle a problem they say has been around for years — sexual harassment. Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown introduced a new policy and online campaign this week aimed at tackling the issue. Maria Campbell, an employee at Upstreet who has worked in the service industry for over a decade, says she's dealt with far too many uncomfortable situations.

  • Noise-control technology now on Edmonton streets, listening and watching
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    Noise-control technology now on Edmonton streets, listening and watching

    Four cameras are up and monitoring noisy spots in the city with another four digital display boards being installed at different locations. It's an extended pilot project to measure just how revved up motorcycles and vehicles can get. Scott McKeen, who lives downtown.