• Edmonton police chief undecided on LGBTQ apology, memo says
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    Edmonton police chief undecided on LGBTQ apology, memo says

    There is "no clear agreement or resolution" on whether the Edmonton Police Service should deliver an apology to the LGBTQ community, according to an internal police memo from Chief Rod Knecht. "While some want an apology, others believe we have moved beyond the need for one, and that an apology would actually be a setback," Knecht wrote in the memo. A police spokesperson told CBC News that Chief Knecht was unavailable for an interview.

  • Council can't grant Ford's request to put anti-gangs and guns funding on special meeting agenda, Tory says
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    Council can't grant Ford's request to put anti-gangs and guns funding on special meeting agenda, Tory says

    In an open letter to Toronto's mayor, Premier Doug Ford asked city council to discuss increasing funding to address guns and gangs at its special meeting next Monday. The special meeting was scheduled to discuss legal options for challenging Ford's recently-passed Bill 5, which slashes the number of city councillors from 47 to 25. Tory responded with his own open letter Friday afternoon, saying he's committed to matching the funding but also reminding the premier that changing the special meeting agenda is not possible.

  • Alleged Fredericton gunman tweeted about death of Moncton Mounties
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    Alleged Fredericton gunman tweeted about death of Moncton Mounties

    The man accused of murdering four people in Fredericton, including two police officers, tweeted often about first-person shooter video games and, four years ago, about the deaths of three Moncton Mounties during that city's shocking shootings. Matthew Vincent Raymond was active on Twitter for about four years using the username "ColtC8," also the name of a powerful, military-grade carbine. Two days after Justin Bourque shot and killed three RCMP officers on June 4, 2014, in Moncton, N.B., Raymond tweeted his agreement with a user who said the shooter's name should not be trending on Twitter.

  • Former Liberal MLA seeking Alberta Party nomination
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    Former Liberal MLA seeking Alberta Party nomination

    A former Alberta Liberal MLA who hasn't held office for a decade wants to run in the next year's provincial election, but not for his old party. Instead, Mo Elsalhy is seeking the Alberta Party nomination in Edmonton-South West. "I just feel the Alberta Party has a lot of potential and a lot of opportunity in 2019, and I am hoping to put my energy where there might be an outcome," Elsalhy said in an interview Thursday with CBC News.

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    Judge lifts publication ban, revealing details about Fredericton shooting

    A New Brunswick judge has lifted a publication ban on court documents related to the Fredericton shooting that killed four people, revealing details about how the deadly attack unfolded. The province's Court of Queen's Bench had issued the ban on Monday — hours after media reported on their content — imposing an information blackout on the sequence of events that claimed the lives of Bobbie Lee Wright, Donnie Robichaud and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns. The Crown information sheet says around 7:20 a.m. last Friday, a woman called 911 to report shots fired at 237 Brookside Drive.

  • Windsor's weather, traffic and gas prices for Friday
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    Windsor's weather, traffic and gas prices for Friday

    Mainly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers. This afternoon there is a risk for a thunderstorm.

  • Parents accuse Balmoral Hall of hefty, unfair bills after withdrawing before school starts
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    Parents accuse Balmoral Hall of hefty, unfair bills after withdrawing before school starts

    A group of parents say a prominent private school in Winnipeg was not transparent with them about the thousands of dollars they would owe should they decide to withdraw their daughters from the school. "If we don't fight for this, there'll be more parents like me in the future," said Yu Wang. The father claims he had no idea that when he registered his daughter at Balmoral Hall School, he could be on the hook for $8,600 even if he cancelled enrolment months before the start of class.

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    Christabel Nettey set to secure berth in Diamond League final following health scare

    With her performance slipping and confidence sagging, a reluctant Christabel Nettey had little choice but to listen to her body. Nettey, who jumped 6.54 two weeks later in London before taking nearly a month off, will return to England for Birmingham's Müller Grand Prix on Saturday (CBCSports.ca, 9 a.m. ET) in hopes of securing enough points to earn a spot for the Diamond League final later this month.

  • How do chameleons change colour?
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    How do chameleons change colour?

    Until recently, scientists thought chameleons change colour using pigments in their skin cells. But that's just a small part of the process. Nick Reynolds, a herpetology keeper from Chester Zoo, UK, explains how it works. (Image: Chameleon, Credit: Getty Images.)

  • CNE kicks off behind a picket line as labour dispute looms large
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    CNE kicks off behind a picket line as labour dispute looms large

    The 140th CNE kicked off at 10 a.m. with a procession of mounted Toronto police and a military band. Both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory were on hand. Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58, which provides technical and staging expertise for venues at Exhibition Place, have been locked out since July 20.

  • Saskatoon girl's lemonade stand raises $40K for cystic fibrosis research
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    Saskatoon girl's lemonade stand raises $40K for cystic fibrosis research

    Cassidy Evans was only five years old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Five years after setting up a lemonade stand, the Saskatoon girl has raised $40,000 for research into the inherited genetic disorder. "I was supportive and excited when she told me she wanted to have a lemonade stand when she was five — but she was five!" said Cassidy's mother, Kimberly Evans.

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    Wanted: New use for old school

    The P.E.I. government is looking for proposals for new uses for the old Fortune Consolidated School near Souris. The P.E.I. Department of Public Works is accepting proposals from both for-profit and not-for-profit groups. "The building just recently became surplus so the building still has some potential," said Alan Maynard, the director of public works and planning.

  • Door-to-door water testing is a scam, says City of Calgary
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    Door-to-door water testing is a scam, says City of Calgary

    If someone knocks on your door claiming to be from the City of Calgary and wants to test your water, don't answer, the city says. City officials say they've received more than a dozen reports through 311 and Enmax of people either representing home-service companies or claiming to be city employees. "They'll test the water and say they need a home treatment system and recommend purchasing some of the products that their company is endorsing," said Natasha Kinloch, operations and maintenance leader for drinking water distribution with the city.

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    World Wildlife Fund raises alarm about harmful 'grey water' in Canada's Arctic

    World Wildlife Fund Canada fears a new report it commissioned suggests that untreated "grey water" dumped in Canadian Arctic waters could double by 2035 if left unregulated. "Current 'hot spots' of grey water dumping in the Arctic intersect with important whale habitats, such as calving areas and migration routes, as well as areas of high concentrations of Arctic char," a WWF-Canada news release says. According to the report, tourism will be the biggest source of grey water dumping over the next 20 years, especially in the Northwest Passage.

  • 'This just adds to the stress': Respiratory therapy students out $900 fee after licensing test cancelled
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    'This just adds to the stress': Respiratory therapy students out $900 fee after licensing test cancelled

    Hundreds of respiratory therapy students across the country won't be holding their breaths for the full refunds they were promised after a massive computer failure forced the cancellation of their licensing exam last month. Yardstick Assessment Strategies administers the national exam for the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care. Anyone who wants to be a licensed respiratory therapist (RT) needs to take the test to ensure they can evaluate and treat patients with cardiopulmonary issues in everyone from newborns to the elderly — mostly in hospital intensive care units, emergency departments and operating rooms.

  • Potential refugee sponsors have a month to use new fund
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    Potential refugee sponsors have a month to use new fund

    The administrators of a private fund to help sponsor 1,000 refugees to come to Canada this year are encouraging people to organize in the next month to take advantage of the money. About 80 people attended an information session at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Ottawa to learn more about what they would need to do to help people resettle in Canada. Stephane Telka said a group of friends were talking about forming a sponsorship group and having access to financial support made a big difference.

  • Water in The Pas safe to drink if boiled first, province says
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    Water in The Pas safe to drink if boiled first, province says

    People in The Pas can now drink tap water if they boil it for at least one minute, the province announced Friday. A water line by the Saskatchewan River was accidentally severed Thursday night, The Pas CAO Randi Salamonowicz said.

  • Meet the six-year-old drummer proving you're never too young to rock out
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    Meet the six-year-old drummer proving you're never too young to rock out

    Judah Kays may be only be six years old, but he's already wowing family and friends with his skills on the drum set. "[Judah] spent a lot of time with us when he was younger ... and he hopped on the drum kit then and he just seemed to have a feel for it," said Judah's grandfather Albert Kays, who's also a drummer. For the last two years, Judah has been refining his skills during weekly lessons. As a musician himself, Kays says he's happy to see his grandson pick up the sticks.

  • STM maintenance workers to begin refusing overtime starting Saturday
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    STM maintenance workers to begin refusing overtime starting Saturday

    Maintenance employees of Montreal's transportation authority (STM) will begin a month-long overtime strike Saturday and that strike is expected to slow bus services across the network. Consequences of the strike should mainly be felt on the bus network on "certain" bus routes, the website states. "We expect the impact to be felt as the weeks go by, given the backlog of work to be done on vehicles during the upcoming peak period (late summer and fall), when the transit system is in high demand," the STM stated.

  • 'Nothing in the Koran about face masking’
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    'Nothing in the Koran about face masking’

    The British imam Dr Taj Hargey says when people say facial masking is part of Islam "that clearly is a lie". He told Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur: "Repeating a lie ad infinitum doesn't make it the truth". Dr Harjey, who founded the Muslim Educational Centre in Oxford and the Open Mosque in Cape Town recently defended Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson over his criticism of the burka saying he should "not apologise for telling the truth".

  • Bank robber returns to the scene of his crime 60 years later — for lunch
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    Bank robber returns to the scene of his crime 60 years later — for lunch

    For the folks at Ottawa's Riviera restaurant, it was a reservation request unlike any other. Six decades ago, the fancy art deco-inspired eatery was home to the Sparks Street branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada — the site of one of the most brazen robberies the city had ever seen. According to newspaper reports from the time, Boyne Johnston, a chief teller at the branch, walked out of the office on a Friday with roughly $260,000.

  • STM to launch study into protective barriers on Metro platforms
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    STM to launch study into protective barriers on Metro platforms

    Montreal's public transit authority (STM) will launch a study next year into protective barriers it says will prevent people from entering the Metro tunnels, and objects from falling onto the tracks. The STM says once those stations are complete, there will be an increase in ridership and platforms on the Orange Line will become more crowded than usual. A researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal says the barriers, called platform screen doors, are also one of the most effective ways to prevent metro suicides.

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    Yellowknives Dene canvass traditional knowledge about Whitebeach Point

    Members of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation met at Whitebeach Point on Thursday to discuss a plan to establish it as part of a larger territorial protected area. It's is known as Dinaga Wek'ehodi. Fred Sangris is the community negotiator for the Yellowknives Dene.

  • Land under Cape Breton's Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina sold
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    Land under Cape Breton's Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina sold

    The land under Cape Breton's controversial Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina has been sold. It belonged to the federal government, which built the $4.8-million recreation facility in 2012 through Enterprise Cape Breton.

  • Truck rules stifling city's food scene, restaurateur says
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    Truck rules stifling city's food scene, restaurateur says

    A former food cart operator who now runs a bricks-and-mortar restaurant says the city's strict rules aimed at controlling competition are stifling culinary creativity and leaving Ottawans hungry for more variety. Tarek Hassan, chef and co-owner of Gongfu Bao, told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning he would be fine with seeing a food truck pull up around the corner from his new Bank Street restaurant, something that's currently prohibited. The City of Ottawa's 2013 food truck program restricted both the number of vendors and where they could set up shop.