• Charlottetown financial statements reveal $11.2M surplus
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    Charlottetown financial statements reveal $11.2M surplus

    The City of Charlottetown has released its consolidated financial statements for 2017, which show a surplus of $11.2 million. 

  • Why Calgary passed on the 2026 Olympics — and what's next for the Games nobody seems to want
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    Why Calgary passed on the 2026 Olympics — and what's next for the Games nobody seems to want

    Calgary voters have sent politicians a clear message: They want no part of the city's beleaguered bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The vote is not binding, but should leave those on Calgary city council no doubt. The results were decisive: 132,832 for Calgary hosting (43.6 per cent) and 171,750 against (56.4 per cent).

  • Japan's Abe says wants to discuss peace treaty with Putin today
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    Japan's Abe says wants to discuss peace treaty with Putin today

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he wants to discuss a peace treaty with Russia and the North Korean issue with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Putin said last week that Abe told him Tokyo could not immediately sign a peace treaty with Moscow without first resolving their territorial dispute. Russia and Japan have been in dispute for seven decades over island territories captured by Soviet troops in the last days of the World War Two. As a result, they have still not formally ended hostilities. ...

  • Bixi celebrates end of season, announces expansion to 5 more boroughs
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    Bixi celebrates end of season, announces expansion to 5 more boroughs

    This comes after the bike-sharing service announced it was rolling out some electric bicycles to join the fleet in the summer. ​Bixi Montreal president Marie Elaine Farley has attributes that growth to measures, such as OPUS card payment, electric bikes and increased safety.

  • Curious killer whale literally swims beside man in kayak
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    Curious killer whale literally swims beside man in kayak

    A kayaker gets totally surprised when a massive orca male swims mere inches from him in what could have been a deadly encounter. Filmed in the arctic waters of Northern Norway.

  • Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah
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    Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

    Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in. The crowd of 14,000 roared as the former first lady stepped onto a stage at the sold-out United Center event, which felt part talk show, part political rally and part rock concert, complete with $35 Michele Obama T-shirts emblazoned with her face and the title of her just-released memoir, "Becoming." Family pictures of Barack Obama and their children flashed on a screen over her shoulder as she spoke.

  • University of Ottawa will vote to pick next student association
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    University of Ottawa will vote to pick next student association

    The University of Ottawa plans to hold a referendum next year on who will represent students, potentially replacing the group plagued by concerns about how it manages money. After fraud allegations emerged this summer, the university suspended transfer payments to the Student Federation of Ottawa (SFUO). In September the university announced it would not recognize the SFUO as the official voice for students after the end of this semester.

  • Verizon looks to expand 5G home broadband offering
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    Verizon looks to expand 5G home broadband offering

    Verizon plans to target a broader audience for its new 5G home broadband product following the adoption of global standards for the technology, CFO Matthew Ellis said on Wednesday. "We're very excited with results we've got," Ellis told the Morgan Stanley TMT Conference in Barcelona of the limited rollout. Verizon will launch 5G-enabled handsets in the first half of 2019 and widen its offering of 5G broadband based on the global standard that was adopted in June.

  • Fredericton saves 8 trees, pushes cost of Officers' Square plan to $9.1M
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    Fredericton saves 8 trees, pushes cost of Officers' Square plan to $9.1M

    Fredericton city council has chosen a new design for Officers' Square that will save eight mature trees — four more trees compared to its original plan. Earlier this month, city staff presented council with two new designs for the downtown park. The second option — which council voted against — would've sacrificed the large elm tree at the corner of Queen Street and St. Anne's Point Boulevard for a new corner entrance to the square.

  • Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened
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    Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened

    In mid-November 1968, a team of cardiologists at St. Michael's Hospital received a call they had been waiting on for months. It was a tragedy that set into motion the first successful heart transplant in Canadian history, which marks its 50th anniversary on Saturday. "We never had any hesitation," said Dr. John K. Wilson, now 93.

  • Uber sees opportunity for minibus service in Kenyan capital
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    Uber sees opportunity for minibus service in Kenyan capital

    Uber estimates that more than a third of Kenyans in Nairobi use the often crowded minibuses, known as matatus, as their main form of transport around the city, Uber's East Africa General Manager Loic Amado told Reuters. "We want to be part of the transportation ecosystem in Nairobi and matatus are a big part of how people move around," he said, adding the feature would be available on the Uber app. The company already operates Uber Pool and Uber Express Pool in cities such as London and New York, so taxi drivers can carry more passengers heading to the same or nearby destinations.

  • Couple says witless reasons at root of order to tear down chicken coop in Witless Bay
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    Couple says witless reasons at root of order to tear down chicken coop in Witless Bay

    There ain't nobody here but three chickens — McNugget, Bean and Lentil, to be specific — but the Town of Witless Bay has ordered their little, yellow coop must go. Gideon Barker and Jaclyn Humphries say illogical, backwards thinking has put a damper on what was supposed to be a quiet, peaceful move to the town, which sits 30 minutes outside St. John's. It really took us by surprise," Gideon Barker said on Tuesday.

  • Private fund helps sponsor 685 refugees across Canada
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    Private fund helps sponsor 685 refugees across Canada

    An Ottawa-based network that helped find private sponsors for 685 refugees across Canada with the backing of major philanthropists got a third of its sponsorship groups in Ottawa. Canada had 1,000 unclaimed spaces for privately sponsored refugees in early August when the Refugee Fund was launched. "If you go to the airport or you go to someone's home who has just arrived, you realize every single one of those numbers is a human being," said Emilie Coyle, a director at the University of Ottawa's Refugee Hub, which helped run the effort.

  • Venezuelan beauty queens migrate for shot at stardom abroad
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    Venezuelan beauty queens migrate for shot at stardom abroad

    When the Miss Universe beauty pageant takes place in a few weeks, Chile will be represented by a slender brunette who has a killer smile and speaks Spanish with an unmistakable Venezuelan accent. Andrea Diaz was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela, where from the age of 12 she learned to sway her hips and glide gracefully down catwalks at a local modeling academy. Three years ago she settled down in Chile, where most of her family has also relocated.

  • Bain Capital Ventures closes $1 billion fund amid venture fund-raising frenzy
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    Bain Capital Ventures closes $1 billion fund amid venture fund-raising frenzy

    Bain Capital Ventures, which has backed LinkedIn and Jet.com, told Reuters that $650 million would go into a fund used mostly for early-stage investments, backing young startups with unproven business models, the firm's sweet spot. "We've invested from PowerPoint slides," said Enrique Salem, a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures who invests in cyber security startups. Recent successful initial public offerings by Bain-backed companies helped the venture firm attract more than enough interest from investors to round out the $1 billion fund, Salem said.

  • Land reform in South Africa will not violate constitution: Ramaphosa
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    Land reform in South Africa will not violate constitution: Ramaphosa

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that South Africa will enact land reforms in adherence to the country's constitution and with respect for the human rights of all its people. "This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution," Ramaphosa told lawmakers.

  • Pair charged in youth court with 2nd-degree murder of 17-year-old from Nuns' Island
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    Pair charged in youth court with 2nd-degree murder of 17-year-old from Nuns' Island

    A pair of 17-year-olds have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of another 17-year-old whose body was found in a wooded area on Nuns' Island on Monday. 

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    Doubts over China online sales of group tours to South Korea

    Chinese online travel agency Ctrip on Wednesday resumed offering group tours to South Korea on its platform but the packages were later pulled from the company's website, Yonhap news agency said. China banned group tours to South Korea in March last year after Seoul agreed to install the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD). The move badly hurt South Korea's retail and service sectors.

  • Ford, Walmart to collaborate on designing automated-vehicle delivery
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    Ford, Walmart to collaborate on designing automated-vehicle delivery

    Ford Motor Co , Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday. The project is the latest to grow out of Ford’s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles.

  • Snowplows can stay another year, says council
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    Snowplows can stay another year, says council

    Charlottetown city council has voted to allow a snow removal company to stay in its current location in a residential neighbourhood for one more winter. Last year, Chapman Bros Snow Clearing operated its business from a property on Ralden Avenue. It's a residential zone, but the business was able to operate there for one season under a temporary variance.

  • Stylish mini pig goes for backpacking adventure
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    Stylish mini pig goes for backpacking adventure

    This mini pig is clearly ready for an afternoon filled with backpacking adventure. Check out that bandanna!

  • Online ad group Criteo confident it can remain independent
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    Online ad group Criteo confident it can remain independent

    Online advertising and technology company Criteo expressed confidence it could continue to operate on a standalone and independent basis, even as tech start-ups get targeted by bigger, more established companies. "That's not part of our strategy today, to look for another partner," Criteo chief financial officer Benoit Fouilland told a Morgan Stanley technology conference in Barcelona. Fouilland, whose presentation was broadcast on Criteo's website, added his company would invest more next year, which could result in a drop in Criteo's margins.

  • Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan
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    Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

    An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector. Developers say the proposed project is meant to relieve snarling traffic and will ferry some 3,000 tourists an hour from the western sector directly to the Old City, in east Jerusalem.

  • Halifax researchers say microbe reveals 'major new branch' of evolutionary tree
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    Halifax researchers say microbe reveals 'major new branch' of evolutionary tree

    A dirt sample taken from a wilderness area outside Halifax has led scientists at Dalhousie University to discover a new branch on the evolutionary tree of life. Alastair Simpson, a professor in Dalhousie's Department of Biology, said the finding represents a "major new branch" that stands above the level of a new kingdom in terms of ranking lifeforms. "These little organisms are all by themselves a group that is more different from everything we know about than animals are from fungi, said Simpson.

  • $2 million in wildfire rebuild relief approved for Fort McMurray evacuees
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    $2 million in wildfire rebuild relief approved for Fort McMurray evacuees

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo council approved the relief funding during a regular public meeting Tuesday. The new funding will match $2 million earmarked by the Canadian Red Cross, and $2 million provided by the Alberta government, for a combined commitment of $6 million.