Uluhaktok, N.W.T., student-run popup coffee shop a hit

Students at Helen KalvakElihakvik School in this N.W.T. hamlet of 475 people hold a coffee shop every two weeks. While it started three years ago as a simple fundraiser for the school's grad party, teacher Kathy Tollenaar said the coffee shop, which runs every second Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., has

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  • Alabama woman convicted in girl's running death dies

    An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, died five days after being stricken at the state's women's prison, prison spokesman Bob Horton said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but defence attorney Dani Bone said Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday minutes after visiting relatives at the state women's prison.

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  • Carnation milk mystery substance turns out to be mould

    A Fall River, N.S., woman who found a mysterious substance at the bottom of a can of Carnation milk says an official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency told her the substance was mould. On Thursday night, Ellen Chesal prepared a chicken dish that included Carnation milk, punctured the top of the can and poured the milk. Chesal says a friend of hers called the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and it sent out an inspector on Friday to take a look at the substance.

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  • NDP dropped 20 points in 48 hours after supporting niqab, Tom Mulcair says

    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says decisions he made around TV debates and the niqab helped sink the party's fortunes with voters. While admitting he is partly to blame for the NDP's third-place finish, Mulcair insists he should be leading the party into the next election, and will take that message to party members ahead of April's leadership review. Mulcair said a short-sighted desire to hold on to that lead made the party risk-averse.

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  • Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine's Day massacre

    Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing. The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, and the Cook County medical examiner's office is now considering how best to preserve and display them. Executive officer James Sledge, a local history fan and a Chicago native, said he felt a chill down his back when he first read the documents outlining the attack at a Lincoln Park garage that left seven men dead and more than 160 machine-gun casings littering the scene.

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  • P.E.I. RCMP change role of auxiliary police officers

    RCMP on P.E.I. say the role of auxiliary constables is undergoing a major change across the country — they're no longer allowed to ride along on patrol and will not be given firearms training. The auxiliary officer program was introduced in Canada in 1963 to enhance community policing and crime prevention. The decision comes after an RCMP review following the fatal shootings of Cpl.

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  • 2 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Arizona school

    Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement Friday afternoon.

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  • Elections Manitoba reviews employment policy after hiring of sex offender

    Elections Manitoba is taking a closer look at its employee screening process after a registered sex offender was hired as a door-to-door enumerator, but not everyone is happy with the organization's proposed changes. The organization confirmed Thursday it had fired an employee after learning one of it's enumerators is a registered sex offender. One of the group members reached out to tell her she recognized one of the workers in the neighbourhood as a sex offender.

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  • Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison

    Lenore Matusiewicz, 69, learned her fate while lying in a bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. A federal judge scheduled the emergency sentencing after attorneys agreed it needed to take place in the hospital to ensure that Matusiewicz receives essential medical care. David, his mother, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, were convicted of conspiracy and cyberstalking resulting in the 2013 death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford.

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  • Vancouver police issue warning to women after attacks in Oakridge area

    Fri, Feb 12: Vancouver police have issued a warning to women in the Oakridge neighbourhood after two attacks. Rumina Daya reports on whom investigators are searching for.

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  • Drug abuse in rural communities: 'It's everywhere'

    Underneath the idyllic exteriors of Carbonear and the surrounding communities in Conception Bay North, there are people living with serious drug addiction issues, according to local recovering addicts and the people who work with them. Andrea, the mother of a teenager who is battling an addiction to painkillers, said hard drugs are available near the local schools. "The drug dealers go in there and wait for the kids to come out on recess and lunch and they can buy whatever they want.

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  • Windsor man continues push to make it a crime to harm unborn child

    The Windsor man pushing to change Canadian laws so they include punishments for anyone harming an unborn baby continued his appeal for political support Friday. Jeff Durham met with several federal politicians from the Windsor region to gauge their interest in the campaign he started after his former girlfriend Cassandra Kaake was slain in her east-end home last December at the age of 31. Matthew Brush has been charged with murder in connection with Kaake's death, but Durham and his supporters say Canadian laws should go further to hold people responsible for harming an unborn child.

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  • Myles Gray's parents, haunted by alleged 'wrongful killing,' sue VPD

    The parents of 33 year old Myles Gray say they just want answers, six months after their son's mysterious death in a Burnaby backyard—and to try to get them, they're suing the Vancouver Police force and 11 of its officers. Margie and Mark Gray of Sechelt allege seven of those officers, identified only as "John Does", wrongfully killed their son by beating him to death, using "grossly excessive force" and "inflicting massive physical trauma … with no valid, lawful reason". Myles Gray, who worked as a greenery supplier to local florist wholesalers, got into an argument with a woman who was watering her garden during drought restrictions.

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  • SPCA seeks driver who may have ditched Himalayan cats on Highway 103

    A man rescued two Himalayan cats Friday morning near a landfill outside Halifax, prompting the Nova Scotia SPCA to seek a woman thought to have abandoned them. The man saw a small red four-door sedan pull over to the side of the road by Exit 3 on Highway 103 near the Otter Lake landfill, said Joanne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector with the Nova Scotia SPCA. The Himalayan cats are both spayed females and are thought to be around five years old.

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  • Victoria to clear derelict boats from Gorge Waterway

    Victoria plans to rezone an urban waterway to deal with the longstanding problem of boats that permanently drop anchor. There are now more than 30 boats in the Gorge Waterway. There has long been a push to clear the boats out, but it has taken years for the city to work out the proper jurisdiction.

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  • Boy, 7, called a 'hero' after saving classmate who was dangling from ski lift

    A seven-year-old boy is being called a hero after he held onto a classmate dangling from a ski lift at a hill north of Toronto until rescue workers arrived with a net below. Durham Regional Police Sgt. Bill Calder said the boy's classmate lost a ski while on a chairlift at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge, Ont., around noon Thursday and the boy slipped off the chair when he turned around to look for it. The boy then dropped about 10 metres to four ski resort staff members who had rushed out after noticing the problems, said John Tustian, the director of outside operations at Lakeridge.

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  • Questions raised about what happened in Mexican prison brawl

    Prosecutors charged three state officers with homicide after a bloody prison brawl that ended with 49 dead, raising questions about what happened during the melee inside Mexico's Topo Chico lockup that saw inmates fight with hammers, cudgels and makeshift knives. Nuevo Leon state prosecutor Roberto Flores did not say Friday night if the officers with the state safety department, which supplies the prison's guards, were accused of killing inmates. "It is a pretty irregular situation," he said of the violence in the prison in Monterrey, which is Mexico's northern industrial hub.

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  • Winnipeg community centre apologizes to mom after worker hurled racial slur at son

    A Winnipeg community centre is apologizing to a mother after her teenage son was called a "stupid f---ing Indian" by an employee while waiting for a ride after school. Lisa Harper says her 14-year-old son was with his friends just after 3 p.m. Thursday on the field outside Champlain Community Centre, which backs onto the school he attends, when a worker yelled at them to get off the grounds.

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  • Syrian refugee graduates from college

    Now, he's receiving his health assistant diploma from Drake Medox College, with plans to work toward a degree in nursing. "I'm so glad that I was able to get back in the healthcare field because I have a background in medical from Syria," said Al Saleh. Al Saleh's sponsor, Deana Brynildsen, was a stranger when he arrived in Canada.

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  • Trudeau promotes spending to help economy as experts warn of weak outlook

    Justin Trudeau is talking up the need for more federal spending to help the economy —even as the experts warn his government of an ever-gloomier outlook. Speaking in Toronto to mark his 100th day in office, Trudeau said it's more important than ever for the Liberal government to spend on growth-generating projects, such as the party's promised infrastructure plan. The prime minister made the comments shortly after a group of private-sector economists shared their latest economic forecasts with Finance Minister Bill Morneau at a meeting just across town.

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  • Dead mouse proves to be no hit with energy drink customer

    Fri, Feb 12: A Mission-area man says he got a nasty and shocking surprise inside the can of an energy drink. Jennifer Palma has the disgusting details.

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  • Royal visit helps palliative care centre raise close to a half-million dollars

    The residence hosted its annual Valentine's Day Ball at the Château Vaudreuil, with this year's event given a London theme, complete with a vintage red phone box. Peter Phillips, Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandson, attended the event with his wife, Autumn. "It's an amazing place," Calvillo said of the palliative care residence.

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  • Multiple drunk drivers charged on the Avalon

    The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary on the northeast Avalon issued multiple charges to impaired drivers early Saturday. The 45-year-old woman was charged with impaired driving, public mischief and failing the breathalyzer.

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  • 3 B.C. First Nations plan to buy Jericho land parcel

    Three B.C. First Nations have announced their intention to purchase a 38.8-acre parcel of land in West Point Grey, the province announced Friday. A letter of intent has been signed by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which permits them to begin working with their communities to come to an agreement with the government. The land in question is a provincial Crown land parcel, which is located next to the existing federal Jericho lands.

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  • Surgeries postponed in Newfoundland after stain found on surgical equipment

    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority is postponing all elective surgeries scheduled for Monday and Tuesday because of concerns with the sterilization of surgical equipment. Eastern Health says the issue was discovered during a routine visual inspection at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's when a stain was noticed on equipment by surgical staff. The authority says during its investigation, officials found other instances of sterile devices failing visual inspection at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital and two other St. John's hospitals: the Heath Sciences Centre and Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

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  • Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

    Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. Volkswagen AG is recalling about 850,000 Audi and VW vehicles in the U.S. from model years 2006 to 2014.

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  • Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

    Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military manoeuvrs and troop deployments to countries neighbouring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of top defence officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and new moves by NATO "only aggravate" tensions. "NATO's policies related to Russia remain unfriendly and opaque — one could go so far as to say we have slid back to a new Cold War," Medvedev said.

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  • B.C. ministry bars Metis toddler from attending cultural event in her honour

    A foster mother fighting to adopt a Metis toddler she has raised since birth says she's outraged that British Columbia's Children's Ministry has barred the girl from attending a cultural event in her honour. The Vancouver Island woman, who cannot be identified, said the ministry has told her the girl will not be allowed to attend a fundraiser and potluck hosted by the B.C. Metis Federation on Saturday. The ministry is fighting the adoption because it plans to move her to Ontario to live with her older siblings, who she has never met.

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  • How to keep your pipes from freezing

    It's going to be a bitterly cold weekend in Montreal and that could mean frozen pipes if you're not careful. CBC Montreal spoke with plumber Benjamin Lessard about ways to keep your pipes warm and your water flowing. Lessard says you should keep the temperature in your house above 21 C.

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  • B.C. man attempting 5-year motorless trip around the globe

    He may not be the first person to circumnavigate Earth, but 33-year-old adventurer Markus Pukonen may be attempting the quirkiest journey around the globe yet.

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  • 2 men treated for hypothermia as Ottawa temperatures plunge

    Two people were treated for hypothermia and frostbite overnight as the wind made it feel like  –40 C in Ottawa. In the first incident, a man in his 40s was found by the RCMP at the intersection of Bank and Wellington Streets, said the Ottawa Paramedic Service. Later Friday night, bystanders found a man in his 20s suffering from hypothermia on the Rideau Canal near Carleton University.

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  • Banks "Outraged" by Brilliant Home Payoff Method

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  • Federal court rules Parks Canada can mull tent cabins in Jasper park

    Parks Canada can consider new developments in national parks even if they go against management plans, the Federal Court has ruled. "I see no reason in law or logic why Parks Canada cannot invite Maligne Tours to proceed with Phase 2 of the concept review," wrote Justice James Russell in his decision, released earlier this week. In 2014, Jasper National Park management decided it would allow the company to move forward with a proposal for 15 overnight tent cabins at the much-loved lake.

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  • School district criticized for keeping contamination secret

    School officials should have informed the public about fuel contamination at the old J.L. Forster high school when it first learned about it, according to a west-end city councillor. Ward 2 representative John Elliott criticized the school board on Friday for not making the information public more than a year ago. CBC News learned this week that fuel had leaked into the soil and groundwater of the property from a neighbouring waste processing plant owned at the time by BFI Canada.

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  • Stradivarius violin worth $16M to be played at Rosza Centre tonight

    Maestro Matteo Fedeli will play the "ex Bazzini-De Vito" Stradivarius violin at the Rozsa Centre tonight as part of his "Stradivarius for the People" project, which aims to bring the music of the Stradivarius to people of all backgrounds. The violin is so-named for its it two Italian owners, both of whom were violinists: Antonio Bazzini, composer and director of Milan Conservatory, and Gioconda De Vito.

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  • Texas 1st state to recommend court ban on bite mark evidence

    Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S. Although the Texas Forensic Science Commission doesn't have the power to enforce an outright ban, its recommendation for a moratorium on bite mark evidence is expected to weigh heavily on the minds of judges statewide and beyond. At least two dozen men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks have been exonerated nationwide since 2000.

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  • Gander using technology to track leaky pipes

    The town of Gander is investing in a computer program to help track and manage leaky water lines. 

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  • Scotian WindFields windmills climbed and vandalized in Beaver Bank

    Four wind turbines at the North Beaver Bank Community Wind Project, run by Scotian WindFields, appear to be vandalized, after police were called around 6 a.m. Feb. 4, RCMP Const. "Somehow they were able to enter the access doors of the windmills and then climb around inside," Skinner said. One or two of the turbines were shut off and a rescue kit was stolen from each, according to Gay Harley, a community manager at the site.

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  • Vancouver Island cycling route proposed for Highway 19A

    The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition is lobbying local and provincial governments to invest in Highway 19A for cycling and brand it the Inside Passage Bike Route. 19A runs from Nanaimo to Campbell River, and the group believes it has potential as a major piece of cycling infrastructure on Vancouver Island that connects to the Sunshine Coast. "[Local communities] are very interested to work together and to go ahead with this particular initiative," said Leo Boon, chair of the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, in conversation with On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko.

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  • Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home

    Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window. "Very little is known about the microbes of the built environment," microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello of New York University, who led the pilot study, said at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Everyone carries a customized set of microbes on the skin, in the nose and in the gut, a microbial zoo that starts forming at birth and help with such things as digestion and immune development.

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  • Ethical flowers: Buying consciously for your Valentine

    Less than 24 hours before Valentine's Day, a Toronto-based florist says that besides fair-trade coffee, chocolate and many other items, there are also fair-trade flowers available for people interested in ethical gift-giving. Joseph Delarge, who owns and operates Eco-Stems on King Street West in Toronto, says that locally grown flowers are always the first choice.

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  • Inside the revolt against Uber in Canada and abroad

    Earlier this week, hundreds of taxi drivers slowed down early morning traffic around Montreal’s international airport to protest ride-hailing company Uber. It was the latest action by taxi drivers riled up about its UberX service. UberX is available through downloadable apps for smartphones and allows private car owners to effectively act as taxi drivers by picking up and dropping off customers at locations much like traditional taxi cabs.

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  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

    The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defence in a move that has worried China and Russia. The new tough stance follows South Korea's decision to shut down an inter-Korean factory park that had been the rival Koreas' last major symbol of co-operation, but that Seoul said had been used by North Korea to fund its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea responded by deporting South Korean citizens, seizing South Korean assets and vowing to militarize the park.

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  • BC camping fees taking a hike

    Fri, Feb 12: Camping fees are set to go up, for a second year in a row. Kristen Robinson tells us how much more you'll have to pay in provincial parks, and what the NDP's environment critic has to say about the jump.

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  • $10 Oil in 2016, U.S. Economy Doomed

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  • 'Didn't mean for it to happen:' sentencing hearing for couple in girl's death

    "I didn't mean for it to happen," Tammy Goforth sobbed in the courtroom where sentencing submissions were made. Goforth, who was convicted of second-degree murder, stood in the prisoner's box next to her husband. Kevin Goforth was convicted of manslaughter.

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  • Quebec clarifies pot remarks, says it's willing to discuss matter with Ottawa

    Quebec's finance minister has softened his tone with regard to the role his government will play if and when marijuana is legalized and regulated by Ottawa. Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec wanted nothing to do with selling marijuana and that Ottawa "should figure out on its own" how to eventually distribute pot on Quebec territory. "The choice regarding means of distributing (marijuana) in Quebec is a debate that is very premature," he said.

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  • A tour of Calgary with Buck Shot

    Starting in 1967, at least a couple generations of us grew up watching Buck Shot (Ron Barge) and his sidekick, Benny the Bear, on TV. Saturday morning just wasn't complete without tuning into the songs, the puppets, the will-I-make-it-this-time? - As part of our Calgary at a Crossroads series we asked Ron Barge to show us the places around Calgary that matter the most to him. Buck Shot went off the air back in 1997.

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  • Ontario First Nation pleads with federal government to replace aging ferry

    An Ontario aboriginal community on an island in the southeastern portion of Georgian Bay is in danger of losing its only link to the outside world — an aging ferry the chief of the Beausoleil First Nation says is on the verge of sinking. Beausoleil, about 5,400 hectares of Ojibwa territory, is located primarily on Christian Island. The picturesque First Nation — widely considered to be one of the real-life backdrops in "The Orenda," the critically acclaimed novel by author Joseph Boyden —is dependent on the ferry, which makes its hour-long round trip to the island and back 14 times a day, seven days a week.

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  • Police open games room for Dixon Road children

    Police in the city's north end have opened a new recreational centre today as part of an effort to connect with Toronto's Somali community. The Big Blue Door games room, as it's known, is a space for kids in the Dixon Road neighbourhood to hang out after school. It stems from 23 Division's Somali Liaison Unit.

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  • From airlines to telecom to beer, oil price pain seeps into other sectors

    From airlines to beer-makers to wireless providers, withering crude prices have been a drag on businesses seemingly far removed from the oilpatch. "Sometimes — outside of Alberta, particularly — there's some skepticism or even some derision against the petroleum sector," said Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial. WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA), based in Calgary, is shuffling around its schedules to reflect lower demand for flights to and from energy-focused destinations in Western Canada.

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  • Somalia: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for plane bomb

    Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, said Saturday they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, sucking out the suspected bomber and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. The explosion targeted Western and Turkish intelligence agents aboard the Daallo Airlines flight to Djibouti on Feb. 2, al-Shabab said in a statement. Al-Shabab, who are allied to al-Qaida, said they will continue such attacks.

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  • Canada should implement prison-based needle and syringe programs: researchers

    The Liberal government should implement prison-based needle and syringe programs to address rates of HIV and hepatitis C estimated to be 10 to 30 times higher than in the general population, proponents say. Emily van der Meulen of Ryerson University, the lead author of a recent study, said she wants to see the government review evidence on the effectiveness of programs that have operated in countries like Switzerland for more than 20 years. "The costs associated with HIV and hepatitis C virus are very high in prison — roughly $30,000 per year for HIV treatment and about $60,000 for hepatitis C," she said.

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  • Wildlife Institute rescues thick-billed murres blown to shore

    The black and white birds are related to the puffin and spend most of their lives at sea. "Probably some of these birds, as they were flying through the area, they got caught in these winds and got blown off course," Novak said in an interview on Shift.

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  • Oscar goes to 4 Vancouver grips for new green screen

    Four local film industry key grips are in L.A. to receive a Technical Achievement Academy Award for developing a new type of green screen. The Air Cover green screen is an inflatable green screen that co-inventor Steve Smith says is safer and faster to use than traditional green screens, which are usually held up with metal scaffolding. Smith, along with co-inventors David McIntosh, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko first used their new green screen while filming the new Godzilla movie in 2013, when the shoot called for a 720-foot long green screen.

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  • Charlotte Lafferty's killer may face 10 years in prison

    A memorial now stands near the Fort Good Hope elders complex where Charlotte Lafferty was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted for 20 to 30 minutes on the morning of March 22, 2014. The trial of the man accused of killing Lafferty is over, but the guilty verdict is just the beginning of new stages in the lives of those most affected by the murder. Lafferty's parents say the guilty verdict allows them to now focus on their own healing, on coming to terms with the sudden and brutal loss of their 23­-year-­old daughter.

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  • Sherbrooke's friendly scaremonger passes away

    A legendary character of Sherbrooke's downtown scene, who for years was known for putting a good-natured scare into strangers, has died. Francine Lafond, better known by locals as Madame Bou, was found at her home on Friday. Lafond earned her nickname for her habit of offering a "boo" to startled passersby.

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  • Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

    Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies. The Republican-backed legislation dramatically rewrites the state's 110-year-old civil service system by eliminating job applicant exams, centralizing hiring decisions within the governor's administration and tossing so-called bumping rights, which protect more senior employees from losing their jobs during layoffs. The new law also creates merit bonuses, allows state agencies to extend probation periods from the current six months to two years and specifies that layoffs will be based on job performance rather than seniority.

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  • Toronto couples gush about first kisses on Valentine's Day

    It started with a kiss and then, these couples just knew.

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  • Stampeders DB Keon Raymond writes touching farewell letter after signing with Argos

    Former Stamps defensive back Keon Raymond says "Calgary will always be home" in a touching letter to Calgarians on the day he was traded to the Toronto Argonauts. Raymond, 33, was a Grey Cup winner in 2008 and 2014, over eight seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. "We were in discussions with Keon and his agent right until the end and the door was always open for him to remain in Calgary," said Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel.

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  • Covered Bridge Potato Chips strike enters week 6

    Workers on strike at the Covered Bridge Potato Chips company in Hartland are still on the picket line, five weeks after the strike began over better pay and seniority issues. Approximately half of the company's 32 unionized workers walked off the job on Jan. 5, but on Friday, about 10 were outside carrying signs. Tom Broad, a fryer operator, said he's determined to see the situation through.

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  • Saskatchewan Book Awards reveals 2016 shortlist

    Saskatchewan lovers of the written word rejoice. 

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  • Trapped in a Human Zoo: Nain man retraces steps of Labrador Inuit in documentary

    An Inuit elder is opening up about the emotional experience of participating in a documentary about a group of Labrador Inuit who were shipped off to Europe in the late 1800s to be displayed in a zoo. Johannes Lampe travelled to Europe with author France Rivet to trace the story of how Abraham Ulrikab and seven other Labrador Inuit ended up as specimens in a human zoo. The documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo aired Thursday on CBC Television's The Nature of Things, and Lampe watched the program surrounded by close family and friends at his home in Nain.

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