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    Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos crash victims at Calgary event

    Ellen DeGeneres began a speaking engagement in Calgary on Saturday night by carrying a hockey stick on stage to pay tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. After kissing it in front of a cheering and packed crowd of about 15,000 people at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the popular talk-show host placed it alongside a number of others standing on a rack in the back corner of the stage. Sixteen people died as a result of the April 6 collision involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus and a semi-truck near Tisdale, Sask.

  • Mike Harris Jr., son of former premier, will run for Tories in Ont. election
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    Mike Harris Jr., son of former premier, will run for Tories in Ont. election

    Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has appointed candidates in nearly a dozen ridings ahead of the upcoming provincial election, and they include the son of a former premier. Harris Jr. has been appointed to represent the PCs in the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga — a seat currently held by a politician with a strikingly similar name. Michael Harris — no relation to Harris Jr. — announced earlier this month he would not be running for re-election due to medical reasons.

  • Northern B.C. residents stage pro-pipeline rally in Fort. St. John
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    Northern B.C. residents stage pro-pipeline rally in Fort. St. John

    As B.C.'s provincial government prepares to head to court to clarify the province's jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain pipeline, over 100 people rallied in support of the project in the province's northeast Saturday. "Our battle cry now is for LNG and Kinder Morgan," said Alan Yu, the organizer of the rally in Fort St. John. Premier John Horgan said his New Democrat government's reference case will be filed in B.C.'s Court of Appeal by April 30 and it will seek to clarify the province's rights to protect its coast and economy from an oil products spill.

  • Jets' success, fans' passion win new admirers far and wide
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    Jets' success, fans' passion win new admirers far and wide

    The Winnipeg Jets' bandwagon is beginning to look more like an aircraft carrier. "We are receiving well wishes from fans across North America, Europe and as far away as Australia," said Rob Wozny, vice-president of communications and community engagement for True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Jets franchise. Of course, with Finnish stars like Patrik Laine and Joel Armia — and occasional call-up Sami Niku from the Manitoba Moose — there has been a high concentration of fans reaching out from Finland, Wozny said.

  • 'So many other Tinas out there:' Caregiver calls for changes to curb runaways
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    'So many other Tinas out there:' Caregiver calls for changes to curb runaways

    The woman who raised a teen girl found dead in a river after she kept returning to the streets wants changes to Manitoba child welfare to prevent chronic runaways from ending up in grave danger. Tina Fontaine was being exploited and had repeatedly run away from hotel rooms and a Winnipeg youth shelter in the weeks before her death in August 2014. "I don't know what else we can do to keep a child like Tina (safe) — and there are so many other Tinas out there that just keep running," said Thelma Favel, Tina's great-aunt, who raised the girl on the Sagkeeng First Nation.

  • Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria
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    Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

    (This April 17 story corrects to change the media source in paragraph 8 to The Israeli News Company.) By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian "air force" deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units.

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    UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers to Bahrain on Sunday, UAE state news agency WAM reported. Quoting its civil aviation authority, the agency said the UAE civilian craft had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. It did not name the airliner involved. Both countries have accused each other of a series of mid-air incidents since Abu Dhabi and other powers imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in June. ...

  • Trump's travel ban faces U.S. Supreme Court showdown
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    Trump's travel ban faces U.S. Supreme Court showdown

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump's immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. Chad previously was on the list but Trump lifted those restrictions on April 10. The high court has never decided the legal merits of the travel ban or any other major Trump immigration policy, including his move to rescind protections for young immigrants sometimes called Dreamers brought into the United States illegally as children.

  • Ukraine foreign minister warns G7 of Russian threats to western democracy
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    Ukraine foreign minister warns G7 of Russian threats to western democracy

    Russia is using Ukraine as a test ground for its information war against Western democracy, Ukraine's foreign minister told G7 ministers meeting here on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland wants the disruptive influence of Russia on the West to be a top agenda item, and she set the table — literally — for Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to deliver that message to her G7 counterparts.

  • Training needed for thousands of coming computer jobs, says Code NL founder
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    Training needed for thousands of coming computer jobs, says Code NL founder

    On Monday, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced $400,000 in funding aimed at getting students in the province computer coding. Flynn, a Rhodes scholar and MBA student at Oxford University, says though it's not enough, it's a step up from what he experienced growing up in St. John's. "We had two [computer science] courses that were offered, taken by very few people," he said.

  • New Brunswick Liberal calling for study on Canada's endangered whales
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    New Brunswick Liberal calling for study on Canada's endangered whales

    A New Brunswick member of Parliament is calling for a federal study to take a closer look at the state of Canada's endangered whales. Karen Ludwig, the Liberal member for New Brunswick Southwest, has tabled a private member's bill that is expected to be debated in the House of Commons on Monday. Ludwig said she felt compelled to do something after 18 North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters last year.

  • Liberal MP facing sexual assault allegation
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    Liberal MP facing sexual assault allegation

    An Ontario Liberal MP is facing an allegation of sexual assault following an incident in Halifax early Saturday morning. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the alleged assault they say happened just after 2 a.m. AT on Brunswick Street across from Citadel Hill in downtown Halifax, near where the Liberal Party policy convention was being held.

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    Runners dress up for 'hottest marathon'

    From Big Ben to Paddington, runners dressed up in a variety of costumes for a sweltering London marathon.

  • More than 100 people attend Inuvik, N.W.T.'s first Pride parade
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    More than 100 people attend Inuvik, N.W.T.'s first Pride parade

    It may have been –24 C in Inuvik on Saturday, but that didn't stop more than 100 people from taking to the streets in celebration of the town's first Pride parade. Firefighters, families, politicians and RCMP are just some who bundled up to march through downtown Inuvik. "It's a great day to be gay," laughed Britney Selina, who has lived in Inuvik off and on for the past five years.

  • Amazon to double down on groceries; foray deeper into fresh produce in India
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    Amazon to double down on groceries; foray deeper into fresh produce in India

    By Sankalp Phartiyal and Euan Rocha BENGALURU (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc expects groceries and household products to account for over half of its business in India in the next five years, as it moves to broaden offerings in the segment and foray into areas such as fresh produce. Amit Agarwal, the India head of Amazon, said in an interview on Friday that groceries and goods such as creams, soaps and cleaning products, were already the largest product category on Amazon in terms of number of units sold in India. In India, Amazon currently offers some groceries via a service named Pantry.

  • Bad posture? Improve your health with these tips
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    Bad posture? Improve your health with these tips

    Working a 40-hour work week can be tough on the body — even if you're sitting at a desk every day. From sending out urgent e-mails to editing important documents or presentations, good posture might not always be top of mind when you're on the frontline of a busy day. Eghogah joined host Angela Sterrit on CBC's BC Almanac to share some tips on how you can save yourself from bad posture.

  • 101-year-old cross honouring Canadians of Vimy Ridge battle returns to Toronto
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    101-year-old cross honouring Canadians of Vimy Ridge battle returns to Toronto

    Its return to Toronto was both a homecoming and a reunion for many Canadians who it helped connect with the stories of relatives and memories buried by the passage of time. Orlando Wilcox is one of the soldiers honoured on the cross.

  • Not alone: B.C. artist with Asperger's describes high school in graphic novel
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    Not alone: B.C. artist with Asperger's describes high school in graphic novel

    Matthew Senn was picked on at school for being different but it wasn't until the end of high school that he was diagnosed with Asperger's, a form of autism. "Most of middle school and high school, I wasn't fitting in very well and the other kids knew that.

  • 'Relaxed' performances help open up the arts for all
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    'Relaxed' performances help open up the arts for all

    B.C. arts groups are receiving training in "relaxed performances" — a way of adjusting cultural events to open them up to people who may not usually feel welcome at concerts or theatrical productions. The concept has spread to Canada after catching on in Europe as a way to break down barriers for people with verbal tics, sensory sensitivities or other conditions that make it difficult to sit still or be quiet for the duration of a performance. Clayton Baraniuk of Ottawa's National Arts Centre is one of five of people who received training in relaxed performances from the British Council of Canada, and he is now travelling the country helping other groups apply the concepts in their communities.

  • Tale of the tapes: St. John's woman hopes to find someone to fix her late grandfather's Walkman
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    Tale of the tapes: St. John's woman hopes to find someone to fix her late grandfather's Walkman

    Naomi Russell's music source of choice is old-school-meets-new-school.

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    Indigenous author says Indian Act is overdue for change

    The Indian Act has been around nearly as long as Canada and has shaped the lives of Indigenous people by giving the federal government the power to determine their identity, governance and livelihoods, says an Indigenous author. Bob Joseph, author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, says the Act is long overdue for a change. The Indian Act is, of course, an expansive piece of policy.

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    First Nation plans homecoming canoe journey down the Taku River

    It will be an early morning in the first week of June when ten paddlers set off down the Taku River in a traditional Tlingit ocean-going canoe, to reach Juneau, Alaska. For Wayne Carlick of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, who's organizing the journey, it will be a sort of homecoming.

  • Down in the dumps: Alberta landowner has spent decades surrounded by gulls and garbage
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    Down in the dumps: Alberta landowner has spent decades surrounded by gulls and garbage

    Seagulls and flies are everywhere. Plastic blows into the yard. Animals feast on garbage, and of course, there's the smell. 

  • Spring clean your garden in 8 simple steps
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    Spring clean your garden in 8 simple steps

    "Take soil samples of you garden or planting beds to figure out what is lacking," advises Mike Gallant with Beyond the Garden. "This will not only feed the plants but improve the drainage and moisture-holding capacity of the soil," because it contains organic matter, Mol says.

  • Now 95, Canadian's last Dambuster veteran honoured by portrait
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    Now 95, Canadian's last Dambuster veteran honoured by portrait

    Fred Sutherland, 95, still loses sleep over a deadly bombing raid in World War II. "I was scared, I was really scared," Sutherland said. Fifty-three of the 133 members of Squadron 617, later known as the Dambusters, were killed.