• New round of CPP changes end age restrictions on survivor benefits
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    New round of CPP changes end age restrictions on survivor benefits

    Samantha MacDougall thought her fight to get her late partner's Canada Pension Plan benefits would take years. The government ended the fight for her. Newly approved changes to the Canada Pension Plan will mean widows and widowers, regardless of age, will receive full survivor benefits, changing five decades of federal policy.

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    Two Toronto men arrested on drug charges after getting lost at the border

    Two men from Toronto are facing drug charges after getting lost near the Canada-U.S. border. The RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency say in a joint statement that the men were travelling in a rental vehicle in the Niagara Region on Nov. 22, near the Peace Bridge, when they took a wrong turn to the U.S. border. Officials say that to avoid crossing into the U.S., the men turned around and tried to return back to Canada through a NEXUS lane, but they were not members of the trusted-traveller program.

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    Ex-husband forged documents to hide millions in B.C. divorce case

    A woman who was earning just $900 a month working in a hotel laundry while her then-husband concealed a fortune has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in spousal support. Quesnel, B.C., businessman Dalbir Singh Sangha is "an admitted forger and perjurer" who fraudulently hid millions of dollars in assets from his ex-wife, Amarjit Kaur Sangha, according to B.C. Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman. "The fact of the matter is that Ms. Sangha has been deprived of her remedy for many years by virtue of Mr. Sangha's deceit.

  • Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide
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    Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

    The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9-11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero. The story tore down his claims and portrayed him as a con man whose deceptions propped up his ministry of a church of outcasts in Louisville and hid a sinister secret: a sexual assault allegation from a 17-year-old girl. The death of the 57-year-old jolted Republican leaders, who were already struggling with a sexual harassment scandal that toppled the state's first GOP House speaker in nearly 100 years plus three other Republican committee chairmen.

  • Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash in eastern Ontario
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    Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash in eastern Ontario

    With little daylight at their disposal and a deep freeze setting in late Thursday, investigators quickly scoured the wreckage of a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario. None of the four Hydro One employees on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon, police said. While provincial police confirmed the four deaths, and said that next of kin had been notified, the names of the victims were not released.

  • Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss
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    Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the insurgent conservative who faltered in Tuesday's special election amid allegations that he had preyed on underage girls decades ago.

  • New details about suspect in Vaughan hostage taking
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    New details about suspect in Vaughan hostage taking

    Thu, Dec 14: It’s been just over 24 hours since police shot and killed an armed hostage-taker at a RBC branch in Vaughan. We’re learning more about the gunman. Catherine McDonald reports.

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    Man charged with driving violations in death of Mountie in roadside accident

    A man from Pennsylvania has been charged in the death of a Mountie who was struck by a van while helping motorists change a flat tire on the side of a New Brunswick highway. Instead, they say 31-year-old Vasiliy Meshko of Wilkes-Barre, Penn., has been charged under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act with driving without due care and attention, and failing to move over. The Nova Scotia-based officer was known as a dedicated Mountie who worked to educate the public about the need to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles.

  • Brampton council approved $11.6M deal to buy golf club without consulting residents, critics say
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    Brampton council approved $11.6M deal to buy golf club without consulting residents, critics say

    Brampton city council has voted in favour of purchasing and converting an existing golf clubhouse into a new seniors' facility and recreation centre in a deal critics say lacked transparency. Coun. Pat Fortini voted against the deal and feels residents weren't properly informed of the purchase. Mandeep Grewal, one of those residents, has been living in a house behind Riverstone for five years and says "the sale caught everyone off guard.

  • On Aga Khan's birthday, Christmas holiday controversy still haunts Trudeau
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    On Aga Khan's birthday, Christmas holiday controversy still haunts Trudeau

    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned his holiday trip a year ago, he would have had no reason to fear that the Ghost of Christmas Past would still be haunting him a year later. Trudeau, his family and some friends, including MP Seamus O'Regan, now the minister of veterans affairs, spent their 2016 Christmas vacation on a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims. The Prime Minister's Office initially tried to play down the trip, refusing to say where Trudeau would spend the holiday.

  • Inuk advocate for women rejected for liver transplant due to alcoholism: friends
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    Inuk advocate for women rejected for liver transplant due to alcoholism: friends

    A young Inuk woman from Labrador has become the latest person to battle Ontario's organ donation agency over its policy of rejecting liver transplants for alcoholics who haven't abstained from drinking for six months. Friends of Delilah Saunders, a 26-year-old advocate for Indigenous rights, have launched a campaign for her inclusion on a transplant waiting list. "Her liver is kaput and her chances of survival are pretty low without a new liver," Rebecca Moore said Thursday after visiting her friend the night before at the Ottawa Hospital.

  • Hounds seized by Humane Society last month destined for new homes
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    Hounds seized by Humane Society last month destined for new homes

    The PEI Humane Society has seized five dogs it says were being neglected, and now, the society is focusing on finding new homes for them.

  • Task force report suggests new multi-rink facility in Charlottetown
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    Task force report suggests new multi-rink facility in Charlottetown

    A long-awaited report commissioned by the City of Charlottetown calls for the construction of a new multi-use sports facility with two ice rinks to replace the existing Eastlink Centre. The report, compiled by a task force of seven people over more than a year, suggests the Eastlink Centre doesn't have the functionality to draw in bigger shows and should be converted into a community use facility. "One of the knocks on the building when you talk to theatrical people and promoters … is that the building doesn't have enough ground to ceiling space to do things like string lights," said task force chair Mike Hennessey.

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    'Kissing bug' poses risk to people from Central, South America, doctor says

    A Winnipeg doctor is warning about the risk of a disease commonly found in Central and South American countries after several members of a family in Winnipeg were diagnosed with it. "It's known as 'the kissing bug' because it bites you usually in the middle of the night. You don't feel it and it bites around the face area and people don't often realize that they've been bitten by this bug," said Dr. Pierre Plourde.

  • Red Deer couple assaulted as machete-wielding intruders target wrong house
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    Red Deer couple assaulted as machete-wielding intruders target wrong house

    Red Deer RCMP are looking for group of masked intruders who assaulted a couple with machete in a "terrifying" home invasion, targeting the wrong people. The intruders, including one armed with a machete, barged into the home and assaulted the man and woman living there, RCMP said. The man and woman both suffered bumps, bruises and cuts to their hands and arms, but the children were not involved, RCMP said.

  • 'Sugar Mountain' tent city residents vow to stay despite eviction order
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    'Sugar Mountain' tent city residents vow to stay despite eviction order

    Residents of the Sugar Mountain tent city in East Vancouver are vowing to stay put despite a city order that says they must leave by Friday afternoon. In a notice dated Dec.12, the City of Vancouver says it needs the campsite next to the B.C. Sugar Refinery on Franklin Street to prepare the site for the construction of temporary modular homes, a key pillar in the city's strategy to alleviate homelessness. The city says there are low-barrier shelter spaces available to tent city residents as an alternative to the campsite.

  • Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models but Canada lags in EV policy
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    Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models but Canada lags in EV policy

    A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles. "The only way we will get to a point where an electric car is an equivalent or cheaper price than a gas car is if we can achieve a certain scale of production and to achieve that production we need to do more to make it easier for consumers to choose electric vehicles," said Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at the think tank. Canada also doesn't produce any mass-market electric vehicles, fewer than half of Canadian dealerships of car makers  that have electric vehicle models even sell them and supply is so limited here it can take months for a Canadian who wants an electric vehicle to actually drive it off the lot.

  • Gasoline stored near furnace caused fire that injured Dartmouth family
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    Gasoline stored near furnace caused fire that injured Dartmouth family

    A Dec. 8 fire that sent five family members leaping out of a second-storey window of their townhouse in Dartmouth, N.S., was triggered by gasoline vapours that ignited when the furnace was turned on, fire investigators have determined. "There was gasoline being stored in the same room as the furnace," said Matt Covey, the fire prevention division chief with Halifax Fire, on Thursday. "The gasoline got into the air in the form of vapour and when the furnace was turned on, it caused an explosion.

  • Meet the bureaucrat poised to shake up N.L.'s health system
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    Meet the bureaucrat poised to shake up N.L.'s health system

    A health model that's built to operate Monday to Friday, with professionals spending too much time inside institutional walls. For John Abbott, one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most senior public servants, these are just some of the problems that have been targeted for reform. "The cost of our system is at a place now where we really can't afford it," said Abbott, the plain-spoken deputy minister of health, and a career public servant who found himself on the wrong side of the fence when Danny Williams was premier.

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    Dutch police: 2 dead, 3 hurt in stabbings in southern city

    Two people were killed and three injured Thursday night in two stabbing incidents in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, authorities said. Police said in a tweet that one suspect had been detained on suspicion of involvement in the incidents. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was not a terror attack, echoing comments from the police.

  • Police report possible meteor landing in northern Ontario
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    Police report possible meteor landing in northern Ontario

    Police in northern Ontario say a meteor may be responsible for a loud explosion that shook houses in a Thunder Bay neighbourhood earlier this week. Thunder Bay police say officers were dispatched to the area at about 11 p.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of the loud explosion. Thunder Bay police say they have been in contact with Lakehead University and a professor from the geology department to examine the area.

  • Woman accused of assaulting man, baby at west-end Toronto condo appears in court
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    Woman accused of assaulting man, baby at west-end Toronto condo appears in court

    Thu, Dec 14: The baby remains in hospital with serious injuries. Mark Carcasole reports.

  • Fox's Star to bring Disney cash and cricket in India
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    Fox's Star to bring Disney cash and cricket in India

    Walt Disney Co's deal with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc gives the world's best-known entertainment company new advantages in India, such as cricket rights and local-language TV shows for the fast-growing media market. Through the $52.4 billion deal, announced on Thursday morning, Disney would be able to distribute its programming on Star India, operator of 69 TV channels in eight languages, as well as the popular Hotstar streaming service.

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    Tavis Smiley statement on PBS investigation of misconduct

    Talk show host Tavis Smiley released the following statement on Facebook on Wednesday after allegations of misconduct:

  • Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation
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    Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation

    A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a police officer was struck in the face with a rock and seriously injured. The officer sued the Black Lives Matter movement and McKesson for his injuries.