• Family of Toronto girl who claimed her hijab was cut apologizes, reports say
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    Family of Toronto girl who claimed her hijab was cut apologizes, reports say

    The family of an 11-year-old Toronto girl has reportedly apologized for the "pain and anger" they caused, after the girl's claim that a man cut her hijab turned out not to be true. "This has been a very painful experience for our family," said the statement, first reported by the Toronto Star. Toronto police began investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime last Friday, after the girl said she was attacked twice on the way to school by a man who cut her hijab with scissors.

  • Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says
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    Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says

    A little Toronto girl, who died in hospital Monday after being crushed by an SUV in a drop-off area at an elementary school, was recently given a clean bill of health after fighting cancer since the age of three. "She was definitely an angel," said Ana Paula Carrera of five-year-old Camila Torcato. On Monday at around 3:30 p.m. ET, Camila was about to climb into the family's minivan at St. Raphael Catholic School in North York when an unoccupied vehicle rolled into the little girl and her father, Amilcar Torcato.

  • N.S. man ready for medically assisted death — but there's no one to help him die
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    N.S. man ready for medically assisted death — but there's no one to help him die

    A Cape Breton man's dying wish is being denied. Weldon Bona, 62, has terminal cancer and was approved under Nova Scotia's medical assistance in dying (MAID) program last November. "When we think everything is set up, we find out, 'Oh, by the way, we can't do it when you've set your date, you've gotta wait,'" said Bona.

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    Trump continues attacks on U.S. media, releases 'Fake News Awards'

    Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening that his "FAKE NEWS winners" could be found on the Republican National Committee website. The link, which was broken for much of the evening, listed 10 stories by news outlets, giving top spot to a New York Times column by economist Paul Krugman written shortly after Trump's victory that predicted the economy would never recover.

  • Husband and wife found dead inside Oakville home, police say they aren't looking for suspects
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    Husband and wife found dead inside Oakville home, police say they aren't looking for suspects

    Wed, Jan 17: The couple were found inside their home after Halton Regional Police say they were called out on a weapons-related call. A gun was also found in the home. Authorities said they believe there is no risk to public safety related to the incident and suspects aren’t being sought. Catherine McDonald has more.

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    U of G prof accused of mocking anxious student responds to allegations

    A University of Guelph professor who was put on a leave of absence after students allege he mocked and humiliated one of their classmates has responded to the allegations. "There's two sides to every story," said Edward Hedican, who students identified as the substitute professor who allegedly referred to a student's educational assistant as his "handler" who "needed to control" the student in a class Monday night. Hedican's statement was made to The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

  • Amazon says thanks, but no thanks Vancouver
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    Amazon says thanks, but no thanks Vancouver

    Vancouver's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters has fallen short. The e-commerce giant has announced a short list of 20 cities which will now vie to become home to Amazon HQ2. Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the cut.

  • 'Where's the effing police?' More residents concerned with N.W.T. RCMP dispatch
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    'Where's the effing police?' More residents concerned with N.W.T. RCMP dispatch

    It was hard enough to find a badly beaten woman lying on her couch after an alleged domestic dispute. But the man who found her said his calls to RCMP dispatch for help only added to his troubles, and his fears for her safety.

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    Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here are some details on how

    In one of several testy exchanges during a U.S. Senate hearing this week, the country's secretary of homeland security was pressed to explain a new policy that allows customs agents to examine the cellphones of travellers at the border. "Welcome to America," Leahy added sarcastically. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explained some of what the new policy does and doesn't do.

  • Family offers 'sincere apologies' after daughter falsely reported hijab attack
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    Family offers 'sincere apologies' after daughter falsely reported hijab attack

    The family of the 11-year-old girl who reported that a man tried to cut off her hijab last week — an incident police said did not occur — offered "sincere apologies to every Canadian" in a statement on Wednesday. "We are deeply sorry for the pain and anger that our family has caused in the past several days," the statement reads.

  • Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas
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    Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas

    O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday. The 70-year-old former football hero, acquitted murder defendant and armed robbery inmate has not filed paperwork with parole officials to move to a different state, attorney Malcolm LaVergne said. "Mr. Simpson has no immediate plans to return to Florida," LaVergne told The Associated Press.

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    Vegas marriage could cost Chinese businessman $17 million

    A judge has ruled against a Chinese businessman who failed to mention in court documents that he was actually married to a woman he went on to sue for more than $17 million. Lu Hu Rao has now been ordered to hold off from taking any further steps to force his sort-of spouse and business partner Peipei Li to appear before a Chinese arbitration commission he was hoping might give him back his money. Justice Gordon Funt's ruling is the latest twist in a saga that has been unravelling ever since Rao and Li tied the knot in April 2016.

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    Wynne says she saw wage blowback coming

    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she fully anticipated the ripple effects of increasing the province's minimum wage, including rising daycare costs. Speaking on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning Thursday, the premier said her government is working to offset some of the costs that have risen since the minimum wage rose to $14 per hour on Jan. 1. "My expectation would be that as the money comes from the municipalities to the daycares, then those fees will go down," she said.

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    Woman at centre of social media storm says no one told her how to dress

    The woman at the centre of a social media storm surrounding the use of her image says the conversation was misinformed from the start. A Facebook user noted the woman's appearance in a Government of Canada advertising campaign bore a resemblance to the Disney cartoon character Pocahontas. Neegann Aaswaakshin — Saulteaux of the Anishinaabe Nation and member of the Fishing Lake First Nation — is a lawyer who has worked on Indigenous policy and law with many organizations and governments, including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Native Women's Society of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

  • Alberta RCMP lay charges after 30-year-old sexual assault allegations surface
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    Alberta RCMP lay charges after 30-year-old sexual assault allegations surface

    Alberta RCMP have charged a man after receiving multiple allegations of sexual assaults that took place 30 years ago. Three additional female victims came forward with similar allegations. Harker has been released on the condition that he has no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

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    Truck plunges through river ice in Fort McMurray, prompting police warning

    Wood Buffalo RCMP are issuing a warning after a driver drove a pickup truck onto a river and fell through the ice in Fort McMurray. Teri-Ann Deobald said even in extremely cold conditions rivers that are not designated ice roads or crossings should be avoided. Amanda Loveless learned about the community rescue on a Fort McMurray Facebook page and rushed to the scene to witness the recovery mission.

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    Thanks to random photographer and Facebook, this Edmonton couple now have photos of their engagement

    Andrea Alderman was adjusting her camera settings and waiting to take photos of her kids the ice castle in Hawrelak Park when she saw a man get down on one knee. Alderman later took to Facebook, posting the proposal photos and hoping to find the couple. Three hours and 1,500 shares later, the photos reached Edmontonians Zach Jamieson and Bethany Fiske.

  • GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'
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    GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'

    Danica Patrick has secured the money needed to race in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. GoDaddy reunited with Patrick on Thursday for the final two races of her career, even though she still has to close deals with teams to make it happen. Patrick announced in November she would end her driving career at Daytona and Indy, but still doesn't have rides.

  • Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton
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    Woman urges more awareness after pet husky shot by hunter near Hinton

    Bethany Dyck was walking with two friends on Saturday along a wooded trail near Hinton, Alta., that runs parallel to an old road. The group was on its way back, when her pooch, Meka, was playing in the forest with another dog. "It's the worst sound I can imagine hearing coming from my pet," Dyck recalled.

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    Woman handed 2 years in deadly Granville Street bar fight

    The woman accused in the attack that killed another woman at a Granville Street nightclub in August of 2016 has been handed two years in jail. Samantha Nadine Doolan, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, must also complete three years of probation and pay a $200 victim surcharge. At the time of the attack police said a brief fight broke out inside the club over a minor issue between the victim and two other women.

  • Billion-dollar nitrogen reduction efforts may have minimal impact on toxic algae blooms: study
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    Billion-dollar nitrogen reduction efforts may have minimal impact on toxic algae blooms: study

    Costly efforts to reduce toxic algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg by controlling the amount of nitrogen flowing into the water could have little to no impact, according to the results of a decades-long study. Scientists working in the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario conducted a whole-ecosystem experiment on one lake, beginning in 1969.

  • Sussex-based woodlot marketing board files appeal in J.D. Irving case
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    Sussex-based woodlot marketing board files appeal in J.D. Irving case

    The Southern New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board is turning to the courts as it continues trying to regain control over timber sales in its region. The Sussex-based board has filed an appeal of a recent decision by the provincial Forest Products Commission in a case that pitted the board against J.D. Irving Ltd. and several other forestry companies and contractors. On Dec. 11, the commission struck down an order issued by the SNB board declaring that all timber from private woodlots had to be sold to the board and, in turn, purchased from the board by the mills.

  • Jagmeet Singh, newly engaged, plans to seek healthy public, private balance
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    Jagmeet Singh, newly engaged, plans to seek healthy public, private balance

    Few personal relationships are the subject of national media scrutiny, but NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his new fiancee Gurkiran Kaur say they're up for the challenge. Singh, 38, publicly proposed to Kaur, a 27-year-old fashion designer, during a celebration Tuesday night at the downtown Toronto restaurant where the couple had their first date.

  • Manitoba Hydro contractor employee dies after being struck by falling steel
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    Manitoba Hydro contractor employee dies after being struck by falling steel

    An employee of a contractor working for Manitoba Hydro died after being struck by a falling piece of steel at a job site near Gillam, Man., the Crown corporation says. The employee worked for Forbes Brothers Ltd., the company that is building a transmission line that will carry power to the under-construction Keeyask Generating Station from the Radisson Converter Station, according to a news release from Manitoba Hydro. The accident took place around 8:50 a.m. Wednesday at a marshalling yard about 45 kilometres outside Gillam, near the Limestone Generating Station on the lower Nelson River.

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    Teen caught in gang shootout in Vancouver remembered as polite, friendly

    A 15-year-old who was struck by a bullet when his family's car passed a brazen gang shooting in Vancouver is being remembered as a polite, friendly boy who loved to swim and was training to be a lifeguard. Mark Bottrill, head coach of the Hyack Swim Club, said Alfred Wong was the teenager who died Monday after getting caught in the crossfire Saturday evening. Vancouver police have said the boy was heading home to Coquitlam with his parents when shots were fired between at least two people and he was struck.