• Carr says he expected in April Canada was going to have to buy the pipeline
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    Carr says he expected in April Canada was going to have to buy the pipeline

    Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says he knew almost the moment he heard Kinder Morgan was pressing the pause button on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on April 8 that the federal government was likely going to have to buy the whole thing. Although the final decision to purchase took more than seven weeks of secret negotiations with the company — many of which even Carr was not in on as they were handled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and a very small team of finance officials — Carr says when he got a phone call in his hotel room during a business trip to New York City he knew what the final outcome was likely to be. Carr says he wasn't really expecting the April announcement that Kinder Morgan was halting all non-essential spending on the project pending proof from the federal government the political risks to the project had been erased.

  • Blood Tribe seeks massive land claim in Federal Court
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    Blood Tribe seeks massive land claim in Federal Court

    In the Blood Tribe's oral history, there is the story of Blood Clot. According to the legend, the beast's intestines spilled out and became the Belly Buttes of southern Alberta. "Within these lands, the Blood Tribe was created, and it is within these lands that the Blood Tribe developed both a practical and a spiritual existence," states a 2007 report by the Indian Claims Commission on the band's boundaries.

  • Revellers pour into rainy Toronto for 1st Pride parade since Bruce McArthur's arrest
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    Revellers pour into rainy Toronto for 1st Pride parade since Bruce McArthur's arrest

    The remembrance held special significance this year as the city's LGBT community reels from the arrest of an alleged serial killer who police say preyed on eight men with ties to Toronto's Gay Village. Police had in fact applied to participate in this year's parade, a move that garnered backlash from the LGBT community despite ongoing efforts behind the scenes to mend the relationship.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Quebec for Fete Nationale weekend
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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Quebec for Fete Nationale weekend

    Justin Trudeau greeted crowds at public events in Quebec to celebrate the Fete Nationale holiday on Saturday, where a day of smiles and selfies was briefly interrupted by an angry protester who confronted the prime minister in his own riding. The incident occurred at a Fete Nationale event at a Montreal park, where a bearded man in a white shirt appeared to object to the prime minister's presence at a holiday that has historically been associated with Quebec nationalism.

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    Saudi women hit the road

    After a decades-old ban is lifted, women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to get behind the wheel of a car.

  • US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains
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    US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

    The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War. U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also said Saturday that 158 metal transfer cases were sent to a U.S. air base near Seoul, South Korea's capital, and would be used to send the remains home.

  • Hometown hidden gems revealed for all Albertans to enjoy
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    Hometown hidden gems revealed for all Albertans to enjoy

    It was inspired by Edmonton high school student Riley Holterhus, who had no intention of launching a trend. "I'm leaving [Edmonton] soon and won't be back in the future. Among those commenters was someone from the University of Alberta, who offered to work with Holterhus to create a website featuring his favourite places.

  • Syrian children's choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel
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    Syrian children's choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

    A Toronto-based Syrian children's choir will not be travelling to the United States to perform at an international festival due to fears about crossing the border under the Trump administration's travel ban, its founder said Saturday. Fei Tang, general manager of the Nai Kids Choir, said the chorus of about 60 Canadian newcomers between the ages five and 15 were invited to perform at the Serenade! Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., next week. Tang said she was thrilled by the opportunity for the children to sing alongside choirs from all over the world in the U.S. capital, but there was just one issue — getting there.

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    Two Sask.-born hockey players heading to NHL

    Two Saskatchewan-born hockey players were drafted to the NHL Saturday. Cole Fonstad was drafted in round five, selected 128th overall. The Prince Albert Raiders player from Estevan will be joining the Montreal Canadiens.

  • Nearly half of youth incarcerated are Indigenous: Statistics Canada
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    Nearly half of youth incarcerated are Indigenous: Statistics Canada

    Nearly half of all youth who end up in custody across Canada are Indigenous, a statistic that a Manitoba activist says shows unacceptable and systemic racism. Data released by Statistics Canada shows Aboriginal youth made up 46 per cent of admissions to correctional services in 2016-17 while making up only eight per cent of the youth population. "It's not actually surprising to me to hear those numbers," said Michael Redhead Champagne.

  • Xi says China must lead way in reform of global governance
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    Xi says China must lead way in reform of global governance

    China must lead the way in reforming global governance, the foreign ministry on Saturday cited President Xi Jinping as saying, as Beijing looks to increase its world influence. China has sought a greater say in global organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and United Nations, in line with its growing economic and diplomatic clout. Since taking office in late 2012, Xi has taken a more muscular approach, setting up China's own global bodies like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and launching his landmark Belt and Road project to build a new Silk Road.

  • Opposition parties tying up work of Parliament with obstruction tactics
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    Opposition parties tying up work of Parliament with obstruction tactics

    Anyone watching the televised proceedings in the House of Commons one night earlier this month might have thought they'd mistakenly tuned in to a travelogue. One after another, dozens of members of Parliament — primarily Conservatives — stood to wax eloquent about the geography, history, culture and cuisine of Central and South America.

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    Celebrity kite artist Kathy Goodwind breezes into Sask. kite festival

    Kathy Goodwind may have started her professional career in the medical world but things took off for her when she left the lab behind and started making and flying kites. This weekend, more than 40 years later, Goodwind is a celebrity kite flyer at the Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Sask.

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    Canadiens goalie Carey Price's second child is on the way

    Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is having another baby. Carey Price has been playing for the Canadiens since 2007. In the photo posted to Instagram from their off-season hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia, Carey and Angela Price are holding Liv.

  • Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child
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    Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

    Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54. The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3 kilograms). It's the fifth child but first daughter for Nielsen, who has four adult sons from previous marriages.

  • Drivers continue to ignore, defy road-blocking pilot project on Mount Royal
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    Drivers continue to ignore, defy road-blocking pilot project on Mount Royal

    José Martinez DiBona, a Montreal construction entrepreneur, recently did just that on his way home from dinner. DiBona says he drove around the flower beds, thinking they were there to slow him down. "Suddenly we see traffic coming from the opposite direction — look, see they are all going through," DiBona said, interrupting himself as a white SUV followed a city bus into the restricted area.

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    DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

    The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the department has partially complied with subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees after officials turned over more than a thousand new documents this week. House Republicans had given the Justice Department and FBI a Friday deadline for all documents, most of which are related to the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

  • HGTV's Joanna & Chip Gaines welcome 5th child
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    HGTV's Joanna & Chip Gaines welcome 5th child

    WACO, Texas — HGTV's Joanna and Chip Gaines have welcomed their fifth child — a boy.

  • Rotary club members showcase aid projects as international convention gets underway in Toronto
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    Rotary club members showcase aid projects as international convention gets underway in Toronto

    Rotary Club members from around the world are showcasing hundreds of humanitarian projects as a Rotary International Convention gets underway in Toronto. Organizers say the House of Friendship is an important part of the 109th annual International Rotary Convention, which opens on Sunday and has drawn about 25,000 Rotary Club members to the city from more than 175 countries.

  • Evacuees from Little Grand Rapids say they're excited, surprised to be going home
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    Evacuees from Little Grand Rapids say they're excited, surprised to be going home

    Over a course of three days, they will be flown back to Little Grand Rapids," he said. On May 23 a wildfire, estimated to be half the size of Winnipeg, was bearing down on Little Grand Rapids, about 265 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, and nearby Pauingassi First Nation. The Red Cross and Canadian Armed Forces helped nearly 1,000 people from Little Grand Rapids come to Winnipeg, where they've been living in hotels ever since.

  • Memorial set at Florida arena for slain rapper XXXTentacion
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    Memorial set at Florida arena for slain rapper XXXTentacion

    A major public memorial is planned at a Florida arena for rising rap star XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-see-YAWN), who was shot and killed this week. The family of the 20-year-old rapper whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy announced Saturday that a memorial will be held next Wednesday at BB&T Center, a 20,000 seat arena that is home to hockey's Florida Panthers. The rapper was fatally shot in his BMW as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership in Florida on Monday.

  • More than 1,000 Macedonians protest country's name change
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    More than 1,000 Macedonians protest country's name change

    More than 1,000 Macedonians protested on Saturday evening against the change of the name of the former Yugoslav Republic which was agreed with neighboring Greece to end a decades-long dispute. Last week the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia." The agreement, which unlocked Macedonia's path to possible European Union and NATO membership, triggered protests by nationalists. The protest on Saturday evening organized by Macedonia's biggest opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, was peaceful.

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    Mi'kmaq chiefs, activists voice concerns over BP drilling fluids spill off N.S. coast

    First Nations and environmental activists say they're "extremely concerned" after drilling fluids were spilled off the coast of Nova Scotia during a BP Canada oil exploration project. In a release issued Saturday, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs said the incident raises questions about the protection of the lands and waters, as well as any potential species affected by the spill. "We want answers from BP Canada," said Chief Terrance Paul, Fisheries Lead for the assembly.

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    Proposed kayak trail between B.C.'s Discovery Islands doesn't float with Quadra Island official

    The B.C. Marine Trails Network Association hopes to create a path for kayakers and other small vessels by connecting a chain of campsites and launch areas between Powell River, Campbell River, Sayward and the Discovery Islands — located between Campbell River on Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland. John Kimantas, the association's Discovery Islands project manager, spent the last week presenting the trail idea to the affected towns.

  • At the heart of Indigenous Day Live, a knowledge keeper stokes the sacred fire
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    At the heart of Indigenous Day Live, a knowledge keeper stokes the sacred fire

    About 30,000 people are expected to pass through The Forks Saturday as part of Indigenous Day Live. The all-day, three-city party (there are also events in Toronto and Ottawa) is Canada's largest celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, which takes place each year on the day of the summer solstice. While families wander in groups through the crowds, lugging coolers and festival chairs, it's not uncommon for individuals at Indigenous Day Live to come down to the Oodena circle alone, McPherson said, seeking a moment of peace or healing.