• Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid
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    Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

    The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. The Israeli army has kept mum, while Hamas officials have declined to comment publicly as they investigate the incident.

  • Upcoming Saskatoon play a 'live documentary' about Gerald Stanley case
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    Upcoming Saskatoon play a 'live documentary' about Gerald Stanley case

    Forty or so people gathered to hear a workshop reading of Reasonable Doubt, a "live documentary." The play is about race, justice and the trial of Gerald Stanley. Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, was seated in the front row. Boushie, 22, was shot and killed after he and four others from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation drove onto Stanley's farm in August 2016.

  • Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week
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    Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

    The most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is set to reach its peak of activity this week. The Geminid meteor shower occurs as Earth moves through the debris shed from asteroid 3200 Phaethon as it orbits the sun. While the Perseid meteor shower in August is likely the most popular of the year — thanks to the warmer temperatures and reduced chance of cloud cover — the Geminid meteor shower produces more "shooting stars" per hour in a dark-sky location — 120 compared to about 100 for the Perseids.

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    Acting head of OPP asks for investigation into hiring of new commissioner

    The interim commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is asking the province's ombudsman to investigate the appointment of Premier Doug Ford's family friend to the force's top job. Brad Blair, who has been leading the force since November, filed a formal request on Tuesday "amid growing concerns of political interference" in the hiring process of Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner. In a letter to ombudsman Paul Dube, Blair says the hiring process has deeply affected the morale of rank and file officers.

  • Award-winning winery embittered by VQA's 'Soviet-style' grape rules
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    Award-winning winery embittered by VQA's 'Soviet-style' grape rules

    A vintner near Tweed, Ont., who took home two medals last month from an international competition says he's frustrated with VQA Ontario's certification process, which doesn't recognize some of the grapes he uses. Potter Settlement Vineyards and Artisan Winery won silver for its Cabernet Franc at the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition, and a gold with its Marquette, which also earned honours at the 2017 InterVin International Wine Awards. The Marquette is a hybrid grape, developed by the University of Minnesota to survive in a cold climate.

  • 'Who decides whether you're dead?': Ontario court case could prove precedent-setting
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    'Who decides whether you're dead?': Ontario court case could prove precedent-setting

    The family of Taquisha McKitty will argue in the Ontario Court of Appeal Wednesday that she's still breathing and alive, even though a lower court has declared her dead. "We're not convinced that she's dead," said Bishop Wendell Brereton from his church, the Breakthrough Temple in Brampton. McKitty was declared dead by doctors more than a year ago after she went into cardiac arrest following a drug overdose and was put on life support.

  • Millimeter perfect harmony pitched in quest for 5G economic boost
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    Millimeter perfect harmony pitched in quest for 5G economic boost

    Ultra-short-wave mobile spectrum could add $565 billion to global economic output over the next 15 years if used to connect robots or other applications, the telecoms industry estimates. Some countries, such as South Korea or the United States, have moved early to award millimeter wave spectrum to telecoms operators, creating a testing ground to develop practical uses for the technology.

  • Cryptoassets should be 'outlawed' - Allianz GI CEO
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    Cryptoassets should be 'outlawed' - Allianz GI CEO

    By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The head of one of Europe's largest asset managers has called for global regulators to ban cryptoassets, scorning them for wiping out people's savings. After a spectacular boom in 2017, cryptocurrencies have fallen to earth this year. The best known one, Bitcoin, has lost three-quarters of its value while Ripple and Ethereum, the second and third biggest cryptocurrencies, have both slumped nearly 90 percent. "You should outlaw it", Allianz Global Investors Chief Executive Andreas Utermann said during a panel discussion in London on Tuesday. ...

  • Newly hired RNC officer fatally shot Jorden McKay in Corner Brook, sources say
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    Newly hired RNC officer fatally shot Jorden McKay in Corner Brook, sources say

    The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer who shot and killed a man in Corner Brook during a confrontation late last month was new to the police force, sources tell CBC. The male officer who discharged his sidearm, killing Jorden McKay, was sworn in at a graduation ceremony in October. The RNC said it is procedure to place an officer on administrative duties after an incident such as this, adding it does not speak to any wrongdoing or guilt.

  • Microbes that live at the gym are pumped up on antibiotic resistance
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    Microbes that live at the gym are pumped up on antibiotic resistance

    When environmental engineer Erica Hartmann hits the gym, she sees the floor where people lie down to do crunches as the perfect place to test dust for microbes. You may think of dust as dead. One antimicrobial ingredient called triclosan stops the growth of bacteria, fungus and mildew as well as deodorizes.

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    Mobility tech firm Optibus raises $40 million, Alibaba takes stake

    U.S.-Israeli mobility technology company Optibus said on Wednesday it raised $40 million in a private funding round led by Insight Venture Partners and with a strategic investment from the Alibaba Group. Existing investors, including Verizon Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital, New Era Capital and Sir Ronald Cohen, also participated in the round.

  • Amazon aims at office workers with compact cashier-less food store
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    Amazon aims at office workers with compact cashier-less food store

    Located in one of the company's Seattle offices, the eighth Amazon Go store is near the original and a quarter the size, at a mere 450 square feet. Like Amazon Go stores operating in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, the new store has no checkout lanes. Customers scan their smartphones to enter, cameras monitor what they take from the shelves, and Amazon bills their credit card on file after they leave.

  • GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog
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    GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog

    Since the beginning of last year, Chinese cities have been awash with 23 million GPS-equipped bicycles, part of a bike share program that has been credited with changing traffic patterns across the country and reviving a mode of transportation that was fading fast. Research by the China Institute of Information and Communications Technology (CIICT) revealed that on one day last year, the system logged 70 million riders — three to four rides per bike. According to mapping industry studies here, the program has reduced inner-city car trips by 7.4 per cent in some areas and 3.8 per cent of total car trips in these cities. "For years, we thought the way to cut traffic congestion in Beijing was to build more roads and parking lots," said Zhao Yixin, a planner with the Urban Transportation Institute who advises the city government.

  • Merkel: There's still time for an orderly Brexit
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    Merkel: There's still time for an orderly Brexit

    There is still time to agree an orderly British exit from the European Union, German Chancellor said on Wednesday, adding that although time was running short, she was still hopeful that a damaging disorderly departure could be avoided. "We have little time left, but we do still have enough time," she told a session of German parliament held to discuss the upcoming summit of EU leaders, at which Brexit will be discussed. "I can only say to German citizens that we are working hard to make sure we get an orderly Brexit," she added.

  • New electronic parking tickets to be rolled out in Charlottetown next month
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    New electronic parking tickets to be rolled out in Charlottetown next month

    Charlottetown police are getting ready to roll out new electronic tickets for parking infractions, which will eventually replace the handwritten ones used now.  

  • 'I think the building has a lot more stories to tell us': former Chatham jail purchased for $1M
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    'I think the building has a lot more stories to tell us': former Chatham jail purchased for $1M

    The Chatham jail finally has a new owner. New owner Carson Warrener said they were waiting for it to come on the market. "We knew that it's use was coming to an end, so that was kind of a hint," said Warrener about its 2014 closure.

  • Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culprits
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    Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culprits

    A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. While scientists and policy-makers agree that getting a firm grasp on the origins of emissions is key to tackling global warming, there is great political sensitivity surrounding the issue. In 2009, President Barack Obama suggested during the U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen that the United States might use satellites to monitor other countries' emissions.

  • Travelling friends find man sleeping on horse next to road
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    Travelling friends find man sleeping on horse next to road

    The Kalahari region in the Northern Cape province of South Africa is a special place, characterized by its vast semi-arid wilderness and farmland areas. It also hosts the lowest density of people in the country. Life in the Kalahari runs at its own pace and many will say it is a place still stuck in its own time. It is not strange to see many people still using horses or donkey carts as a mode of transport. Today this is still the only safe and reliable mode of transport available to many people in the rural areas. My friend Rudi and I were driving a long stretch of dirt road from their farm in the Kalahari to town which was an hour’s drive away. It was late Saturday afternoon and we were on our way to a social function in town. In the distance we noticed something rather odd. There was a lone horse standing next to the road in the middle of nowhere. As we came closer we quickly realized what was going on. On the back of this horse was a man lying, passed out and not moving. We decided to check it out and stopped next to the horse. At first we called, whistled and hit the hooter of the vehicle a few times to see if we might get any reaction. The obviously very loyal and obedient horse briefly looked at us but no movement came from the man. My friend Rudi decided to get out and investigate. I warned him not to go too close to the back of the horse as it might kick him. Rudi walked up to the horse and shook the man a few times while asking if he was OK. Suddenly the guy woke up, looking much disorientated and confused. His response was that he was on his way home. At the end of the video Rudi said to the guy in Afrikaans, “OK, the traffic light is green, you can go now” and off he went in a gallop on the back of his very trusty horse. It sure looked like the guy had a little too much to drink and passed out on the back of his horse while on the way home. Maybe he was just tired after a long journey and decided to take a power nap next to the road. None the less, it was one of the strangest and funniest things we have seen in a long time.

  • LeBreton Flats drama won't affect plans for new library
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    LeBreton Flats drama won't affect plans for new library

    Despite uncertainty with the future of LeBreton Flats, plans for Ottawa's new central library at a site next door are moving forward as expected. During an Ottawa Public Library board meeting Tuesday night, library officials said progress for the new library is on track and construction should be done by 2024. Danielle McDonald, CEO of the Ottawa Public Library, said she's confident the area will be developed.

  • NHL totem poles called 'blatant cultural appropriation' pulled from some stores
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    NHL totem poles called 'blatant cultural appropriation' pulled from some stores

    "Totem poles mean something to the communities who practice this tradition. All it would have taken was one person up the chain of command in procurement to stop and question this item," Thomas said in a statement to CBC News. Totem poles have long been created by First Nations on the West Coast, and are used to mark and commemorate things like ancestry, family history and certain events. Lawtons quickly responded to Thomas and said it would be taking the merchandise off store shelves.

  • Playful puppy tries to stay out of trouble
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    Playful puppy tries to stay out of trouble

    19-week-old Mikey wants want his sleepy buddy Ellie to play with him. Failing to get a response, he asks his owner to play and then heads over to a roll of paper towel on the art table. Naughty pup!

  • Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum
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    Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

    Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of colour took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, looks of astonishment and applause after entering the second floor of the building where Berry Gordy created sonic history more than a half-century ago.

  • Rescued wolfdog missing near Calgary airport
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    Rescued wolfdog missing near Calgary airport

    An Alberta woman is searching for her rescue, hybrid wolfdog that ran off on Sunday from the Calgary airport. Jeanine Rebsomen said she'd adopted Aria from the U.S., and she was flown to Calgary through WestJet Cargo. A representative from WestJet apologized for the delay getting the kennel to the warehouse.

  • Downtown Edmonton exploring how businesses can respond to panhandling
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    Downtown Edmonton exploring how businesses can respond to panhandling

    Russell Wolfleg says panhandling in Edmonton is challenging. "From my point of view, a lot of businesses are kind of rude to homeless [people] and those that are struggling because they don't understand," Wolfleg told CBC News. Panhandling in and around businesses is a complex issue — one that requires balancing the needs of vulnerable people and business owners, said Ian O'Donnell, executive director of Edmonton's Downtown Business Association.

  • Canada home prices fall in November for second straight month: Teranet
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    Canada home prices fall in November for second straight month: Teranet

    TORONTO (Reuters) - SNAP: Canadian home prices fell in November for the second consecutive month as declines were seen across much of the country, data showed on Wednesday. The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which measures changes for repeat sales of single-family homes, showed prices fell 0.3 percent in November from October. Prices were down in eight of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed, Teranet said. Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton led the declines, with 0.6 percent drops. Prices in Toronto, the country's biggest city, were down 0.1 percent. ...