• 20 years after 'date rape drug' first reported on, experts call for broader cultural change
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    20 years after 'date rape drug' first reported on, experts call for broader cultural change

    "I grew up, around the time I was able to go to bars, being taught never, ever take drinks from strangers, never leave your drink alone and dump your drink if you do," Forrester said. Two decades later, experts say date rape drugs like Rohypnol and GHB are still a factor in many sexual assault cases — although they point out that alcohol is a far more common culprit.

  • 'Not a case of neglect': 48 puppies, dogs rescued from northern Alberta community
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    'Not a case of neglect': 48 puppies, dogs rescued from northern Alberta community

    A team of volunteers from southern Alberta drove 11 hours north this week to rescue dozens puppies and adult dogs from a remote community near High Level, Alta. AARCS executive director Deanna Thompson said her team received a tip on Monday from a woman who worked in the area that there was a large number of dogs that needed rescue.

  • U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order from Trump
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    U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order from Trump

    Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten told the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have discussed what would happen if the president ordered a nuclear strike he believed to be unlawful under international law. Hyten would be in charge of U.S. nuclear forces in a war.

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    Toronto police reviewing supports after officer's overdose death

    The fatal fentanyl overdose of a Toronto drug squad officer has the police force considering what more it could be doing to support those working in its high-risk units. Michael Thompson — which occurred in April, was deemed an overdose in July and was announced by police on Thursday — has raised many questions about what happened to the 37-year-old described as a good officer who was respected by his colleagues. The force is conducting parallel reviews — one into Thompson's death that includes investigating his professional responsibilities, and the other into support programs for officers in high-risk units, such as the drug squad, human trafficking unit and the emergency task force, said police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.

  • 1 dead, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401
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    1 dead, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401

    One person is dead after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in Kingston, Ont., Saturday morning. Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene near the Westbrook Road overpass shortly after 5 a.m. OPP said the victim was outside his truck when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle, causing a "chain reaction" crash involving two other vehicles.

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    Mothers send pictures of fentanyl victims to Justin Trudeau

    When Irene Patterson's son Roger Wong didn't show up for a baseball game the two had planned to attend in June, she became worried. "That was the moment my life ended," the Toronto mom recalled. Now, his 61-year-old mother is joining a campaign called Moms Stop The Harm to raise awareness about Canada's opioid crisis because "my son is not a statistic," she wrote in an email.

  • Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub
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    Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub

    Argentina's Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that officials believe may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn't been heard from in three days. The communication attempts "indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions," the Navy said on its Twitter account, adding that the calls lasted between four and 36 seconds. Argentine authorities clarified that it has not been confirmed the calls came from the submarine, the ARA San Juan, though that is the working hypothesis.

  • Surgeons remove worms, parasites from N. Korean soldier
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    Surgeons remove worms, parasites from N. Korean soldier

    Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms as long as 27 centimetres (11 inches), hospital officials said. The soldier, whose name and rank have not been disclosed, defected to South Korea last Monday by driving a military jeep near a line that divides the Koreas and then rushing across it under a barrage of bullets. Hospital officials said Saturday that it was too early to tell whether he will make a recovery.

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    Travelling healthy: What to do if you fall ill abroad

    Abbey Amisola, 27, was found dead at a hostel in the south Cambodian city of Kampot on Tuesday along with her 22-year-old British travelling companion, Natalie Jade Seymour. Pierre Plourde, medical director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's travel health and tropical medicine services, said he's hesitant to draw conclusions about Amisola's death before the investigation is complete. To get your message across, Timothy Chan, the Canadian spokesperson for adventure travel company G Adventures, recommends flipping through a guidebook or — his personal preference — reaching for Google Translate to explain your ailment.

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    CN Rail to hire dozens of workers in Saskatchewan

    Canadian National Railway has posted nearly 100 job opportunities in Saskatchewan, several years after demand slowed and layoffs hit the company. Patrick Waldron, spokesperson for CN, said the company is in the process of hiring employees across Canada, with a focus on the west. By the end of the year, CN will have hired 3,500 employees and expects to hire at least 2,000 more next year.

  • Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul
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    Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul

    The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore — dogged by recent allegations of inappropriate conduct toward teenage girls decades ago — is unfit to serve. Barber, former head of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke at an anti-Moore rally at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that drew more than 100 people. The event was in direct contrast to a news conference Thursday during which religious conservatives expressed their commitment to Moore, who describes himself as a conservative Christian who hews to family values.

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    Brian Pallister and wife explain how he got lost and broke arm on New Mexico hike

    Manitoba's premier is giving some more details about a wilderness hike in New Mexico where he broke his arm and became lost. Brian Pallister has refused to do media interviews about the ordeal, which happened on Monday but was only revealed to the public on Friday. Instead, he and his wife, Esther, answered questions posed by a member of his staff in a video posted on Facebook that's just over four minutes long.

  • Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to stand down
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    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to stand down

    The Sinn Féin president reveals he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year.

  • Nunavut creates country food safety guidelines to boost traditional menus across territory
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    Nunavut creates country food safety guidelines to boost traditional menus across territory

    Nunavut now has food safety guidelines on how to handle and serve country food in the territory — especially to people who are already sick, or have weak immune systems. The guidelines, titled "Serving Country Food in Government-Funded Facilities and Community Programs" was created in hopes to increase access to country food across the territory's government-funded programs, according to a nutritionist with the Department of Health. "We know that some facilities would like to have more country food offered to people," said nutritionist Amy Caughey.

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    Nutrition matters most for pet health, says veterinarian

    Veterinarian Karen Becker has a simple message to share: what our furry companions eat matters, and many of us are not feeding our dogs and cats foods that help them to thrive. Becker said she first learned the importance of diet while working in wildlife rehabilitation as a teenager. Becker, an integrative wellness veterinarian based in the Chicago area, will be sharing her message with a Regina audience Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

  • Zimbabwe ruling party says Mugabe goes or impeachment starts
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    Zimbabwe ruling party says Mugabe goes or impeachment starts

    Zimbabwe's ruling party Central Committee fired longtime President Robert Mugabe as party leader Sunday, saying if he doesn't resign as the country's leader by noon Monday it will begin impeachment proceedings when Parliament resumes the following day. Clinging to his now virtually powerless post, Mugabe discussed his expected exit with the army commander who put him under house arrest days ago, in a second round of negotiations. A day after huge crowds rallied peacefully in the capital, Harare, for the 93-year-old Mugabe to go, members of the ZANU-PF party's Central Committee stood, cheered and sang as Mugabe was recalled.

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    'Echoing off the walls of God': 13th-century Muslim poet translated into Gaelic

    As a boy discovering the world in Antigonish County, N.S., Gaelic was the sound of intimate mystery for Lewis MacKinnon. MacKinnon listened to the men talk in the broad rhythms of the ancient family tongue. It's a big part of my identity," MacKinnon says.

  • 'An exceptional accomplishment': Teens win big for P.E.I. at Royal Winter Fair
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    'An exceptional accomplishment': Teens win big for P.E.I. at Royal Winter Fair

    Two first-time competitors on P.E.I's 4-H team at the recent Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto have placed first and second in their division, showing their dairy calves among the best in Canada. "This is an exceptional accomplishment considering there were 74 animals competing including some of the best animals in Canada," said Fred Vanderkloet, a leader with P.E.I.'s 4-H dairy program. Reagan is a Grade 9 student at Central Colchester Junior High School in Truro, N.S. She summers on P.E.I., where her grandparents and uncle have a dairy farm, Weeksdale Farm in Pleasant Valley.

  • Const. John Davidson's celebration of life takes place in Abbotsford, B.C., today
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    Const. John Davidson's celebration of life takes place in Abbotsford, B.C., today

    John Davidson is being honoured with a full regimental funeral on Sunday. Police estimate about 12,000 people — including 8,000 first responders — will attend the memorial for the officer, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6. Davidson, 53, had served as a police officer for 24 years when he died responding to reports of a stolen vehicle.

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    Owner believes adopted dog came from Sask. breeder facing cruelty charges

    When Jasmine Streisel adopted her mastiff, he was malnourished and covered in mange. Now, she believes her new dog— named Arlo—was one of 12 canines seized by the Saskatoon SPCA from a Saskatchewan dog breeder now facing animal cruelty charges. Streisel adopted Arlo when he was ten months old, a month after he was seized by the SPCA.

  • Exclusive: Qualcomm set to win conditional Japanese antitrust okay for NXP deal - source
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    Exclusive: Qualcomm set to win conditional Japanese antitrust okay for NXP deal - source

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said. Winning the green light from both competition authorities would take Qualcomm a major step forward to closing the deal and reinforce its fight against an unsolicited $103-billion takeover bid from Broadcom. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) "is expected to clear Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP imminently," the source said.

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    'I want her story to be heard': documentary on Maple Batalia makes Canadian debut

    Jasleen Kaur didn't know Maple Batalia personally, but after learning of her tragic death she decided to make a documentary about her life, using the voices of her family and friends. The film, Maple: A Documentary, will make its Canadian debut on Saturday at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival. Batalia, who was shot and killed in 2011 by her ex-boyfriend Gary Dhaliwal, was a Simon Fraser University student and aspiring actress.

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    Canada's Justyn Knight wins 1st NCAA cross-country title in senior season

    Canadian Justyn Knight finished his NCAA cross-country career in style, winning the title in his fourth and final Division I championship on Saturday at Louisville, Ky.

  • Driverless cars set for UK budget boost: finance ministry
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    Driverless cars set for UK budget boost: finance ministry

    British finance minister Philip Hammond's budget statement this week will include measures to encourage the development of driverless and electric cars, artificial intelligence and telecommunications, the finance ministry said on Sunday. Measures to drive technological improvements would chime with his desire to improve UK productivity, which is growing very slowly, and create high quality jobs. The finance ministry said Hammond would announce regulatory changes to the driverless car industry so that developers could apply to test their vehicles on UK roads without a human operator for the first time.

  • Small Ontario town to offer second round of generous incentives to move there
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    Small Ontario town to offer second round of generous incentives to move there

    A northern Ontario town that offered generous incentives to potential newcomers in a bid to revitalize the community says its efforts were successful enough to merit a second round. Officials in Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., recently launched a campaign to woo newcomers to the area and help rebuild a town that had been in a financial tailspin since the closure of a local pulp and paper mill. As part of the campaign, the municipal government put 15 parcels of town land up for sale and offered prospective buyers rebates of up to 90 per cent, resulting in some lots being available for as little as $500.