• Doug Ford Should Focus On His Job, Not His National Ambitions: Dominic LeBlanc
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    Doug Ford Should Focus On His Job, Not His National Ambitions: Dominic LeBlanc

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford should pour cold water on the rumour that he wants to get into federal politics instead of stoking the flames, a federal Liberal minister suggested. A reporter had asked whether Ford's rumoured "national ambitions" complicate the relationship between governments. "I was surprised that Mr. Ford was campaigning for Andrew Scheer with the conservative leader in Alberta," LeBlanc said.

  • USport denies Rams appeal of game forfeits for having an ineligible player
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    USport denies Rams appeal of game forfeits for having an ineligible player

    The Regina Rams football team's season is on the brink of disaster after the squad had to surrender three wins because of an ineligible player. The University of Regina appealed the decision to USport, the national governing body of university sport in Canada, hoping to get the decision reversed. USport told the U of R Thursday the forfeitures will remain.

  • California surgeon, girlfriend face new rape, other charges
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    California surgeon, girlfriend face new rape, other charges

    A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offence and other crimes. Authorities said Robicheaux, who once appeared in a reality TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male," and Riley met women at social events in and once the women were intoxicated, brought them back to Robicheaux's Newport Beach home and sexually assaulted them, prosecutors said.

  • Racism a barrier to prenatal health care, midwives say
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    Racism a barrier to prenatal health care, midwives say

    Systemic racism is putting the health of expectant mothers and their babies at risk, according to the Canadian Association of Midwives. Indigenous women, newcomers to Canada and people of colour face barriers in accessing the benefits of prenatal care due to a lack of resources, as well as discrimination and mistrust, it said. Prenatal care is credited with safer outcomes for mother and baby by reducing the risks of pregnancy complications and infant mortality.

  • 'Extensive' cockroach infestation, poor sanitation closes Edmonton Chinese restaurant
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    'Extensive' cockroach infestation, poor sanitation closes Edmonton Chinese restaurant

    A north Edmonton Chinese food restaurant has been ordered closed after inspectors discovered a slew of health code violations, including a cockroach-infested, grime-and- grease-covered kitchen. The health inspection on Oct. 3, found Taipan Cafe at 10627 97th St. found evidence of an "extensive cockroach infestation" throughout the entire building, including the food. "Many live and dead cockroaches of all life stages noted in food and on glue boards, counters, food equipment, utensils, containers and structures," reads the Environmental Public Health inspection.

  • Take it or leave it? EU offers May few options on Brexit deal
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    Take it or leave it? EU offers May few options on Brexit deal

    An EU offer to extend a status-quo transition period by a year to end-2021, keeping Britain in a customs union to diminish the chances of the backstop being triggered, was not enough. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, less than three years since Britons voted for an exit in a referendum. ACID TEST All governments insist, though, that they want a deal in the coming weeks that can avoid chaos when Britain leaves in March.

  • Film with Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis cancelled after tax case
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    Film with Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis cancelled after tax case

    The director of "Air Strike," featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, says the film's release has been cancelled in the wake of her disappearance and conviction on tax evasion charges. The World War II thriller, also starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody, was to have been released Oct. 26. Chinese tax authorities this month ordered Fan and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totalling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country's highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from public view.

  • Cannabis and Coffee: Pot info with your morning java
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    Cannabis and Coffee: Pot info with your morning java

    Although cannabis is newly legal in Canada, the shop Cannabis and Coffee in Toronto has been a resource for those interested in the substance. No, they haven’t been selling marijuana, but people have been coming in to grab quality, artisanal coffee and snacks – including an impressive assortment of specialty cereals.

  • Police called after Nova Scotia cleaners mop, vacuum wrong house
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    Police called after Nova Scotia cleaners mop, vacuum wrong house

    Homeowners who thought they had been robbed got a happy surprise instead: Their house was cleaned for free by cleaners who went to the wrong address. The women had taken nothing — and left behind a clean house. "These ladies showed up, cleaned up, and left without knowing it was the wrong house," said Cpl.

  • A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining
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    A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

    U.S.-based Albemarle Corp and Chile's SQM operate just 3 miles (5 km) apart in the remote Salar, a basin in the Atacama that is home to one of the world's richest deposits of high-grade lithium. In celebrating the new contracts, the two companies said they were confident they could significantly boost output without drawing more than their current quotas of lithium-rich brine, or saltwater, that has for millennia accumulated in pools beneath the Atacama. The rivals said each had all the brine they needed for current and future production.

  • Private company hired to oversee $12.8M in renos at Montreal City Hall
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    Private company hired to oversee $12.8M in renos at Montreal City Hall

    Pomerleau will be responsible for making sure costs are respected, as well as the schedule, construction methods and the quality of the work being done, according to a summary of the committee's decision, released after the meeting. "It will be interesting to verify whether this approach will make the city more agile in awarding contracts," the commission wrote in its evaluation of Pomerleau's bid.

  • Westmount High teachers protest CAQ government's religious symbols policy
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    Westmount High teachers protest CAQ government's religious symbols policy

    Teachers at Westmount High held a rally outside the public high school on Ste-Catherine Street West this morning to protest the new provincial government's proposed ban on religious symbols for public servants. The rally coincides with the day the CAQ will unveil its cabinet members. The CAQ, which won a majority in the provincial election, wants to ban civil servants in positions of authority, including judges, prosecutors and police officers, from wearing religious symbols.

  • Sri Lankan Tamil chef the backbone of this classic Irish pub
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    Sri Lankan Tamil chef the backbone of this classic Irish pub

    Since opening Allen's in 1986, he's used his classic Irish pub to advocate for Canadian ingredients. "My Toronto restaurant life has involved people from every nationality one can imagine, but I can say with assurance that members of no group work harder, or with greater commitment, than do Tamil professional cooks," he insisted. Maxwell introduced me to chef Ponniah Vijeyaratnam.

  • Conscientious dog learns how to recycle
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    Conscientious dog learns how to recycle

    Teach your dog to recycle, reuse, reduce just like this clever pup! How cool is that?

  • Netflix needs lower prices to woo India
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    Netflix needs lower prices to woo India

    In a few short months, the world leader in video streaming has launched a blockbuster Mumbai-based crime thriller, been sued over comments about a former Indian Prime Minister and seen the future of two of its hit shows threatened by the #MeToo movement in India. Helped by a roster that includes top-grossing movie franchise "Baahubali", it has won fans among a young, tech savvy middle class and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings has said India could deliver the service's next 100 million subscribers. Local industry players, however, say Netflix's strategy of pricing close to rates it charges in developed markets will see it struggle against domestic competitors like 21st Century Fox-backed Hotstar and one of the country's top satellite TV providers, Tata Sky - a joint venture between the Tata Group and Fox.

  • Photos: Canadians celebrate pot legalization by lighting up
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    Photos: Canadians celebrate pot legalization by lighting up

    They were elated, thrilled, ecstatic, overjoyed… and some just wanted to chill. On Wednesday, some Canadians waited in massive lines to buy their first legal grams of cannabis. Plenty were also keen to celebrate by legally smoking weed in public for the first time — something that’s still illegal in some parts of the country. Of course, plenty of people, such as those in Ontario, blazed without standing in line first. The province is beginning its pot rollout with online sales and moving to private retail stores in April 2019 at the earliest. There were plenty of events, both planned and impromptu. Toronto potheads lit up in Trinity Bellwoods Park, University of British Columbia students poured onto a hill beside a student centre to partake, and some immediately got high right outside cannabis stores. Here’s a look at how some folks spent their first day using cannabis legally.

  • 'The wait time is so unbearable': Regina salon closed after Lang's fire almost ready to re-open
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    'The wait time is so unbearable': Regina salon closed after Lang's fire almost ready to re-open

    Jen Dubois' Miyosiwin Salon Spa had barely been open one year when tragedy struck. 

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    Threatening letter prompts Indigenous family's move from Edmonton-area condo

    Police are investigating after an Indigenous family in an Edmonton-area condominium received a letter that appears to suggest harm may come to them if they don't leave the neighbourhood. The letter that was left in the family's mailbox on Monday warns Katrina Anderson, her husband and three children, ages 13, 12 and 10, to move out of their rented condo in St. Albert. It targets the family’s First Nation background and accuses Anderson's children of being noisy and thoughtless while playing outside, intimating that the kids could get harmed if the family doesn't get out.

  • Locking in your mortgage could save you money, but it depends on your plans
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    Locking in your mortgage could save you money, but it depends on your plans

    Homeowners with variable mortgage rates have seen their rates rise over the past year as the Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times. Scott Evans, a financial planner at BlueShore Financial in North Vancouver, B.C., says you should ask yourself why you decided to choose a variable-rate mortgage in the first place and if anything has changed. The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point four times since July 2017, increasing it by a total of one percentage point to 1.5 per cent.

  • Edmonton child chef lands spot in national recipe book
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    Edmonton child chef lands spot in national recipe book

    Chaitanya Gautam was cooking his own meals from scratch before he could even reach across the kitchen countertop. Now 12, Gautam is experiencing his first foray into the professional food scene. One of his dishes was named a winner in the Kid Food Nation national recipe contest and will be featured in the Kid Food Nation cookbook, set for distribution nationwide later this fall.

  • Nunavut's chief medical officer 'no longer employed with the government'
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    Nunavut's chief medical officer 'no longer employed with the government'

    The Nunavut government is releasing few details on why Dr. Kim Barker is no longer the territory's chief medical officer of health. 

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    Ontario government says pot deliveries will continue in case of Canada Post strike

    The Ontario government says it has a backup plan in place to ensure the delivery of recreational cannabis in case of a Canada Post strike next week, but it isn't saying what that arrangement is. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli insisted the province would be able to fill orders made through its cannabis website if the Canadian Union of Postal Workers proceeds with rotating strikes starting Monday. Asked how the province would proceed, Fedeli said Thursday there was "no sense" in detailing a contingency plan for a strike that might not take place.

  • Nenshi slams province over cannabis revenue-splitting formula
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    Nenshi slams province over cannabis revenue-splitting formula

    Earlier this week, the government announced it will share $11.2 million with municipalities over the next two years to help them with the costs related to legalization. Calgary's expenses are expected to be $10 million to $12 million per year for additional police training and equipment and more bylaw enforcement as well as costs tied to additional building inspections and land-use zoning issues for retail outlets. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the province will reap the revenues from cannabis sales including an excise tax and a sales tax — yet little of that cash will be shared with communities.

  • Secure unit would have saved dementia patient killed in traffic: fatality report
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    Secure unit would have saved dementia patient killed in traffic: fatality report

    A dementia patient who was run over in the street after he wandered away from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 2015 should have been protected on a secure unit, a fatality inquiry has found. Robert Earl Wright, 84, was a patient in the hospital's geriatric unit for more than two weeks in the summer of 2015, and walked away three times. The third time he left the hospital, on Aug. 21, he stepped into traffic and was hit by a vehicle.

  • Nalcor issues stop-work order to Astaldi; 500 workers being sent home from Muskrat Falls
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    Nalcor issues stop-work order to Astaldi; 500 workers being sent home from Muskrat Falls

    Nalcor Energy is breaking ties with the financially-troubled main contractor at the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject, after weeks of fiscal and legal conflict between the two companies. Nalcor has directed the Canadian subsidiary of Italian construction firm Astaldi to stop working on the site, and is arranging for Astaldi's 500 workers in Labrador to return home. The latest dramatic development comes after weeks of legal jousting, with Astaldi seeking more cash for its work on Muskrat Falls, and Nalcor insisting Astaldi is responsible for debts owed to subcontractors and suppliers.