• Albertans are buckling up for a throwdown over pipelines, oilsands and Trans Mountain
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    Albertans are buckling up for a throwdown over pipelines, oilsands and Trans Mountain

    What has been the lesson from the latest turn in the saga of the Trans Mountain pipeline? The answer for me — after a few days in Fort McMurray and speaking at a oil conference that included industry delegates, suppliers, corporate players and First Nations — came with more than a touch of surprise. What I found from conversation, some panels, informal meetups and simply from the mood of the place (just two years after The Fire) was an unusual spirit of buoyancy, forward outlook — this despite the dread findings on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

  • Doug Ford off to Washington as NAFTA talks hit critical stage
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    Doug Ford off to Washington as NAFTA talks hit critical stage

    Ford is due to meet Canada's NAFTA negotiators in the U.S. capital on Wednesday to be briefed on the status of the talks. "I won't mix words when I go down there because farm jobs are not a bargaining chip.

  • Ontario's highest court paves way to reduce size of Toronto city council
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    Ontario's highest court paves way to reduce size of Toronto city council

    Ontario's highest court has paved the way for a considerable cut to the size of Toronto's city council just weeks from a municipal election. The decision, which freezes the lower court's ruling for the time being, pending a formal appeal that's underway, means city staff will immediately begin preparing for a 25-ward election Oct. 22. In its arguments earlier this week, the province's legal team said the stay was necessary to provide certainty to the city clerk, who is responsible for upholding a fair election.

  • Turkey jails 24 Istanbul airport workers pending trial after protests
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    Turkey jails 24 Istanbul airport workers pending trial after protests

    A Turkish court has jailed pending trial 24 people involved in protests over work conditions at Istanbul's new airport last week, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Wednesday. The airport is a centerpiece of a 15-year construction boom under President Tayyip Erdogan. Istanbul's governor said on Sunday more than 400 people were initially detained for taking part in the protests.

  • Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term
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    Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

    "If you do that sort of thing in this country we will come after you and we will throw the book at you." Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter said that the government was looking at introducing a maximum 10-year jail sentence for hoaxers. Australia's banking industry said it is willing to offer financial assistance to affected farmers.

  • Calgary plans to courier mail-in ballots for Olympic plebiscite if postal workers strike
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    Calgary plans to courier mail-in ballots for Olympic plebiscite if postal workers strike

    The City of Calgary says it has a plan to prevent interruptions for mail-in ballots for the Olympic plebiscite in November if Canada Post workers strike. A dispute over wages and working conditions has prompted postal workers to vote in favour of strike action, which could happen as early as Sept. 26 and would shut down mail delivery. The City will start taking in requests for mail-in ballots on Oct. 1 for the Nov. 13 Olympic plebiscite — which will give Calgarians the chance to weigh in on the non-binding vote on whether or not the city should host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Mom says N.W.T. government still forcing Indigenous people to use 'colonized version' of their names
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    Mom says N.W.T. government still forcing Indigenous people to use 'colonized version' of their names

    As the Northwest Territories government says it plans to waive fees for residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names, one mom in Yellowknife says that's not enough. The territorial government has told CBC it will eventually change its current policy that can charge hundreds of dollars for Indigenous people to legally change their names, which may have been altered in the past through colonization. Meanwhile, Shene Catholique Valpy — the mom who fought for her baby's Chipewyan name Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ to include traditional accents on her birth certificate three years ago — is still fighting for the N.W.T. government to change its policy that only allows the Roman alphabet on legal names.

  • China's Alibaba doubles down on chips amid cloud computing push
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    China's Alibaba doubles down on chips amid cloud computing push

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will set up a dedicated chip subsidiary and aims to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip in the second half of 2019 that could be used for autonomous driving, smart cities and logistics. The Chinese firm said at an event in Hangzhou on Wednesday that the new subsidiary would make customised AI chips and embedded processors to support the firm's push into fast-growing cloud and internet of things (IoT) businesses. Alibaba's aggressive drive to develop its own semiconductors comes as China's government looks to raise the quality of home-made chips to help propel high-tech domestic industries from cutting-edge transport to AI healthcare systems.

  • Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize
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    Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize

    A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama's presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The judges named Hala Alyan's "Salt Houses" and Ta-Nehisi (tah neh-HAH'-see) Coates' "We Were Eight Years in Power" as its 2018 winners. The novel "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee and the memoir "Reading With Patrick" by Michelle Kuo were runners-up in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively.

  • Youth Now Farm grows job skills along with vegetables
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    Youth Now Farm grows job skills along with vegetables

    On a quiet farm at the edge of Ottawa, vegetables and livestock aren't the only things growing — the farm is also helping at-risk young people blossom.

  • Sask. doctor charged with improperly prescribing marijuana
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    Sask. doctor charged with improperly prescribing marijuana

    The Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons has laid professional charges against a physician who was allegedly issuing marijuana prescriptions without doing proper assessments and billing excessively for it.

  • SIU investigating rollover crash at city-owned construction site that injured 3 people
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    SIU investigating rollover crash at city-owned construction site that injured 3 people

    Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after an attempted traffic stop ended in a rollover collision at a city-owned construction site overnight Wednesday. Three people — a male teen, a female teen and a woman in her 20s — were hurt in the single-vehicle crash, according to Toronto paramedics. Emergency responders were called to the scene, near the intersection of Dundas Street W. and Lansdowne Avenue, around 2:45 a.m., paramedics said.

  • Uganda's opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home
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    Uganda's opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

    Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is charged with treason over his alleged role in an August incident in which President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones.

  • Cat rescuer says animal protection laws need tougher enforcement
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    Cat rescuer says animal protection laws need tougher enforcement

    Her very first rescue six years ago was a "baptism by fire" for Kathy Findlay.

  • 2 fired dancers, donor added to ballet lawsuit
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    2 fired dancers, donor added to ballet lawsuit

    A woman who sued the New York City Ballet company over the sharing of nude photos and videos is amending her lawsuit to add two fired dancers and a donor as defendants. A lawyer for Alexandra Waterbury said Tuesday that dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro as well as donor Jared Longhitano participated in the unlawful sharing of nude photos of women taken without their consent. Efforts to reach Longhitano for comment weren't immediately successful.

  • Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms
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    Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms

    As the teacher pointed to the large touch screen, her first-grade classroom came alive. The day's lesson was the Arabic letter "Raa," and the screen displayed cartoon pictures of objects that contain the letter — desert, chair and pomegranate — as the teacher asked the children to come up with other words. The students smiled and sang along.

  • Silverback gorilla shows off his daily workout routine
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    Silverback gorilla shows off his daily workout routine

    Oumbi the male gorilla from the Twycross Zoo is the most active just before lunchtime. Like everybody else, he's getting all excited for the food. They are waiting for the doors to close so the keepers can scatter the food outside. Apart from a few outburst that he has to keep his family in check, he is quite happy being mostly just sitting, eating, relaxing and sleeping, which does make you wonder how he gets all those muscles. Well now you'll find out. He's doing his daily routine of pull-ups! Just look how he manages to do them with so much ease! When he does his first pull up you’ll see his mate Ozala in the background running with baby Shufai. After he had his pull-ups he’s running through the enclosure to let everybody know he’s the boss and everybody moves quickly out of his way. Asante is resting up the top and you can see Oumbi having a little dig at her. He continues with some more gym exercise, before he has another go at the others. Oumbi is normally the first one out after lunch, that is if Lope his cheeky son doesn’t get there first! Than it’s Ozala with baby Shufai. Asante the aunt and grandma Bidi are always the last ones to go out and giving all the others the chance of feeding first, until they are getting there share.

  • Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences
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    Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

    The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections. Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.

  • 'Right this wrong': Business owner says land rezoned without notice 22 years ago
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    'Right this wrong': Business owner says land rezoned without notice 22 years ago

    Gary O'Dwyer says Unitex N.B. Co. Ltd. continues to struggle with the consequences of the city's decision to rezone the Highlandview Road property from light industrial to residential in 1996. "What I would like is to move forward and right the wrongs," O'Dwyer said. On Monday, he went before city council seeking help.

  • Syncrude's 'bison keeper': 25 years of herding in the oilsands
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    Syncrude's 'bison keeper': 25 years of herding in the oilsands

    When bison hear Brad Ramstead's pickup truck roaring down to their pasture, the normally skittish animals come near. Ramstead has been the herd's caretaker for as long as wood bison have roamed Syncrude's lease north of Fort McMurray. Ramstead got a six-month contract at Syncrude in 1991 that turned into a lifelong vocation.

  • Malaysia anti-graft agency arrests former leader Najib Razak
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    Malaysia anti-graft agency arrests former leader Najib Razak

    Malaysia's anti-graft agency said former Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday and will face further charges of abuse of power over the multimillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund. The agency said in a statement that Najib was detained at its office over the transfer of 2.6 billion ringgit ($627.8 million) into his bank account. It said Najib will be taken to court on Thursday to face several charges under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act.

  • 'Silly old bear': New exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh
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    'Silly old bear': New exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh

    When people care too much, Winnie-the-Pooh argues it's just love. Now Pooh and pal Christopher Robin are starring in "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic," a new exhibition opening Saturday at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. "The exhibit addresses the fact that Winnie-the-Pooh is a global phenomenon, beloved by many if not by all," said Meghan Melvin, who curated the show.

  • Setting the tone for the season? Edmonton Oilers 'had some jump' in win over Canucks
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    Setting the tone for the season? Edmonton Oilers 'had some jump' in win over Canucks

    Ty Rattie says the Edmonton Oilers want to start their season strong, even if there are no points at stake. Jesse Puljujarvi and Caleb Jones also scored for Edmonton, while Kailer Yamamoto notched another assist less than 24 hours after he put on a dazzling performance in the team's Monday night victory over Calgary. ​Sven Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin replied for the Canucks.

  • Clive Doucet promises weekly summer garbage pickup
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    Clive Doucet promises weekly summer garbage pickup

    Clive Doucet would reinstate weekly garbage pickup during the summer months if he was elected mayor, he announced at a mayoral debate in rural south Ottawa Tuesday night. Doucet said he's been hearing from residents that their garbage is too stinky in summer and that using the green bin can be difficult for some. Doucet told CBC News after the Osgoode all-candidates and mayoral debate he believed current landfill management policies could handle the increased service.

  • Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal Maine ecosystem
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    Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal Maine ecosystem

    Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters to coastal Maine are better suited for the hockey rink. Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass, a researcher said. The docile green crabs shrink from a threat, while the newcomers are more apt to wave their pincers and charge.