• Doug Ford loves subways so much he's vowing to build them to Pickering, Markham
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    Doug Ford loves subways so much he's vowing to build them to Pickering, Markham

    Ford made the claim at a Pickering news conference where he was asked about a dubious British study that suggests Toronto has the worst commute in North America. "We've been preaching for 10 years in Toronto … we love subways.

  • Hundreds attend funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade
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    Hundreds attend funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade

    Hundreds of mourners braved drizzling rain to attend the funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade on Thursday, many of them carrying her iconic purses as they flocked to a church in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. The statement said 89-year-old Earl Brosnahan Jr. had been in failing health and was "heartbroken" after his beloved daughter's suicide at her home in New York. A high school classmate attending the service said Spade was "incredibly kind" and had a memorable laugh.

  • Dems unleash kitchen-sink strategy on immigration
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    Dems unleash kitchen-sink strategy on immigration

    As the White House struggles to move past another self-imposed crisis, Democrats are fighting to ensure this one isn't quickly forgotten. Fiery Democratic leaders from Vermont to New Jersey to Texas met President Donald Trump's executive order to stop dividing immigrant families with deep skepticism, promising waves of protests, border visits and congressional oversight to shine new light on the Republican administration's immigration tactics.

  • Calgary school board trustee eyes provincial run under UCP banner
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    Calgary school board trustee eyes provincial run under UCP banner

    Calgary public school board trustee Lisa Davis says she plans to make the switch to provincial politics under the UCP banner after hitting "significant roadblocks" that kept her from serving the public. Davis said she will run for the United Conservative Party nomination in Calgary-Bow ahead of next spring's provincial election. The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) trustee for wards 6 and 7 said since being elected last October her effort to promote more transparency have been frustrated by a lack of full and timely access to information.

  • Bavarian premier rejects 'paying out more money' for euro zone
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    Bavarian premier rejects 'paying out more money' for euro zone

    Bavarian premier Markus Soeder took aim on Thursday at a euro zone reform blueprint that Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with France this week, rejecting the idea of German taxpayers' money being used to help other members of the single currency project. Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday on the plan to create a budget for the euro zone to strengthen economic convergence within the currency bloc, which was almost torn apart by a debt crisis that took hold in 2009. Soeder, a senior figure in Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies, said the discussion of European reforms had created the impression that the issues of euro zone finance and asylum could be linked, adding: "this could leave a bad taste." "One thing is clear: We need stability in Europe not by always paying out more money but rather through reforms in the respective countries," added Soeder, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) is sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats.

  • Champions of Change: 4 stories of Indigenous champions changing Ontario
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    Champions of Change: 4 stories of Indigenous champions changing Ontario

    On National Indigenous Peoples Day CBC Ontario profiles four champions of change, people who are working to make ongoing contributions to their community: meet Rita Corbiere of Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island; The Bear Clan Patrol in Thunder Bay, Stevie Jonathan of Six Nations of the Grand River near Hamilton;  and Melanie Garant, a Mohawk living in Windsor.

  • Inuk leader calls for Quebec health minister's resignation over 'racist' remarks
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    Inuk leader calls for Quebec health minister's resignation over 'racist' remarks

    Gaétan Barrette has since said he's sorry if people "misunderstood" his remarks. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette is being criticized by Indigenous leaders in Quebec, with one calling for Barrette's resignation for what they say are racist comments he recently made at a community event on Montreal's South Shore. In a transcript of a conversation obtained by CBC News and Le Devoir, Barrette said parents in remote northern villages could still be barred from accompanying their child on a medevac flight.

  • After overdose death, Penticton Indian Band reaffirms desire to be drug-free reserve
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    After overdose death, Penticton Indian Band reaffirms desire to be drug-free reserve

    The recent drug overdose death of a member of the Penticton Indian Band has people in the South Okanagan community grieving and looking for answers. The tragedy has refocused the band leadership's resolve to make the reserve drug and alcohol free, said Chief Chad Eneas. In 2013, the band developed a community plan that envisioned the future of the Penticton Indian Band.

  • How a new wave of Indigenous cinema is changing the narrative of Canada
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    How a new wave of Indigenous cinema is changing the narrative of Canada

    Indigenous filmmakers got a boost in 2018 with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office, an organization helping Indigenous media makers develop their content. When Dance With Wolves came out — even though it was a white man here to save the Indigenous community and there were problematic things about that movie — Indigenous people were so happy to see themselves portrayed for once as not murderous or oversimplified, that they flocked to that movie.

  • Big bonfires, saints and wine: how to celebrate today's summer solstice
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    Big bonfires, saints and wine: how to celebrate today's summer solstice

    After a long, monotonous winter and freakishly chilly spring, New Brunswick is more than ready for its time in the sun. First: what the heck is the solstice? In Atlantic Canada, the solstice happens at precisely 7:07 a.m. Thursday.

  • Vacancies increasing for veteran-designated long-term care beds
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    Vacancies increasing for veteran-designated long-term care beds

    A third of the contract long-term care beds for veterans operated by the provincial health authority are either vacant or occupied by non-veterans. The numbers were presented Tuesday during a meeting of the legislature's veterans affairs committee. Of the 314 contract beds, which provide priority access to long-term care for war veterans, 106 of them were not being used by Veterans Affairs Canada as of June 6.

  • What a spectacle! Why these kids are recycling glasses for people who can't afford them
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    What a spectacle! Why these kids are recycling glasses for people who can't afford them

    Ten thousand people will see more clearly, thanks to the Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Lions Club and an elementary school in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's. Since 2012, the club has been collecting eyeglasses — some old, some new — to recycle for people who might not be otherwise able to afford them, said president Bradley Moss. Some will go to Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre, and some will be taken to Haiti with Team Broken Earth, a Newfoundland-started charity that provides humanitarian relief in places around the world.

  • Freddie Wilson isn't dead — and he's still waving from his overpass
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    Freddie Wilson isn't dead — and he's still waving from his overpass

    When a photo of the pride of Hantsport, N.S., appeared on Facebook last month, there was skepticism about whether he was really alive. A recent obituary for a Freddie Wilson, a man of a similar age, only added to the mystery. Wilson is quick to set the record straight. Up on the overpass, which crosses Highway 101, birds sing over the whir of passing cars and occasional honks from horns.

  • Norway's Telenor fined $96 million by competition watchdog
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    Norway's Telenor fined $96 million by competition watchdog

    Norway's Competition Authority fined Telenor 788 million crowns ($96.3 million) on Thursday, saying the country's largest telecoms provider had abused its dominant market position. The case concerned the planned introduction of a third mobile phone network in Norway to compete with those of Telenor and Sweden's Telia Company, which the Norwegian company had resisted, the regulator said. From 2007, Network Norway and Tele2 jointly sought to build a third nationwide mobile phone network, and bought access for its customers to Telenor's network for the areas it had not yet developed.

  • China's Xiaomi secures seven cornerstone investors for $6.1 billion Hong Kong IPO
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    China's Xiaomi secures seven cornerstone investors for $6.1 billion Hong Kong IPO

    By Fiona Lau and Julie Zhu HONG KONG (Reuters/IFR) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp has lined up $548 million from seven cornerstone investors including U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc for its Hong Kong IPO of up to $6.1 billion, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters. Xiaomi, which also makes internet-connected devices, has set a price range of HK$17 to HK$22 ($2.17 to $2.80) each for its listing in the Asian financial hub, one of the biggest tech floats globally in recent years. Other cornerstone investors include Chinese express delivery company SF Express, domestic telecom service provider China Mobile Ltd, state-backed investment firm CICFH Entertainment and state-run conglomerate China Merchants Group Ltd [CNMGP.UL].

  • Icy dip to mark winter solstice in Antartica
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    Icy dip to mark winter solstice in Antartica

    Australian scientists take the plunge in a traditional celebration to welcome the return of brighter days after weeks of darkness.

  • Airline passenger stranded without wheelchair at airport calls for better treatment of travellers
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    Airline passenger stranded without wheelchair at airport calls for better treatment of travellers

    A woman with disabilities is speaking out after she got off a Sunwing Airlines flight from Cuba only to find she was stranded without a wheelchair at Pearson International Airport. Susan Horrigan told CBC Toronto she was at the gate at 2 a.m. on April 11 waiting for Sunwing staff to deliver a wheelchair she had arranged in advance.

  • Human remains, artifacts left at doorstep of Inuit organization
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    Human remains, artifacts left at doorstep of Inuit organization

    The box contained a human jawbone, with several back teeth still intact, as well as several Inuit artifacts, including a carved whale vertebra and a wall hanging. The package also contained a note, one that prompted more questions than answers, said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national organization that represents the interests of Inuit in Canada. "Dear Inuit people," the note reads.

  • Manila's tinderbox slums an endless battle for Philippine firefighters
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    Manila's tinderbox slums an endless battle for Philippine firefighters

    By Enrique de Castro MANILA (Reuters) - One scorching afternoon this month, inhabitants of a slum in the Philippine capital frantically hurled buckets of water to try to save their homes from a raging fire. There have been over 2,200 fires in Manila this year and the majority of these have occurred in slum areas, data from the Bureau of Fire Protection showed. "My child was inside but I could not enter anymore." For the capital's thousands of firefighters, the slums are sprawling, unregulated tinderboxes.

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    Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with these Ottawa events

    June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as National Aboriginal Day, and there are many events on or around that date to explore and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture in Ottawa. 

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    Hamilton point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander a top prospect in NBA draft

    When Shai Gilgeous-Alexander walked into a basketball club in Grade 8 with big feet and long arms that he hadn't yet grown into, his coaches couldn't predict that at 19, he would be a coveted NBA draft prospect and could overnight become one of Hamilton's most famous athletes. The Hamilton native is a freshman at the University of Kentucky playing point guard  — and now he's 6-6 with a 6-11 wingspan. He's projected to be among the top picks in Thursday's NBA draft. "I didn't think anything different other than the kid has a nice gentle spirit about him," said Dwayne Washington, who taught and coached Gilgeous-Alexander both at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School where he's a teacher, and at the youth organization UPlay Canada.

  • Oregon family found safe after abandoning their car in remote northwest B.C.
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    Oregon family found safe after abandoning their car in remote northwest B.C.

    Search and rescue teams in northwestern British Columbia say a family of four from Oregon has been found safe in a remote and rugged area just 250 kilometres south of the Yukon border. Dave Jephson with Terrace Search and Rescue says the couple, Jeffery Phan and Michelle Lesaca, both 24-years-old, and their two- and three-year-old children were found Wednesday. A search had been launched two days earlier after the family's 2018 black Toyota Yaris was spotted on a highway in the extreme northwestern corner of the province, with a note saying it was out of gas.

  • Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures
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    Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures

    On a Belgium beach, an artist adds the final touches to an imposing sand sculpture of the Incredible Hulk and his bristling muscles ahead of the opening of the world's biggest festival of its kind. There are more than 150 sand sculptures relating to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films on the beach in Ostend for the Sand Magic festival which opens on Saturday and runs until September -- providing the artworks survive the weather. Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's biggest sand sculpture festival, 34 international artists have spent four weeks creating the pieces using around 6,000 tonnes of sand.

  • Ojibway grad says controversy over his ribbon shirt tainted his graduation ceremony
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    Ojibway grad says controversy over his ribbon shirt tainted his graduation ceremony

    Daniel Falconer woke up the morning of his graduation from the University of Windsor with a sinking feeling in his stomach that something would go wrong. 

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    ​?Esdilagh First Nation partners with conservation officers to enforce ban on moose hunting

    A B.C. First Nation has partnered with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service to enforce restrictions on moose hunting. Last fall, the ?Esdilagh First Nation declared a ban on moose hunting in its traditional territory, citing a decades-long population decline and fears that B.C.'s 2017 wildfire season drove moose numbers down even further. ?Esdilagh representatives have been critical of the B.C. government for not taking action against the regional population decline.