• Teachers from Fenelon Township elementary school in the Trillium Lakelands district of eastern Ontario picket outside the school in Cameron, Ontario December 13, 2012.Elementary school teachers in Ontario continue to hold a series of one-day strikes across the province and are looking forward to "Super Tuesday" — the largest day of job action, and the biggest trick left in a bag already bordering on empty.

    Parents in Toronto and several other major school districts will be affected by Tuesday's strikes, when Toronto elementary school teachers walk off the job with seven other boards and leave hundreds of thousands of students in the cold.

    The Toronto Star reports that parents have been rushing to make alternate arrangements for childcare. Some children will be brought to work; others will be watched by daycares, family friends or parents of other students.

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    After that, the rolling strikes will continue across the province. But one questions the effect they will have on pressuring the government to bend.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has said

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  • As America and, by extension, Canada move on from the tragic attack on a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 staff and students dead and far more families mourning, there is a sense that perhaps this time the outrage will make way for actual change.

    The outpouring of sentiment following the horrific events in Newtown, Conn., late last week have been quick and aggressive, and have expanded well beyond the once-picturesque town and its grieving residents.

    Professional athletes have written the names of victims on their sneakers in well-intentioned tributes. "Saturday Night Live" opened their weekend show with a heartfelt moment that made no attempt at humour and memorials of all sorts have been held in towns and homes across the country.

    'We can't tolerate this anymore'U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking in Newtown, Conn., Sunday night at a vigil for victims of the massacre at an elementary school, said he would use the power of his office to engage citizens and officials to help

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  • Supporters place signs with the faces of missing women on a basket of roses. (Reuters)Despite an announced 1 p.m. PT release time today, the contents of Oppal's 1,448 page inquiry report were made public hours earlier thanks to leaked advance copies of the report from victims' family members.

    The long-awaited report includes 63 recommendations, including establishing police accountability to communities, creating a single regional police force for the Greater Vancouver area, improving missing person policies and, perhaps most important to human rights groups, putting in place measures that will help prevent violence against vulnerable women.

    Oppal wrote that the Vancouver Police and RCMP "both contributed to a series of critical failures with respect to their missing women investigations and to Pickton’s crimes," the National Post reported, adding that Oppal cited the failure of the police to fully investigate Pickton and to provide sufficient resources to the investigations.

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    What do you think of when you see Montreal's Stade Olympique?

    White elephant? Architectural anachronism? Continuing financial sink hole? Eyesore?

    How about an important piece of cultural heritage?

    That's what a committee studying the future of Olympic Park and the stadium that was the centrepiece of the 1976 Summer Games has concluded after a year of analysis, the National Post reports.

    Members of the public called the Olympic Stadium dreadful, too expensive, horrible and useless, committee chairwoman Lisa Bissonnette told the Post.

    Nothing a couple of hundred kilograms of carefully placed explosives wouldn't cure, right? Well, no, said Bissonnette. Instead of demolishing the crumbling, underused facility, many want the building and surrounding grounds to get a facelift to make it more attractive to visitors.

    "People were very enthusiastic," Bissonnette said.

    The committee, which published its report on Thursday, is recommending a number of changes, including taking another stab at

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  • In a four-decade career in journalism, one of the things I never quite got used to was interviewing people connected to a tragedy. The last thing I wanted to do while reporting on a fatal traffic accident, an avalanche or a shooting was knock on a family's door as they were wrestling with a sudden tragic loss.

    Sometimes my job required me to set aside my discomfort and gingerly approach someone who could help tell the story of what happened.

    There's been social-media backlash against reporters who interviewed school children just after the massacre of students and teachers at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., this Friday.

    [ Related: Kids describe shooting, their escapes ]

    Within hours of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack that left 27 dead, Twitter was slamming journalists for approaching young children still likely shocked by the mass shooting. Tweets, some laced with expletives, excoriated reporters for trying to get eyewitness accounts from kids no older than 10.


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  • Kids describe Connecticut elementary school shooting, their escapes

    State police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School. REUTERS/Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks/Handout
    As many as 20 children were killed when a heavily-armed gunman opened fire inside a U.S. elementary school on Friday morning. Six adults, including the gunman's mother and the school principle, were also killed in this tragic incident. The shooter has been found dead inside the school following the attack.

    According to reports, the shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. It appears he took his own life after the rampage that left the U.S. in shock.

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    And while the adults are still struggling to unravel what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the students are starting to share their own experiences.

    "We heard lots of bangs...we heard screaming," one boy told the journalists. "Then somebody yelled: 'Get to a safe place!' So we went to a closet in the gym."

    Watch him describe his escape in this video:

    Raw: Student Describes Scene at School Shooting

    Stephen Delgiudice, the parent of a student at the school, told

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  • The Vancouver library's bedbug problem is virtually under control, but has not been eliminated. Used to be the worst thing you could encounter in a public library was a book with a musty smell.

    These days, though, there's a chance an outhouse smell may greet you when you pull a book down from the stacks, or maybe something crawling out from between the pages when you crack it open.

    Should you be bringing rubber gloves on your next visit?

    Perhaps, if you live in Leamington, Ont., where someone's been soaking library books in urine. Or in Vancouver, where bed bugs have made a reappearance at some library branches a year after a concerted effort to eradicate the pests.

    CBC News reports staff at the Essex County Branch in Leamington have discovered 300 books ruined by urine, causing more than $3,000 damage.

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    It's happened more than four times in the last three weeks, library chief executive Janet Woodbridge said, adding the damaged books were in an area out of staff sight and not often visited by the public. The frequency of the

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  • Official: 27 Dead in Conn. School ShootingAn official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way. (Dec. 14)

    A heavily-armed gunman opened fire inside a U.S. elementary school, killing as many as 26 people, including 20 students during a Friday-morning spree that left the country again shaken by gun violence.

    State police confirmed the shooter was found dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, following the morning attack. The school hosts about 600 students between five and 10 years of age.

    The shooter was identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. According to CNN's latest news, the shooter killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at home before driving to the school to begin his shooting spree there. The initial reports suggested that Nancy had an affiliation to the school, but

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford faces media after learning a judge's decision to grant him a stay while he appeals an earlier court decision to eject him from office.

    If Rob Ford loses his appeal to remain mayor of Toronto, what would you think of two co-mayors holding the spot until the 2014 election?

    That is one of the latest solutions raised at city hall, where rumblings continue about how the city would proceed should Ford be ousted from office sometime in thee new year.

    You will recall that Ford won his bid to stay on as mayor until he has appealed a court ruling that he broke conflict of interest laws by participating in a debate over whether he should be forced to pay back questionable donations.

    Ford slipped out of town earlier this week to take a much-needed vacation before his appeal process begins on Jan. 7. But that hasn't stopped the city from buzzing.

    Although most attention has turned from his crumbling career to the city's crumbling Gardiner Expressway.

    [ Related: Rob Ford 'very glad' to keep Toronto mayoralty for now ]

    The Toronto Star reports that Ford's office was left in the dark over the full extent to the concern surrounding

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  • Today's Supreme Court decision The decision can be viewed as an indication that Canada remains on guard for extremist threats.When the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, it signaled a new reality for the Western world — one where the threat of zealotry and attacks in the name of extremist causes were front-and-centre.

    Governments around the world, including Canada, issued new laws that criminalized and heavily penalized acts of terror. These new measures were seen as vital in countries where such threats could be staged and executed.

    Eleven years later, Canada's top court has determined that the reality of terrorism has not changed.

    CBC reports that Supreme Court of Canada upheld the country's anti-terrorism law against a legal challenge by Momin Khawaja, the first person charged under the law.

    [ Related: Top Canada court upholds anti-terror law in unanimous ruling ]

    Khawaja was arrested in 2004 and later convicted of financing and facilitating terrorism by building a device to trigger bombs.

    The Supreme Court also rejected appeals by two other men seeking to avoid extradition to the U.S.,

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