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  • Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture
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    The Canadian Press

    Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

    Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political opponents, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. It accused both the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamic militant Hamas in Gaza of using "machineries of repression" to stifle criticism. Human Rights Watch also said the systematic use of torture could amount to a crime against humanity under the United Nations' Convention against Torture, and called on countries that provide funding to Palestinian law enforcement to suspend their assistance.

  • Greater Saint John Field House on track to open next September
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    Greater Saint John Field House on track to open next September

    Construction of the Greater Saint John Field House is running on schedule and president Bill MacMackin says the state-of-the-art sports facility on the city's east side is expected to open next September. Once complete, MacMackin said the 127,000-square foot complex will be the largest sports field house space in New Brunswick and one of the largest in Atlantic Canada. "This will just be a great asset for the citizens of Saint John to develop themselves if they're athletes, to get themselves fit if they're just looking at ways to be more healthy, and to have a place to get in out of the winter weather when they want to play some sports," he said.

  • Ontario's revised drug strategy means more red tape for supervised injection sites
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    Ontario's revised drug strategy means more red tape for supervised injection sites

    Ottawa's four supervised drug injection sites have already gone through gruelling approval processes at both the federal and provincial levels, but will now have to jump through further hoops under the Ontario PC government's revised approach. While harm reduction advocates are relieved the province will continue funding the sites, the additional red tape will delay the implementation of new programs, said Wendy Muckle, executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health. Ottawa Inner City Health is still awaiting details, but Muckle said the new provincial process seems to mirror federal rules that were created under Stephen Harper's Conservative government.

  • Saudi team arrived a day before Khashoggi's killing, consulate cameras removed, Erdogan says
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    Saudi team arrived a day before Khashoggi's killing, consulate cameras removed, Erdogan says

    A team of Saudi agents began arriving in Turkey the day before journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, and cameras at the consulate were removed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. Erdogan, who also said the issue of diplomatic immunity would also be discussed in regards to the case, was speaking at a meeting of his AK Party in parliament. Erdogan said a Saudi team of 15 entered the consulate the day of the killing, and that three men from the team went on an exploration trip to Belgrad forest in Istanbul and Yalova, a 90-kilometre (55 mile) drive south of Istanbul.

  • Postal union rotating strike hits Toronto today
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    Postal union rotating strike hits Toronto today

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) said late Monday that almost 9,000 of its workers in its Toronto local branch would walk off the job and head to picket lines at 12:01 a.m. ET. The CUPW, which represents 50,000 postal employees, launched rotating walkouts in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, Ont., and Halifax on Monday to pressure Canada Post into accepting contract changes. Canada Post said in a statement Monday night that customers across Canada may experience delays for parcel and mail delivery since Toronto is a key processing hub.

  • Flip that pot permit: Cannabis store in North Battleford changes owners on 2nd day
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    Flip that pot permit: Cannabis store in North Battleford changes owners on 2nd day

    Jim Davey has become the first person in Saskatchewan to sell a cannabis retail permit. Davey, the owner of Curativa Cannabis, sold his permit to sell legal marijuana in the community to Fire and Flower Inc., an Edmonton-based company. It's the first reported sale of a Saskatchewan retail cannabis permit and it was a true turnkey affair, according to Fire and Flower.

  • 'Reduce costs at all costs:' Child welfare agencies worried about block funding
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    The Canadian Press

    'Reduce costs at all costs:' Child welfare agencies worried about block funding

    Some child-welfare agencies in Manitoba are worried they will be pushed into a new provincial funding model they say will put vulnerable Indigenous children at risk. "The block funding model is detrimental towards the agency, it's detrimental to service delivery altogether," said Clemene Hornbrook, executive director at Peguis Child and Family Services. Most agencies in Manitoba get funding based on the number of children in care and the number of days they are in care.

  • Taiwan train driver switched off speed control before deadly accident: court
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    Taiwan train driver switched off speed control before deadly accident: court

    The driver of a train in Taiwan that crashed killing 18 people told a court on Tuesday he had switched off its speed-control system, a court official said, as investigators pieced together events that led to the island's worst rail crash in decades. The train came off the rails on Sunday on a curve while moving at almost 87 miles per hour (140 kmh), nearly twice the speed limit of 46 mph (74 kmh), in the island's mountainous northeast, the head of a government investigation team said. Chief investigator Wu Ze-cheng told Reuters earlier it was not clear whether the speed-control system, called automatic train protection, had switched off by itself or had been manually disabled before the accident, which also injured 187 people.

  • China's Xi opens world's longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau
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    China's Xi opens world's longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau

    China opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge and tunnel on Tuesday, linking the financial center of Hong Kong, the gambling hub of Macau and western reaches of the Pearl River Delta at the heart of southern China's economic boom. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is made up of nearly 35-km (22-mile) of bridge and road sections, and a 6.7 km (4-mile) tunnel between artificial islands to allow shipping to pass unhindered. President Xi Jinping presided over the inauguration early on Tuesday but said little except to declare the bridge officially open to a burst of fireworks projected onto a screen behind him.

  • Long-term loans: The fuel that's powering Canadian car sales
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    CBC

    Long-term loans: The fuel that's powering Canadian car sales

    This story is part of a series we're calling Debt Nation looking at the state of consumer debt in Canada. Canadians are buying more cars than almost ever before, but a closer look reveals they're taking longer and longer to pay them off, too. More than half of all new car loans are currently financed for  84 months — seven years — or longer.

  • Q&A: Eden Robinson on her latest novel Trickster Drift, dysfunctional family dramas and mixed identities
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    Q&A: Eden Robinson on her latest novel Trickster Drift, dysfunctional family dramas and mixed identities

    For the Trickster series, I was picturing my younger cousin in my head when I was writing. What would interest them? What kind of stories would they like to hear and what would I like to leave? I really love trickster stories and I wanted the trickster that I grew up to live in my fictional world.

  • Amazon.com, Qualcomm to put Alexa assistant in more headphones
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    Reuters

    Amazon.com, Qualcomm to put Alexa assistant in more headphones

    Under the deal, Qualcomm will release a set of chips that any maker of Bluetooth headphones can use to embed Alexa directly into the device. When the headphones are paired to a phone with the Alexa app on it, users will be able to talk to the voice assistant by tapping a button on the headphones. The functionality would be similar to Apple Inc's AirPods wireless earbuds, which enable users can tap the devices to talk to Apple's virtual assistant, Siri.

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds
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    The Canadian Press

    Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds

    If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which in turn increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels.

  • Ontario Municipal Election: Patrick Brown talks about plans as Brampton mayor
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    Ontario Municipal Election: Patrick Brown talks about plans as Brampton mayor

    Brampton Mayor-elect Patrick Brown spoke Monday about his plans following his election, saying he wants to bring jobs back to the city, lower taxes, eliminate red tape and create a safe community.

  • 'We have lost a shining star,' mother, sister of boy killed in police collision tell court
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    'We have lost a shining star,' mother, sister of boy killed in police collision tell court

    The loss of five-year-old Nicholas Thorne-Belance threw a family into a chasm of grief so deep, his family is still dealing with the repercussions every day. The mother and sister of the young boy read their victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing of Sûreté du Québec officer Patrick Ouellet at the Longueuil courthouse Monday. In July 2018, Ouellet was found guilty of dangerous driving causing the boy's death.

  • Twitter removes more accounts affiliated with Infowars
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    Reuters

    Twitter removes more accounts affiliated with Infowars

    Twitter Inc confirmed on Monday it has removed more accounts affiliated with Infowars, the website of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The company confirmed a CNN report, which said Twitter permanently suspended 18 accounts, partly because of their attempts to help Infowars and Jones circumvent the ban placed on them by Twitter in September.

  • Cellphone retailers fail mystery shopping test, researchers plan to tell CRTC inquiry
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    CBC

    Cellphone retailers fail mystery shopping test, researchers plan to tell CRTC inquiry

    When Sean Grassie​, Kristianne Anor and Tara Hristov headed to cellphone retailers in the Ottawa area recently, they weren't your average customers looking for a cellphone plan — they were University of Ottawa law students, on assignment as mystery shoppers. The students and the team's co-leader will present their "frustrating" findings today in Gatineau, Que., at a week-long CRTC public hearing into misleading and aggressive sales practices by Canada's telecom service providers. The mystery shoppers made 36 visits to six major cellphone retailers in Ottawa and Gatineau testing to see how much information they'd be provided about buying a cellphone and a service plan — such as price, data limits and cancellation fees — and whether they'd be given any written material to take away for review.

  • Temasek-backed Vertex invests in cryptocurrency exchange Binance
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    Temasek-backed Vertex invests in cryptocurrency exchange Binance

    Vertex Ventures, backed by Singapore state fund Temasek [TEM.UL], has invested in Binance, one of the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, as it prepares to expand operations into the city-state, the firms said on Tuesday. In a joint statement, the firms said the investment - the amount of which was undisclosed - will help Binance build and launch by year-end an exchange in Singapore for swapping between hard currencies and digital currencies. The investment by Vertex Ventures China and Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India funds will also help Binance launch other exchanges and services throughout Southeast Asia.

  • Timeline of the fall and rise of Patrick Brown
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    The Canadian Press

    Timeline of the fall and rise of Patrick Brown

    TORONTO — A timeline of events related to the Patrick Brown scandal and his political comeback:

  • Email scammers con Nunavut corporation out of $300K
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    CBC

    Email scammers con Nunavut corporation out of $300K

    The Nunavut Resources Corp. is out around $300,000 after months of falling victim to an email scam. It started last December, according to the corporation's chief operating officer Scott Northey. "Somebody was sending emails roughly under my name to our bookkeeper and requesting payment to people who had nothing to do with [us]," he explained.

  • Tax change gives N.W.T. MLAs another reason to account for coveted expense allowance
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    Tax change gives N.W.T. MLAs another reason to account for coveted expense allowance

    This year, Northwest Territories MLAs have some extra incentive to become more accountable for a controversial expense allowance they've guarded for years — and if they don't, the Canada Revenue Agency is going to take a share of it. MLAs who live outside of Yellowknife get double that. Additionally, the speaker and cabinet ministers get another $1,500.

  • Science Says: Sex and gender aren't the same
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    The Canadian Press

    Science Says: Sex and gender aren't the same

    Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the "male" or "female" box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren't always the same thing. The Trump administration purportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at birth, which if adopted could deny certain civil rights protections to an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans. A: Sex typically refers to anatomy while "gender goes beyond biology," says Dr. Jason Rafferty, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island, and lead author of the AAP's transgender policy.

  • Netflix backs Sacred Games season 2 after probe
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    Reuters

    Netflix backs Sacred Games season 2 after probe

    (Reuters) - Netflix Inc will stick with the existing producers of its hit Indian show "Sacred Games" for a second season after conducting an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Tuesday. In an email to Reuters, Netflix said it was standing by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, whose production house was behind the Mumbai-set thriller. "We continue to collaborate with our production partners to ensure and maintain a safe and respectful working environment," the company said in a statement. ...

  • Ontario Cannabis Store lit up with complaints about slow delivery, wrong shipments
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    CBC

    Ontario Cannabis Store lit up with complaints about slow delivery, wrong shipments

    The provincially-run online retail website went live at the stroke of midnight on Oct. 17. More than a dozen customers contacted CBC Toronto with complaints about the way the OCS has handled online deliveries.

  • Ontario Municipal election: Does John Tory have a commanding mandate?
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    Ontario Municipal election: Does John Tory have a commanding mandate?

    The Global News election night panel debates whether Toronto Mayor John Tory, returned to office Monday night by a healthy margin, has a strong mandate to push forward his agenda in the city.