“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Is A Political Song Believe It Or Not

Cyndi Lauper describes how “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a political song, and she shares a story about an interesting encounter with Bob Dylan.

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    'Talking will help': Edmonton man speaks out about recovery from childhood sexual abuse

    Neil Campbell was 12 years old and sitting in bed reading a comic book when he was suddenly crushed by a wave of fear, anger and confusion. The teen admitted his guilt, and Campbell's family discussed pressing charges against him. Police told them it would be best if they didn't — it would save Campbell from an embarrassing trial and teasing from other kids in his Edmonton neighbourhood. "[It's] kind of the pattern that most sexual abuse victims go.

  • Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy
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    Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

    President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether "this horror show" would actually aid in the conservation of any animal. The trophy policy was among issues Trump cited in a series of tweets. The death of a Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas brought a message of condolence.

  • Checking for ticks: Maps show pest's hotspots in the Maritimes
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    Checking for ticks: Maps show pest's hotspots in the Maritimes

    If you ever wanted to know where the creepy crawlies hide, a new digital map is helping shed light on hotspots for ticks and Lyme disease in the Maritimes. Researchers at Mount Allison University and the Geospatial Modelling Lab have been collecting ticks from the public and veterinarians from across the region since 2012 and compiled the data in virtual maps on their website. "We've had this information and we've talked about it being nice to be able to actually give this to the public," David Lieske, director of the lab and professor at Mount Allison, told Information Morning: Saint John.

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    Violent evictions, homelessness are the cost of Lagos, Nigeria's megacity

    "I was born and brought up in Otodo Gbame community," says 31-year-old Julius Oladele, sitting with his feet burning on the hot sand strewn with broken glass, bamboo and corrugated iron sheets. Lagos is one of the world's megacities — defined as a densely populated city with more than 10 million people — and the state authorities are trying to tame its haphazard, rapid growth. Instead of rickety constructions of wood and corrugated iron, hastily thrown up to house the thousands of new arrivals that flock to the city in search of jobs and opportunities, the government wants upmarket hotels and office blocks, gleaming condos and luxury compounds for the rich.

  • A Canadian conundrum: why won't Toronto accept 120 pairs of free ice skates?
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    A Canadian conundrum: why won't Toronto accept 120 pairs of free ice skates?

    Jutta Mason has a deeply Canadian problem. "Frustrated, I feel frustrated," Mason told CBC Toronto while looking over the prepped but not yet flooded rink in Dufferin Grove Park. In 2005, Mason and a group of outdoor rink enthusiasts (who also run a website devoted to skating and shinny hockey in the city) helped the city set up a skate-lending program in the west end park.

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    Disabled groups fight immigration law they say is 'demeaning'

    A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars immigrants with disabilities from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on the country's medical system. The council wants the government to drop the requirement from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make sure disabled people are included in crafting a new, more inclusive procedure.

  • Murder trial begins in death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell
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    Murder trial begins in death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell

    A second-degree murder trial began this morning in a Halifax courtroom for a Nova Scotia man accused of killing off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell in September 2015. Christopher Garnier, 29, was charged after Campbell's body was found under the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax, a few days after she failed to report for her job as a Truro police officer.

  • Ask an Expert: Winter back care
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    Ask an Expert: Winter back care

    With the ski and hockey season upon us -- Chiropractor Dr. Gohar Sheikh shares his tips and advice to help prevent and protect yourself from back and muscle injury this winter.

  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh talks Alberta, energy and economic justice
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    NDP leader Jagmeet Singh talks Alberta, energy and economic justice

    The new leader of the federal NDP, Jagmeet Singh, has been crossing the country to introduce himself to Canadians and share his vision for the country's future. Singh sat down with Daybreak Alberta to discuss Premier Rachel Notley, Canada's energy future and his vision for uniting Canadians.

  • Women of colour face different battle in sexual harassment scandal
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    Women of colour face different battle in sexual harassment scandal

    In the overwhelming number of sexual harassment and assault complaints being revealed en masse, it's easy to overlook. Since allegations surfaced against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, provoking a landslide of more high-profile perpetrators including James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and Louis C.K., few minority voices have come forward. "That there are obstacles due to race and gender are still a surprise, a shock to a lot of people," says Phani Radhakrishnan, a professor of organizational behaviour and human resources at the University of Toronto.

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    Eyes on the road: Ontario Trucking Association puts stricter rules in place after increase in deadly crashes

    Ontario Trucking Association President Steven Laskowski told CBC's Afternoon Drive technology is available to track whether truckers are keeping their eyes on the road. The trucking association is also calling for more training and enforcement.

  • Homicide detectives investigate after man's body found in south Edmonton
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    Homicide detectives investigate after man's body found in south Edmonton

    Homicide detectives are in charge of an investigation into a suspicious death Sunday evening in the city's south side, Edmonton police said in a press release.

  • Apology to Canadians persecuted for being gay coming Nov. 28: Trudeau
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    Apology to Canadians persecuted for being gay coming Nov. 28: Trudeau

    Martine Roy was just 20-years-old and less than a year into her chosen career as a medical assistant with the Canadian Armed Forces at CFB Borden when military police suddenly showed up at her workplace to arrest her. Thirty-three years later she cannot hold back the tears as she prepares to hear an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons. "On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House - for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion," Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

  • 20 years after Reena Virk's murder, family reflects on anti-bullying legacy
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    20 years after Reena Virk's murder, family reflects on anti-bullying legacy

    Twenty years ago this week, 14-year-old Reena Virk was bullied, beaten and killed by a group of her peers near a bridge in Saanich, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Since Reena's death, her family have campaigned for anti-bullying programs and shared her story in schools across the country. "There's a new generation and if they are not taught now that bullying is not OK, they will grow up to be adults and carry on this practice," Virk said.

  • Birthplace of Dionne quintuplets moved after yearlong grassroots campaign
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    Birthplace of Dionne quintuplets moved after yearlong grassroots campaign

    The birthplace of the Dionne quintuplets weathered a treacherous trek down the dark, snow-blanketed streets of a northeastern Ontario city on Sunday as it was once again uprooted and hauled to a new location. A handful of supporters gathered before dawn to see the historic log cabin, now split in two and attached to trucks, gingerly wind its way to its new spot in downtown North Bay. Ed Valenti, president of the Dionne Quints Heritage Board, arrived at 6:30 a.m. to watch the home make the trip.

  • Northern Quebec police force's only female Inuit officer beating the odds
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    Northern Quebec police force's only female Inuit officer beating the odds

    Though she's only 22, Constable Pamela Stevenson is undoubtedly one of her northern Quebec police force's most coveted new recruits. When she joined last month straight after graduation, Stevenson became one of three Inuit officers on the 70-person Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), whose vast territory includes everything in Quebec that lies north of the 55th parallel. Of the three, Stevenson is the only woman.

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    Laura Babcock murder trial expected to hear from final witnesses as it enters 5th week

    Marla Meneses, 23, provided insight on the dynamics between Millard and Smich, and claims she saw a towering animal incinerator smoking and heard a "crackling noise" when she made a late-night trip to Millard's airport hanger in the Waterloo Region. The Crown alleges an animal incinerator, dubbed The Eliminator by its manufacturer, was used to burn Babcock's body after she was killed. While Meneses couldn't give the court an exact date when she first saw the animal incinerator, the Crown contends Babcock was killed on the evening of July 3, 2012, or the morning of July 4, 2012.

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    Fredericton pair rescue Afghanistan dogs to help Canadian soldiers

    Sandra Buckingham and Onne de Boer, from outside Fredericton, are working to match rescued Afghanistan dogs with military members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The two have their own dogs and they've adopted several local dogs, but now they've gradually taken in four dogs from the charity Nowzad — the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan. Murphy, the first dog Buckingham and de Boer brought to Canada had been rescued by soldiers who dropped him and another dog off at the shelter.

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    Ship or iceberg? $50K prize for best way to tell the difference

    More than a thousand people from around the world are locked in a competition to see if they can come up with a better way to spot icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland. It was launched by the Centre for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering and Norwegian energy company Statoil, who are looking to crowdsource a better way to identify icebergs drifting towards the Grand Banks, posing a risk to people's lives and oil and gas equipment. C-CORE and Statoil are offering a $50,000 US prize to whoever can come up with the best way to identify icebergs on satellite images that contain thousands of different objects, or targets.

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    IBM could be set for gains after long slump: Barron's

    International Business Machines Corp could be the next blue-chip company with a rising valuation, according to a report in financial publication Barron's. Some analysts expect IBM to return to growth this quarter, Barron's said in its Nov. 20 edition. IBM reported higher quarterly revenue from social, mobile, analytics, cloud and security technology last month, and a long decline in gross profit has slowed already, Barron's said.

  • Maine's top court hears N.S. company's arguments in seaweed harvesting case
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    Maine's top court hears N.S. company's arguments in seaweed harvesting case

    Seven justices of Maine's top court are preparing to make a decision that could have serious implications for a Dartmouth, N.S., company and devastate a multimillion-dollar marine industry in that state. Rockweed, a common seaweed that lines the shores of the northeastern U.S. and Canada's Maritime provinces, is big business. After processing, the rockweed industry is estimated to be worth about $20 million in Maine alone. Dartmouth-based Acadian Seaplants Ltd. harvests rockweed and turns it into fertilizer and additives to animal feed.

  • Reaction from the country music world on Mel Tillis' death
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    Reaction from the country music world on Mel Tillis' death

    A look at reaction from the country music world on Mel Tillis, who died Sunday at age 85. — Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis. — Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy and laughter and music, which is why his death brings such sadness.

  • A wild ride: Saskatchewan fans react to Riders' loss in East final
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    A wild ride: Saskatchewan fans react to Riders' loss in East final

    There's always next year. It's a familiar refrain for Rider Nation and it was no different on Sunday. After pulling ahead of the Toronto Argonauts 21-18 with 2:45 left in the CFL East Division final, the Saskatchewan Roughriders would lose 25-21 after a drive from the Toronto Argonauts. The stunning loss dashed the team's Grey Cup hopes and defeated their chance of making league history by being the first crossover team to reach the championship.

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    Thousands pay tribute to slain Abbotsford police officer

    Police officers and first responders marched in Abbotsford, B.C. Sunday ahead of a ceremony celebrating the life of Const. John Davidson. Davidson was killed two weeks ago while responding to a shots-fired call.

  • Letters from strangers delight hospitalized P.E.I. man
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    Letters from strangers delight hospitalized P.E.I. man

    Garfield MacLean has been in the intensive care unit at Prince County Hospital since September, recovering from a serious lung infection. The couple also has ambitions to respond to the letters that have included return addresses and they're hoping for even more mail with the upcoming holiday season.