• RCMP raid two pot shops, seize product and issue tickets on Vancouver Island
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    RCMP raid two pot shops, seize product and issue tickets on Vancouver Island

    The managers of two pot shops on Vancouver Island where police seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana say the British Columbia government failed them by only approving one store in the province before legalization as raids were reported on both ends of the country. The RCMP say they entered the Port Alberni Cannabis Club at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, before visiting Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary around 2 p.m., and found both stores were open without provincial licences. Police gave her store no warning in the weeks or days before the raid, said Port Alberni Cannabis Club manager Christine Jarvis, who blamed the province for not approving her licence application in time for legalization on Wednesday.

  • Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge
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    Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

    Daily life is a series of fears and frustrations, both large and small, for thousands of people living on the edge, more than a week after Hurricane Michael flattened thousands of square miles in the hurricane zone of the Florida Panhandle. Erin Maxwell waited in line for fuel for more than an hour Thursday at a gasoline station that never opened. The retired sheriff's deputy was last seen when officers took her to a hospital the day before Michael made landfall, her son said.

  • Exclusive: U.S. asks for WTO panel over metals tariff retaliation
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    Exclusive: U.S. asks for WTO panel over metals tariff retaliation

    The requests, filed on Thursday, cover tariffs by China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which followed the United States imposing a 25 percent duty on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, which it justified on national security grounds. Canada, Mexico and China had also planned to ask for a WTO panel examining those tariffs, according to another government official familiar with the matter. Earlier on Thursday, Norway said that it, the EU and other countries would seek the WTO dispute group's help.

  • Back at it: Dunrobin chiropractor reopens after tornado wrecks office
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    Back at it: Dunrobin chiropractor reopens after tornado wrecks office

    The tornado that ripped through Dunrobin last month may have destroyed Kelly Graham's chiropractic office, but it couldn't dent her resolve. Graham grew up in Dunrobin, and now lives there with her husband and five children. After working at other clinics in the Ottawa area, Graham opened her own practice at the plaza seven years ago.

  • Montreal hospitals practise Code Orange, simulating catastrophe
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    Montreal hospitals practise Code Orange, simulating catastrophe

    It's 7:30 a.m. Calls are flooding into Montreal's Children's Hospital's emergency ward. "Is this a penetrating trauma?" Dr. Brett Burstein asks the paramedic while looking at the blood-soaked T-shirt. Burstein is in charge of co-ordinating where the patients are to be treated.

  • Singer-songwriter k.d. lang receives Alberta order of Excellence
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    Singer-songwriter k.d. lang receives Alberta order of Excellence

    Lang was one of eight recipients of the Alberta Order of Excellence during a ceremony at Government House. Lang did not speak at the ceremony, but Carry noted she has continued to tour over the last two years while also riding her motorcycle in her spare time and cheering for basketball's Portland Trail Blazers. Other order recipients included Rosella Bjornson, Canada's first female airline jet pilot, and former Court of Queen's Bench chief justice Allan Wachowich.

  • Lethbridge WHL player back on skates after serious burns
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    Lethbridge WHL player back on skates after serious burns

    A Western Hockey League player who was seriously burned at a backyard fire pit is working out and skating with his teammates again. Ryan Vandervlis of the Lethbridge Hurricanes was one of three people who were injured in the June 15 fire. Two other players — Jordy Bellerive, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, and Matt Alfaro, who now plays for the University of Calgary Dinos, were released from hospital later in June.

  • Investigators excavate area in Clarington, Ont., after tip in 55-year-old cold case
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    Investigators excavate area in Clarington, Ont., after tip in 55-year-old cold case

    New information in a 55-year-old cold case caused Durham investigators to excavate a large portion of land near Highway 57 and Concession Road 8 in Clarington Thursday, about 80 kilometres northeast of Toronto. On Saturday, Sept. 14, 1963, 13-year-old Noreen Greenley went missing in nearby Enniskillen Township. New hope brought several of Greenley's family members to the excavation site Thursday.

  • Customers file human rights complaints against police during Nyala Lounge meeting
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    Customers file human rights complaints against police during Nyala Lounge meeting

    Business owners, customers and human rights advocates are rallying behind the owner of a McCauley lounge who has been complaining for months about what he considers excessive police presence at his establishment. Mulugeta Tesfay has accused Edmonton police of harassing his customers and conducting dozens of heavy-handed inspections at Nyala Lounge. A video submitted to CBC News shows that on one occasion, at least five police officers were in the lounge's washroom as one officer grabbed a customer around the neck from behind and held him in a headlock.

  • Britain's Harry scales Sydney Harbour Bridge, joins group hug at Bondi
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    Britain's Harry scales Sydney Harbour Bridge, joins group hug at Bondi

    Fantastic for all the veterans," said Facebook user Angela Doggett on the social media page of the company that organizes the climbs.Earlier, Harry and his wife, Megan Markle, joined a group hug on Bondi Beach at an event organized by surfers to build awareness of mental health issues. "Harry said each and every one of us will experience poor mental health at some stage in our lives," Charlotte Connell, one of the participants in the circle, told the Australian Associated Press. Harry, who has said he sought counseling in his late twenties to deal with the grief of losing his mother Diana, served in the British Army and campaigns to provide mental health help for soldiers who need it.

  • Europe, Asia show commitment to free trade: Merkel
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    Europe, Asia show commitment to free trade: Merkel

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that an Asia-Europe summit in Brussels showed that some two-thirds of the world was committed to multilateralism and recognized the benefits of free trade. "The summit shows that countries have gathered from Europe and Asia who want a rules-based trading and have pledged themselves to multilateralism," she said, adding it was an important signal given that Europe and Asia represented almost two-thirds of world GDP, trade and population. "Our theme is about creating connections, for example through free trade agreement... ...

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    ZF takes 35 percent stake in autonomous driving specialist ASAP

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen said on Friday it acquired a 35 percent stake in ASAP, a Germany-based maker of software and testing systems for autonomous driving applications and electric vehicles. ASAP specializes in car-to-x communication, human-machine interfaces and electronic architecture and last year generated sales of 84 million euros. It employs 1,100 staff. ZF's Chief Executive Officer Wolf-Henning Scheider recently said ZF will invest about 12 billion euros in electromobility and autonomous driving over the next five years. ...

  • EU's Barnier says Brexit deal 90 percent done, but Ireland issue could derail it
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    EU's Barnier says Brexit deal 90 percent done, but Ireland issue could derail it

    European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom was 90 percent done, although there was still a chance no accord would be reached due to ongoing stumbling blocks over the Irish border. "Ninety percent of the accord on the table has been agreed with Britain," Barnier told France Inter radio. On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other EU leaders voiced renewed confidence that they could secure a Brexit deal, yet the two sides remain at odds over how to deal with their only land border, between the British province of Northern Ireland and Ireland.

  • Unlicensed medical pot dispensaries the wildcard in new cannabis landscape
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    Unlicensed medical pot dispensaries the wildcard in new cannabis landscape

    Katie Beaulieu says the wave of calls and customers began as soon as the Best Buds Society dispensary opened for business on Oct. 17. "It was pretty much business as usual, except that our phones were ringing off the hook with people looking for recreational dispensaries," she said. Best Buds is the city's longest-running unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary.

  • New Brunswick hopes cannabis can help drive rural economic recovery
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    New Brunswick hopes cannabis can help drive rural economic recovery

    There is still much uncertainty about how much money provinces actually stand to make from legal cannabis, but in parts of rural New Brunswick, legalization has already helped to revitalize the economy. In Atholville, a village with a population of just over 3,000, the arrival of cannabis giant Zenabis has given the struggling community a new lease on life. Atholville was a typical northern New Brunswick village.

  • 'It's important for our people,' Fort Smith residents call for more cultural ceremonies
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    'It's important for our people,' Fort Smith residents call for more cultural ceremonies

    Julie Lys, on-the-land coordinator with the NWTMN who was a nurse for 30 years, said they have held pipe ceremonies and medicine walks, along with other services, at the Fort Smith wellness centre. It won't come with a hefty price tag, as the NWTMN built the current sweat lodge "from scratch" using things gathered from the area, like willows, spruce willows and rocks — called "grandfathers" — used for the fire.

  • Business as usual for Vancouver dispensaries as legalization hits
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    Business as usual for Vancouver dispensaries as legalization hits

    With only one legal government-run dispensary in British Columbia, hundreds of others remain in operation around the province. Many of them are in in legal limbo however, and it's unsure how long that will last.

  • Oktoberfest goes on despite Regina German Club financial struggles
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    Oktoberfest goes on despite Regina German Club financial struggles

    An annual festival means much more than usual for a Regina cultural landmark this weekend. 

  • City pulls plug on Bowfort interchange public art
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    City pulls plug on Bowfort interchange public art

    Plans for public art at the Bowfort interchange in Calgary were paid for, but more than a year after the piece was partially unveiled, CBC News has learned it will never be completed. The original pitch was made by artists Del Geist and Patricia Leighton along with landscape architect Taewook Cha of Supermass Studio. Both elements once completed were meant as a comprehensive gateway to the city, leading the viewer eastward into Calgary, and westward to the Rocky Mountains.

  • Global stocks mixed as Chinese economy slows
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    Global stocks mixed as Chinese economy slows

    BEIJING — Global stocks were mixed Friday after data showed Chinese economic growth slowed more than expected but officials moved to shore up the country's markets.

  • More precaution than promotion for Canadian cannabis tourism
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    More precaution than promotion for Canadian cannabis tourism

    There are precedents for Canada to follow in California, Colorado and elsewhere. On Wednesday, Canada became the first major industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana, sparking huge demand. "The tourist is really at the mercy of the drastically changing landscape," said Neev Tapiero, who had a soft launch for his company, Canadian Kush Tours, months ago.

  • Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes
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    Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes

    An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team. "He is a very fortunate individual," Operations Commander Roger Yensen of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Mountain Rescue Posse said Thursday of 62-year-old John Waddell. Waddell owns the land where the shaft is located north of Phoenix and was using a rope to lower himself into it on Monday when he lost control and fell at least 50 feet (15 metres ) to the rocky ground.

  • New owners to take over Wolverine Mine, says Yukon gov't
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    New owners to take over Wolverine Mine, says Yukon gov't

    Ownership at the Wolverine Mine is about to switch hands — according to the Yukon government. The mine, located southeast of Ross River, Yukon, has been in temporary closure since January 2015. Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources Ranj Pillai told the legislature last Thursday the new ownership group is in discussions with the Yukon Water Board.

  • Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home
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    Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home

    Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday. Crews clearing the building for its new owner came across containers holding cremains in a trash-strewn basement over three days this week, said Julia Dale, director of the state Bureau of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing. The building on Detroit's east side was owned by the Cantrell Funeral Home until earlier this year.

  • Exclusive: OPEC, allies struggle to fully deliver pledged oil output boost - internal document
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    Exclusive: OPEC, allies struggle to fully deliver pledged oil output boost - internal document

    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies agreed in June to boost supply as U.S. President Donald Trump urged producers to offset losses caused by sanctions on Iran and to dampen rising prices. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said OPEC and non-OPEC would pump roughly an extra 1 million barrels per day (bpd) following the June agreement. The OPEC document seen by Reuters adds to signs they have yet to deliver the full amount.