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B.C.'s wildfires have turned skies across the province a dark orange tinge, bringing home the reality that there are over 500 wildfires burning in the province to millions of Canadians.

  • Ford government's first fiscal update shows Ontario cut deficit to $14.5 billion
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    Ford government's first fiscal update shows Ontario cut deficit to $14.5 billion

    Ontario's way out of a deep "fiscal hole" won't be easy, the Progressive Conservative government warned Thursday as it announced plans to eliminate three independent legislative watchdogs, end subsidies to political parties and halt the development of a French-language university, among other measures. The cuts laid out in the government's Fall Economic Statement for 2018-2019 — its first major fiscal update since taking power in June — helped the Tories shave $500 million off the province's $15-billion deficit. The government did not, however, have a timeline for when it would get back to balance, though it maintained its promise to do so.

  • Oil price woes a 'serious problem' for Canadian economy, says Notley
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    Oil price woes a 'serious problem' for Canadian economy, says Notley

    Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the low price of western Canadian crude has become a serious problem for the country's economy, adding her government is "furiously" seeking solutions. "The [price] differential is obviously a very, very serious problem for the energy industry here in Alberta and, quite frankly, for the economy across this country," Notley told reporters on Thursday.

  • Ford's move to axe child advocate office 'a nightmare,' children's rights lawyer says
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    Ford's move to axe child advocate office 'a nightmare,' children's rights lawyer says

    Cheyanne Ratnam says she was in tears when she heard the news. As a young person, she lived in group homes and now works with young people at A Way Home, an agency aimed at ending youth homelessness. The Ontario government announced in its fall economic statement Thursday afternoon that it would be closing the child advocate office, moving its responsibilities to an expanded Ombudsman's office, one of several cuts announced by a government that has said Ontario faces a $14.5-billion deficit.

  • Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist's skin removed, preserved to honour his work
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    Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist's skin removed, preserved to honour his work

    When Chris Wenzel knew he was going to die, he had an unusual request for his wife. The well-known Saskatoon tattoo artist asked that his ink-adorned skin be removed and preserved before he was buried. "He thought that would be really cool," his wife, Cheryl Wenzel, said Wednesday.

  • B.C. man trapped in truck for several days recovers in Victoria hospital
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    B.C. man trapped in truck for several days recovers in Victoria hospital

    A 23-year-old Vancouver Island man is recovering in a Victoria hospital after his truck went off a cliff and he was pinned in the vehicle with a broken femur for several days. Duncan Moffat's uncle, Bill Macnab, said his nephew survived on a bottle of Gatorade and a bag of apples that he had picked from his dad's yard, which thankfully rolled within reach. Macnab said Moffat had been out of touch with the family for almost 10 days, but he told his father, Glen Moffat, that he believes he was stuck in the truck for five days, after he was rescued Tuesday afternoon.

  • Morneau unlikely to match Trump's tax moves in economic update
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    Morneau unlikely to match Trump's tax moves in economic update

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau is unlikely to fully match the Trump administration's pricey changes to the way American businesses write off their capital costs when he delivers his fall economic statement next week, says a senior government source. Canadian business leaders argue the American tax changes have created a competitiveness gap between U.S. and Canada. Instead, any changes to Canada's capital cost allowance rules would be "balanced" and "fiscally responsible," said the source, speaking on background.

  • Police at first stumped by cause of girls' deaths, jury in Adele Sorella trial hears
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    Police at first stumped by cause of girls' deaths, jury in Adele Sorella trial hears

    Police investigators looking into the deaths of Adele Sorella's two young girls were at a loss to explain what could have killed the girls at first, a Laval police investigator testified Thursday. Louis Galarneau told the court early indications led investigators to believe Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8, had been drugged. The girls' lifeless bodies were found lying side by side in their playroom by their uncle on March 31, 2009.

  • New book links Ireland, Northern Ireland and P.E.I. in their paths to legalizing abortion
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    New book links Ireland, Northern Ireland and P.E.I. in their paths to legalizing abortion

    A professor at the University of Prince Edward Island has co-authored a book shedding light on the link between Ireland and P.E.I.'s path to legalizing abortion. The idea for the project came in 2014 at the International Conference on Abortion. The book aims to show how poverty on islands causes barriers to women seeking access to abortion services.

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    Two Argentines with suspected ties to Hezbollah arrested ahead of G20

    Two Argentine citizens with suspected links to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia were arrested on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit due to take place in Buenos Aires at the end of the month, Argentina's security ministry said in a statement. Police said they discovered evidence of travel abroad "along with credentials in Arabic and an image of the Hezbollah flag." Police did not specify the nature of the travel or credentials, and did not say whether the men had intention of attacking the G20 event.

  • Anticipation mounts in Sydney for Scotties tournament in February
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    Anticipation mounts in Sydney for Scotties tournament in February

    Nova Scotia curling champion Christina Black is counting down the days until the Scotties Tournament of Hearts opens in Sydney, N.S., in February. "Just the thought of playing here in Sydney … I can't even describe the feelings. The Sydney native, who now lives and practises in Halifax, has not yet qualified to play in the Scotties, but she is setting her sights on the tournament.

  • A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China's EV ambitions
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    A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China's EV ambitions

    For a growing number of automakers operating in the world's biggest vehicle market, it's time to invest in electric vans and trucks. "We think China's about to see an electric commercial vehicle revolution," Singulato co-founder Shen Haiyin told Reuters in an interview. "In many ways, the EV future might arrive faster with commercial vehicles than passenger EVs." Singulato, which is due to launch its first electric car by the middle of next year, hopes to open the e-truck plant by 2020 and quickly ramp up annual output to 50,000.

  • Trump reacts angrily to reporter
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    Trump reacts angrily to reporter

    The White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after accusing him of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" during an exchange with Trump.

  • Indigenous language program gets $6M boost from provincial government
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    Indigenous language program gets $6M boost from provincial government

    A new program in Alberta aims to bring Indigenous languages into classrooms across the province. Heralded as the first of its kind in Canada, the Indigenous Language in Education grant program will see the province invest $6 million to increase the number of teachers versed in First Nation languages and expand resource development for early childhood education and K-12 classes. "This new flow of money gives us a chance for us to actually do some real hard study and gather more information for pedagogy, so it's a very important flow of money we've never had before," Bruce Starlight, the language commissioner for the Tsuut'ina Nation near Calgary told The Homestretch on Thursday.

  • Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
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    Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

    One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn't work for everyone and many can't handle what it requires: purposely recalling traumatic events and confronting emotions. Meditation could be a better choice for some, the researchers said. The experiment tested meditation against exposure therapy, which involves working with a therapist and gradually letting go of fears triggered by painful memories.

  • 'Unspeakable': family mourns Good Samaritan killed in highway crash
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    'Unspeakable': family mourns Good Samaritan killed in highway crash

    Jennifer Sullivan Snow was spontaneous and selfless — the sort of person who "didn't have it in her" to pass by someone needing help, according to her younger brother. "She was unbelievably caring," said Chad Sullivan. On Tuesday, Snow was travelling to a funeral home in Oromocto to pay her respects to her husband's grandfather.

  • World stocks rebound, Brexit blow-up levels sterling
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    World stocks rebound, Brexit blow-up levels sterling

    Oil prices rose modestly, as the commodity recouped some losses from a recent steep plunge. U.S. stock indexes surged after a Financial Times report that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has told some industry executives that another round of tariffs on Chinese imports has been put on hold as the two nations pursue talks. A spokesperson for Lighthizer later denied the report, one of several news developments involving trade during the day that swung stocks.

  • Fire claims popular recreation spots in Southern California
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    Fire claims popular recreation spots in Southern California

    Southern California residents faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire also are grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Woolsey Fire has charred more than 83 per cent of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where officials announced Wednesday that all trails were closed. Three people have been found dead in fire zone, which spans 153 square miles (396 square kilometres ).

  • North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA
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    North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region," North Korean state media said on Friday. "This result today is a justification of the party's policy focused on defense science and technology, another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region, and a groundbreaking change in strengthening our military's combat capabilities," Kim said. KCNA said the test was successful.

  • Boom times ahead for Yukon and Nunavut, but not N.W.T., report says
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    Boom times ahead for Yukon and Nunavut, but not N.W.T., report says

    Good times are in store for Yukon and Nunavut in the coming years, according to a new economic analysis by the Conference Board of Canada. The board's economic forecast for the territories, released Thursday, predicts strong growth in Yukon and Nunavut between now and 2025, saying the two territories will outpace much of the country in terms of growth. Both Yukon and Nunavut are expecting mines to open or expand operations in the next few years, while the N.W.T. will see comparatively little growth.

  • PCs question premier's family ties to Cornwall bypass project
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    PCs question premier's family ties to Cornwall bypass project

    Opposition PCs have raised concerns about millions of dollars in construction work on a major highway project awarded to a company co-founded by the father of P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan. According to the website for Island Coastal Inc., the company was co-founded by Harry MacLauchlan. The company's current general manager and president is Blair MacLauchlan, the premier's first cousin.

  • Capital Pointe project site is safe: Courts
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    Capital Pointe project site is safe: Courts

    Last month, Justice Timothy Keene reserved his decision on a number of issues pertaining to the Capital Pointe project. Keene's decision, which sided with both parties on varying issues, was issued on Nov. 13. Previously, the city claimed the Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board failed to consider a subsection of the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act (UBASA) when they found the construction site was in a safe condition.

  • High percentage of opioid overdose victims worked in construction industry, says StatsCan report
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    High percentage of opioid overdose victims worked in construction industry, says StatsCan report

    Of the thousands of people who died in B.C. due to the opioid crisis, many victims worked in construction according to a recent Statistics Canada report. In B.C., the majority of overdose victims were men, between the ages of 25 and 54 and about 20 per cent of them worked in the construction industry. Garth Mullins, a member of the the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), said construction is a rapidly de-unionizing sector, holds no guarantees for consistent work and rarely provides support for workers beyond the job site.

  • Ontario PCs Do Away With Environmental Watchdog
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    Ontario PCs Do Away With Environmental Watchdog

    After almost a quarter century, the office of Ontario's environmental commissioner is no more. Premier Doug Ford's government announced that those duties would be absorbed by the Auditor General's office. It's unclear whether the commissioner, Dianne Saxe, and her staff will lose their jobs.

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    Occupational safety officers investigate deaths of three people near Edmonton

    RCMP say three men have died in a workplace accident in an industrial area just south of Edmonton. Police, firefighters and emergency crews responded Thursday afternoon to a call at Millennium Cryogenic Technologies in Leduc. Leduc Mayor Bob Young says it isn't clear what happened at the worksite in the Leduc Business Park.

  • Irreplaceable totems moved aside for Museum of Anthropology seismic upgrades
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    Irreplaceable totems moved aside for Museum of Anthropology seismic upgrades

    When the huge Gitanyow totem was finally lifted off the ground on Thursday morning, a small pile of rotten wood dust and debris fell to the concrete floor. The pole took a six-person crew with a forklift and crane inside the Museum of Anthropolgy's (MOA) great hall about an hour to dislodge. The workers carefully wrapped sections in padded foam, and through a combination of delicate care and industrial power, laid the totem sideways onto its back.