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  • Hackers infiltrate Algonquin College databases
    OTTAWA – Algonquin College in eastern Ontario says it is advising students and alumni that hackers have infiltrated a server infected with malware. The Ottawa-based college says the “unauthorized and illegal access” was discovered on May 16 and forensic experts brought in to investigate found that the infected server hosted… ... more
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  • Mother of girls shot at playground calls for community progr...
    TORONTO – The mother of two young girls who were hit by stray bullets at a Toronto playground last month called Monday for better education and community support programs, not increased police presence, to curb gun violence in the city. Toronto must reduce the number of young people who turn… ... more
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  • Quebecers still pouring into the United States for annual ho...
    MONTREAL – As more than 125,000 construction workers in Quebec get ready to lay down tools for their annual two-week vacation, there appears to be little anecdotal evidence of any systemic boycott of the United States as a travel destination. In Vermont, Maine and the Virginia Beach area — three… ... more
    680News13 hours ago
  • Reporter calls out immigration photo on social media as fake...
    A Vancouver radio reporter says people on social media, including a vocal British politician, should be more careful about spreading fake news. Lasia Kretzel was working for CKOM in Saskatoon in 2015 when she attended a rally supporting Syrian refugees. She wrote a story about the rally and snapped a… ... more
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  • Ontario’s chief coroner testifies at Elizabeth Wettlaufer ...
    Unusual patterns of deaths in long-term care homes are not always tracked or analyzed because some death reports are not filed electronically, as rules require, the province’s chief coroner said Monday. Dr. Dirk Huyer’s assessment came at the public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed 51-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer to kill… ... more
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  • Protesters camped outside Saskatchewan legislature taking pr...
    REGINA – Protesters camped outside the Saskatchewan legislature say they are taking the government to court. Lawyer Dan LeBlanc says six people were arrested illegally in June when the Regina police enforced an eviction order. The six people were never charged and the camp was set up again several days… ... more
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  • MPs agree to urgent summer study of asylum seekers surge
    Under mounting pressure from opposition MPs, the House of Commons immigration committee will meet at least two times before early August to study the simmering issue of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States. Committee members agreed Monday during a rare summer session to review the government’s response… ... more
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  • Opposition MPs push for urgent summer study of asylum seeker...
    OTTAWA – Opposition MPs are putting pressure on the Liberal government to agree to an urgent summer committee study of the simmering asylum seekers issue. Members of the House of Commons immigration committee are meeting this afternoon to consider the proposal. They are expected to vote shortly on whether to… ... more
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  • Memorial site: Alberta apologizes to families for cleaning u...
    WHITECOURT, Alta. – The province of Alberta is apologizing to the families of three people killed in a plane crash almost 65 years ago after cleaning up the wreckage without warning. A memorial site near Whitecourt, Alta., included the debris of the small plane that went down on Nov. 22,… ... more
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  • Ontario sex-ed curriculum will still teach some modern theme...
    Ontario’s education minister says students will still be taught about concepts like consent, cyber safety and gender identity this fall despite her government’s plan to scrap the province’s modernized sex-ed curriculum. Lisa Thompson says the portion of the curriculum being replaced deals with “developing sexual relations,” adding that specifics will… ... more
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  • Ontario sex-ed curriculum will still teach some modern theme...
    Ontario’s education minister says students will still be taught about concepts like consent, cyber safety and gender identity this fall despite her government’s plan to scrap the province’s modernized sex-ed curriculum. Lisa Thompson says the portion of the curriculum being replaced deals with “developing sexual relations,” adding that specifics will… ... more
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  • Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking; many likely to disapp...
    New research finds that hundreds of glaciers in Canada’s High Arctic are shrinking and that many are likely fated to disappear. Adrienne White of the University of Ottawa looked at more than 1,700 glaciers on Ellesmere Island. In a recently published paper, she says three-quarters of them have shrunk significantly… ... more
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  • Putin says Trump brought up election meddling at Helsinki su...
    After a summit in Helsinki on Sunday, Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin addressed reporters in a joint news conference in Finland on Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin said the “so-called Russian interferenceâ€� in the U.S. 2016 presidential election was brought up by Trump during their summit. Putin said: “I… ... more
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  • U.S. hits back with WTO challenge against Canada’s retalia...
    OTTAWA – The United States says it’s firing back at the Canadian government’s recent retaliatory tariffs on American imports by launching a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization. The federal Liberal government introduced reciprocal duties earlier this month on some U.S. imports after the Trump administration slapped Canada —… ... more
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  • Lethbridge hockey player out of intensive care, able to comm...
    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit is out of intensive care. Family of Ryan Vandervlis say the Lethbridge Hurricanes player is fully alert and has been transferred to a Calgary hospital’s burn unit. He… ... more
    680News18 hours ago
  • Vancouver reporter speaks out after photo was edited, tweete...
    In an environment where journalists are increasingly accused of spreading “fake news”, Vancouver reporter Lasia Kretzel from Rogers affiliate station NEWS 1130 was compelled to take action when she saw a prominent British politician tweet a doctored photo. The original photo shows a woman with a sign that says her “door… ... more
    680News19 hours ago
  • Judge sets aside decision to refer Abdoul Abdi case to depor...
    HALIFAX – A Federal Court judge has set aside a decision to refer the case of Abdoul Abdi to a deportation hearing, saying Ottawa did not take the former Somali child refugee’s charter rights into consideration. The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi — who was never granted Canadian citizenship… ... more
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  • Soulpepper pauses training program amid ‘culture change’...
    Normally, the Soulpepper Academy would be ramping up for a nation-wide audition process to find the finest thespians, directors and playwrights to join its prestigious paid training residency. But as acting artistic director Alan Dilworth can attest, little has been normal about the past six months for the Soulpepper Theatre… ... more
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  • Soulpepper pauses training program amid ‘culture change’...
    TORONTO – Normally, the Soulpepper Academy would be ramping up for a nation-wide audition process to find the finest thespians, directors and playwrights to join its prestigious paid training residency. But as acting artistic director Alan Dilworth can attest, little has been normal about the past six months for the… ... more
    680News20 hours ago
  • Exotic corpse flower begins to emit is putrid scent at Vanco...
    VANCOUVER – A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory. A news release from the Vancouver Park Board says the titan arum, the largest flower on earth, began to bloom Sunday evening. Over the next 24 to… ... more
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  • New Brunswick rescue team frees first entangled whale since ...
    A New Brunswick-based whale rescue team has freed an entangled humpback whale calf in the group’s first emergency response since one of its members died during a rescue last year. According to a Facebook post from the Marine Animal Response Society, the Campobello Whale Rescue Team carried out the rescue… ... more
    680News23 hours ago
  • In the news today, July 16
    Four stories in the news for Monday, July 16 ——— THE HAZARDS OF DIVERSIFYING AWAY FROM THE U.S. More Canadian companies are looking to diversify as increasingly tense trade relations with the United States have emphasized the need to compete globally. An Export Development Canada survey of 1,000 exporters suggests… ... more
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  • Lobbying commissioner rejects complaints against firearms pa...
    OTTAWA – A federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving as a member of the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee. In a recent decision, federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger said… ... more
    680News1 day ago
  • Banff holds blessing ceremony with Indigenous elders before ...
    BANFF, Alta. – Several Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free. The trip organized by Parks Canada is part of the overall plan to release the bison… ... more
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  • QuickQuotes on the drowning death of former NHL goaltender R...
    — “Ray’s smile and intelligence made him a magnetic personality. You always rooted for him to reach his vast potential even as he went through the many ups and downs of his playing career.” — Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas. — “On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I… ... more
    680News1 day ago
  • Brazilian bull rider Marcos Gloria wins top prize at the Cal...
    CALGARY – Brazilian bull rider Marcos Gloria made the most of his second chance to win $100,000 at the Calgary Stampede rodeo on Sunday. Gloria was originally bucked off Happy Camper, but was given another chance because the other three finalists — Fabiano Vieira of Brazil, Joe Frost of Randlett,… ... more
    680News1 day ago
  • Immigration critics urge Liberals to come up with answers on...
    With tensions over asylum seekers mounting between Ottawa and Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new PC government, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel wants to give provincial immigration ministers another chance to air their grievances — and Lisa MacLeod says she’d happily do so. As Ford’s community and social services minister, MacLeod is… ... more
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  • Surrey woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townh...
    SURREY, B.C. – A Surrey woman says she wants to help educate the public about racism after a member of her townhouse complex’s staff requested her family show ID when they were using the pool. Guerda Henry, who is black, said she believes the incident was an episode of racial… ... more
    680News1 day ago
  • Canada faces ‘collateral damage’ in escalating U.S.-Chin...
    OTTAWA – Grim scenarios of collateral damage for Canadian consumers and businesses are emerging in response to escalating the U.S.-China trade war. The Trump administration has taken aim at China by imposing a 25 per cent tariff on goods worth U.S. $34 billion, but the worst is still on the… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Montreal’s La Presse announces new official not-for-profit...
    MONTREAL – Montreal-based La Presse news group says it has officially adopted a not-for-profit structure. President Pierre-Elliott Levasseur announced on La Presse’s website that the outlet is fully independent from the Power Corporation of Canada as of Saturday. Going forward, Levasseur says the 130-year-old publication will operate as a “social… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Former NHL goalie Ray Emery, 35, drowns in Lake Ontario near...
    HAMILTON – Ray Emery, the former NHL goaltender whose career spanned more than a decade and included stops in Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia, has drowned in Lake Ontario, Hamilton police said on Sunday. Insp. Marty Schulenberg said Emery’s death does not appear to be suspicious, calling it a “case of… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • If Canada wants national pharmacare, taxes will have to go u...
    Former federal budget watchdog Kevin Page will deliver a blunt message to premiers this week about the costs of a future national pharmacare program: if Canadians want one, taxes will have to go up. Page, who now heads a University of Ottawa think tank, will walk through the numbers Friday… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Toronto’s medical officer of health wants feds to decrimin...
    Toronto’s top public health official believes the time has come to decriminalize all drugs for personal use and will be asking the city’s board of health this week to push the federal government for action on the issue. Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health, said she… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Toronto’s medical officer of health wants feds to decrimin...
    TORONTO – Toronto’s top public health official believes the time has come to decriminalize all drugs for personal use and will be asking the city’s board of health this week to push the federal government for action on the issue. Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health,… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Man cycling across Canada for Alzheimer’s research in gran...
    HALIFAX – A young man cycling across all 10 Canadian provinces to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research is closing in on the finish line of his 8,000-kilometre journey. Skyler Roberts, 21, left Victoria three months ago with his best friend and recently touched down in Halifax. Roberts has raised… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Hydro One again facing uncertain as board resigns for second...
    The future of Ontario’s partially privatized utility is again uncertain after political intervention prompted the resignation of the company’s board 16 years after another mass departure. Hydro One’s 14-member board resigned en masse last week after the sudden retirement of chief executive officer Mayo Schmidt, labelled “the six-million-dollar man” on… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • ‘No where to go:’ Indigenous people recount losses in Wo...
    An extensive report done on Wood Buffalo National Park contains testimony from Indigenous people in the area. Here are a few examples of what they said: Matthew Lepine: For birds, I have nowhere to go in fall, spring, summer for eggs … they are gone. There are places you cannot… ... more
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  • Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteri...
    An exhaustive federal study of Canada’s largest national park concludes almost every aspect of its environment is deteriorating. The 561-page report on Wood Buffalo National Park says industry, dams, climate change and natural cycles are sucking the watery lifeblood from the vast delta of northeastern Alberta’s Peace and Athabasca rivers.… ... more
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  • ‘Tanks’ for the memories: Retired soldier donates mainte...
    CALGARY – As an army brat, Lisa Pearce remembers the manuals her father would drag along with the family, posting after posting, over his 30 years in the Canadian Forces. Now the knowledge that Sgt. Lewis Pearce gathered during his military career has a new home. His time in the… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Boy, 14, in critical condition after being found in Montreal...
    MONTREAL – A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after being found unconscious at the bottom of a public pool in Montreal. Authorities say a passerby spotted the youth sometime after 11 p.m. at a pool in the Cartierville neighbourhood. They say the pool was closed and the teen must… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between Franc...
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Soccer fans are glued to their screens in bars, parks and living rooms across Canada, watching Croatia take on France in the World Cup final. It’s the first ever final for the Croatians, while France is there for the third time and went into the match as… ... more
    680News2 days ago
  • Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between Franc...
    Soccer fans across Canada will be glued to their screens this morning as Croatia takes on France in the World Cup final in Moscow. It’s the first ever final for the Croatians, while France is there for the third time and goes into the match as the betting favourite. Canada,… ... more
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  • Industrial building in Prince George, B.C., holds record for...
    PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition as the most airtight industrial building on the… ... more
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  • Indigenous activist arrested after Trans Mountain protest in...
    CLEARWATER, B.C. – An Indigenous political activist was briefly detained Saturday following a Trans Mountain pipeline protest in British Columbia’s North Thompson Provincial Park on Saturday. Kanahus Manuel, a spokesperson for the activist group Tiny House Warriors, was arrested by the RCMP after allegedly defying an eviction order from the… ... more
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  • ‘A great New Brunswicker:’ former premier Ray Frenette d...
    FREDERICTON – The 28th premier of New Brunswick has died, according to a press release issued Saturday by the provincial government. Ray Frenette represented the Moncton East riding as a Liberal MLA for 25 years and briefly served as premier between 1997 and 1998 — after Frank McKenna stepped down… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • After her body caught fire, Ottawa woman calls for more safe...
    OTTAWA – An Ottawa woman who caught fire in a friend’s backyard says there should be more safety regulations in place for backyard fire products. Hana Engel was left with second- and third-degree burns to 35 per cent of her body after an accident on May 9 that involved an… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • Restriction to parts of Temagami put in place where wild fir...
    TORONTO – The number of forest fires raging in northeastern Ontario is down, but officials say the battle isn’t over yet. There were 48 active fires in the region as of Saturday afternoon, compared to 70 on Monday, said Shayne McCool, fire information officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • Quebec farmers hoping for rain after drought, heat wave thre...
    MONTREAL – The president of Quebec’s professional farmers’ union says the province’s hot, dry summer is affecting crops. Marcel Groleau says every area of the province is suffering from a lack of rainfall but the problem is particularly acute in the south and the Lanaudiere region north of Montreal. He… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • DFO searching for entangled North Atlantic right whale spott...
    MISCOU ISLAND, N.B. – Officials searching for an entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hope to prevent it from succumbing to one of the leading causes of death for the endangered species. In an emailed release, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • Three family members charged after alleged kidnapping, assau...
    TORONTO – Investigators say three family members have been charged after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and abused for nearly a year. Police say the American woman came to Canada last year, married a man from Kingston, Ont., and moved into his home, where he lived with his mother, father… ... more
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  • Three family members charged after alleged kidnapping, assau...
    Investigators say three family members have been charged after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and abused for nearly a year. Police say the American woman came to Canada last year, married a man from Kingston, Ont., and moved into his home, where he lived with his mother, father and brother.… ... more
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  • Frozen berry mixes recalled due to possible salmonella conta...
    Health Canada says a brand of frozen mixed berries is being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Hain Celestial Canada, ULC is recalling Europe’s Best brand Field Berry Mixes. It says the recall was triggered by a recall in another country, but no illnesses… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • First responders from Humboldt Broncos bus crash get mental-...
    Paramedic Deanndra King was on a day off, getting ready for a weekend curling bonspiel, when she got the call from her boss about an accident involving a bus. “I didn’t register the magnitude of it,” the first responder from Nipawin, Sask., recalled this week. She rushed to the scene… ... more
    680News3 days ago
  • Canada-U.S. ferry service proposes moving from Portland to B...
    HALIFAX – An international ferry service that links Canada with the United States could move to a new port in Maine, a change that could see Nova Scotia paying for upgrades to an American town’s ferry docking facilities. The service, operated by Bay Ferries Ltd., already receives an annual operating… ... more
    680News4 days ago
  • Canada Post mail carrier seen on video munching pilfered tom...
    MONTREAL – Canada Post says it has spoken to a Montreal mail carrier who can be seen on video on four separate days pilfering tomatoes from a hanging basket outside a home. Spokesman Jon Hamilton says in an email to The Canadian Press the corporation has apologized to the customer… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Five things to know about the Ontario government’s throne ...
    Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government played up key campaign promises Thursday in its first throne speech, which also included more recent policy pledges but no new announcements. Here are some highlights: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: The Tories repeated their promise to order a line-by-line audit of all government spending as part of… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Online video of B.C. bears being fed by children sparks inve...
    NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service is investigating allegations a Vancouver-area family feed a mother black bear and her cub. Conservation Officer Lonnie Schoenthal says a complaint was received on the government-run tip line that permits anonymous reporting of wildlife, fisheries or environmental infractions. Videos posted to… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Canadians know little about the dangers of concussions, fede...
    A newly released federal survey suggests about half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor the best way to find out how to avoid falling victim. The survey found that while 97 per cent of respondents believe concussions are an important health issue,… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • ‘A new sense:’ Alberta scientists help track high-energy...
    EDMONTON – Canadian scientists are part of an international team that has for the first time tracked a tiny, high-energy twist of matter to its source in deep space. University of Alberta astronomer Greg Sivakoff says tracing a single neutrino to a black hole four billion light-years distant will give… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Indigenous women overrepresented in Vancouver police checks:...
    VANCOUVER – Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s use of random street checks want to amend their complaint based on new data showing Aboriginal women are checked more often than other groups. In June, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Union of B.C.… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Nova Scotia judge to preside over fatality inquiry involving...
    HALIFAX – A provincial court judge in Nova Scotia has been appointed to preside over the fatality inquiry into the deaths of Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond and his family. The Nova Scotia judiciary issued a statement Thursday saying Warren K. Zimmer was appointed to the post by Judge Pamela… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • ‘Potential risk’ to GTA prompts increased police presenc...
    TORONTO – Toronto police say they have increased the number of officers in the city’s downtown core after receiving information about a “potential risk” to the Greater Toronto Area. Acting Supt. Michael Barsky did not provide details but says all the venues in the busy downtown area — including the… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Tony Accurso granted bail while he appeals fraud conviction ...
    MONTREAL – A former Quebec construction magnate found guilty of participating in a Montreal-area municipal fraud scheme has been granted bail pending his appeal of both his conviction and sentence. Tony Accurso was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month after a jury convicted him on fraud-related charges… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Trudeau bills 10-year defence spending plan as answer to Tru...
    BRUSSELS – Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow NATO leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP — even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada’s existing military plan. At a news conference wrapping… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Trudeau bills 10-year defence spending plan as answer to Tru...
    Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow NATO leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP – even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada’s existing military plan. At a news conference wrapping up the… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Ontario government to lay out road map for province in first...
    TORONTO – Ontario’s new government will lay out its plan for the province today in a throne speech expected to highlight several of Premier Doug Ford’s campaign promises. The speech, which opens every new legislative session, is written by the premier’s office but read out by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell in… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Package delivery firms get ready to fill gap as Greyhound le...
    CALGARY – Package delivery firms say they are prepared to fill the gap when Greyhound Canada closes most of its Western Canada operations this fall. The company says its Greyhound Package Express service will no longer be available in most parts of B.C., northern Ontario and all of Alberta, Saskatchewan… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • Hurricane Chris to make landfall in Newfoundland as post-tro...
    HALIFAX – Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hammer parts of eastern Newfoundland today as hurricane Chris tracks towards the region. Environment Canada says Chris was about 372 kilometres southwest of Sable Island early Thursday morning and is expected to weaken into a post-tropical storm as it moves… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • In the news today, July 12
    Five stories in the news for Thursday, July 12 ——— ONTARIO’S NEW GOVERNMENT TO GIVE FIRST THRONE SPEECH Ontario’s new government will lay out its plans today in a throne speech expected to highlight several of Premier Doug Ford’s campaign promises. While the new government has been quiet about the… ... more
    680News5 days ago
  • As pre-election cabinet shuffle looms, Kirsty Duncan ready f...
    OTTAWA – She’s gone from a junior minister, to a minister with a $4-billion budget to spend, to a minister holding down two different portfolios. Now Kirsty Duncan, minister of science and minister of sport and persons with disabilities, finds herself at the centre of speculation as talk heats up… ... more
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