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Snowmobilers Perish in Avalanche

INVERMERE, B.C. — One snowmobiler is dead and another may have been swept into a nearby lake after a group of three sledders triggered an avalanche in southeastern British Columbia. A release posted by Avalanche Canada says the three were sledding Saturday on Mount Brewer in the Purcell Mountains, just west of Invermere, when two…

Trudeau to Make Cameo on Corner Gas Animated

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will follow in the footsteps of two previous prime ministers by appearing in an episode of "Corner Gas." The show’s Facebook page said on Saturday that Trudeau will play himself on an episode of "Corner Gas Animated" when its second season debuts this spring on The Comedy Network. A photograph accompanies…

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Snowmobilers Perish in Avalanche

INVERMERE, B.C. — One snowmobiler is dead and another may have been swept into a nearby lake after a group of three sledders triggered an avalanche in southeastern British Columbia. A release posted by Avalanche Canada says the three were sledding Saturday on Mount Brewer in the Purcell Mountains, just west of Invermere, when two…

Trudeau to Make Cameo on Corner Gas Animated

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will follow in the footsteps of two previous prime ministers by appearing in an episode of "Corner Gas." The show’s Facebook page said on Saturday that Trudeau will play himself on an episode of "Corner Gas Animated" when its second season debuts this spring on The Comedy Network. A photograph accompanies…

Trapped Seals Rescued in Newfoundland

RODDICKTON, N.L. — Fisheries officials have rescued at least eight seals from a small Newfoundland town that’s been overrun by dozens of the blubbery mammals for over a week. Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald says there are still plenty of wayward seals roaming the town, but she’s happy the Fisheries Department is working hard to catch…

MLA Gets 3 Years for Sexual Assault of 10-Year-Old Girl

RED DEER — A young woman says it felt good to see a former politician who sexually touched her when she was a child being led out of an Alberta courtroom to begin a three−year prison sentence. Don MacIntyre, 63, resigned as a United Conservative MLA in February of last year after he was charged…

Underfunding, Bad Repairs Cited for Why Canadian Roads are Breaking Down

OTTAWA — A soon−to−be completed study of pothole repairs in Canada concludes municipal and provincial governments aren’t tracking whether their repairs are working over the long term. And while they know why their roads are breaking down, most of the government agencies surveyed haven’t been spending the money needed to properly build and maintain them,…

Mounting Concern over Reproductive Rights of Marginalized Women

OTTAWA — Increased national awareness about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women has resulted in mounting concerns about other vulnerable women who may have been endured the practice, an Ontario senator says. Sen. Yvonne Boyer, who has proposed a Senate committee study recent allegations of Indigenous women who say they were coerced into tubal ligations during…

Teens Need to Know Dangers of Vaping

Health Canada is ramping up efforts to warn young Canadians about the potential risks associated with vaping, the agency said Thursday. Spokeswoman Maryse Durette said the government body has launched a multi−phase campaign to tackle what it sees as an increasing problem among youth. "The vaping market is evolving rapidly, with the regular introduction of…

Newfoundland Town Needs Help for Stranded Seals

RODDICKTON, N.L. — A Newfoundland mayor says dozens of stranded seals are causing increasing havoc in her small town, and federal fisheries officials need to step in. Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald says the animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine…

Three Abandoned Kittens Rescued From Snowbank

DEER LAKE, N.L. — Three abandoned kittens are recovering after being rescued from a snowbank in western Newfoundland. Shiver, Stormy and Flurry were found Sunday by an animal−loving truck driver, huddled together for warmth at the side of a road near the farming community of Cormack, N.L. The driver spotted the moving pile of black…

Electric-Car Sales Falls Far Short

OTTAWA — A decade−old goal to get at least half a million electric cars on Canada’s roads by the end of 2018 appears to have missed the mark by about 400,000. The 2009 Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map for Canada, produced by a panel of experts in part for the Department of Natural Resources, aimed…

Canada May Want to Consider its Own Space Force

MONTREAL — President Donald Trump’s push to create a U.S. space force is being welcomed by military experts in Canada, and the executive director of one defence think tank says Canada should consider following suit. "At some point we might like to think about a space force," Matthew Overton, executive director of the Conference of…

Court Rules Misrepresenting Product as Kosher Could Cause Spiritual Trauma

TORONTO — A Toronto−area flour company has been ordered to pay $25,000 for misrepresenting a cake mix as kosher, after an Ontario court said the move could cause "spiritual trauma" to consumers who bought the product for religious reasons. A small−claims court found earlier this month that Adee Flour Mills breached its contract with the…

Canada Welcomes New Year's Babies

Families across Canada are welcoming some of the country’s first babies of 2019. In Montreal, the McGill University Health Centre says baby Mariella was born at 12:02 a.m. A hospital network in east Toronto tweeted that baby Fatima was born at Scarborough General Hospital at the stroke of midnight. Meanwhile, parents in Saskatoon and Regina…

New Year-New Tax Changes

OTTAWA — The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses. One of the first changes workers will see is an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off their paycheques — the first of five years of hikes to…

Drug Users Who OD'd May Have Brain Damage

VANCOUVER — Dayton Wilson’s drug−taking routine ended when he overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl, but being able to walk and talk normally are also part of his past as he struggles with brain damage from a drug linked to thousands of deaths. Wilson, 24, used illicit drugs for the last time in August 2016…

Coins Mark 75th Anniversary of D-Day

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D−Day. The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two−toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War. On June 6,…

Lawyers Worried About Proposed Changes to Trial System

CALGARY — Legal experts say proposed changes to the Criminal Code after a high−profile acquittal in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man are short−sighted. Key changes in a federal bill, which has passed third reading, involve peremptory challenges during jury selection and use of preliminary inquiries. Peremptory challenges allow lawyers to remove a potential…

A Violent Year With 96 Homicides in Toronto

TORONTO — A uniquely violent year in Toronto marked by a major surge in gun−related crimes saw police seize an unusually high number of handguns from city streets, the force’s chief said Thursday. Mark Saunders said officers had recovered 514 handguns so far in 2018 — or 222 more than in 2017 — and the…

Stamp Prices are Going Up

OTTAWA — Unless you really hurry, sending a letter to Santa for next Christmas will cost you a nickel more. Starting Jan. 14, Canada Post says the cost for an individual stamp on a letter sent within Canada will be $1.05, instead of a loonie. Other increases for mail within the country range between a…

Romaine Lettuce OK to Eat Again

OTTAWA — With no new cases of E. coli connected to romaine lettuce detected since mid−November, the leafy green is probably safe to eat again, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported Monday. In the month before that, 29 people got sick from the bacteria in the lettuce, mostly in Quebec. A handful became ill…

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