B.C. student wearing dress over turtleneck sent home for inappropriate attire

The father of a high school student in Kamloops, B.C., who was sent home for wearing what was deemed an inappropriate outfit, says the incident was absurd and should not have happened. 
Chris Wilson's daughter Karis Wilson, 17, was wearing a knee-length black dress with lace trim over a full-sleeved white turtleneck.
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TORONTO -- As a full-time pharmacy technician in a busy Toronto hospital, Tim MacFarlane has been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.
But since February of last year, he’s also been living in his minivan after he became one of the roughly 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness every year.
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New Zealand's virus success unleashes runaway housing prices

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- New Zealand's success in battling the coronavirus has unleashed an unanticipated problem: skyrocketing house prices.
When the pandemic first hit, most experts predicted house prices would fall. Instead, prices have risen by more than 19 per cent over the past year, putting them out of reach for many people wanting to buy their first home.
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Drunk and reckless driving charges dropped against Bruce Springsteen

The U.S. government dropped drunk driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn't warrant the charges.
Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge, consuming alcohol in a closed area, Gateway National Recreation Area.
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Forecasts for Canada's TSX hiked as analysts eye global recovery

TORONTO -- Canada's main stock index is expected to extend its record-setting rally this year as a global economic recovery boosts the outlook for the index's heavily weighted financial and resource stocks, a Reuters poll found.
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Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA -- Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.
The Parliament on Thursday passed the final amendments to the so-called News Media Bargaining Code agreed between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday.
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TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival

LOS ANGELES -- The hit 1990s TV comedy series "Frasier," starring Kelsey Grammer as a snobbish radio advice-show host, is coming back to television.
Grammer said on Wednesday he would reprise his role in the revival that will focus on "the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr.
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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big 'real world' test

A real-world test of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it's very effective at preventing serious illness or death, even after one dose.
Wednesday's published results, from a mass vaccination campaign in Israel, give strong reassurance that the benefits seen in smaller, limited testing persisted when the vaccine was used much more widely in a general population with various ages and health conditions.
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Watchdog blasts U.S. aviation regulators over certification of Boeing jet

Federal auditors say U.S. regulators didn't understand a flight-control system that played a role in two deadly crashes of a Boeing jet and must improve their process for certifying new planes.
The Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't taken enough steps to focus its oversight on high-risk elements of new planes.
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Biden lifts freeze on green cards enacted by Trump earlier in pandemic

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.
Former president Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market — a reason that Trump gave to achieve many of the cuts to legal immigration that had eluded him before the pandemic.
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Half-billion dollar unregistered B.C. 'shadow' mortgage broker says he just met demand

A so-called unregistered "shadow" mortgage broker responsible for securing more than half a billion dollars' worth of home financing through the use of altered tax and bank documents says there will always be a demand for the services of people with his skills.
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The WHO needs more power and autonomy from member states, says former New Zealand PM

The World Health Organization should be given the power and independence it needs to report the facts about global health threats without being influenced by its member states, says New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark.
"I think it's clear we need a stronger, more empowered WHO where they can feel emboldened to speak truth to power and do what needs to be done at the earliest possible opportunity," Clark told host Vassy Kapelos on CBC News Network's Power & Politics.
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