Starbucks Canada raising wages amid 'critical staffing shortages'

Starbucks Canada says it's raising wages and benefits amid "critical staffing shortages" and a renewed commitment to the well-being of its workers.
Beginning in January, the company says its starting wages will be increased to a dollar above provincial minimums, while workers who have been with the company a year will receive a six to 10 per cent pay hike.
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Iqaluit expects water testing to come back clean; tap water still undrinkable

IQALUIT -- Nunavut's capital city says it expects tests on its drinking water to show undetectable levels of fuel.
Iqaluit is under a state of emergency and its roughly 8,000 residents haven't been able to consume tap water since Oct.
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U.K. women boycotting clubs, pubs amid reports of drink spiking, needle injections

Young women across the U.K. are boycotting nightclubs and pubs Wednesday as university towns and cities join in a national "girls night in" protest after increasing reports of drink spiking and students being drugged by needle injections.
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'Squid Game' creator responds to LeBron James disliking the show's end

Count LeBron James among those caught up in "Squid Game."
The basketball icon's thoughts were shared in a video tweeted by sports writer Kyle Goon.
"I didn't like the ending though," James told Lakers teammate Anthony Davis.
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Caribou coat in English museum heading home to northern Quebec

A caribou coat from northern Quebec is on its way back home from a museum in Bristol, England, where it has been since the 1830s or 40s.
Decorated caribou coats were used by Cree, Innu, Naskapi and Montagnais hunters and in ceremonies from 1700 to the 1930s.
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New information raises questions about existence of brain syndrome in New Brunswick

New Brunswick's health minister says an epidemiological report has found no known food, behaviour or environmental exposure that could have caused the symptoms of a mystery brain syndrome.
Dorothy Shephard released the information on the heels of an outside report, which examined eight deaths in the province initially linked to the mystery syndrome and concluded they were all due to known diseases.
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Report: At least 59,000 U.S. meat workers caught COVID-19, 269 died

OMAHA -- At least 59,000 meatpacking workers caught COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, according to a new U.S. House report released Wednesday.
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Watchdog: 30 recent cases of violence to Afghan journalists

ISLAMABAD -- More than 30 instances of violence and threats of violence against Afghan journalists were recorded in the last two months, with nearly 90% committed by the Taliban, a media watchdog said Wednesday.
More than 40% of the cases recorded by The Afghanistan National Journalists Union were physical beatings and another 40% were verbal threats of violence, said Masorro Lutfi, the group's head.
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U.S. provides 1st official confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test

Top U.S. military officer Gen. Mark Milley has provided the first official U.S. confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing's pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defences.
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Brazil Senate hands pandemic probe to top prosecutor, few expect Bolsonaro charges

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A Brazilian Senate panel probing the government's pandemic response on Wednesday presented the prosecutor general's office with recommendations to criminally charge President Jair Bolsonaro for alleged errors that cost Brazilian lives.
Prosecutor General Augusto Aras was appointed by Bolsonaro in 2019 on the recommendation of conservative allies and is not expected to charge him.
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Saskatchewan's new income support program is forcing people to live on the streets due to fewer housing options, dwindling benefits and more bureaucratic red tape, according to one Regina social worker.
"I've been speaking with clients who are sleeping in cars and sheds," said Shannon Harvey-Benoit, a registered social worker with AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan in Regina, told Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger.
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Colonial art: Cambridge hands over looted bronze to Nigeria

LONDON -- A Cambridge University college handed over a bronze cockerel looted from Africa in the 19th century to Nigerian authorities on Wednesday, as part of a modest but growing effort in some European countries to return African art taken by colonial powers.
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