Tofino, B.C. marks anniversary of Leviathan II tragedy

VICTORIA - One year ago today, a whale-watching vessel sank off British Columbia's coast, tossing 27 people into the churning Pacific.
Five Britons and one Australian died when the 20-metre Leviathan II capsized in waters near Tofino, located about 320 kilometres northwest of Victoria.
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Here's how much food Walmart throws away over 12 days

Doughnuts and pastries. Stalks of still-crunchy celery. Bags of bright, plump oranges. It sounds like a shopping list, but it was all in Walmart's garbage.
CBC's Marketplace went through trash bins at two Walmart stores near Toronto to see how much food the company throws away.
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Child benefit rules failing to keep pace with changing families, think-tank says

The head of the Vanier Institute of the Family, a Canadian think-tank based in Ottawa, says the federal government needs to update its policies when it comes to the way it awards family benefits.
Nora Spinks's comments come after an Ottawa father complained to CBC News that he had to get permission from his spouse in order to collect the Canada child benefit payments for his biological children.
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Why trade deals like CETA have become a 'whipping boy' for anti-globalization forces

Globalization has always had its critics — there's nothing new there, says Fen Hampson, professor of international affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
But given the problems Europe is experiencing now, with high levels of unemployment, particularly among youth, it's not surprising that free trade deals like the Canada-EU CETA have become "a whipping boy for very unhappy people who are out of work," Hampson said.
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What teenager's nomination means for Ontario PC's

Sam Oosterhoff could soon become the MPP for Niagara's wine country, and he's barely old enough to drink (legally).
Oosterhoff, 19, is the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Nov. 17 byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook. If he wins, he will become the youngest MPP in Ontario's history.
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Depending on which presidential candidate you favour, American polls have something to appeal to all tastes. A competitive race? A narrow lead for Donald Trump? A landslide for Hillary Clinton? The polls have you covered.
But that doesn't mean that we have no idea where things really stand in the U.S.
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Venezuela's political rivals agree to hold talks amid escalating tensions

Venezuela's embattled socialist government and the opposition will start talks this weekend in a bid to head off an escalating political standoff sparked by the suspension of a recall referendum aimed at removing Nicolas Maduro, the nation's deeply unpopular president.
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Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Researchers in California and Alaska are hoping they've found what's causing beaks of some bird species to grow twice as fast as normal.
The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down.
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Ont. electricity system operator reports $80M loss after accounting change

TORONTO -- Ontario's efforts to ease the upward pressure on electricity rates has been dealt a setback by a change in accounting practices.
In the government's public accounts for 2015-16, the Independent Electricity System Operator reported a "previously unrecognized actuarial loss and past service costs" of just over $80 million.
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Animal welfare groups hire former top bureaucrat to investigate Ontario SPCA

TORONTO -- A longtime bureaucrat who helped write animal welfare laws in Ontario has been hired by two non-profit organizations to perform a deep dive into the agency charged with enforcing those laws.
Zoocheck Canada and Animal Alliance Canada have hired Mike Zimmerman, who worked with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for decades before retiring last month, to lead an investigation into the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Madeleine Thien among winners of Governor General's Literary Awards

TORONTO -- Vancouver-born, Montreal-based Madeleine Thien has won this year's Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and is in line for a second major book prize later today.
Thien's novel "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" (Knopf Canada) is also i,n contention for the prestigious 50,000 pound (C$81,000) Man Booker Prize being awarded in London.
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Canadian authors Madeleine Thien, David Szalay in contention for Man Booker Prize

LONDON -- Canadian authors Madeleine Thien and David Szalay are both in the running for the prestigious Man Booker Prize being awarded later today in London.
The Vancouver-born, Montreal-based Thien is nominated for "Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
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