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National Ballet of Canada cancels The Nutcracker for the first time since 1955

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the National Ballet of Canada to cancel its performances set for November and December, including its annual production of The Nutcracker.
In a news release, the company says not being able to perform the fall season is "deeply disappointing.
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CRTC announces $72M in broadband internet improvements for northern communities

Five northern community broadband projects in the N.W.T., Yukon and northern Manitoba will share in $72 million of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Broadband Fund money.
According to a press release from the CRTC Wednesday, the projects are designed to improve broadband internet service for about 10,100 households in 51 communities.
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Penn. theme park employee punched in the face for enforcing park's mask policy

A teen working at a children's theme park in Pennsylvania was punched in the face for enforcing the park's face mask policy, police say.
The 17-year-old employee was "aggressively punched by both a female and a male," on Sunday at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Penn.
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Calgary’s Black Lives Matter mural program postponed due to threats: organizers

CALGARY -- Shortly after announcing the location of the first Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Calgary was being reconsidered due to overwhelming support for the existing mural, the program has been halted due to "violent vitriol, racism and threats".
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2 Indiana officers face criminal charges for battery during George Floyd protest

A grand jury indicted two Indianapolis police officers on battery and other charges following an investigation into allegations that they used excessive force while arresting demonstrators at a May protest over the death of George Floyd, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.
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Watch a B.C. boy's shocked reaction to a close encounter with owls

VANCOUVER -- A B.C. boy learned a lesson after an up-close encounter with a pair of barred owls at a Vancouver Island park.
Tyson Hockley was at Quarry Park in North Saanich with his parents, and was hoping to get a glimpse of the birds.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender creators cut ties with Netflix adaptation

Co-creators of the popular cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender have cut ties with Netflix and are no longer involved with the streaming giant's planned live-action adaptation of the series. 
Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who produced the original show through Nickelodeon Animation Studios, each announced their departure on Wednesday morning — Konietzko in an Instagram post, and DiMartino through an open letter on his website.
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Capital spending plans in Alberta oil patch forecast to plunge $7B in 2020

Capital spending on oil and gas extraction in Alberta is expected to fall by roughly $7 billion from last year to $16.6 billion in 2020 — a plunge of about 30 per cent, according to ATB Financial. 
In an analysis released Wednesday, the provincial Crown corporation said it would be the lowest spending tally since at least 2006.
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Male Brazilian frog stays loyal to two females in 'harem'

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES -- A species of frog from the Brazilian rainforest has become the first amphibian shown to live in a harem, where one male mates with two females who remain loyal to him.
So-called polygyny is thought to be the most common mating system among animals and has previously been found in bony fishes, reptiles, mammals, birds, and even some invertebrates, Fabio de Sa, a zoologist at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, told AFP.
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Psychologists speaking to Rideau Hall staff following harassment claims

The office of the Governor General is bringing in psychologists to speak to employees following claims of workplace harassment and verbal abuse coming from the top.
CBC News reported last month Gov. General Julie Payette has created a toxic work environment and a culture of fear at Rideau Hall by routinely berating and humiliating staff.
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Former pope Benedict's face shingles 'improving'

VATICAN CITY -- A painful case of shingles afflicting the face of former pope Benedict XVI is clearing up, his private secretary Georg Gaenswein has told a German newspaper.
On holiday in his Black Forest home region, Gaenswein told the Suedkurier newspaper on Sunday that "the illness is easing" in comments picked up by Catholic media since Tuesday.
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A group looking to replace an iconic, 25-year-old mural in the heart of downtown Calgary with Black Lives Matter imagery is dodging violent threats and racist vitriol, the group co-founder says, and has decided to pull the plug.
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