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Family shattered after 3 members drown in Alberta waterfall

Warning: This story includes graphic content that some readers may find disturbing.
The drowning deaths of a mother, father and nephew who were swept under a powerful waterfall in west-central Alberta on Tuesday has left their family shattered.
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Stephenie Meyer says more Twilight books are planned

There is still plenty of life in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. 
Meyer is planning at least two more books in her mega-selling vampire series, she said during a recent promotional event. Meanwhile, the author's long-awaited Midnight Sun sold more than 1 million copies in its first week, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced Thursday.
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When the coronavirus pandemic emerged, the music and hospitality industry took a beating. Concerts and events were canceled all over the world as countries imposed lockdown restrictions and stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the virus.
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As economy recovers, some Toronto restaurants commit to end tipping

TORONTO -- As the Canadian economy continues to adapt to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, some restaurants in Toronto are saying goodbye to a service industry staple: tipping.
Three restaurants -- Richmond Station, Ten and Burdock Brewery -- have publicly signed onto doing away with the practice, with the aims of making the industry more equitable and providing service workers with access to the social safety nets afforded to other professions.
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McDonald's Canada to again source all beef from Canada in September

McDonald's Canada announced Thursday it will soon be getting all of its beef from Canada again, months after supply chain disruptions here due to COVID-19 spurred it to bring in the meat from outside the country.
It will switch back to 100 per cent Canadian beef beginning in September, McDonald's Canada president John Betts announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference.
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Bank of Canada cuts benchmark mortgage rate to lowest level in three years

OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada has cut its benchmark five-year mortgage rate to 4.79 per cent, the second cut in three months.
The central bank in May had trimmed the rate to 4.94 per cent from 5.04 per cent.
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UNESCO warns historic Beirut buildings at risk of collapse

BEIRUT -- The United Nations' cultural agency said Thursday it will lead the international campaign for the recovery and restoration of Beirut's heritage, citing local officials who said that around 60 historic buildings in the Lebanese capital were at risk of collapse following last week's devastating explosion at the Beirut port.
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No in-person fall graduations this year at York, Ryerson, U of T, Seneca

TORONTO -- Four Toronto post-secondary institutions have decided not to hold in-person convocation ceremonies this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
York University says it made the "difficult decision" alongside Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Seneca College.
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McDonald's returns to 100 per cent Canadian beef after COVID-19 supply chain issues

TORONTO -- McDonald's Canada says it will return to sourcing only Canadian beef in September after having to import beef temporarily due to COVID-19.
The fast-food chain said in late April it would import beef from pre-approved suppliers and facilities outside the country due to limited processing capacity at Canadian suppliers.
 

Humans off the hook? Climate change killed woolly rhinos, says study

WASHINGTON -- A woolly brown rhinoceros that weighed two tons once roamed northeastern Siberia before mysteriously disappearing around 14,000 years ago.
Was its demise caused by humans, or the warming climate of the time?
A new study by a Swedish and Russian team of scientists who examined DNA fragments from the remains of 14 of these prehistoric mammals lets our species off the hook.
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Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel in 'historic moment'

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
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'New era' in Israel's relations with Arab world: Netanyahu

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the announcement that full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates has ushered in a "new era" in Israel's relations with the Arab world.
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