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Online scam uses fake endorsements from media personalities to sell products

Lisa LaFlamme is not quitting her job to sell skincare products. Neither is Marilyn Denis or Melissa Grelo.
But bogus online ads using fake endorsements from several Canadian media personalities have left many shoppers confused.
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Ontario government says cannabis stores to be phased in

The Ontario government says it plans to take a "phased approach" to introducing retail cannabis stores, with only a handful of licences being handed out at first.
In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it will issue up to 25 licences ahead of the first day of private retail sales on April 1.
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Liberals' election reform bill becomes law on last day of parliamentary sitting

After receiving royal assent today — the final day of the current parliamentary sitting before the Christmas break — the Liberal government's electoral reform bill, C-76, is now law.
The Trudeau government tabled C-76 last year. It limits the length of federal election campaigns, restricts the amount of spending allowed in the period immediately before a campaign, works to prevent foreign interference and introduces new rules to regulate third-party political activity.
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Cannabis stores to be phased in with a lottery for licences, Ford government says

The Ontario government says it plans to take a "phased approach" to introducing retail cannabis stores, with only a handful of licences being handed out at first.
In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it will issue up to 25 licences ahead of the first day of private retail sales on April 1.
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Supreme Court rejects appeal to speed up challenge to assisted dying restriction

A B.C. woman's push to speed up a key assisted dying challenge was rejected by Canada's top court today.
The Supreme Court of Canada instead decided Chilliwack's Julia Lamb and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association will need to wait until Novmber of 2019 for a trial in B.C.
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How Ontario food banks fill their shelves via weekly swaps along Hwy 401

A well-organized swap of donated food sends fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers grown in Windsor-Essex along Highway 401 to hundreds of food banks that are struggling to find fresh produce.
In return, the Toronto Daily Bread Food bank sends items like boxes of cereal, pasta and soups back to Windsor-Essex.
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Canada's extradition act on display with world watching Meng case: experts

OTTAWA -- Canada's cumbersome extradition system means Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou could wait years before her case is resolved even if she will inevitably be committed to stand trial in the United States, legal experts say.
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Avalanche warning issued for B.C.'s backcountry after series of storms

REVELSTOKE, B.C. -- Avalanche Canada has issued a special public warning for backcountry users about the dangers of avalanche in several areas of British Columbia.
The agency says after a drought in late November and early December, the province has been hit with a series of storms with snow that isn't bonding with the old surface.
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Braiden Jacob's death now homicide investigation, say Thunder Bay police

The death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob is being investigated as a homicide, the Thunder Bay Police Service announced in a written release Thursday afternoon.
Officers were dispatched to the southern portion of Chapples Park shortly after 11:30 a.m.
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Toronto and Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis stores

TORONTO -- Councillors in Toronto have voted to allow retail pot shops in Canada's most populous city.
Councillors voted 20-4 Thursday evening to allow privately run cannabis stores to operate in Toronto.
The decision came on the same day councillors in Ottawa voted to allow pot shops to open in the nation's capital, and a day after councillors in Markham and Mississauga voted not to.
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Police across Canada probing bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss 'hoax'

TORONTO -- Police forces in major cities across Canada are investigating multiple bomb threats, as authorities in the U.S. say similar threats sent to dozens of locations appear to be a hoax.
Police in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as several RCMP detachments, are all investigating multiple threats.
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'They're going to love us': Montreal restaurant sending entire staff to Cuba

Anyone who’s worked in a restaurant knows that grueling hours, temperamental tippers and toxic kitchen culture can make even the most dedicated worker eye the door.
In a bid to keep his employees from jumping ship, a Montreal restauranteur is sending the entire team on a week-long trip to Cuba.
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Dozens of bomb threat hoaxes made across Canada, U.S.: police

Canadian and U.S. authorities responded to bomb threat hoaxes at dozens of schools, government offices and other locations on Thursday.
Bomb threats were reported in several Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg and across British Columbia, according to RCMP detachments and local police forces.