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Thousands light up at Vancouver beach for smoke-hazed 4-20

VANCOUVER -- The 24th annual 4-20 rally on Vancouver's Sunset Beach drew a crowd long before pot smokers were expected to light up at 4:20 p.m.
Vendors started setting up their stalls early Friday near the beach, selling marijuana, baked edibles, vaporizers, and glassware under the watchful eyes of Vancouver police officers, the fire department, paramedics and security services.
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Doug Ford says he'll take high road after crude comment by Liberal organizer

CHATHAM, Ont. -- A senior campaign official for the Ontario Liberals is apologizing for a crude comment he made on live television about Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.
But Ford says Premier Kathleen Wynne should ask campaign co-chair David Herle to resign, saying his words are insulting to PC supporters.
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Toddler found dead in Quebec City had been stabbed, police confirm

Quebec City police say they now have the autopsy results for two-year-old Rosalie Gagnon, found dead in a garbage bin Wednesday, confirming she was stabbed to death.
Police are asking residents whose garbage bins have gone missing and who live on or near de Gaulle Avenue to contact 911.
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Felix the cat didn't get the message to stay off thin ice, so Winnipeg fire-paramedic crews were called in to save the stranded kitty from an ice floe on the Assiniboine River.
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Supreme court changes guidelines for international child custody cases

Canada's top court is issuing new guidelines on how international custody disputes should be judged, saying "all relevant circumstances" should be taken into account when deciding what country a child should live in.
The direction from the Supreme Court of Canada comes in a ruling on a custody battle involving parents who clashed on whether their children should live in Canada or Germany.
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CN Tower, closed since Monday due to falling ice concerns, to reopen

TORONTO - The CN Tower will reopen late Friday afternoon after being closed since Monday due to concerns about ice falling from the Toronto landmark.
The tower's Twitter feed says crews have worked to ensure the buildings and streets in the surrounding area are safe for the public.
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Parliament Hill plays host to last annual marijuana rally before legalization

OTTAWA -- Cannabis enthusiasts are gathering en masse on Parliament Hill to mark the annual marijuana celebration known as 4-20.
The event marks the last time pot users will flock to the Hill to celebrate cannabis culture in late April before the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana later this summer.
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Quebec City police say two-year-old girl was stabbed to death

QUEBEC -- Police say a two-year-old Quebec girl who died in hospital after being found in a garbage can had been stabbed.
Rosalie Gagnon's mother was charged Thursday with arson, mischief and obstructing the work of a police officer in the infant's death.
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Man accused of student murder not fit for trial: court

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. -- A man accused of murdering a student at a high school in Abbotsford, B.C., has been found unfit to stand trial because of his mental state.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes said Friday that the variability of Gabriel Klein's mental illness must be taken into account.
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Desperate for French teachers, Vancouver comes to Toronto to recruit

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) is hoping that at least a few GTA French teachers are willing to go west and start a new life in British Columbia. 
At the EdTalent Spring Job Fair in Toronto on Friday, the board was one of many hoping to sell teachers on working in their city.
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A look at each province's rules for marijuana legalization

As cannabis culture is celebrated across Canada, the annual 4/20 day carries a special significance for Canadians this year, thanks to the promised legalization of marijuana that’s expected to take effect in the coming months.
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Quebec school boards say they're not ready for new surge of asylum seekers

MONTREAL -- Quebec schools are feeling the pressure as asylum-seeking families with young children continue to cross the U.S. border into the province.
A spokeswoman for one of Montreal's largest school boards says it has had a record number of new students this past year, including some 700 who are asylum seekers.
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Toys 'R' Us Canada draws $300M 'stalking horse' bid from Fairfax Financial

Ahead of an auction scheduled next week for the Canadian assets of Toys "R" US, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has put in a $300-million offer.
According to court documents filed April 19 with the the United States Bankruptcy Court for the eastern district of Virginia, Toys "R" Us plans to auction off the company's Canadian operations on April 23 at 11:00 a.m.
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