TTC ad for app showing pot shop listings lights up controversy

A set of ads displayed across the TTC for an app called WeedMaps is lighting up controversy over whether the transit agency should be helping marijuana dispensaries generate profits, as police attempt to crack down on illegal pot shops in the city.
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Cyberspy service eyes political blackmail as part of democratic risk assessment

OTTAWA -- The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada's electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency.
Safeguarding personal information on voters lists, ensuring election ballot tallies aren't manipulated and preventing fake news from swaying the public might also be part of the study, said Scott Jones of the Communications Security Establishment.
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Ex-Montreal mayor Applebaum won't appeal corruption conviction

MONTREAL -- The lawyer for former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum says there will be no appeal of his client's conviction on corruption-related charges.
Pierre Teasdale confirmed the decision Monday but did not give any reasons.
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Halifax friends post Kijiji ad for dates to hockey game, get 200 responses

A pair of friends in Halifax found unlikely success in their bid to find dates to a hockey game after taking inspiration from a Hollywood movie.
Nick Hartling and Connor Beck consider each other best friends and share a love for hockey and humour.
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'It's not a good news story': Snow crab stock drops 40 per cent

Monday saw some bad news for the snow crab industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
According to a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) snow crab stock assessment, released Monday, what was once the world's largest snow crab fishery, is now seeing substantial decline.
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Calgary homicide victim Susie Elko 'never stood a chance' Listen to 911 call

Susie Elko was fatally stabbed with the knife she gave to her boyfriend as a birthday present, a prosecutor said Monday.
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Mom not getting son, who weighed 132 lbs. at age 5, back

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia judge has ruled that a boy who was five years old and weighed 132 pounds when he was taken from his mother will not return to her care, saying living with her was too hazardous to his health.
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Halifax police say 3,000 drug-related exhibits unaccounted for in records

Halifax police are adamant that bad record keeping rather than any criminal activity by its officers was behind the "misplacement" of 3,000 of nearly 10,000 drug-related exhibits uncovered in a recent inventory.
Among the unaccounted for items were cocaine and other drugs, and more than 200 cash items totalling $100,000.
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Patrons hurl obscenities at cops as they arrest 2 at Thunder Bay bar

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Police say officers were surrounded by patrons hurling obscenities after they arrested a man and a woman in a bar in Thunder Bay, Ont.
They say when officers located the woman, who had allegedly breached a recognizance, in the bar on Friday afternoon, she tried to flee, but was immediately apprehended.
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Desperate times obscure Canada's role in Iraq's uncertain future

ERBIL, Iraq -- A baby's cry pierces the din as dozens of people wait to see a doctor or nurse at what's surely one of the busiest health clinics in the Middle East: inside a sprawling refugee camp that's home to 18,000 displaced men, women and children.
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Feds need to get on top of border

As refugees continue to make a bee-line for Canada from the continental United States, the federal government is demonstrating how there can be such a thing as too much caution.
Speaking on a television news program this weekend, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Ottawa was taking a wait-and-see approach as it studies the influx of refugees entering Canada on foot, away official from border crossings.
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Convicted killer Kelly Ellard allowed temporary escorted prison release

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard has been granted temporary escorted absences from prison to attend doctor’s appointments and parenting programs for her baby.
Parole board member Alex Dantzer says it’s disturbing that Ellard continues to minimize her crime, but in light of her good behaviour in prison she should be allowed the absences.
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Pilot who died in CF-18 crash didn't eject or call for help: DND

OTTAWA -- An investigation has found a pilot who died during a training mission near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary didn't eject or call for help before the crash.
A release from the Department of National Defence says Capt.
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