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Canada Reads 2019: The defenders, the books and what's at stake

If you're searching for new reading material, and up for some feisty competition to help you decide, look no further than the literary version of Survivor — better known as Canada Reads. 
The annual weeklong debate starts Mar. 25 and pairs famous Canucks with a Canadian book of their choice as they duke it out to select a winner.
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Man, 22, snatched in armed kidnapping in Markham, Ont.

A 22-year-old man is the victim of an armed kidnapping in Markham, Ont., York Regional Police say.
Wanzhen Lu was forced into a vehicle by three men in the underground parking garage of a condo building at 15 Water Walk Dr, in Markham, shortly before 6 p.m.
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Search for Ambar Roy on hold due to weather, scheduled to continue Sunday

Due to weather, Nunavut Emergency Management workers have temporarily paused the search for Ambar Roy, an 18-year-old Ontario university student who was reported missing while visiting his parents in the Nunavut capital more than a week ago.
On Friday, emergency management workers searched the Road to Nowhere area with snowmobiles, calling off the search after dark for safety reasons, according to an RCMP news release.
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Brampton, Ont., residents are "livid" over a decision by the federal government to move a woman with multiple convictions for sexual assaults against small girls to their city, Mayor Patrick Brown said. 
Peel Regional Police issued a community safety advisory on Friday about Madilyn Harks, formerly Matthew Harks, alerting residents that she now resides in the Brampton area.
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26-year-old charged with attempted murder in Montreal priest stabbing

MONTREAL -- A 26-year old man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Catholic priest during morning mass at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory on Friday.
Vlad Cristian Eremia, who appeared in a Montreal courtroom via videoconference Saturday afternoon, is also charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly attacking the Oratory's 77-year-old rector with a knife.
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Police seek public help after armed kidnapping in Markham, Ont.

MARKHAM, Ont. -- Police north of Toronto are asking for the public's help after a 22-year-old man was the victim of an armed kidnapping.
It happened Saturday evening in the underground parking garage of a condo building in Markham, Ont.
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Book borrowed in 1956 is finally returned to New Brunswick library

MONCTON, N.B. -- An overdue book is finally back at the public library in Moncton, N.B., -- 63 years after it was borrowed.
Librarian Chantale Bellemare says a senior was cleaning his house and discovered the volume of Relax and Live, a self-help book for relieving tension and getting better sleep.
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Man beaten, held in basement for up to 20 hours: Ontario police

Police in southwestern Ontario have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a man said he was bound, beaten and confined in a basement for up to 20 hours.
Police in St.
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Man critical after being shot by Calgary police during alleged home invasion

CALGARY -- Police in Calgary say an officer shot a man when police responded to a report of an armed home invasion.
Officers arrived at the scene early Saturday and say they found two men allegedly attempting to flee in a vehicle.
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Five people face first-degree murder charges in Saskatchewan homicide

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- Four men and a woman have been charged with first-degree murder in a death in Saskatchewan.
Police in Prince Albert say a 22-year-old man was found in critical condition by officers responding to an assault-in-progress call at a downtown apartment building Friday afternoon.
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Man shot by Calgary police officer during alleged home invasion

CALGARY -- Police in Calgary say an officer shot a man when police responded to a report of an armed home invasion.
Officers arrived at the scene early Saturday and say they found two men allegedly attempting to flee in a vehicle.
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Tractor-trailer bursts into flames in Calgary crash; two injured

Two people are in hospital after a tractor-trailer in Calgary crashed into a concrete median and burst into flames.
Calgary police said the tractor-trailer was travelling on Stoney Trail near Country Hills Blvd. around 11 a.m.
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Ford says social media allows politicians to circumvent mainstream journalists

Premier Doug Ford says mainstream journalists have become irrelevant because social media allows him to speak directly to Ontarians.
The Ontario premier told a conference of conservative thinkers, strategists and politicians Saturday that journalists are "losing the battle" to inform people about the news.
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