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Relatives of murdered seniors set to ask to take part in public inquiry

TORONTO -- Relatives of murdered seniors, along with advocacy and health-care groups, are among four dozen applicants seeking to participate in a public inquiry sparked by a nurse who killed eight elderly long-term-care residents in Ontario.
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B.C. man charged with animal cruelty after dog nearly dies of fleas

VANCOUVER -- An advocacy group says an animal cruelty charge has been laid against a British Columbia man after a dog nearly died of a serious flea infestation.
The SPCA says in a release that an older terrier named Rascal was rushed to an animal hospital on Vancouver Island earlier this year after losing about 85 per cent of his blood to fleas.
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Provincial finance ministers reject federal 50-50 pot tax split plan

Provincial and territorial ministers hope to strike a deal today on a tax-sharing plan for legalized pot in Canada.
Heading into the meeting with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau in Ottawa, ministers said a proposed 50-50 split is a non-starter because the provinces and municipalities will shoulder the majority of costs for police enforcement, health care and education programs once marijuana becomes legal in July.
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'Tis the season for doorstep stealing? Shoppers vent about delivery security

Todd Bailey is fed up with delivery companies that drop his online purchases at his door.
A few years ago, the Grande Prairie, Alta., resident was at the hospital for the birth of his child when a big-screen TV he had ordered was left on his front stoop.
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Liberals boost pot-tax share for provinces in bid to strike deal

Provincial and territorial ministers hope to strike a deal today on a tax-sharing plan for legalized pot in Canada.
Heading into the meeting with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau in Ottawa, ministers said a proposed 50-50 split is a non-starter because the provinces and municipalities will shoulder the majority of costs for police enforcement, health care and education programs once marijuana becomes legal in July.
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay mayor made superhuman effort to get help after being shot

HAPPY VALLEY GOOSE BAY, N.L. -- Friends of a Labrador mayor say he somehow got on a snowmobile and reached a nearby highway to flag down help after he was shot in the lower face while hunting.
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Calgary election polling failures caused by 'perfect storm,' research firm says

Mainstreet Research says its internal investigation into the polling failures that led the firm to wrongly predict Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi would lose the October municipal election concludes they were caused by a "perfect storm" of factors.
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Sask. man sentenced after threatening online to 'blow out' Justin Trudeau's brains

A Saskatchewan man has received a two-year suspended sentence for making online threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Derek Hurrell, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of uttering threats earlier this year. According to the Crown prosecutor, Hurrell posted on Facebook stating he wanted to "blow out" Justin Trudeau's brains.
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Syrian refugee thanks Canada for 'amazing' two years

Two "amazing" years have passed since Syrian refugee Najeeb Al Masri and his family arrived in Canada from Turkey.
The engineering student spoke with CTV News Channel Sunday about the challenges of adjusting to life in Toronto, where he landed with his family in December 2015.
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Ontario on track for $4B deficit in 2017-2018: FAO

TORONTO - Ontario's fiscal watchdog says the Liberal government will run a deficit this fiscal year, despite claims it has balanced the budget.
In a new report today, the Financial Accountability Office says the Liberals will run a $4 billion deficit in 2017-2018.
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Southern Ontario’s first dose of snowfall is expected to cause some headaches for afternoon commuters Monday.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for every district in southern Ontario except for Algonquin and Renfrew-Pembroke-Barry’s Bay.
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How educators are tackling differences in math confidence between boys and girls

TORONTO -- When Ayelet Freedman assigned her Grade 7 students to work on a math problem in groups last year, a 12-year-old girl said she was "too stupid" to work with her classmates.
"She wasn't looking for attention, she was convinced she was stupid," says Freedman, a math and language teacher in Ontario's York Region.
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20 years ago, this court case changed the way Canadians understood Indigenous rights

The 20th anniversary of one of the most important court cases in the history of Indigenous land and title rights is being celebrated in British Columbia today.
The decision in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia was delivered on Dec.
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