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Skating champion Karen Magnussen warns about ammonia gas leaks at ice arenas

VICTORIA -- Canadian Olympic silver medallist and former world champion figure skater Karen Magnussen can still feel the spot deep in her chest where an ammonia leak burned her lungs six years ago, leaving her disabled and unable to go back to an ice rink to teach the sport she loves.
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Two years after Adam Ahmed was stopped at Pearson airport while travelling to a hockey game and flagged as a possible security threat, the young boy's fight to clear his name and that of hundreds of others is heading to Parliament Hill.
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MMIWG inquiry leaves Manitoba families wanting more

After five days of hearings, the stories of at least 50 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls were heard by the national inquiry in Winnipeg.
More than 80 survivors and families testified, including the family of Jennifer Catcheway, who's been missing for nine years.
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How Quebec's face-covering ban stacks up to laws elsewhere around the globe

Quebec's new law on religious neutrality prohibits anyone from receiving or giving public services with their face covered, making it the first place in North America to effectively ban face veils in public places.
Bill 62, passed Wednesday in Quebec's National Assembly, means Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka have to uncover their faces to access health services, attend school, and ride a public bus or Metro.
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Halifax man strips down and dives into harbour to rescue seagull

How far would you go to save a seagull?
For a Halifax man, the sight of a distressed bird entangled in a fishing line was enough for him to strip down to his underwear and leap into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Breaking down the boot boom: Why are Blundstones so popular?

Imagine this: on the way out of a house party, you realize your boots have been stolen — because everyone's boots are the same and someone mistakenly walked off in yours.
It seems to be a common problem in mudrooms across Canada, and it's all because of the popularity of Blundstone Originals — slip-on, ankle-length leather boots with elastic sides.
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Canadian busted in Chicago sex abuse probe

A Canadian man wanted for a slew of sex assault allegations in suburban Chicago has been extradited to Illinois to face the music.
Cops say Robert J. Gould, 51, Middle Musquodoboit area of Nova Scotia was arrested by the RCMP.
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Senate delay on sex assault training for judges bill 'makes my blood boil': Ambrose

In the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's meteoric downfall over sexual misconduct allegations and the rise of the #metoo campaign, former interim leader Rona Ambrose said it's frustrating the Senate still hasn't passed her bill mandating sexual assault training for judges.
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Rain and wind predicted to lash part of southern B.C. on weekend

VANCOUVER -- A rainfall warning has been posted for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Greater Victoria, and up to 70 millimetres are expected.
Environment Canada says the storm will unleash strong winds in Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands, with gusts from 70 to 90 kilometres.
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Trudeau reluctant to reveal too much on Quebec's face-covering law: Aaron Wherry

Over the course of three days this week, the prime minister was poked and prodded for a position on Bill 62.
The Quebec law, passed by the provincial legislature on Tuesday, prohibits anyone delivering or receiving public services from covering their face.
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Dalhousie student leader Masuma Khan faces backlash over ’white fragility’ comments

HALIFAX — A Dalhousie University student leader says she’s facing a backlash for criticizing “white fragility” and standing with Indigenous Peoples on Canada 150 celebrations.
Masuma Khan, a member of the student council executive, is under investigation for an online post that another student alleges discriminated against white people.
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Gord Downie's brothers open up about his childhood and legacy

Gord Downie's brothers sat down with the q host Tom Powers for an intimate interview following the Tragically Hip singer's death earlier this week.
Patrick and Mike Downie share some of their fondest memories of their brother, their plans to carry on his legacy, and what it's been like to witness an outpouring of grief from Canadians.
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Black people in Canada's most populous province spent longer behind bars awaiting trial than white people charged with many of the same categories of crimes in each of the past five years, according to data obtained by Reuters.
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