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Sacred fire burns around the clock for MMIWG national inquiry

A sacred fire is continually burning across the street from where the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being held in Saskatoon. The fire has been burning in a teepee near the South Saskatchewan River on Spadina Crescent since the inquiry started Monday and will burn until the inquiry is complete Thursday. Firekeepers tend to the fire around the clock in eight-hour shifts. Firekeeper Alvin Baptiste said in Indigenous culture the fire is a spirit and cannot be photographed. He explained that it listens toRead More

Calgarians seek social media support after making shortlist of Vintage Air Rally applicants

Two Calgary men are turning to social media in the hopes of gaining support for their effort to fly in a fully funded, six week rally from the southern tip of Argentina to Florida. From a field of 700 applicants, Rick Appleton and Glen Tinckler were the only Canadians selected to make the list of 60 finalists for the International Vintage Air Rally. The remaining teams are all vying to be selected as one of the 15 groups who will make the 42-day journey in 2018. Appleton, a veteran WestJetRead More

Klaus concludes testimony in Castor triple murder trial

Tyson Fedor, Reporter – CTV Red Deer Bureau Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:20PM MST Jason Klaus took to the stand Wednesday morning to finish his testimony during what has been a lengthy murder trial. He is co-accused of killing his mother, father and sister on their family farm in December, 2013. Joshua Frank is the other man accused of three counts of first degree murder and one count of arson in the deaths of Monica, Gordon and Sandra Klaus. Klaus testified his recollection of being involved in a criminalRead More

Ontario city looks to scrap age-based discounts in favour of income-based system

By Peter Cameron, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:51AM EST An eastern Ontario city is mulling the idea of scrapping discounts on municipal programs and services for seniors and youth in order to boost supports for low-income residents of any age. The City of Kingston says that while it already has a Municipal Fee Assistance program for those in need, the approach it’s considering would raise the qualification threshold so more people could access the savings. Seniors and youth are currently offered age-based discounts at recreational andRead More

‘Every season is tick season’: Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk – Nova Scotia

Marina von Stackelberg Laurenne Schiller loves taking her dog Cousteau for walks along Halifax trails as the weather cools. But even after the first dusting of snow this week, each walk finishes with a head-to-toe check for blacklegged ticks on her and her collie. “Talking to other dog owners, people have said they will pick 12 or 15 [ticks] off their dog in an hour-long walk on the trails here,” she said. Schiller now keeps her furry companion on tick medication year-round. Bit while Christmas tree shopping Experts say there is aRead More

Health Canada releases proposed pot regulations for public feedback

OTTAWA – Health Canada has unveiled a consultation paper with a suite of proposed cannabis regulations, including mandatory warnings on all products, similar to those on tobacco. The regulations released today are now up for public consultation for the next 60 days. They include a proposal for the development of health warning messages for areas including the risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy, the dangers of impaired driving and dangers of combining cannabis with other substances, including alcohol. Health Canada says the purpose of the consultation paper is toRead More

Halifax RCMP investigating after laser pointed at cockpit of incoming planes

The RCMP is investigating after a laser was pointed into the cockpit of two incoming airplanes at the Halifax airport and also at a vehicle Sunday evening. Police responded to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport just after 11 p.m. Police say two pilots reported that a green laser had been pointed directly into the cockpit of two planes as they were landing at the airport. “Such actions are dangerous and jeopardize the safety of the passengers and crew on these flights,” said Halifax District RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson. Officers searchedRead More

PhD student makes groundbreaking discovery that may prevent spread of cancer

A PhD student in Ontario has made a groundbreaking discovery that may have the potential to prevent cancer cells from spreading. Caitlin Miron, a PhD student in the chemistry department at Queen’s University, has identified a chemical compound that may be able to “switch off” cancer cells in order to stop them from spreading. Studying at the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in Bordeaux, France, Miron was able to use advanced screening technology to examine a number of compounds from the Petitjean lab at Queen’s University. During her internship,Read More

Kids gather in Ottawa to develop Canadian Children’s Charter Staff Published Monday, November 20, 2017 9:13PM EST Last Updated Monday, November 20, 2017 9:16PM EST Dozens of youth gathered in Ottawa on Monday to mark National Child Day and to develop Canada’s first “Children’s Charter,” which will be unveiled in Parliament on Wednesday. Sara Austin, who runs the advocacy group Children First Canada, says the charter is needed to draw attention to the fact that children’s rights are not being adequately protected. “Millions of kids in our country are growing up in poverty, experiencing abuse and neglect, andRead More

Motorcycle injuries in Ontario twice as costly to treat as those from car collisions: study

A new study suggests motorcyclists in Ontario are three times more likely to be injured in a collision than people in automobiles, 10 times more likely to suffer serious injuries, and those injuries will cost more to treat. The study from researchers at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It found that treatment of injuries from an Ontario motorcycle crash will cost, on average, nearly twice as much — $5,825 — as opposedRead More