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Actress Viola Léger, celebrated as an ambassador for Acadian

Acadian actress Viola Léger died on Saturday, according to a release from Carol Doucet at Le Grenier musique. Léger was 92. Her ​most notable role was the character of La Sagouine, a humble Acadian cleaning woman. She played the role more than 3,000 times in the play by Acadian author Antonine Maillet. “She has always […]

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‘Hurricane Hazel’ McCallion, longtime mayor of Mississauga, Ont.,

Hazel McCallion, the pint-sized “Hurricane” who ruled Mississauga, Ont., as mayor for 12 terms and into her 94th year, has died. She was 101. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that McCallion died at home early Sunday morning. “Hazel was the true definition of a public servant,” Ford said in a statement announcing her death. “There […]

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Winnipeg advocates renew call for police reform after death of

Winnipeg advocates are renewing calls for police reform after the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, a Black man who was beaten by police during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7. Nichols died three days after the confrontation.  The officers, all of whom are Black, have been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other crimes. […]

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Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley lies in state at Ontario legislature

Toronto People can pay tribute to former Ontario lieutenant-governor David Onley this weekend as he lies in state for two days at the legislature before his funeral Monday. Onley, who died at age 72, was a champion of disability rights The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 28, 2023 8:08 AM EST | Last Updated: 1 […]

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2 more teens accused in swarming death of Ken Lee granted bail |

Two more teenagers, who each face a second-degree murder charge in connection with what police have called a “swarming” attack on Ken Lee in Toronto, were granted bail Friday. Lee, a 59-year-old Toronto man, was pronounced dead in hospital after he was allegedly beaten and stabbed by a group of girls not far from a downtown shelter in […]

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Quebec woman who mailed poison to Trump White House pleads guilty

A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. Pascale Ferrier, 55, entered the plea today in United States District Court in Washington, D.C. She also pleaded guilty to eight charges related to similar biological weapons offences committed in […]

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Bank of Canada raises interest rate again — but hints that hikes

Business·Breaking The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate again, to 4.5 per cent, but hinted that it may now be done with its aggressive campaign of rate hikes. Central bank has been trying to wrestle sky-high inflation into submission Pete Evans · CBC News · Posted: Jan 25, 2023 10:00 AM EST […]

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Trudeau to host premiers Feb. 7 to hammer out health deal:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a first ministers’ meeting in Ottawa on Feb. 7 as his government looks to finalize a deal on health-care funding with the provinces, according to sources who spoke to CBC News. The two sides have been in protracted negotiations over an increase to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) for months. The […]

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Caribou summit asks a burning question: What’s the future of the

The Porcupine caribou is one of the few barren-ground herds in the circumpolar world that remains strong and healthy — and the communities who rely on it want to make sure it stays that way.  This was the key takeaway from a three-day Caribou Summit held in Fort McPherson, N.W.T., last week. Organized by the […]

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Ottawa to begin ‘intense’ talks to rewrite First Nations child

Ottawa will attempt to renegotiate its $20-billion compensation package for people affected by the First Nations child welfare system, court records say. Federal officials are expected to begin “intense confidential discussions” on Feb. 7 and 8 to re-work the $20-billion compensation agreement that was rejected last fall by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, according to a letter […]