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Lebanese-Canadian finds her calling by helping newcomers

At the age of 23 Wellander Sima Nahli is on a mission to help newcomers settle into their new life in Canada without any hiccups.  More

Wainfleet needs a treasurer

Wainfleet is looking for a new treasurer and clerk after Robyn Madere parted ways with the township last week.  More

Brock, incoming president part ways

Brock University will be starting the academic year with its president's position vacant.  More

Dual duty takes the spotlight

Sometimes words just aren’t enough.  More

Hudak takes his leave

And just like that, it was over. Tim Hudak said goodbye to public life.  More

Woman beats up boyfriend

Court News:A family that sticks together:If your girlfriend wants to spend more time with her family while visiting Niagara Falls, grant her the request, especially if she is trained in martial arts.A 47-year-old Alberta man came out on the losing end of an argument with his girlfriend while staying at the Clifton Victoria Inn on Sept. 27.Sandra Ch  More

Motorcyclist injured in St. Catharines crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with life- threatening injuries following a collision with a car in St. Catharines.  More

Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.  More

Rat infestation in Niagara Falls

The city is trying to get on top of an ongoing rat problem in the community.  More

$50M luxury condos coming to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls has long been a favourite destination for Chinese tourists.  More

Former IceDogs star to speak at benefit

Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Spotlight Gala on child abuse Sept. 15 in St. Catharines.  More

Photo: Maintaining the trees

Kyle Jansen works in a tree high above Kitchener Street in Niagara Falls trimming and cutting dead branches.  More

Migrant workers focus of new documentary

The plight of migrant workers across Canada, including Niagara, is the focus of a new documentary debuting on TVO Sept. 14.  More

YMCA children's programs get provincial boost

Two new programs to encourage children to get active are being rolled out at Niagara’s YMCAs.  More

Social assistance payments will not be mailed

To avoid delays caused by a potential postal strike, Niagara Region community services will not be mailing out social assistance payments.  More

Health Canada offers DNA tests after 2nd switched at birth case

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Health Canada offers DNA tests to people born at Norway House Indian Hospital in northern Manitoba following recent revelations that a second pair of men had been switched at birth at the government-run facility 41 years ago.

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'Barely conscious' Canadian prof hospitalized in Iranian prison

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A professor from Montreal who has been imprisoned in Iran was recently hospitalized, is barely conscious and can hardly walk or talk, according to family.

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Neil Macdonald on brother Norm's confessions of a cult leader

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A look at some of the stories in the comedian's strange new memoir, some of which may be true.

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Accused in crossbow killings was banned from owning the weapon, but sellers wouldn't have known

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Those convicted of violent crimes are often ordered by the court not to own guns or crossbows — the weapon police say killed two brothers in a triple homicide in Scarborough last week — but because there's no regulation of crossbows, retailers don't know who they shouldn't be selling to.

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Try as they might, Liberals will have tough time winning Stephen Harper's riding

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The Liberals have already launched an appeal for donations to mount a campaign in Stephen Harper's old riding. Considering their slim chances there and in byelections to be held in two other Alberta seats, are the Liberals serious?

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'Laughable': Critics slam McDonald's ad for preservative-free McNuggets

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McDonald's is promoting its new preservative-free Chicken McNuggets with a commercial that says, "We all want what's best for our kids." Some health advocates claim the ad is misleading because it implies processed McNuggets are good for children.

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Ontario guaranteed-income pilot moves ahead with new report

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Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal delivers a key report this week on a plan by Ontario to launch a pilot project to guarantee a minimum income for participants in a community still to be selected. In an interview, Segal gives some hints about the report's contents — and rebuts critics who say such programs foster laziness.

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How new FAA rules for commercial drones could leave Canada's drone industry on the runway

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Things are looking up for U.S. drone advocates. New Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing companies to fly small unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes came into effect this week.

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Trudeau uses social media tactics in highly censored China

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well-known for his use of social media in Canada, but what will he do in China, where social media services are heavily monitored and censored?

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Canada Post, union extend mediation another 24 hours

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Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have again agreed to extend mediation aimed at resolving their labour dispute by another 24 hours.

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'I have no alternative': Palestinian teen sneaks into Israel to join 25,000 illegal workers

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Israeli authorities say they plan to clamp down on some 25,000 Palestinians working inside Israel illegally. But the illegal workers continue to make their way in. See how two young Palestinian make the dangerous journey.

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EU rules Apple must pay up to 13B euros in back taxes

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The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion US) to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back taxes from the U.S. technology company, plus interest.

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Canada's ad industry cracking down on paid endorsements on social media

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Canada's advertising industry is taking long-overdue steps to curb misleading posts on blogs and social media that double as paid product endorsements in an effort to keep so-called influencers honest.

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Your dog really does understand what you say, science confirms

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Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man's best friend really does understand some of what we're saying.

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Ottawa discourages citizen policing after texting-and-driving video incident

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A woman captured on video texting while driving an SUV down an Ottawa street — then nearly clipping a motorcyclist while changing lanes — likely won't be charged because of limited resources, according to Ottawa police.

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Saskatoon couple responds with sarcasm when asked by CRA to prove they have children - again

Devin Dubois and his wife got a letter telling them to prove that they have children or their child benefits would be cut off.  More

Indigenous headdresses distributed on first day at Montreal elementary school, prompting outrage

Jennifer Dorner said she found the scene in the Montreal schoolyard distressing and offensive and posted a photo and commentary on Facebook, where it began making the rounds.  More

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown won’t ‘scrap’ Ontario sex-ed curriculum

Progressive Conservative leader backtracks on letter that said he would ‘scrap the controversial changes to sex ed’  More

Caribou herd in Labrador may not recover from rapid decline: biologists

Herd has fewer than 9,000 remaining, down from 800,000 in 1990s  More

Peacekeeping expected to cost less than non-UN missions

UN reimburses countries that provide soldiers to peacekeeping missions  More

Rates of shelter use higher for indigenous people, study shows

Federal review finds aboriginals over-represented in homeless shelters  More

CMHC-insured mortgage arrears in Alberta increase by more than 50 per cent

Payments on almost 1,500 mortgages in Alberta were three months or more overdue as of June 30, agency said  More

Ontario pulls sudden about-face with vow to ban cash-for-access fundraisers

While political parties could still seek contributions, politicians would be barred from attending events to raise money  More

Alberta town says kids under 15 have to be off streets at night

Bruderheim, Alta., says curfew was prompted by complaints about property damage, unsupervised children  More

Overuse and misuse of methadone treatment is an epidemic

Paper finds more than 50,000 people in Ontario alone are on methadone maintenance treatment  More

Court hears some infant remains found in locker were full term

Andrea Giesbrecht was charged with concealing remains  More

Canada Post, workers union agree to extend mediation another 24 hours

Canada Post has been bargaining with its employees for more than nine months, but both sides were far apart as of late last week on key issues including pension changes for new employees and pay scales for rural postal workers.  More

Canadian support for China free-trade deal growing: poll

Despite increased approval of closer ties, fewer Canadians believe country’s human-rights situation is improving, poll finds  More

St. John’s Telegram blasts sexist ‘trolls’ after backlash over feminism article

St. John’s Telegram editor says he was outraged by online attacks on female reporter after writing about feminist conference  More

An unprepared Ontario faces imminent fentanyl crisis, groups warn

Groups involved in drug issues say the province needs a co-ordinated response led by the provincial government to save lives  More

Donald Trump’s immigration policy remains unclear

Presidential nominee’s own team can’t say whether he’s sticking with his promise to boot the millions living in the country illegally  More

Canadian shot by Bangladesh police linked to Calgary terrorists

Man killed by Bangladesh police part of study group that included six Canadians who have fought for extremist groups  More

Entrepreneur Fred Kaneb invented the Dilbert Dunker

During the Second World War, he dreamed up a device for teaching air crews how to survive a forced landing at sea  More

MP accuses comedian of 'triggering' her with mocking photo of Stephen Harper

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel posted on Twitter that she has since apologized to Critch “that he got flamed,” and she says that he, too, told her he was sorry.  More

Postal workers delay possible job action for 24 hours as contract talks continue

The threat of possible job action by Canada Post workers has been placed on hold for 24 hours  More

Tories twice rejected rule change that could have opened doors for more refugees

The Conservative government twice rejected a proposal last year to make it easier for Canadians to sponsor them, newly disclosed documents show.  More

Federal strategy on veterans homelessness to call for housing subsidies

The strategy says that what homeless veterans require is access to immediate housing, peer support and outreach to get them off the street.  More

Time to bolster Canada’s chronically under funded mental health system: advocates

Canada’s funding levels rank near the bottom among a list of OECD countries  More

Canadian's hotel in Mexico seized by men with machetes ... and it was legal

Canadian was among more than a dozen hoteliers and entrepreneurs evicted on June 17 in a land dispute, Mexican media reports say  More

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown promises to scrap sex-ed curriculum

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is making a hard-right turn, promising to scrap Ontario's Liberal government's new sexual education curriculum on the eve of a close-fought Toronto by-election.  More

Véronique Hivon drops out of PQ leadership race due to health issues

Hivon’s campaign says she has an acute viral infection  More

Three Ottawa men sentenced on terrorism-related charges

The group, including twin brothers, was arrested in 2015 as part of an RCMP investigation  More

One hundred years after disappearing, Berlin (Ontario) shows signs of revival

100 years ago, the historical reality of Berlin was wiped away from memory, and the city we call Kitchener came into being. Now, John Allemang finds signs of a Germanic revival  More

‘I want answers so bad': Manitoba First Nations men angry over birth mix-up

Incident appears to be the second birth mix-up at the same federally run hospital during the mid-1970s  More