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Beachgoers spirits dampened by rain

Soaking up some rays on the beach and cooling off in the water is one of the rites of summer for many people in Niagara.  More

Canada Games board gets out of the starting blocks

You have administrators, former athletes and representatives from business and tourism.  More

FALLEN WORKERS: Dead before he receives first paycheque

The hearts of many mothers went out in sympathy and love to a lonely broken hearted mother in Ireland who would receive the news of the death of her son, Samuel McMullen [McMullan] almost before she got his first letter full of joy and happiness with having landed and got work in the land of his dreams.  More

Sherwood Farm haven for rescued horses

Sherwood Farm is a warm place. Not just because it’s a muggy day in mid-July, but because of the love and care that can be felt there.  More

Volunteers helping to guide Rodman Hall’s future

Brock University is continuing to look at its options for the future of Rodman Hall and is turning to a coalition of volunteers to help.  More

City efforts to thwart geese continues

St. Catharines is continuing its war on goose poop, trucking herds of geese out of the city for the second year in a row and using dogs to chase those left behind.  More

Thorold youth centre aids troubled teens

An ambitious team of youngsters wove their way up and down Thorold’s Front Street Saturday with the goal of helping troubled teens.  More

Smithville teen competing in CNE Rising Star Competition

Singing comes pretty naturally for Stephanie Deshane.  More

UPDATE: Missing woman located

Niagara Regional Police say a woman who was missing has been reunited with her family.  More

Comfort through care packages

When newly-diagnosed patients arrive at the Walker Family Cancer Centre at the Niagara Health System to begin their journey of treatment, they are scared and overwhelmed.  More

Ciccarelli to get roasted in Niagara Falls

Known as one of the peskiest players in National Hockey League history, Dino Ciccarelli will take it as good as he gave it next month in the sixth annual Steve Ludzik Celebrity Roast in Niagara Falls.  More

South end off-leash dog park to be built this fall

The city wants to hear from residents about what they want to see at the proposed south end off- leash dog park.  More

Racing around the track

Open practice at Welland County Motorcycle Club Sunday.  More

Petrowski vows council return, fakes Trump tweet

It took thirty minutes and single tweet for St. Catharines Regional Councillor Andy Petrowski to stir the local political pot once again.  More

Livestock takes over the Falls' Queen St.

Bands, beer, art and laughter took over part of Niagara Falls' Queen Street Saturday.  More

Why Alberta's united right could be less than sum of its parts

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The result of Saturday's merger vote between Alberta's Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties, the new United Conservative Party has a good shot at defeating Rachel Notley's New Democrats — but in mergers, one plus one does not always equal two.

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Aggressive tick whose bite makes people allergic to red meat is arriving in Canada

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A tick species from the southeastern U.S, known to cause meat allergies, is hitching rides north.

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Conservative politicians flock to U.S. media to whip up ignorance and bile: Neil Macdonald

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The conservative American public, guided by a churlish, isolationist president, is looking for whipping boys and imagined foreign enemies at the moment. So what do our Conservative politicians do? They offer up Canada, with outrage over the Omar Khadr settlement.

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Mother says doctor brought up assisted suicide option as sick daughter was within earshot

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A St. Anthony, N.L., mother who says she was told assisted suicide is an option for her 25-year-old daughter wants an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health.

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Survivor recalls horrific scene inside tractor-trailer in Texas human smuggling case

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Sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat of the tractor-trailer, passengers started crying and pleading for water. Children whimpered. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall.

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The loonie is rising — but not everyone will be happy about it

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Buoyed by strong sentiment — both at home and abroad — about the state of the Canadian economy, and getting the benefit of general weakness in the U.S. greenback, the Canadian dollar is now flying in territory it hasn't seen in two years.

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Trump complains about fake news, Obama and Republican senators in speech to boy scouts

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After another challenging day in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump flew to West Virginia to a field full of 40,000 chanting and cheering boy scouts, telling them he was happy to leave "the sewer" behind.

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Baby delivered by C-section after attack on mother can be considered homicide victim

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A baby in Montreal who died shortly after delivery by caesarean section after the mother had been repeatedly stabbed can be considered a homicide victim under Canada's laws, which precisely define when someone is legally considered a human being.

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New investment rules fail to reveal some hidden fees

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CRM2 disclosure rules give investors a better look at fees - but not the whole picture

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Trump blasts Sessions again as White House staff give attorney general little cover

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Donald Trump launched a fresh Twitter tirade Tuesday against the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy, Jeff Sessions, with White House communications staff admitting relations were strained between the president and the attorney general.

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Pot charges decline in most of Canada, but rise in Quebec

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Montreal police are handing out more cannabis-related charges, but the rest of Canada has eased its policing of the soon-to-be legal drug.

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Handbag-maker Michael Kors finds its perfect pair in Jimmy Choo purchase worth $1.3B

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American fashion brand Michael Kors is buying luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion US

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Pipeline project, wildfires top agenda for 1st meeting between Trudeau, Horgan

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The debate around the future of the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia could intensify today when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets new B.C. Premier John Horgan for the first time.

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'It's very disturbing': Poisoned baby's mom fears ex-daycare provider out of prison might hurt another child

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The mother of a baby poisoned by a former Kitchener, Ont., daycare provider says she's worried Christine Allen might try to hurt her children again or someone else's now that she is out of prison.

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'The thing in the woods' still puzzles Moncton-area family after 55 years

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In 1962 woodsman David McPherson Sr. found himself deep in the forest of Lutes Mountain staring upwards at a 181-kilogram white box with cameras and hanging from a tree by a deteriorated parachute.

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Youth suicides, MMIWG inquiry and police relations at centre of AFN meeting

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An ongoing suicide crisis, the beleaguered inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and police relations will be among the many hot topics of discussion as hundreds of First Nations chiefs sit down for three days of meetings starting Tuesday.

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Serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer's nursing licence could be revoked today

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The College of Nurses of Ontario is holding a disciplinary hearing today for Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who confessed to murdering eight nursing home residents under her care in southwestern Ontario. Wettlaufer resigned her licence last year but an official hearing still needs to be held to revoke it.

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John McCain to vote on Republican health care plan despite brain cancer fight

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U.S. Senator John McCain will make a return to the American capitol on Tuesday to play what could be a crucial role in keeping Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare afloat.

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Stranger uses truck to protect cyclist from charging grizzly on B.C. highway

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A U.S. couple got more than they bargained for while travelling in their RV from B.C. to Lake Louise, Alta., hoping to get a glimpse of the area’s renowned wildlife.

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Justin Bieber cancels remaining tour dates, including two shows in Toronto, due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the remainder of his Purpose world tour, including two dates in Toronto.

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Developer Sandy Mactaggart gave huge gifts to Edmonton

After amassing great wealth building its subdivisions, he devoted himself to building the city’s cultural institutions  More

Senator Murray Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police Services Board

He will examine how the board has handled complaints about police investigations into Indigenous deaths  More

Health summit to be held in remote Ontario First Nation facing suicide crisis

Ontario, federal officials meet to discuss ‘transformation’ of medical care and support for remote First Nations communities in crisis  More

Mint apologizes for Dieppe collector coin criticized by veterans’ group

Officially code-named Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid is called the Battle of Dieppe on a silver collector coin issued for the 75th anniversary of the assault  More

Newborn dies in Montreal after mother stabbed several times

The child was delivered by emergency C-section shortly after the woman was stabbed early this morning in the city’s north end  More

Whose bones are these? Montreal’s mystery of an unknown soldier and abandoned graves

Last year, routine road work dug up parts of a 19th-century burial ground for Montreal’s Protestants. Here's how archeologists are piecing together the story of a military man in the hopes that he, and others, can rest in peace again  More

‘This is a human life’: Ranger medic recalls treating Omar Khadr

Donnie Bumanglag spent hours in the back of a helicopter in 2002 with Khadr, then 15 years old and at the very edge of death  More

Thailand seizes assets of Canadian allegedly behind dark net marketplace AlphaBay

Alexandre Cazes was found dead in a Thai jail cell on July 12 before he was due to be extradited to the United States  More

Canada lagging behind on commitment to protect lands and fresh water, report says

Annual study looking at the UN Convention on Biodiversity obligations shows country has done far less than other nations in preserving areas from development, leaving it in last place among G7 members  More

Calgary debates where and how to sell cannabis, eyes liquor-store model as template

Municipalities across the country begin grappling with the nuts and bolts of regulating a drug that Canadians have largely been prohibited from buying and selling for almost a century  More

Unity test begins in Alberta after big win for conservative merger

In the weeks to come, the newly merged Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties will decide on their leader and direction  More

Ontario to select new private operator for GTA gambling sites

OLG will award a contract to run its casino and slot machine facilities, allowing the winner to rebuild the three sites as well as add a fourth establishment  More

Canadian military shows 'tremendous progress' since days of homophobic law

The Canadian military is trying to spread the word that discrimination and harassment are no longer tolerated, and that people of all sexual orientations can be promoted to the highest ranks  More

Ontario boosts resources to remote First Nation facing suicide crisis

In the midst of a suicide crisis in the community, the province is funding 20 full-time mental health workers  More

‘Vive le Québec libre’: What de Gaulle’s famous rallying cry says about politics today

Fifty years later, the French president’s infamous words aren’t the call to revolution sovereigntists had hoped for – but his rough diplomacy is back in style  More

Experts begin autopsy on another North Atlantic right whale

Marine mammal is the eighth to have died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in six weeks  More

Human rights activism is Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin’s crowning achievement

Miss World Canada ends her reign as she began it, a strong human-rights advocate: ‘There is nothing wrong in speaking the truth’  More

Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper

A year and a half after its local daily stopped printing, Guelph is a living laboratory for the loss of news media – a rising risk in communities across Canada.  More

George Drummond Birks led Montreal family jewellery firm for 40 years

He ran the iconic jewellery retailer during a period of rapid expansion and prosperity, though he never trained as a jeweller  More

Posts give glimpse into mind of Canadian behind dark website

In posts made on the Roosh V forum, Alexandre Cazes portrayed himself as having permanently moved away from what he considered a dysfunctional society  More

Groups weigh in on Ontario labour reforms on last day of public consultations

Business groups repeated their concerns about the minimum wage increase and the pace at which it would be implemented  More

Increase in asylum seekers apprehended in Quebec, June figures show

Nationally, the RCMP intercepted 884 people who crossed into Canada between regular ports of entry in June  More

Sixteen marijuana companies enlist help to develop marketing guidelines

The marijuana sector has been lobbying Ottawa for the right to brand their products  More

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, two others charged with extortion

Mr. Hobbs, his wife and a Thunder Bay resident are accused of attempting to induce a lawyer to buy a house by threatening to disclose criminal allegations to police  More

Morning Update: Magna criticizes labour laws; Canadian allegedly behind illegal-goods marketplace

Also: $750-million of Congo mining revenue siphoned by insiders: report  More

Alberta eyes reform of third-party campaign financing

Third-party vehicles are proliferating in Alberta after the government banned corporate and union political donations and introduced other reforms  More

Inmate died in solitary confinement after confrontation with prison officers: coroner’s report

The Crown attorney’s office has yet to determine if charges are warranted in Soleiman Faqiri’s death at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont.  More

The secret legacy of the man who caught Louis Riel

Few people know the tangled destiny that launched Robert Armstrong from his Indigenous origins into one of Canadian history’s most iconic chapters  More