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Resident called bigot and terrorist at council meeting

Niagara Region is reviewing its policies regarding the behaviour of members of the public attending council meetings after a St. Catharines resident was called a “racist bigot” and a “terrorist” by another person.  More

Yesterday and Today: The saga of an old house

When you look today at the Inn at Lock 7 (at 24 Chapel Street S. in Thorold), it’s hard to see that it began as a solid little stone house back in the 19th century. A lot has happened to it since then.  More

You're paying the bill

Niagara Region expense documents released this week show several regional councillors paid for tickets to charitable events and made donations to local charities, only to bill those donations to the taxpayer.  More

Petrowski secretly recorded chat with Caslin

St. Catharines regional councillor Andy Petrowski secretly recorded Niagara Reg. Chair Alan Caslin talking about the judge Petrowski claims “fixed” a ruling against him.  More

'Please don’t blow it up Mr. President’

Niagara West MP Dean Allison remains confident a new trade agreement can be reached with the United States, despite President Donald Trump’s wild-card approach to negotiations.  More

Labour protest targets NOTL Timmies

Dozens of protesters gathered at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Niagara-on-the- Lake, Friday morning, in a show of support for the workers inside.  More

GALLERY: The crew behind the magic

Carpenters, welders, scenic artists and designers at Shaw Theatres Scenic Art and Scene Shop building the sets for the upcoming season on Friday, January 19, 2018. All of the sets are designed and created by the Shaw Festival. A warehouse on Walker Road houses the workshop where the designs are turned into reality.  More

FALLEN WORKERS: Winds, electricity cause triple fatality

In spring 1930 Sheldon Hansler was a 28-year-old employee of the Welland Ship Canal, operated by the Department of Railways and Canals.  More

Witness doubted defendants' version of events, court told

A Thorold man who confronted two of four teens accused of sexually assaulting his friend following a house party testified he felt the duo where trying to place blame on the other two youth.  More

Falls woman wants coyote problem dealt with

A Niagara Falls resident says she’s “petrified” that coyotes have set up shop in an unoccupied property next door.  More

Public comment sought on Pelham plan

Pelham residents are invited to come out for an update on a plan which will define the vision for East Fenwick during an information session next weekend.  More

Friend too drunk to consent to sex, witness says

The friend of a woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted by a group of teenagers following an alcohol-fueled underage party, dismissed a suggestion she was trying to make out the woman was more drunk than she appeared.  More

Partnership a recipe for success

Celebrity chefs Michael and Anna Olson will leave their mark on the menus of Seasons Retirement Communities, giving residents a closer connection to their communities at large through the use of local, seasonal items and fresh-baked desserts.  More

Caslin mum on councillor expenses

Three days after thousands of pages of regional council expense reports were published online at his request, Regional Chairman Alan Caslin still won’t discuss how council is spending the public’s money.  More

Council has a rare kumbaya moment

What started out looking like a political brawl ended with a kumbaya moment and a friendly amendment at Regional Council Thursday.  More

Ex-U.S. athlete tells Speed Skating Canada of head coach's alleged sexual relationships with skaters


A former U.S. speed skater says she reported allegations to Speed Skating Canada in November that head coach Michael Crowe had sexual relationships with several of his athletes when he coached elite skaters south of the border in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Why Trudeau is going back to the U.S. to talk trade — and who he wants to reach

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will return to the United States next month to pitch the benefits of free trade with Canada to audiences that will include U.S. Democrats, a group that could be much more powerful by year's end.


U.S. government shuts down amid partisan standoff

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The U.S. federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.


Lac-Mégantic disaster trial ends with acquittal for all 3 rail workers

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After nine days of deliberations, jurors have acquitted the three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Que., rail disaster.


'Why weren't we listened to?': Police questioned over role in Toronto Gay Village missing men case

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The arrest and first-degree murder charges of a suspect in the case of two men who disappeared from downtown Toronto has provided some sense of relief to the city's Gay Village but raised questions and criticisms about the police's handling of the investigation.


Um, no — it's not OK to shame parents for having 'too many' kids

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Telling women how many is too many in terms of kids is every bit as much of an invasion of a woman's body and life as is a restriction on abortion.


Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner says

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Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to "multisystem organ failure" brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office said on Friday.


Canadians in Jamaica's Montego Bay warned to stay within resorts

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The Canadian government warns against travelling to the popular Jamaican destination of Montego Bay, and if you're already there, to remain in the resorts due to an increase in violent crime.


McGuinty aide David Livingston found guilty in gas plants trial

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A top political adviser to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty was found guilty Friday of criminal charges for wiping government computers following the cancellation of two gas-fired power plants.


Zoo under investigation after bear makes stop at Dairy Queen

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A video that shows a Kodiak bear being being hand-fed ice cream through a drive-thru window has prompted an investigation by safety and animal welfare officials in Alberta.


Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising

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Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.


Man accused of 1st-degree murders of 2 men missing from Toronto's Gay Village appears in court

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The man accused of first-degree murder in the cases of two men who disappeared from downtown Toronto last year made his first court appearance Friday morning. People from Toronto's LGBT community filled the courtroom during his brief appearance.


Taxpayers pick up $100,000+ tab for ministerial tweets


Canada's health minister launched her official Twitter account last summer, and after five months posted about 250 tweets. CBC News has learned that the account requires the equivalent of 1.5 staff members to run, with at least $6,500 in overtime costs so far.


Nations flex nuclear muscles as fears of new arms race grow

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A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.


Supreme Court orders 2nd look at complaint about airline bumping obese passengers

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The Supreme Court has ordered the Canadian Transportation Agency to take another look at a 2014 complaint filed by Halifax-based passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs about how Delta Air Lines deals with obese passengers.


Mattis unveils new U.S. defence strategy focused on 'great power competition,' not terrorism

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The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia, not terrorists, at the centre of a new national defence strategy unveiled on Friday.


What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins


There’s a new clothing donation bin in town, competing with charities for your unwanted clothes. Some of the biggest brands in fashion have launched take-back programs with messages about reusing and recycling your unwanted textiles. But what are the odds your old clothes will actually be transformed into new threads?


An Amazon HQ in Toronto makes sense — but what about Trump?


Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.


What if a nuclear missile really were headed our way?

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How would Canada respond to a nuclear strike? CBC News spoke to public safety officials and experts about what would unfold if a ballistic missile was barrelling our way.


More 4-day school weeks coming to some Sask. schools

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Longer days — but more long weekends — will soon be the norm for students and teachers at more Saskatchewan schools.


Pierre Karl Péladeau, Quebecor boss and former PQ leader, returns to political spotlight

The Quebecor president and chief executive known as PKP has taken to social media, where he fires up the PQ’s separatist base and throws flaming darts at federal and provincial Liberals, journalists and rival media owners  More

Salt, sand and beet juice: How Canada wages war against ice and snow

Keeping roads safe is a constant battle to balance cost, effectiveness, and environmental concerns  More

Evening Update newsletter: Lac-Mégantic not guilty verdict, gas plant trial, home connected to murder suspect searched

Also: Two Ontario school boards pull sponsorships from musical about gay teen  More

McGuinty's former aide Livingston found guilty of destroying documents about gas plant cancellations

David Livingston was former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff. Charges against his co-accused, deputy chief of staff Laura Miller, were dismissed  More

Three former rail workers acquitted in Lac-Mégantic disaster

Four-and-a-half years after a runaway train exploded and killed 47 people in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic a jury has found three men charged with criminal negligence causing death not guilty.  More

Amplify: The euphoria of finishing a physical book

In this issue of Amplify, guest editor Kristene Quan talks about her desire to read more, and how that benefits her in more ways than one  More

Sanctuary cities: Why it’s harder for Trumpism to take root in urban Canada

Could a Donald Trump-style backlash happen here? The fact that so many Canadians live in so few urban areas suggest it’s unlikely  More

Three men charged in Lac-Mégantic disaster found not guilty

Jurors reached the verdict on the ninth day of their deliberations  More

I was a small-town newspaper photographer. The paper’s gone, but the images live forever

Kevin Dunn looks back at the vanished Saskatchewan scenes he chronicled with his camera for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald  More

Watchdog must revisit complaint of Delta discrimination against obese people: Supreme Court

Gabor Lukacs lodged a complaint against Delta Air Lines alleging its practices discriminated against ‘large’ people  More

Morning Update: Man charged in Toronto murders; allegations of money laundering at Trump properties

Also: The BC Greens are threatening to take down the minority NDP government over LNG  More

Animal-rights groups file suit against U.S. government over right-whale deaths

Twelve of the 17 right whales found dead in Canadian and U.S. waters last year were discovered in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a semi-enclosed fishing and shipping area bordering the Atlantic provinces and Quebec  More

Pat Sorbara out as co-chair of Ontario Liberals' 2018 election campaign: Wynne

Sorbara was acquitted along with local Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed of Election Act bribery charges in October  More

Man found guilty in death of off-duty Nova Scotia officer appeals conviction

In December, a jury found Christopher Garnier guilty of second-degree murder  More

Two Ontario school boards pull sponsorships from musical about gay teen

London theatre to go ahead with production of Prom Queen  More

Evening Update newsletter: Amazon’s HQ2, NAFTA, man charged with Toronto murders

Also: Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water  More

Tim Hortons protests planned across Canada in support of Ontario workers

About 50 demonstrations are reportedly planned in cities across the country Friday  More

Fracking fluids key to number of earthquakes near gas wells: study

A scientific study of the 4.8 earthquake that occurred near Fox Creek, Alta. two years ago provides results that could help industry better control the seismic activity that fracking creates  More

Ex-boyfriend of Holly Hamilton charged with second-degree murder

The 29-year-old woman’s body was found in her car in an underground parking garage in Hamilton on Wednesday  More

Commissioner rules 17 groups can take part in Wettlaufer inquiry

Elizabeth Wettlaufer is serving life for killing eight elderly long-term-care residents in Ontario  More

Ontario agrees to end solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates

A 'baseline' study is due within weeks in which the province will review the files of all mentally ill inmates in segregation to determine how long they’ve been there and what kind of care they have received  More

Canadian approval of U.S. leadership drops 40 per cent in a year: poll

Approval of U.S. leadership now languishing at 30 per cent worldwide  More

Nova Scotia hires two Crown attorneys to focus on sexual-assault cases

Mandate includes providing advice, specialized training to other federal lawyers and developing monitoring measures for prosecution in their field  More

U.K. loneliness minister appointment highlights need for Canadian action: experts

Studies have found about one in five Canadians experience some degree of loneliness or social isolation  More

Goodale’s meeting with U.S. Homeland Security chief Nielsen cancelled

No reason for the cancellation was given in a brief news release issued late Wednesday night  More

Morning Update: Indefinite solitary ruled unconstitutional; BoC’s rate hike hits home buyers

Also: China’s state-owned Aecon buyer will establish a Communist Party unit  More

Student has died at University of Ottawa residence, school president says

President Jacques Fremont offered his condolences on behalf of the school and asked that the family’s privacy be respected  More

Professor calls on UBC to disclose any disciplinary action against Stephen Porter

B.C.’s College of Psychologists said the psychology professor would be under regulatory supervision for 18 months, and he must address boundary issues and sexual harassment in that time  More

Federal government eyeing post-2022 carbon-price hikes

Document obtained by subscription-only news website reveals government is looking beyond $50-a-tonne target  More

TDSB mulls allowing some school trips to U.S.

The Toronto District School Board took the unusual step in March of banning trips to the United States indefinitely in light of President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions on residents from six majority-Muslim countries  More