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Niagara sites, projects benefit from grants

Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls is one of the many beneficiaries of grants recently announced by Niagara Community Foundation and Parks Canada.

Bats, blooms and shorelines are all getting a boost in Niagara this spring.

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Gates to host health care town hall Tuesday

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates.

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates is hosting a town hall Tuesday to discuss the issues facing health care in Niagara.

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Freezing rain, wind warning for Niagara

A freezing rain warning is in effect for Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines and Grimsby, while St. Catharines and Grimsby are also under a wind warning.

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Walking tour to highlight Centre Street area's past

City of Niagara Falls historian Sherman Zavitz will lead a walking tour of the Centre Street area of Niagara Falls on May 27. The history of the Post cereal factory building will be a major talking point during the tour.

Breakfast cereals, ice skates and chalk boards. You once could find all three in the Centre Street area of Niagara Falls.

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Vendors sought for Garage Sale at the Gale

Vendors are being sought for the Garage Sale at the Gale on June 23, 2018.

Have some items you want to get rid of? Looking to clean out your basement or garage? The city’s recreation committee is calling all crafters, collectors and hobbyists to participate in the third annual Garage Sale at the Gale.

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Police investigating circumstances around the death of a 55 year old woman

Niagara Regional Police cruisers block the entrance to the dog park in Port Colborne Friday morning after a body was discovered there Thursday. Police are releasing few details about the incident and said an investigation is ongoing. - Dave Johnson , The Welland Tribune

Niagara Regional Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the death of a 55 year old woman found in Port Colborne Thursday morning.

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The shadow political department at Niagara Region:Regional chair’s policy director part of trend of partisan staff in local governments, says professor

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The man at the heart of the tainted hiring process for Niagara Region’s chief administrative officer is part of an increasing wave of political operatives working in municipal governments, says Brock University political science professor David Sieg

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Caslin calls for probe into CAO hiring:More councillors say they want the Ontario Ombudsman to step in

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin, left, and Region CAO Carmen D'Angelo.

Regional chair Alan Caslin is calling for an independent investigation into the process used to hire Niagara Region’s chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo in 2016. “In the interest of openness and transparency, I have requested that an ind

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YMCA Kid Fit is a hit with parents and children in Niagara

It’s never too early to motivate and inspire children to be active. The YMCA of Niagara has set their sights on promoting active lifestyles and increasing physical literacy for children in Niagara with a fascinating program called YMCA Kid Fit.

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First of 10 victims of deadly Toronto van attack ID'd as police put 'pieces together'

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One of the 10 people killed in Monday's van attack on a busy Toronto street has been identified as Anne Marie D'Amico, CBC News has learned.

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Deadly van 'attack' not part of organized terror plot, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and put another 15 in hospital is not part of a plot that poses a threat to national security.

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What we know about the alleged driver in deadly Toronto van attack

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Police have identified the suspect in a deadly van attack in Toronto that left 10 people dead and 15 injured as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., a suburb just north of the city.

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G7 security ministers gather to discuss 'soft targets' and online radicalization after Toronto attack

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What happened in Toronto Monday afternoon was a scene out of a counter-terrorism officer's worst nightmares.

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Trump says North Korea agreed to 'denuclearization'? Not so fast, say experts

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No more nuclear tests. A suspension of missile launches. The closing of a nuclear test site at the base of a mountain that’s reportedly near collapse. As far as the North Korean regime's nuclear concessions go, this is the least the regime could do, according to nonproliferation experts.

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The government will make a lousy, uncompetitive pot dealer: Neil Macdonald

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Given a chance to bet on the agility, efficiency and adaptability of the black market, versus a sheltered monopoly like Ontario's LCBO, I know where my money would go.

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'Things have got to change' : why Canadian rules around surrogacy need updating

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Being a surrogate is legal in Canada, but the logistics and legalities of the practice are much different than they are elsewhere and in need of updating, families and medical experts say.

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'Where's my stuff?': Sunwing passengers waiting up to 10 days for luggage from direct flights

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Some Sunwing passengers still haven’t received their luggage from flights taken the weekend of April 14. They say the long wait plus lack of information about their missing baggage is unacceptable.

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Probing your DNA could trigger future privacy violations

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In the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal, experts are warning about the potential dangers of handing over your genetic code to private international corporations.

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Mosque shooter sat outside mall 2 months before attack, 'juggling with idea' of killing those inside

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Alexandre Bissonnette was obsessed with guns, suicide and the conviction he should kill others before killing himself, according to testimony put forward by his defence during sentencing arguments.

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'I saw people go flying': Witnesses describe Toronto van attack

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Emergency personnel and bystanders rushed to help the injured after a van plowed into pedestrians near a busy Toronto intersection, according to eyewitnesses who saw the chaotic, bloody scene unfold on Monday afternoon.

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Peruvian judge orders 2 arrested in lynching of B.C. man

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A Peruvian judge on Monday ordered the arrests of two men accused of lynching a Canadian man in a remote Amazonian village last week as retribution.

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Leafs give Toronto an emotional win, force Game 7 with Bruins

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Hours after a van struck and killed 10 pedestrians and wounded many others in Toronto, the host Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 6 to force a seventh game in their first-round series.

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Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge welcome baby boy

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The Duchess of Cambridge, resplendent in a bright red dress, and husband Prince William emerged from a London hospital hours after Kate gave birth Monday to their third child, a boy, to give onlookers a glimpse of the new royal bundle.

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Toddler left in car seat in closet for 5 hours likely died 'trying to get out,' court hears

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The twin brother of a Calgary toddler who died after being left alone in a car seat in a closet for five hours cried "gone, gone, gone" when he arrived at the hospital and the boy's parents worried he'd witnessed his sister's death, a court heard Monday.

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Fossil fuels roar back in a world hungry for energy: Don Pittis

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Carbon output that had plateaued for three years is surging again as stronger economies renew demand for energy. Investors need to know what comes next.

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Asylum seekers could be moved out of Quebec as part of deal with Ottawa

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Asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec could be shuttled elsewhere in Canada starting this week as the federal government seeks to relieve pressure on the province's strained resources.

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Loblaws squares off with CRA in $400M tax fight

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Loblaws and the Canada Revenue Agency faced off in Tax Court this morning over allegations that the grocery giant misused a Barbados-based subsidiary for tax avoidance — a long-running dispute that could lead to a tax bill of more than $400 million.

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U.S. judge gives conditional green light to Line 3 pipeline project

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A judge in Minnesota has given a conditional green light to a Canadian pipeline company's plan to expand a crude oil pipeline connecting the Alberta oilsands to American refineries — but not in the location Enbridge wanted.

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Saudi airstrike kills at least 20 at Yemen wedding

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An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people, according to health officials. Harrowing images have emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third to hit Yemeni civilians since the weekend.

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Country music star Ronnie Prophet, 80, was a superb showman

A Juno Award-winning vocalist, he was also a charismatic TV personality, hosting several variety shows in the 1970s and 80s  More

Torstar, Postmedia and the arrogance of the deal

The companies seemed to think they could eliminate or reduce newspaper competition in markets such as London and the Niagara region and avoid any regulatory scrutiny of the transaction.  More

Larry Kwong was the NHL’s first player of Asian descent

The speedy forward, known as the China Clipper, experienced discrimination throughout his career and his life  More

Another dog-meat farm shut down; pups arrive in Montreal

On hand to greet the dogs was figure skater and Olympic medalist Meagan Duhamel, whose dog Moo-tae was rescued from a South Korean meat farm  More

Meeting Stephen Hawking: A revelatory experience

My encounter with a genius of science was a rare privilege – and it almost didn’t happen  More

Betty Peterson, 100, devoted her life to the peace movement

Believing that many issues were connected, she also fought for everything from Indigenous rights to the environment.  More

Amplify: More direct, fewer emojis: What I learned from my email experiment

In this issue of Amplify, guest editor Lanna Crucefix talks about how women use language to get what they want while creating and maintaining relationships, particularly at work  More

Montreal rapidly killing legendary Sainte-Catherine Street for retailers

Similar construction projects completed along Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Denis Street in recent years saw dozens of stores and restaurants close. Neither street has recovered.  More

Arwen Helene: Environmentalism ‘part of our ethos’ at Winnipeg Folk Festival

‘It’s not just producing music. It’s what kind of community are we creating, how are we treating each other and how are we treating the earth we’re sharing for this time together.’  More

Serious questions remain five months after man’s suspected overdose in Ontario jail

Curtis McGowan’s death is classified as ‘undetermined,’ a label that applies to 75.9 per cent of all jail deaths since Jan. 1, 2014, according to provincial figures provided to The Globe and Mail  More

B.C. court to rule on testing of DNA in 1983 case

Lawyers for a man who has spent 35 years in prison express hope tissue samples can help clear his name in a murder he has long denied committing  More

How chaos and 3,000 disputed ballots derailed the Ontario PCs' plans to smoothly announce new leader

The long delay was the result of controversy over votes that weren’t assigned to any specific riding in a contest where riding-by-riding results were the key.  More

Doug Ford formally takes reins of Ontario PCs as Christine Elliott concedes

The former MPP drops her talk of a court challenge after disputing the results of Saturday's close vote for a day.  More

RCMP unionization may change community policing across Canada

Some jurisdictions could shift away from using Mounties as costs are expected to rise.  More

Underinvestment in critical rail, pipeline infrastructure could cost Canada billions

The damage is both financial and reputational. There are some answers to the mess, but Ottawa has been slow to move on them.  More

Molson brewery workers in Montreal vote to accept contract

The workers refused another one of the employer’s offers two weeks earlier by a margin of 57 per cent  More

University of Calgary study suggests technology can help predict where lightning may spark wildfires

Lightning-caused wildfires are a growing problem in Western Canada and have been stretching fire resources to their limits  More

Mountain experts alarmed after five people die in tree wells in a single week

The space of loose, deep snow that can form around tree trunks can pose a serious hazard for people skiing or snowboarding in the mountains  More

Insurance company investigation uncovers ‘pervasive’ Ontario auto-body shop fraud

Industry estimates suggest between five and 15 per cent of premiums drivers pay for car insurance go toward covering undetected fraudulent claims  More

Manitoba child-welfare tracking system still not updated despite inquiry recommendation

The leader of the inquiry into the 2005 death of Phoenix Sinclair called for the network be replaced ‘without delay’  More

Doug will be Doug, and that’s not good

Forget all the stories we like to tell ourselves about how much wiser and calmer than our American cousins we are. Canadians are every bit as capable of lashing out at their governing class  More

Doug Ford’s win raises the stakes in Ontario’s election

The June vote has now become a referendum on whether Ontarians are prepared to embrace a style of government more visceral and unpredictable and resistant to political and institutional norms than any they have ever had.  More

Doug Ford wins Ontario's PC leadership, Christine Elliott refuses to concede after contentious vote

A tight race between Mr. Ford and former Tory MPP Christine Elliott prompted the wait as party officials reviewed the results. The party said 64,053 of its nearly 190,000 members cast ballots in the race, which also featured political newcomer Caroline Mulroney and party activist Tanya Granic Allen.  More

Ontario Tories shouldn’t believe their party's ‘clean bill of health’

Some of the issues that allowed the debacle with Patrick Brown to happen in the first place have not been resolved and could come back to haunt the new Progressive Conservative leader.  More

Les Grands Ballets reels from self-inflicted gender bias PR disaster

Artistic director Ivan Cavallari’s grand plan to extol the virtues of ‘woman’ might have come out of 1958 or 1898.  More

Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe says carbon-tax stance unchanged after Trudeau meeting

The Premier said he hasn’t changed his mind about the province being the lone holdout from Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change  More

Judge clears way for Ontario PCs to announce new leader Saturday

The request for an injunction from a disenfranchised voter was only the latest twist in a rocky campaign that at 44 days was the shortest in Ontario’s modern history.  More

Quebeckers increasingly understand the French are weak on French

President Emmanuel Macron says he’s not a ‘grouchy defender’ of the language, but that controversial remark fails to produce what once would have been the usual linguistic storm in the province.  More

Evening Update newsletter: Vice-Admiral Mark Norman charged; RCMP’s new commissioner

Also: Canada export agency knew of allegations against Gupta family when it approved loan, lawyer says  More