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Brave girl an inspiration for Julia’s Journey

Mila Mete has been “brave and strong,” despite her life-threatening diagnosis.  More

Artist focused on his own works

It has been a work in progress for years.  More

Reminiscing at Port Dalhousie reunion

One of Port Dalhousie’s venerable old-timers cracks a grin while remembering of the town’s great heroes — Chief Smiley.  More

Teens from Nunavut get sweltering welcome

What a difference 2,500 kilometres makes.  More

NIAGARA UNCORKED: Perfect pairings for a barbecue

Barbecue, the smells of summer, a time when we fill up our propane tanks — or pull out the coals to cook food in a way that has been done for millennia.  More

Big brunch wraps up Chardonnay festival

A tent at Ravine Estate Vineyard in St Davids served as the Sunday brunch send-off for this year’s annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  More

PHOTOS: Terry Fox season begins with car wash

Niagara Falls Terry Fox Run organizer Les Potapczyk tends to the donation jug during Sunday's annual car wash fundraiser at Zehr's on Morrison Street.  More

Plenty of fun at Friendship Festival

Debra Drinkle and her husband Mark have been coming to the Friendship Festival for years, and this summer is no different.  More

Two arrested in Niagara RIDE stops Saturday

Niagara Regional Police Service set up RIDE stops in Thorold and Niagara Falls Saturday evening, stopping about 300 vehicles in the first two hours.  More

FAITH MATTERS: Column by Brad Peters

It seems like the Republican National Convention is just begging to be written about.  More

Jammin' at the market

Music filled the Welland Market Saturday morning.  More

High heat and dryness forecast to carry on

Environment Canada says the dry, extreme heat is rolling on, as a heat warning for Niagara continues.  More

Storage locker fire in St. Catharines

A blaze in east St. Catharines this morning damaged at least one public storage locker.  More

No reported injuries in Lincoln structure fire

Two occupants in a rural Lincoln home reportedly escaped without injury following a Saturday afternoon structure fire.  More

HEROD: Better communications are in eye of beholder

St. Catharines residents may have received a sneak peek at their municipal governance future earlier this month.  More

Sanders backers in Philadelphia vow 'Bernie or Bust'

APTOPIX DEM 2016 Sanders

Some loyal Bernie Sanders voters have organized multiple events and rallies in support of the failed Democratic presidential nominee in Philadelphia to coincide with the party's convention. "Bernie or Bust" adherents say there is no way they will vote for Hillary Clinton.


Russian athletes avoid complete Rio Olympics ban

Russian Doping

Russian athletes will not be completely banned from the Rio Olympics, following a decision by the International Olympic Committee's executive board on Sunday. However, the Russian Olympic Committee has been barred from entering athletes who have ever been sanctioned for doping.


Calgary man held over Turkey coup plot is innocent, family and friends say

Davud Hanci

Friends of a Calgarian man detained in Turkey on accusations he was a leader of the recent coup attempt say Davud Hanci is innocent — and they're worried for his safety.


'The struggle in their eyes': Oil-drenched birds treated near site of Husky oil spill in Sask.

Great blue heron oil spill Maidstone, Sask.

Three birds drenched in oil have been brought in for treatment at an animal shelter near the site of a pipeline leak that spilled 200,000 litres of oil and chemicals into the North Saskatchewan River on Thursday.


Donald Trump's lessons for Canadian politics


We should perhaps not regard the roiling American political scene with great smugness. By comparison, Canada is a sanctuary of pleasant reasonableness. But we are not quite an invulnerable place of perfect enlightenment.


Thousands of demonstrators hit streets of Philadelphia ahead of DNC

DEM 2016 Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilts during a heat wave.


DNC chair steps down following release of anti-Bernie Sanders emails

DEM 2016 Platform

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week's convention after coming under fire following the publication of leaked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favoured Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.


Machete attack in Germany leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Germany Attack

A 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people on Sunday before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen, a police spokesman said.


Father, dancer, extremist: The multiple lives of the Nice attacker

France Truck Attack

A 31-year-old father of three obsessed with fitness and sex, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel led multiple lives. His darkest side appears to have been his best-kept secret: a calculated, committed jihadi ready to kill scores of people in a French Riviera rampage.


Are real-life buddies being replaced with online friendships and screen reality?


Social media has opened up a whole new world of online buddies. Now with the runaway success of Pokémon Go, are people investing too much in virtual worlds rather than the real world they live in? With guest host Susan McReynolds.


How about some consequences for bad behaviour online?

Dani Mathers

Bad behaviour via social network has seemed to reach a boiling point and embroil prominent pop culture figures like Leslie Jones, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. As our online and offline lives intertwine, are we lacking real-world legal consequences for social media offences?


Britain to cherry-pick Royal Navy-related Franklin objects they'll keep

HMS Erebus

Inuit have asked the new Liberal government to ensure they have co-ownership of artifacts recovered by divers from the sunken wreck of HMS Erebus, a Sir John Franklin ship discovered in 2014. In the meantime, Canadian negotiations are in discussions with the Royal Navy about which of those objects Britain will own permanently.


Olympic teams arrive in Rio to leaks, electrical outages in Athletes Village

athlete village

The International Olympic Committee and local organizers held emergency talks Sunday just hours before the sprawling Athletes Village was set to open officially as thousands of athletes arriving for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could find major plumbing and electrical problems in their rooms.


Turkey's ruling, opposition parties rally together after coup attempt

Turkey Military Coup

Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkey's main opposition group, joined by some ruling party members, rallied Sunday in Istanbul to denounce the recent coup attempt — a rare show of unity that belies opposition unease over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown since the failed uprising.


Scientists in race to test CRISPR gene-editing technique on cancer

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A new gene-editing technique with potential to revolutionize cancer treatment has U.S. and Chinese scientists in a race to test it on humans.


Calgary man detained in Turkey accused of plotting failed coup, family says

Davud Hanci, who lives in Calgary and works as an imam for Correctional Service Canada and Alberta correctional services, went to Turkey for a holiday on July 13  More

Prince Albert, Sask., prepares backup water supply as oil spill approaches

Officials of the Saskatchewan city of more than 35,000 people are treating storm pond waters as a backup as oil from a Husky Energy pipeline leak makes its way along the North Saskatchewan River  More

Two youths make illegal border crossing from Canada to U.S. playing Pokemon Go

The two were reunited with their mothers at a nearby border patrol station  More

Kaine ‘everything that Trump and Pence are not’: Clinton introduces running mate

Clinton said Kaine cares more about making a difference than making headlines  More

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip kick off farewell tour with grace, determination

The mood, however, was definitely more defiant than mournful, and the crowd seemed determined to party  More

Canada’s premiers reach internal free trade pact

The agreement will cover all areas of the economy, except those specifically excluded, unlike a past interprovincial deal  More

Defence minister can appeal soldier’s sex-assault acquittal, top court says

Supreme Court unanimously ruled the National Defence Act governing military justice is constitutional  More

Defence says Crown is backtracking in Cindy Gladue appeal

Bradley Barton’s acquittal on March 18, 2015, provoked rallies across the country  More

Toronto police seek public’s help in 2015 Muzik nightclub shooting

Detective Omar Khan says he knows there are more people out there with information on the shooting  More

Most Canadians don’t link immigration with terrorist threats: poll

Government poll shows 60 per cent of those who supported plan to welcome Syrian refugees expected no increased risk  More

Integral to Canada’s economy, immigrants deserve more support

John Ralston Saul wonders why all Canadians don’t see how new arrivals boost the economy – and do more to help them fit in  More

North Battleford, Sask., prepares for possible arrival of spilled oil

Husky Energy says between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the North Saskatchewan River Thursday morning near Maidstone, Sask  More

N.S. swimmers warned of shark with a hankering for mackerel

Shark has gone under a popular swimming bridge, grabbing fish off anglers’ lines  More

Trudeau’s Muskrat Falls dilemma to test Canada’s green pledges

As project cost balloons from $7.4-billion to over $11-billion, province asks for debt help  More

Families feel shut out after draft mandate of missing, murdered inquiry leaked

A day after draft terms of reference were leaked, government spoke with upset relatives about their contents  More

Census response rate is 98 per cent, early calculations show

Numbers could shift up or down, but early indications show overall response rate of 98 per cent  More

Air Transat to offer compensation for flight cancelled

The airline’s president says the carrier will compensate all passengers booked on a flight that was disrupted when two pilots were arrested on suspicion of drunkenness  More

Artists using anthem for artistic expression must be careful: Trudeau

Trudeau responds to controversy involving Tenors member who changed O Canada lyrics  More

Halifax police investigate fifth sex assault allegedly involving cab driver

Police suggest it may be linked to other recent attacks  More

OPP officer charged with sexual assault

Officer has been suspended with pay over alleged off-duty incident  More

Doctors’ group warns new fee deal will cause surge in patient wait times

Concerned Ontario Doctors says deal between Ontario Medical Association, province will have bad impact on patient care  More

Supreme Court upholds law punishing child sex offenders retroactively

Majority also refused to allow ban on contact with kids under 16 to be applied retroactively  More

Nudists call for fewer clothed visitors at clothing-optional beaches

Visitors to Vancouver’s Wreck Beach and Toronto’s Hanlan’s Point have been told to disrobe  More

Quebec comedian ordered to pay $35,000 to disabled boy he mocked

Mike Ward’s lawyer says he will appeal the decision  More

Trial for woman accused of hiding infant remains in storage locker on hold

Andrea Giesbrecht was arrested in October, 2014, after the remains were found in plastic containers in a U-Haul storage locker  More

Tragically Hip announces concert-ticket lottery

Fifty winners will be selected from each show’s lottery  More

Trudeau faces diversity challenge in Supreme Court judge selection

Prime Minister has an opportunity to make a historic mark, but the search for diversity is proving a challenge  More

Mali extends three-month state of emergency after attacks kill dozens

Mali extended a state of emergency for 10 days on Wednesday, the council of ministers said, after a spate of attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilized the vast desert country.  More

Quebec-based group given go-ahead to begin testing Zika vaccine on humans

Laval University-based group says it’s the first in Canada to be authorized by Health Canada and the FDA for clinical studies  More

Missing, murdered inquiry will lack power to compel police action

Draft of terms of reference for missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry says commissioners will report on systemic causes of the violence  More