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Hockey goalie jailed for on-ice assault

A hockey goalie who destroyed another player’s face with his stick is headed to jail.  More

Port Colborne man faces drug charges

After a seven-month investigation, Niagara Regional Police arrested and charged a Port Colborne man in relation to a licensed medical marijuana farm found to be growing more plants than allowed. Police said 63- year-old Peter Muileboom was charged with unlawful production of a controlled substance.  More

Cutbacks ‘enormous challenge’ to Great Lakes

The International Joint Commission’s draft report of Great Lakes water quality identified several areas of concerns, such as algae growth and phosphorus infiltrating the water system from farm land.  More

West Niagara schools to close

It's the final year of classes for South Lincoln High School.  More

Students performing with masters

Welland Centennial Secondary School music students will be workshop and perform with industry professionals next Tuesday.  More

COUNCIL NOTEBOOK: Brewfing date served up

Notes from this week’s city hall happenings... A public meeting to prohibit nuisance parties and rooftop drinking in St. Catharines is set for April 10.  More

Millions to be pumped into Nickel Street sewers

Port Colborne is taking on an $8.2-million project to replace storm sewers on Nickel Street.  More

PHOTO:Early start for rowing

University, high school and recreational rowers were out on Martindale Pond Wednesday March 29 2017. Rowers have been on the water since early March, earlier than most years because of the mild winter.  More

Council looks to temporarily halt boarding houses

Niagara Falls is looking at enacting an interim-control bylaw temporarily halting further applications to allow commercial hotels/motels to be used as boarding houses.  More

NOTL cadets going to Vimy Ridge

The Canadian government, through the Department of National Defence, has selected a small number of cadet groups to go to Vimy Ridge for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle, and the local squadron is one of those to be included.  More

Young skater captures provincial silver

Marin McLaughlin, a young skater who trains with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating Club, captured a silver medal in last week’s provincial competition in Port Colburne.  More

Heartfelt films screening at Welland International Film Festival

Cinefest Niagara is harnessing the magic of cinema to transport people to a new place during its 20th Welland International Film Festival.  More

Three fire stations will meet Welland's needs

Welland will move forward with a new fire station headquarters/training facility and two satellite fire stations that will give residents “better front door service for all types of responses.  More

NOTL councillor looking for tree protection

When Coun. Betty Disero wanted town staff to look into the clear-cutting of trees on a John Street property, which elicited “frantic” calls and emails from neighbours,  More

Condos on West Street?

As his company tears down the former Allied Marine and Industrial building on Port Colborne’s West Street, Tom Rankin envisions a first-floor restaurant with condominiums, six or seven storeys above, in its place.  More

For the Taylors, the loss of Obamacare would be 'like a death sentence' – but they’d vote for Trump again

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Among those cheering loudest when the Republican plan to remake the U.S. health-care system collapsed last week were some of Donald Trump's strongest supporters. And they'd vote for Trump again.

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Imagining an increase in high school students showing up stoned? Don’t worry, say school boards

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Instead of fearing classrooms full of students in a pot-induced haze, experts are hopeful that making marijuana legal will open up opportunities to better educate young people about the risks of using the drug.

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Jason Kenney's views on gay-straight alliances called 'extremist' by Alberta education minister

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Alberta Education Minister David Eggen says Jason Kenney’s position that parents should be notified when their kids join a gay-straight alliance shows his true views.

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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

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Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.

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Mexican judge suspended amid outrage over sexual assault ruling

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Prosecutors are appealing a court ruling that dismissed sex crime charges because there was no proof the suspect acted "with lascivious intent," and judicial authorities announced Wednesday that the judge in the case had been suspended.

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'I feel duped': Why bank employees with impressive but misleading titles could cost you big time

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Mike Black says he feels "completely betrayed" after investing almost $1 million with the help of an RBC Dominion Securities “vice-president” who he later learned is only licensed as a salesperson.

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Orphan abuse trial hears aunt burned tongue of eldest niece with barbecue lighter

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After her aunt used a barbecue lighter to burn her tongue as punishment for failing to turn in a school project, the niece said, she was told to keep the lighter in her bedroom as a reminder not to lie.

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Will Toronto's house prices crash like they did in the '90s?

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Toronto's current real estate boom has people thinking the same way they did in the 1980s, worried that homes were no longer affordable, says real estate veteran Karen Millar.

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Top general says no systemic problems at Royal Military College after report on suicide, sexual misconduct

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Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said there are no systemic problems at Royal Military College of Canada as the military released a report today on suspected suicides and sexual misconduct at the college in Kingston, Ont.

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Keeping Canada and U.S. on same economic track will be hard as policies diverge: Don Pittis

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U.S. president Donald Trump wants to cut taxes on the rich, block immigration and cut social and environmental policies. Can Canada find greater success by going its own way?

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Justin Trudeau called 'scumbag' while touting federal child-care plan in Winnipeg

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was interrupted by a camcorder-wielding heckler who called him a "scumbag" during a stop in Winnipeg to promote the Liberal government's $7-billion plan to create more child-care spaces.

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25 illnesses in 4 provinces linked to E. coli-tainted Robin Hood flour

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There have been 25 cases of E. coli infections linked to a recalled batch of Robin Hood brand all-purpose flour, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.

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Via Rail caps number of Canada 150 youth passes at 1,867

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Young travellers can now purchase the Via Rail Canada 150 youth pass after it was "temporarily suspended" due to high demand - but there are now only 1,867 of the passes available.

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North Carolina's LGBT law likely to cost $3.76B US in lost business

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​Efforts to take the North Carolina's "bathroom bill" off the books before a deadline to stem further economic losses evaporated late Tuesday, and devolved into more finger-pointing by Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

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Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets for $17.7B

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Calgary-based Cenovus Energy says it will spend $17.7 billion to acquire most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips, making the Houston-based company the latest international player to exit the oilsands.

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The best way to protect against unscrupulous bank tactics? Empower workers

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A unionized and empowered banking workforce might be one of the best defences against management pressure to upsell customers.

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Senator Murray Sinclair responds to Lynn Beyak's defence of residential schools

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Senator Murray Sinclair says preserving the record of the wrongdoing committed under the Indian residential school system is the best way to fight back against those who deny its negative impact on Indigenous people.

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Ottawa officers on duty told not to wear wristbands supporting colleague charged in man's death

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Ottawa's police chief and the head of the Ottawa Police Services Board are urging caution about wristbands being worn by police in support of an officer charged with manslaughter in the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi.

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Here comes 'hard Brexit': What can Canadians expect on trade rules?

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As the United Kingdom triggers its divorce negotiations with the European Union, Canadian businesses are watching closely to see if this split can be amicable. If it's adversarial, and the Brexit terms are harsh, trading partners may need to bail quickly or risk getting burned.

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'How dare you say these hateful things?' Woman takes on Islamophobia at school board meeting

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Behind the scenes with a parent who stepped in to defend Muslim community members after a Peel school board meeting was derailed by Islamophobic comments.

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More than two dozen people sickened by E. coli linked to recalled flour

No deaths have been reported, and everyone who got sick has either recovered or is recovering  More

O’Leary has not exactly swamped the Conservatives with new recruits

Despite quickly signing up an impressive number of new party members, reality-TV star still needs strong support from Conservative stalwarts to win leadership  More

What homelessness looks like for women in Canada

Last week’s budget committed $11.2-billion to social-housing initiatives. As Erin Anderssen writes, the best use of those funds requires different approaches for different populations, including those in the north, people with mental illnesses and women  More

Quebec national assembly remembers Jean Lapierre a year after his death

The national assembly adopted a motion commemorating the first anniversary of Lapierre’s death and then held a minute of silence  More

Ottawa chief cautions officers' solidarity display involving Abdi death

In an email to staff, Chief Charles Bordeleau asked fellow officers who are wearing wristbands to think carefully about the message it sends to the community  More

Premier Brad Wall invites Calgary energy companies to relocate to Saskatchewan

In a letter to Whitecap Resources dated Monday, Mr. Wall offers to subsidize relocation costs, trim taxes and royalties and help find space in unused government buildings  More

Oland’s lawyers ask Supreme Court of Canada for murder acquittal

His lawyers have asked for an acquittal based on five issues of ‘public importance’  More

Carleton University returns scales to changing rooms after controversy

The university took scales out of the main gym in an effort to get athletes to take a more holistic approach to health  More

Police probe report of radicalized Montreal airport employees

Quebec’s public security minister says Quebec police and the RCMP are monitoring the situation  More

Defence chief vows action as review finds major problems at military college

Review finds onerous demands placed on cadets, support services depleted  More

Key wilderness area on Lake Superior to be preserved

Nature Conservancy of Canada buys Big Trout Bay in an $8.5-million deal  More

Missing, murdered women inquiry to hold first hearing May 29 in Whitehorse

Commissioners will meet with survivors and families in Whitehorse, northern B.C., Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Halifax  More

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Former CSIS heads question possible China extradition treaty; Canada puts down cash for AI race; and inside Valeant’s fall  More

Manitoba sets time limits to speed up child-protection hearings

Time limits echo those imposed by Supreme Court of Canada last July, which sought to expedite criminal proceedings  More

An enduring compromise: 150 years since the British North America Act, 1867 became law

The idea for a union of the British North American colonies began in 1864. It wasn't until March 29, 1867 that British legislation, enacted by the Imperial Parliament in London, established the Dominion of Canada  More

Brilliant scholar Penelope Reed Doob had a passion for dance

Her diverse interests led her to write books and reviews and create a medical-research firm on top of her work as a professor  More

Nova Scotia's government bucks trend, promises back-to-back balanced budgets

Randy Delorey said the April 27 budget will confirm the government has balanced its 2016-17 books, and will introduce a balanced budget for the year ahead  More

Quebec’s balanced budget boosts spending, cuts income taxes

Finance Minister announces about $1-billion in income tax cuts and boosts spending by 4.1 per cent, mainly on health care and education  More

Robin Hood all-purpose flour recalled for possible E. coli contamination

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling 10-kilogram bags with the best before date of April 17, 2018  More

Canadian ship involved in massive cocaine bust in international waters

HMCS Saskatoon and a U.S. vessel were involved in one of the raids where about a tonne of cocaine was seized  More

Canadian schools abandoning U.S. trips because of Trump ban

Growing number of schools are cancelling plans to travel to United States  More

Family files lawsuit in death of Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart

Stewart died during a shark filming excursion in the Florida Keys  More

Man ‘shocked’ by letter from Canada Revenue Agency declaring him dead

64-year-old New Brunswick man received tax reassessment directed to the ‘estate of the late Peter Harwerth’  More

Recall of 'natural' cream a cautionary tale for parents: dermatologist

A warning was issued Monday by Health Canada about undeclared ingredients in PureCare Herbal Cream, a skin product promoted as a natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis  More

Top stories to start your day

Australia scraps extradition treaty with China; Ottawa approves high-tech takeover, and Marijuana legalization coming, but access could vary  More

Most Canadians get timely medical treatment, but not all have equal access: report​

A report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information​ suggests that three of every four people in the country receive priority procedures within the recommended time frames  More

Ottawa’s new Vimy exhibit filled with heartfelt memories of those who served

For the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, the battle considered the ‘birth of the nation,’ Canadian War Museum opens a new display  More

Ontario’s electric-vehicle charging network hits speed bumps

One-third of the 485 new stations in the first phase of the project will not be operating by province’s original March deadline  More

Ottawa's plans for cannabis legalization may be slowed by provinces

The federal government has indicated that it will leave the contentious issues of regulating the wholesale distribution and retailing of cannabis up to the provinces and territories, a move that could make next year’s target seem too ambitious  More

Teacher’s Facebook post sparks IS scare at Nunavut school

Moses Suzuki posted a photoshopped image of his ex-girlfriend and himself as characters in an Islamic State beheading  More