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Contentious downtown BIA expansion cancelled

A plan by the St. Catharines Downtown Association to expand its business improvement area for the first time in 42 years has been shelved due to vocal opposition by some property owners.  More

PHOTO: Choir Camerata presenting Messiah

Artistic director David Braun conducts Choir Camerata in a rehearsal of G.F. Handel's Messiah. The choir will be performing Saturday, Dec. 2, at Knox Presbyterian Church in St. Catharines at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at Welland Centennial Secondary School at 2:30 p.m. The choir will hold a workshop and performance for students at Centennial on  More

Human remains identified

Human remains found in Fort Erie have been identified as those of a woman who went missing in early 2016.  More

Niagara businessman seeking PC nod in Falls riding

Niagara-on-the-Lake resident and long-time businessman Chuck McShane wants to be the next MPP for the Niagara Falls riding.  More

Sex offences dropped against Niagara man

While conceding it’s possible that two sisters were sexually assaulted by their father a decade ago, a local judge said he had no choice but to dismiss all charges against the St. Catharines man.  More

Providing holiday cheer to seniors

While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones.  More

Niagara man guilty in stabbing death of estranged spouse

The estranged spouse of a St. Catharines woman plunged a knife into the 39-year-old’s body 30 times as their two young children slept nearby, court heard Tuesday.  More

GO train expansion topic of open houses

Niagara residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the planned expansion of GO train services during a series of public meetings starting this week.  More

VIDEO: Today's youth, Tomorrow's Voices

There's a bunch of kids at reception. Most have their heads tilted down, engrossed in the glow of their respective devices. Every so often, the front door to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts swings open and another young person wanders inside to find their place amidst the collective.  More

NPCA, activist square off in court

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s battles with activist Ed Smith have moved from the court of public opinion to a court of law.  More

Welland lawyer liked to win — in and on the court

Earle Blackadder is being remembered as a great litigator, a competitive man who liked to win, whether it was on the squash court or in a courtroom.Blackadder, who practised law in Niagara for more than 50 years, died Nov. 8.Paul Leon, of Blackadder Leon Marion & Fazari LLP, was a former partner.  More

Customs officer allowed smuggling

A former Canada Border Services Agency officer who routinely falsified documents to allow the smuggling of tobacco into Niagara has received a suspended sentence, two years’ probation and 150 hours’ community service. Chad Gale was before Judge Tory Colvin at a sentencing hearing Friday in a Welland courtroom.  More

Tuition refunds offered to students

Completing the semester before Jan. 10 won’t be ideal for Niagara College students who have been away from the classroom since mid-October.  More

Welland man taken to hospital after fire

A Welland man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns to his hands and arms as a result of a kitchen fire Sunday. And charges will be laid against the homeowner of 426 McAlpine Ave. for not having a working smoke alarm in the home, said Welland Fire and Emergency Services Chief Brian Kennedy.  More

Photo: Not the intended drive-thu

A female driver trying to back out of a parking spot ended up smashing through the glass of the Ontario Street McDonald’s restaurant just before 5 p.m. Monday. Niagara Regional Police said there were no serious injuries, but the restaurant had to be closed due to the damage and shards of glass. An investigation was ongoing into the evening into wha  More

Canada 'prepared for the worst' amid squabbles over NAFTA, Freeland says

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Despite making some progress on "bread and butter" items, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said differences remain between Canada and the U.S. on a number of key chapters of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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'He totally denies it': Trump discounts Roy Moore allegations

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U.S. President Donald Trump discounted allegations of sexual assault against Roy Moore and said Tuesday that voters should not support the Alabama Republican Senate nominee's "liberal" rival.

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'You should go kill yourself': People living with facial differences remember bullying as they watch Wonder

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As they watched the movie Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay as a boy with a facial difference, former craniofacial patients saw their own experiences as children. Eight of them had shared their stories with the actor prior to filming.

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Pixar co-founder John Lasseter takes leave over 'missteps' with employees

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Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees.

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Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration

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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Liberal government will back a bill that calls for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a move that could have wide-ranging consequences in Canadian law.

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns after nearly 4 decades in power

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Robert Mugabe, 93, has resigned as Zimbabwe's president after decades in power, as parliament began impeachment proceedings against him. The announcement sparked celebrations on the streets of the capital, Harare.

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Proposed pot regulations open door to craft growers, licensing non-violent offenders

According to Health Canada, 74,013 people in Alberta are registered to receive medicinal marijuana

Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has released the Liberal government's proposed cannabis regulations opening the door to craft marijuana producers, allowing low-risk offenders to participate in the industry and offering some leeway on packaging.

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What's ruthenium-106? What you need to know about Russian radiation

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Russia has finally confirmed the release of "extremely high contamination" of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September. Here's what you need to know.

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Another lawyer quits MMIWG inquiry as resignations, firings mount

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Another lawyer for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has resigned.

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Phoenix payroll mess will take several years and more than $540M to fix, spending watchdog says

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It will take several years and far more than the $540 million the Liberal government has set aside to fix its troubled payroll system, Canada's spending watchdog said Tuesday. Auditor General Michael Ferguson will discuss the findings of his six-audit report at 11 a.m. and CBCNews.ca will carry it live.

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'You have lied to police': Dellen Millard grills co-accused's ex at Laura Babcock murder trial

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Marlena Meneses was back in the witness box Tuesday in Ontario Superior Court in downtown Toronto. Dellen Millard, acting as his own lawyer, got her to admit she had lied to police in the past.

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Laurier professor, president apologize to TA over video sanction

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Wilfrid Laurier University president and vice-chancellor Deborah MacLatchy issued an apology to teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd on Tuesday afternoon. Shepherd was sanctioned after showing a debate featuring controversial U of T professor Jordan Peterson in her class.

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'I knew I had to get up': Brian Pallister happy to be alive after ordeal in New Mexico wilderness

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Premier Brian Pallister says he's grateful to be alive after getting lost in the New Mexico desert wilderness last week, leaving him with a broken arm, bruised ribs and lacerations.

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'He still feels like Michael from Vancouver:' Junos tap 'guy next door' Bublé as 2018 host

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Michael Bublé will return to the Junos stage to emcee the annual celebration on his home turf in Vancouver next March, the first time the awards will air on CBC in 16 years.

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CBS News, PBS cut ties to Charlie Rose following sex allegations

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CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.

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Who is Reza Zarrab? Turkish-Iranian gold trader may be working with Mueller investigation of Michael Flynn

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The case surrounding Reza Zarrab involves allegations of money laundering, bribery, secret deals, death threats and new identities - and he may well have something to say about former U.S. national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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Royal Bank deemed 'too big to fail' by global banking watchdog

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The Royal Bank of Canada has been added to a list of 30 of the world's most systemically important banks.

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The National Today: Why Putin-Assad bromance poses dangers

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

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MPs to consider creating commission to preside over federal election leadership debates

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A House of Commons committee will begin on Tuesday to study the creation of an independent commission or commissioner to oversee leaders debates during federal election campaigns.

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FCC will vote to repeal net neutrality rules put in place under Obama

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The chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections.

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Evening Update newsletter: Zimbabwe, CRA, Trump on Roy Moore

Plus: TTC head Andy Byford leaving post to lead New York City Transit  More

There was bad blood between Dellen Millard and Laura Babcock, witness testifies

The Crown alleges Millard and his friend Mark Smich killed Babcock and burned her body in an animal incinerator because she had become the odd woman out in a love triangle  More

Quebec Finance Minister announces personal income tax cuts in economic update

Government says a family of two adults and two children that earns $88,000 a year will see a tax reduction of $1,200, while a single person who earns $44,000 will save $500.  More

Laurier apologizes to Lindsay Shepherd after she aired debate clip on gender-neutral pronouns

Shepherd said she accepted and welcomed the apology, but felt it rang hollow coming on the heels of intensive media attention around her case  More

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says getting lost in New Mexico desert a ‘humbling experience’

Pallister fractured his left arm when he got lost while hiking in New Mexico  More

Family of slain Indigenous woman say they're angry over sex-trade worker label

Monica Burns's brother told the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women that he’s frustrated with the way the media has described Burns and other Indigenous women  More

Toronto school board’s draft proposal to 'reform' gifted program has parents worried

Parents are concerned changes will include integrating gifted students into mainstream classrooms  More

Morning Update: Giller Prize winner crowned; Charlie Rose accused of sexual harassment

Also: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is negotiating ‘guarantees’ with the military  More

Waterloo institute to take on the universe with new cosmology-focused research hub

The 10-year effort will harness the existing brain power of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics while bringing in about two-dozen additional researchers and students  More

Evening Update newsletter: Keystone XL, North Korea, snowy winter

Also: Loblaw launches new loyalty program in bid for more customers  More

Processed food industry hasn’t met Health Canada targets to lower sodium in products

Health Canada’s chief of nutrition regulations and standards says the goal of reducing Canadian sodium intake to 2,300 mg ‘doesn’t appear to be achievable based on what we have seen so far’  More

Singer Anne Murray donates 40 years of memorabilia to the University of Toronto

The university convinced Murray to donate the memorabilia rather than throw it away when she decided to downsize and move into a condo  More

Rescued U.S. hostage says captivity in Afghanistan ‘intolerable’ for her children

Pakistani troops rescued Caitlan Coleman Boyle, her husband and their three children five years after the couple was abducted  More

Ontario postsecondary school launches Mohawk language learning app

Six Nations Polytechnic says the app is a new way to try to revitalize the language  More

Ontario offers tuition refund to students as college strike ends

Students will have two weeks to decide whether or not they want to continue with condensed semester  More

New Brunswick says it’s the first province to ‘fully secure’ marijuana supply

Province has inked deal with Zenabis to provide marijuana for recreational users  More

Meteorologist warns of a ‘classic Canadian winter’ with plenty of snow

Chris Scott, The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, says the message from his forecast team is ‘buckle up’  More

Morning Update: Trudeau’s LGBTQ apology; Mugabe clings to power

Also: The Argos and Stampeders will battle for the CFL’s Grey Cup  More

Calgary eyes multicity bid for Olympics that could include Edmonton and Whistler

Officials to consider including Edmonton and Whistler in 2026 Winter Games pitch as reports fuel debate over economic benefits  More

Saskatoon joins wave of cities eying regulation for Airbnb-style platforms

The technology-fuelled phenomenon of people renting out their houses and apartments to visitors is washing into communities all across the country  More

As Canadians consume ‘harmful’ levels of sodium, officials urge chefs to limit salt but face resistance

The federal government has been putting in place healthy eating policies in a bid to curb sugar, saturated fat and other problematic nutrients. They’re now turning their attention to salt  More

Back-to-work bill passes, sending Ontario college faculty back to class Tuesday

The provincial legislature’s intervention ends the five-week-long strike by 12,000 college workers that left 500,000 students worried about losing the semester.  More

Arctic warming happening faster than previously thought, report says

Scientist David Barber says ‘most people don’t understand how bad’ the impact on the Arctic is  More

One person dead after training accident at Manitoba military base

This is the third time this year a soldier was killed during a training accident on a Canadian base  More

New recruit joins northern Quebec police force as sole female Inuit officer

Pamela Stevenson is one of three Inuit officers on the 70-person Kativik Regional Police Force  More

Disability rights advocates fight ‘demeaning’ immigration criteria

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars disabled immigrants from settling in Canada  More

Grassy Narrows needs local treatment centre for mercury poisoning, chief says

The Ontario community has been plagued by the impacts of mercury contamination since the 1960s  More

Canada faces Russia-linked threats to cybersecurity at home and abroad, NATO chief says

Jens Stoltenberg says Canadian troops in Latvia are being smeared by Russia-backed online propaganda  More

Dionne quintuplets’ birthplace moves following campaign to save historic home

The log cabin where the sisters were born in 1934 is being hauled from its current location to a spot downtown in North Bay, Ont.  More

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and wife explain how he got lost and broke arm on New Mexico hike

Brian Pallister has refused to do media interviews about the ordeal, which happened on Monday but was only revealed to the public on Friday. Instead, he and his wife, Esther, answered questions posed by a member of his staff in a video posted on Facebook that’s just over four minutes long.  More