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City using new tech to collect data

Welland is turning to technology to collect data for the city’s 300-kilometre expanse of sidewalks.  More

Firearms, drugs seized at Port Colborne home

A Port Colborne man has been charged with multiple counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm, as well as possession of drugs.  More

Wet summer expected

Niagara residents can expect a wetter than normal summer, according to a meteorologist with the Weather Network.  More

St. Catharines catches on to online dog licencing

The company that provides dog licences for St. Catharines pet owners says compliance has gone up since the city hired it a year ago.  More

Annunziata lobbing anti-Semitic charge at NDP

The head of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Welland’s MPP are locking horns again, this time over an issue about Israeli-Palestinian relations.  More

Feds get cash flowing

Local politicians gathered on the lawn at the Decew Water Treatment Plant in St. Catharines to announce they are turning on the funding tap for clean water in Niagara — and it’s not a drop in the bucket.  More

Cops’ explosion rocks Welland neighbours

An explosion that could be heard in Welland’s north end Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a police exercise.  More

Sicoli: Catholic board ‘needs to rebuild public trust’

Niagara Catholic District School Board has set in motion two surveys about itself.  More

Catholic school board briefs

Catholic school trustees this week heard the board is still on track for a balanced budget, and approved revised policies.  More

NPCA issues Lake Ontario flood warning

With more heavy rain the forecast, Niagara Pensiula Conservation Authority has issued a flood warning for residents along the Lake Ontario shoreline.  More

Kicking off tourism season Friday

Tourism officials in Niagara are expecting another solid tourism season as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.  More

NRP make child porn arrest

A 19-year-old St. Catharines man is in custody following a Niagara Regional Police child porn investigation.  More

Nuclear waste shipments concern MP

If truckloads of liquid nuclear waste are rolling along highways in his riding, Niagara West MP Dean Allison says local emergency personnel ought to be given a heads up.  More

Welland Transit fares increasing

Riding Welland Transit will cost a little more starting in June, as fares are set to increase.Transit manager Alfred Stockwell spoke about the fare increase Tuesday night at council, and about the new Sunday service and longer hours of service on Saturdays. “The fare increase was recommended under the transit master plan,” said Stockwell.As of June  More

Stampede a successful weekend, despite Saturday skirmish

The Saturday skirmish didn't deter Virgil Stampede organizers from offering a great family-friendly weekend.  More

Trudeau expected to provide allies bridge to Trump at NATO summit

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Canadian Forces jet touched down in Brussels last night he landed on a continent poised to host the NATO and G7 summits and bracing for the chaos that flew here on Air Force One.


Leaks about Manchester investigation anger U.K. officials


British Prime Minister Theresa May says progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation, even as she prepares to take complaints from her security services about leaked material to U.S. President Donald Trump.


From phishing to false documents, researchers detail a cyberespionage campaign that points to Russia


Starting with a successful phishing attack on outspoken Russian journalist David Satter, the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab found another 218 distinct targets spanning 39 countries.


Winnipeg mail carrier says he was pressured to perform CPR on unconscious woman


A Winnipeg mail carrier wants to know why paramedics repeatedly instructed him to give CPR to an unconscious woman, even after he told them them he was concerned she had overdosed on fentanyl.


The media should know better but we keep falling for Trudeau's PR: Robyn Urback

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Leaks are often deliberate, calculated moves. "Spontaneous" run-ins are carefully set up. And public photobombs by politicians jogging through prom shoots are very rarely coincidences.


Online dating profile created by ex-boyfriend makes woman target of late-night visitors

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The young mother shudders with fear every time the buzzer in her apartment sounds, terrified the next stranger at her door looking for sex won’t take no for an answer.


Flynn pleads the 5th: Why contempt of Congress may be an empty threat

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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn might plead the Fifth, defy a congressional subpoena and be held in contempt of Congress, but it probably won't land him in jail.


Canadians hoarding $16B worth of unused loyalty points

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We all love free stuff so it’s no surprise that Canadians are pledging allegiance to multiple loyalty programs. However, many of us are not bothering to cash in on our rewards.


'They were born ferocious': Hybrid green crab species threatens N.L. lobster

Green crab samples at DFO

A new species of fearless, "ferocious" green crab is ravaging parts of Newfoundland's south coast, and threatening valuable lobster stock.


The mystery of flat inflation and soaring houses, as Poloz keeps interest rates low: Don Pittis


As inflation and the economy stagnate, house prices and stocks are hitting new highs. The danger is that Donald Trump's first budget means more of the same for North America.


'Taken from this world too soon': Concertgoers mourned as more Manchester victims ID'd

Chloe Rutherford, Liam Curry

A teenage superfan of American singer Ariana Grande, a primary school student "loved by everyone," a mid-20s man and a Polish couple were among the first people publicly identified as being among the 22 killed in an attack following a concert in Manchester, England.


Government accused of hoarding Canadian history in 'secret' archives


Some of Canada’s leading historians say the federal government is putting this country’s historical record at risk by hoarding piles of documents inside secret archives that together would make a stack taller than the CN Tower.


Low-income, Indigenous families feel weight of child benefit reviews

Debbie Ironbow and grandkids

Low-income and Indigenous families in Saskatoon say tax agency workers are tone-deaf when requiring proof of eligibility for the universal child-care benefit.


We want to run our business in Ontario. The government is making that incredibly difficult

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Beyond the high energy costs and crippling taxes, it is so discouraging to try to thrive in a province where leadership has no concept of the value of a dollar.


B.C. Liberals one seat short of majority, throwing makeup of government into doubt

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The final count of the B.C. election has concluded, and the result remains just as uncertain as it was on election night, with the Liberals just short of a majority.


Justice minister's father calls missing and murdered inquiry a 'bloody farce'

Hereditary chief Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a "bloody farce" and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced.


Republican candidate allegedly 'body-slammed' reporter, charged with misdemeanour assault

Montana Special Election

A closely watched election for Montana's sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanour assault for grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.


Soldiers roll into Philippine city besieged by ISIS-linked militants


Army tanks packed with soldiers roll into a southern Philippine city besieged by ISIS-linked militants as gunfire and explosions ring out.


UBC student blinded by domestic attack graduates law school

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As Rumana Monzur was guided to the podium to give a speech to law graduates at the University of British Columbia Wednesday, a hush fell over the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Chan Shun Concert Hall.


Cannabis compound shown to slash seizures in kids with rare form of epilepsy

Liam and Mandy McKnight

A compound found in cannabis reduced convulsive seizures in children with a severe form of epilepsy by nearly half, a new study shows, validating the anecdotal evidence of some parents who've been pushing for such a treatment.


Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of victim surcharges

Man facing victim surcharge had argued fee infringes charter guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment  More

Marches to take place as Quebec construction strike enters second day

Walkout has crippled activity on major projects  More

For a second year, Governor-General’s Innovation Awards honour Canadian trailblazers

The Governor-General’s Innovation Awards are a celebration of Canadian creators who have reshaped lives nationally and abroad  More

Marilyn Thomson, Toronto patron of the arts, dies at 86

Mrs. Thomson was a long-time supporter and board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music  More

Documents shed light on charges facing Thunder Bay police chief

A police charge sheet filed by the OPP states that between Dec. 14 and 22 of last year, J.P. Levesque disclosed ‘confidential information’ regarding Mayor Keith Hobbs  More

Ontario to lead in humane correctional practices, minister says

Marie-France Lalonde's new vision for the province comes on the heels of Howard Sapers’ blueprint for reform of solitary confinement rules and years of revelations by media  More

Mixed emotions for ex-RCMP women as sex-harassment suit nears end

Speaking after a settlement hearing, the women expressed hope their long battle would pave the way for a more hospitable RCMP workplace  More

Ontario opioid overdose deaths climb in first half of 2016

‘The numbers are definitely alarming,’ Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said at a news conference on Wednesday, where he unveiled new initiatives aimed at gathering more timely information on the opioid crisis, including overdose deaths  More

Ontarians can expect higher hydro bills to repay short-term relief: FAO

Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office warns costs could soar even more if the province can’t keep its budget balanced  More

Quebec construction at near standstill after mass walkout

Construction companies and labour federations unable to sign new collective agreements as Tuesday deadline passes  More

Supreme brand chicken egg rolls recalled in Quebec due to Listeria risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the affected product has been sold at Costco stores in Levis, Que., and Quebec City  More

Alberta woman charged with allegedly threatening Sophie Gregoire Trudeau online

The woman has been charged with one count under the Criminal Code of uttering threats  More

Senior Mountie refuses to admit officers weren’t prepared for 2014 Moncton shooting

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau said he worked on the carbine program for about a year beginning in January 2011 and that it was his highest concern at the time  More

Quebec byelection poster denouncing multiculturalism draws complaints

Alexandre Cormier-Denis, who is running for the Parti independantiste in the Montreal riding of Gouin, has triggered controversy with his campaign poster  More

Video of fight between Syrian, Canadian students sparks protest at Alberta school

More than a dozen people showed up at the parking lot of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School on Tuesday to protest  More

Lobster fraud: Three Nova Scotia men charged in $3-million international case

The RCMP investigation started in July 2015 when allegations arose that a man had defrauded a Shelburne County lobster company of $175,000 during the previous fishing season  More

Supreme Court urged to clarify law on journalist source protection

Vice Media and journalist Ben Makuch argue Canada’s top court has never dealt with journalist-source communications  More

Labour report recommends unpaid emergency leave for Ontario workers

Changing Workplaces report also suggests changes to collective bargaining and wage fairness for part-time and casual employees  More

Toronto police invited to march in uniform in New York City pride parade

Invitation comes amid controversy over exclusion of officers from Toronto’s Pride Parade  More

Second plaintiff added to court challenge of assisted-dying law

Robyn Moro has Parkinson’s disease, causing continual excruciating pain in her legs and nausea  More

Justice Abella uses U.S. speech to take aim at ‘narcissistic populism’

Speaking to graduates at a Boston-area university on Sunday, Justice Rosalie Abella identified what she sees as dangerous trends  More

Trudeau says Canadians are 'shocked' by news of explosion in Manchester

In a statement posted to Twitter, Trudeau asks Canadians to 'keep the victims & their families in your thoughts'  More

Canada’s prison agency closes in on new solitary confinement rules

Correctional Services Canada is close to establishing new rules that would disallow placing vulnerable persons into solitary confinement. There are 15 proposed changes, including barring pregnant, physically disabled and terminally ill inmates from being put into solitary confinement.  More

International demand for academics in Canada outpacing funding supply

The vast majority of Canadian research-intensive universities do not receive public money for international students, graduate or undergraduate  More

Nova Scotia’s health-care ‘crisis’ will decide election: Tories

Jamie Baillie said the Conservatives were polling neck-in-neck with the Liberals, and he thinks the question of health-care may be enough to tip the scales in his favour  More

Eight revenue agency workers fired for roles in privacy breaches: CRA

A spokesman said the employees in each case were found to have had unauthorized access to taxpayer information  More