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  • Toronto saw at least 146 suspected opioid deaths in 2018, according to paramedics’ data

    January 7, 2019 5:47 PM 133

    At least 146 people died of suspected opioid overdoses in Toronto in 2018, according to data from city paramedics. The tally, which includes all suspected overdose deaths that happen before paramedics arrive or while they are administering care, comes from the first calendar year’s worth of data reported by the city’s public health department. The paramedics’

  • Saskatchewan wants to get out of direct involvement with transportation hub

    January 5, 2019 2:58 AM 133

    Morgan says a consultant will be hired to come up with a new governance structure that will see the private sector operate the GTH, but under the terms of government legislation. “We believe the GTH plays a vital role in Saskatchewan’s export- oriented economy and will for many years to come,” Morgan said Friday in a release. “However, the GTH will be in a better

  • Insurer says ‘obviously inappropriate’ ASIMIL8 plate shouldn’t have been issued

    January 4, 2019 9:30 PM 128

    WINNIPEG—Documents from a legal challenge by a Star Trek fan who had his personalized ASIMIL8 licence plate revoked show a Manitoba Public Insurance senior executive was shocked the plate was ever issued at a time when reconciliation with Indigenous people was coming to the forefront. The email from vice-president Keith Ward to registrar of motor vehicles

  • Nanaimo RCMP charge 20-year-old man for stealing presents, stockings on Christmas morning

    January 4, 2019 3:23 AM 123

    NANAIMO, B.C.—Police have a man in custody and a charge has been laid after wrapped gifts were taken from under a tree on Christmas morning at a home in Nanaimo, B.C. The RCMP say a father, his wife and their two boys, aged 10 and 14, were sleeping when the man heard a noise downstairs, then found the refrigerator door open, cupboards ransacked and gifts

  • Ontario father-daughter duo continue cross-continental row across Atlantic

    January 3, 2019 9:21 PM 117

    Cheryl Beeden says her husband was ready to "hang up his oars" after becoming the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland in 2015, but Libby convinced him to get back in the boat for a father-daughter row across the Atlantic. The Beedens, who take turns at the oar and sleep in shifts for nearly round-the-clock

  • Pandemonium: Calgary zoo reports record attendance thanks to panda family

    January 3, 2019 6:52 PM 120

    CALGARY—The arrival of a family of giant pandas to the Calgary Zoo last spring created a stampede of visitors once the guests on loan from China were introduced to an eager public. “We got 1.48 million visitors — that’s a lot of people. If you look at the size of our community with just over 1.1 million citizens in Calgary, the penetration is immense

  • Children as young as eight are voluntarily sharing nude photos, say police

    January 2, 2019 6:32 PM 113

    FREDERICTON—Police are warning parents after four young New Brunswick children voluntarily shared nude images of themselves online. RCMP say the children, between the ages of eight and 12, shared nude pictures or videos on unspecified free websites in recent months. The children were identified by the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit, and all have been confirmed

  • Weather warnings issued for several parts of B.C., as new storms arrive

    January 2, 2019 4:56 PM 110

    The weather office says a further 10 centimetres of snow will fall over parts of northeastern B.C., including the Peace River and Pine Pass on Highway 97, but the system, and another packing 90 km/h winds on the central coast, should ease by Wednesday afternoon. The storm will then slide south prompting winter storm warnings for the Sea-to-Sky Highway

  • Halifax digital studio gets provincial payroll rebate of up to $1.5 million

    January 2, 2019 4:49 PM 128

    The government says REDspace “provides new ways for its clients to deliver interactive experiences” to users. REDspace was founded by Mike Johnston, a Truro native who returned to Nova Scotia from Boston after the 2000 tech crash. “We’re an export-driven company and we’re doing it all from Halifax,” Johnston, REDspace’s CEO, said in 2017. “We mostly

  • Cabinet OKs plan for Mint to craft special toonies to mark D-Day anniversary

    December 30, 2018 7:21 PM 130

    OTTAWA—The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two-toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War. On June 6, 1944 a combined force of about 150,000 Allied