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August 17, 2017 11:20 AM Trump increasingly isolated as business panels dismantled

WASHINGTON -- With corporate chieftains fleeing, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils, an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing 7

August 17, 2017 4:56 AM Conservative leader's free speech pledge wouldn't apply in U of T nationalist rally case

Scheer's spokesman tried to clarify leader's position on controversial free speech proposal A pledge by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to yank federal funding from universities that fail to uphold free speech wouldn't apply to a decision by the University of Toronto to ban a nationalist rally from campus, his spokesman said Wednesday. "No," was Jake Enwright's 9

August 17, 2017 1:26 AM 2 people shot at Sherway Gardens, 1 taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

2 male suspects were seen fleeing the parking lot in a black SUV A 50-year-old man has suffered life-threatening injuries after two men shot at him while he was inside a parked car in the Sherway Gardens Plaza parking lot Wednesday evening. A second man, also in his 50s, was found nearby. Acting Duty Insp. Leah Gilfoy said his injuries were not considered 9

August 17, 2017 1:01 AM Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia not only on white nationalists but also on anti-racism activists who opposed them. A parade of prominent Republicans and US ally Britain also rebuked 12

August 16, 2017 11:03 PM $1.2M for consumption site: Alberta still seeing high number of opioid deaths

CALGARY -- Alberta continues to see high numbers of overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids. A second-quarter report for 2017 shows that 119 people died from an apparent fentanyl-related overdose between April 1 and June 30. The report says 122 people died in the first three months of the year from an apparent fentanyl overdose 6

August 16, 2017 10:36 PM Facebook threat forces cancellation of free speech event at Ryerson: Jordan Peterson

Ryerson University has cancelled a “free speech on campus” event after activists on Facebook threatened violent disruption, University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson says. Peterson, whose criticism of political correctness — and especially genderless pronouns — has attracted international attention, was one of a panel of experts speaking at The Stifling 8

August 16, 2017 9:38 PM B.C. surpasses worst wildfire season on record — and threat is far from over

As evacuation orders are downgraded and evacuees return home, the situation remains unpredictable It's official: the B.C. Wildfire Service confirms the province is experiencing the worst wildfire season on record. Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek says an estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been charred in B.C. since April 1. "It's 6

August 16, 2017 8:26 PM B.C. officially surpasses worst wildfire season on record — and province isn't out of the woods yet

As evacuation orders are downgraded and evacuees return home, the situation remains unpredictable It's official: The B.C. Wildfire Service confirms the province is experiencing the worst wildfire season on record. Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek says an estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been charred in B.C. since April 1. That eclipses 7

August 16, 2017 8:02 PM Special viewing events planned for eclipse

Local astronomy buffs are planning an event to help people view the eclipse safely The solar eclipse coming Monday morning promises to be an exciting event, but trying to watch it without proper eye protection could cause serious eye damage. To help ensure a good experience, members of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are inviting 5

August 16, 2017 7:14 PM Vice’s in-depth Charlottesville video is a horrifying look at hatred

If you’ve got room in your brain and your heart for a return to Charlottesville, I highly recommend the “Vice News Tonight” feature on the weekend’s events. The 22-minute piece (available at news.vice.com or on YouTube), “Charlottesville: Race and Terror,” is a stomach-turning look at hatred — actually, at the scariest kind, organized hatred. Embedded 6