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Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after ‘MeToo’ op-ed

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement. In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”. The op-ed drew sharp criticism from some observers, who were angered by what they saw as a betrayal of feminist values by an author who has long been interested in examining and questioning power structures that subjugate women.Read More


Red Deer RCMP look for public assistance to ID suspects in criminal harassment file

Red Deer harassment

Red Deer RCMP are looking for assistance in identifying a man and woman who for the last three years have been anonymously mailing offensive material of a sexual nature to a Red Deer man. The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras mailing the offensive material from a Red Deer grocery store post office on December 8, and RCMP believe they may have mailed similar material to other targets this year, as well. The victim does not recognize either suspect, and isn’t aware of any reason why he has been targeted.Read More


Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries

Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries

Alan Fram and Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Published Friday, January 12, 2018 7:52AM EST Last Updated Friday, January 12, 2018 8:14AM EST Warning: This story contains vulgar language HL:Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries@ WASHINGTON — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump on Friday denied usingRead More


Canadian Kennel Club seeking to add 12 more dog breeds

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Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:01PM EST TORONTO — Two dog breeds recently added to the American Kennel Club’s pack are not recognized north of the border, but the Canadian Kennel Club is hoping to add 12 others that are gaining popularity with dog lovers. Andrew Patton, spokesman for Canada’s primary registry for purebred dogs, says 2018’s incoming class could include the Portuguese sheepdog, Tibetan mastiff, rat terrier and Spanish water dog, if they get the stamp of approval from Agriculture Canada. But they don’tRead More


Neighbours take B.C. condo owner to court over allegations of prostitution

B.C. Supreme Court

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:44PM EST VANCOUVER — A condo owner has been ordered to stop using his property for business purposes — including alleged “prostitution related activities” — after his neighbours went to court armed with evidence they put together through dedicated sleuthing. Court documents say residents of the building in Burnaby, B.C., started raising concerns in August 2015 about visitors and disturbances at a unit owned by Christopher Nino Diopita. In a petition filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, neighboursRead More


Tailored response in Alberta, Ontario, B.C. for South Asians addicted to opioids

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Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:19PM EST VANCOUVER — A medical clinic in British Columbia and a social service agency in Alberta are set to expand their programs to meet the often-hidden and growing problem of South Asians battling addiction to opioids. The Roshni Clinic opened last spring in Surrey to provide services for South Asian clients addicted to alcohol and stimulants including amphetamine and cocaine. But more programs will be offered in the coming months to deal with the use of opioids such asRead More


Canine flu in Canada: What dog owners need to know

Canine flu in Canada: What dog owners need to know

With two rescue dogs brought to Canada being diagnosed with what are believed to be the country’s first cases of dog flu, dog owners are being warned to keep an eye out for the highly contagious virus. Although there is no human risk from canine influenza, the arrival of the virus does present a few concerns for pooches and the humans who love them. Here’s what they need to know. What is canine influenza and how did it get to Canada? Canine influenza, or dog flu, is similar to theRead More


Drug trafficking leads to jail time for Windsor man

CTV Windsor Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:06PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:26PM EST A Windsor man is headed to jail for drug trafficking. Kevin Lewis, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of drug trafficking in October. Lewis was among 10 people charged following a cross border investigation into the importation and distribution of illegal guns into Ontario from the United States. “Project Kirby” began in 2015 with members of the OPP, the Organized Crime Enforcement Nureau and theRead More


Ronald McDonald House families embark on special flight to the North Pole

A dozen families who have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House received a much-needed reprieve from their days in hospital as they boarded a magical flight from the Calgary International Airport to the North Pole. The flight was organized by volunteers with Air Canada Jazz who wanted to share the Christmas spirit with children who will likely spend the holiday season in hospital. Jaylin Mendenhall boarded the flight alongside his son. “Little Mason here was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma back in July,” said Mendenhall. “He is going toRead More


Influenza virus claims first Edmonton patient in 2017, cases triple since last year

This year’s influenza virus has claimed its first patient in Edmonton, according to Alberta Health Services. Edmonton has seen 167 cases of influenza in 2017. Alberta as a whole has had 1,147 – a large increase compared to 2016’s 374. An infectious disease specialist says this year’s vaccine is not getting the job done. “They did observe in Australia that the vaccine didn’t work very well,” Dr. Neil Rau said. “It protected only 10 per cent of people and that’s even worse than the usual rate of protection, which isRead More