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Ex-customs officer jailed for helping smuggle ganja

(CNS): A former customs officer accused of helping drug smugglers move six and a half pounds of ganja through the airport was handed an 18-month sentence earlier this month, nine months of which was suspended. Eddree Joann Fisher was first arrested over the allegations in May 2018 but wasn’t charged until three and a half
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Ministry breached data law with vaccine prize draw

(CNS): As the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) marks International Data Protection Day this Saturday, it has revealed some of the details of its work this year in that area of its remit, including an own motion investigation (OMI) into a data protection complaint about the government’s “vaccine challenge” event, in which the ministry failed
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Reinsurance sector ‘thriving’ in Cayman, expert says

(CNS): The reinsurance sector in Cayman is thriving, according to Graham Mackay, the chairman of the Cayman International Reinsurance Companies Association. Mackay was one of a number of local delegates who took part last week in the annual New York breakfast briefing, the first after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, hosted by representatives
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PLC makes move to stop illegal 7MB traders

(CNS): The Public Lands Commission (PLC) Inspectorate is investigating the rise in the number of people engaging in commercial activities on public beaches and has issued a cease and desist notice. PLC Chief Inspector Winsome Prendergast said a new permit application process is in the works, but in the meantime, only pre-approved vendors can operate,
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Just two public meetings set to discuss EWA extension

(CNS): The National Conservation Council is expected to publish the completed draft terms of reference (ToR) for an environmental impact assessment of the controversial East-West Arterial Road extension on Monday. The ToR will form the subject of a public consultation process lasting 21 days that includes, so far, only two public meetings, one in North
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US visitor dies after swimming off Eden Rock

(CNS): A man who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States died yesterday after he was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital. According to a police press release, just after 11:30am Wednesday, the emergency services were called to the George Town waterfront by Don Fosters Dive Shop where the man was
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Juvenile arrested in emerging gel gun trend

(CNS): The RCIPS is raising concerns that groups of young people are abusing toy gel guns, also known as gel blasters, capable of discharging water-filled beads and other liquid or soft pellets. A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday after an individual was hit by a projectile from a moving car. The trend appears to have
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5 ships in one day erodes ‘quality over quantity’ idea

(CNS): Commitments made early in the PACT administration by both Premier Wayne Panton and Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan to switch the focus of cruise tourism from quantity to quality were undermined Wednesday when five ships arrived in the George Town Harbour. Similarly, plans to spread calls across the week have failed to take root as
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We are scientists

The Cayman Islands Department of Environment writes: We are tasked with protecting first and foremost the plants and animals which belong to the Cayman Islands. We have researchers and scientists from various fields of study who work with and assist us in finding out what is happening in our lands and beaches, forests and cliffs,
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Insurance company battles to regain trust of providers

(CNS): Around 10% of healthcare providers are refusing to accept Cayman First Insurance cover at the point of need. Health facilities have been asking patients to pay upfront and claim back the money themselves because of significant delays in payments by the beleaguered local company, which has said it is working to persuade all providers
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Search underway for missing radioactive capsule in Western Australia

Officials have warned the public of the risks in touching a small capsule containing a radioactive substance that was lost during transportation in Western Australia.
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Berlin made the historic move to arm Ukraine. But many Germans are uneasy

The biggest moment in the Ukraine war this week took place hundreds of miles from the battlefield. After days of diplomatic pressure from its increasingly exasperated NATO allies, Germany announced Wednesday that it would send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a potentially pivotal move in the conflict that could decisively tip the balance in Kyiv's favor.
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Retired Czech general Petr Pavel wins presidential election

Former army chief Petr Pavel won the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday after a campaign featuring strong backing for NATO and the European Union and support for aid to Ukraine.
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13-year-old shoots a father and son in attack in Jerusalem, police say

Two people were wounded in a shooting attack in Jerusalem on Saturday, emergency services say, the day after a gunman killed at least seven people near a synagogue in the city.
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Chevron earnings soar to a record

Chevron reported a record full-year profit of $36.5 billion, buoyed by high oil prices.
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Bad omen for drivers: It's only January, but gas prices are already surging

Normally, prices at the gas pump drift lower during the dead of winter as lousy weather keeps Americans off the roads. But something unusual is happening this year: Gas prices are rocketing higher.
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Swimming in cash, Chevron plans a $75 billion slap in the face to drivers

While many blue-chip companies reported lower profits last year, Big Oil was having a moment. Crude prices surged, thanks in part to high demand and reduced supply. All of that helped make Chevron the top-performing Dow stock of last year, with shares surging more than 50%.
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Pakistani rupee plummets as markets adjust to removal of unofficial controls

The Pakistani rupee fell 9.6% against the dollar on Thursday, central bank data showed — the biggest one-day drop in over two decades — in a slump that may persuade the International Monetary Fund to resume lending to the country.
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McDonald's is testing a new strawless lid

Just like the McRib, straws might be a thing of the past at McDonald's.
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We finally know whom FTX owes money to: Wall Street elite, Big Tech, airlines, and many more

Newly unsealed bankruptcy documents revealed thousands of creditors to whom FTX owes money after the once-mighty crypto exchange collapsed in November.
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LVMH cheers the 'spectacular' return of Chinese tourists

LVMH posted record results Thursday, and expressed confidence that China's luxury market would bounce back this year as the country continues to reopen.
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Not only is Lake Powell's water level plummeting because of drought, its total capacity is shrinking, too

Lake Powell, the second-largest human-made reservoir in the US, has lost nearly 7% of its potential storage capacity since 1963, when Glen Canyon Dam was built, a new report shows.
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These were the best and worst places for air quality in 2021, new report shows

Air pollution spiked to unhealthy levels around the world in 2021, according to a new report.
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Big-box stores could help slash emissions and save millions by putting solar panels on roofs. Why aren't more of them doing it?

As the US attempts to wean itself off its heavy reliance on fossil fuels and shift to cleaner energy sources, many experts are eyeing a promising solution: your neighborhood big-box stores and shopping malls.
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'White Lotus' stars go viral in lingerie campaign

Scheming "White Lotus" besties Mia and Lucia have moved onto their next gig: a Skims fashion campaign.
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Brand loved by Harry Styles and Mick Jagger launches womenswear

A few weeks ago, Mick Jagger posted a holiday message to his Instagram feed while wearing a deep red paisley shirt, its pattern whirling with canary yellow and inky black details. The piece had something nostalgically glamourous about it: Decadent yet comfortable, it was as befitting of Jagger's bohemian rockstar aesthetic as it was his timeless presence. "Maybe he got it for Christmas," joked Emily Adams Bode Aujla, creator of the garment and founder of its eponymous label, Bode, over a Zoom call from Paris.
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Kylie Jenner's life-size lion's head brooch divided the internet

Nothing says fierce like using an apex predator as a brooch. On Monday, Kylie Jenner stole the show at Schiaparelli's couture runway in Paris when she arrived in a black velvet strapless gown adorned with the life-size head of a lion — a pre-release from the label's Spring-Summer 2023 couture collection that debuted moments later.
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Paris Fashion Week: Top moments from the menswear shows

The menswear shows in Paris are underway and despite chilling temperatures and a debilitating transit strike, the fashion community is out in full force.
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World's oldest dated runestone discovered in Norway

Archeologists in Norway have discovered the world's oldest dated runestone, featuring runic inscriptions from up to 2,000 years ago.
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The rise of the K-drama heroine

One of last year's most successful South Korean TV shows, "Extraordinary Attorney Woo," follows the story of a young autistic woman, Woo Young-woo, who navigates adulthood while winning cases at one of the nation's top law firms. Already renewed for a second season, it is now Netflix's sixth most-watched non-English television series and was recently nominated for a 2023 Critics' Choice Award.
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Why a billionaire has stashed 300 vintage cars in the desert

Qatar hasn't only been busy building soccer stadiums but also a slew of architecturally striking and accessible museums in its well-documented quest to be recognized as the arts capital of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar travel guide
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The gigantic luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere

Nothing much lies on Qatar's border with Saudi Arabia. A few sunbaked outposts and miles and miles of vast, empty desert in all directions.
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How to recycle the world's largest passenger plane

The Airbus A380 entered service nearly two decades ago, but although passengers loved it, it was doomed from the start. Too big and too expensive for airlines to run due to its four engines, it quickly fell out of favor, surpassed by more fuel-efficient twin-engine jets.
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New aircraft design from NASA and Boeing could benefit passengers in the 2030s

Greener commercial flight technology may be on the horizon.
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Spending the night in an igloo, in the Alps. Sounds cool, but is it?

Spending the night in an igloo sounds cool. And it is, though mainly literally.
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The world's most powerful passport for 2023 revealed

A trio of Asian passports offer their holders greater global travel freedom than those of any other countries, according to a new quarterly report released by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners.
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Nelly Cheboi, who creates computer labs for Kenyan schoolchildren, is CNN's Hero of the Year

Celebrities and musicians are coming together tonight to honor everyday people making the world a better place.
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Richard Sharp: Boris Johnson was told to stop asking for loan advice

The then-PM was warned off talking to incoming BBC chairman Richard Sharp, the Sunday Times reports.
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Flybe administration: Scramble to change plans after airline ceases trading

The airline said it was ceasing trading and cancelling all flights, affecting 75,000 passengers.
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Wales rugby chief executive Phillips set to leave role

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips is set to leave his role.
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Hexham stabbing: Murder arrest after girl, 15, dies

A 16-year-old boy is arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing in Northumberland.
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Rishi Sunak: Have his first 100 days been calm or 'cringe'?

As the prime minister reaches a key milestone, Laura Kuenssberg assesses his performance so far.
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Tiffany Scott: Call to block trans prisoner's move to women's jail

It is understood that Tiffany Scott - previously Andrew Burns - has applied for a transfer.
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Catherine says early childhood is key to adult life

The Princess of Wales launches a campaign calling for more attention on 'critical' early years.
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Laura Winham death: Family battled privacy law as sister lay dead

Laura Winham had refused contact with her family, who she thought were trying to harm her.
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Pontypridd: Two pedestrians killed and one injured in crash

A man and a woman, both aged 32, died at the scene of the crash on the B4273 in Pontypridd.
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Ex-leadership let hate spread within Labour - Starmer

During a speech in London, the Labour leader attacks his predecessor over the issue of antisemitism.
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Artur Beterbiev stops Anthony Yarde in round eight of thrilling light-heavyweight encounter

Artur Beterbiev retains his WBO, WBC and IBF light-heavyweight titles with eighth-round victory over Anthony Yarde in London.
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Manchester United 3-1 Reading: Casemiro double helps hosts reach FA Cup fifth round

Casemiro scores twice as Manchester United cruise past Reading to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
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Happy Valley's Ryan: Rhys Connah on starring in hit TV drama then and now

Rhys Connah started as a child actor in the show. He talks about how things have changed a decade on.
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Mensa: What happens when 'child geniuses' grow up

After a four-year-old joins Mensa, we ask formerly gifted children about the expectations they faced.
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The Last of Us: Could a fungal pandemic turn us all into zombies?

The apocalyptic plot of hit TV series The Last of Us has coincided with a real-life threat from fungi.
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How tanks from Germany, US and UK could change the Ukraine war

German Leopard 2 tanks and US M1 Abrams tanks will spearhead attacks on Russia - but is it enough?
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North West Computer Museum aims to give new life to old consoles

This new computer museum is ready to help you try and bring it back to life.
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Fur wheel drive: Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

Pictures from the annual event's practice day at Feshiebridge.
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County lines: How a child’s phones helped smash a trafficking gang

Six members of a county lines gang are jailed for trafficking a teenage drug runner.
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A very quick guide to Nadhim Zahawi

A simple summary of why the chairman of the Conservative Party is under pressure.
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Cost of living with food allergies becoming 'unbearable'

Prices of supermarket staples are rising at the fastest rate in decades, hitting "free from" shoppers hard.
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When are teachers going on strike, why and will schools close?

Teachers are striking over pay in the biggest unions in England, Scotland and Wales.
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The lost history of Tynemouth's Holocaust safe house for girls

Following a BBC investigation, a blue plaque is to be unveiled celebrating the house's history.
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Concorde: The Welshmen who got supersonic jets airborne

Morien Morgan and Brian Trubshaw were instrumental in the development of the iconic aircraft.
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The 16-year-old jockey taking flat racing by storm

Teenage jockey Billy Loughnane tells BBC Sport's Laura Scott about his meteoric rise in Flat racing.
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Liberal Democrats targeting Tory seats in election fight back

Sir Ed Davey has a plan to avoid another Lib Dem general election flop but it will be a challenge.
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Isla Bryson: What is the transgender prisoners row all about?

A transgender woman is facing a prison term for rape - but where should she serve her sentence?
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'I couldn't read or write but now I'm saving lives'

Richard Henton, who couldn't read or write until he was in his 20s, said helping others was his dream job.
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Keir Starmer on Rod Stewart offering to pay for medical scans

The Labour leader says it is "absolutely fundamental" that health care remans free at the point of need.
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Joanna Gosling bids an emotional farewell to BBC News live on-air

Joanna Gosling says goodbye to viewers after 23 years in a job "that's never felt like a job".
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Essex Police hails PC as 'Britain’s fastest cop'

PC Luke Watson earned the nickname after a flawless record in footraces against suspects.
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PMQs in 70 secs: Starmer and SNP turn up heat over Zahawi

Labour and the SNP question the timing of Rishi Sunak's probe into the Tory party chairman's tax affairs.
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Bill Turnbull's daughter running London Marathon in his memory

Flora Turnbull is to run the event in honour of her father and raise prostate cancer awareness.
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The Papers: 'Hospitals at home' plan and 'asylum hotel racism'

Plans to treat more patients remotely and reports of racism faced by asylum seekers lead the papers.
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Flybe: Regional carrier ceases trading and cancels all flights

Around 2,500 passengers due to travel with Flybe on Saturday are told not to go to the airport.
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Clare Drakeford: Wife of Wales' FM Mark Drakeford dies suddenly

Clare Drakeford, the wife of Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford, has died suddenly.
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Aberdeen: Jim Goodwin leaves after Hibs defeat compounds Darvel loss

Aberdeen part company with manager Jim Goodwin just minutes after Saturday's 6-0 defeat at Hibernian.
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NI Troubles: 'I would love to see that wall coming down'

Ten years after a target to remove or reduce Belfast's peace walls by 2023, about 60 remain in place.
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London's West End: Second telescopic urinal shut after man dies

The pop-up toilet is closed to the public after a man was crushed to death under another device.
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Indigenous boy with autism should not have been handcuffed at Vancouver hospital, says mother

The mother of an Indigenous boy who was handcuffed at a Vancouver hospital on Thursday says it should have been a safe place for her son, who has autism.
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The rise and long, depressing fall of Calgary's Eau Claire Market

Not quite a market, not quite a mall, but a struggling complex for most of its 30 years. Soon, Calgary's mistaken dream of a Granville Island on the Bow will meet its demise.
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How Indigenous people are strengthening fur traditions in an anti-fur world

Despite the negativity toward using and selling fur, Indigenous people say fur can be a sustainable, respectful and even luxurious material for clothing, accessories and art.
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Ottawa residents on both sides of the truck convoy protests tell us what's changed 1 year later

Four Ottawa residents who were caught up on different sides of the convoy protests share how the experience and its aftermath influenced their view of the city — and maybe even themselves.
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Winnipeg advocates renew call for police reform after death of Tyre Nichols

Winnipeg advocates are renewing calls for police reform after the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, a Black man who was beaten by police during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7. Nichols died three days after the confrontation.
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Baby with rare condition teaches lessons of resilience, unpredictability

When she was born in October, the doctors gave Amadea Dempster an hour to live. She was missing the top of her skull, had no visible nose and her brain was unusually structured. But she survived.
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Doubling of inmate deaths in Ontario prompts call for correctional oversight body

A spike in inmate deaths prompted a call this week from dozens of advocacy groups, academics and others to create an independent oversight body for correctional institutions in Ontario.
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After 5-year hiatus, the Arctic Winter Games return this weekend

For many young athletes, it's been a long time coming: the first Arctic Winter Games to be held in five years. The weeklong event kicks off this weekend in Fort McMurray, Alta.
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Cold and fed up, 11 sailors from Caribbean and South America are stuck in Trois-Rivières, Que.

The director of the local sailors' centre says he has never seen anything like it. The crew have been living on three cramped tugboats since October, receiving low pay and poor fare. Most have no winter clothing.
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Federal plastics ban creates 'unintended consequences' for compostable alternatives

Some businesses in Canada that have been preparing for the federal ban on single-use plastics by introducing or manufacturing alternatives are now finding their products don't meet the requirements and they've been left in the lurch.
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2 Vancouver Island area ERs to close overnight for foreseeable future

Two emergency rooms in B.C. will be closed overnight for the foreseeable future until the province can recruit enough staff to return to 24-hour operations.
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Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley lies in state at Ontario legislature

People can pay tribute to former Ontario lieutenant-governor David Onley this weekend as he lies in state for two days at the legislature before his funeral Monday.
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2 more teens accused in swarming death of Ken Lee in Toronto granted bail

Two more teenagers, who each face a second-degree murder charge in connection with what police have called a "swarming" attack on Ken Lee in Toronto, were granted bail Friday.
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It now has to feel colder than –60 C for kids at this Nunavut school to get the day off

The District Education Authority in Sanirajak, Nunavut, has loosened its cold weather policy so that kids don’t have to miss school when it’s just a bit chilly.
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Poilievre says 'everything seems broken,' Trudeau hits back

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre accused the Liberal government of plunging the country into "chaos" after eight years in office, blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a spike in crime, inflation woes and trouble at the country's airports.
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Survivors' stories, contemporary connections inspire students on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Some classrooms are exploring the Holocaust and the need for continued conversations about antisemitism and bigotry to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Both survivors and teachers alike say that ongoing education that centres on survivor stories best capture student attention.
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Judge grants bail for Alberta spiritual leader charged with sexually assaulting 4 women

Police allege John de Ruiter assaulted four women in separate incidents between 2017 and 2020. He was arrested by Edmonton police on Jan. 21.
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As RCMP defends neck hold, minister says he 'very clearly' laid out his expectations for reform

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says he has laid out “very clearly” the reforms he wants to see from RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki — comments that come as the RCMP continues to defend its use of a controversial neck hold.
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Trudeau government dropped the ball on fighting abuse in sport, former minister says

A Liberal MP and former sport minister is again calling for a public inquiry into abuse in sport — and is accusing her own government of not doing enough to tackle the problem.
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