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Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jamie Haller says she was the one who needed police protection Jamie Haller alleges she was beaten by a Mountie in Williams Lake, B.C., when she was 17 has now filed a civil suit against the city and three RCMP officers, including one who was acquitted of an assault charge. Jamie Haller turns 20 this week and […]

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Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medical marijuana access regulations infringe on Canadian charter rights British Columbia’s highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional. The B.C. Appeal Court released its 2-1 decision on Thursday stating that medical marijuana […]

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False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

False killer whales rarely seen in BC waters Efforts are underway to save a young false killer whale calf which has washed ashore on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The distressed cetacean was found in poor condition Thursday morning on North Chesterman Beach. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has recovered the whale […]

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Arctic shipping down in 2014 due to more ice

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arctic shipping through Northwest Passage may increase in 2015 Arctic shipping numbers dropped in 2014 because ice is melting slower than expected. In fact, more ice formed last year, say experts. Thirty-one ships used the Northern Sea Route over Russia to sail between Europe and Asia and another 22 used part of the route, Alaska Public […]

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Canadian auto recalls: Over 600 in record 2014

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Canadian auto recalls way up as manufacturers try to get ahead of lawsuits Canadian auto recalls hit an all-time high last year, with more than eight million vehicles affected as several high-profile problems with faulty airbags and ignition switches brought safety issues to the forefront. Automakers issued nearly 600 recall notices on Canadian vehicles in […]

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Christmas advertising dollars moving online

| November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Online Christmas advertising grows every year in Canada Retailers spend millions over the holiday period to get consumers to open their wallets and that Christmas advertising is increasingly online. Christmas advertising campaigns are increasingly allocating more funds to target online shoppers, in addition to traditional newspaper ads, radio and television commercials and glossy catalogues. “Retailers now […]

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Canadian newsmakers who died in 2014

| December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty among Canadian newsmakers who died in 2014 Every year the nation looks back on the list of Canadian newsmakers who died, some familiar over many years for their participation in sports, media, or politics – and some not so familiar. JANUARY 6 _ Toronto-born actor Larry D. Mann, 91, who […]

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2014 movies of the year by The Canadian Press

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Top 2014 movies include “Boyhood,” filmed over 12 years with the same cast Critics agree there weren’t many classics in 2014 movies, but there were some interesting flicks to keep film buffs happy and returning to theatres. A remarkable look at the growth of a young boy, a gripping portrait of a maniacal jazz instructor and […]

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Marijuana “going mainstream” in Canada – poll

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medical authorities support legalizing marijuana Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it – marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor’s prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb […]

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Anti-intellectualism alive and well in Alberta, BC

| January 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anti-intellectualism thrives in religion-based schools Recently, I was forwarded an article entitled “Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US.” In the piece an author, Isabel Allende, explains how one of her books: “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction” was banned from Tucson, Arizona schools because it possibly might promote teachings that overthrow the US government. The article […]

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Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

…and Canada was never “innocent” and will respond appropriately to recent attacks Across the land today, editorialists are opining that Canada has lost its innocence, that the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of so-called Islamic jihadists changes our country forever. For instance, the Calgary Herald editorial board put it this way: “…Canada will […]

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Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Too many rushing to judgement in midst of Ottawa shootings As I write this, roughly five hours have elapsed since this morning’s Ottawa shootings, when a gunman shot and killed a Canadian reservist outside the Parliament buildings. Already some are rushing to judgement about who is responsible. Others are demanding harsh measures in response – think the […]

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