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Why Calgary passed on the 2026 Olympics — and what's next for the Games nobody seems to want

In The News 20181114

Calgary voters have sent politicians a clear message: They want no part of the city's beleaguered bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Beyond the boosterism of those connected to the Olympic movement, there never seemed to be an overwhelming amount of genuine excitement among everyday Calgarians.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:19:18 EST

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Bridging the 'genomic divide': Lack of Indigenous DNA data a challenge for researchers


Problems are inherent in using genetic databases to unearth Indigenous ancestry, but efforts are underway to help Indigenous students acquire skills that would help them move into advisory and leadership roles within genomic research.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:00:00 EST

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Nunavut community says Inuit lives need to be protected over polar bear population

Arviat polar bear monitor

In communities along the west coast of Hudson Bay, Nunavummiut are both scared and angered by the increasing number of polar bear-human interactions.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:00:00 EST

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Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened

Dr. John K. Wilson

Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital is marking the 50th anniversary of Canada's first successful heart transplant. "We showed that it can be done," remembered a doctor involved in the landmark surgery.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:00:00 EST

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Prince Charles at 70: Why he's been 'banging the drum' to make a difference, but says he won't meddle as king

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Prince Charles, who turns 70 today, has spent his lifetime doing charitable work, but his history of sharing strong opinions has left some observers uneasy about how he will serve as king.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:00:00 EST

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'I feel accomplished': Sheshatshiu wrestler brings home gold from England

Josh Dyke

Josh Dyke won gold for his weight class last weekend at the British Juniors wrestling championships in Peterborough, England.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:30:00 EST

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Man shot to death in north end is Toronto's 89th homicide this year — tying grim record set in 1991

Ann Arbour Road shooting 89th homicide Toronto

A man's shooting death overnight Wednesday in north Toronto marks the city's 89th homicide this year, matching a grim record that has stood unbroken for nearly three decades.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:51:08 EST

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Sask. eHealth exec got free PGA golf trip from vendor doing business with province

Wilbour Craddock

A former Chief Information Officer with eHealth acknowledges that last year he received an all-expenses-paid trip to Charlotte, North Carolina where he and two other eHealth employees attended the PGA Championship.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:00:00 EST

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10 people die from illicit drug overdoses every day in Canada, study suggests


An average of 10 people died from an illicit drug overdose every day in Canada in the two years leading up to March 2018, according to a federal analysis aimed at giving a better picture of those at greatest risk from the burgeoning overdose crisis.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:50:18 EST

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Calgarians vote against 2026 Winter Olympics bid

No Olympics Calgary

The majority of Calgarians do not want the city to proceed with a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the unofficial result of a non-binding plebiscite.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:29:52 EST

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Canadian war vet denied access to N.S. veterans hospital

Gordon Smith

A Canadian war veteran is being denied access to a Halifax veterans hospital, even though there are empty beds in the facility, because he wasn’t Canadian at the time of his wartime service.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:30:11 EST

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Ottawa offers $5M to help Saskatchewan fight addictions


The federal and provincial governments have announced a partnership aimed at helping those struggling with addiction in Saskatchewan.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:58:38 EST

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Teacher with criminal history arrested after altercation with student

Derek William Stephenson Cole Harbour High school teacher

RCMP have arrested a Halifax-area teacher accused of assault and mischief after an Oct. 3 incident involving a student. The administration at a Cole Harbour high school knew he had a criminal history and had vouched for his character following at least one of his earlier brushes with the law.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:38:00 EST

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Province urges Sask. First Nation to shut down unpermitted cannabis store on reserve

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A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres northeast of Regina after the band passed its own cannabis legislation.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:16:58 EST

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Inuk woman sheds light on dramatic impact of poor services in Quebec's far north

Lucy Kumaluk

Lucy Kumarluk says people from Nunavik’s 14 villages move south in the hope of a better life, but often find themselves homeless and vulnerable.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:33:38 EST

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Sides 'far apart' in Canada Post talks despite mediation, postal union says

Long Mail Detour

Union negotiators say there was little progress during the 2½ weeks that a special mediator was assigned to the Canada Post labour dispute. The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday.

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:00:04 EST

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Pharmacies want to give $15 strep throat tests — but pediatricians say they're not accurate enough for kids

Doctor examining child's throat

An association representing pharmacies says having rapid strep tests available in their stores across Canada could save unnecessary visits to the doctor for many patients with sore throats. But pediatric experts caution such tests shouldn't be used to rule out strep throat in children.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:00:12 EST

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Unwrapped: Christmas mystery 48 years in the making will soon be solved

48 yr old present Edmonton

A present with an astonishing past will finally reveal its secret early next month. On Dec. 6, the dog-eared Christmas gift an Edmonton man has been lugging around for 48 years will finally be opened. By someone else.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:30:00 EST

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'What's our new normal?': Ontario student escapes California wildfire after mass shooting kills classmate

Pepperdine University Marlee Hewitt

Marlee Hewitt, a Windsor, Ont. native studying at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., landed in Detroit, Mich. Monday evening following a harrowing few days.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:45:58 EST

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Alberta's health minister was warned in 2016 about Covenant Health treatment of assisted-dying patient

Sarah Hoffman

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has known for more than two years that some Covenant Health patients seeking an assisted death have been treated in ways that ethics and legal experts say are inhumane and infringe on patients’ rights.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:00:00 EST

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