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Alberta’s selenium review now complete as environmental groups worry about next steps

In May 2021, Jeff Kneteman, a retired senior government biologist, told The Canadian Press that some herds of bighorn sheep in Alberta were heavily contaminated with selenium from old coal mines. At the time, Kneteman said Alberta Environment hadn’t commissioned any studies, adding that two herds in northwest Alberta tested outside the safe range for …

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Pandemic-fuelled virtual health-care boom shows no signs of slowing, experts say

For years, Scott Lear tried to convince B.C.’s health authorities to adopt a virtual cardiac rehab program he developed for patients recovering from conditions like heart attacks. Participants were monitored from home while they exercised and would consult with specialists online. Promising pilot runs of the program showed they made fewer trips to the …

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Military probe of reported torture videos still silent after more than a year

More than 14 months after launching an investigation, Canada’s military police have yet to report on what — if anything — Canadian commanders did after being confronted by videos showing alleged atrocities involving Iraqi police being trained as part of a multinational program. The slow pace of the investigation troubles the …

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Documents at Trump estate ‘likely concealed and removed’ after June visit: Justice Department

The U.S. Justice Department said late Tuesday that classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of the government records. The FBI also seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified …

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Ontario’s top doctor to speak as flu season nears and COVID-19 cases expected to rise

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is set to discuss how the province is preparing for the fall flu season, just as Ontario wastewater data shows a slight uptick in the amount of COVID-19 in the province. Dr. Kieran Moore is scheduled to provide an update at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park. You …

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From gophers to coal to eerie dolls: Check out these rural museums near Calgary

Picture, if you will, wandering into a dark, human-sized gopher burrow. Lit up along the sides of the wall are small dioramas containing taxidermy gophers dressed in clothes, mimicking the activities of their human neighbours. One is fishing. One is hunting. One is watching a butterfly sitting on its nose. These displays are …

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West Vancouver bus drivers say strike notice could come next week

Frustrated West Vancouver bus drivers say they’re ready to escalate job action in their fight for better pay and working conditions. The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 134 says the union is prepared to give strike notice next week as his members working for Blue Bus seek pay and …

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PM Trudeau could face subpoena to testify at residential school reparations trial

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could face a subpoena to testify as a witness during a trial scheduled to begin this month for a class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the cultural devastation wreaked by residential schools, court records show.  Lawyers representing 325 First Nations — more than half of all recognized First …

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More GTA homebuyers turning to private lenders. Here’s what you need to know

With a housing market that’s pricing out many in the Greater Toronto Area and stricter mortgage rules in Canada, private lending is becoming more popular among those looking to secure loans to buy a home — but experts warn there are risks involved. The value and number of mortgages funded …

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