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Exiled opposition leader pressing Trudeau to sanction Belarusian military, security officials over Ukraine war

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus will meet separately with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly over the next two days in the hopes of persuading them to impose further sanctions on military and security services in her country. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya — who was widely considered to have won …

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Wealthy Ontario developer close to winning long battle to build homes on protected Greenbelt

Almost 20 years after taking the province to court, attempting to embarrass a former premier and pushing to change local zoning rules, a prominent Ontario developer may now finally be set to cash in on his multi-million dollar gamble involving the Greenbelt. In 2003, Silvio De Gasperis of the Tacc Group of companies started …

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Mother of man who died in police custody supports proposed Halifax sobering centre

Jeannette Rogers believes if there was a sobering centre in Halifax, her son may have never died in a police jail cell. Halifax regional council will vote Tuesday on a proposed sobering centre — a short-term recovery facility staffed mainly by peer support workers — and one that Jeanette Rogers says …

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How climate change has helped greener energy businesses take off in Canada

Many Canadian businesses have been hit hard in the last few years by everything from the pandemic to the war in Ukraine and climate change. But for some, climate change has been a boon, in part because of government grants meant to increase energy efficiency as Canada aims for net-zero emissions by 2050.  It’s all part of a …

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Lithium extraction could be a boon for Alberta, but it comes with environmental uncertainties

The word mining conjures up visions of environmental destruction and ecosystem disruption, like mountain-top removal coal mining, or the surface mining in the Athabasca oil sands. But lithium brine mining is quite different, at least as envisioned for Alberta’s still-undeveloped industry. The provincial government and the private sector have for years …

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Emergencies Act inquiry to hear from 2 senior cabinet ministers today

The inquiry into the federal government’s use of emergency powers to respond to anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate protests that blocked trade corridors and gridlocked parts of downtown Ottawa this past winter will hear from two senior cabinet ministers today. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc will …

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Doctors say B.C. puts up unreasonable roadblocks to coverage for vital diabetes drug

This story is part of Situation Critical, a series from CBC British Columbia reporting on the barriers people in this province face in accessing timely and appropriate health care. B.C. doctors who treat diabetes say they’ve been forced to jump through hoops to get coverage for potentially life-saving drugs, including making …

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This old Victorian home has a secret: it’s part of the Montreal Metro system

Unlike its neighbours, the house at 1423 Towers St. in downtown Montreal seems to have withstood the test of time. While its stone Victorian walls appear unchanged, the building itself is hiding a secret: it’s not a house at all — at least, not anymore.  For years, Montreal’s transit authority …

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A mix of worry and hope as Iranians in Canada watch an uprising from afar

Sara Shariati stares intently at her phone screen, willing it to connect to her grandfather in Iran. The University of Toronto student hasn’t been able to get ahold of the 95-year-old for two weeks. When the call doesn’t go through, she tries a text message and shakes her head. “The message …

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