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China drought leads to factory closures, rolling blackouts

Factories in China’s southwest have shut down and a city imposed rolling blackouts after reservoirs to generate hydropower ran low amid a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his hold on power. Companies in Sichuan province, including makers of …

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Ontario man left ‘powerless’ after ‘ISIS’ licence plates made him a target

An Ontario man who fled Afghanistan amid the threat of a militant takeover says his life was endangered multiple times because of a licence plate resembling the word ISIS that he never asked for and that the province refused to change until he was nearly killed.  Nouman, 26, came to Canada as a refugee …

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These TikTokers are inspiring youth from Vancouver and Toronto to move to Calgary

When Umar and Atefah Khan moved to Calgary from Toronto in May, they created the Tiktok account @toronto2calgary to document their journey. It all started when they began posting about their three-day cross-country road trip to update friends and family back home. The Khans say they didn’t know where their …

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More people living in RVs on Vernon, B.C., streets because they can’t find a home, housing advocates say

Robert Brown never thought he’d be living like this — all of his possessions crammed into an old, 30-foot motorhome, moving from place to place in search of some place to rent or park his RV. Brown and his partner Mathie Franchuck moved to Vernon, B.C., one month ago on a promise …

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High-ranking Mountie insists Lucki pressed him about releasing gun details after N.S. shooting

The high-ranking Nova Scotia RCMP officer at the centre of a controversy over possible political interference by RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki following the 2020 mass shooting is doubling down on his allegations. RCMP Chief Supt. Darren Campbell told a House of Commons committee Tuesday that he recalls Lucki saying during an April 28, 2020 …

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Tax agency obtains ‘jeopardy order’ for debt from Downton Abbey-loving billionaire

Canada’s tax agency has obtained an order to seize debts owed by a Chinese billionaire whose love of Downton Abbey inspired him to pay more than $11 million for an iconic Vancouver mansion in the same year he claimed income of just $9,424. According to a federal court judgment issued …

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Intelligence report flagged possible ‘violent revenge’ after Ottawa protest shutdown

Newly disclosed documents show federal intelligence officials warned decision-makers that the police dispersal of Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa last winter could prompt an “opportunistic attack” against a politician or symbol of government. The Feb. 24 “threat highlight,” marked Secret/Canadian Eyes Only, also advised that extremist “influencers” would leverage the outcome …

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Do SUVs, pickups cause more deaths? Safety advocates say they have the numbers to prove it

Ontario safety advocates say they have research that suggests large SUVs and pickup trucks cause more pedestrian and cycling deaths than other vehicles, and they’re calling on the province’s chief coroner to investigate the problem.  In 2015, Jessica Spieker was riding her bicycle on a Toronto street when she was struck by a …

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Chestermere mom worries strained EMS system can’t help her medically-compromised toddler

A Chestermere mom says pressure on the Alberta EMS system is also putting strain on her family.  Brandy MacDonald’s two-year-old son, Kaiden, was born with a third accessory lung. It’s since been removed, but his remaining lungs are compromised, meaning a typical cold or flu can quickly escalate into a life-threatening situation. …

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David Eby promises swift and decisive action on homelessness as B.C. premier

David Eby, the person most likely to succeed John Horgan as B.C.’s premier, says that under his leadership the province would do what is needed to tackle the ongoing homelessness crisis that cities like Vancouver are facing. Eby said in places like Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside there has been a lack of co-ordination …

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