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Explainer: Emergencies Act inquiry — what’s been said, what happens next

The final witnesses will appear this week at the public inquiry into the federal government’s unprecedented use of emergency powers to end the convoy protests that had shut down Ottawa earlier this year. You can watch the hearings of the Public Order Emergency Commission here. Here’s a breakdown of why the inquiry is …

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Calgary condo owners struggling with rising condo fees — experts say this is what’s causing it

Carole Benner doesn’t rent. She owns. But the senior is still finding factors outside of her control are hiking up costs and threatening to drive her from the home she loves. Why? Condo fees. Calgary’s tight rental market has people sleeping in SUVs and searching for new places when their …

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What’s next for Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover? Social media experts weigh in

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has completed his acquisition of Twitter, dissolving its board of directors and floating ideas on how to change the platform — and now some social media experts are weighing in on what the Musk era will do for democracy and free speech through the platform.  Musk, who is now the …

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What’s behind the long recruitment process for Toronto’s new police chief

After two years without a permanent chief, last week the Toronto Police Service selected the city’s new top cop. The lengthy timeline that led to the appointment of Myron Demkiw, a 32-year-veteran of the service, has some experts and critics asking why it took so long to select a qualified candidate …

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What’s in store for Vancouver’s False Creek? Scientists and locals take first steps toward revitalization

Volunteers and scientists are in the midst of a six-day “bio blitz” in Vancouver’s False Creek, collecting water samples as an initial step toward cleaning up the inlet between Science World and English Bay.  The project, running until Wednesday, is a collaboration between local non-profit False Creek Friends, scientists from the Hakai Institute …

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The Pope said he’s sorry. So what’s next for reconciliation?

WARNING: This story contains distressing details The Pope’s visit to Canada and apology for the role of many church members in Canada’s residential school system has sparked intense discussion over the extent of that apology, its impact for Indigenous peoples and the question: what should be the next priority in the Truth …

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What’s the best alternative to a single-use plastic bag? It depends

Ottawa recently announced it will phase out some single-use plastics by 2025, but finding sustainable alternatives is trickier than you might think. The ban, which targets six categories of plastics, is part of an effort by the Liberal government to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. A study commissioned by …

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Canada can now seize, sell off Russian assets. What’s next?

Selling Russian-owned assets to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction may sound like a logical approach to restitution, but as the Canadian government gains new powers to begin this process, questions remain about how it will work, and whether some issues are headed to court. C-19, the budget implementation bill, received Royal Assent last Thursday. Among …

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What’s the monkeypox vaccine and who should get it?

As the number of confirmed monkeypox cases continues to rise in Canada, infectious disease and public health experts are providing vaccinations to those at risk of infection. Since monkeypox and smallpox are both part of the orthopox family of viruses, experts say some vaccines will work against both. But the vaccines being …

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What’s a derecho and why is it so destructive? The science behind this powerful storm

When Canadian tornado expert David Sills studied the forecast on Saturday morning, he never expected the line of storms headed for Windsor, Ont., would soon strengthen into Canada’s first derecho in decades, wreaking havoc across southern Ontario and Quebec.  Sills, who is the executive director of the Northern Tornadoes Project …

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