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Edmonton boy makes skateboards each year for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous

An Edmonton boy spends his weeks leading up to Christmas, not writing his list for Santa, but making toys for those less fortunate.Eleven-year-old Ethan Mitchell started making skateboards for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous as a “creative punishment” after a Christmas party mishap.“We were at a Christmas party and Ethan found …

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Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The logo of Russia’s Kaspersky Lab …

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B.C. rolls out new Indigenous-focused cancer strategy

B.C. is rolling out a new strategy aimed at improving cancer care for the province’s Indigenous peoples.The initiative, which has been years in the making, is built on a partnership between the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and BC Cancer Agency, along with several other groups.READ MORE: Health systems often …

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U.S. ready to talk but North Korea must be ready to change course: Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was prepared to talk to North Korea whenever it is ready but Pyongyang must come to the negotiating table willing to make choices to change course on its nuclear and missile programs. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary …

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Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach. A …

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Manitoba holds out on federal accord for legalized pot revenue

Finance ministers met in Ottawa Monday to hash out an agreement over tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana. Manitoba, however, did not sign.READ MORE: Ottawa agrees to give provinces 75% of marijuana tax revenueStory continues belowSpeaking on CJOB from Ottawa Tuesday, Cameron Friesen, provincial finance minister said the ministers had specific …

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New Brunswick premier mum on specifics following letter promising help for Saint John

Premier Brian Gallant is continuing his promise of a “new deal” for Saint John, but it looks like details are going to have to wait until the new year.Gallant was in Saint John on Tuesday for a child care announcement, the morning after Saint John Common Council passed a difficult …

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No shortage of high-profile issues as chiefs of police meet in Hamilton

The crisis related to opioid overdose deaths is among the big topics of discussion as Ontario police chiefs meet in Hamilton.The meeting of the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police comes as police services grapple with a number of related questions.READ MORE: Ontario to offer …

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Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet. FILE PHOTO: Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, testifies before a Senate Appropriations …

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North Korea defector says prisoners fed to dogs, women forced to have abortions

A North Korean defector has spoken about the horrific human right violations she says she witnessed in the state’s prison camps — including starved prisoners fed to dogs.Speaking at the UN Monday, Ji Hyeon A described how she was forced to have an abortion when she was three months pregnant. She pleaded …