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B.C. announces Highway of Tears bus route

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A bus service that links communities along a notorious stretch of highway in northern British Columbia known as the Highway of Tears will carry passengers by the end of the year, the province’s transportation minister said Wednesday.Eighteen women have been murdered…

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Calgary police lay charges against their own

CALGARY – Current and former members of the Calgary Police Service are facing a bevy of charges after a two-year anti-corruption investigation.Police say a woman came to them in August 2014 with allegations that she was being harassed by people she believed were hired by…

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Police seize close to 1,950kg of tobacco

CORNWALL, Ont. – Police say they have seized close to 1,950 kilograms of contraband tobacco strewn on the shore of the St. Lawrence River but have yet to find who is responsible for dumping it there.The Cornwall Regional Task Force, which monitors the border, says…

Documents: Image of chained, diapered detainees worried Bush

WASHINGTON – Newly declassified documents offer more details about a detainee who died inside the secret prison network the CIA operated abroad after the Sept. 11 attacks and disclose that President George W. Bush was worried about the image of shackled detainees wearing adult diapers.Among…

Toronto bar pays tribute to Orlando shooting venue

TORONTO – A Toronto bar is paying tribute to victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting by featuring a replica of the venue’s logo in its window.The idea came from Rob Shostak, a Toronto-based designer who works for an architectural firm.The 34-year-old is regular at…

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Writer Margaret Atwood wins PEN Pinter free-speech prize

LONDON – Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has won the PEN Pinter Prize for her work championing environmental causes.The award announced Thursday was established in 2009 in memory of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter. It goes jointly to a British, Irish or Commonwealth writer…

Drake, Bieber make Polaris Prize long list

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest pop stars — Justin Bieber, Drake and the Weeknd — joined a roster of old favourites and newcomers on the Polaris Music Prize long list.Chart-topping albums like Bieber’s “Purpose,” Drake’s “Views” and the Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” were the marquee…

Japan gives kudos to king of B.C. sushi kitchen

VANCOUVER – When Hidekazu Tojo began preparing sushi at a modest Japanese restaurant in Vancouver 45 years ago, customers were squeamish about eating raw fish wrapped in seaweed.So the 21-year-old chef flipped tradition inside-out, hiding the unfamiliar ingredients inside a coat of warm rice. The…