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NDP says it’s considering options about support for much-criticized Senate porn bill

Federal New Democrats won’t say how they intend to vote on a bill that aims to keep minors from accessing sexually explicit material online, while the Conservatives say they’re prepared to work on amending the controversial legislation. The legislation would require websites like Pornhub to verify the age of their users, but privacy experts warn […]

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Newfoundland woman was ‘living in fear’ in a for-profit shelter. She was killed there

Rayna Dove kept careful notes about her attempts to move out of the shelter in downtown St. John’s, N.L., where her mother says she was “living in fear.”  On Dec. 27, 2021, Dove’s fears came true. She died there in the early morning hours, stabbed in the abdomen by another resident, David Quirke. Joan Dunphy, […]

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Could a Senate bill cause age verification laws to apply to Netflix? Experts say yes

Canada’s privacy czar and a government official are warning that a Senate bill proposing to block minors from “sexually explicit material” online could apply to streaming services such as Netflix.Philippe Dufresne, the country’s privacy commissioner, says legislators should dramatically narrow the bill’s scope to address concerns about “what will be captured.”Dufresne, along with Owen Ripley, […]

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Alberta hears mixing patients at long-term care facilities leading to violence

The Alberta government is facing calls to stop admitting complex mental health patients into long-term care facilities until the risks are fully reviewed. Seniors’ advocates joined Opposition New Democrats at a news conference Monday in asking for the halt. They said mixing residents at Calgary’s Carewest Colonel Belcher facility with those who have vastly different […]

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Israel close to approving Gaza reunification program before Rafah invasion: Miller

Immigration Minister Marc Miller says Israel seemed to be on the verge of approving a program to get Palestinian relatives of Canadians out of the Gaza Strip before the country’s invasion of the town of Rafah.  “While we have been limited in our success, it is certainly not for lack of trying,” Miller told the […]

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First Nations Health Authority in B.C. investigating cybersecurity incident

The First Nations Health Authority in B.C. is investigating after being hit by a cybersecurity attack. The health authority, which bills itself as the first and only provincial one of its kind in Canada, says it became aware on May 13 of “unusual activity” on its corporate network. It says an “unauthorize entity” was intercepted […]

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Draft of Saskatchewan’s pronoun policy gave teachers discretion for at-risk students

Emails show an early draft of Saskatchewan’s school pronoun policy would have allowed teachers to use a child’s preferred identification if there was concern the student faced danger when parents were notified.  Premier Scott Moe’s government announced the policy last year. It requires teachers to have parental consent when children under 16 want to change […]

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Ontario autism program gets $60M boost; advocates say many kids still in need

Ontario is boosting its funding for autism services by $60 million over last year, and while advocates say new money in the recent provincial budget is welcome, thousands of children will still be unable to access therapy. The budget announced $120 million for the autism program, but the government later clarified that includes a $60-million […]

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‘Pushed down our throats’: Letters detail school pronoun concerns in Saskatchewan

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government received 18 official complaints in the summer before it implemented a rule preventing most children from changing their names or pronouns at school without parental consent. The emails, recently obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request, were received in June and July and offer a first look into […]

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Bodycam video shows police saving residents from Maui wildfire, keeping people out of burn zone

HONOLULU (AP) — An officer sprinted from house to house in the historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii, alerting people to the approaching inferno. Another coughed and swore as he drove through thick smoke past burning buildings with people he rescued crammed in the back seat. With no ambulance available, one officer offered to bring a […]

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Inside Newfoundland and Labrador’s private, for profit homeless shelter system

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A homeless woman says she’s been placed back in the very system she was trying to escape when she began living in a tent across the street from Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature building. Karen Peddle, 43, said Wednesday that she had left the tent city in front of the government building […]

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Canada U.S. refugee pact changes expected to ‘exacerbate existing threats’: memo

OTTAWA — A newly released memo shows federal officials warned last spring that expanding a bilateral refugee pact to the entire Canada-U.S. border would likely fuel smuggling networks and encourage people to seek more dangerous, remote crossing routes. Officials feared the development would also strain RCMP resources as irregular migrants dispersed more widely across the […]

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