Author Archives: Contributor

How a rookie MP from Victoriaville became Scheer’s new Quebec lieutenant

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has chosen Alain Rayes, the MP for Richmond-Arthabaska and the rookie who helped him woo Quebec voters during his party’s leadership race, as the new political lieutenant for the province. The recently minted leader celebrated Quebec’s Fête nationale with Rayes in Victoriaville, a town 160 kilometres northeast of Montreal, Saturday. After he was recruited by the Tories so that the party could ...

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Lady Gaga on Pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, says Pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. “This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another,” the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press ...

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Embodying Barbie: Cosmetic gynecology on the rise in Canada

After six years of wishing she looked better below the belt, Alyssa recently shelled out $4,200 to have part of her labia removed.  “Esthetically, there’s nothing hanging, there’s nothing really excess in that area so it does look better,” said Alyssa, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy.  The procedure she got done, known as labiaplasty, was performed ...

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Warning labels might be coming to cheese: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Here’s the consumer news you need to know from CBC-TV’s Marketplace. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Sign up here. Fake drugs American prosecutors accuse CanadaDrugs.com and its CEO Kris Thorkelson of selling unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs to U.S. doctors. (CBC) Six Canadians are accused of selling cancer drugs online. The problem? The vials ...

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PM Justin and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will march in Pride parade today

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, will march in Canada’s largest Pride parade on Sunday. Trudeau, who became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade during last year’s event, will also be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and more than 150 groups ...

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Cholera cases in Yemen now more 200,000

More than 1,300 people have died in country with poor access to clean water and sanitation Thomson Reuters Posted: Jun 25, 2017 5:49 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 25, 2017 5:49 AM ET The UN health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children. UNICEF director Anthony ...

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Proposed rules for CRA amnesty program could expose more tax-cheat advisers

The Canada Revenue Agency is tightening its amnesty program for tax cheats, including a proposed rule that could expose more of the shady advisers who set up dodgy tax schemes to help clients hide their money. The revamped regime for the voluntary disclosures program was released earlier this month, after MPs, critics and some tax specialists complained the current rules are ...

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How Sears’ troubles could hasten radical change in Canada’s malls

Sears’ plan to shut down 59 of its locations is grim news for the chain’s landlords across Canada. Could it also spell doom for the nation’s neighbourhood malls? Anchor tenants — typically big department stores — have always been a critical component of mall design. And many mall owners still haven’t completely recovered from Target’s departure two years ago. But the ...

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Bradley Cooper makes surprise appearance on Glastonbury Festival stage

Actor Bradley Cooper surprised fans by taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival Friday, since he wasn’t exactly part of the lineup. The Hangover star was shooting a scene for the upcoming film A Star Is Born, which he is also directing. Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott and Dave Chapelle are also part of the cast. The film is a remake of a story about a woman ...

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Meet the only graduate at one rural Nova Scotia P-12 school

With approximately 60 students, the graduating classes at Advocate District School in Advocate Harbour, N.S., tend to be small, but this year it’s really small. On Thursday, the school’s only Grade 12 student will be graduating. “It does feel weird. It’s different knowing you’re the only one everyone is going to be looking at,” said Jordan Macgillivary, 18. “You’re all alone, so ...

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