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Boyhood actress gets deferred sentence for drug charge

Lorelei Grace Linklater, daughter of Boyhood director Richard Linklater, was found with cocaine in car The Associated Press Posted: Jun 24, 2017 11:10 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 24, 2017 11:10 AM ET A 24-year-old actress from the Oscar-nominated movie Boyhood has been given a three-year deferred sentence for a drug possession charge in Texas. Lorelei Grace Linklater will have no ...

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‘It’s about making people think’: Trademark ruling on The Slants motivates Canadians

Asian-American band The Slants triumphed this week when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a law banning offensive trademarks. The ruling, hailed as a landmark victory for freedom of expression, has inspired Canadian free-speech proponents and Canadian bands who’ve faced similar treatment north of the border. For the members of Portland-based The Slants, their name transforms a derisive, racist ...

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Trudeau to appear at Sunday’s Pride parade in Toronto

Pride Toronto organizers say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be making an appearance at this Sunday’s parade. Trudeau made history last year when he became the first sitting prime minister to take part in a Pride parade. This year, he’ll be joined by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, among others. Toronto’s long-running Pride ...

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Freezing frenzy: Cryotherapy makes big promises despite dearth of evidence

When torn knee cartilage threatened a Calgary man’s career as a professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, he kept his cool, stripped down to his underwear and climbed into a metal canister chilled to -145 C. Tim Blanchard exposed his nearly naked body to temperatures lower than anything recorded in the natural world, in a controversial but increasingly popular treatment known as cryotherapy. “I popped into cryo pretty regularly ...

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All Power to the People: MMFA’s Revolution exhibit celebrates the radical 1960s

To say the late 1960s altered how we see and think about the world is something of an understatement, as a new exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts makes graphically clear. Movements led by predominantly young activists for peace, black civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and environmental rights turned people power into a political force for equality, freedom and justice. Harlem ...

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Drone captures unique view of Ottawa’s iconic landmarks

They’re some of Ottawa’s — and Canada’s — most iconic landmarks like you’ve never seen before. In May, a CBC crew got special access to Parliament Hill and nearby monuments including the Supreme Court of Canada, where they used a drone to shoot video and images. The result is spectacular aerial footage that will serve as an important visual archive of Ottawa ...

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‘Zero chance’ of a cabinet shuffle this summer, senior official says

As cabinet ministers head back to their ridings this summer, a senior government official says they can do so secure in the knowledge that they won’t be shuffled out of their job before Parliament resumes sitting this fall. Despite rumours of prorogation as the Liberal government nears the midway point of its mandate, the official says there are no plans ...

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SECOND OPINION | Scary cancer statistic is not personal

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our roundup of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. There’s a way to cut cancer rates by 50%.  Why wasn’t that the Canadian Cancer Society headline? It’s a question we asked this week with the release of the 2017 ...

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The most popular political Facebook group in Ontario targets Kathleen Wynne

A new political force in Ontario is exploding on social media, with defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in the 2018 election as its key goal. It’s called Ontario Proud, and its Facebook page has amassed nearly 145,000 followers — more than the provincial Liberals, PCs and NDP combined. Created little more than a year ago, it has become the province’s biggest online political group. ...

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RCMP’s structure could change under new commissioner, says Ralph Goodale

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the looming retirement of RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is as good a time as any to consider rejigging the governance of the force, including the outstanding recommendation to set up a civilian oversight body. “The change in command is an opportunity to examine all dimensions of governance and structure. The new commissioner will have ...

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