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Ontario’s police watchdog called in after man, 73, fatally shot following dispute over wearing mask in store | CBC News

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after officers fatally shot a 73-year-old man in Haliburton County on Wednesday morning.  The man had refused to wear a mask and assaulted a grocery store employee before driving away, provincial police say.Police were called to a Valu-Mart in Minden, Ont., just after 8 a.m., OPP Sgt. Jason Folz said.  Officers tried to stop the suspect's car, but they refrained "in the interest of public safety" before doing a follow-up investigation, Folz said. Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said the man drove away, and an officer saw the car and started following it for a short while. Based on the licence plate, officers made their way to a home on Indian Point Road, the SIU said. 2 officers fire guns, says SIU Outside the home there was an ...

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Buffalo Project calls for new deal for Alberta, Saskatchewan | CBC News

A political action group is calling on the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan to forge a new deal with the federal government.  In an open letter to premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe, the Buffalo Project urges the provinces to increase their sovereignty over immigration, trade, transportation corridors and taxation.It closely mirrors the recommendations of Alberta's Fair Deal panel, a recent effort by the province to reassess its relationship with Ottawa, though with much more aggressive timelines. The Buffalo Project, not to be confused with the Buffalo Declaration, outlines five of the "most important initial steps" in the letter, published Wednesday.  It calls for the creation of a "fair" formula for national transfers and recommends a referendum on equalization be held by the ...

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Vancouver businessman David Sidoo sentenced to 3 months in prison in college admissions scandal | CBC News

David Sidoo, a Vancouver businessman and philanthropist who pleaded guilty in the U.S. college admissions scandal, was sentenced to three months in prison on Wednesday in a Boston courtroom.  Sidoo lowered his head into his hands and cried as U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton chided him for his actions. Sidoo told the judge he's "deeply ashamed." "I make no excuses. I broke the law. I pled guilty to a crime and now I must pay for my actions," he said. The former UBC and CFL football player was found to have paid $200,000 US to have a professional test-writer use false credentials to impersonate his two sons to write their SATs. The same person also flew to Vancouver to write a B.C. high school graduation exam for one of the sons. According to the prosecution, Sidoo also worked wi...

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Biden, Obama, tech moguls’ Twitter accounts hacked in apparent bitcoin scam | CBC News

A series of high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, with some of the platform's top voices — including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality television show star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. president Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, and rapper Kanye West, among many others — used to solicit digital currency. Nearly two hours after the first wave of hacks, the cause of the breach had not yet been made public. In a sign of the seriousness of the problem, Twitter took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.It was not clear whether all verified users were affected but, if they were, it would have had a huge impact on the platform and its users. Verified users include celebrities, journalists and...

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Diversity, inclusivity dominates Polaris Music Prize shortlist | CBC News

Musical acts representing a diversity of races and cultures — from Edmonton-based Indigenous rock act nêhiyawak and the Filipino-Canadian quintet Pantayo to Montreal-based transgender rapper Backxwash — are among the finalists for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize. In a year when inclusivity and systemic racism have become hot topics in the music world, eight of this year's 10 nominees for the esteemed $50,000 award have roots in the Indigenous, Black, Filipino and Latin-American communities.The Polaris recognizes the best full-length Canadian album, based on artistic merit, not sales or genre. Among those shortlisted are: Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer Kaytranada (a.k.a. Louis Kevin Celestin), who won the prize in 2016; Ayo Leilani, also known by her stage name Witch Prophet, an E...

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Megan Thee Stallion says she ‘suffered gunshot wounds’ and police drove her to hospital | CBC News

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that she was shot multiple times on Sunday but expects to fully recover. "I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me," the 25-year-old Texan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, wrote in an Instagram post, without saying who shot her or why."I'm incredibly grateful to be alive and that I'm expected to make a full recovery." Los Angeles police had no immediate comment on the incident in the Hollywood Hills early Sunday. But Officer Jeff Lee confirmed that rapper Tory Lanez, who was with Pete that evening, was arrested on a concealed weapons charge. Lee said the Instagram post has been pointed out to the detectives in the case and they're looking into it. Lanez w...

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital | CBC News

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from a Baltimore hospital after being treated for a possible infection, a spokesperson for the court said on Wednesday. Ginsburg, 87, returned home and is "doing well," spokesperson Kathy Arberg said in a statement. Ginsburg underwent a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Tuesday to clean a bile duct stent that was inserted last August, the court said.Ginsburg was initially examined at a hospital in Washington on Monday night after experiencing fever and chills, according to the court. The health of Ginsburg, the court's senior liberal member, is closely watched because a Supreme Court vacancy could give Republican President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a third justice to the nine-member court and move it fu...

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David Sidoo sentenced to 3 months in prison in college admissions scandal | CBC News

Breaking update — July 15,2020:  David Sidoo, the Vancouver businessman and philanthropist who pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal was sentenced to three months in prison Tuesday in a Boston courtroom.  Sidoo lowered his head into his hands and cried as U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton chided him for his actions.Sidoo told the judge he's "deeply ashamed." "I make no excuses. I broke the law. I pled guilty to a crime and now I must pay for my actions," he said. Earlier story below. Sidoo was found to have paid $200,000 U.S. to have a professional test writer impersonated his two sons  to write their SATs. The same person also flew to Vancouver to write a B.C. high school graduation exam for one of the sons. According to the prosecution, Sidoo also worked with the sch...

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Sidelined: For many Black coaches, the last step up the ladder can seem insurmountable | CBC Sports

During his eight years as men's basketball coach at Red Deer College in Alberta from 2011-19, Clayton Pottinger compiled a record that would be enviable at any level. His teams had an overall win-loss record of 137-41, with two Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships and silver at the 2014 national championships, the same year he was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association coach of the year.Winning wasn't new to Pottinger. In the early 1990s, he captained the Alberta Golden Bears men's team that won the school's first U Sports championship.  He thought he had ticked all of the boxes needed to move to the next level and earn a head coaching job with a university. But over all that time, it never happened. "It got to a point where I just didn't think it was going to...

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Canada’s largest school board considers eliminating French as it plans for safe return in fall | CBC News

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) says it is preparing for new possibilities when school returns in September that may include no French classes and shortened school days. In a new planning document being considered by the board, the TDSB also says that accommodating some proposed plans for the fall could cost as much as $250 million.Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce outlined the province's plan for students' return to school in September last month. He laid out three different models of instruction that boards should prepare for: Full-time in-class teaching with COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Full-time remote learning.  A hybrid that would see half the school population in class each day and half learning online at home. The TDSB is meeting on July 15 to ho...

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