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Oprah Winfrey and a Host of Celebrities Attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Oprah Winfrey and a Host of Celebrities Attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press

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Oprah Winfrey and David Foster arrive for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala, in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER – The David Foster Foundation’s annual Miracle Gala and Concert that touted a celebrity guest list including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Tyler has come a long way from its roots as a softball tournament.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said he was among those running the bases at Foster’s first fundraiser in British Columbia 30 years ago.

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B.C. Community Shuts Operations to Mourn Three Men Who Died in Ice Arena

B.C. Community Shuts Operations to Mourn Three Men Who Died in Ice Arena

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

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Fernie Memorial Arena, home of the Jr.B hockey team the Fernie Ghostriders, is shown in Fernie, B.C. on Wednesday, Oct.18, 2017. Three people who died after a suspected ammonia leak were doing maintenance work on ice-making equipment at an arena in southeastern British Columbia, says the city’s mayor. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel)

FERNIE, B.C. – The City of Fernie, B.C., closed its operations for a day of mourning on Friday as colleagues and loved ones remembered three dedicated workers and devoted family men who died on the job following an ammonia leak at the local arena.

The provincial coroners’ service said the men who died Tuesday were Fernie residents Wayne Hornquist, 59, and Lloyd Smith, 52, and 46-year-old Jason Podloski of Turner Valley, Alta.

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Study Ranks Victoria Best Canadian City to Be a Woman; Windsor, Ont., Ranked Worst

Study Ranks Victoria Best Canadian City to Be a Woman; Windsor, Ont., Ranked Worst

By The Canadian Press

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Victoria, B.C. (HELLOBC.COM)

OTTAWA – A new study suggests Victoria is the best city in Canada to be a woman, despite the wage gap between men and women there worsening slightly in recent years.

The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at differences between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health and positions of leadership in Canada’s 25 biggest cities.

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Loblaw Companies Lays Off 500 Office Workers in Cost-Cutting Drive

Loblaw Companies Lays Off 500 Office Workers in Cost-Cutting Drive

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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A Loblaws store is seen Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

VANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is laying off 500 of its office workers, but the company says it still expects to create more jobs than it eliminates this year.

“Today is a very difficult day,” wrote president Sarah Davis in a memo to employees informing them about the job cuts.

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Pumpkin Spice? How About a Buffalo Sauce Latte, Asks Tim Hortons

Pumpkin Spice? How About a Buffalo Sauce Latte, Asks Tim Hortons

By The Canadian Press

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Tim Hortons Buffalo Sauce Latte (HANDOUT)

VANCOUVER – It may be pumpkin spice season, but Tim Hortons is experimenting with a far more bizarre new latte flavour — Buffalo Sauce, in the latest move by restaurants to create buzz-worthy concoctions.

The company says two Buffalo, N.Y.-based restaurants will serve the latte, made with a bold Buffalo sauce flavour and finished off with whipped topping and dusted with zesty Buffalo seasoning.

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How Retail Giants Seized on Pop-Ups to Woo Millennials, Test Expansion Plans

How Retail Giants Seized on Pop-Ups to Woo Millennials, Test Expansion Plans

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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Canadian themed dolls are shown at the Maplelea pop-up shop store at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto on January 11, 2017. While the pop-up shop may have started as a way for online retailers to stage a lower-risk experiment with a physical presence, the temporary storefront has morphed into a marketing tool for established brands, often ones that already boast multiple locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

VANCOUVER – To drum up excitement around the launch of a credit card targeting the oft-pursued millennial demographic, American Express Canada tapped several star chefs last month to serve Instagram-worthy plates at a restaurant in Toronto that would launch and shutter within a week.

Before Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo opened its first Vancouver location this month, it ran a shop with a twist for one day. The location was stocked with flannel shirts, but employees asked Canadians to choose between leaving with a free one or gifting it to a newcomer.

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Canadians Returning from Las Vegas Recount Tales of Panic, Horror

Canadians Returning from Las Vegas Recount Tales of Panic, Horror

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

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Victoria, B.C., resident Sheldon Mack is shown in the hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Hudson Mack)

VANCOUVER – Canadians who were in Las Vegas during Sunday’s deadly mass shooting are returning home, bringing with them stories of chaos and terror.

Toronto resident Ryan Bedrosian was in Nevada attending a country music festival with his sister and said they were passing through the festival’s main gates when the shooting began.

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Stop the Presses? Newspapers Snubbed in Liberal Government’s Cultural Policy

Stop the Presses? Newspapers Snubbed in Liberal Government’s Cultural Policy

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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A man walks past newspaper boxes containing the Vancouver Sun and the Province in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

VANCOUVER – The Canadian government’s new cultural strategy all but snubs so-called legacy media, industry experts say, and left out some key measures that could have given a boost to struggling newspapers expected in the lead-up to the long-awaited announcement.

“I’m disappointed that the minister didn’t spell out more specifically her support for news media in Canada,” said Bob Cox, chair of News Media Canada, a group representing more than 800 print and digital media titles in the country.

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Luxury Designer Versace Releases Vancouver Canucks Hockey Logo Look-Alike

Luxury Designer Versace Releases Vancouver Canucks Hockey Logo Look-Alike

By The Canadian Press

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A Versace sweatshirt available for sale on the website mytheresa.com is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-mytheresa.com)

VANCOUVER – Fans of the Vancouver Canucks may be in for a surprise the next time they find themselves browsing the aisles of the high-end fashion world.

Italian luxury designer Versace has released a sweatshirt with a symbol bearing a striking resemblance to the NHL hockey team’s so-called Flying Skate logo, which players wore from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.

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Families Walk Highway of Tears Before Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Hearing

Families Walk Highway of Tears Before Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Hearing

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

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Driving a car covered with photos of missing women, Gladys Radek, left, is overcome with emotion as she leads a group of family members and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls upon arrival in Smithers, B.C., after walking along the so-called Highway of Tears, on Monday September 25, 2017. Radek organized the walk along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 where dozens have disappeared or been killed in honour of the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman. The walk began in Prince Rupert and ended in Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding hearings beginning Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

SMITHERS, B.C. – Gladys Radek raised a fist in the air and wept as she reached the end of her 350-kilometre journey along British Columbia’s Highway of Tears.

The Indigenous grandmother finished her walk along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 for the seventh and final time on Monday. It is the same highway where her beloved niece Tamara Lynn Chipman disappeared.

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