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Businessman Kevin O’Leary to Run for Conservative Leadership

Businessman Kevin O’Leary to Run for Conservative Leadership

By The Canadian Press

Kevin O'Leary
Kevin O’Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday, May 27, 2016. Businessman O’Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Kevin O’Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership, suggesting that as a businessman, he is better qualified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work with president-elect Donald Trump.

O’Leary said he intended to run in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday morning, moments before making the official announcement on CTV.

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Drop a Puck, Become a Canuck — New Citizens to Be Sworn In at Hockey Game

Drop a Puck, Become a Canuck — New Citizens to Be Sworn In at Hockey Game

By Chris Vandenbreekel, CKOM, The Canadian Press

Hockey Skates
(Shutterstock)

SASKATOON – Drop a puck, become a Canuck.

That might be the idea behind a ceremony to be held this weekend at a Saskatoon Blades hockey game, where 20 new Canadians will be sworn in as citizens.

The group will take their oaths of citizenship with both the Blades and the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League looking on, and will also get a chance to don skates, grab a stick and learn a bit more about the game.

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McDonald’s Courts Criticism After Relaxing Policy on Allergens Such as Peanuts

McDonald’s Courts Criticism After Relaxing Policy on Allergens Such as Peanuts

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo shows a McDonald’s sign in Miami. McDonald’s Canada has started serving its first product containing peanuts or tree nuts that do not come in an individual package, causing concerns for customers with severe nut allergies. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alan Diaz)

TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada relaxed on Tuesday its policy for how it handles allergens such as peanuts, a move critics say reverses its long-standing position as a safe place for people living with allergies.

The fast-food chain introduced a Skor McFlurry on its menu, its first product containing peanuts or tree nuts not contained in an individual, sealed package. The dessert contains chopped almonds in the pieces of chocolate bar used to make the frozen treat.

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New Web Crawler Being Used to Scrub Child Pornography

New Web Crawler Being Used to Scrub Child Pornography

Lianna McDonald
Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, introduces Project Arachnid during a news conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (CANADIAN CENTRE FOR CHILD PROTECTION / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A new online tool is being used to detect and remove child pornography and sexual abuse material from the Internet.

Project Arachnid is a tool being used by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to detect images and video based on confirmed digital fingerprints of illegal content.

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Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A injection kit is seen Insite in Vancouver, Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say.

Syringe needles could too easily be used as weapons, the Correctional Service of Canada’s security director and a veteran prison warden say in affidavits filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Canada’s Party for Trump: Poutine, Salmon, and a Reduced Bill for Taxpayers

Canada’s Party for Trump: Poutine, Salmon, and a Reduced Bill for Taxpayers

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

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The Canadian Embassy is shown in Washington Tuesday, July 23, 2002. As the Canadian government prepares its quadrennial U.S. presidential inauguration bash at its embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, this year’s menu plans include poutine, salmon, beef, tourtiere and a reduced bill for taxpayers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Doug Mills)

WASHINGTON – As the Canadian government prepares its quadrennial U.S. presidential inauguration bash at its embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, this year’s menu plans include poutine, salmon, beef, tourtiere — and a reduced bill for taxpayers.

The government hopes to have companies foot the full cost for this year’s festivities, unlike in 2013, when sponsors covered three-quarters of the cost and taxpayers paid the remaining $44,096, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act.

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Police Need Training, New Technology, Not Just 911 Regulations: Advocates

Police Need Training, New Technology, Not Just 911 Regulations: Advocates

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – It’s going to take a lot more than new regulations to allow all Canadians to send urgent, life-and-death text and video messages to emergency call centres, say advocates of so-called next-generation 911 services.

Organizations, including the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, say a hearing this week by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission into expanding 911 service across the country is just the beginning of what’s needed to upgrade services to take advantage of new technologies.

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Two Richest Canadians Have as Much Wealth as Poorest 30 Per Cent: Report Says

Two Richest Canadians Have as Much Wealth as Poorest 30 Per Cent: Report Says

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

David Thomson
Thomson Reuters chair David Thomson prepares to speak at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders, in Toronto in a May 14, 2010, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations.

The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians.

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McDonald’s Tests All-Day Breakfast in Winnipeg

McDonald’s Tests All-Day Breakfast in Winnipeg

McDonald's Breakfast
In this Feb. 14, 2013, photo, a McDonald’s breakfast is arranged for an illustration at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Lennihan, File)

WINNIPEG — Would you like a hash brown with that Big Mac?

McDonald’s has brought its all-day breakfast test to one of its Winnipeg restaurants.

The Grant Park location is now serving the chain’s breakfast foods around-the-clock, giving diners the chance to pair an Egg McMuffin with a McChicken… if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Retiring Star Hayley Wickenheiser Paved the Way for Female Hockey Players

Retiring Star Hayley Wickenheiser Paved the Way for Female Hockey Players

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Hayley Wickenheiser
Four time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser poses for a portrait in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Hayley Wickenheiser has retired from hockey after 23 years on Canada’s women’s team.The 38-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., announced her retirement today. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – When Hayley Wickenheiser sees girls dragging hockey bags into arenas, she feels a sense of accomplishment.

The normalcy of girls playing hockey is what she sweated for, fought for, and shed tears for.

When Wickenheiser started playing 33 years ago, there were no girls’ teams. She played with boys and wasn’t always welcomed by players or their parents.

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