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Social Media Plea Brings in Loads of Special Kraft Dinner for Autistic B.C. Boy

Social Media Plea Brings in Loads of Special Kraft Dinner for Autistic B.C. Boy

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Everett Botwright
Everett Botwright holds a package addressed to him in Nanaimo, B.C. containing Star Wars Kraft Dinner in a family handout photo. Hundreds of boxes of a limited-edition pasta now fill the home of a family in Nanaimo, B.C., following a plea to help their autistic son. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Reed Botwright )

NANAIMO, B.C. – Hundreds of boxes of a limited-edition pasta have filled the home of a family in Nanaimo, B.C., following a plea to help their autistic son.

Reed Botwright put out a call on social media last week when he and his wife could not track down any more boxes of Star Wars Kraft Dinner, one of the only foods their six-year-old son Everett will eat.

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Two Tory MPs Call on Ottawa to Stop Illegal Canada-U.S. Border Crossings

Two Tory MPs Call on Ottawa to Stop Illegal Canada-U.S. Border Crossings

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

Michelle Rempel
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in Ottawa. Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

MONTREAL – Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada.

Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement tweeted on Sunday that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement.

“The government must respond to this situation in a way that keeps Canadians safe, and sends a strong message to those considering an illegal crossing that there are proper channels to do this,” Rempel wrote.

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‘I Wouldn’t Have Let Him Go’: Minneapolis Woman Shocked Friend Walked to Canada

‘I Wouldn’t Have Let Him Go’: Minneapolis Woman Shocked Friend Walked to Canada

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Saciido Shaie
Saciido Shaie, founder and President of the Umma Project holds a picture of herself and close friend Mohamed Badal at a Somali restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Saciido Shaie says something seemed to be weighing on her friend Mohamed Badal in the days before he vanished. Badal, a Somali man who spent months trekking four continents before landing in the United States, had been preparing to appeal a rejected asylum application when Donald Trump became president. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

MINNEAPOLIS – Saciido Shaie says something seemed to be weighing on her friend Mohamed Badal in the days before he vanished.

Badal, a Somali man who spent months trekking four continents before landing in the United States, had been preparing to appeal a rejected asylum application when Donald Trump became president.

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Saturday for the Man Behind ‘Sharkwater’ Documentary

Hundreds Attend Funeral Saturday for the Man Behind ‘Sharkwater’ Documentary

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

Rob Stewart
Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist Rob Stewart died earlier this year while diving in the Florida Keys. (INSTAGRAM)

TORONTO – Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart was remembered Saturday as a lovable scamp who channelled his passion for the environment into a global movement.

Hundreds of mourners filled the pews and spilled into the lobby of a Toronto church for Stewart’s funeral. Stewart, 37, died while scuba diving off the coast of Florida earlier this year.

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How Second Cup’s Promotional Piaggios Narrowly Avoided the Scrap Heap

How Second Cup’s Promotional Piaggios Narrowly Avoided the Scrap Heap

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Second Cup Piaggio
One of Second Cup’s three-wheeled Piaggio vehicles, used for marketing and promotional purposes. (MARKETINGMAG.CA)

OTTAWA – They are the marketing darlings of the Second Cup franchise, and bureaucracy nearly killed them.

The tale of the two Piaggio three-wheeled vehicles that were given life in Italy, overhauled in Ireland and then put to work in Canada appears to have come to an end after a last-second political plea spared the vehicles from the scrap yard.

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Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Small Business Retail

NEEPAWA, Man. — Look down any Main Street in rural Manitoba and you’re guaranteed to see one thing — lots of small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, but nowhere is this more evident than in rural communities. In Manitoba, Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 97.6 percent of the province’s businesses were small.

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Rest in Peace: The Politics of Remembering the Personal Failings of the Dead

Rest in Peace: The Politics of Remembering the Personal Failings of the Dead

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

Irvine Fraser
A women places some money in a donation box as Winnipeg bus drivers gathered to support each other at a rally for Irvine Fraser, who was killed by a passenger, and to demand safety improvements on buses outside city hall in Winnipeg, Friday, February 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

TORONTO – Tradition dictates that when we bury the dead, we also bury their faults, failings and any transgressions.

“Don’t speak ill of the dead” is an enduring mantra for many who would rather put their pain to rest than continue to dwell on it.

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Christmas-Themed Girls’ Pyjamas Recalled Due to Flammability Concerns

Christmas-Themed Girls’ Pyjamas Recalled Due to Flammability Concerns

By The Canadian Press

Recalled Pyjamas
Recalled Mode Choc pyjamas (HEALTH CANADA)

A line of Christmas-themed girls’ pyjamas sold in Canada last year under the brand name Mini Zone Choc has been recalled over flammability concerns.

The pink two-piece sets had the phrase “Attrape moi si tu peux” printed on the shirt along with an image of an elf beside a Christmas tree.

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College of Family Physicians Calls for Review of Safe Third Country Agreement

College of Family Physicians Calls for Review of Safe Third Country Agreement

By The Canadian Press

Emerson Refugees
Fadel Alshawwa, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, brings blankets into a community hall for refugees that may walk across the border in Emerson, Man. Thursday, February 9, 2016. Refugees have been crossing into Canada at Emerson and authorities had a town hall meeting in Emerson to discuss their options. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

OTTAWA – A physician’s organization wants a review of an agreement that it says is preventing refugees coming from the U.S. to seek asylum in Canada.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada says it is worried about the health of migrants who have suffered from exposure to extreme winter cold after crossing into Manitoba and other provinces.

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Cook Fired for Taking Food Worth 50 Cents Wins $46,000 for Wrongful Dismissal

Cook Fired for Taking Food Worth 50 Cents Wins $46,000 for Wrongful Dismissal

By The Canadian Press

Burger

VANCOUVER – A woman who worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years has been awarded $46,000 by a court after she was fired over what a judge says was a misunderstanding over a fish sandwich, fries and a drink taken at the end of her shift.

In her ruling, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lisa Warren says when employee discounts and other food policies are applied, the value of what was taken amounted to about 50 cents.

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