More Barred Owls Sightings in Vancouver Bad News for Rats and Mice

More Barred Owls Sightings in Vancouver Bad News for Rats and Mice

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press

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A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds. A barred owl is seen in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society)

VANCOUVER – A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds.

Photos of barred owls sitting outside transit stations and on building awnings have been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.

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Canadian Photographer’s Video of Emaciated Polar Bear on Baffin Island Goes Viral

Canadian Photographer’s Video of Emaciated Polar Bear on Baffin Island Goes Viral

By The Canadian Press

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(PAUL NICKLEN / INSTAGRAM)

BAFFIN ISLAND, Nunavut – A Canadian photographer is calling for action on climate change after his video of an emaciated polar bear on Baffin Island went viral.

National Geographic photojournalist Paul Nicklen wrote in the video’s caption that the bear’s situation isn’t isolated.

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Man Jumps Out of Hotel Window to Escape Brandon Police

Man Jumps Out of Hotel Window to Escape Brandon Police

Brandon Police Service CrestBrandon police were called to a west end hotel on Friday after staff say a man falsely identified himself as working for a national company to obtain a hotel room.

Police arrived and the man jumped out of the hotel room window to try and get away. The canine unit was brought in and tracked the guest to a garden shed in the area.

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Canadian Media Organizations Grapple with Requests to ‘Unpublish’ Articles

Canadian Media Organizations Grapple with Requests to ‘Unpublish’ Articles

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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This Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The relief Martin Streete felt the day he walked out of court a free man erodes with every click of Google’s search button. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marcio Jose Sanchez)

TORONTO – The relief Martin Streete felt the day he walked out of court a free man erodes with every click of Google’s search button.

Every time he researches his name, he’s confronted with a 2011 headline announcing criminal charges he never had to face in court.

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Visitors Wanted: Manitoba Has So Much to Offer

Visitors Wanted: Manitoba Has So Much to Offer

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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Mayor Brian Bowman plays an unsuspecting Journey to Churchill tour guide in a television spot highlighting Winnipeg’s tourist destinations, including the Assiniboine Park Zoo The exhibit is one of the most popular for tourists to visit while in Manitoba. (YOUTUBE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Have you dreamed of looking into the Mona Lisa’s eyes, sitting on the beach in Barcelona, or standing in St. Mark’s Square in Venice? Across the globe, many people are now making their travel dreams a reality and it’s creating unexpected problems, especially in historically popular destinations.

As ever-growing numbers of people rush to those popular destinations, both residents and tourists alike are experiencing what has been termed “over-tourism.” The unrestricted crowds of people swarming to a mostly fixed number of destinations have created resentment among both locals, who see their communities taken over by tourists and the souvenir shops and multinational businesses that have popped up to serve them, and vacationers, who complain of large crowds and poor visitor experiences.

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Labrador Retriever Supports Children Suspected of Suffering from Abuse, Neglect

Labrador Retriever Supports Children Suspected of Suffering from Abuse, Neglect

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press

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Dorado, the first accredited facility dog in Atlantic Canada, is pictured at the IWK hospital in Halifax on Friday, December 8, 2017. The three-year-old yellow lab was bred and trained specifically for the role of supporting children and youth who may have experienced trauma or abuse. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

HALIFAX – He loves yoga, squeaky toys and long romps in the woods.

But the newest employee at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax has a special place in his heart for kids.

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Architect Calls Out Premier Pallister for Focusing on Her Shoes Instead of Her Work

Architect Calls Out Premier Pallister for Focusing on Her Shoes Instead of Her Work

By The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 7, 2017. Experts say Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s quip about an award-winning architect’s fashion choices highlights how women are judged more on their looks than men. Pallister stepped into controversy when he began a speech Thursday by thanking Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce chair Johanna Hurme — for her shoes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – An award-winning architect says she has dealt with much worse in her professional life than a joke Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made about her fashion choices.

But Johanna Hurme says Pallister shouldn’t have acknowledged her presence at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce event by focusing on her shoes.

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Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A man walks and texts on his smart phone in downtown Toronto on Monday, October 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court declared Friday in setting aside the firearms convictions of a man whose sent messages were uncovered by police.

In a potentially significant 5-2 ruling, the high court set aside the convictions against Nour Marakah, whose messages were found by Toronto police on the mobile phone of an alleged accomplice.

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