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Invasive Species Known as the Zombie Plant Present in Waterways of Five Provinces

Invasive Species Known as the Zombie Plant Present in Waterways of Five Provinces

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

Eurasian Watermilfoil
A handful of Eurasian watermilfoil that washed up on a beach in Eastern Ontario is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Barbara King/Watersheds Canada)

MONTREAL – An invasive plant species that has become a worrisome problem in Quebec lakes and rivers is also present in four other provinces as well as in almost every U.S. state.

Barbara King, executive director of the non-profit Watersheds Canada, says the species is known to occur in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

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Fisheries Department Says More Staff on Waters to Protect Canada’s Whales

Fisheries Department Says More Staff on Waters to Protect Canada’s Whales

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press

Orca Whale
New rules to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises have come into effect in Canada, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is in the process of ensuring more officers and patrol vessels are available to enforce them. A female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island as seen from a federally permitted research vessel Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson)

VANCOUVER – New regulations to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises are in effect for all coasts in Canada as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans works to ensure more officers and patrol vessels are available to enforce the rules.

Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management, said the number of officers deployed to keep people and boats away from the marine mammals has yet to be determined.

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Whale Watch Body Wants Closer Access to Other Orcas as Feds Set 200-Metre Limit

Whale Watch Body Wants Closer Access to Other Orcas as Feds Set 200-Metre Limit

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

Orca Whale
A new orca whale calf is seen near Sooke, B.C., on Monday, September 7, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Center for Whale Research, Dave Ellifrit)

VICTORIA – A West Coast whale watching collective is demanding closer access for its members to more abundant killer whale populations after the federal government imposed a 200-metre viewing distance limit to protect the endangered southern resident orcas.

However, whale scientists say the 200-metre limit still may not be enough distance to help the whales that are up against the threats of pollution, noise and lack of food.

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Pigs Make Surprise Appearance During Yoga Session in B.C.

Pigs Make Surprise Appearance During Yoga Session in B.C.

By The Canadian Press

Yoga Pigs
Tammy Ennis, right, and her daughter Karilee Ennis, second right, laugh while participating in a yoga session with pigs during a charity fundraiser at The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary, in Aldergrove, B.C., on Sunday June 24, 2018. The not for profit sanctuary held three yoga classes with four pigs on Sunday to raise money to help cover veterinarian costs. The pigs were born at the sanctuary when one of two neglected pot-bellied pigs seized by the SPCA unexpectedly gave birth to a litter of five after being taken in. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

ALDERGROVE, B.C. – Yoga practitioners in Aldergrove, B.C., had some unlikely company during a string of sessions on Sunday.

Five pigs, a chihuahua and turkey wandered between mats, with one pig taking a bite out of a mat and others flopping down for some belly rubs.

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Drugs, Cash Seized During Dauphin Traffic Stop

Drugs, Cash Seized During Dauphin Traffic Stop

Dauphin Drugs Cash Seizure
Drugs and cash seized during a traffic stop by RCMP in Dauphin on June 5, 2018. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Two people from out-of-province have been charged after RCMP seized 190 grams of cocaine earlier this month.

Mounties conducted a traffic stop on the afternoon of June 5 in Dauphin, where they also located a large sum of Canadian currency and various drug paraphernalia.

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Victoria-Based AggregateIQ Data Services Denies Link to Facebook Data Scandal

Victoria-Based AggregateIQ Data Services Denies Link to Facebook Data Scandal

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Facebook
In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeff Chiu)

VANCOUVER – A small Victoria, B.C.-based tech firm has found itself mired in a privacy scandal unfolding in Europe as it faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. is a digital advertising, web and software development company, according to its website.

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Manitoba Musicians Win at Juno Awards Gala

Manitoba Musicians Win at Juno Awards Gala

Fred Penner
Fred Penner receives a Juno Award for children’s album of the year during a gala in Vancouver on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (JUNOAWARDS.CA)

Manitoba artists won two Juno Awards Saturday night during a gala event in Vancouver.

Children’s entertainer Fred Penner took home the award for children’s album of the year for his latest recording, Hear the Music. The award is Penner’s fourth Juno, including a win for his last release in 2015.

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Jennifer Jones Beats Kerri Einarson to Win Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Jennifer Jones Beats Kerri Einarson to Win Scotties Tournament of Hearts

By Emanuel Sequeira, The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones
Manitoba, left to right, Shannon Birchard, Jennifer Jones, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen celebrate their win over the Wild Card team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

PENTICTON, B.C. – Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones has won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the sixth time in her career, tying her with Colleen Jones of Nova Scotia for the all-time record.

Jones and her Manitoba rink beat Wild Card Kerri Einarson 8-6 on Sunday in the title draw at the Canadian women’s curling championship at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

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Canadian Space Sleuth Discovers NASA Satellite Not a ‘Piece of Space Junk’

Canadian Space Sleuth Discovers NASA Satellite Not a ‘Piece of Space Junk’

By The Canadian Press

NASA Image
The IMAGE spacecraft undergoing launch preparations in early 2000. (NASA)

ROBERTS CREEK, B.C. – An amateur astronomer in British Columbia has made a discovery that has gained the attention of NASA.

Scott Tilley, a 47-year-old electrical technologist, sneaks time away from his family when he can to search for spy satellites using radio frequency signals and a contraption of remote control cameras and antennas on the roof of his Roberts Creek home on the Sunshine Coast.

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How to Register to Receive $25 Loblaw Card After Bread Price Fixing Arrangement Admission

How to Register to Receive $25 Loblaw Card After Bread Price Fixing Arrangement Admission

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Bread
Various brands of bread sit on shelves in a grocery store in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives)

VANCOUVER — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.

“This conduct should never have happened,” said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.

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