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Local News Cut in Half, Not-for-Profit Funding Models Emerging, Reports Say

Local News Cut in Half, Not-for-Profit Funding Models Emerging, Reports Say

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – The number of articles generated by community newspapers in Canada has declined by almost half over the last decade, and many news organizations are trending toward not-for-profit business models to make up for a dramatic decline in advertising revenues, two studies to be released Tuesday reveal.

News coverage of local councils and other democratic institutions was down by more than one-third from 10 years ago, said a report from the Public Policy Forum called “Mind The Gaps — Quantifying The Decline of News Coverage in Canada,” which studied articles appearing in community papers across five regions of the country.

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Canada Post Strike Averted for Now as Carriers Say They’ll Keep Talking

Canada Post Strike Averted for Now as Carriers Say They’ll Keep Talking

By The Canadian Press

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A mail carrier delivers mail in Ottawa, on Dec.11, 2013. The union representing thousands of Canada Post workers says it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike by mid-week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The union representing thousands of Canada Post workers says it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike by mid-week.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action, giving the Crown agency’s negotiators an opportunity to address the union’s demands, which include higher wages and better working conditions.

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Police Officer Rescues Little Pig Found Hoofing Down Toronto-Area Highway

Police Officer Rescues Little Pig Found Hoofing Down Toronto-Area Highway

By The Canadian Press

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York regional police tweeted a photo Monday of an officer holding a young pig found wandering along a major highway north of Toronto late last Friday morning. They say the little piggy was spotted hoofing it down Highway 400 in Vaughan, Ont. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, York Regional Police)
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Police say the photo was “too cute not to share.”

York regional police tweeted a photo Monday of an officer holding a young pig found wandering along a major highway north of Toronto late last Friday morning.

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Cities Make Power Play for New Fiscal Order with Eye to 2019 Federal Election

Cities Make Power Play for New Fiscal Order with Eye to 2019 Federal Election

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 4, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Canada’s cities believe they will finally land easier and direct access to federal dollars in next year’s budget, or at least wrest a platform pledge from parties in the 2019 election.

A pre-budget submission from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities asks the Liberals to end the buffet of application-based programs, and instead put the money into predetermined, annual payment programs.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Gets Medical Pot License from Health Canada

Shoppers Drug Mart Gets Medical Pot License from Health Canada

By The Canadian Press

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The logo for Shoppers Drug Mart is shown in downtown Toronto, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart is getting Health Canada’s approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima)

TORONTO – Shoppers Drug Mart has received Health Canada’s approval to be a licensed medical marijuana producer, opening the door for the pharmacy giant to dispense medical cannabis to patients.

This comes after Shoppers in October 2016 applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.

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Rural Canada Post Carriers Could See 25% Pay Hike, Says Spokesman

Rural Canada Post Carriers Could See 25% Pay Hike, Says Spokesman

By The Canadian Press

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The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company’s Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA – An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post that gives rural carriers a hefty pay increase.

A spokesman for the Crown agency says a preliminary review of the ruling indicates rural and suburban postal workers, known as RSMCs, could see a 25-per-cent hike in their wages, plus increases in other benefits.

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Most Canadians Concerned About Young People Using E-Cigarettes, Survey Finds

Most Canadians Concerned About Young People Using E-Cigarettes, Survey Finds

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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A national survey looks at Canadians’ attitudes towards e-cigarette use and the apparent prevalence of vaping among different age groups. An electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago on April 23, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nam Y. Huh)

TORONTO – The majority of Canadians are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth, with almost 90 per cent backing a ban of the vaping products for those under 18, a national survey suggests.

The survey by the Angus Reid Institute, released Tuesday, found that support for prohibiting vaping among minors crossed all age and gender demographics, among tobacco smokers and non-smokers alike.

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Norm Macdonald’s Mea Culpa Tour Familiar Ground for Public Relations Experts

Norm Macdonald’s Mea Culpa Tour Familiar Ground for Public Relations Experts

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

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Norm Macdonald begins as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 13, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

TORONTO – There’s a moment on Norm Macdonald’s new talk show where the Canadian comic muses on what is and is not appropriate to say: “I always felt that some epithets were less abrasive than others, you know,” he tells his guest, a lively Drew Barrymore.

“It’s like navigating a one-inch tightrope on an ice skate,” the seasoned actress concurs. “That’s what talking feels like today in this world.”

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