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Ten Dead in Toronto Van Incident; Suspect Identified as Alek Minassian, 25

Ten Dead in Toronto Van Incident; Suspect Identified as Alek Minassian, 25

By The Canadian Press

Toronto Van Pedestrians
A police officer stands over a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – Toronto police say another person has died following an incident in which a van struck multiple pedestrians north of the city, bringing the death toll to 10.

Police Chief Mark Saunders says a suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Bashir Makhtal, Canadian Man Imprisoned in Ethiopia for 11 Years, Back in Canada

Bashir Makhtal, Canadian Man Imprisoned in Ethiopia for 11 Years, Back in Canada

By The Canadian Press

Bashir Makhtal
Bashir Makhtal (FILE)

TORONTO – Amnesty International says a Canadian man who was held in an Ethiopian prison for more than 11 years has arrived in Toronto after being released earlier in the week.

Bashir Makhtal was sentenced to life in prison on terrorism-related charges in 2009 following a trial that was denounced by Amnesty International as “unfair” and “a political exercise.”

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Marijuana Sector Firms Get Marketing Pushback as Legalization Looms

Marijuana Sector Firms Get Marketing Pushback as Legalization Looms

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

Lift & Co
A man wears a virtual reality headset at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Lift.co, which hosts industry events and provides education, has seen its Facebook ad account deactivated and their YouTube channel shut down. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – Some Canadian marijuana sector companies are getting pushback against their marketing efforts from social media platforms and government officials as legalization of recreational pot looms and regulations are not yet final.

Lift & Co, which hosts industry events and offers cannabis education, has had its YouTube account suspended and Facebook ad account deactivated, with both companies citing a policy violation.

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CBC Says It Will Carry on with Destruction of Broadcast Archives Once Digitized

CBC Says It Will Carry on with Destruction of Broadcast Archives Once Digitized

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

CBC
A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.

The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation says the public broadcaster’s English service earlier this month began destroying acetate transcriptions, as well as audio and video recordings that span eight decades, after converting the master copies into a digital format.

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Melting Arctic Sea Ice May be Behind Endless Winter: Scientists

Melting Arctic Sea Ice May be Behind Endless Winter: Scientists

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Rogers Centre
A man walks by the Rogers Centre as reports of falling ice from the CN Tower sparked a closure of parts of the area on Toronto on Monday, April 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

Scientists are suspecting that not enough winter in the Arctic has led to too much of it across the rest of Canada.

From Toronto, where ice storms cancelled baseball games, to Calgary where residents this week faced yet another heavy snowfall warning, April 2018 has come to feel like endless winter.

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Chunks of Ice Fall from CN Tower in Toronto Lead to Baseball Game Cancellation

Chunks of Ice Fall from CN Tower in Toronto Lead to Baseball Game Cancellation

By Nicole Thompson and Peter Cameron, The Canadian Press

Rogers Centre
Workers examine a hole on top of the Rogers Centre as the area around the CN Tower is closed off due to reports of falling ice in Toronto on Monday, April 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

Chunks of ice crashing down from the CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain forced the closure of the Toronto landmark and damaged the roof of a nearby baseball stadium, prompting the Toronto Blue Jays to cancel Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

Police had blocked off the area directly under the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre due to the “relatively large” blocks of ice tumbling down onto the streets and sidewalks below.

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World Champion Jennifer Jones Earns Another Victory at Players’ Championship

World Champion Jennifer Jones Earns Another Victory at Players’ Championship

By The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones
Canada skip Jennifer Jones delivers a stone against the United States during the semifinal at the World Women’s Curling Championship in North Bay, Ont., Saturday, March 24, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

TORONTO – Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones defeated South Korea’s EunJung Kim 8-2 on Friday afternoon to remain unbeaten at the Players’ Championship.

Jones, the reigning world champion, needed only six ends to complete the victory and improve to 5-0 in round-robin play.

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Video Game Addiction a Disease? WHO Prepares to Codify ‘Gaming Disorder’

Video Game Addiction a Disease? WHO Prepares to Codify ‘Gaming Disorder’

By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press

Video Games
A video game tournament happens at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 31, 2017. Lisa Pont has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Wayne Parry)

TORONTO – Lisa Pont has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months.

“Some people think it trivializes other diseases. People think, ‘Oh my God, how can you get addicted to gaming? Just put (the controller) down,’ or like, ‘Please, then anything can be a disease,'” says Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

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Liberals Name Catherine Tait as CBC President, First Woman to Hold Role

Liberals Name Catherine Tait as CBC President, First Woman to Hold Role

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Catherine Tait
Catherine Tait, smiles as Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, not shown, announces that Tait is the new president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada during a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Catherine Tait, a 30-year veteran of the Canadian and U.S. television and film industry, has been tapped to lead a digital revolution at CBC/Radio-Canada, becoming the first woman in the organization’s history to be named president and chief executive.

Tait, who will officially begin her five-year term at the public broadcaster in the summer, called the position a dream job during a Tuesday morning news conference on Parliament Hill alongside Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.

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