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Muskoka officials delay hospital plans after doctors’ outcry

After protests from doctors, a health care organization in the Muskoka region has indicated it will consult more with the community before submitting a final plan to the province for the redevelopment of its two hospital sites. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, which operates hospitals in the cities of Huntsville and Bracebridge, is conducting what it calls a capital redevelopment of its …

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Verdict in unusual trial of confessed Winnipeg serial killer to be delivered Thursday

WARNING: This story contains disturbing details. The fate of a Winnipeg man who confessed to killing four women but denies criminal responsibility will be decided Thursday after an unusual trial for the confessed serial killer. Jeremy Skibicki’s lawyers argued that he was driven by delusions related to schizophrenia and hearing voices that made him believe he was on a mission …

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Canada links June heat wave to climate change with new attribution analysis

For the first time, the Canadian government has conducted a rapid analysis of a period of extreme heat and linked it to human-caused climate change. Analysis by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) found that the likelihood of a heat wave in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada between June 17 and 20 is two to ten times greater due to …

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Advocates criticize the time it took to confirm that a mother and two children from Harrow, Ontario, died from intimate partner violence

WARNING: This story contains discussions of intimate partner violence and suicide. Advocates working to raise awareness about domestic violence say they are devastated to learn that the deaths of a family in their Harrow, Ontario, home last month were the result of intimate partner violence. On Saturday, police confirmed that Carly Walsh and her two children were fatally shot and …

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Disabled Tenants Live in Fear of Eviction. Now This Man With PTSD Sleeps in a Shed

Sidney Wood says he was evicted from his home last month after he couldn’t pay his rent. Wood, 41, couldn’t afford the $1,620-a-month Edmonton basement apartment he shared with his two teenage children. Not after he and his wife separated in March, and not on his CPP disability income, which he says is $1,403 a month. So Wood, who can …

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British Prime Minister Starmer says Rwanda deportation plan ‘dead and buried’

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said on Saturday, his first full day in office, that he would scrap a controversial Conservative policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. He promised to initiate change but warned that this would take time. “The Rwanda plan was dead and buried before it started,” Starmer said at his first press conference. “It never worked …

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First Nation in Northern Manitoba reports 187 anomalies found on or near site of former boarding school

WARNING: This story contains details about boarding school experiences. A First Nation community in northern Manitoba reports that ground-penetrating radar has found 150 anomalies at the site of a former boarding school, including what appears to be 59 unmarked graves in a nearby cemetery. The Pimicikamak Cree Nation Chief also says 37 anomalies were found off-site, more than a kilometre …

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The controlled consumption ends in Timmins, the only one in northeastern Ontario, due to a lack of funding

Northeastern Ontario’s only supervised drug consumption site will stop offering the service at the end of June due to a lack of funding. In April, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Cochrane-Timiskaming offered temporary funding to the Safe Health Site so it could remain open until June 30. The organization says it has not received additional funding from the …

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A new law aims to tackle environmental racism in Canada

For years, researchers, activists and community leaders have shown how Indigenous, Black and other racial groups are disproportionately affected by polluting industries. Now, a new law will require the federal government to do a better job of identifying this injustice and trying to correct it. Bill C-226, sponsored by Green Leader Elizabeth May, became law on Thursday evening, almost four …

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Israelis displaced by the battle with Hezbollah want to return home as the conflict moves closer to full-scale war

In November, Avi Avraham and his wife left their home in Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel to attend a wedding. Moments later, a rocket ripped through their third floor, shattering the windows—destroying life as they knew it. They and their son moved south to safety and have since been living as evacuees in a hotel paid for by the Israeli …

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