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Cystic fibrosis advocates urge B.C. government to fund for ‘life-altering’ drug

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Cystic fibrosis advocates urge B.C. government to fund for ‘life-altering’ drug

Abby McFee takes up to 20 pills a day, the most expensive of which is Orkambi, a drug that she says has been a huge help in her battle with cystic fibrosis.“It’s like $250,000 a year, so it’s not affordable at all,” she said.The drug has been approved by Health Canada but the B.C. government…

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Tory makes unsubstantiated claims in support of subway plan

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Tory makes unsubstantiated claims in support of subway plan

Mayor John Tory, who promised to make evidence-based decisions on policy matters, cited unsubstantiated numbers in defence of his preferred Scarborough subway plan Monday, contradicting both data from staff and independent academic analysis.Tory touted the plan to build a one-stop, $3.35-billion subway extension as a wise investment during a lunchtime speech in front of an…

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Global warmings effect on jet stream could mean longer periods of extreme weather

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Global warmings effect on jet stream could mean longer periods of extreme weather

Since 2012, scientists have been debating a complex and frankly explosive idea about how a warming planet will alter our weather, one that, if it’s correct, would have profound implications across the Northern Hemisphere and especially in its middle latitudes, where hundreds of millions of people live.The idea is that climate change doesn’t merely increase…

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Minnesota high school cancels play after photo posted of student actors in KKK garb

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Minnesota high school cancels play after photo posted of student actors in KKK garb

MINNEAPOLIS—A student actor’s “insensitive” posting of a photo showing fellow cast members in costumes —Ku Klux Klan garb —prompted the cancellation of a play scheduled for this weekend that was being put on by students at a Minnesota high school, the principal said Monday in an email to students and parents.Making the rounds over the…

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Legalization of recreational marijuana met with cautious optimism in the Okanagan

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Legalization of recreational marijuana met with cautious optimism in the Okanagan

Word that the federal government is going to legalize recreational use of marijuana is being met with cautious optimism in the Okanagan. But Olympic gold medalist and now medical marijuana dispensary owner, Ross Rebagliati, said if the reports are true, legalization is going to take the pressure off everyone — from the user to the…

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Proposed project for Kelowna to offer help with addictions

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Proposed project for Kelowna to offer help with addictions

It’s said to be a one of a kind housing project in the Okanagan.“This apartment building is going to be unusual in the fact that it’s going to be a dry building,” Tom Smithwick said. Smithwick is with Freedom’s Door, a non-profit organization that runs a residential treatment program in Kelowna for men struggling with…

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How Kathleen Wynne's Liberals can save their own skin: Cohn

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How Kathleen Wynne's Liberals can save their own skin: Cohn

How does Kathleen Wynne overcome her dismal popularity ratings?There’s no good answer, but here’s a better question: With or without Wynne, how do Liberals compete in the next election?Recurring speculation about the premier’s fate misses the mark. There is no saviour waiting in the wings, or walking on wings, capable of jettisoning all the excess…

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Ontario's new chief digital officer dumps Trump

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Ontario's new chief digital officer dumps Trump

Is she dumping Trump?Ontario’s first “chief digital officer, hired to streamline online government services and make them easier to use, has been recruited from a similar U.S. agency started under former president Barack Obama.Hillary Hartley, who has been critical of President Donald Trump on social media, is leaving her post as deputy executive director of…

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Devin Nunes’ White House meeting with wiretap source raises credibility questions

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Devin Nunes’ White House meeting with wiretap source raises credibility questions

WASHINGTON — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving Trump associates were caught up in “incidental” surveillance, the Republican congressman said Monday, prompting the top Democrat on the committee to call on Nunes to recuse himself…

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Why the new 18-month parental leave could end up costing Sask. parents

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Why the new 18-month parental leave could end up costing Sask. parents

It’s an option expected to be introduced as soon as 2018 but is it the right one for most Canadian families?As part of the federal government’s new budget, new parents will be given the option to take an extended parental leave but taking advantage of it will come at a cost.Vanessa McCubbing, a Saskatoon mom…

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