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Barn fire in Puslinch kills more than 40 racehorses: Top Stories

More than 40 racehorses died in an overnight barn fire in Puslinch, Ont. just south of Guelph. This is one of our top stories worth your time this morning.

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More than 40 racehorses died in an overnight barn fire in Puslinch, Ont. just south of Guelph. And how the weak dollar is giving Canadians some great deals. These are two of our top stories worth your time this morning.

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Work on the Waterdown bypass will start this year - 10 years later

It's about a decade behind schedule, but construction on a bypass to ease traffic congestion in Waterdown will start early this year — for real this time.

Waterdown is struggling with a glut of traffic as developers build subdivisions around town. The city of Hamilton plans to alleviate the congestion with two bypasses, including a $45-million east-west bypass that's years behind schedule.

NewLeaf to announce new 'ultra low cost' airline in Hamilton Wednesday

Travel company NewLeaf Travel is set to announce its promised new "ultra low cost" airline in Hamilton Wednesday.

According to a press release, the company plans to share information about pricing, booking details and non-stop routes at the John C. Munro Hamilton Airport at 11 a.m. The launch will come months after initially planned, as NewLeaf had hoped to be operational by last summer. It missed the travel season while it was getting off the ground.

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Barn fire in Puslinch, Ont., kills more than 40 racehorses

More than 40 racehorses died in an overnight barn fire in Puslinch, Ont., that also destroyed the structure. Fire crews were called to Classy Lane Stables Training Centre, about 15 kilometres east of Cambridge, at about 11 p.m. ET on Monday.

Firefighters from five departments, including Guelph and Hamilton, were called. The standardbred horses raced at some of southern Ontario's best-known tracks including Woodbine, Mohawk and Flamboro Downs.


Neil Macdonald: Psst, wanna buy a TV? Canadian prices suddenly much lower than U.S.

Pushing my shopping cart dispiritedly through the LCBO, Ontario's we'll-charge-whatever-we-like monopoly on wine and spirits, I spied a confusing sight over the holidays: a bottle of good American wine priced far below what it would go for in the U.S.

In Bethesda, Md., where the state government, like Ontario, outlaws competition and forces consumers to buy most alcohol from official outlets, the wine in question — a rather delicious cabernet from California's Napa Valley — costs $34.65 US, plus nine per cent tax, for a total of $37.76.

Watch: Snowboarders rescued from gondola get 'insane ride'

A member of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Safety Team enters the gondola to rescue passengers on Jan. 3. (Kody Lapointe/YouTube screenshot)

Some guests at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort got an unexpected ride on Sunday when an electrical failure shut down the Golden Eagle Express gondola. 

Rescue crews evacuated the gondola, with some guests removed by helicopter due to the height of some sections of the lift. 

An electrical transformer went down around 3 p.m., said Matt Mosteller, a spokesman for hill owner Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

"We went through all of the safety procedures and protocol on the lift, and because of the transformer, the way it blew, it also blew all of the restart safety mechanisms," he said. 

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