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Residents fear effects of increasing quarry activity on Elmvale groundwater, believed to be cleanest in world

Residents of Ontario community say wells located downhill from a local quarry are experiencing silting and water-level issues.
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COVID-19: Will existing vaccines protect against the omicron variant?

Infectious diseases specialists Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Dr. Susy Hota discuss whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will help protect people against the omicron variant and if people should change their behaviour.
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Inside Toronto's newly renovated Massey Hall

After a comprehensive, years-long restoration, Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall is ready to welcome back performers and fans. The $184-million revitalization project involved rebuilding the iconic music venue’s stage, the addition of a new seven-storey tower and even improving on the old bathrooms. [Correction: This video incorrectly referred to a musician duo as Majid Johnson. The correct name is Majid Jordan.]
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Lush Cosmetics deactivates social media accounts to pressure tech companies

U.K. cosmetics retailer Lush will deactivate most of its social media accounts in a bid to get tech companies to make online platforms safer for young people. But some experts say it won’t be enough, unless more brands take a stand.
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Ontario school board resorts to hiring uncertified teachers

An Ontario school board is having trouble filling supply teacher positions, so it’s looking to hire uncertified substitutes who may not have a teaching degree. The pandemic has made filling supply teacher positions more difficult because of concerns about getting sick with COVID-19.
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Concerns over water quality after B.C. floods

There are fears over what impact floodwaters could have on water quality for B.C. residents living in affected areas. Hundreds of properties in Sumas Prairie remain under a 'do not use' water advisory, and private well owners are being urged to test their water quality, even if they don’t live in the flood zone.
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Trudeau tours flood-ravaged B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first visit to B.C. since record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flooding and mudslides in the province.
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Europe races to limit travel over omicron variant

Countries across Europe were among the first to ban flights from southern Africa following the discovery of the omicron variant. The measures have been met with criticism by officials in the South African government who call them premature.
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Canada bans travellers from southern Africa to keep omicron variant out

The federal government is banning foreign nationals who have travelled through seven countries in southern Africa from entering Canada to prevent the spread of the omicron variant. For Canadians and permanent residents trying to get home, they’ll require an additional COVID test and must quarantine, even if they’re fully vaccinated.
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What’s known about the omicron variant

The World Health Organization has declared a new variant of concern called omicron, first identified in South Africa. Scientists say there are a large number of mutations in the omicron variant, which means it could be more infectious and cause more severe illness.
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The National | Omicron variant, Trudeau visits B.C., Lush Cosmetics

Nov. 26, 2021 | What we know about the new COVID-19 variant called omicron as countries impose travel bans. Prime Minister Trudeau visits B.C. for the first time since record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flooding and mudslides in the province. Plus, why cosmetics retailer Lush is deactivating most of its social media accounts.
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B.C. residents urged to prepare for more rain, flooding

Cleanup efforts are barely underway in B.C., but residents are being warned that more flooding is possible with one storm bringing rain Thursday and two more expected next week.
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Kids’ vaccinations, booster shots key to preventing 5th COVID-19 wave

Rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations to younger children as well as boosters for adults are expected to play key roles in helping to prevent a fifth wave of COVID-19, experts say.
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Storm damage cuts off communities in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

People in parts of Cape Breton, N.S., and Newfoundland and Labrador are grappling with widespread destruction after days of record-setting rain washed out roads and cut off communities from supplies and medical care.
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Hockey referee shortage leads to cancelled games

A shortage of hockey referees across Canada is resulting in cancelled games. Hockey Canada says referee numbers are down across the country 30 to 50 per cent in some cases since the start of the pandemic.
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The National | Storm damage and warnings, Kids’ vaccine impact, Black Friday

Nov. 25, 2021 | Newfoundland communities cutoff after record rainfall as B.C. braces for more storms. How vaccinating kids against COVID-19 could change the pandemic. Plus, the impact of supply chain problems on Black Friday deals.
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Black Friday may see fewer deals, bigger focus on local

Canadians eager for Black Friday shopping this year may find fewer deals as retailers pull back on deep discounts because of supply concerns, while some are pushing for consumers to steer their holiday shopping toward local retailers.
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Indian farmers continue protests until agricultural laws officially repealed

A full year after India’s farmers started camping out on the outskirts of Delhi in the biggest and most sustained challenge to the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to repeal three controversial laws affecting the agricultural industry. But farmers say they’ll continue to protest until the laws are officially repealed.
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Murky real estate rules and insurance eligibility leaving Canadians with big bills after flooding

Flooding is the most costly and common natural disaster in Canada, but risk-averse insurance companies and the lack of a nationwide requirement for real estate agents to disclose flood risk are leaving Canadians vulnerable.
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Gen. Wayne Eyre becomes permanent chief of defence staff

Gen. Wayne Eyre has been named the permanent chief of the defence staff after taking the role on an interim basis after Admiral Art McDonald was accused of sexual misconduct.
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Hybrid Parliament, Climate conversation after B.C. floods | At Issue

The At Issue panel discusses what a return to a hybrid model of Parliament would look like and whether it is enough to hold the government accountable. Plus, the panellists talk about the emergency in B.C. and what it means for the government's conversation about climate change.

Massey Hall reopens after massive modernization that preserves iconic music venue's magic

Jim Cuddy, frontman for Blue Rodeo, says revamp of historic hall 'marries beautifully with what I loved about it.'
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3 white men found guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Three white men were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, while he was jogging in their Georgia community in February 2020. Arbery’s family and supporters are hailing the verdict as a victory for racial justice.
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Lost in the floods: Brett Diederichs

Five people have been confirmed killed in mudslides in B.C., including Brett Diederichs, 36, whose sister recounts the horrifying moments before he was swept away.
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Extreme weather thrashes parts of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia

An atmospheric river brought extreme weather to Atlantic Canada, washing out parts of the Trans-Canada Highway and cutting off Port-Aux-Basques, N.L., in both directions. The heavy rain also washed out roads in eastern Nova Scotia, with officials warning it could take weeks to get things back to normal in parts of Cape Breton.
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Ontario community fights to protect what’s believed to be the world’s cleanest water

The groundwater in Elmvale, Ont., is believed to be the cleanest in the world, but some residents and scientists are worried about the impact of nearby quarries. They are fighting for answers and accountability.
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Should N-95s become the new mask standard?

With increased concern about the aerosol spread of COVID-19, new guidance suggests N-95s should be worn in high-risk situations, but experts say cloth masks still have their place and new manufacturing standards are improving the quality.
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Uncertainty delays Afghan refugees’ plans to start new lives

Hundreds of Afghan refugees living in Toronto hotels are patiently waiting for their permanent residency to be approved so they can start their new lives, but the lengthy wait is just adding to the uncertainty they face.

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