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'It's like that friend who betrayed you': Emotional toll of flooding is felt long after waters recede

Once the sandbags are gone and the physical damage is dealt with, flood victims have to come to grips with the emotional aftermath. Here's how the floods in New Brunswick over the past two springs are continuing to affect the lives of local residents.

Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again'

Program offers low-dose heroin to people who use drugs so they can function without having to source them on the street. 'They just give us enough so that we are not a mess. So we can feel what it is to have a chance at being human again,' says man who credits program with saving his life.

'I hope to be part of the solution': Albertans rethink approach to energy, environment

The Alberta energy sector's future is cloudy, but some are banking on an economy based on world-leading bright ideas. Energy Futures Lab is one of the groups that believes Alberta can be the key to solving climate change problems by becoming a leader in new energy technologies.

Crystal Papineau: Making sense of a life cruelly ended during an act of kindness

Crystal Papineau died on a frigid day in January inside a clothing donation bin in Toronto — a victim of her difficult life on the streets, and her compassion for others. The National sent reporter Nick Purdon and producer Leonardo Palleja to speak with Papineau's parents about their daughter's life.

Canada's top 'sleep writer' reveals how he puts you under (can you stay awake?)

Chris Advansun is a full-time 'sleep writer' in Toronto who writes with one goal in mind — to lull people off to la-la land.

Powering the North: $1.6 billion project connects remote communities to grid

The $1.6 billion Wataynikaneyap Power Project is an ambitious plan to connect 17 remote communities to Ontario's power grid with a 1,800 km power line, and create skilled jobs in the North.

'It's like a personal injury': Tornado takes emotional toll on Ottawa neighbourhood

The Ottawa-area tornado has transformed Arlington Woods neighbourhood into a logging camp, and residents worry how the community will recover, both physically and emotionally, from the disaster.

How do you save a local newspaper? Just ask the Prince Albert Daily Herald's staff

This past winter, the Prince Albert Daily Herald was up for sale and most people thought the newspaper would close. Then the employees did something remarkable - they bought the 124-year-old paper and are now running it themselves. Here's why they did it.
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'We're going back into the closet': LGBTQ seniors wary of being 'out' in long-term care facilities

Gay seniors say they face a hard choice - hide who they are or deal with inferior health care and discrimination because of homophobia in long-term care facilities.
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Trans Mountain: Meet the people who live along Canada's most controversial pipeline

The route of Kinder Morgan's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline runs from Edmonton to Vancouver. CBC's Nick Purdon and Leonardo Palleja traveled it and spoke to regular people who live beside the pipe about what's at stake for them and their communities.
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'It's my job to protect them': U.S. teachers train to carry guns in class

One reaction to the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., has been to arm teachers. The National sent reporter Nick Purdon and videographer Leonardo Palleja to Arlington, Texas, to follow a group of teachers training to carry in their classrooms.
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Health system neglects northern patients by design: Doctor

Canadians like to think they have one of the best health care systems in the world, but that's simply not the case in the North. CBC's The National travels to Sioux Lookout and Wapekeka, Ont., following health professionals and talking to patients to see what the system really delivers.