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Local news startups tap community spirit to survive where others have perished

Local news fans dismayed by the closing of the daily newspaper in Orillia, Ont., are pledging by the dozens to donate $5 a month to a just-launched news website called OrilliaMatters.

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit by former flight attendant

VANCOUVER — WestJet (TSX:WJA) has filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female empl

N.S. hires lawyers for sexual assault cases, aims to boost convictions

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has hired two new sexual-assault prosecutors, in what the justice minister says is in part an effort to increase the number of convictions.

Defence lawyer wants suspended sentence for former B.C. government aide

VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer for a former British Columbia government communications director says his client had "an enthusiasm for recklessness" but accepts responsibility for partisan work aimed at winning ethnic votes for the Liberal party.
Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates

Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates

TORONTO — Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province's human rights commission.

U of T drops international fees for most PhD scholars

TORONTO — The University of Toronto is stepping up efforts to lure top global scholars by slashing tuition fees for most international PhD students.
Study defines link between fracking, earthquakes in northern Alberta

Study defines link between fracking, earthquakes in northern Alberta

EDMONTON — Scientists have figured out how hydraulic fracking causes earthquakes in northern Alberta, but they have a way to go before they can use that knowledge to predict if it will cause temblors in other areas.

Gas plants verdict expected Friday; ex-premier's top aides to learn fate

TORONTO — Two former top political aides will find out on Friday whether they are criminally responsible for the destruction of documents related to Ontario's gas plants scandal.
Global poll: Plummeting views of U.S. under Trump, notably in Canada

Global poll: Plummeting views of U.S. under Trump, notably in Canada

WASHINGTON — A new global survey suggests the world's impression of the United States is plummeting under President Donald Trump, with Canada registering the largest such decline of any country within the Western Hemisphere.
Animal protection group urges B.C. vet association to ban cat declawing

Animal protection group urges B.C. vet association to ban cat declawing

VANCOUVER — The society that protects animal welfare in British Columbia is looking to the leadership of Nova Scotia's veterinarians as it calls for a ban on feline declawing. The B.C.