Daily Archives: June 3, 2017

New cars for 'Smokey'

“Smokey and the Bandit” turns 40 this year, and it seems like one of the few Hollywood blockbusters to make it that far without being rebooted for the big screen. But what if it were? The folks at online used car marketplace Carspring asked themselves that question and went ahead and recast the film for the 21st Century. Not the ...

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Germany's Rock am Ring festival resumes after terror alert

An open-air weekend Rock am Ring concert near Germany’s Nuerburgring race track resumed on Saturday after being suspended on Friday due to a possible terrorist threat, the organizers and police said. “After intensive searches of the whole festival area, the suspicions have not hardened into an acute threat situation,” the organizers said on their Facebook page, adding that police had given a green light for the concert ...

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Medical marijuana shortages hit some patients as demand surges

Alexis Brenner’s life changed for the better when she discovered that cannabidiol, a compound contained in cannabis, helped her manage chronic pain from endometriosis and fibromyalgia. “CBD, once I found it, made a huge difference for my level of function,” she said. “It’s non-psychoactive, so I can be present and available and aware with my kids. I can use that ...

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2 dead in ByWard Market shooting

Two people are dead following an overnight shooting in the ByWard Market. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) confirmed the deaths early Saturday morning. SIU called for police involved shooting in downtown Ottawa. 2 confirmed dead. Details to follow.^JG — @SIUOntario Police tape was strung up along Dalhousie Street, which remained closed Saturday between Murray and Clarence streets. People who work ...

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The faces of climate change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life

There is no shortage of alarming climate change stories. We hear about the rapid rate of Arctic sea ice loss; about abnormally high temperatures in the Far North; polar bears resorting to eating birds’ eggs instead of meat to survive. ‘We are becoming collateral damage.’ – Sheila Watt-Cloutier What’s often absent in these stories is the faces of those most affected. People have ...

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Former candidates for bilingualism post criticize nomination process as harmful, divisive

After losing their bid to become Canada’s next official languages commissioner, former candidates say the nomination process has divided official language minority communities and undermines the office of the bilingualism watchdog. “Unfortunately, it’s become too political at this point,” said Michel Doucet, a law professor at the Université de Moncton. “I’m certainly preoccupied that this might have caused irreparable harm to the ...

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Trudeau might have moved on, but some still dream of electoral reform

The Liberal promise of electoral reform went out with a whimper on Wednesday afternoon. New Democrats had moved for a vote on the final report of the special committee on electoral reform, which was tabled in December. That report had recommended, with some qualifiers, that a referendum be held on abandoning the current first-past-the-post system in favour of some unspecified form ...

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