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Anita Anand, the Canadian Defense Minister, announced on Thursday that Canada will send four Leopard2 battle tanks to Ukraine after Germany this week allowed other nations to re-export the German-built tank. Anand said, “These heavily armoured and highly protective vehicles provide soldiers with a tactical advantage on the battlefield thanks to their excellent mobility, their firepower and their survivability.” She added, “These tanks will allow Ukraine to liberate even more of its territory and defend its people from Russia’s brutal invasion. These four tanks are combat-ready and will be deployed over the coming weeks.” CAF members will be deployed “pending…

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A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle in east London. Investigators said the collision occurred on Hamilton Road near Watmar Avenue. The man was taken to hospital by paramedics but succumbed to his injuries, police said. The identity of the victim has not been released. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, police said. There’s no word yet on possible charges. The Major Traffic Unit is investigating the matter. A stretch of Hamilton Road near the crash scene was closed for several hours following the crash but was reopened late in the night. Read more Breaking…

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Edmonton-based spiritual leader Johannes de Ruiter has been charged with four counts of sexual assault, according to reports. Also known as John de Ruiter, the 63-year-old was arrested and charged Saturday by Edmonton police. De Ruiter is the leader of a group known as the College of Integrated Philosophy, or the Oasis Group, which has been operating in Edmonton for decades. “It was reported that the accused informed certain female group members that he was directed by a spirit to engage in sexual activity with them, and that engaging in sexual activity” “with him will provide them an opportunity to…

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Ontario hospitals are looking for more long-term help from the province to tackle the waitlist, speed up surgeries and expand emergency departments. Nearly 12,000 children are on a waitlist for surgeries across Ontario. Officials at four major pediatric hospitals say it is part of a much bigger problem. About half of the 11,789 children on it are waiting beyond the clinically recommended wait times, which hospitals say is partially due to the respiratory surge and the COVID-19 pandemic. “The fact that we’ve now come out of the surge and we’re still very strained helps to demonstrate that we really need…

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A BSNF railway train gets stuck for hours blocking access to Canada’s Crescent Beach in Surrey, British Columbia city for hundreds of homes. Officers and Surrey firefighters were on the scene making sure residents did not cross the railway unsafely. “I went down there and sure enough the train (was) broken across both of the roadways leading into Crescent, blocking it off, stopping people from entering or leaving,” a passenger said. Federal regulations say trains can’t be stopped on tracks blocking crossings for longer than five minutes. Surrey saw 16 incidents lasting from 10 minutes to three hours at this…

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Police have arrested and charged a woman in connection to the vandalism of hundreds of headstones at two cemeteries in Belleville, Ontario. In November 2021, Police received information that at St. James Cemetery about 200 headstones had been vandalized. The next day, they found 255 headstones spray-painted at the Elmwood Cemetery in Thurlow Township. Just under a week later, someone vandalized about 150 more headstones with blue spray paint. After a year of investigation, police arrested a 20-year-old woman from Stirling, Ontario on January 13. The woman was charged with three counts of mischief over $5,000 and is scheduled to…

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The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has given out three licenses for gas blocks in the Lake Kivu region. One of the gas blocks, the Idjwi block will be mined by Winds Exploration and Production while the Makelele gas block will be handled by ReD which is a local subsidiary of Symbion Power based in the United States. Alfajiri Energy based in Canada has secured the Lwandjofu gas block. According to the DRC Hydrocarbons Minister Didier Budimbu, the contract between the companies and the government will be signed in the next 15 days. The mineral-rich DRC has…

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According to Rogers Communications Inc.’s legal filing on Tuesday, the $20 billion acquisition of rival Shaw Communications Inc. ShawInfo has been delayed for too long and must go forward regardless of the competition bureau’s opposition. The transaction, which would create the country’s second-largest telecom firm, was approved by Canada’s antitrust tribunal on December 30, but the competition bureau later appealed the tribunal’s judgement. Later on Tuesday, in a separate court document, Shaw referred to the appeal as a “unmeritorious challenge” by the competition bureau to carry out a “once-in-a-generation” transaction. The companies will face off against the competition bureau in…

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Police officials are investigating a tragic crash in southeastern BC that left three dead on Monday afternoon, including a newborn baby. Authorities responded to a call on Highway 3A north of Castlegar shortly before 4 p.m. to respond to a collision between a car and a pickup truck. The cause of the crash has not been ascertained yet. However, preliminary evidence suggests the driver of the car “maneuvered their vehicle in a way consistent with a U-turn into the path of the pickup truck,” Staff Sgt. Kris Clark of the B.C. RCMP said. All were in the same car, along…

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Canada’s BC has announced a $90 million fund to create manufacturing jobs in the province’s forest industry. This comes after last week’s announcement that up to 300 people will lose their positions at a Prince George pulp and paper mill. The new BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund is aiming to provide supportive investment and innovation to the industry, which has seen several hundred people put out of work due to cuts and curtailments across the province in recent months. BC Premier David Eby, “We need to get more good-paying jobs from our forests and every resource in our province.” He announced…

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