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From Marginal to Memorable: How the Ryerson Rams Built a Winning Culture

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On the same night in March, the women’s and men’s basketball teams each won their first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) gold medals. After that, at their respective national championships, the women won silver and the men won a second bronze medal in two years. Ryerson’s basketball program is now regarded as one of the best in the country – an ...

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Ontario Commits $150-Million to Toronto’s Downtown Relief Line

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A long-floated proposal to build a new subway that would cut through Toronto’s core got a vote of support on Wednesday, as Ontario’s Liberal government announced it would spend $150-million on planning and design work for the Toronto Transit Commission’s downtown relief line. ‎It’s the first significant funding announcement for the proposed subway, which would likely run south from Pape ...

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Increase in Benefits for Disabled Veterans Applied Unequally: Advocates

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Canada’s Veterans Affairs Minister is defending his decision to increase an income-replacement benefit for permanently disabled veterans by a small amount for those who make the least, but as much as 20 per cent for the higher ranks, saying all who qualify will make more than 90 per cent of their pre-release salary. But veterans’ rights advocates point out that ...

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Chinese Foreign Minister Bristles Over Human Rights During Ottawa Visit

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi lost his cool on Wednesday when questioned about his country’s record on human rights and the imprisonment of a Canadian missionary on what critics say are trumped-up spying charges. The outburst came in a joint news conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, in which Mr. Wang urged the Liberal government to “speed up” free-trade ...

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B.C. College Formally Addresses Physician Role in Addiction

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British Columbia’s physician regulatory college has unveiled the first mandatory standards in Canada for prescribing opioids, formally acknowledging the role played by doctors in creating the country’s epidemic of painkiller abuse. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. adopted the new standards in response to “inappropriate” prescribing by doctors and a spike in the number of fatal overdoses linked ...

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South African Firefighters in Alberta to See Salary Increase

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Canadian officials are bumping up the salaries of South African firefighters in Alberta because of concerns that the workers could be seen as “slave labour,” their South African manager says. Three hundred South African firefighters arrived in Edmonton on Sunday night and flew to Fort McMurray on Wednesday to begin battling a wildfire that now covers about 5,800 square kilometres. ...

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No One Incident Led to Tootoo’s Resignation, Trudeau Tells Liberal MPs

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has privately told his caucus not to believe the swirling rumours about Hunter Tootoo’s resignation as fisheries minister, while refusing to provide any details to the public about what triggered the sudden departure. The Liberals are trying to shut down speculation that Mr. Tootoo was forced to resign because of a particular incident, or that Mr. ...

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Assisted-Dying Bill Unlikely to Clear Senate Before June 6 Deadline

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The Liberal government’s doctor-assisted dying bill has passed a final vote in the House of Commons, but it is unlikely to clear its biggest hurdle – the Senate – before the Supreme Court of Canada’s June 6 deadline. What’s more, the bill now stands the chance of being significantly altered in the Red Chamber – setting the stage for a ...

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CPP Reform Should Target Middle-Income Canadians, Coalition Argues

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A coalition of business groups and youth advocates is calling for an expanded Canada Pension Plan – but only if it is targeted at middle-income levels. In a joint letter sent to finance ministers across the country, the coalition argues that higher premiums to pay for more generous retirement benefits should kick in at annual earnings of about $27,500. Helping ...

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OPEC, the Oil Shock and ‘Casualties of War’

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‘Casualties of war’ This may well be a “year of reckoning” for the frail countries of the OPEC cartel, as Royal Bank of Canada puts it. Indeed, it will be a troubled group that meets in Vienna tomorrow. Like Canada and others, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been shocked by the resource rout. Several of its members ...

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