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Snakes on the loose in two Canadian cities
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A venomous snake that was the subject of a hunt in a wooded area east of Toronto has been captured, but a python remains on the loose in Montreal. A spokeswoman for Ajax, Ont., says the copperhead was recovered Wednesday evening by experts from the Indian River Reptile Zoo and is being transported to their facility in Peterborough, Ont. The town’s...

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Missing women's inquiry head aims for real action
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VANCOUVER — When Marion Buller looks back on the Saskatchewan First Nation territory where she spent her summers growing up, some of her childhood friends are no longer there. They are aboriginal women who went missing or were murdered, part of a tragic phenomenon in Canada that Buller is now tasked with examining as head of a national inquiry. “The impact...

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Controlling fentanyl chemicals not enough: expert
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VANCOUVER — Canada’s plans to restrict six chemicals used to make fentanyl will only increase demands for a more dangerous replacement if other steps to stem a national opioid crisis are not taken, a drug-policy expert says. Don MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, was responding to Health Canada’s announcement that a bill brought in by a senator...

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Ontario byelection a tight race
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TORONTO — Voters head to the polls Thursday in a tight byelection race in east Toronto that has been dominated in the campaign’s waning days by controversy over the government’s sex-ed curriculum. Parts of the new curriculum have been deeply unpopular in pockets of the province since it was introduced last year, in particular among some religious communities and new Canadians. Parents have protested...

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