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Lobbyists turn focus to senators

OTTAWA — Manitoba senators say they’re treading carefully as lobbyists from cigarette companies, environmental groups and agricultural businesses jockey for their attention. The Senate is gaining independence and as a result, is getting a skyrocketing number of requests from lobbyists.
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Ford uses van service to enter medical transport business

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford is getting into the non-emergency medical transportation business as it moves toward making money off its experimental ventures in new mobility.The automaker says its GoRide service is using 15 specially equipped vans to transport patients to more than 200 health care faciliti...
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Jets grab stranglehold on series

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of capturing their first playoff series in franchise history — and they can make it happen on home ice Friday. Leaning heavily on goalie Connor Hellebuyck for 40 minutes, the Jets put in a poised, confident final period to register a sound 2-0...
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Toronto neurosurgeon charged with killing wife to stand trial next year

TORONTO - A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing his physician wife will stand trial next year, a judge ordered Wednesday.Dr. Mohammed Shamji is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, the mother of his three children.
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Halifax mall plotter penned suicide note to be published after mass shooting

HALIFAX - It's a modern-day suicide note: Four paragraphs to be posthumously published online the day after a planned Valentine's Day massacre at one of Atlantic Canada's busiest shopping malls."Perhaps you have already heard the news of a mass shooting in Halifax," Lindsay Souvannarath says in a qu...
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Playdium's Brampton location will be first to open in former theatre digs

TORONTO - Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas in Brampton, Ont. is going to be converted into the entertainment giant's newest Playdium location.It is the first time the company has shifted one of its properties from a theatre to its gaming offering.
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Quebec justice minister worried by report about lawyers using jurors' Facebook pages

MONTREAL - A report that some Quebec defence lawyers are using Facebook to identify jurors and tailor their cases accordingly is raising concern among members of the legal community.Le Journal de Montreal reported this week that some lawyers noted that using a Facebook feature that recommends contac...
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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 180.08 points to 15,533.38, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.99 points to 24,807.62. The S&P 500 index was up 9.17 points to 2,715.56 and the Nasdaq compos...
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Crews hope to free 'prolific' female right whale named Kleenex from rope on jaw

HALIFAX - Marine biologists are hoping they can free one of the few remaining female North Atlantic right whales from a length of thick fishing rope that has become wrapped around its upper jaw.Heather Pettis of the New England Aquarium says the whale — named Kleenex — is one of the most product...
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Hitting the hill one last time

STONY MOUNTAIN — Dozens of snowboarders and skiers strapped on their equipment to go on one last shred and rip as the local ski hill opened for its final day, Sunday.The Stony Mountain Ski Area, which opened the season Nov.
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Zoo a 'happy place' for tireless volunteer

Sandra Spragg is a committed volunteer. After less than a year of volunteering at Assiniboine Park and Zoo, the 53-year-old Westwood resident has already given more than 650 hours of service.
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Brother remembers Broncos hockey player as humble, honest, hard-working

ST. ALBERT, Alta. - Playing with mini-sticks in the basement is a common activity for many hockey-loving families.For the Wack brothers, who grew up in St. Albert, Alta., it was a little different.
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Justin Trudeau discusses Mali peacekeeping mission with Michaelle Jean

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, long billed as kindred political spirits, agreed Monday to a fresh, fortified attack on climate change — hoping to keep a shared priority at the forefront of the global agenda despite Donald Trump's decision to quit the b...
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Justin Trudeau discusses Mali peacekeeping mission with Michaelle Jean

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, long billed as kindred political spirits, agreed Monday to a fresh, fortified attack on climate change — hoping to keep a shared priority at the forefront of the global agenda despite Donald Trump's decision to quit the b...
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Hope blooms for revitalized Village

When Robert Orr lived in Osborne Village, he and his wife loved the hip, urban feel of the area, whether it was its variety of shops and services or its bars and restaurants. Today, he looks at the dirty windows of a vacant coffee shop, the empty spaces where Desart and other shops were located, the...
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Manitoba Movers

BOARDSCanadian Celiac Association Manitobaelected its board of directors for the 2018-19 session: president, Dorothy Macintyre; vice-president, Lois Wotton; treasurer Neil Tarr; membership, Judy Gallant; events coordinator, Dave McComber; ad-hoc events coordinator, Susan Finlay; newsletter editor, P...
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Chinese exporters scramble to cope with Trump tariff hike

BEIJING - Facing a possible U.S. tariff hike, one of China's biggest ball bearing makers, Cixin Group, is weighing plans to rush shipments to American customers before the increase makes its sales unprofitable.The company in the eastern city of Ningbo is among exporters of goods from motorcycle part...
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