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Climate change fears high but vary by region, new poll suggests

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OTTAWA — Millions of Canadians in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario will receive their quarterly carbon price rebate payments on Friday.

But a new poll suggests residents of most of those provinces are the least likely in Canada to be worried about climate change or believe it is caused by human activity.

The data is contained in a poll published this week by Leger that is based on an online survey it did last weekend.

It suggests fewer people in Ontario and the Prairies believe climate change is caused by people, compared with respondents in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

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It also suggests people in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are less concerned about climate change than those who live in the rest of Canada.

The federal carbon price on consumers is only charged in the three Prairie provinces and Ontario because those are the only provinces without a provincial levy that meets the federal standard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2022.

 

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Children’s hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador is cancelling some surgeries

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A children’s hospital in the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador is cancelling some surgeries and appointments starting Monday.

Health officials say it’s due to a high level of respiratory illness.

It is unclear how many surgeries and appointments at Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John‘s will be affected.

Residents who are not experiencing a medical emergency are being asked to avoid visiting an emergency department.

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Slain RCMP Const. Yang cleared of wrongdoing in shooting: B.C. police watchdog

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Slain RCMP Const. Yang cleared of wrongdoing in shooting: B.C. police watchdog

British Columbia‘s police watchdog has cleared a slain Burnaby RCMP constable of wrongdoing after she shot a man in the altercation that led to her death.

The Independent Investigations Office says after a review of all available evidence its chief civilian director determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe Const. Shaelyn Yang committed an offence.

It says the matter will not be referred to the Crown for consideration of charges.

Yang, a 31-year-old mental health and homeless outreach officer, was stabbed to death on Oct. 18 while she and a City of Burnaby employee attempted to issue an eviction notice to a man who had been living in a tent at a local park.

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Yang shot the suspect before she died, and the IIO later said Jongwon Ham underwent surgery for his injuries.

Ham has since been charged with first-degree murder in Yang’s death.

“Due to concurrent court proceedings related to the incident, the IIO’s public report will not be released on the IIO website until that process has concluded,” the IIO said in a news release.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2022.

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No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $15 million Lotto Max jackpot

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There was no winning ticket sold in Friday’s Lotto Max $15 million draw.

The jackpot for the next draw on Dec. 6 will be an estimated $20 million.

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