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Bombardier sells train-making division to French multinational Alstom

Bombardier Inc. has reached a deal to sell its rail-building unit to French train giant Alstom SA, which executives say will bring an end to a frantic period that saw the Quebec company sell off several key assets in order to deal with crippling debt.

Federal government requests extension before tabling new assisted dying law

The federal government is asking for an extension on a looming court deadline requiring it to update the country's medical assistance in dying (MAID) law.

Dwight Ball stepping down as Newfoundland and Labrador premier

Dwight Ball is stepping down as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador after months of scandals have besieged the House of Assembly.

Government further revises train regulations, speed limits for dangerous goods on Canadian railways

A federal order for trains carrying dangerous goods to slow down after two fiery crashes near Guernsey, Sask., has been further revised by Transport Minister Marc Garneau. 

Canadians on coronavirus-hit cruise ship await repatriation as Americans land home

Canadian passengers of a cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan due to a coronavirus outbreak on board are still waiting to be repatriated as their American counterparts touched down in the U.S. on Monday.

Smokers with HIV have higher incidents of lung disease: study

People living with HIV in Ontario are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease more often and earlier than HIV-negative people, according to new research from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Infants exposed to cleaning supplies more susceptible to asthma, study finds

New research suggests infants who are exposed to cleaning products are more likely to develop asthma and wheeze later in life.

Wet'suwet'en: Nationwide rallies erupt through holiday weekend

Rallies have sprung up across the country as demonstrators used the holiday weekend to voice their support for the hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern British Columbia

Confusion, anger aboard quarantined cruise ship as coronavirus spreads

Canadians quarantined on a cruise ship with a growing number of passengers infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus expressed frustration with Ottawa's response as a plane headed to Tokyo to bring them home.

Is COVID-19 spreading because we didn't heed the lessons of previous viral outbreaks?

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19 -- the virus that has gripped public attention and worry since the end of December -- scientists are asking if we really learned our lesson from previous viral outbreaks.

National Post

Coronavirus infections slow down but experts unsure if that means containment measures are working

The currently death toll is 1,868, and confirmed infections have risen to 72,436

‘No-win situation’ in Wet’suwet’en protests, where police criticized for being too aggressive or too lax

As well, the role of politicians in police operations has caused some confusion

Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball steps down to lead ‘more private life’

Under Ball, the Liberals were re-elected in May 2019 but reduced to a minority

Federal government requests more time to amend assisted dying law

A Quebec Superior Court Judge ruled last September that it is unconstitutional to limit the right to a medically assisted death to those whose natural death is 'reasonably foreseeable'

Deal agreed: French train maker Alstom to buy Bombardier rail unit for $8.2 billion

The deal will be done primarily in cash, with a chunk paid in new Alstom shares, Bombardier and Alstom confirmed in separate statements

Toronto Star

Eglinton Crosstown faces another setback, delayed until 2022

Metrolinx attributes the delay largely to Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), the private consortium building the LRT, for achieving ‘only 84 per cent of its target, meaning the project will be delayed.’

Number of Canadians on Diamond Princess testing positive for COVID-19 virus rises to 32

Fifteen Canadians on-board the ship had previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Are Ontario’s new blue licence plates hard to read at night? Province looks into complaints

Some have taken to Twitter raising concern they’re “virtually unreadable” in certain conditions. Last April the Ford government announced “A Place To Grow” as the slogan for the new plate designs.

Nine-year-old ‘hero’ swept into Lake Erie was trying to save friend, family says

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the family member, raising over $11,000 in under one day.

‘When justice fails block the rails’ — Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest weaves through Toronto

The protesters were acting in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who oppose a major pipeline project that crosses their traditional territory in northern British Columbia.

Toronto Sun

Feb. 18, 2020

Tim Dolighan

ASK AMY: Mother can’t look beyond boyfriend’s tattoos

Dear Amy: I’ve been seeing “Julian” for a little over two months. We are both in our late 20s. He is sweet, generous, owns a stable business, has multiple hobbies/passions, and is very honest with me about everything. All of my friends love him. However, I am scared for him to eventually meet my conservative, […]

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 18

NOT A BOLD FRONTIER The political, economic, and environmental costs of approving the Frontier Mine project will vastly outweigh the benefits. As the world’s carbon-based economy unwinds over the coming decades, we must steer our expertise and brightest talent toward the green economy of the future, instead of expending it on the technologies of the […]

GAME DAY: Maple Leafs at Penguins

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-21-8) at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-15-6) 7 p.m. Tuesday, PPG Paints Arena, Sportsnet, The Fan 590 BIG MATCHUP Auston Matthews vs. Sidney Crosby A potential matchup of Matthews, who wants to be the best player in the game, and Crosby, who has been at or near the top of that list for more […]

Blue Jays’ Biggio plans for an even bigger sophomore season

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Big sports fan that he is, Cavan Biggio is well aware of the concept of the sophomore slump, but the Blue Jays second baseman is having nothing of it. “Have you heard of the Madden Curse, too?,” Biggio said, referring to the popular NFL video game that has often brought trouble to […]