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CANADA: Passport application backlog now 'virtually eliminated,' minister says

CANADA: Passport application backlog now 'virtually eliminated,' minister says

To catch up on the backlog, Service Canada doubled the number of employees processing passports since March, and workers racked up thousands of hours of overtime
BEYOND LOCAL: Fish sounds could help scientists understand their ocean world

BEYOND LOCAL: Fish sounds could help scientists understand their ocean world

Learning about fish sounds will help scientists understand, preserve and restore habitat drowned by noise from ships and boats
CANADA: Bank of Canada interest rate hits 4.5%

CANADA: Bank of Canada interest rate hits 4.5%

The central bank also released its latest economic forecast and said it expects inflation to come down significantly this year
ONTARIO: Homeless, hopeless Orillia man seeks medically assisted death

ONTARIO: Homeless, hopeless Orillia man seeks medically assisted death

'I really think this would be the best decision for me. I've researched it. This is an informed decision,' said local man seeking MAID, not for terminal illness, but due to lack of hope
BEYOND LOCAL: Surge of discount airlines making Canada's pilot shortage worse

BEYOND LOCAL: Surge of discount airlines making Canada's pilot shortage worse

While each operates slightly differently, the basic premise of a low-cost airline is that travellers receive stripped-down service in exchange for low basic fares
BEYOND LOCAL: DNA and a decade of work identify Canadian soldier, 106 years after death

BEYOND LOCAL: DNA and a decade of work identify Canadian soldier, 106 years after death

The remains of Cpl. Percy Howarth, a soldier in the First World War, were discovered during a munitions clearing process in Vendin-le-Vieil, France, in 2011, but it would take 10 years of experts digging through his family tree to find a living relative before he could be identified
BEYOND LOCAL: Bail hearing for sisters who say they were wrongfully convicted

BEYOND LOCAL: Bail hearing for sisters who say they were wrongfully convicted

Odelia and Nerissa Quewezance were convicted in 1994 of second-degree murder in the death of 70-year-old farmer Anthony Joseph Dolff
BEYOND LOCAL: China records 1st population fall in decades

BEYOND LOCAL: China records 1st population fall in decades

China’s population has begun to decline 9-10 years earlier than Chinese officials predicted and the United Nation projected
BEYOND LOCAL: Tips for saving at the grocery store as inflation continues to soar

BEYOND LOCAL: Tips for saving at the grocery store as inflation continues to soar

Grocery prices were up 11 per cent in December compared with a year ago, Statistics Canada said this week
CANADA: Minnesota Lynx to play Chicago Sky in first-ever WNBA pre-season game in Toronto

CANADA: Minnesota Lynx to play Chicago Sky in first-ever WNBA pre-season game in Toronto

The Minnesota Lynx, whose roster features Canadians Bridget Carleton and Natalie Achonwa, will play the Chicago Sky at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena in a pre-season matchup on May 13