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Montreal massage parlours operating despite law

Montreal erotic parlours flourishing despite federal anti-prostitution law
Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - One year after the mayor promised to crack down on erotic massage parlours, Montreal still doesn't know what it's going to do with the hundreds of establishments operating right across the city.

City officials are still debating how to tackle the issue of erotic parlours, many of which are open 24/7 and illegally employ women who have sex with men in the massage rooms.

Kids, especially girls, lured to sciences

Canadian universities attracting kids, especially girls, to sciences
Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Groups of students huddle around desks at a university campus as the instructor gives out a quick overview of the job at hand: build a crane, create an electromagnet and pick up metal.

Work begins in earnest with some of the students building their contraptions with wheels "for better transportation" while others build them for strength.

Northerners debate uranium mine, caribou

Northerners debate uranium mine and caribou effects
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

BAKER LAKE, Nunavut - Huli Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

"I was about 11," she says. "I spent many an hour listening to (presentations), spending time at the hearings."

Now, at 37, she's about to relive her childhood as final hearings begin Monday before the Nunavut Impact Review Board on a second proposal to eventually build a mine on the tundra. As a spokeswoman for the anti-uranium group Makitagunarningit, her opinion on it hasn't changed.

Manitoba premier to learn fate in one week

Greg Selinger has juggled Manitoba NDP leadership campaign, job as premier
Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - If Greg Selinger is worried about possibly getting kicked out of the Manitoba premier's office next Sunday, he's showing no signs of it.

Selinger has appeared relaxed, affable and even chatty at public events, while fending off leadership challenges from once-trusted colleagues and adapting to the departure of most of his top advisers.

Medical marijuana industry shifts gears

Medical marijuana industry competes for scarce investment dollars
Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The free-for-all era of Canada's commercial medical marijuana industry is over as a new crop of growers try to woo scarce investment dollars in an increasingly competitive business, observers say.

Boris Ziger, CEO of Matica Enterprises Inc., said the short-lived days of unbridled growth ended soon after last year's change in federal regulations that shifted medical-marijuana production to commercial enterprises from patients growing their own pot.

One winning ticket for Lotto 6-49 jackpot

One winning ticket for Saturday night's $5-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - There is one winning ticket for the $5-million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 6-49 draw.

The ticket was purchased somewhere in Quebec.

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Crowdfunding nets $20,000 for woman in hijab dispute

Online campaign nets $20,000 for Quebec woman told to remove hijab in court
Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Support has been pouring in for a Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab, including a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $20,000 in its first day.

Rania El-Alloul expressed her gratitude Saturday for the campaign which was set up to raise money to help her buy a car after a judge refused to hear her case to retrieve her seized vehicle last Tuesday.

B.C. polygamous leader seeks to quash charge

B.C. polygamous leader Winston Blackmore asks court to quash criminal charge
Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A leader of a remote British Columbia religious commune is asking the province's Supreme Court to quash a polygamy charge against him.

Winston Blackmore filed a petition to the court on Friday arguing the charge must be tossed out, less than a month before he was to appear in court to decide on a judge or jury trial.

The petition argues the B.C. attorney general improperly appointed Peter Wilson, the special prosecutor who laid the charge against Blackmore and three other men.

Crowdfunding nets $20,000 for woman in hijab dispute

Online campaign nets $20,000 for Quebec woman told to remove hijab in court
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - A crowdfunding campaign in support of a Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab has raised more than $20,000 in its first day.

Two Vancouver residents launched the campaign on Friday to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car.

It's in response to a judge's refusal to hear her case against the Quebec automotive insurance board, which had seized her vehicle.

Cheers for freedom as event proceeds at mall

Organizer says many are pleased cheer event is going ahead despite terror threat
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - An organizer of a cheerleading championship at West Edmonton Mall says many parents have called to say it's important not to give in to fear.

Denise Fisher of the Alberta Cheerleading Association says a dozen teams have pulled out of the group's championships next weekend due to a threat made against the mall in an online video.

The video purportedly came from the Al-Shabab group and urges Muslims to attack malls including the Mall of America in Minneapolis and the West Edmonton Mall.

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