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NDP lawmaker tables bill to decriminalize drug use as overdose deaths soar

NDP lawmaker tables bill to decriminalize drug use as overdose deaths soar

menuSign Inperson_outlineclose This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To orderpresentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distributionto colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire aboutpermissions/licensing, please go to: OTTAWA - An NDP lawmaker is tabling legislation to decriminalize drug use in Canada, seeking to treat it as a health issue amid a lethal opioid crisis.New Democrat health critic Don Daviesintroduced a private member’s bill Thursday that would scrap Criminal Code provisions on drug possession, expunge criminal records for the same offence and...

Apr 15
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Highway 1 washout near Big Sur expected to be fixed by summer

Highway 1 washout near Big Sur expected to be fixed by summer

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCaltrans is estimating it can reopen Highway 1 — and reconnect Southern California with Big Sur and points beyond — by early summer.The highway after a 150-foot section at Rat Creek was washed out by heavy rains that caused debris flow at the creek in Monterey County. In a release Thursday, Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin said, “We’re focused on restoring travel on this section by early summer.” The repair cost is estimated at $11.5 million, involving “the manipulation of tens of thousands of cubic yards of material.”Get The Wild...

Feb 25
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23 miles of Highway 1 near Big Sur are closed. Repairs will take months

23 miles of Highway 1 near Big Sur are closed. Repairs will take months

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCaltrans officials say landslide repairs will keep south of Big Sur closed for months, rewriting travel plans for anyone who had been hoping to make a coastal road trip from Southern California in early spring.Beyond that, “It is too early to establish a timeline,” Caltrans spokesman Kevin Drabinski said. Though Monterey County officials partially lifted a storm-related evacuation order in the area Monday afternoon, the debris flow in some places “is still active. … And we have rain coming as soon as tonight.”The biggest problem is a...

Feb 1
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Mammoth and Tahoe ski resorts reopen lodgings after rollback of state's COVID order

Mammoth and Tahoe ski resorts reopen lodgings after rollback of state's COVID order

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementMammoth and Lake Tahoe area ski resorts and mountain towns are reopening hotels and lodges to leisure visitors after California’s governor on Monday lifted statewide regional orders that had closed lodging to most travelers. The rollback coincides with fresh snow and good skiing and boarding conditions at Sierra resorts. and the Tahoe area had closed accommodations in early December after Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed regional stay-at-home orders that limited guests to essential travelers. Now that has changed as COVID-19 rules return to...

Jan 25
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Singh calls on government to counter hate groups, which have tripled since 2015

Singh calls on government to counter hate groups, which have tripled since 2015

Getting audio file ... Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Liberal government must do more to tackle the growing threat of hate groups. The past five years have seen a proliferation of neo-Nazi groups and online content from the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement, with experts saying the number of hate groups in Canada has tripled to 300 since 2015. Fatal attacks, including at a Toronto mosque in September and the Quebec City mosque...

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November 11, 2020
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Mammoth will open early as first snows accumulate in Sierra

Mammoth will open early as first snows accumulate in Sierra

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementMammoth Mountain will open on Friday — a day earlier than it had planned — on the strength of 12 inches of fresh snowfall that will allow five lifts to open earlier than usual.The season’s first big snowfall, last weekend, dusted California winter resorts with up to 18 inches of powder, with many slopes due to open in coming days and weeks.Mammoth spokesman Tim LeRoy said in a Tuesday release that the resort would open chairlifts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 11. He noted that individual lift tickets for the coming weekend are already sold out, but...

November 9, 2020
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Trudeau says pandemic 'really sucks,' and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

Trudeau says pandemic 'really sucks,' and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

OTTAWA --Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the global COVID-19 pandemic "really sucks," and could jeopardize large gatherings with friends and family over Christmas after a reined-in Thanksgiving.Acknowledging frustrations around partial lockdowns and scrapped Halloween plans in some parts of the country, Trudeau said Tuesday that Canadians need to gird themselves for a "tough winter ahead" amid the second wave of the virus."It's frustrating to have to explain to your kids in many parts of the country, like here in Ottawa, that we're not going to be trick-or-treating this weekend. And it's...

October 27, 2020
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Mt. Whitney closed for the season because of smoke, fires

Mt. Whitney closed for the season because of smoke, fires

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementIt’s been a tough year for hikers hoping to scale , the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Early in the season, the mountain was closed to hikers because of the pandemic. It reopened in early July and closed again at the beginning of September when national forests throughout California shut because of fires and poor air quality.The , which manages traffic on the 14,500-plus-foot peak and surrounding wilderness, recently announced that the area will be closed until Dec. 1 because of nearby fires and smoky air. Popular backcountry...

October 7, 2020
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