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Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Health Canada's focus-group testing of anti-marijuana ads found parents reacted most strongly to claims that smoking too many joints can lower IQ in young people. The IQ effect has been challenged by medical researchers, but the department launched a TV and internet campaign asserting the claim anyway.

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9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories

Nine Wildrose MLAs, including leader Danielle Smith, have crossed to Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative party.

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Barack Obama thanks Canada for hosting Cuba-U.S. meetings

U.S. President Barack Obama today thanked Canada for its role in helping the U.S. and Cuba begin their reconciliation.

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TSX closes up 352 points in strongest day this year

The Toronto stock market soared 352 points on Wednesday, its largest one-day jump this year, after the U.S. Federal Reserve calmed fears on interest rates.

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U.S. Fed says it can be 'patient' on rate hike

The U.S. Federal Reserve has left its key benchmark interest rate unchanged, but altered its language regarding a rate hike, saying it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

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Ontario poised for growth as Alberta slows, TD Bank predicts

TD Bank says in a quarterly report that it expects Ontario to lead Canada in economic growth next year as more resource-dependent provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan slow down.

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Pakistani Taliban attack: Why insurgents killed 132 schoolchildren in cold blood

The cold-blooded killing of 132 children at a military-run school in Peshawar was carried out by a weakened organization of 'psychopathic' militants, bent on exacting revenge against the Pakistani army, trying to prove they are still relevant.

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Cuba-U.S. détente: 10 questions

The U. S. and Cuba announced major changes to their relationship on Wednesday, the most significant changes since diplomatic ties broke off in 1961. The new agreement affects travel, commerce and government relations, and has been in the works for more than a year. Here's what you need to know.

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Philae lander faces deep freeze in deep space

Scientists are expressing confidence that the Philae lander will wake up once the comet it is riding gets closer to the sun in early 2015.

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BlackBerry Classic returns to fundamentals

BlackBerry's newest phone, the Classic, was released globally today. Here are four things you can expect from the new smartphone.

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Drone threat concerns U.S. pilots as FAA weighs rules

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking too long to figure out how to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, into American airspace, critics say. But some commercial airline pilots, worried about safety, are urging the FAA to proceed cautiously.

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Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Health Canada's focus-group testing of anti-marijuana ads found parents reacted most strongly to claims that smoking too many joints can lower IQ in young people. The IQ effect has been challenged by medical researchers, but the department launched a TV and internet campaign asserting the claim anyway.

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Steps on mental health help for youth surveyed by StatsCan

More than one in 10 young Canadians say they consulted professionals for mental health problems in 2012 and about a quarter sought informal support, Statistics Canada says.

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Frozen, other on-screen deaths in animated films may upset young children

Children’s animated films such as Frozen and Finding Nemo are rife with murder, says an Ottawa researcher whose own young kids begged him to stop a video about cute cartoon dinosaurs.

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Sony cancels theatrical release of The Interview

Sony Pictures has cancelled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of The Interview, saying it made the decision after most exhibitors slated to screen the film decided not to in the wake of threats to attack theatres. The studio has "no further plans for the film," a studio spokeswoman told Reuters.

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Frozen, other on-screen deaths in animated films may upset young children

Children’s animated films such as Frozen and Finding Nemo are rife with murder, says an Ottawa researcher whose own young kids begged him to stop a video about cute cartoon dinosaurs.

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Vinyl Cafe cuts lines from Dave Cooks the Turkey in response to animal abuse concerns

CBC Radio's The Vinyl Cafe has removed a line from the annual airing of its story Dave Cooks the Turkey, after an online campaign says it normalizes animal abuse.

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NHL: 3 stories from Wednesday night

While the Ottawa Senators looked for safe haven in New Jersey, the Vancouver Canucks tried to unlock the key to success at home. The Boston Bruins, meanwhile, tried to shake off a recent run of 3-2 losses. Here are three stories from Wednesday night.

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Masai Ujiri or Gilmore Junio: Who's most influential?

We're down to the final two contenders in our poll to choose the most influential person in Canadian sports for 2014. Masai Ujiri, general manager of the Toronto Raptors takes on speed skater Gilmore Junio. Vote for your pick.

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Drake announces Raptors starting lineup with style

Canadian rapper Drake announced the Raptors starting lineup in the team's first game against the Brooklyn Nets since last season's playoff loss. He killed it.

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