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Family winter fishing fun this weekend

Ice-fishing enthusiasts everywhere are preparing for the busiest and most exciting weekend of the season. This weekend, Ontario residents will be out in full force enjoying the merits of Family Fishing Weekend – a province- wide initiative celebrating the sport of winter angling and without the otherwise mandatory fishing license.

Canada has named civil rights activist Viola Desmond to appear on the country's next bank notes, following moves in the U.S. and U.K. to correct a gender imbalance. (Getty Images)

Learning black history makes us better

Standing in front of an auditorium of mostly white faces, the president of the Ontario Black History Society asked a group of elementary students what they knew of Black History Month. A precocious girl in the first grade raised her hand.

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As info floods in, we must remain vigilant

Politics: is there no escape? Partisan, divisive commentary now dominates nearly every public space. Politico and C-SPAN has spilled into our recreational outlets, flooding comedy, the arts and social media, drawing a tripwire around family dinners and office water cooler.

Start acting like a citizen

Canada has reached a populism tipping point and Canadians can no longer count themselves immune from the upheavals underway around the world, the global Edelman Trust Barometer revealed this week. For the first time in the 17 years that Edelman has been measuring the public's trust in major institutions in 28 countries, Canadians have fallen into t

Acanac4 N.Korean leader cements control over army 4 Jack Kim, REUTERS Kim Jong-un North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves as he arrives to take pictures with officials, creators and employees of the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang in this April 19, 2012 file photo. (REUTERS/KCNA/Files)

North Korea's nukes won't tip global balance

"This guy, he's like a maniac, OK? He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him. Because he really does have missiles. And he really does have nukes."

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Pension experts hand Ontario Libs $1.5B gift

The Ontario Liberals have an extra $1.5 billion to spend between now and the next election and can still keep their promise to balance the provincial budget by 2018, thanks to a helpful ruling on how to handle surpluses in a couple of big provincial pension funds.

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins

Health care in Ontario among most expensive

After almost 14 years of Liberal government in Ontario -- first under Dalton McGuinty and now Kathleen Wynne -- Health Minister Eric Hoskins is worried the province's health care system may not be financially sustainable.

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Underground Railroad kept cleric busy

As the anti-slavery movement gained momentum in the United States and the flow of escaped slaves and free African Americans into Upper Canada increased, the need to deal with their needs in a more formal way grew.

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Consular services review worthwhile, overdue

If you've ever lost a passport abroad (I have), or been robbed (ditto), or suffered a medical emergency or been trapped in the midst of a coup or natural disaster, it's Canadian diplomats and their staff in Canadian consulates abroad who help you out. Since millions of Canadians travel outside this country each year, the consular job is crucial.

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Time to shake up the OMA

I'm not sure what was more of a shock -- the New England Patriots erasing a 25-point deficit and winning the Super Bowl or the announcement the following day that all six members of the Ontario Medical Association's executive committee were finally prepared to do the right thing and resign following a non-confidence vote at a special council meetin

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