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Canadian actor Christopher Plummer dies at 91
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Canadian actor Christopher Plummer dies at 91

NEW YORK -- Christopher Plummer, the Oscar-winning acting legend whose storied career encompassed stage, television and film, and who was perhaps best-known for portraying Capt. Georg von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," has died. Plummer died "peacefully" at his home in Connecticut after suffering a fall two weeks ago, said his wife, Elaine Plummer. He was 91. The actor went through a particularly fertile creative period in his golden years, receiving his first Academy Award at the age 82 for his heart-warming supporting turn as a widower who embraces his homosexuality in "Beginners." The trophy made him the oldest-ever Oscar winner in an acting category. "You're only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?" Plummer said as he accepted the s...
Legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer dies at 91
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Legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer dies at 91

NEW YORK -- Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film "The Sound of Music" and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager. Over more than 50 years in the industry, Plummer enjoyed varied roles ranging from the film "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," to the voice of the villain in 2009's "Up" and as a canny lawyer in Broadway's "Inherit the Wind." In 2019 he starred as murdered mystery novelist in Rian Johnson's whodunnit "Knives Out" and in the TV suspense drama series "Departure." But it was opposite Julie Andrews as von Trapp in ...
Doorbell cameras are helpful for package theft, but come with privacy risks
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Doorbell cameras are helpful for package theft, but come with privacy risks

EDMONTON -- Thanks to a rise in package theft, doorbell cameras have gained popularity as online deliveries surge amid the pandemic. But experts warn the internet-connected cameras come with their own set of concerns. Like all smart devices, when used without enhanced security settings, the cameras are vulnerable to prying eyes. Those who know how to gain access to the cameras can easily intercept their live video streams and share them publicly. But it doesn’t take a hacker to intercept unprotected cameras – a lesson Calgary resident Bill Douros recently shed light on after discovering his own doorbell camera feed was being streamed on a website that features live security camera feeds from around the world. “About six weeks ago I had a package stolen from my front...
Top police chief urges Canada to decriminalize hard-drug possession
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Top police chief urges Canada to decriminalize hard-drug possession

TORONTO -- The scourge of overdose deaths underscores the need for Canada to decriminalize simple possession of hard drugs, the head of the national chiefs of police association said on Thursday. In urging action, Bryan Larkin noted that overdose deaths are outpacing those from the COVID-19 pandemic and homicides in British Columbia and likely Ontario. "Over the last six years, 18,000 Canadians have lost their lives to drug addiction," Larkin said. "If 18,000 people lost their lives in traffic collisions, our country and our communities would not accept that. There would be outcry." Larkin, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, made his comments at a virtual forum called "Policing 2021." The issue of decriminalization -- as was the case with can...
Here’s what medical experts say about the importance of kids returning to school
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Here’s what medical experts say about the importance of kids returning to school

OTTAWA -- Parents, medical experts and provincial governments are weighing the risks of sending kids to school during a pandemic against the potential mental health issues of keeping them at home. While it’s understandably a difficult dilemma, some medical experts believe keeping children at home should only be used in dire circumstances. A new report from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto suggests the suspension of in-person learning should be “a last resort for pandemic control” due to the impact a prolonged closure has on children. The experts, many of whom advise the Ontario government on return-to-school protocol, said virtual classrooms should be “as time-limited as possible” given how much they can harm the learning of some children. “It is our stro...
Canadians leaving big cities at record numbers: Statistics Canada
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Canadians leaving big cities at record numbers: Statistics Canada

TORONTO -- Canada's biggest cities are experiencing a record-breaking loss of people as urbanites move to smaller bedroom communities in search of affordable homes. According to a new Statistics Canada report, Montreal and Toronto both saw a record loss of people from July 2019 to July 2020 as urban-dwellers moved to the suburbs, smaller towns and rural areas.  Toronto lost 50,375 people over those 12 months while nearby Oshawa, Ont. saw its population grow by 2.1 per cent — the fastest population growth in the country. Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo in Ontario and Halifax were tied for the second-fastest growth, at 2 per cent.  Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter said this shift is great news for his city.  "It really introduces us to greater opportunities: new families, new ...