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Commonwealth urged to sign 'no plastics' pledge

The Commonwealth is being urged to follow Britain's suit and pledge to ban some of the world's most common pollutants. The scale of ocean pollution is truly staggering, with more than five trillion pieces of plastic debris — and that can be a matter of life and death.
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Pipeline politics force government to consider a Plan B | At Issue

Pipeline politics, and the fight to get the TransMountain pipeline built, is forcing the federal government to consider a Plan B. CBC News sources are now saying the government is courting other companies to invest in the project. The At Issue panel is joined by CBC's Chris Hall who is at the Liberal National Convention, where the party is trying to set its agenda for the next election.
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Limits on liquor shopping between provinces still constitutional

Limits and restrictions on liquor shopping between provinces are still constitutional according to a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada — as long as the province has a good reason. The SCC ruled provinces have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of goods from another province, as long as the primary aim of the restriction is not to impede trade. Recommendations from the federal and provincial governments are expected this summer on how to improve trade of alcohol within Canada.
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Teens make history as first graduates from small community

Three teenagers have made history as the first graduates from a small community in the Northwest Territories. The students from Ulukhaktok, a hamlet with a population of 400, successfully obtained all their high school credits and will be going on to post-secondary education, thanks in large part to distance learning. CBC News takes a look at how the groundbreaking moment was made possible.
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Queen honours Canadian for making prosthetics for refugees

Queen Elizabeth honoured a young Canadian for her work in making prosthetics for refugees. Midia Shikh Hassan, a Syrian-Canadian, was given the Queen's Young Leader Award in London. She's worked to develop 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for refugees in camps. The prosthetics only cost $20 to produce, much less than previous alternatives.
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The National for April 19, 2018

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Service dogs won't get funding without a national standard

Service dogs in Canada won't get funding from the federal government without a national standard — and that's unlikely to happen anytime soon, after a group aiming to establish those guidelines was disbanded. Veterans Affairs is now taking over, but some people suffering with PTSD aren't optimistic.
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Facebook Canada executive gets grilled by parliamentary committee

It was Facebook Canada's head of public policy Kevin Chan's turn to get grilled by a parliamentary committee — and he didn't get a much warmer welcome in Ottawa, than Mark Zuckerberg did in Washington. MPs took Chan and other executives to task over the protection of Canadians' private information, suggesting Facebook needs regulation. For its part, Facebook says it is open to regulation and that it has improved its privacy policies.
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RCMP: No decision on criminal charges in bus crash yet

Saskatchewan RCMP say they haven't decided whether criminal charges should be laid in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash yet. Investigators continue to collect evidence — from the scene, the vehicles and witnesses.
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NASA's mock Mars mission training puts psychological limits to the test

Take a look inside a mock mission to Mars, where six volunteers have agreed to live in isolation for eight months — guinea pigs in an elaborate, NASA-funded psychology experiment. Then, Paul Hunter takes a closer look at how close we really are to life on the Red Planet.
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North Korea wants guarantee of security in return for 'complete denuclearization'

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.
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Warnings to Taipei and Washington: China takes real and verbal shots across Taiwan Strait

This week’s Chinese maneuvering over Taiwan's independence was as much a propaganda exercise as a military one, firing off the kind of verbal shots the Chinese leadership does more and more.

Beer not freed: Supreme Court upholds law in cross-border alcohol case

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously that provinces and territories have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of goods from each other, as long as the primary aim of the restriction isn't to impede trade.

Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults praised, but downplays emergency landing

The Southwest Airlines pilot being called a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.
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Wynne, Ford 'throwing punches at each other' as tone of Ontario election campaign turns nasty

The election campaign hasn't even started yet in Ontario, but already there are predictions that it will be one of the nastiest races for premier in the province's history.
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Two doctors lose licences, leaving 1,200 patients without physicians

A pair of married doctors from South Africa have left their patients in Chilliwack, B.C.. 'high and dry' without a physician. Doctors Sean and Rosemarie Cambridge both failed their Canadian qualifying exams multiple times over the past six years before B.C. cancelled their registration. The Cambridges were originally placed in Chilliwack because the town has a severe doctor shortage.
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The National for April 18, 2018

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Catholic bishops offer no clarity on residential school apology

Catholic bishops weren't able to offer any clarity on a potential apology for the church's role in Canada's residential schools. During a news conference, the bishops appeared to try and distance the church from its ties to the schools. Despite the setback, Indigenous leaders say they won't stop seeking an apology from the Vatican.
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Trump hot and cold on potential North Korea meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump appears both hot and cold on a potential meeting with North Korea, as he tempers expectations with the threat of action against Kim Jong-un if the meeting doesn't go Trump's way.
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Wynne likens Doug Ford to Donald Trump

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne likened her opponent PC Leader Doug Ford to U.S. President Donald Trump, as the two trade insults ahead of the province's June election. Earlier, Ford suggested Wynne should be in jail for mismanaging taxpayer dollars, prompting Wynne's response. It signals what's likely to be an ugly election campaign — one that technically hasn't even started yet.
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Maxime Bernier pulls controversial book to keep Conservative Party happy

MP Maximer Bernier has pulled his controversial forthcoming book after fellow members of the Conservative Party criticized a chapter claiming party leader Andrew Scheer won the leadership vote because of 'fake Conservatives.'
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Tammie Jo Shults: Hero who landed plane with blown engine

Tammie Jo Shults is being praised as a hero after she safely landed the Southwest Airlines plane with a blown engine. Shults is a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and was one of the first women to fly the F/A-18 Hornet.
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Investigation into why Southwest Airlines plane's engine exploded

An investigation into why a Southwest Airlines plane's engine exploded is underway, with the incident prompting Canadian carriers to step up inspections of their planes with similar engines.
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Southwest Airlines fined millions for maintenance issues since 2009

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

U.S. regulators to require inspections after Southwest aircraft engine explosion

U.S. airline regulators said late Wednesday that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
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