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B.C. company supporting retired police dogs takes off in its first year

A B.C.-based company that sells coffee, apparel and swag to support the healthy, happy retirement of police dogs has taken off in its first year of operations. Co-founders Jason Martens, Andrea Martens and Aaron Courtney say police departments, paramedics, fire departments and the public have rallied together to make…
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1 location in Kingston to offer free rapid COVID-19 tests Saturday – Kingston

On Wednesday, the province announced 50 locations across the province where free rapid COVID-19 antigen tests could be picked up. Despite the high rate of Omicron in the Kingston region, only one location is listed for the KFL&A region. On Saturday, between 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., free rapid…
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COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Hamilton kids 5 to 11 can be booked starting Tuesday – Hamilton

A segment of Hamilton’s population currently at the greatest risk of COVID-19 infections will soon have a chance to get their first shot of a vaccine to fight the affliction late this week. Pfizer shots for the city’s estimated 42,000 children are set to hit Hamilton public health’s VERTO…
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Funding needed for project to convert vacant Calgary office building into affordable housing – Calgary

The groups behind a project in downtown Calgary aimed at turning a vacant office building into affordable housing is asking people in the city for help. Sierra Place, located at 706 7 Ave. S.W., sat vacant for two years before HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold took over the…
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Balancing risk and reward: Pickering, Ont. gets cash injection from new casino

Revenue from the new casino in Pickering, Ont., has begun flowing into city coffers, as one expert warns it’s important not to lose sight of gambling’s costs. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) recently announced the first quarterly payment to the city for its share of the gaming…
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Edmonton election: Local businesses hope for change with new council – Edmonton

Morgan Kunitz is the co-owner of Kunitz Shoes in Edmonton. Her store has seen business improve after moving to the West End, but she wishes they could have been able to keep their store front downtown. “We operated a store in the downtown core for 18 years… It was…
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Trent University students can explore Peterborough (and win prizes) by playing bingo – Peterborough

Trent University students are being encouraged to play a round of bingo, but this game has a bit of a twist. Each square on the recently launched “Discover Peterborough” bingo card directs participants to a location on campus or in Peterborough’s downtown. “It’s an opportunity for Trent University students…
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‘Felt like playing home’: Iconic downtown Hamilton pub and music venue closing after 28 years – Hamilton

An iconic part of downtown Hamilton’s music scene is closing its doors after 28 years. Last week, the Cat’N’Fiddle pub at the corner of Augusta and John streets announced on social media that it would be permanently closing on Oct. 2. “We hope that we have provided a venue…
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Bike to work day returns in Winnipeg – Winnipeg

Bike Week Winnipeg says Bike to Work Day was back Monday. This was the organization’s first fall event since COVID-19 hit a year ago and it featured 14 pit stops including the annual all-day stop at The Forks. “Bike to Work Day has been a staple in our community…
Posted by: In: Business, Economy, Indigenous, Indigenous-owned business, Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Kihew Fabco, Melville, news, Reconciliation, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan News, steel fabrication enterprise, Truth and Reconciliation

Saskatchewan Indigenous-owned business aims towards reconciliation

A newly-launched Indigenous-owned business has officially opened its doors for a grand opening ceremony. Kihew Fabco is a steel fabrication enterprise that is owned half by Kahkewistahaw First Nation and band member, Desmond Dumais. Dumais said partnering with his home community means a lot to him as they want…