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New home in Kamloops, B.C., ready for rare kermode

Rare white kermode bear will get new Kamloops, B.C., home this spring
Andrea Klassen, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A rare, white kermode bear will have a new home in Kamloops, B.C., waiting when he wakes up from hibernation this spring.

The rescued male bear named Clover was given to the B.C. Wildlife Park in 2012 after it became habituated to humans and several attempts to relocate him to the wild failed.

While a black bear would have been destroyed, the province opted to place the white bear the park.

Inflation rate slows to 2.0% in November

Lower gas prices help slow inflation rate to 2.0 per cent: Statistics Canada
Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A big drop in pump prices tapped the brakes on Canadian inflation last month, slowing the annual rate to two per cent as it offset rising costs of other goods.

Statistics Canada's November reading, released Friday, detected the slowdown amid the global slide in world oil prices.

The federal agency found prices climbed in every major category of its consumer price index compared to a year earlier except for transportation — in large part due to the sharp fall in gasoline prices.

Lower loonie boost Christmas tree profits

Lower loonie boosts revenue for Canadian Christmas tree exporters
Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The lower loonie will put more money in the pockets of Canadian Christmas tree exporters this year, just as the industry is preparing to ramp up production to meet an anticipated surge in demand from south of the border.

QuickList: November inflation by city

QuickList: November inflation rate for selected Canadian cities
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canada's national annual inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples (Previous month in brackets):

_ St. John's, N.L., 0.6 (1.8)

_ Charlottetown-Summerside, 0.1 (1.2)

_ Halifax, 1.5 (2.2)

_ Saint John, N.B., 1.0 (1.5)

_ Quebec, 1.6 (2.2)

_ Montreal, 1.8 (2.2)

_ Ottawa, 2.0 (2.4)

_ Toronto, 2.7 (3.0)

_ Thunder Bay, Ont., 1.9 (2.4)

QuickList: November inflation by province

QuickList: November inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canada's national inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):

_ Newfoundland and Labrador, 0.7 (1.8)

_ Prince Edward Island, 0.1 (1.2)

_ Nova Scotia, 1.5 (2.1)

_ New Brunswick, 1.1 (1.6)

_ Quebec, 1.6 (2.2)

_ Ontario, 2.4 (2.8)

_ Manitoba, 1.1 (1.3)

_ Saskatchewan, 2.1 (2.5)

_ Alberta, 2.0 (3.0)

_ British Columbia, 1.2 (1.1)

_ Whitehorse, Yukon, 0.7 (0.6)

_ Yellowknife, N.W.T., 1.9 (2.1)

Exact cause of fire at seniors' home unknown

Police say exact cause of fire at seniors' home likely won't ever be known
The Canadian Press

RIVIERE DU LOUP, - The exact cause of the fire at a Quebec seniors' home last January that killed 32 people will likely never be known, a coroner's inquest into the tragedy heard Thursday.

Provincial police fire experts unanimously concluded, however, that the blaze began in the kitchen.

"That cannot be disputed," said fire expert Carol de Champlain, who testified on the last day of the inquest.

Christian university, B.C. law society court bound

Dispute between Christian university, B.C. law society now court bound
Keven Drews, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A Christian university embroiled in a debate about religious freedoms and same-sex equality rights will challenge in court a Law Society of British Columbia decision not to accredit graduates from its proposed law school.

In contention is a community covenant at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., that prohibits sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.

The society accredited the proposed law school last April but reversed that decision in October.

Earlier this month, the government announced that it was also revoking its support.

New details for next wireless auction

Ottawa confirms next wireless auction will reserve 60 per cent for new carriers
James Keller, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The federal government confirmed Thursday that a forthcoming wireless auction will reserve more than half of the new spectrum for carriers other than the Big Three.

Industry Minister James Moore released the details for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum, or advanced wireless services, which is scheduled to begin March 3. The final technical document largely mirrored what the government had already foreshadowed during consultations.

Ottawa police say 101-year-old man robbed

Ottawa police say 101-year-old man neighbours ID as WW2 vet was tied up, robbed
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is expressing outrage that a Second World War veteran was robbed in his home on Thursday.

Fantino issued a statement saying he is deeply angry that someone would do such a thing to Ernest Cote, who he said was a D-Day veteran who landed on Juno Beach on June 6,1944.

Fantino travelled to France earlier this year with the 101-year-old veteran for D-Day anniversary ceremonies and says he is honoured to know him.

Majority still have holiday shopping to do

Majority of Canadians still have holiday shopping to do this weekend: poll
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A new poll suggests that most Canadians are procrastinators when it comes to holiday shopping.

According to CIBC (TSX:CM), 64 per cent of those recently surveyed said they had yet to finish shopping for holiday gifts this year.

The poll found people between 18 to 34 years of age were the most likely to have put off hitting the mall, with 71 per cent admitting they still have people to cross off their lists.

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