Canadian Press –
Dec. 27, 2018 / 10:49 in the morning | Story:
Internal investigations show that oppression by senior management at marijuana producers based in Winnipeg contributed to illegal weeds sent to stores.
Health Canada issued a withdrawal of two types of Bonify cannabis products sold in three stores in Saskatchewan earlier this month.
Manitoba regulators then confiscated all Bonify marijuana sent to licensed retail stores.
CEO of RavenQuest Technologies George Robinson, who conducted an internal investigation into Bonify, said frontline workers were paying attention to differences with the product quickly but were bothered to remain silent.
Three senior executives and a board member were fired but Robinson said the pot manufacturer would retain his Health Canada license.
On Christmas Eve, the company faces a round of recall – this time because of problems with recording or labeling.
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Dec. 27 2018 / 10:41 in the morning | Story:
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"We took a growth rate of one percent below the Conservatives and turned it into a growth rate of three percent. We created 700,000 new jobs over the past three years, and now we have the lowest unemployment rate recorded in history. In Canada." – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided the end of 2018 was the right time to look back on economic and employment benefits since he took office. "We take" low growth and send it higher, he said. "We created 700,000 new jobs," he added.
All that raises the question: can the prime minister – and his government policies, by extension – take credit for all the economic benefits that the country has felt since the end of 2015?
The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is an impartial examination of political statements culminating in the level of accuracy on the scale of "no nonsense" to "full of nonsense". This one ranks "some bullshit." This is the reason.
The Canadian economy grew at a one percent rate in 2015 – down from around 2.9 percent in 2014 – when Trudeau Liberals replaced the Conservative Harper in the fall.
The first Liberal budget in 2016 estimated that the economic impact of their spending would mean an increase in Canada's gross domestic product by 1.5 percent between 2016 and 2018, and create or maintain 143,000 jobs.
In 2016, the economy grew 1.4 percent. The economy is hot and is growing at three percent in 2017, and is expected to end in 2018 with further growth of around two percent.
Analysis of Statistics Canada's employment data shows that around 792,000 jobs have been made in Canada since the Liberals came to power. Nearly 690,000 jobs were full-time jobs, and the remaining 102,000 were part-time jobs.
The unemployment rate fell from 7 percent when Liberals took office to 5.6 percent, the lowest value since comparable data was first available in 1976. The country recorded an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in 1974 under the previous statistical approach.
Former parliamentary budget official Kevin Page said there were cases that had to be made that higher government spending on infrastructure and Canada Child Benefit had encouraged economic growth – naturally. Liberals have increased federal spending as a percentage of the economy, and a $ 34.3 billion increase amounts to around 0.6 percent of gross domestic product, he said.
Iglika Ivanova, a senior economist with B.C. Canada's Center branch for Alternative Policy, said some public expenditures, such as child care to allow parents to enter the workforce, have a wider effect than others, such as taxation.
"When the government spends money, it doesn't go into a black hole. It becomes someone's income and then this person spends it," he said. "It might be exaggerating to say the government is responsible for all economic growth, because obviously other things also happen, but they clearly play a role."
The president of the Fraser Institute Niels Veldhuis said federal infrastructure spending may have had an impact on the economy, but many of it may not have the same economic ripple effect as investments generated by building or improving trade infrastructure.
Philip Cross, a senior researcher at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, said that child support tested for income might have a greater economic effect than infrastructure spending. He said it was unclear how much of the billions of payments were spent, which would help the economy, and how much was saved, which economists called "leakage."
The Canadian economy has also benefited from a strong global economy over the past two years, Cross said, warning there are signs that the world – and Canada – is headed for a slowdown.
"Things happen in the business sector, especially with the integrated global economy, which the government does not control as before," Cross said.
It's true Canada has seen an increase in the economy and jobs since 2015, but experts say no government can take full credit for all good economic news. If that happens, then the economic downturn must also be the government's fault, they said.
Trudeau's comments, therefore, have "some nonsense" – the facts are accurate, but taking credit for everything is a step too far on the baloney road.
"On the political side, we got a lot of rounds and it was not Liberal or Conservative or NDP," Veldhuis said. "They will see things and, in part, are rather inclined to them for themselves and I think you have seen them here with quotes from the prime minister."
Canadian Press –
Dec. 27, 2018 / 10:40 in the morning | Story:
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Edmonton police said a suspect they shot dead after he refused to get out of the vehicle.
Police said in a news release that officers followed the truck late Wednesday because there was a man inside who had an extraordinary warrant, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.
The release said police stopped the vehicle and two passengers came out without incident.
But police said the man with the warrant was "disobedient and remained in the vehicle," and that "an incident occurred" between the suspect and the 34-year-old officer.
Police said the officers shot him, and he was declared dead at the hospital.
No one else was hurt.
The Alberta police supervisor said he was investigating.
Canadian Press –
Dec. 27, 2018 / 9:30 a.m. | Story:
Chrystie Fitchner knew he made a stupid mistake, a one-minute mistake.
And he felt he was paid enough for that for the past eight years.
This former Winnipeg secondary school teacher made headlines around the world for participating in a mock lap dance with a teacher friend during a 2010 school rally. Mobile videos from dances installed online scored millions of hits and served as food for talk shows and tabloids, including Howard Stern and TMZ.
Fitchner lost his job, then his apartment and finally stayed outside his car and slept on a friend's couch. He was repeatedly humiliated by strangers and was told he had to commit suicide.
"I definitely want to commit suicide several times," Fitchner told The Canadian Press. "I just want to be able to escape everything that happened.
"I feel like someone is thinking, & # 39; Oh, he will only take and continue and get a new job. & # 39; That doesn't happen. I lost everything. I really did it."
In his first media interview, the 41-year-old said he had lived outside Canada for several years and built a beautiful new life as the wife and mother of a firefighter from two young girls. He gets an occasional job as a substitute teacher, even though he uses her husband's last name at work.
He was afraid that the lap dance seen throughout the world would continue to hurt his life.
He might not get a full-time teaching job again, he said. And, even though he wanted it, he might never return to Manitoba.
The daughter of a nurse and an NHL player became a teacher, Fitchner said that she came from a good family with good values. He worked as a teacher in various Winnipeg schools for seven years – the last two years at Churchill Middle School in that city, where he taught sports and health and trained a women's volleyball team.
During the February 2010 rally, he was paired with teacher Adeil Ahmed, who recently joined the school on a short-term contract. The couple, who wore soccer uniforms, will compete with other costumed teachers at the dance at the school gym.
They haven't prepared a routine, said Fitchner, and he wants to dance in front of staff and students. He said it was Ahmed who suggested he sit in a chair while he danced around him.
What happened next was a disaster. Ahmed straddles and grinds Fitchner, then simulates doing oral sex on him. The students cheered and laughed. Fitchner said he was stuck at the time and began to play a role, moving to music in a chair and pushing Ahmed with his hand.
When the dance ended, Fitchner shook his head and trembled in fear.
"That's when I realized this wasn't good. I was very embarrassed. And then my colleague stood up, with his hands raised, as if this was the noblest moment to be proud of."
There is anger from parents and society. The two teachers were suspended. Fitchner said he was forced to resign. Ahmed's contract is not renewed.
He received most publicity. His name was published and his face was everywhere. His vacation photos in a bikini swiped from Facebook became the front page of a newspaper. That's next to a photo of a Canadian women's hockey team winning gold at the Vancouver Olympics.
Ahmed's name later became news but Fitchner was convinced the criticism and harassment was targeting him.
"The way I am treated as a woman in this case … there is so much inequality and so embarrassment," he said.
"I feel like I've been dancing alone or like a pole dance or something."
Canadian press can't find Ahmed. Fitchner said he had last heard him teach in Ontario but he hadn't talked to him since their last day at Churchill's school.
For all reactions, said Fitchner, he also received support from several teachers and students who felt the punishment was too heavy. Their words help when he has depression and anxiety for months and years.
He finally got a substitute teaching job in a small community outside Winnipeg, but was told that he would never work full time as a teacher again. He said he could not find full-time employment in any profession in the province.
"That incident scared me."
His family has brought him happiness, said Fitchner, but he lost the professional part of his life. He still has anger and hatred. He hopes that will change someday.
"I'm just a good person who makes mistakes."
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Dec. 27, 2018 / 6:45 a.m. | Story:
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Icefields on the Saint Elias mountainous icefield are in Northern B.C.
Climate change drives glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history, threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists said.
David Hik, a professor of ecology at Simon Fraser University, said the region was one of the hot spots for warming and the magnitude of changes in the glacier was very dramatic.
"Maybe 80 percent of mountain glaciers in Alberta and BC will disappear in the next 50 years," he said.
The Peyto Glacier in the Rocky Mountains and parts of Banff National Park has lost around 70 percent of its mass in the past 50 years, said Hik.
"It's a small glacier but it's typical of what we see," he said.
Zac Robinson, a professor at the University of Alberta, said that when the climate warms, the fragmentation of several large ice sheets in the Rockies will continue.
Glaciers form when snow accumulates in winter but does not completely melt the following summer.
When the Earth warms at a faster speed than that, the combination of less snow and rapid melting causes the glaciers to shrink in length and volume, Robinson said.
The first "Mountain Country" report, co-authored by Hik and Robinson and published in May by Alpine Clubs in Canada, said that outside the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, Canada has more glacier cover than other countries. Of the estimated 200,000 square kilometers of Canadian glaciers, a quarter are found in the West and the rest are in the Canadian Arctic Islands.
Robinson said mountain glaciers, given their sensitivity to warming, showed early signs of the most dramatic ice loss, and the St. Mountains. Elias in Yukon lost ice with the fastest speed.
"The Yukon glacier in the St. Elias range has lost about a quarter of the ice sheet since the 1950s," he said.
Scientists study glaciers using a number of methods, including analyzing old photographs and remote sensing.
Hik said the rate of disbursement varied in various places in Western Canada.
"We don't have detailed measurements everywhere, but where we have measurements, the rates can be 25 to 70 percent (melt) in the past six to seven decades."
Melting rates are similar to those seen in the European Alps and the Andes Mountains, he said.
Canadian Press –
Dec. 27, 2018 / 6:43 in the morning | Story:
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When Beckie Scott left his cross-country competitive skiing career in 2006, the Olympic gold medalist didn't see the path he would take next.
A dozen years later, Scott has become a leading international voice to eradicate doping in sports and lead a charity that runs programs for Indigenous youth to use sports and play to improve social and economic outcomes.
For the work, Scott is one of the 103 most recent appointments for the Canadian Order, the foundation of Canada's honor system whose rank is now close to 7,000 members.
"I finally pondered a little about this and dedicated it to my father, who is an immigrant himself, but truly one of the more proud Canadians I can think of," Scott said.
"He will be very touched and emotional knowing that I have this."
Scott made a name for himself in 2002 when he won Olympic gold in Salt Lake City. When he retired from the competition after winning a silver medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics, he did not leave with any political ambitions.
"Once I was trapped in the arena, I realized the importance of people in the world and … the value of people who can advocate on behalf of clean sports," he said.
"I stayed and tried my best for years to become an advocate because I really care about that."
The new list of appointments launched this morning by Rideau Hall includes former politicians, such as the one-time New Brunswick prime minister Camille Henri Thériault and Frank Lewis, who served as lieutenant-governor P.E.I.
There are researchers like Geoffrey Hinton, world experts in artificial intelligence; reporters like Lyse Doucet from BBC; and pioneers in sports such as Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, twin brothers consisting of Canadian mountain ski teams at the 1948 Olympics.
Greg Zeschuk and his friend Ray Muzyka took a winding road to the Canadian Order. It began in medical school in the 1980s when both became friends, and grew when they combined their shared interests in software development to create the Edmonton-based BioWare company in 1995.
Finally, both of them gave up family medicine to play games, and after 17 years, BioWare grew to become a leader in role playing games and won industry awards for both men, known as "The Doctors."
Zeschuk now runs a factory and restaurant in Edmonton that focuses on holding charity events. Muzyka heads the ThresholdImpact, a company she founded to help mentor socially conscious entrepreneurs in the hope of developing their business.
The two men said they had no plans to be complacent considering the new honor.
"I found it in a kind of motivation in that … now, I have to do more," Zeschuk said.
Muzyka joked in a recent interview that she was still not sure what she would do when she was an adult.
"I hope I keep thinking about something interesting to do. I like learning, I like helping people – that's a common theme," he said.
Canadian Press –
Dec. 27, 2018 / 6:40 in the morning | Story:
The provincial and federal governments have changed First Nations in Ontario for more than a century, a high court judge ruled last week when he ordered a yearly and stagnant payment to be raised.
The court found that the Crown had "mandatory and observable obligations" to increase annuities under the Robinson-Huron Agreement, which was signed in 1850.
Judge Patricia Hennessy wrote that it was Crown's obligation to fulfill the promise of an agreement to increase payments over time.
"The covenant is not intended as the last word in the relationship," he wrote. "Relationship renewal is needed to ensure that both parties can continue to develop in a changing environment."
Hennessy did not say how much payment should be, noting that there might be further steps and considerations in implementing the decision.
A delegation from 21 First Nations argued in the 2014 lawsuit that it was unfair that the annual payment of $ 4 for each member had not been raised, even though some members had lived in poverty.
Hennessy's decision states that the increase did not occur since 1875, even though the agreement promised to "increase collective annuities when economic conditions require it."
There are around 30,000 beneficiaries of the Robinson-Huron Agreement in 21 communities.
The heads of the affected areas in northern Ontario said the Anishinabek people agreed under the agreement to share their land and resources with newcomers. In return, Crown will pay annuities that should increase when the region generates income from forestry, mining and other resource development.
A spokesman for the Ontario government said it was in the process of reviewing the court's decision and refused to say anything else. The federal government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
NDP Legislator Sol Mamakwa, critic of the Opposition Indigenous Peoples relationship, said the decision was a step forward towards reconciliation and he hoped for a "significant increase" for annuities.
"Indigenous people are always treated as second class citizens in this country," Mamakwa said. "When we think of resources from the land, that is our cultural livelihood, that is the livelihood of our people – and I don't think there is a definite number for that, but I think that is important to us."
Mamakwa said the increase in annuities would increase access to resources along with programs and services offered in the community.
Batchewana chief Dean Sayers said the decision was "big" and leaders would comment further on Thursday.
Hennessy said in his decision that the agreement was unclear, and could be interpreted in various ways, but payment of $ 4 per person "indicates that the Agreement is a one-time transaction.
"As indicated by historical and cultural contexts, this does not happen; those parties and continue to be in a sustainable relationship," he wrote.
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Dec. 26, 2018 / 3:38 noon | Story:
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The idea of Winnipeg's doghouse to prevent the animals from being lonely on Christmas day was so popular that people marched out the door.
On a regular holiday, staff at Winnipeg Animal Services clean the cage and bring the dogs out to the yard, but most animals spend the day alone.
So a few weeks ago, the workers posted an event on Facebook that invited people to stop by on Christmas afternoons to gather together
The department's Leland Gordon said they hoped some people would come – not hundreds.
Those who leave must play with the dogs in the two-yard facility and visit them in the cage.
Gordon said some visitors said they planned to return to adopt a dog when the facility opens during regular hours on Thursday.
"When we made a Facebook event, we thought … & # 39; Who wants to come on vacation to play with our dogs? & # 39; So we were fascinated," Gordon said.
Many visitors bring donations to animals based on wish lists, while others bring gifts to volunteers and staff.
In the end, there are more visitors than dogs.
Gordon said most unlicensed stray dogs were picked up in the streets of Winnipeg.
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Dec. 26, 2018/10:55 AM | Story:
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The Nature Conservancy of Canada urges people to use their old Christmas tree in their backyard as a haven for birds and other creatures and allows them to rot to feed the land, rather than putting old trees on the roadside. In this November 2018 photo, the Christmas trees sit on a lot of land at the Silver Bells Tree Farm in Silverton, Ore., Before being loaded into a semi-truck heading to a Los Angeles tree attic. THE CANADIAN PRESS / AP Photo / Gillian Flaccus
Canada's Christmas tree farm produces more than three million pine trees, cypresses and cypresses every year – and most of them are left on the sidewalk as soon as Santa makes an annual visit.
Now, the Nature Conservancy of Canada recommends that people transport their trees to the backyard, to help nature and learn a little about ecology.
"There are better things we can do with our living Christmas tree when we are done with that," said Dan Kraus, a senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Most cities have programs to cut and compost old Christmas trees, but Kraus says residents have the opportunity to use their old trees.
"Put it in the backyard and you will find that backyard birds start using it immediately, especially if you have a bird feeder. The birds will land on the tree before they go to the feeder. Some of them may even stay in it at night days to get shelter, "he said.
"You can decorate your old tree for birds and squirrels by doing things like hanging suet, or peanuts."
He said that during the winter, many needles will fall, and in the spring the tree will be ready to be introduced to the ground.
Kraus recommends cutting branches in spring and placing them on the ground around the flowers.
"They will provide a little protection. They will help hold moisture in the soil, and then you can put tree trunks somewhere on the ground, even as a border for your garden area. It will start providing some immediate habitat for things like frogs or various insects during the summer in your garden, "he said.
Kraus said, the smaller you cut branches, and the more they touched the ground, the faster they will start to rot.
"You feed the land. Falling branches and smaller branches that have come in contact with the soil may break down a little. They may not even be there," he said.
He said it took several years for the trunk of the tree to decompose completely, but drilling holes in it would speed up the process.
"It will encourage insects to dig into the wood. It will provide habitat and make the tree trunk break faster," he said.
Kraus said, for those who don't have a place on their property to recycle trees, make sure the municipality makes compost.
He said many places were used to only lay trees in the landfill, which creates methane that is not good for climate change.
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Dec. 26, 2018 / 9:30 in the morning | Story:
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A Quebec man trapped in Cuba after being involved in a boating accident that killed fellow tourists in 2017 said he once again faced four years in prison after a second trial.
Toufik Benhamiche said in a statement that he was convicted in connection with the incident after the trial that took place on December 10.
The man from Mascouche, Que., Was initially convicted of criminal negligence that caused death, but the ruling was canceled by the Cuban supreme court earlier this year.
Benhamiche, 48, was driving a small boat as part of a tour in July 2017 on Cayo Coco when the car turned out of control and fatally crashed into a woman from Ontario.
His lawyer argued that the rental company violated Cuban safety standards, and that Benhamiche was given only a few instructions on how to operate the aircraft and was convinced that it was not dangerous.
His wife, Kahina Bensaadi, has repeatedly asked Canadian government officials to intervene and help bring her husband home.
Benhamiche said he would appeal the new verdict, which meant spending at least another year in Cuba.
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Dec. 25, 2018/19:08 night | Story:
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Bernadine and Toby Boulet, parents of the late Humboldt Broncos hockey player, Logan Boulet, posed at their home in Lethbridge, Alta.
A few hours after discovering the terrible sight of the Humboldt Broncos bus accident, Bernadine and Toby Boulet still hadn't seen their son Logan.
The couple from Lethbridge, Alta., Were around 15 minutes behind the junior hockey team bus on April 6 at that time and a semi truck collided in Saskatchewan countryside. They stopped and searched among the ruins, but they could not find it.
They later discovered that the 21-year-old defender had been taken to the nearest hospital in Nipawin before being rushed to Saskatoon.
"He is one of the most critically injured," his mother said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.
When Boulets traveled three hours to Saskatoon, they knew their son had a spinal cord injury and severe head injury. They remember being grateful that he was still alive when so many other people on the bus did not survive.
What happened next will change their lives forever and spur the national movement known as the Logan Boulet Effect.
When Boulets arrived at the hospital, they were taken to a small room in the intensive care unit to hear details of their son's injuries from doctors, social workers and a nurse.
Bad spinal cord injury – maybe paralysis from the waist down.
Brain injury is much worse.
"The prognosis is that he won't recover," his mother said, her voice breaking. "Their goal is to keep him comfortable until the time comes when he will die.
"I turned and looked (a doctor) and said, & # 39; What about donating organs? Is that a possibility? & # 39; They just look and say, & # 39; Is that something you want to do? & # 39; "
Her husband immediately spoke.
"Logan has directed me that he wants to give his organs," Toby Boulet said.
Less than a year before, he and Logan talked heart-to-heart while hanging out in the backyard one summer night. His friend and fitness coach, his son, Ric Suggit, died in June 2017 and donated his organs.
"He told me that he would sign his donor card to respect Ric," recalled his father. "I said, & # 39; That's amazing, but no one wants your organs when you are 80 years old. & # 39;"
They both laughed, but Logan explained to his father that he was serious.
Toby Boulet did not mention the conversation with his wife at the time – he would only hear about father-child talks at the hospital.
They both know what they have to do.
"Logan is healthy and he is healthy and young and he has organs that can be used by others and he will not need them anymore," said Bernadine Boulet.
Their decision was strengthened when one of their son's friends appeared at the hospital and said Logan had signed a donor card on his 21st birthday – just five weeks earlier.
Logan Boulet's brain stopped working before noon on April 7. He used a ventilator to help him breathe, but his heart continued to beat on its own.
"It never stops," said his father.
His organs were taken about 27 hours after he was hospitalized.
"That's the telephone number in hockey," Toby Boulet said. "There are all these little signs."
Six people in Canada benefited from their organs and the Logan Boulet Effect soon followed. Nearly 100,000 Canadians signed up to become organ donors after learning he had signed his own card.
Canadian Blood Services said there were 99,742 registrations in April alone – the number of which only included provinces with online registration: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island.
Other provinces report receiving many phone calls from people who want to register.
Other 2018 statistics will not be available until the new year, but Boulets has heard many stories about how their sons encouraged people to register as donors.
"We continue to receive messages every day," said Toby Boulet, who noted he spoke with a woman whose husband benefited from an organ donor. But he just registered after hearing his son's story.
"He triggers people of all ages, all walks of life."
Boulets has also heard from parents of other children who died about wanting to become donors after hearing the story of the hockey player.
They said they would continue to respect their son's inheritance by giving back to the community.
"It's rather entertaining, rather helpful," said Bernadine Boulet. "We ideally want to go back eight months and change everything but we can't.
"We have decided that one of our things that we will attract from all of these tragedies is that we will work with organizations to promote registration of organ donors."
An event called Green Shirt Day – similar to Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying or Orange Shirt Day for reconciliation – will be held on April 7, commemorating Boulet's death, to promote organ donation.
The Boulets family hopes to one day meet some people who benefit from their male organs, especially those who get their hearts.
"That's one thing I really want to know," his mother said.
CTV News reported, three people died after the Christmas accident on the Saskatchewan highway.
The RCMP believes a half-ton truck crossing the center and crashing directly into SUv carries a 51-year-old woman, 48-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. The tragedy took place on Highway 10, west of Melville.
An 18-year-old woman, from Balcarres, Sask., Driving an SUV was taken to a hospital with an undetermined injury.
A 26-year-old man from Yorkton, Sask., Drivers and passengers who were alone, were treated and released on the scene.
-with files from CTV News
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