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Social justice found online voice in 2014: experts say

| Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Twitter, Facebook and other key social networks were peppered with loosely related hashtags throughout the year flagging complex, timely issues ranging from racial profiling to sexual assault to domestic violence.

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Social justice found online voice in 2014: experts say

| Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Twitter, Facebook and other key social networks were peppered with loosely related hashtags throughout the year flagging complex, timely issues ranging from racial profiling to sexual assault to domestic violence.

File photo of a RIM employee  holding a Blackberry. AP /dapd, Berthold Stadler.

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BlackBerry looks to autos, connected homes as avenues for growth in its recovery

| David Friend, The Canadian Press

With its finances slowly improving, plans are being made for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company to become a bigger player in the Internet of Things movement.

Health workers wearing protective gear wait to carry the body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 13, 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Abbas Dulleh

Health International Life

Canadian Forces medics heading to Sierra Leone for Ebola fight

| Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

Canada has been operating a mobile laboratory in Sierra Leone since June.

Signage marks the Statistics Canada offices in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Lower gas prices help slow inflation rate to 2.0%: StatsCan

| Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The federal agency found prices climbed in every major category of its consumer price index compared to a year earlier except for transportation.

A look back at Robin Williams’ acting career

Life Technology

#2014In5Words: Twitter hashtag trends worldwide as people recap year

| Diana Pereira

Thousands of people are using the hashtag #2014in5words on Twitter, so much that it's trending globally and in Toronto.

File photo of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and vocal soloists for Handel's "Messiah" at Roy Thomson Hall. SOURCE: Facebook/TSO

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5 things to do this weekend: Hallelujah time, winter solstice celebration

| Patricia D'Cunha

Events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. (5)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Lowell Glacier in Kluane National Park, Yukon, August 26, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Replica of HMS Erebus bell centrepiece of Franklin expedition exhibit

| The Canadian Press

The two ships of the Franklin expedition and their crews, 129 members in all, disappeared during the 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage.

Tourists riding in a classic American car drive by a billboard showing "The Cuban Five" that reads in Spanish "End the injustice. Freedom now." in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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U.S.-Cuba deal means end of golden era for Canadian tourists: experts

| Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Cuba is the third most popular destination for Canadians travelling abroad.

A nurse injects a patient with a flu shot on Oct. 26, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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Ontario public health officials warning of nasty flu season

| Kevin Misener and Toronto staff

The flu shot, when it's a good match, is usually about 60 per cent effective in preventing illness.

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Colour, flavour descriptors added to labels for ‘pure’ maple sugar products

| Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is also adopting a new system for classing pure maple syrup by colour.

Importance of paying off your credit card debt in full each month

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Household debt climbs to 162.6 per cent of disposable income: Statistics Canada

| Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press

That means Canadians owed about $1.63 for every dollar of disposable income, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

Canadian Tire flyer

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Canadian Tire draws fire over ‘sexist’ flyer

| Tammie Sutherland

Canadian Tire has yet to respond to an interview request from CityNews. Video (18)

Crosby latest NHLer diagnosed with mumps

Health Life Sports

INTERACTIVE: Map of mumps cases around the world

| Showwei Chu

The virus usually is found in children and its symptoms include facial swelling and fatigue.

How To Save For Your Child's Education

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‘Focused, consistent’ financial education program needed in schools: money guru

| Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

School systems in several provinces have in recent years added elements of financial literacy to the core classes taught through elementary and high school. (3)

A Lotto Max ticket is shown in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS

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Winning $1M lotto ticket from Milton expires next week

| Toronto staff

The ticket had the winning numbers for the Lotto Max Maxmillions draw on Dec. 20, 2013. (1)

Marian Cordeiro waits outside Honest Ed's to be first in line for the annual turkey giveaway on Dec. 13, 2014. CITYNEWS

Life

Line up begins for annual Honest Ed’s turkey giveaway

| Christine Chubb

This year it's expected that six tons of turkey will be given away. (1)

The National Ballet of Canada's presentation of the Nutcracker runs Dec. 13-Jan. 3. Photo source: national.ballet.ca

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5 things to do this weekend: City of Craft, The Nutcracker, and some un-Christmas joy

| Sarah-Joyce Battersby

Events happening in the city from Dec. 12-14, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes.

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Multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Big Tobacco now in judge’s hands

| Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press

Closing arguments for a lawsuit that targets three Canadian tobacco manufacturers for nearly $20 billion wrapped up Thursday in Montreal. (1)

Canadian-made Ebola vaccine to start clinical trials in healthy humans

Health International Life

Swiss trial of Canadian Ebola vaccine suspended over side-effects

| Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

Swiss scientists said they want a little time to assess the situation before they resume vaccinating subjects

One of two giant pandas eats bamboo in the new Toronto Zoo panda exhibit on May 16, 2013. CITYNEWS

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Breeding attempt with Toronto Zoo’s giant panda unsuccessful

| The Canadian Press

Er Shun, one of two pandas on loan to Canada from China, was artificially inseminated in April. Video