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

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.

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.

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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

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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


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.


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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

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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


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

A man walks past a building in Toronto that used to house the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday, August 18 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim


TSX in correction territory with 343-point slide

| Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press

A drop of 10 per cent or more from recent highs is considered a correction.

A frozen vial of human embryonic stem cells is shown at the University of Michigan Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 22, 2008. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Paul Sancya

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Stem cell breakthrough holds promise for treating blindness, Alzheimer’s

| The Canadian Press

A Toronto-led research team has discovered how stem cells are formulated from other specialized cells.

Time Magazine's Person of the Year cover for 2014. TWITTER/Time

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Ebola fighters named Time magazine 2014 ‘Person of the Year’

| Melissa Duggan and Toronto staff

Hundreds of health workers have also been infected in the recent Ebola outbreak.

CRTC To Review Hands-off Approach To Unregulated Internet, Cellphone Content

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Toronto woman said person posing as CRA agent tried to scam her

| Pam Seatle and Toronto Staff

Another scam is making the rounds with callers saying they`re the taxman and if you don`t pay up, you`re busted. (1)

File photo of a driver filling up the gas tank. GETTY IMAGES/Sean Gallup

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INTERACTIVE: View gas prices around the world

| Showwei Chu

Explore an interactive map and chart of gas prices by country.

File photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Denis Beaumont

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INFOGRAPHIC: Comparing gas prices to cost of basic grocery items

| Patricia D'Cunha

The data was collected and released by Statistics Canada, as part of its monthly Consumer Price Index.

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Canada only half way to 2020 emissions goal as oil and gas emissions rise

| Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

The 2014 Emissions Report says Canada would still fail to cut greenhouse gases 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020.