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Michael Ford (post until Oct. 31/19)

Social media sites are facing backlash after failing to contain the spread of a video of an attack on two New Zealand mosques. The shootings at the two Christchurch mosques left 49 people dead and injured dozens more. The man who allegedly carried out the shootings reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack on a Facebook livestream. Both YouTube owner Google and Twitter also say they're working to remove video of the shootings from their sites. Officials are criticizing the tech giants once again for reacting too slowly to harmful content. Legal analysts say sharing the video will only inspire more mass shootings in the future. (The Canadian Press)

The new leader of the federal NDP says his party would decriminalize all drugs, not just marijuana. Jagmeet Singh addressed delegates at the BC New Democrat convention in Victoria on Saturday.

Ontario has introduced legislation to regulate the sale of marijuana once the drug becomes legal in July 2018. The bill includes fines of up to $250,000 and up to two years in jail for individuals who illegally sell cannabis.

The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has hearings in Nova Scotia this week. The mother of Loretta Saunders, whose body was found in 2014, says her daughter’s memory gave her the courage to speak out.

Sears Canada’s former executive chairman says his plan to buy the struggling retailer was stymied by a process biased towards liquidation. Brandon Stranzl says he feels “deeply” for those losing jobs as the company moves towards closure.

Bernie Sanders says the Canadian health care system isn’t perfect, but in a speech in Toronto on Sunday the American senator and former presidential hopeful said the U.S. can look to Canada for ways to improve its system.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he'll donate any increase in the value of shares in his family business since he was elected to charity. NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen says donating money from profits is a sign of guilt.

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said Wednesday the choice to hold its benchmark interest rate steady at one per cent came from uncertainty over the impact that two prior rate hikes will have on Canada’s economy.

Hillary Clinton was asked about sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump at an event in Montreal Monday. Clinton says the women who have shared their stories are courageous. 

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