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Pageant expels sex-change finalist

Beach shots depict her as a curvaceous beauty queen. But 23-year-old Jenna Talackova was born male and that has led organisers to disqualify her as a finalist in the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant.

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Raising cost of drink shown to cut abuse and illness

20-year study reveals significant social benefits follow a 10 per cent rise in the price of alcohol

Mounties stage a horseback parade through downtown Vancouver

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Canada's police force has been rocked by a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against male officers

Occupy protesters block US ports

More than 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters have blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast's busiest ports, forcing terminals in Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon, and Washington state to halt operations.

Glaciers in retreat around the world

Millions of people who rely on water from the glaciers of a mountain range in Peru are experiencing what scientists have called "peak water" - the point at which the runoff from the glaciers becomes progressively weaker even though the ice continues to melt.

Ski British Columbia prize draw terms and conditions

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Shale gas set to supply half of America's gas needs within 10 years

Shale gas is energy's "game-changer".

Mounties get their man (and wife) as 'lost' honeymoon couple are found

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