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Indigenous councillor refuses oath to Queen

TORONTO—The Ontario government said yesterday it was looking into rules requiring all municipal councillors to pledge allegiance to the Queen after an indigenous councillor-elect refused to do so on Monday.

The issue arose in Hearst, Ont., where Gaetan Baillargeon said he was forced to vacate the seat he recently won in a general election because he wouldn't take the oath.

Manitoba pot stores complying with rules

WINNIPEG—Manitoba's cannabis regulator says stores in the province are following the rules of legalized recreational marijuana.

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba said no retailers have been fined and only two cautions have been issued since sales were legalized in October.

One caution was for a broken lock on a storage unit, which was fixed.

Half of chinook salmon populations in decline

Half the country's chinook salmon populations are endangered and most of the rest are in decline, according to a science committee that monitors the health of wildlife populations.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reported yesterday that of Canada's 16 Chinook populations, eight are endangered, four are threatened, and one is considered of special concern.