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Aquarium ditching whales, dolphins

VANCOUVER—Whales, dolphins, and porpoises no longer will be kept at Vancouver's aquarium—a move animal advocates say is a step toward the end of cetaceans in captivity.

The Vancouver Aquarium announced yesterday it is ending the display of cetaceans following a long and controversial battle with animal activists and the city's park board over the issue.

Fireball was a meteor

EDMONTON—A fireball that lit up the evening sky over parts of Alberta on Wednesday was a meteor.

Frank Florian, an astronomer at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton, said the meteor streaked across the northeast part of the province.

Corbet Kratko said he captured an image of the ribbon of fire with his dashboard camera as he was driving in the city.

Eels left in mall washroom

TORONTO—A bag of live eels isn't something you see expect to find in a public washroom, but that's what happened Sunday evening at a mall in east-end Toronto.

Scarborough Town Centre Mall marketing director Jai Lee said a customer reported seeing two eels in the washroom and security staff went in to collect the slithery fish.

Federal NDP leader gets engaged

TORONTO—Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely-guarded private life, letting Canadians know Tuesday night that he is engaged.

Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, at a private party Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto, where he served as a provincial legislator for six years.

Central bank hikes interest rate

OTTAWA—The economy's impressive run has prompted another interest-rate hike from the Bank of Canada—but looking ahead, it warned of the broadening negative impact of NAFTA's uncertain future.

The central bank pointed to unexpectedly solid economic numbers as key drivers behind its decision yesterday to hike the trend-setting rate to 1.25 percent, up from one percent.