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Whistleblower film wins prize

TORONTO — A film about a “trainer turned whistleblower” at Ontario’s Marineland aquatic park has won the top audience prize at Hot Docs, which was held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian festival says “The Walrus and the Whistleblower” won the Hot Docs Audience Award for a feature film, which is awarded based on audience votes.

Good fences make good neighbours of humans, wildlife

Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but they can be expensive, and difficult or time-consuming to install.

There are other wildlife deterrents, but they might not work as well, so be prepared to share. The wildlife returns can be valuable, too.

Burnout adds to RCMP problems: top officer

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The head of the RCMP in Nunavut says she’s trying to find ways to bring police and Inuit together.

But Chief Supt. Amanda Jones says officer burnout in small detachments with big social problems may be contributing to officer conduct that has sparked outrage in Nunavut.

“A member is always accountable,” she said Monday in an interview.

Ontario makes it easier for bars, restaurants to create or expand outdoor patios

TORONTO — Ontario is getting ready for patio season by removing some regulations and restrictions on bars and restaurants.

Measures announced today will let licensed establishments set up a new patio or expand an existing patio without the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario requiring an application or fee.