Asian stock markets rose Thursday after Wall Street turned in its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook. RCMP backs down on COVID-19 beard policy after B.C. Mounties complain In the face of intense criticism, including from the prime minister and a Sikh advocacy group, the RCMP is backing down from a controversial policy that relegated front-line Mounties with heavy beards to desk duty and other non-critical roles. Crash closes downtown Windsor intersection Traffic was closed to a downtown intersection for part of the afternoon Thursday due to a collision. Manitoba government to join opioid class-action lawsuit The Manitoba government is expected to join a class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers in Canada.