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P.E.I. eel fishermen want 2-week delay to season until water cools

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:48

P.E.I. eel fishermen say they need a later start to the season to avoid finding dead eels in their nets. 

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Man knocked unconscious by punch in road rage incident

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:45
A man from Gatineau, Que., was knocked unconscious and suffered a "serious head injury" during a road rage incident on Sunday, police say. The driver who punched the man fled the scene but police said Monday that they were able to identify him and planned to meet with him.
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Wrongfully convicted B.C. man seeks damages after 27 years behind bars

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:43

The wrongful conviction of a British Columbia man who spent nearly three decades behind bars hinged on a flawed police investigation and Crown prosecutors who were willing to go to extremes to prove they'd found their man, a court has heard. Ivan Henry's lawyer John Laxton was in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday to argue that his client deserves compensation after he was mistakenly convicted in 1983 of 10 counts of sexual assault and spent 27 years in prison. "It has been suggested that Henry simply fell through the cracks of an imperfect system.

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Lost California hiker survived 9 days with broken leg, crawled to mountain stream for water

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:43

A 62-year-old hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada with a broken leg endured freezing nighttime temperatures and crawled two days for water before getting the attention of rescuers with a whistle she carried for moments of crisis, authorities said Monday. Miyuki Harwood slipped and fell about six feet after she left her hiking group and headed back to camp alone because she was low on water. After two days on the ground, she decided to crawl 150 yards down a rocky, shrub-covered ravine to a spot where she heard running water, Fresno County sheriff's Deputy Jason Vinogradoff said.

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Cantley homebuyers surprised to find 3 squatters in new house

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:32
It happened in Cantley, Que., north of Ottawa, according to MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais in a media release issued Monday. On Saturday morning the new homeowners arrived to continue cleaning and found another vehicle parked in the driveway, as well as strange shoes at the front door.
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SkyGreece majority owner apologizes for grounding, stranding passengers

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:27
The majority owner of SkyGreece Airlines says he's sorry for the airline's grounding that has stranded about 1,000 passengers. SkyGreece cancelled all of its flights last week, saying it was due to technical issues and financial setbacks resulting from the Greek economic crisis, but didn't elaborate. The airline called the move a temporary situation and said its operations were expected to resume soon.
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Saskatchewan projecting $292M deficit; province blames wildfires, low oil prices

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:02
Saskatchewan is forecasting a $292-million deficit this year mainly due to low oil prices and the cost of fighting wildfires that forced thousands of people from their homes this summer. Finance Minister Kevin Doherty announced the red ink Monday in the province's first-quarter report for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The government projected a surplus of just under $107 million in its March budget.
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Kanye West for 2020? White House looks forward to rapper's campaign for presidential bid

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:27

Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president.

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Taxi union vows dispute will escalate without airport authority at table

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:17

The national head of the union representing Ottawa's disgruntled airport taxi drivers says the ongoing labour dispute will escalate if Ottawa's airport authority won't negotiate, as the authority continues to refuse to do. The airport taxi drivers have been locked out by their dispatcher, Coventry Connections, since Aug. 11 in a dispute over pick-up fees. Coventry has long held a contract with Ottawa's airport authority to be the sole taxi provider at the airport, and now the authority is charging Coventry a higher rate for the right to provide that service.

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French-language school board finds room for some bumped students

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:12
Montreal's French-language school board says it will be able to allow some but not all of the students who were bumped out of their regular schools when they returned to class last week back to their old school. The Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) says it has found space to allow about one-third of the 143 students who were bumped due to overcrowding to return to the schools they attended last year. "We're conscious of what parents are going through when a student has to change schools," said CSDM chairwoman Catherine Harel-Bourdon.
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Alberta faces $5.9B deficit; minister says that may grow if oil stays low

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:07

Alberta's finance minister says the province is on track for a record $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businesses. Ceci said the NDP government will continue to look for efficiencies, but will not engage in large-scale layoffs or deep cuts to erase the red ink. Opposition Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt calculated the hit to Alberta's treasury is actually $9 billion when $3 billion drained from the contingency fund and new borrowing for capital projects are added in.

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper spotted at Toronto Blue Jays practice

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:03

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper seems like the latest to jump on the ever-growing Toronto Blue Jays bandwagon. Harper was greeted at the Rogers Centre Monday by Blue Jays great, Roberto Alomar, before attending the team's practice. Alomar introduced Harper to his brother Sandy Alomar Jr., who is the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians, the team playing the Jays tonight.

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Oil jumps 8 percent, biggest three-day surge since 1990

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:57

By Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest three-day price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude oil prices have skyrocketed more than $10 a barrel in three days, erasing the month's declines as a series of relatively small-scale supply disruptions and output risks prompted bearish traders to take profits on short positions, which had been near a record a week ago.

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Stocks drop on Fed concerns; U.S. oil jumps 8.8 percent

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:54

By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock indexes fell on Monday as a Federal Reserve official's comments added to investor concerns the bank may start raising interest rates in September, while oil prices jumped more than 8 percent, extending their biggest price surge in 25 years. The S&P 500 registered its biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012 after being pummeled in the past two weeks on concerns about slowing growth in China. U.S. crude oil futures jumped 8.8 percent, helped by a downward revision of U.S. ...

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Apple partners with Cisco to boost enterprise business

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:05

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday teamed up with network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc to improve the performance of its iPad and iPhone devices on Cisco's corporate network. Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across mobile, cloud, and on premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx, the companies said in a statement. Apple is expanding its foothold in the enterprise arena at a time when iPad sales are shrinking.

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Fiat Chrysler offers $100 debit cards to owners of recalled U.S. vehicles

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:03

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering $100 prepaid debit cards to owners of recalled vehicles to help ensure cars and trucks with potential safety defects get repaired, the company said on Monday. The U.S. arm of the automaker is also offering $1,000 in special discounts or incentives to the owners of recalled vehicles, if they choose to trade them in and buy a new car or truck. FCA has had difficulty convincing some owners of its older-model recalled vehicles to bring them in for repairs, including Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles from model years 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Liberty SUVs from model years 2002 to 2007.

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Controversy could follow Quebec's sex education pilot project, set to debut soon

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:59
The delicate question about the right age to talk about sex is likely to be at the heart of the debate surrounding Quebec's new sex education pilot project, debuting in the coming weeks. The project is expected to last two years and will debut this fall with sex education classes in about 15 schools — French and English, public and private institutions — in all regions of the province. The Canadian Press has learned that the province invested some $860,000 into managing the project over the past five years.
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Canada's Alberta forecasts record budget deficit

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:57

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian crude-producing province of Alberta is forecasting a record budget deficit of C$5.9 billion this year, which could increase to C$6.5 billion, finance minister Joe Ceci said on Monday in an updated first quarter forecast. Alberta is home to Canada's oil sands and is the largest source of U.S. crude imports, and has struggled with a sharp drop in revenues as global oil prices tumbled over the last 12 months. (Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Federal assisted-death panel defends independence as group travels to Europe

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:52
The chair of an outside group established to report on the contentious issue of doctor-assisted death is defending his panel's independence as it embarks on a research tour in Europe. Harvey Max Chochinov, who also serves as the Canada research chair in palliative care at the University of Manitoba, says the federal government has selected panelists who intend to be objective. The court also gave Parliament one year to come up with a set of laws to govern assisted suicide.
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Police hope to ID man who attacked woman from behind

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:44
Ottawa police are hoping to identify a man they say hit a woman on the head from behind in Confederation Park earlier this month. It happened at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, police said in a media release issued Monday, four weeks later. A woman was walking along Mackenzie King Bridge and walked down the stairs to the park, where she was struck, police said.
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