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Jewish Music Festival brings international flavour to town

2 hours 51 min ago
This year's edition of the Montreal Jewish Music Festival is bringing more international flavour than ever before. Artistic director Jason Rosenblatt said he was able to program more international acts this year than in the festival's four previous years. From Cuban jazz, to Buenos Aires beats, I want to show that Jewish musical communities exist around the world,” Rosenblatt said.
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Member complaints prompt NB Law Society to review Trinity Western accreditation

2 hours 54 min ago
The Law Society of New Brunswick will hold a special meeting next month to review its decision to accredit a controversial law school proposed in British Columbia. The group voted in June to recognize future graduates of Trinity Western University — a private Christian school that requires all students to sign a covenant that bars same-sex relationships. Law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted against accrediting students from Trinity Western, prompting the school to file lawsuits in both provinces. In B.C., the provincial government is being sued over its decision to accredit the law school by a group of lawyers who argue Trinity's covenant violates equality rights.
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Montana state loses witness in Ronald Smith's attempt to fight death sentence

2 hours 59 min ago
The loss of a witness on behalf of the state of Montana could have an impact on Canadian Ronald Smith's attempt to avoid death by lethal injection. Lawyer Ron Waterman of the American Civil Liberties Union says it may be possible to get the court to consider issuing a ruling based on the evidence it already has. Mark Dershwitz, an anesthesiology professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has provided expert opinions about lethal injection for more than 20 states and the federal government. Since June they have not been able to find anybody who is willing to step forward," Waterman, lead lawyer for the civil liberties union, told The Canadian Press on Friday.
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Weekend beach warnings

3 hours 1 min ago
While it looks like it will be beach-going-weather this weekend, high E. coli counts has forced the Windsor-Essex Health Unit to close one beach this weekend.
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Lotus Chinese Food Takeout fined in summer camp food poisoning

3 hours 8 min ago

A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp. Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July 31 after several children and adults from the Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp reported feeling ill. Six children suffering from vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea were taken to hospital with suspected food poisoning.

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Harper's comments on missing and murdered aboriginal women 'outrageous': Wynne

3 hours 13 min ago

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wrong in saying that police investigations, not a national inquiry, are the best way to deal with crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday. "For Stephen Harper to say that there's not a systemic aspect to this, I think is just — I think it's outrageous quite frankly," she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. All the provinces and territories endorsed calls for a public inquiry when they gathered last year in Ontario for the annual Council of the Federation premiers' conference.

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5 things to do around Windsor this weekend

3 hours 14 min ago
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, look no further, CBC's Mike Evans has put together a list of events everyone can take part in.  1. Border City Wrestling Can Am Rising Champion Phil Atlas will be there even though he broke his ankle back in May. It's all healed up now, and he'll be putting his championship belt on the line.
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Yellen says shifts in job market since Great Recession make Fed rate decisions more difficult

4 hours 1 min ago

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. Yellen's remarks to an annual Fed conference offered no signal that she's altered her view that the economy still needs Fed support from ultra-low interest rates. The timing of a Fed rate increase remains unclear, though many economists foresee an increase by mid-2015. The Fed chair noted that while the unemployment rate has steadily declined, other gauges of the job market have been harder to evaluate and may reflect continued weakness.

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Jackson Hole demonstrators press Yellen not to raise rates; Fed chair's staff to seek meeting

4 hours 4 min ago

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. - Shadowing central bankers and economists at the Federal Reserve conference here, a group of about 10 demonstrators pressed Fed Chair Janet Yellen not to yield to pressure to raise interest rates.

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McDonald's replaces U.S. chief for the second time in two years

4 hours 7 min ago

McDonald's Corp is replacing its U.S. The company on Friday named former McDonald's executive Mike Andres as president of McDonald's USA, replacing Jeff Stratton, who had been in the job since December 2012. McDonald's said Stratton, 58, is retiring.

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Argentina slams U.S. judge as 'imperialist,' peso halts rout

4 hours 18 min ago

By Jorge A. Otaola and Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina on Friday accused the U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa blocked payments to holders of issued under U.S. Griesa ruled that measures proposed by Argentina's president late on Tuesday to make debt payments locally and push bondholders to bring their debt under Argentine law violated past court rulings. President Cristina Fernandez's measures, if enacted and executed, would potentially allow Argentina to skirt Griesa's court orders and thus resume interest payments on an estimated $29 billion in restructured bonds.

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FAA certifies Boeing 787-9 with GE engines: document

4 hours 19 min ago

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The FAA has certified Boeing Co's 787-9 Dreamliner for use with General Electric Co engines, clearing the way for first deliveries of the new aircraft with the U.S.-made engines expected later this month. The 787-9 is a larger version of the original Dreamliner and had already obtained FAA certification with Rolls-Royce engines. The first delivery of that configuration occurred in June. An FAA certification document dated Thursday showed both the Rolls and GE engines as approved on the 787-9. The FAA and Boeing did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...

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FBI, Homeland Security: No credible threats to the US homeland from Islamic State militants

5 hours 1 min ago
The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. An intelligence bulletin, issued to state and local law enforcement, says while there's no credible threat to the U.S.
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Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

5 hours 10 min ago

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. "People get exposed to a lot of dangerous materials that are used when electronic materials are being manufactured."

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Interpol seeks clues from 5 countries to help solve mystery over Thailand 'baby factory' case

5 hours 14 min ago

Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers. They have since identified Mitsutoki Shigeta as the father of those babies — and seven others. "What I can tell you so far is that I've never seen a case like this," said Thailand's Interpol director, police Maj. Gen. Apichart Suribunya.

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2 French teenagers the latest suspects in bid to join flow of European jihadis

5 hours 19 min ago
Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering travelling to other countries to join jihads. The action is one example of how France is taking judicial action against citizens suspected of seeking careers as foreign fighters, even if they have yet to leave French soil. Thousands of European citizens have made the trip to Syrian battlegrounds, but there is no unified plan of action in Europe. France is leading the way in Europe in the battle against this problem, and its sweep could get even wider with a planned law that would allow passports to be confiscated from those suspected of planning to fight in Syria or Iraq, and would create new measures to prosecute jihadi wannabes or returnees.
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ISIS 'betraying' Muslims, Calgary imam says before hunger strike

5 hours 20 min ago
A Calgary imam will start a 48-hour hunger strike Friday evening to protest the ISIS beheading of an American journalist in Iraq this week. Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Muslims Against Terrorism and the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, says he wants to draw attention to the actions of ISIS and that their violent activities show they are not Muslims. "I want to create awareness about the nature of their work — they are using Islam, they are quoting Qur'an, they look like Muslims, they pray like Muslims but they are not Muslim.They are deviant people and they are doing exactly everything which goes against Islam."
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Yves Bolduc, education minister, says schools have enough books

5 hours 25 min ago

The senior administrators of Montreal’s English-language school boards are surprised and saddened after Education Minister Yves Bolduc said libraries have enough books. Bolduc’s statement was made to Le Devoir in the context of budget cuts for the coming school year. There are books… books that were bought last year, two years ago, 20 years ago,” Bolduc told Le Devoir.

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LSE unveils $1.6 billion rights issue for Frank Russell deal

5 hours 27 min ago

By Pamela Barbaglia and Clare Hutchison LONDON (Reuters) - London Stock Exchange Group Plc is raising 938 million pounds ($1.6 billion) in its first rights issue of new stock to part fund the acquisition of U.S. Europe's oldest independent bourse unveiled plans to buy Frank Russell for $2.7 billion in June to move deeper into the U.S.

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Canadian soldier acquitted on charge of sexually assaulting female subordinate

5 hours 59 min ago

A Canadian Forces warrant officer threw himself into his lawyer's arms and his friends let out whoops of joy as he was acquitted Friday on a charge of sexually assaulting a female subordinate. Andre Gagnon, 48, was on trial for the alleged sexual assault of then-corporal Stephanie Raymond in December 2011 at an armoury near Quebec City. His court martial was overseen by a colonel in front of a panel of five male soldiers who reached the verdict. One of Raymond's lawyers, Lt.-Col. Marylene Trudel, accused Gagnon during the court martial of using her client as an "open bar'' for his sexual gratification.

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