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Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:32

MONTREAL - Space industry officials expressed surprise Wednesday after learning that the head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position after barely more than a year on the job.

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Lorraine Roach's disappearance remains a mystery as police search home

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:31
The Ontario Provincial Police executed a forensic warrant on Tuesday to search the home of a missing Peterborough, Ont., woman whose disappearance 17 months ago remains a complete mystery.  Lorraine Roach, whose 60th birthday is next month, was last seen on May 11, 2013. Roach's daughter is speaking out, making a public appeal to help find her mother. 
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STM delays the introduction of new metro cars to 2036

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:15

The STM will slow down the introduction of new metro cars for the next 22 years. Montreal’s public transit corporation says older metro cars will be phased out, but not replaced immediately. "It's about what should we do with the money we have," said STM Chairman Philippe Schnobb, adding the trains are reliable enough to keep on running.

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Ebola phishing scams could be possible as outbreak continues to spread

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:12
Calgarians should be vigilant about potential phishing scams related to the Ebola virus outbreak, police say.
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Russian engines suspected in commercial rocket explosion; 'In no way are we discouraged'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:54

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to send supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Hockey community pulling for Gordie Howe to recover from serious stroke

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:52

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community.

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Military fretted over fumes from Iqaluit's 'dumpcano,' documents show

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:51

OTTAWA - The military fretted over fumes coming off Iqaluit's notorious dump fire during this summer's Arctic training exercise, new documents show.

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Kraft Foods profit falls as price hikes hit sales

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:49

(Reuters) - Kraft Foods Group Inc said quarterly profit fell nearly 11 percent as price hikes, designed to offset higher commodity costs, hit demand for its popular products such as Velveeta cheese and Jell-O desserts. Kraft's shares were down 1.8 percent at $55.87 in after-hours trading. The company, which also makes Oscar Mayer meats and Kool-Aid beverages, said gross margin fell to 29.3 percent in the third quarter ended Sept. 27, from 33.8 percent a year earlier. ...

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Ex-Scouts Canada volunteer handed 5-year sentence for sexually assaulting 4 boys

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:47
OTTAWA - A former Scouts Canada volunteer in Ottawa who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four boys has been sentenced to five years in prison.
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Manitoba premier could face leadership review; ministers weigh in on future

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:46

WINNIPEG - The future of embattled Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger remained unclear Wednesday as some of his caucus members said they support both him and the handful of cabinet rebels who say he should consider retiring.

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Some federal laws police and spies can use to fight extremism

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:43
OTTAWA - Some federal laws police and spy agencies can use to fight extremism:
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Charest says Ontario and Quebec should do more together on world stage

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:39
BEIJING, China - Quebec and Ontario should work together on the world stage because they are stronger as one, former Quebec premier Jean Charest said Wednesday.
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Obama says US can't seal itself off from world as it fights Ebola, praises doctors and nurses

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:22

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from West Africa. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.

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Painting portraits helps Windsor student pay loans

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:22

Windsor artist Melanie Janisse is using her skills to pay off her student loans. Janisse was supposed to graduate from her Masters of Art program this fall, but an issue with her loan held her back. About three weeks ago, Janisse used her social media following to her advantage.

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TSX falls as gold miners dive after Fed comments

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:22

By John Tilak and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dropped on Wednesday as gold-mining shares fell with bullion prices after the U.S. Federal Reserve offered an upbeat outlook for jobs and ended its stimulative bond-buying program. The U.S. central bank closed its monthly asset purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects. Bullion, which tends to lose its allure as a safe-haven asset when there are bullish economic signals, dived 1.5 percent. ...

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New set of rail safety rules announced in wake of Lac-Megantic report

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:18

OTTAWA - The latest set of rail safety measures announced in the wake of the deadly Lac Megantic derailment of 2013 do not come with any additional financial resources for the federal regulator, Transport Canada.

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Province announces $70M to upgrade fire systems in seniors' residences

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:16

Alberta will upgrade sprinklers and fire safety systems to older seniors’ lodges and apartments, Premier Jim Prentice announced on Wednesday. Many of the 24,000 government-owned and supported seniors units in Alberta were built between 1960 and 1990 before fire sprinklers became mandatory under fire and building safety codes. The Ministry of Seniors will commit $70 million to bring those buildings up to code.

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6-month ban for Gary Moostoos will be lifted, City Centre Mall says

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:10

An Edmonton company has apologized to an Aboriginal outreach worker who was escorted out of a downtown mall by security officers and banned from the property. Gary Moostoos told CBC News that he was quietly eating in the mall’s food court Monday afternoon when he was approached by two security officers who accused him of acting suspiciously and of having previously been banned from the building. Following a social media backlash, Oxford Properties Group, which manages the mall, sent out a release apologizing to Moostoos Wednesday.

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Mayor wants the ‘up and up’ on broken-down transit escalators

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:00

During a transportation committee meeting on Wednesday, Edmonton city councillors said that they want to get to the bottom of why escalators in transit stations aren't always working.  Although many escalators are brand new, Mayor Don Iveson said he personally has seen them out of order, adding he often gets complaints via Twitter. “If we have to spend some money to fix the bloody escalators, then I want to know how much we need to spend, when we need to do it, and get it fixed because it’s driving commuters nuts,” said Mayor Don Iveson. 

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Fed ends bond buying, shows confidence in U.S. recovery

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:30

By Howard Schneider and Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects. In a statement after a two-day meeting, the central bank largely dismissed recent financial market volatility, dimming growth in Europe and a weak inflation outlook as unlikely to undercut progress toward its unemployment and inflation goals. ...

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