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Canada April inflation at 0.8 percent, smallest gain in 1-1/2 yrs

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:39
Canada's annual inflation rate cooled to 0.8 percent in April, making for the smallest increase since October 2013, due to cheaper energy, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. On a monthly basis, overall consumer prices decreased 0.1 percent, while core rose 0.1 percent.
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Canada retail sales rise in March led by cars and food

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:38
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian retail sales rose 0.7 percent in March, climbing for the second month in a row as consumers spent more on cars, food and alcohol, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. The figures topped economists' expectations for a modest gain of 0.3 percent. February's figures were revised down slightly to 1.5 percent from the initially reported 1.7 percent. A 1.5 percent increase at motor vehicle and parts dealers helped lead the gain on higher sales of both new and used cars. ...
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Calgary news, weather and traffic for Friday, May 22

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:38
Grab your sunglasses and slap on some Coppertone! The temperature is expected to climb to 23 C in Calgary today, with clear, sunny skies. The wind will be out of the east at 20 km/h, becoming light this evening. If you see anything happening on Calgary roads, you can give Calgary Eyeopener traffic reporter Jonathan Love a call at #1010, *1010 or 403-521-1010. According to a newly declassified list from the U.S. government, Osama bin Laden had a few English-language books in his Pakistani compound when he was killed by special forces in 2011.
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Tim Roth tackles death, depression in Mexican director Franco's Cannes film entry 'Chronic'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:06

The British actor known for his explosive turns in films from "Made in Britain" to "Pulp Fiction" is tense and taciturn as a nurse who cares for the dying in the English-language debut of Mexican director Michel Franco. Roth, who stars in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, "The Hateful Eight," said he wanted to make sure that his strong presence did not overwhelm the movie that Franco planned to make. "It's a non-vanity film," Roth told reporters Friday in Cannes.

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Maritime cities perform poorly in flood preparedness

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:54

Maritime cities included in a research survey on flood preparedness could do no better than a mark of C, with Halifax coming in at the bottom of the list with a D.

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Futures point higher start ahead of economic data

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:45

(Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Friday, ahead of domestic inflation and retail sales data. Inflation is expected to have cooled to an annual 1 percent rate in April, while the core measure is seen holding at a firmer 2.4 percent. Retail sales, to be released at the same time, are expected to have increased by a modest 0.3 percent in March. Inflation and retail sales data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET . June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.34 percent at 7:20 a.m. ET. ...

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Ontario police find missing man had assumed identity of boy who died in B.C.

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:44
Police say a Caledonia, Ont., man who disappeared in 1992 took the name of a dead boy and lived under the assumed name until his death 10 years later. James Scott Walton was reported missing after he failed to arrive for a scheduled visit with friends at Syracuse University. Ontario Provincial Police say they've discovered Walton had assumed the name of Michael Debourcier — a four-year-old boy who had died in a car crash in British Columbia — and moved to Toronto in 2000.
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Olympian Julia Wilkinson peddling Pan Am Games at FINA diving event

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:42
The Windsor leg of the FINA Diving World Series event begins Friday at the downtown aquatic centre. In the stands, meanwhile, will be Julia Wilkinson, a former Canadian Olympian in swimming. Wilkinson told CBC's Windsor Morning she'd also like to see families in Windsor make time for the Pan Ams.
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Audi chairman says will take 'bit of time' to replace Piech on board

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:36

NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) - Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said on Friday it would still take "a bit of time" to replace Ferdinand Piech and his wife on the luxury carmaker's supervisory board.

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Montreal weather: Breezy with a high of 13 C

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:33
Here is today's weather outlook:
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Phoenix Sun saga ends as long-stranded boat to leave Sorel

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:30

After two and a half years, the Phoenix Sun will finally be leaving the port of Sorel-Tracy, after being authorized by Transport Canada to leave the downtown dock on Friday. People in the City of Sorel-Tracy are so pleased about the ship's departure, they're popping champagne on the dock as a celebration. The rusted 186-metre freighter has been docked at Sorel-Tracy since Nov. 2012, and residents had initiated a petition to have it removed.

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Montreal Children's Hospital helps patients cope with move

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:30
Six-year-old Jouri Abdulmaola proudly packs up her Frozen-themed suitcase as she prepares to leave the Montreal Children's Hospital — her home since she was two years old — and move to the new location at the MUHC's Glen site. Jouri suffered a spinal cord injury when she was two years old. She now uses a wheelchair and needs a ventilator to help her breathe. Leaving her room on the 7th floor at the Children's Sunday morning will be a huge change but she's excited about it and knows exactly who will accompany her in the ambulance.
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Makita Sushi restaurant in Brossard heavily damaged by fire

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:26
A sushi restaurant in Brossard was heavily damaged by fire overnight.
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10-year-old girl, previously missing in west end, found

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:16
Toronto police have located a 10-year-old girl who was missing for over 12 hours. 
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Rowan Stringer's rugby death inquest to hear from final match referee

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:12
The coroner's inquest into the rugby-related death of Ottawa teen Rowan Stringer continues today with more testimony from the referee who officiated her final match. Jim Carr began speaking at the inquest on Thursday about a series of dangerous tackles during the rugby match on May 8, 2013 between students at John McRae Secondary School and St. Joseph's Catholic High School. Carr remembered multiple players going to the ground after a hard collision, before looking over and seeing Stringer, 17, lying down unconscious.
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Mazda, Mitsubishi add 624,000 more cars to Takata air bag recall

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:07

Mazda Motor Corp and Mitsubishi Motors Corp said on Friday they would recall about 624,000 more vehicles to replace air bag inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp , following similar moves last week by domestic automakers. Mazda said it was recalling about 112,000 vehicles including the Atenza sedan, Bongo van and two models it builds for Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors.

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Petronas says to announce 'conditional FID' on Canada LNG project in coming weeks

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:36

Malaysian state energy firm Petronas said on Friday it will announce a "conditional" final investment decision on its proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Canada in the coming weeks. "With this recent development, we are looking to achieve a conditional final investment decision in the coming weeks," President and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said at a press conference where the company announced its first-quarter earnings. "We will continue to have constructive engagements with the First Nation, and keep all avenues open as we move forward with our project," he added.

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Lufthansa CEO advocates random psych tests for pilots: FAZ

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:24

Random checks of pilots' psychological fitness could help reduce risks in the aviation sector, Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said in his first newspaper interview since the crash of a Germanwings plane in March. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Friday cited Spohr as saying surprise checks were a possible way to reduce uncertainty over whether pilots suffer from any mental health issues. Voice and data recordings from the Germanwings flight on March 24 show co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the plane on course to crash into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.

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Seyed Amir Hossein Raisolsadat back in court on terrorism peace bond

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:22
A Stratford, P.E.I. man, arrested in March under a section of the Criminal Code related to terrorism, will be back in court today.
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China, India likely to be biggest shareholders in AIIB

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:11

China is likely to hold a 25-30 percent stake in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) while India will be the second-biggest shareholder, delegates said on Friday after a three-day meeting of the bank's founding member-nations. AIIB said in a statement that it expected to be operational by the end of the year. China's share in the $100 billion lender would be less than 30 percent, an Asian delegate told Reuters.

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