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Ottawa cleaners reach tentative agreement to avoid strike

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:08
The majority of Ottawa's private-sector cleaners have reached a tentative agreement with their employers avoiding potential rotating walkouts, it was announced Friday. Most cleaners make $11.50 per hour, Mendez said, while the union has been asking for $15 per hour and medical benefits.
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Panel decides 3 former TEPCO executives should face negligence charges over nuclear crisis

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:06

A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A document released Friday showed the committee of independent citizens voted in favour of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with then-vice-presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takeguro, 69. The 11-member committee's second decision supporting the indictment overrides Tokyo prosecutors' two earlier decisions to drop the case, forcing the three men to be charged with professional negligence.


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Tax on UCCB payments frustrates parents

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:00

An Edmonton mother was not impressed when she learned changes to the Universal Child Care Benefit would mean extra taxes. Tina Ward has paid a subsidized rate since she put her daughter into daycare five years ago. Ward initially thought the extra cash was great. Accountant Sunni Stephan said the loss of the Child Tax Credit means there is nothing to offset the added taxes from the benefit.


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IMF is participating fully in Athens debt talks: European Commission

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:54

The International Monetary Fund is participating fully in the ongoing talks for a new bailout program for Greece, a spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Friday, dismissing reports the IMF could be abandoning the rescue plan. The talks on a new bailout program are ongoing "with the IMF present and fully participating in the talks in Athens," Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told journalists in Brussels.


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Berry Plastics to buy Blackstone-owned Avintiv for $2.45 billion

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:53

(Reuters) - Plastic packaging products maker Berry Plastics Group Inc said it would buy Avintiv Inc, which makes materials used in products ranging from diapers to disinfectant wipes, for about $2.45 billion in cash from Blackstone Group LP . Berry Plastics, which makes products such as duct tapes, spray adhesives and food wrap films, said it would buy Avintiv on a debt-free, cash-free basis. Berry Plastics' shares rose nearly 2 percent to $34 in trading before the bell on Friday.


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Windsor's weather, traffic and gas price for Friday

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:14
It's currently 20 C (68 F) in Windsor.
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Caribbean Carnival parade: road closure information

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00

It's the August long weekend, which means Lake Shore Boulevard will again ring with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Carnival. 


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Public piano set up on Summerside's Water Street

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:54
Summerside, P.E.I. has joined a long list of cities around the world rolling out a public piano. Culture Summerside has placed a refurbished piano with an electronic keyboard onto Water Street, ready for any passerby to play. Marlene Campbell of Culture Summerside believes the downtown piano will bring new life to the street.
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Montreal police investigate suspicious death in Ville-Marie

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:48

Police are investigating a suspicious death in Montreal's Ville-Marie borough. Emergency responders were called to an apartment in the Gay Village on Ste-Catherine Street near the corner of Montcalm Street to treat a man in cardiac arrest. "Some elements on the scene indicate it could be a suspicious death," Couture said.


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Exclusive: China watchdog extends pursuit of short sellers to HK, Singapore - sources

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:48

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is pressing foreign and Chinese-owned brokerages in Hong Kong and Singapore to hand over stock trading records, sources said, extending its pursuit of "malicious" short sellers of Chinese stocks to overseas jurisdictions. China's main share markets, both among the world's five biggest, have slumped around 30 percent since mid-June and authorities have been flailing in efforts to prevent a further sell-off that could spill over into the wider economy. The markets regulator, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), wants the trading records to try to identify those with net short positions who would profit in case of further falls in China-listed shares, three sources at Chinese brokerages and two at foreign financial institutions said.


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Ottawa taxi 'strike' starts Saturday but won't affect service

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:36

Job action by drivers at Capital and Blueline taxi companies starts Saturday but won't affect customers, according to the company that runs the dispatch service. Unifor Local 1688, the union representing the taxi drivers, served notice to Coventry Connections on Thursday regarding the action beginning Aug. 1, according to a news release. This means drivers will not pay Coventry for the dispatch service or for the use of private taxi stands across Ottawa, the release said.


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Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating Almaty in IOC vote

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:31

Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in to the vote as the strong favourite, despite its lack of natural snow.


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Montreal weather: High of 27

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:27
Today: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
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UK prime minister pledges to send dogs and fencing to France to help control migrant surge

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:25
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron is pledging to send dogs and fencing to France to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain nightly.
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Police arrest New Jersey man in theft of bag holding $150,000 in cash forgotten by ATM workers

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:11
Police say they've arrested one of two men who made off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees filling ATMs mistakenly left it on a northern New Jersey lawn. Police arrested 42-year-old Alton Harvey on Wednesday afternoon in Irvington.
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Ontario water parks: Where are they and what do they cost to attend?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:00

If the weather is good enough, many people will consider heading to the nearest water park or wave pool to cool off. A quick survey of prices listed on the websites of more than a dozen province-wide publicly owned and privately run water parks and wave pools shows daily admission fees generally ranging from $15 to $45 a person at larger facilities. All of the data cited in the table above came from the official websites of the listed water parks and wave pools.


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Higher-level officials from Greece, international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:38

Greece's talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens. The talks with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis follow preparatory meetings in the Greek capital this week between lower-level officials on reforming the tax system and labour market regulations. The third bailout will include a new punishing round of austerity measures heaped on a country reeling from a six-year recession and more than 25 per cent unemployment.


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Hurricane Guillermo forms in the Pacific, is possibly headed toward Hawaii

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:01
MIAMI - Hurricane Guillermo has formed in the Pacific and could be headed toward Hawaii.
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Osheaga: 5 essential Montreal performers to watch

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:00
Osheaga is making a big effort to push Montreal musical acts to the forefront at this year's edition of the festival, taking place Friday, July 31 to Aug. 2.
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Windsor grad 1st Canuck accepted to international program

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:00
A recent University of Windsor grad is the first Canadian to be accepted to an "extremely competitive" international business and development master's program.
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