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Gilles Duceppe officially named leader of Bloc Québécois

50 min 42 sec ago
Gilles Duceppe is officially the leader of the Bloc Québécois after getting the approval of party members at a general meeting in Nicolet on Wednesday. Duceppe takes over from Mario Beaulieu, who was leader of the Bloc for less than a year. Duceppe, the former leader of the sovereigntist party, lost his own seat seat in the 2011 election, when his party suffered a massive reversal at the hands of the New Democrats in Quebec.
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Head of Quebec Bar Association suspended after alleged shoplifting incident

58 min 45 sec ago
The Quebec Bar Association has suspended its newly elected head after allegations she was involved in a shoplifting incident last year in Laval. The association's board of directors held a special meeting Wednesday and voted unanimously to demand Lu Chan Khuong resign. The move came following an interview Khuong gave to La Presse, in which she addressed the allegations.
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New law looks to curb ticket scams

1 hour 4 min ago

The legislation, which takes effect July 1, is meant to protect consumers from ticket scams. The province says it will not police ticket resales. Mirvish sells more than one million theatre tickets a year, but does not allow resales.

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Sex assault victim of serial killer's brother 'elated' at court victory

1 hour 10 min ago

A woman who was sexually assaulted by the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton says she is elated she can once again walk tall after winning a lengthy court battle. A B.C. Supreme Court jury ruled late Tuesday following six hours of deliberations that David Pickton had inflicted psychological trauma on a woman after assaulting and threatening to rape and kill her more than two decades ago. Jurors awarded the 55-year-old woman $45,000, including $20,000 in punitive damages that the woman's lawyer said is intended as a deterrent.

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Macy's cuts ties with Trump, New York City reviews contracts

1 hour 16 min ago

Macy's Inc said on Wednesday it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, and New York City said it was reviewing its contracts with the billionaire developer and U.S. presidential hopeful because of his comments insulting Mexicans. Calling Trump's remarks "disgusting and offensive," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, "Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers." In New York City, where Trump built his fortune in real estate, his company has a contract to run a golf course at Ferry Point in the Bronx. Trump also manages two public skating rinks in Manhattan's Central Park.

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World Heritage Committee wants to check effects of development on Alberta park

1 hour 33 min ago
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has asked Canada to invite a team to Alberta to study how the oilsands and other nearby projects will affect Wood Buffalo National Park. The UN committee's request follows a petition by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in December that asked for the park to be added to a list of world heritage sites in danger. After asking Ottawa for responses to the First Nation's concerns, the committee has made several recommendations.
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Boeing raises jetliner list prices by 2.9 percent

2 hours 23 sec ago

By Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co raised list prices for its jetliners by 2.9 percent on Wednesday, citing a range of costs that go into making the planes. The price of the company's forthcoming 777X, due for delivery by 2020, rose to $400 million in Boeing's new price list, posted on its website on Wednesday. Boeing said the price increases reflect higher wages as well as rising costs for materials, parts and services.

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3rd WestJet flight threat under investigation

2 hours 5 min ago

The investigation continues into bomb threats made against three recent WestJet flights. The most recent threat was made Tuesday night against Flight 323 from Toronto to Saskatoon. It landed safely at John Diefenbaker airport and all 113 passengers and five crew members were able to leave the aircraft safely using the stairs. On Saturday, a flight from Halifax to Edmonton was diverted to Saskatoon after receiving a bomb threat.

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Security measures beefed up, new superintendent named at prison where 2 killers escaped

2 hours 7 min ago

The department also announced that 30-year correction veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the prison, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Matt was shot dead Friday after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was shot and captured on Sunday.

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Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape, repeatedly contacting victim

2 hours 14 min ago
Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanour assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing. Castronovo's attorney Jeffrey Jones asked an Oregon judge to set his bail at $50,000, saying he would be driven straight to a rehab clinic if released. Castronovo was released on bail after he was arrested June 14 and ordered to stay away from the woman who's accused him of raping her.
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Two arrested after annual Cannabis Day protest in Vancouver turns violent

2 hours 28 min ago
The organizer of an annual marijuana protest in downtown Vancouver is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to two protesters being arrested on Canada Day. Longtime pot activist Jodie Emery said this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day that the event has experienced any confrontation with police. "The city has been so tolerant before," she said, speaking outside the Vancouver Art Gallery where the protest was being held.
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IMF's Lagarde says Greece must reform before debt relief

2 hours 30 min ago

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund, the head of the international lender on Wednesday suggested Greece should move to reform its economy before its European creditors give it a break on its debt. In an interview with Reuters, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde avoided any pointed criticism of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras but still hinted at frustrations as she noted that Greece's economy had been on the road to recovery before the current left-wing Syriza party came to power. Lagarde was asked which should come first, commitments to reform by Athens or relief on its debts from euro zone governments.

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Luka Magnotta online dating profile defended by website owner

2 hours 31 min ago
The founder of a prisoners dating website is standing by her decision to publish an ad from convicted killer Luka Magnotta, even though it doesn't state his conviction for murder. "People can go on [my website] and if they're not familiar with somebody such as Luka Magnotta, they can just go onto the computer and Google these people and find out what they're in jail for anyways," Melissa Fazzina, founder of Canadian Inmates Connect Inc., told CBC's As it Happens guest host Susan Bonner. "With Luka Magnotta, he quite possibly could have just forgotten.
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U.S. sues to stop Electrolux acquiring GE's appliance business

3 hours 37 sec ago

By Diane Bartz and Lewis Krauskopf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop Sweden's Electrolux AB , which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement. Whirlpool Corp , which bought Maytag in 2006, is the third. Electrolux shares traded in the U.S. on the OTC Pink market fell 9.3 percent, with more than 40,000 shares exchanged.

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Greece's Tsipras digs in against bailout

3 hours 5 min ago

By Renee Maltezou and Alastair Macdonald ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with European Union partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe. Less than 24 hours after he wrote a conciliatory letter to creditors asking for a new bailout that would accept many of their terms, Tsipras abruptly switched back into combative mode in a television address. A day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund, long lines at cash machines provided a stark symbol of the pressure on Tsipras, who came to power in January vowing to end austerity and protect the poor.

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Ontario's new green exit signs follow international design

3 hours 14 min ago

With every new building that gets the go-ahead in Ontario, the familiar red signs that read "exit" in English or "sortie" in French are one step closer to disappearing for good. The shift is driven by the country's changing demographics, said Phil Rizcallah, director of the National Research Council's building regulations group.

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Murphy's Community Centre renovations underway

3 hours 34 min ago
Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI is excited about extensive renovations now underway at Murphy's Community Centre in Charlottetown. The mentor program is one of several groups that use the non-profit centre, says executive director Myron Yates. The renovations will bring new decor and equipment to the centre's bowling lanes, including new pin-setters and scoring software.
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Loblaws No Name chicken burgers recalled over salmonella concerns

3 hours 38 min ago
Loblaws is recalling chicken burgers sold in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador over salmonella concerns.
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Young boy cuffed to porch with dead chicken around neck says abuser wasn't jailed long enough

3 hours 40 min ago
Three months after Wanda Sue Larson and her boyfriend Dorian Harper were sentenced, the boy is telling his story. Larson was released from prison in April, just nine days after pleading guilty to child abuse charges. Harper, 58, was sentenced to up to 10 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty March 17 to maiming, intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon.
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Mother upset over apparent misdiagnosis at new Montreal Children's

3 hours 49 min ago

Alexis Walker says her two-year-old son spent four days limping on a broken foot after a doctor at the new McGill University Health Centre superhospital told her it wasn't broken. It was only after a different doctor called to say it was broken that Nikita was fitted with a cast. Instead of being taken to a consultation room, the doctor came out to them in the waiting room, saying it was only a sprain.

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