Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Thursday June 20 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Peter Julian: Why Official Opposition NDP agreed to adjourn House early

In a wide-ranging interview with RCI, the Caucus Chair of the Official Opposition NDP, Peter Julian explained some of the factors that led his party to agree to an early adjournment of Canada's House of Commons for the summer break.

The spring has been a difficult period for the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper. Many unaswered questions ...

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Canada acquires rare War of 1812 documents

Library and Archives Canada has bought a large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812.

The collection, which includes a letter written by Sherbrooke to Maj.-Gen. Robert Ross congratulating his troops — composed of Canadian ...

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Politicians vaunt achievements as Canada's House of Commons adjourns early

Friday was supposed to be the last day for MPs in Canada's House of Commons before the summer break, but Tuesday night (June 18) an all-party deal adjourned the House until the autumn.

The last few weeks have seen raucous Question Periods full of accusations and counter accusations, both from the the opposition parties and the ruling Conservative ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Dozens of children seized from Mennonite community in Manitoba

A small community in rural Manitoba is reeling after child welfare authorities removed dozens of children from about 15 Old Order Mennonite families following reports of corporal punishment using straps and cattle prods.

Only one minor, a 17-year-old, remains in the community after three men and a woman were charged with multiple counts of assault, including assault with a ...

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Canadian peacekeepers quietly deploy to Haiti

A platoon of Canadian soldiers are about to take part in the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti, alongside their Brazilian colleagues.

Thirty-four Canadian soldiers from the Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Que, have been embedded with Brazil’s 44th Motorized Infantry battalion since April.

While Canadian soldiers are used to operating alongside their NATO allies, ...

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Sour gas pipeline rupture forces evacuation, as flooding continues in Alberta

A sour gas pipeline rupture has caused a release of H2S in the Town of Turner Valley in the western prairie province of Alberta provoking an emergency alert by authorities, and the evacuation of people because of the gas leak.

The alert warns "There is a hazardous materials release threatening life and the environment."

Sour gas contains hydrogen sulfide ...

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Canadians' record household debt-to-income ratio, marginally lower

The government data agency Statistics Canada reported Thursday (June 20) that Canadians' household debt to income ratio had lowered for the second consecutive quarter.

In a financial note on its website Canada's largest bank RBC calls the change "a second consecutive modest decrease".

(Graph: Statistics Canada)

The ...

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Maximum 10-year prison term for wearing mask in riot or unlawful assembly

A Canadian bill that would ban the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly was proclaimed law during a royal assent ceremony in the Senate this afternoon (June 19).

Bill C-309, a private member's bill introduced by Conservative MP Blake Richards in 2011, passed third reading in the Canada's upper chamber the Senate on May 23.
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NXNE

North by North East is the festival of 1000 bands, 150 comedians, 65 NXNEi Sessions and 60 artists.  And it's still only half the size of SXSW, the Texas gathering that brings fans and visitors to Austin from all over the world in early March.

By all accounts, Toronto's 19th edition of NXNE was a big success. ...

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