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Wednesday August 21 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Canadian electoral reform threatened by prorogation, says official opposition critic

There's very little time to pass electoral reform legislation if it's to come into effect for Canada's 2015 federal election says an Official Opposition critic. And the delay in the start of House of Commons session, because of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue parliament, will really put the reform in jeopardy.

Craig Scott, is the Official Opposition ...

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Scientists find Arctic Ocean more vulnerable to acidification than Antarctic

A new and unique year-long study of the pH level of the worlds polar oceans shows a marked difference between Arctic and Antarctic conditions.

The study showed that the Arctic ocean, for a variety of reasons, was far more vulnerable to climate change and acidification from the added C02 in the atmosphere as a result of burning of fossil ...

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A possible ban on religious symbols draws outrage

Leaked details of a government plan to restrict religious symbols in several public places in the province of Quebec have drawn severe criticism. A Montreal newspaper outlined a proposed policy that would prohibit public employees from wearing items like Sikh turbans, Muslim head scarves, Jewish kippas or prominent crucifixes in places like hospitals, public schools and daycares. ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Canadian police chiefs suggest ticket option for cannabis possession

At its annual general meeting members of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) ratified a resolution calling for a ticket option through the Federal Contraventions Act for the simple possession of cannabis.

“The current process of sending all simple possession of cannabis cases under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) to criminal court is placing a significant burden ...

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Scientists concerned over high mortality of St Lawrence belugas

Scientists at a marine research centre in Tadoussac Quebec, are concerned about a dramatic increase in beluga mortality in the St Lawrence estuary.


Red balloon indicates Tadoussac, with Rimouski on the
south shore further east, and Gaspe at the eastern tip of the
gulf
© Google

Researchers at the ...

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No release for two Canadians jailed in Egypt

"Deeply disappointed" says a statement from the Canadian government in reaction to news that two Canadians will likely not be released from a Cairo jail for another 15 days pending investigation  by prosecutors.

Filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani reportedly went into a police station to get directions to their hotel when they were arrested on Friday. The ...

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Apple tree heist confounds farmer

Someone stole 140 young apple trees right out of the ground in Rougemont, Quebec, about an hour’s drive from Montreal on Friday night. The new trees were worth $1,700 but cost a few thousand dollars more to plant.

"The people who did this are idiots. The trees won't survive this time of year. They must be drying out right ...

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Calls to end "ludicrous" herbicide spraying in public forests in New Brunswick

Scientists are calling  provincial  forestry herbicide programme as "ludicrous". He says,  “Whether it's the Crown managing for an unnatural forest, in terms of climate change, and what's right for this area, or by putting synthetic chemicals on to have a healthy forest — it ...

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Police officer accused of murder gets bail

The Toronto police officer charged with the murder of teenager Sammy Yatim on July 27 has been released on bail. Four people, including Constable James Forcillor’s wife, have posted the $510,000 bond for him.

A video posted on line and viewed by 1.8 million people shows Yatim alone on a streetcar when he was shot three times, fell, and ...

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