July 29th, 2014

National News

Canadians grow more pessimistic about economy, jobs… except in the West

By The Canadian Press on July 29th, 2014

OTTAWA – The Conference Board says Canadians are getting increasingly pessimistic about the economy and the availability of jobs – except if they are in the booming West. The think-tank’s consumer confidence survey slid one point to 85.9 in July, the third month in a row that it has fallen. The big reason, says the ... Read More »

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Canadian spy agency says Chinese hacked into NRC computers, network shut down

By The Canadian Press on July 29th, 2014

OTTAWA – The federal government says Chinese hackers have infiltrated the computer systems at the National Research Council. Officials say there is no evidence that other government computer systems or data have been compromised. But the Treasury Board says the NRC’s computers have been isolated from the rest of the government’s systems as a precaution. ... Read More »

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Prince Edward Island beaver blamed for felling tree that damages couple’s car

By The Canadian Press on July 29th, 2014

SOURIS, P.E.I. – Police say a beaver is to blame for felling a tree that collapsed onto a car driven by Quebec tourists in Prince Edward Island on Saturday. The Mounties say the rodent had been gnawing at the large tree next to Highway 16 at Priest’s Point, near Souris, before it fell at about ... Read More »

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Canada temporarily withdraws staff from Libya

By The Canadian Press on July 29th, 2014

OTTAWA – The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Lynne Yelich, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, cite an ‘‘unpredictable security environment.‘‘ They say Canada’s chargé d’affaires and Canadian diplomats in Tripoli ... Read More »

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High-level meeting today in Montreal to discuss risks to civil aviation

By The Canadian Press on July 29th, 2014

MONTREAL – Top officials from four international organizations will meet Tuesday in Montreal to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones. The meeting will bring together representatives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and three groups that represent the world’s air carriers, airports and air navigation service providers. The get-together at ICAO headquarters ... Read More »

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Calgary house where five young people slain at party has been put up for sale

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2014

CALGARY – The house which was the site of Calgary’s worst mass murder has been put up for sale. Five young people were slain at an end-of-school party in April at the house near the University of Calgary campus. The real estate listing for the 1,033 square foot, four-bedroom home puts the asking price at ... Read More »

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Edmonton police say stolen pendant containing boy’s ashes returned

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2014

EDMONTON – The parents of a nine-year-old boy killed in a plane crash in 2013 say they are thankful someone returned a stolen cross necklace that holds the ashes of their child. David and Crystal Pentecost just moved to Edmonton from Manitoba three weeks ago. Earlier this month a man broke into their pickup truck ... Read More »

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Website helps parents, coaches recognize concussion signs in kids, what to do

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2014

TORONTO – Deciding whether a child may have sustained a concussion while engaged in play or sport can be difficult because tell-tale symptoms may not show up right away. But a new online resource aimed at parents and coaches could help make that determination a whole lot easier. The Child & Family Research Institute at ... Read More »

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Senate committee debates sanctions against Tory senator who hired girlfriend

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2014

OTTAWA – A Senate committee is debating what – if any – sanction to level against a Quebec Conservative who was found to have breached parts of the upper chamber’s conflict-of-interest code. Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu got a chance Monday to testify behind closed doors about why he continued to employ his girlfriend as an assistant, ... Read More »

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Canadian prof in Florida was killed in his car, found by neighbour: 911 call

By The Associated Press on July 28th, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A 911 call released today has shed some light on the death of a Canadian law professor who was working in Florida. The call reveals that a neighbour found Daniel Markel bleeding from a gunshot to the head in the driver’s seat of his car in his garage, and the window had ... Read More »

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