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Articles from December 18, 2012

35,000 Ontario Teachers Walk out to Protest Anti-Strike Bill
35,000 Ontario teachers on one-day strike--TORONTO - Tens of thousands of elementary students in eight Ontario school boards -- including the province's largest -- had no classes Tuesday as their teachers staged one-day strikes.The Elementary Teachers'...
Advisory-Central-Canada-Calendar
---Here is the Central Canada calendar for Tuesday, December 18, 2012.Good Morning from the Ontario Desk of The Canadian Press in Toronto.The Ontario Editor is Paola Loriggio.The phone number is (416) 507-2159, or toll-free 1-800-268-9237.Stations can...
Advisory on Stories about Abuse at Care Homes for People with Disabilities
Advisory on care home abuse stories--Experts who advocate for people with intellectual disabilities say provincial governments across Canada need to do a better job of training and supervising those who care for Canada's most vulnerable citizens.New...
Air Canada's New Low-Cost Service Will Be Called Rouge, Begin Flying in July
Air Canada low-cost carrier dubbed Rouge--TORONTO - Air Canada is jumping into the low-cost leisure travel market with the launch of its new Rouge airline, which will begin flying on Canada Day to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean.The airline...
Alberta Man Convicted in Attack on Gay Blind Man Triggered by Sexual Advances
Albertan convicted in attack on gay blind man--PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - An Alberta man was found guilty Monday of aggravated assault for a brutal attack on a gay and legally blind man who'd made a sexual advance on his attacker in McBride, B.C.B.C. Supreme...
Alberta Update
(Docs-Contract)Alberta doctors have agreed they will not take strike action even if contract talks with the province fail.Hundreds of members of the Alberta Medical Association met over the weekend.A-M-A President Michael Giuffre says it looks like both...
American Tennis Player Jesse Levine Petitions to Represent Canada
American tennis player asks to represent Canada--TORONTO - Canada's tennis ranks are getting some reinforcements, but possibly not in time for a high-profile Davis Cup match against Spain.A Tennis Canada spokesman has confirmed that Jesse Levine is applying...
Approval of Fish Farms in Nova Scotia Triggers Environmental Outcry
Open-net fish pens approved for Nova Scotia--SHELBURNE, N.S. - Nova Scotia announced the approval of two aquaculture sites on the southwestern tip of the province Tuesday, sparking outcry from a conservation group that says the area is not appropriate...
Argonauts Release Veteran Kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine His Walking Papers
Argos release veteran kicker Noel Prefontaine--TORONTO - Noel Prefontaine isn't ready to call it a career just yet.The Toronto Argonauts released the veteran kicker/punter Tuesday, and Prefontaine said wants to continue his CFL career. He has even hired...
B.C. Bans Oil and Gas Exploration Work in Northern Aboriginal Territory
B.C. bans oil and gas work in aboriginal area--VICTORIA - The remote alpine birthplace of three majestic, salmon-rich rivers has been saved from potentially harmful oil-and-gas development in a remote area of northwestern British Columbia.The B.C. government...
B-C Update
B-C Stations---ADDS fifth item.---(BC-Missing-Women-Inquiry)Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu says any decision to merge Metro Vancouver's police forces would have to come from politicians. The idea is in Wally Oppal's report looking into why serial killer...
BlackBerry Maker Hopes to Turn New Leaf as It Launches Delayed Smartphones
BlackBerry maker looks for 2013 turnaround--TORONTO - After a year of persistent struggles, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes to launch a comeback in 2013 as it works to convince customers its latest smartphones are a worthy alternative to the...
Boxing Day Canada's Black Friday: 62% of Canadians Expect to Shop Dec. 26: BMO
Men more likely than woman to shop Boxing Day--TORONTO - A new study says men are more likely than women to hit the stores on this country's biggest shopping day of the year -- Boxing Day.And overall, the survey released Tuesday by the Bank of Montreal...
Business News as of 6 P.M. ET
Business News as of 6 p.m. ET--Tuesday, Dec. 186 p.m. ETBUSINESS NEWS ADVISORYHere are the top Business News stories from The Canadian Press as of 6 p.m. ET. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries...
CAE Sells First Simulators for China's New C919 Wide-Body Aircraft
CAE sells four simulators worth $50M total--MONTREAL - CAE Inc. said Tuesday it has sold four full-flight simulators worth a total of more than $50 million including the first simulators for China's C919 wide-body aircraft being developed in co-operation...
Canadian Who Lost Niece in Newtown: U.S. Gun Laws Are 'Revolting'
U.S. shooting leaves a grief-stricken, angry family in Canada--MONTREAL - The Newtown school massacre has left a grieving Canadian family, with relatives of one murdered teacher denouncing American gun laws as "revolting."The grief from last week's shooting...
Canucks with Wanderlust: Five Travel Destinations in Your Own Backyard for 2013
5 in-your-own-backyard travels to do in 2013--VANCOUVER - Lose weight. Get organized. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Learn French. Volunteer.There's a lot of pressure in a new year.But not all resolutions require quite so much ... resolve, and a plan for...
Conclude Festive Dinner with Divine Sticky Toffee Pudding with Rum Sauce
Sticky toffee pudding divine Christmas treat--Sticky toffee pudding drenched in aromatic rum sauce and garnished with a Christmas tree-shaped ginger cookie is simple, festive and tastes totally decadent.English Sticky Toffee Pudding250 g (8 oz) chopped...
Defendant at Corrupting Morals Trial Testifies in Montreal: My Work Is Art
My work is art, says man at corrupting-morals trial--MONTREAL - A Quebec special-effects expert on trial for corrupting morals defended himself and his gory work as art while testifying Tuesday in a Montreal courtroom.Remy Couture testified in his own...
Editorial Exchange: Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Pushes Boundaries in Space
Editorial Exchange: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield pushes boundaries in space--An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Dec. 17:Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will have come a long way when he rides to the International Space Station in a...
Editorial Exchange: Connecticut Carnage Is the Final Straw
Editorial Exchange: Connecticut carnage is the final straw--An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, published Dec. 17:It was a crime that pierced the heart of every parent and brought the president to tears. Perhaps it will also be the crime...
Editorial Exchange: Connecticut School Shooting: President Barack Obama Girds for a Gun Fight
Editorial Exchange: Connecticut school shooting: President Barack Obama girds for a gun fight--An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Dec. 17:As Americans lay to rest the "beautiful children" and their teachers to whom President Barack Obama paid...
Editorial Exchange: Counting Pennies Takes New Meaning
Editorial Exchange: Counting pennies takes new meaning--An editorial from the New Glasgow News, published Dec. 17:The thrifty lot that loves to count their pennies will feel the pinch. But as Canada begins to phase out the lowly copper starting in the...
Editorial Exchange: Governments Need to Keep Their Hands off the Internet
Editorial Exchange: Governments need to keep their hands off the Internet--An editorial from the Hamilton Spectator, published Dec. 18:The Internet can be a cesspool. Pornography. Violence. Scams of every shape, size and colour. Extremist views and anonymous...
Editorial Exchange: Lowering Risk of Dog Bites
Editorial Exchange: Lowering risk of dog bites--An editorial from the Amherst News, published Dec. 17:Dogs can be dangerous. They're fast and smart and have sharp teeth.This applies to all dogs, including pit bulls. Yet every time there is a serious...
Editorial Exchange: Next Door
Editorial Exchange: Next door--An editorial from the St. John's Telegram, published Dec. 18:If you were to own a newspaper and set your editorial direction solely based on the number and intensity of comments posted on your website, for the most interest,...
Editorial Exchange: Prevention Is the Only True Cure
Editorial Exchange: Prevention is the only true cure--An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press, published Dec. 18:In the wake of the mass killing at a school in Connecticut, gun enthusiasts jumped to complain that those who favour gun control would...
Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press
Canadian Press Entertainment briefs--Tuesday, Dec. 18Who was Gossip Girl? The series finale told allNEW YORK -- "Gossip Girl" ended its six-season run with a major reveal: The identity of its tattle-tale blogger.Known only as Gossip Girl and given narrative...
Entertainment News as of 5 P.M. Dec. 18
Entertainment News Advisory--Tuesday, Dec. 18, 20125 p.m.ENTERTAINMENT NEWS ADVISORYHere are the top Entertainment stories from The Canadian Press as of 5 p.m. ET. All times Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available....
Glut of Lobsters in the Maritimes Leaves Seafood Industry Fishing for Answers
Lobster glut drives down price of crustacean--HALIFAX - A glut of lobsters has driven down the price of the prized crustacean in the Maritimes, leaving fishermen scrambling for ways to prop up their earnings.The lobster industry -- worth about $580 million...
Guns Notorious for Use in Canadian Mass Shootings Still Not Prohibited
Guns in Canadian tragedies not prohibited--OTTAWA - Just as the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle has become a grim household name in the U.S. after the Sandy Hook massacre, a pair of semi-automatic firearms evoke similar memories -- and debate -- in Canada.In...
Harper Takes Responsibility for Naming Auditor General Who Doesn't Speak French
Harper: mea culpa on English-only auditor--OTTAWA - Canada's auditor general ought to be able to speak both English and French, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.Naming the otherwise qualified, English-only Michael Ferguson to the post last year was...
Health-Lifestyles News Advisory as of 5 P.M. ET Tuesday, Dec. 18
Health-Lifestyles News Advisory--Tuesday, Dec. 18, 20125 p.m.HEALTH-LIFESTYLES-TRAVEL NEWS ADVISORYHere are the Health-Lifestyles-Travel stories from The Canadian Press as of 5 p.m. ET. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject...
Heroux-Devtek Sees Risks to Suppliers If Ottawa Abandons F-35 Purchase
Heroux shareholders approve special distribution--MONTREAL - If Canada abandons the purchase of F-35 fighter jets it could have negative long-term consequences for current suppliers for the costly aircraft, the head of landing gear company Heroux-Devtek...
K9 Kids: RCMP Puppy Brings Christmas Cheer to Sick Children in Saskatchewan
RCMP puppy named Elf brings Christmas cheer--REGINA - Santa may deliver the gifts, but it's an RCMP puppy named Elf who is bringing cheer to sick children.The 10-week-old German shepherd visited kids at a rehabilitation centre in Regina on Tuesday as...
Liberal Leadership Hopeful Marc Garneau Floats Ban on Assault Rifles
Garneau floats ban on assault rifles--OTTAWA - There's no reason assault rifles like the one used to slaughter 20 young schoolchildren in Connecticut should be available in Canada, says Liberal leadership hopeful Marc Garneau.The Montreal MP said Tuesday...
Manitoba Native Leader Wants Apology for Ex-Tory Youth President's Racial Remark
Native leader wants apology over racist comment--WINNIPEG - A top Manitoba aboriginal leader has cancelled a meeting with the provincial Progressive Conservatives over a racist comment made by the former president of the party's youth wing.Grand Chief...
Mason Capital Loses Appeal Challenging Telus over Its Share Conversion Plan
Mason loses appeal over Telus share plan--Mason Capital lost an appeal Tuesday in its ongoing fight with Telus Corp. over the telecom company's move to a single class of common shares.In striking down the appeal and approving the one-for-one share conversion...
Muskrat Falls Law Reduces Regulatory Oversight, Enshrines Monopoly
Power rates would cover Muskrat Falls costs--ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Electricity rates in Newfoundland and Labrador would have to cover the costs of the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject under new legislation that diminishes oversight by the province's...
Mystery Woman Who Turned Up at Toronto Shelter with Amnesia Now Identified
Police ID woman with apparent amnesia--TORONTO - An amateur web sleuth provided the key to identifying an American navy veteran with a degree in linguistics as a mystery woman who turned up at a shelter in Toronto with apparent amnesia, knowing only...
New Blue Jays Pitcher R.A. Dickey Looking to Legitimize Knuckleball
Dickey looks to legitimize knuckleball--TORONTO - It's quirky, unpredictable and been described in baseball circles as an oddity and "pitch of last resort."But the Toronto Blue Jays are banking heavily on R.A. Dickey's dancing knuckleball leading them...
New Rules on Airfare Ads in Effect; Airlines Must Display All-In Ticket Price
New rules governing airfare ads now in effect--TORONTO - The federal government says advertised airfares for flights originating in Canada must include all relevant fees so the travelling public can easily understand the total cost. Transport Minister...
NHL Lockout No. 1 in CP's Top Moments in Canadian Sport in 2012
A top-10 list of Canadian sports news events--There was victory and heartache as Canadian athletes made headlines around the world in 2012.From no NHL hockey to just one Olympic gold medal, here is our take on the top-10 sports stories of 2012:No. 1...
One Year after Canadian Withdrawal, 400 Military Containers Still in Kandahar
Canadian military supplies stuck in Kandahar--OTTAWA - The war may be over, but the cleanup is still underway.Nearly 400 shipping containers full of Canadian military supplies remain stuck in Kandahar more than a year after Canada's withdrawal from the...
Opposition Calls on Harper to Avoid a 'Personal Tragedy' in Aboriginal Protest
PM urged to step in to end hunger strike--OTTAWA - The federal opposition parties and the head of the Assembly of First Nations are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take steps to end a prominent aboriginal leader's hunger strike before it's too...
Pickton Inquiry Report May Not Push through Opposition to Regional Police Force
Opposition to regional police remains--VANCOUVER - The final report into the failures that allowed Robert Pickton to remain at large for so long has revived a decades-old debate about whether there should be a regional police department in the Vancouver...
Prairie Update
(Alta-Hotel-Fire)More than 50 guests had to scramble to safety when a fire broke out in a four-storey hotel in downtown Red Deer, Alberta.The alarm came in around 12:30 this morning when a bed in a third-floor room of a Super 8 erupted in flames.Fire...
Progressive Liberals Alarmed as Federal Leadership Contenders Tilt Right
Liberal leadership candidates tilt right--OTTAWA - Federal Liberals long ago abandoned the cardinal rule of success handed down by late Grit rainmaker Keith Davey: "Revere the leader."As they prepare to choose their fourth leader (sixth, counting interim...
Pro Line Game Information from the Ontario Lottery Corp
Pro Line game information from the Ontario Lottery Corp.--SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - Pro Line game information:Wednesday, Dec. 19E TIME SPT VIS HOME V+ V T H H+ O # U21 9:00a SCR SIE LAZ 6.50 4.00 1.3522 11:30a SCR FIO UDI 2.40 2.80 2.7023 3:00p SCR BLG...
Report Calls for Prescription Drug Plan to Cover Uninsured in New Brunswick
Report calls for drug plan in New Brunswick--FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's health minister says his government will provide prescription drug coverage for people who currently have no drug coverage and will also implement a catastrophic drug plan."Our...
Saskatchewan: Good Economy Has People Setting Down Roots in Land of Living Skies
Saskatchewan still the 'it' province--REGINA - The smell of smoked meat wafts through Jack Keaton's BBQ & Grill.For diners in the northwest Regina restaurant, it's mouthwatering. For chef and owner Brett Huber, it's a dream come full circle."When...
Saskatchewan Update
(Transit-Christmas-Greeting) (Will be audio)The city of Saskatoon's executive committee has decided transit buses will still carry messages wishing people a Merry Christmas.The committee discussed the issued after a Saskatoon man complained last week.Atheist...
Scalpel-Free Brain Surgery Gives Patients with Tremor Disorder Steady Hands
Scalpel-free brain surgery halts tremor--TORONTO - Tony Lightfoot extends his right hand in front of him. Steady as a rock. He picks up a pen and signs his name on a clipboard, then draws a spiral. "I can't believe it," he says, looking down at the page.Now...
Scandal-Plagued McGill Hospital Hit with Huge Budget Deficit
Overseer named to control hospital deficit--MONTREAL - The Quebec government has appointed an overseer to bring the finances of one of Canada's top teaching hospitals under control in the face of a staggering deficit.That deficit -- larger than that...
Shoulder Injuries Won't Keep Canada's Pascal from Title Bout with Dawson
Pascal shoulder injuries deemed minor--MONTREAL - Boxer Jean Pascal got the verdict he was looking for on his injured left shoulder.Doctors told the former light heavyweight champion from Laval, Que., on Tuesday that he had tears in the shoulder and...
SNC-Lavalin's Power Division Buzzing but Questions Raised about Mining Contract
SNC-Lavalin wins N.J. power contract--MONTREAL - SNC-Lavalin's power division was abuzz Tuesday after securing a contract with its Swedish partner to build a major gas-fired power plant in New Jersey.The Montreal-based company said that it will provide...
Ted Menzies Expects All Provinces to Implement Pooled Pension Plans
Menzies optimistic about pooled pension plans--CALGARY - The federal Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies said Tuesday he thinks it's only a matter of time before all the provinces lay the framework for pooled registered pension plans.The federal...
The Canadian Press News Agenda for Wednesday, Dec. 19
The Canadian Press News Agenda for Dec. 19--EDITORS: Following is a list of news events for Wednesday, Dec. 19 as of 9 p.m: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times...
The Great Maple Syrup Swindle of 2012, Solved? Cops Make Arrests in Maple Heist
Alleged maple syrup swindlers snatched--MONTREAL - There has been a break in the case of a massive maple syrup heist, with police announcing that a months-long multi-jurisdictional search has yielded three arrests and the seizure of millions' worth of...
'The Master' Rules with Toronto Film Critics, Named Best Film, Screenplay
'The Master' rules Toronto film critics--TORONTO - "The Master" rules with the Toronto Film Critics Association.Paul Thomas Anderson's psychological period drama nabbed four of the group's top awards -- including best picture, best director and best...
Top Atlantic News
Top Atlantic News--Here are the Top Atlantic News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. AT. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. This advisory...
Top B.C. News as of 4:30 P.M
Top B.C. News--TUESDAY, DEC. 18B.C. NEWS ADVISORYHere are the Top B.C. News stories from The Canadian Press as 4:30 p.m. All times local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.Contact...
TSX-Listed Corporate Dividends and Distributions Declared Dec. 18
TSX-listed corporate dividends, distributions--TORONTO - Dividends or distributions were declared or updated on the following listed issues on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Dec. 18, 2012.<Thomson Reuters Corporation Fltg Rate Pr Ii (TSX:TRI.PR.B):...
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos Full of Respect for Velasquez
Dos Santos full of respect for Velasquez--TORONTO - After contemplating Alistair Overeem and beating Frank Mir, UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos sees a rematch with Cain Velasquez as a chance to face off with a fighter he respects."Cain Velasquez...
Whitecaps to Host Toronto in MLS Season Opener, Montreal Plays in Seattle
Whitecaps to host Toronto in MLS season opener--TORONTO - Toronto FC's elusive search for an MLS win will resume March 2 in Vancouver as the 2013 season kicks off.By that stage it will be almost eight months since its last league victory -- a 2-1 decision...
YouTube Names PSY's 'Gangnam Style' the Video of the Year in Canada, Globally
YouTube Canada's top videos of the year--TORONTO - It's getting harder and harder to find an Internet user who hasn't seen the veritably viral "Gangnam Style" music video.Now closing in on a staggering one-billion views, YouTube has officially named...
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