Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seven Stories in the News Today, July 15

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seven Stories in the News Today, July 15

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Seven stories in the news today, July 15

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Seven stories in the news today, July 15 from The Canadian Press:

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ECONOMISTS EXPECT CENTRAL BANK TO TRIM INTEREST RATE

The Bank of Canada is set to make its latest rate announcement this morning and update its outlook for the economy. Several economists from Canada's big banks expect the central bank to cut its key rate, but a drop from the current 0.75 per cent is far from a sure bet.

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B.C. MAY BOOST PENALTIES FOR WILDLIFE STARTERS

Fines and penalties currently in place for people who spark wildfires in British Columbia are coming under review as the provincial government looks for ways to cut down the number of fires it has to fight. Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Tuesday that humans have caused 375 of the 1,086 wildfires that have been reported since April 1 and those flames have burned 440 square kilometres.

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THOUSANDS OF SASK. EVACUEES ANXIOUS TO RETURN HOME

Thousands of fire evacuees in Saskatchewan are anxious to return home, but officials are urging them to be patient and ignore rumours. Information circulating on social media has been a challenge over the past two weeks, as wildfires and smoke forced about 13,000 people from their homes in the north, said Karri Kempf with the province's social services ministry. At last count, there were 125 fires burning in the province.

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AMBROSE WANTS FEDS INCLUDED IN PROVINCIAL DRUG ALLIANCE

Health Minister Rona Ambrose has penned a sharply-worded letter calling for the provinces and territories to co-operate with the feds to help slash the cost of prescription drugs. In a note to provincial and territorial health ministers obtained by The Canadian Press, Ambrose says the federal government has "repeatedly expressed interest" in participating in the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

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