Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Thursday News Briefing: An At-a-Glance Survey of Some Top Stories

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Thursday News Briefing: An At-a-Glance Survey of Some Top Stories

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The Thursday briefing: Top news at-a-glance

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Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Dec. 15

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FEDS BAN ASBESTOS IN CANADA: The federal government is banning the use of asbestos in products. It says it's moving to phase out the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos in common items such as building materials and brake pads. This year, about 2,300 new cases of asbestos related cancer were diagnosed across the country.

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TRUDEAU SAYS PROGRESS BEING MADE ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION REPORT. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is making progress on acting on the majority of the recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Report. Trudeau marked the anniversary of the report's release by meeting with the leaders of three national indigenous organizations in Ottawa on Thursday. He says progress is underway on 41 of the 45 recommendations that are under federal or shared jurisdiction. He says while more must be done, progress is being made.

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TRUDEAU SAYS HE'S HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT FUNDRAISERS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's prepared to field questions from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson about his party's controversial fundraising tactics. Trudeau has been under fire in the Commons for weeks over a series of private Liberal party fundraisers with well-heeled donors. The Globe and Mail says Dawson has agreed to question Trudeau on the issue to determine whether a more comprehensive investigation is warranted. Trudeau says he wants to retain public confidence and maintain high ethical standards and will work with the ethics commissioner and anyone else who has questions of this government.

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FIVE DIE IN ONTARIO HOUSE FIRE: The chief of a southwestern Ontario First Nation says five members of the same family are believed to have died in a house fire in what he is calling a "tremendous" loss for the tight-knit community. Chief Randall Phillips of the Oneida Nation of the Thames says the fire that engulfed the residence Wednesday morning is a "terrible tragedy." Phillips blames lack of housing funding -- adding the federal government rejected a proposal for funding to repair 50 local homes. Fire officials say the bodies of an adult and a child have been located in the burnt-out home so far.

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INMATE DIES IN SASK PRISON RIOT: Corrections officials say an inmate was killed in a riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary. They say Jason Leonard Bird suffered serious injuries after being assaulted by other prisoners in Wednesday's riot and died in hospital. Two other inmates were injured. A spokesman for the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said the trouble began when inmates in a medium-security unit refused to be locked up as part of their normal routine and then started barricading the entrance to the unit. …

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