Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seven Stories in the News for Today, July 20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seven Stories in the News for Today, July 20

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Seven stories in the news for today, July 20

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Seven stories in the news for Thursday, July 20

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DISTRICT AT HEART OF B.C. WILDFIRE FIGHT SAYS 41 MORE HOMES LOST

Officials in B.C.'s Cariboo region -- one of the regions hardest-hit by wildfires -- says 41 homes have been destroyed and more than 35,000 residents on about 13,000 parcels of land are under either evacuation orders or alerts. Another eight homes were confirmed lost in the Central Okanagan region last weekend. The BC Wildfire Service said 140 fires were burning across the province as of yesterday.

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WILDFIRE DANGER PROMPTS FIRE BANS IN ALBERTA

Many areas of Alberta are now under fire bans as hot, dry conditions raise the risk of wildfires. No fires, including in campgrounds, are allowed. But stoves, barbecues and portable fire pits powered by gas or propane are permitted. Fires are also prohibited in all backcountry campgrounds. Anyone violating bans or restrictions could get a $287 ticket.

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NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS TO BEGIN AUG. 16

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's willing to fill opposition parties in on Canada's strategy as it heads into talks next month with the U.S. and Mexico on a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Trudeau made the promise as the U.S. announced that the first round of negotiations will take place Aug. 16-20 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. disclosed its NAFTA wish list this week, as required by law, but there is no equivalent requirement in Canada.

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PM TRUDEAU PUSHED FOR DETAILS ON PAYETTE DECISION

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to say what he knew -- and when he knew it -- about a dismissed, non-felony charge against his choice for Governor General. Julie Payette says the six-year-old incident in Maryland is based on an unfounded allegation for which she was "immediately cleared" without any prosecution. Trudeau twice said Wednesday he had no comment when asked about the deleted charge against Payette.

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ONTARIO'S HYDRO ONE SIGNS $6. …

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