Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top News Advisory for Friday, Aug. 18

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top News Advisory for Friday, Aug. 18

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Top News Advisory for Aug. 18



Friday, Aug. 18

5:30 p.m.. ET

Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150 or .

Here are some stories that moved since the last Top News Advisory at about 2:30 ET.


Montreal mayor sorry for LGBTQ bar raids


MONTREAL -- Puelo Deir, one of the grand marshals in this year's Pride Parade in Montreal, was at city hall Friday and said he had no idea the mayor and police chief were going to apologize to the LGBTQ community."I thought: Oh. My. Gay!" Deir said in reaction to Mayor Denis Coderre's formal apology on behalf of the city for institutional discrimination toward the community.


State of emergency extended over wildfires


KAMLOOPS -- British Columbia has extended a provincewide state of emergency because of wildfires that have scorched a record amount of land this season.Emergency Management BC said the third extension since July 19 is expected to remain in effect until Sept. 1.


Loyalty cards popular despite past mistakes


MONTREAL -- Another divorce in Canada's loyalty card sector has consumers stuck in the middle asking questions about the future of an industry still bruised by the actions of some of its largest providers.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce announced this week it is severing ties with Loblaw's (TSX:L) President's Choice Financial and rolling PC's two million bank accounts into its Simplii Financial brand starting Nov. 1.

------ Lucky loon sought rescue from Alberta campers


NORDEGG -- This is a story about one lucky loon.Don Gibson was standing with his family on a dock in Fish Lake Provincial Park west-central Alberta last weekend when he noticed a normally standoffish loon -- one of a group of five that call the lake home -- swimming toward them. Photos expected


Montreal amusement park removes offensive symbol


MONTREAL -- Montreal's La Ronde amusement park says it has removed a carousel horse depicting an Indigenous man's severed head in a bag.The move comes after several complaints, including one by a resident of the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve near Montreal who shared a photo of it online this week. PHOTO.




It was horrific: Cdn recounts Barcelona chaos


TORONTO -- Allan Gray was in a Barcelona restaurant with his family for barely a minute when they heard a loud crash and saw crowds of panicked people rushing to the back of the building.Amid the commotion, the Mississauga, Ont., man ran with his wife and two daughters into an adjoining hotel where they huddled on an upper floor for the next five hours, flinching at the sound of gunshots and wondering whether movements in the stairwells were people trying to find safety or a potential terrorist about to launch another attack. PHOTO.


Leaks from oilsands get NAFTA scrutiny


OTTAWA - The environmental arm of NAFTA is demanding that Canada explain what it is doing to stop oilsands tailings ponds from leaking into Alberta waterways. The request comes in a decision by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation, which oversees the environmental pact Canada, the United States and Mexico signed as a parallel agreement to NAFTA. 500 words. By Mia Rabson. PHOTO.


Inflation picks up steam, hits 1.2% in July


OTTAWA -- The annual inflation rate accelerated last month for the first time since January for a result that supported the view consumer prices are set to rise with the improving economy.Statistics Canada's latest inflation report, released Friday, found that higher gasoline prices in July helped the year-over-year rate pick up its pace to 1. …

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