Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, May 18

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, May 18

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In the news today, May 18

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Seven stories in the news for Friday, May 18

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CONFLICTING MESSAGES ON NAFTA

U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer says the NAFTA countries are "nowhere near close" to a deal. That statement comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian officials were in the U.S. on Thursday urging a quick deal. But Lighthizer rejects the notion that an agreement is nigh, citing big differences on intellectual property, agriculture, online purchases, energy, labour and other issues.

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FEDERAL HELP APPROVED FOR FLOOD-STRICKEN B.C.

The first wave of 300 military personnel is being sent to British Columbia to help communities overwhelmed by flooding. Staff from Joint Task Force Pacific and personnel from the 3rd Canadian Division based in Edmonton were to get set up in Vernon before being deployed to areas affected by flooding including Grand Forks. Officials in the southern Interior city say thunderstorms are expected to bring a second round of high water.

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ABOUT 10,000 HOMES/BUSINESSES IN NEW BRUNSWICK FLOOD ZONE

New Brunswick's environment minister says as many as 10,000 homes and businesses have been affected by recent flooding. But Andrew Harvey acknowledges precise figures have yet to come in on the extent of the damage. Provincial officials also say that as of yesterday, some 2,200 people had registered for disaster relief, which covers some uninsurable damages.

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FUEL PRICES HEADED UP AS LONG WEEKEND STARTS

Drivers in many parts of Canada can expect to see rising gasoline prices as they prepare for road adventures on the Victoria Day long weekend. But fuel market analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says price direction will vary across the nation over the next few days, with prices actually expected to fall from recent peaks in Alberta and Quebec.

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B.C. TAKING ALBERTA TO COURT OVER FUEL LAW

Tensions over the Trans Mountain pipeline have increased with British Columbia saying it plans to file a lawsuit over a new Alberta law that could restrict fuel exports to the West Coast. …

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