Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Daycare-Deserts)

A new report suggests hundreds of thousands of Canadian children live in areas of the country devoid of available daycare spaces.

The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says 776-thousand Canadian kids -- 44 per cent of all school-aged children -- live in these so-called "child-care deserts" where the number of kids outstrips available spaces in licensed homes and centres.

Researchers found cities in provinces more active in regulating child care were more likely to have broader coverage.

As a result, fewer than five per cent of children in Charlottetown and Quebec cities were under-served, compared with Saskatoon, where every child lived in a child-care desert.(1)

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(Money-Laundering)

B-C's attorney general says the province's former Liberal government turned a blind eye to money laundering in B-C casinos that played an international role in organized crime.

But David Eby (EE'-bee) vows things are about to change.

He has unveiled results of an independent report by ex-R-C-M-P deputy commissioner Peter German, confirming international gangsters used B-C's gaming industry as laundromats to clean over 100-million dollars.

The laundered cash was then funnelled into illicit drugs or Vancouver real estate.

Eby says his government has already begun acting on German's 48 recommendations.(1)

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(Quebec-Homicide)

Police in Laval, Quebec are investigating the city's third homicide in a week.

A man in his mid-40s was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Chomedey neighbourhood of the city north of Montreal.

Laval police say a 9-1-1 call about gunfire at a restaurant was received at about 8:15 p.m.

The investigation has since been turned over to provincial police who say the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.(1)

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(Thailand-Cave-Search)

A U-S military team and British cave experts have joined the rescue effort in northern Thailand for 12 missing boys and their soccer coach, stranded for a fifth day deep inside a cave being flooded by near-constant rains. …

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