Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, July 3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, July 3

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In the news today, July 3

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Five stories in the news for Tuesday, July 3

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MMIW INQUIRY LAWYER STEPS DOWN

A lawyer for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has resigned and lists government interference among his reasons. Breen Ouellette, who worked as a commission counsel at its Vancouver offices, says he believes the federal government has "undermined the independence and impartiality of the national inquiry" and that he cannot remain part of a process that he says "is speeding towards failure." Federal officials say "at no time" has the government made any effort to restrict or otherwise limit the powers the national inquiry.

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NAFTA FUTURE CLOUDY WITH NEW MEXICAN LEADER

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations is under another layer of uncertainty following the election of a new president in Mexico on Sunday. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he supports a new NAFTA pact, but the three-way negotiations have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries ramp up their trade dispute.

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TORONTO RAP COMMUNITY MOURNS TWO SLAIN MEN

Friends and family of two men gunned down in Toronto's Entertainment District on Saturday says the two emerging rap artists will be remembered for their hard work and ambition. Jahvante Smart, 21, known as Smoke Dawg and Ernest (Kosi) Modekwe, 28, known as Koba Prime, were fatally shot. Police said a woman was also shot, but is expected to recover. A memorial for Modekwe was held Sunday evening while a vigil for Smart was held last night in front of an east-end church.

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STORMS CUT POWER TO THOUSANDS IN QUEBEC

Thousands of homes and businesses in Quebec were without power and air conditioning following violent storms in the western part of the province. …

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