Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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(WEA-Heat)

Heat warnings continue for most of eastern Canada, from the eastern half of Ontario, through southern Quebec and all three Maritime provinces.

Health officials in Quebec are looking into a potential 18th death related to the extreme heat, after confirming 17 heat-related deaths in Montreal and the Eastern Townships since the weekend.

With the muggy temperatures expected to persist for at least another day in the eastern half of Ontario, and for perhaps two days in southern Quebec and the Maritimes, authorities are urging people to remain vigilant, stay hydrated and check on each other. (4)

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(Lac-Megantic-Five-Years)

In the five years since the oil-train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people and incinerated half the downtown, rail safety has significantly improved.

But the head of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says more still needs to be done.

Kathleen Fox says not enough attention has been paid to finding ways to prevent uncontrolled movement of stationary trains.

But she does say railways have made significant progress in terms of implementing emergency response assistance plans, and they've been conducting route planning and risk assessments whenever large amounts of oil are moved. (4)

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(Saudi-Arms)

Some of Canada's most prominent human rights groups are demanding the Trudeau government launch an independent probe into reports Saudi Arabian forces used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against civilians last year.

The call comes after Global Affairs Canada conducted its own review that determined that there was ``no verified, credible information'' to suggest Canadian-made Terradyne Gurkha vehicles were used to commit serious human rights abuses last July.

But in a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Amnesty International Canada, Project Ploughshares, Oxfam Canada and others say that probe was deeply flawed and an independent review is needed before more such weapons are exported. …

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