Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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Canada Post is hoping to reach labour peace ahead of the busy holiday online-shopping season.

The Canadian Press has learned the post office offered wide-ranging contract proposals to its largest union yesterday, in the hopes of staving off a strike or lockout.

Canada Post confirms by email the offers included improved pay and benefits for rural and suburban employees, and more certainty for temporary and part-time workers.

The proposals followed high-level weekend talks aimed at bridging an impasse in negotiations with its 50-thousand postal workers.

The CUP-W union says its bargaining agents will analyze the offers before commenting on them. (2)



The B-C government has filed an application for intervener status in the National Energy Board's new hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the province is focused on defending the interests of British Columbians at the new review aimed at addressing shortcomings identified recently by the Federal Court of Appeal when it quashed federal approval of the megaproject.

B-C is concerned that the 22-week time limit set by Ottawa won't be long enough for a thorough review. (2)



A Calgary man found not criminally responsible for the stabbing deaths of five young people at a Calgary house party four years ago is being moved to Edmonton to continue his treatment and start his reintegration into the community.

Matthew de Grood's lawyer says the Alberta Review Board has decided to move his client to the Alberta Hospital where he could be granted supervised day passes.

Allan Fay says de Grood is considered a model patient, and has embraced his treatment and therapy for schizophrenia. (2)



Police say a 24-year-old international student has died after yesterday's crash in Oshawa, Ontario, east of Toronto. …

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