Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

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Canadian businesses are applauding the federal government for legislating postal workers back to work, saying it will help clear hefty backlogs of mail ahead of the busy holiday season.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says it is pleased Ottawa listened to business owners who described the five weeks of rotating postal strikes as an emergency for many small firms and for consumers.

Full mail service was set to resume today at noon Eastern after the Senate passed the back-to-work bill last night.

Canada Post has described the resulting backlog of mail as "severe," and expects the pileup to "worsen significantly" once online orders from Black Friday and Cyber Monday are processed. (5)



A woman who has suffered heartbreaking loss of her own is offering her help to the parents of a little girl killed in Saturday night's tragic Christmas parade accident in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The small town was left devastated when four-year-old MaCali Cormier died after falling under the wheels of a float during the Parade of Lights.

Sarah Robicheau understands the intense pain the loss of a child can bring, having experienced a still birth in 2012 and a SIDS death just two years later.

She has since started a local group called Anchor for Hope, which provides support for parents who have lost children, and says she has collected enough food donations to provide the grieving family with supper every night until the end of December. (5)



British Columbia's top two legislative officials say they still don't know why they were abruptly placed on administrative leave last week, and they want their jobs and their reputations back.

Clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz claim they have no idea what landed them at the centre of a mysterious R-C-M-P investigation or why they were escorted from work last Tuesday after the house voted unanimously to place both men on paid leave. …

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