Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, Jan. 11

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, Jan. 11

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In the news today, Jan. 11

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Five stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 11

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FORMER MLA IN ALBERTA COURT ON SEX CHARGES

The case of a former Alberta politician accused of sex charges involving a minor is scheduled to be in Red Deer, Alta., court today. Don MacIntyre, who is 63, resigned in February of last year after he was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. He had represented the central Alberta seat of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for the United Conservative Party. MacIntyre was first elected in 2015 for the Wildrose Party, which merged with the Progressive Conservatives in 2017. He was the party's critic for electricity and renewables.

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TOP COURT TO RULE ON EXPAT VOTING RIGHTS

Canada's top court will decide today on the validity of a now-repealed law that barred long-term Canadian expats from voting. Two Canadians living in the U.S. launched the challenge to part of the Canada Elections Act. The act said those who lived abroad for more than five years lost their voting rights. Jamie Duong, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Gill Frank, of Richmond, Va., argued nothing warranted the abridgment of their constitutional right to vote. They insisted they maintain deep ties to Canada, and taxes and other laws passed by Parliament could still affect them.

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AUTOWORKERS TO PROTEST OUTSIDE GM MEETING

Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor today across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit. The 11 a.m. protest against the company's decision to close a plant in Oshawa, Ont., coincides with a General Motors investors meeting. Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London, Ont. The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant's closure.

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BANKRUPTCIES RISING WITH CANADIAN INTEREST RATES

Bankruptcies are up in Canada, the head of the Bank of Canada said this week, and he expects they'll rise even more as the central bank continues to hike interest rates. …

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