Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(Persian-Gulf-Tensions)

Tensions are heightened this morning in the Persian Gulf, where two oil tankers have reportedly been attacked in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The U-S Navy is reporting one of the ships is adrift and on fire amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran and a high-stakes visit by the Japanese prime minister to Iran.

A maritime intelligence firm has identified one of the vessels as a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, and it's believed its crew of 23 is safe after evacuation.

It's not known how the ships were attacked or who was suspected of being behind the assault.(2)

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(Navy-Command-Change)

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has been publicly acknowledged by country's top soldier during yesterday's change-of-command ceremony in Halifax where the command of the Royal Canadian Navy was passed to Vice-Admiral Art McDonald.

Weeks after questions swirled around his future, Norman was mentioned at the beginning of remarks made by Defence-staff chief General Jonathan Vance.

Vance welcomed Norman saying "great to have you here mate,'' adding "the family's all together again, it feels good.''

Norman's breach-of-trust trial in Ottawa was dropped last month, and he expressed a desire to return to duty after a two year suspension.(2)

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(Environmental-Assessments-Liberals)

The energy ministers of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are furious the Trudeau government isn't accepting all 187 amendments the Senate made to its bill overhauling the environmental-assessment process for large-scale construction projects.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna accepted nearly 100 amendments, believing some of the changes made the bill stronger, including some that ensure the same project won't have to go through both a regional and a national review.

But among those she rejected were some proposed by Conservative senators that would have allowed an Impact Assessment Agency to decide not to consider the impacts on Indigenous people or climate change when evaluating a project. …

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