Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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The Toronto Raptors' seasoned play-by-play announcer is winning widespread praise for calming down a jittery crowd after gunfire broke out at the N-B-A Champions' victory party in a jammed Nathan Phillips Square.

As people at the back edges of the square fled gunshots in panic, Matt Devlin calmly interrupted the Raptors' team owner's speech and announced a brief suspension of the festivities because of an emergency that was being dealt with.

He reminded the estimated one-million fans gathered in and around city hall's iconic public square that they were there to celebrate, and to remain strong and "stay together."

Police say four people were injured in the gunfire, and three people were arrested.

A few others were hurt when they fell or were trampled on as dozens of panicked fans scurried out of the way.(2)



Residents of the northern Alberta town of High Level are on wildfire evacuation alert again after returning home June 2nd from a two-week evacuation.

Town officials are telling residents to gas up, gather up food, water and essentials, and be ready to leave in a moment's notice should an encroaching wildfire make a mandatory evacuation necessary.

Close to five-thousand area residents were forced to flee when the massive Chuckegg Creek fire crept to within three kilometres of the town line.

Earlier Monday, people around Indian Cabins, about 150 kilometres north of High Level, were told to leave due to another out-of-control wildfire, and residents of Trout Lake were ordered out because of a fire burning in the Slave Lake Forest Area.(2)



The federal government is widely expected today to green light the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for a second time.

The Trudeau cabinet will be reconsidering the project at its weekly meeting, nine months after the Federal Court of Appeal shelved the original approval, citing faulty Indigenous consultations and environmental reviews. …

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