Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Sixth Newswatch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Sixth Newswatch

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(Throne-Speech) (Audio: P02)

The Liberals are expected to emphasize their more progressive commitments as the 43rd session of Parliament opens today with a speech from the throne.

The throne speech is written by the Prime Minister's Office, and will be read this afternoon by Governor General Julie Payette in the Senate chamber.

It's a new era of minority government for the Liberals, who will be trying to find common ground with opposition parties, especially the New Democrats, Bloc Quebecois and Greens.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to issue marching orders as soon as tomorrow to each of his 36 cabinet ministers in mandate letters. (6)

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(Ont-Teacher-Talks)

Ontario high schools are re-opening as teachers return to class after one-day strike.

But the union representing about 60-thousand public high school teachers and support workers says the walkout could be the first of many if the government doesn't change course in contract talks.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says it is pushing back against government plans to increase class sizes and introduce mandatory e-learning courses.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has called the one-day strike unacceptable and urged the union to take part in private mediation. (6)

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(France-Strikes) (Audio: 055)

One of the world's most-visited countries is grinding to a standstill as unions launch strikes and protests over the French government's plan to overhaul the retirement system.

Train stations are standing empty, the Eiffel Tower is shut down, and embassies are warning tourists in Paris to avoid the protest area.

Paris authorities are barricading the presidential palace and deployed thousands of police officers as activists gather for a major march through the capital.

Elsewhere around France, thousands of red-vested union activists marched through cities from Marseille on the Mediterranean to Lille in the north. …

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