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Charges in train explosion

MONTREAL -- The Crown prosecutors office says three people and a train company will face criminal negligence charges stemming from a railway disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Que., last summer.

The office said 47 counts of criminal negligence have been filed against Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie as well as the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., the defunct railway at the heart of the disaster.

"Mr. Harding was the driver, Mr. Labrie was the railway traffic controller and Mr. Demaitre was the manager of train operations," Rene Verret, a spokesman for the Crown's office, told The Canadian Press late Monday. Verret said the three men were placed under arrest late Monday afternoon.

They will appear in court today in Lac-Megantic.

Faster entry for Mexicans

MONTREAL -- The Harper government is making it easier and faster for Mexicans who want to come to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced a new program that will make visa processing quicker for Mexicans who have travelled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years.

He made the announcement Monday at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Alexander launched what's called the CAN+ program, which builds on a six-month pilot project.

That project streamlined visa processing, with visas being issued within seven days. Ninety-five per cent of requests were approved.

Under the program, applicants' passports will be examined for proof of previous travel, and their visa applications will then be expedited. …

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