Five Stories in the News Today, June 12

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Five Stories in the News Today, June 12


Five stories in the news today, June 12

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Five stories in the news today, June 12 from The Canadian Press:

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DOMESTIC POLITICS AT PLAY FOR PM IN EUROPE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will wake up in Ottawa this morning, after completing his latest international trip after nine years as prime minister, having largely satisfied a clear domestic political purpose: shoring up support among some large Canadian diaspora voting blocs. The prime minister's every move to Ukraine, Poland, the G7 in Germany and the Vatican was recorded by his 24/7 camera crew collecting images that will no doubt be used on the coming election campaign.

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MULCAIR, UNIONS AT ODDS OVER SENATE ROLE

Tom Mulcair and some of the NDP's traditional allies in the labour movement are at odds over his contention that appointed senators have no business blocking legislation passed by elected MPs. The NDP leader maintains the unelected Senate has no moral legitimacy in a democracy to thwart the will of elected representatives -- an argument he's ramped up in the wake of this week's scathing audit of senators' expenses.

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MEDICAL POT RULING HAZY FOR PRODUCERS

Marijuana-medicated brownies, teas and oils are now on the menu for patients who prefer ingesting their treatment, yet commercially licensed pot producers say a high court ruling doesn't set out clear directions for them. Lawyers at the cannabis industry's national association are hashing out the impact of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday that struck down limits on what constitutes legally allowable forms of medicinal pot.

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MERS OUTBREAK IN SOUTH KOREA A WAKE-UP CALL: WHO

South Korea's burgeoning MERS outbreak should be a reminder to the world that a virus some may have written off can trigger significant disease and major disruption, a World Health Organization expert says. …

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