Seven Stories in the News Today, April 1

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Seven Stories in the News Today, April 1


Seven stories in the news today, April 1

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Seven stories in the news today, from The Canadian Press:

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PM WRAPS UP WASHINGTON VISIT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a busy final day in Washington today where he has been attending a two day conference on nuclear safety. He has meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on top of the discussions at the conference on protecting nuclear materials.

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THIRD PARTY ELECTION SPENDING UP DRAMATICALLY

New figures show that advocacy groups are becoming much more active in trying to influence the outcome of elections. Financial reports filed with Elections Canada by so-called third parties show 104 groups, primarily labour unions, spent just over $6 million during last fall's marathon campaign. That's more than twice the number of groups that were involved in the 2011 federal election and almost five times more money.

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BLACKBERRY TO RELEASE FINANCIAL RESULTS TODAY

There may be some indication today on how well BlackBerry's newest phone is selling. BlackBerry releases its fourth quarter earnings today and the company has a lot riding on the Priv -- its first Android-operating smartphone that it launched with much fanfare in November. Some industry watchers predict the company will stop producing cellphones altogether if Priv sales are lacklustre.

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DEBATE OVER POLICING COSTS INTENSIFIES

The debate over policing costs is picking up steam in the wake of comments last January by Toronto's outgoing deputy police chief. Peter Sloly said his police service could cut hundreds of front-line jobs saying currently resources are used in a "most unfocused way. …

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