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Three-thousand train operators with C-P Rail are on strike, but a second group of workers -- signallers -- who had expected to join them on the picket lines are still on the job with a tentative contract agreement.

Engineers and conductors represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference walked out at 10 p-m Eastern, even as talks continued with the help of federal mediators.

There were concerns that commuter trains in the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver areas would be affected by a strike, but the Teamsters union says those services are run by Bombardier and will operate as usual.

Via, however, had already cancelled passenger rail service starting yesterday in northern Ontario between Sudbury and White River. (4)

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Manitoba's premier says he is expecting a rise in allegations, now that the province is encouraging former civil servants to also share their experiences as part of a review of government harassment policies.

Premier Brian Pallister announced the review back in February, after multiple women came forward with allegations against former N-D-P cabinet minister Stan Struthers.

Pallister has said there were also two reports of inappropriate conduct since his Conservatives took office in 2016. (4)

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The Maritimes are being warned about the arrival of an invasive, tree-destroying beetle that has already done significant damage in Ontario and Quebec and is spreading rapidly throughout North America.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the emerald ash borer has been discovered in Edmundston, New Brunswick, and it's urging the public to help reduce its spread by buying and burning only local firewood, rather than moving firewood from one place to another.

Experts say the emerald ash borer, originally from Asia, does not fly far alone, but will hide in firewood or nursery stock. …

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