Friday, July 31, 2015


Feds, province helping fund Toyota expansion

CAMBRIDGE, Ont.—The federal and provincial governments have teamed up to provide about $100 million to help expand Toyota’s manufacturing operations in southern Ontario.
The money will go towards the automaker’s planned $421-million investment at plants in Cambridge and Woodstock.

Parties preparing for lengthy campaign

OTTAWA—In past election campaigns, the federal Conservatives were fond of scheduling their events early in the day—hoping to set the agenda and force everyone else to talk about their policy pronouncements.
On Sunday, Stephen Harper is widely expected to take that tactic to a whole new level.

Tories anxious to ink deal

OTTAWA—The Conservatives anxiously are hoping to sign off on a massive free-trade deal before kicking off an election campaign that’s expected to start as early as Sunday.
The federal government is at the negotiating table in Hawaii, where Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reportedly are in their final stages for a deal that could have political implications during the election campaign.

Chow back for federal run

TORONTO—Former MP Olivia Chow is making a comeback to the NDP ahead of the upcoming federal election.
Chow announced today she was running in the new Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York.
“I believe every one here deserves the positive change an NDP government can bring,” she said.
“I’m ready to bring my leadership and my experience as part of that change.”

Fat cat slims down

DALLAS—A former 41-pound cat dubbed “Skinny” has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.
Dr. Brittney Barton said the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet.
Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.

Speed flier killed

VANCOUVER—The BC Coroners Service says a 40-year-old man has died in a “speed-flying” accident.
Speed-flying is a new sport similar to paragliding, but uses a significantly smaller wing designed to provide a rapid descent.
The coroners’ service issued a release saying Kyle Macdonald-Wolochatuk was speed-flying near Squamish on Sunday when he hit a tree.

Pilot tells tale of survival

IQALUIT, Nunavut—A Russian helicopter pilot who spent more than 30 hours on an ice floe after ditching his small helicopter into frigid Arctic waters says he’s not sure he would have survived much longer had searchers not seen his remaining warning flare.

New justice named to Supreme Court

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Russell Brown as his latest appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Brown, a former barrister and law professor, is taking over for the retiring Justice Marshall Rothstein, whose departure takes effect as of Aug. 31, Harper said yesterday in a statement.

Chopper pilot found safe

IQALUIT, Nunavut—Canadian military officials say a Russian helicopter pilot who was missing in the Davis Strait has been found safe.
Rear Admiral John Newton said pilot Sergey Ananov was spotted on an ice floe around 1:20 a.m. today and is doing well.
The Canadian Coast Guard ship Pierre Radisson picked him up and was headed to Iqaluit.

Tory defector loses Liberal bid

TORONTO—Conservative defector Eve Adams yesterday failed in her bid to run as a Liberal candidate in the looming federal election.
The sitting member of Parliament, welcomed personally into the fold by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, handily was beaten for the party’s nomination in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence by lawyer Marco Mendicino.

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