Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National

Art works escape damage

QUEBEC—No works of art appear to have been damaged after fire broke out yesterday on the roof of the Musee de la civilisation in Quebec City.
It took about 50 firefighters a few hours to control the blaze after they were called to the building in the old part of the city.
There were no reports of injuries and there were no visitors at the time because the museum is closed on Mondays.

Eating ice cream treat hits jackpot

TORONTO—Eating your fiance’s last ice cream bar may not be a smart thing to do.
But the craving certainly paid off for an Orillia, Ont. woman.
A trip to the local store to “replace” the treat—and a Lotto Max ticket purchased there—made the newly-engaged couple Ontario’s latest multi-millionaires.

PM could be called as witness: lawyer

OTTAWA—Mike Duffy’s lawyer says he isn’t going to rule out calling anyone—including Prime Minister Stephen Harper—as a witness in the suspended senator’s upcoming trial.
“We’re considering any potential witness,” Donald Bayne said today after a brief court appearance.
“At this point, it’s too early to rule anything out,” he added.

Deal reached in teachers’ strike

RICHMOND, B.C.—A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike, a mediator confirmed today.
The breakthrough in negotiations came on the fifth day of talks at a Richmond, B.C. hotel between the union and the employers’ association with the help of Vince Ready.

9/11 anniversary marked

NEW YORK—Americans today marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks with a New York ceremony held amid new surroundings.
For the first time, the long-awaited National September 11 Museum, which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks, is open on the attacks’ anniversary.

Obama to expand ISIL fight into Syria

WASHINGTON—In a dramatic shift, U.S. President Barack Obama has opened a new front in the fight against Islamic rebels—promising to lead a long-term international effort that will spread to Syrian turf.

EI premiums to be chopped

TORONTO—Finance minister Joe Oliver says employment insurance premiums will be cut for small businesses, helping them save more than $550 million over the next two years.
Oliver said the tax credit will reduce EI payroll taxes by nearly 15 percent.

Flavoured tobacco targeted

TORONTO—A new national report points to the need to ban flavoured tobacco products, the Canadian Cancer Society said yesterday.
The latest iteration of the national Youth Smoking Survey found that nine percent of teens reported using a flavoured tobacco product in the 30 days before the survey was taken.

BMO opts to slash one mortgage rate

TORONTO—The Bank of Montreal has slashed its five-year fixed mortgage rate to 2.99 percent in a move that some real estate experts say soon will force the other major banks to follow suit.
“Usually when one leads, the others follow,” Debbie Thomas, a partner at brokerage The Mortgage Group, said yesterday.

Summer snow a shocker

CALGARY—Commuters needed hours to get to work, snow-laden tree branches groaned and snapped, and thousands of people were without power yesterday after a second major taste of winter hit Calgary with 10 days to go before summer’s end.
Trees were uprooted and roads clogged with broken branches.

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