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Astronaut blasts off

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted through the skies over Kazakhstan early today in what appeared to be a seamless launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.

Marketing scheme boosts town

A town of about 1,400 people in Northern Ontario is crediting an ambitious marketing campaign with drawing two dozen new families to the community.

Last year, Smooth Rock Falls, Ont. offered to reimburse 90 percent of the cost of the land if people built on it within two years—reducing the land cost to as little as $500 in some cases.