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Duceppe steps down

MONTREAL—Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois’ first-ever MP and the man who dominated the party for nearly 15 years, stepped down as leader yesterday after a less-than-stellar performance in this week’s election.

Duceppe’s departure comes four months into his second spell as head of the sovereigntist party following a 14-year stint between 1997 and 2011.

Teachers could see pay docked

TORONTO—Ontario elementary teachers and some support staff engaging in work-to-rule campaigns soon may see their pay docked.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and support staff with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, who do not yet have contracts, have been on administrative strikes.

Bear perches in pear tree

CHILLIWACK, B.C.—A yearling black bear has settled into a tree in Chilliwack, B.C. and won’t budge.

Residents of the Fraser Valley community have alerted conservation officers after spotting the bear high in the branches of a pear tree about 100 km east of Vancouver.

The little bruin is believed to have been in the tree for several weeks—munching on the abundance of fruit.