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Trudeau confident Canada will win in softwood dispute

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government will continue to work with the U.S. administration to find a resolution to the latest chapter of the long-running dispute over softwood lumber.

Trudeau says Canada repeatedly has emerged triumphant each time the U.S.-Canada softwood dispute lands in the courts—and expects the same outcome again.

Workers fired over racial slur

STAND OFF, Alta.—The organization that delivers health programs for the Alberta government has fired two employees over a racial slur made against an indigenous educator.

Last week, Alberta Health Services apologized for a text message that was sent between two workers that referred to a member of the Kainai Board of Education as a “rabid squaw.”

Canada hard to define, easy to celebrate: poll

TORONTO—What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.

The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.

Cougar killed near school

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta.—Police say they shot and killed a cougar that had climbed a tree near a school in west-central Alberta.

RCMP say they responded to a 9-1-1 call early Friday in Rocky Mountain House about a cougar that was spotted walking down Main Street.

Officers found the cougar in the downtown, where it climbed a tree near Ecole Rocky Elementary School.