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Parizeau speech released

MONTREAL—Quebec is standing tall and the world should make space for the new country, the late premier Jacques Parizeau said in a speech prepared in the event of a “Yes” victory in the 1995 sovereignty referendum.

Parizeau’s comments—made in English and French—were destined for media organizations but were not aired because of the “No” side’s win on Oct. 30, 1995.

Campaign targets bogus 9-1-1 calls

Edmonton police say some of the calls they get for 9-1-1 are so ridiculous, they are launching a campaign reminding citizens of when not to phone the emergency line.

They say one of the worst ones was a call from a driver at West Edmonton Mall who had nosed his vehicle part-way into a parking stall and was annoyed another woman wouldn’t give up challenging him for the spot.

More math for kids

TORONTO—Students in Ontario elementary schools soon will be required to have one full hour a day of math instructions.

Education minister Liz Sandals said the province will spend $60 million to help students improve their test results in math, and some of the money will pay for professional development for teachers who specialize in the subject.

Wall seeking third term

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask.—Saskatchewan voters head to the polls today after a 27-day campaign that featured few spending promises and lean party platforms.

It’s widely considered to be a two-way race between the incumbent Saskatchewan Party, led by Brad Wall, and the Opposition NDP, under Cam Broten.

Bank note panel set

OTTAWA—Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is appointing a seven-member advisory council to develop a short list of Canadian women who could appear on the next series of bank notes.

The bank already has issued an open call for nominations, which runs to April 15 and has had more than 18,000 submissions.