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New federal pay system has a backlog of 80,000 problem cases

Ottawa - A meeting will be held today to question senior Canadian government officials about the controversial new Phoenix payroll system, after ruling Liberal members of the government operations committee approved further study of the new program.

Cirque du Soleil cancels 40 shows in Turkey

Montr - Canada-based Cirque du Soleil has canceled 40 shows in Turkey for fear of political instability there after a deadly failed coup attempt, the acrobatic troupe said Tuesday.

Interstellar Rodeo: Five years of fine music and fine wine Special

Edmonton - Interstellar Rodeo, a music festival presented by Six Shooter Records, celebrated five years in Edmonton with an array of fine music and wines.

Oil-covered birds rescued near Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan

Maidstone - The first birds to be casualties of the recent Husky oil spill near Maidstone Saskatchewan have been found near the sight of the leak, completely covered in oil.

Crude oil from pipeline leak contaminates Saskatchewan river

Maidstone - Between 200,000 and 250,000 liters of crude oil and other material from a breach in a Husky Energy oil pipeline near Maidstone Saskatchewan leaked into the North Saskatchewan River.

Russia facing calls for all-out Rio ban

Montr - Russia was facing calls to be kicked out of the Olympics on Thursday after their highly-regarded track and field squad lost their appeal over being banned from Rio for state-sponsored doping.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ in Toronto’s High Park scores with strong lead, energy Special

Toronto - How do you scrunch “Hamlet” down to ninety minutes without killing the plot or losing too many of the great soliloquies? Sounds like an impossible task, but Canadian Stage manages to pull it off in a surprisingly solid High Park production.

Russian sports minister Mutko in doping controversy spotlight

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called on FIFA to investigate Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko, a member of the football world body's executive, over drug failures in football.

Canada gets new UNESCO site — Mistaken Point, Newfoundland

Mistaken Point, Newfoundland, a small Canadian headland on the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday.

Russia's Rio status hangs by thread as IOC talks sanctions

Montr - International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were set for emergency talks Tuesday to decide Russia's status for the Rio Olympics after an investigation found rampant state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events.

Review: Fast-paced staging fires up ‘All’s Well’ in Toronto’s High Park Special

Toronto - “All’s Well that Ends Well” is a famous title, but it’s not one of William Shakespeare’s better-known plays. This year, Canadian Stage is tackling this rarely remounted work with a wide comedic onslaught – mostly to its advantage.

Read why alcoholics in Ottawa are given wine every hour

This may seem bizarre but alcoholics in Ottawa are given wine every hour as part of their treatment. The reason, once explained, makes sense.

Shocked Canada PM offers support after Nice attack

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged his support to France after the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left at least 80 people dead."Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice.

Bodycam video of shooting of unarmed teen released by Fresno PD

Fresno - In what has been described as a "rare move," the chief of police of the Fresno Police Department has released bodycam video of the fatal shooting of Dylan Noble, an unarmed white 19-year-old who was shot by two officers last month.

Almost 160,000 Canadians cancelled TV subscriptions last year

Ottawa - Even though about 160,000 Canadian cancelled their TV subscriptions last year, conventional cable and satellite TV providers saw revenues decline just 0.1 percent to $8.9 billion

Ashley Madison makes changes, gives infidelity a new look

Toronto - Ashley Madison, a site where married people search for affairs, has launched a campaign to restore faith in its services.

Toronto City Council will vote on 911 texting

Toronto - If Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly gets his way, Toronto will become the first Canadian city to allow people to text 911 as well as call. Kelly will introduce a motion before council in an attempt to get the process started.

Toronto Transit Commission to introduce app to report harassment

Toronto - The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) intends to introduce a new app by the end of the year that will allow customers to advise transit authorities of harassment and other unwanted behaviour on the transit system.

6 teens alleged to have shared intimate images without consent

Bridgewater - It is one of the first times in Canada that someone has been charged under a new law that makes it an offence to distribute intimate sexual or nude pictures of another person without that person's consent.

Naloxone nasal spray given fast-track approval in Canada

Canada's Minister of Health signed an interim order on Wednesday that allows immediate access to Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray. The drug is made by Adapt Pharma, and can be imported from the U.S. and sold in Canada.
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