Tuesday, October 21, 2014

National

Trudeau memoir now on shelves

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau says revealing what makes political leaders tick is just as important as disclosing the minutiae of the policies they’d implement.
That’s why the Liberal leader says he’s bared some intimate details of his life in a new memoir, “Common Ground,” which hit bookstores today.

Newfoundland ‘dodges a bullet’

ST JOHNS, N.L.—Hurricane Gonzalo howled just off southeastern Newfoundland early yesterday, dumping heavy rain.
But the fast-moving storm left little trace besides pounding surf.
Gonzalo struck a glancing blow in the capital, St. John’s, and on the Avalon Peninsula before racing out into the North Atlantic.

Canada wins ruling

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries.
The World Trade Organization released a ruling today that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico.

Exoskeleton helps groom

DeWITT, N.Y.—New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.
Ficarra was able to stand and walk during the wedding ceremony in suburban Syracuse on Saturday with the help of a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton called an Ekso.

Disabled ship safely towed to port

A disabled Russian cargo ship successfully was towed to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over yesterday.
Now the debate begins.

Concert mark set

LAS VEGAS—An Irish pub on the Las Vegas Strip was expected to break a Guinness World Record after hosting more than two weeks of nearly non-stop live music.
The concert began Oct. 1 in the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, and was expected to surpass the previous record at 1 p.m. yesterday.

Inflation rate dips

OTTAWA—Canada’s annual inflation rate was 2.0 percent in September—a slight dip in the cost of living from the previous month, Statistics Canada said today.
The inflation rate had been up 2.1 percent in the months of July and August, according to the federal agency’s consumer price index.

Anti-terror powers to expand

OTTAWA—The Conservative government plans to amend the law governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to give the spy agency greater ability to track terrorists overseas.
Public Safety minister Steven Blaney said yesterday the extremist threat has become more complex since the law was passed 30 years ago, adding the dangers to Canada do not stop at the border.

More Canadian help coming on Ebola: PM

WASHINGTON—Canada is about to announce new measures in the fight against Ebola, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his U.S. counterpart yesterday amid increased fear over the spreading virus.
The prime minister made the promise in a phone chat with U.S. President Barack Obama, according to a summary of a phone chat released by Harper’s office.

Reunited pet parrot now speaks Spanish

TORRANCE, Calif.—A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner—and the bird now speaks Spanish.
The reunion was brought about by a southern California veterinarian who mistook “Nigel,” an African grey parrot, for her own missing bird, the Daily Breeze reported.

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