Saturday, April 19, 2014

National

Inflation climbs to 1.5 percent

OTTAWA—A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada’s inflation rate to 1.5 percent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years.

Groups fighting bear hunt

TORONTO—Two animal rights groups are heading to court after the Ontario government announced a pilot project for a spring bear hunt this year.
Animal Alliance of Canada and Zoocheck Canada will outline details of their legal action at a news conference this morning in Toronto.

4 tons of carrots too many

SKOWHEGAN, Maine—A Maine animal shelter has so many carrots it doesn’t know what to do.
The Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan received the carrots last week from a trucking company that wanted to get rid of them after a supermarket manager turned them away because some were bruised.
The carrots were still edible and the trucking company didn’t want to waste them.

Toddler unharmed after getting stuck inside claw crane machine

LINCOLN, Neb.—Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.
Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her three-year-old son was missing from her apartment.

‘Stop sharing suicide data’: asks privacy watchdog

TORONTO—Ontario’s privacy watchdog issued a special report yesterday demanding police stop sharing information about suicide attempts with U.S. officials, who used the mental health data to block at least four Canadians from entering the United States.

Wynne promises $29B for transit

TORONTO—The governing Liberals are promising to pave the way for $29 billion to be spent on new transit and transportation infrastructure in Ontario over the next decade, but they aren’t rolling out the entire blueprint yet.

Ukraine leader asks for peacekeepers

HORLIVKA, Ukraine—Ukraine’s acting president today called for the deployment of United Nations’ peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities.

Tory MP fails to win nomination

CALGARY—The man who defeated controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders for the nomination in Signal Hill took aim at one of the most powerful members of Stephen Harper’s cabinet late Saturday night.

Many regions on flood watch

BELLEVILLE, Ont.—Teams of volunteers in southern Ontario and Quebec were preparing for flooding with walls of sandbags yesterday as they awaited heavy rain expected to hit parts of both provinces over the next several days.
Environment Canada said some areas in Ontario could get up to 75 mm of rain by early tomorrow while upwards of 45 mm of rain was expected in southern and central Quebec.

Annual seal hunt gets underway

HALIFAX—The annual East Coast seal hunt started today against a backdrop of ongoing trade and court challenges in Europe and renewed claims from animal welfare groups that the 400-year-old industry is dead in the water.

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