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U.S. Metallica Fan Who Lost Car in Toronto After Concert Says It Has Been Found

U.S. Metallica Fan Who Lost Car in Toronto After Concert Says It Has Been Found

By The Canadian Press

High-Level Lab in Winnipeg for Studying Dangerous Pathogens to Be Beefed Up

High-Level Lab in Winnipeg for Studying Dangerous Pathogens to Be Beefed Up

By The Canadian Press

National Microbiology Laboratory
The National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg is shown in a Tuesday, May 19, 2009 photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

TORONTO – The federal government is expanding the capacity of Canada’s level-4 containment labs in Winnipeg, which are used to research some of the world’s most dangerous human and animal diseases.

Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the $5-million lab expansion today in Winnipeg, saying the enhancements are critical for strengthening Canada’s ability to respond to both global and domestic public health threats.

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District at Centre of B.C. Firefight Says At Least 41 More Homes Lost

District at Centre of B.C. Firefight Says At Least 41 More Homes Lost

By The Canadian Press

B.C. Wildfire
The area of Boston Flats, B.C. is pictured Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week. The new British Columbia government is extending the state of emergency for another two weeks as wildfires continue to sweep across the province’s Interior. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

VANCOUVER – Officials in one of the regions hardest-hit by British Columbia’s wildfires provided a grim update Wednesday on the number homes lost, and say the tally is expected to grow.

The Cariboo Regional District said 41 homes have been destroyed and more than 35,000 residents on about 13,000 parcels of land are under either evacuation orders or alerts.

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Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

By The Canadian Press

Jean-Pierre Blais
Outgoing CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais holds a news conference to announce a decision on basic telecommunications service in Canada, Wednesday December 21, 2016 in Gatineau, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

GATINEAU, Que. – The appointment of telecom industry insider Ian Scott as the next chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has sparked both concerns that the regulator could soon be taken in a less consumer friendly direction and hope for a new direction.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Scott’s appointment Tuesday, while also naming Caroline Simard as the CRTC’s vice-chairwoman, saying the two have a “deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.”

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Expands Yogurt Recall to Yoplait and Liberte

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Expands Yogurt Recall to Yoplait and Liberte

By The Canadian Press

Yogurt Recall
Four yogurt products, including Yoplait Minigo, have been recalled due to concerns some may contain pieces of plastic. (YOPLAIT.CA)

OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.

The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products includes some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram pouches, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.

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Omnitrax Says It Won’t Pay for Rail Repairs in Churchill, Manitoba

Omnitrax Says It Won’t Pay for Rail Repairs in Churchill, Manitoba

By The Canadian Press

Churchill Flooding
Damage to a shutdown rail line to Churchill, shown in a handout photo, that has been a vital link for the town of 900 on Hudson Bay. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax)

CHURCHILL, Man. – Omnitrax says the flooded-out rail line to Churchill, Man., could be fixed before this winter, but the company won’t be putting up the money to do it.

Omnitrax officials said Tuesday the price tag for the repairs would be between $20 million and $60 million and the work would take 60 days, starting at the beginning of September and finishing at the end of October — if no major issues arise.

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Health Canada Reviewing Safety of BBQ Brushes, Says Nine Injured Since 2011

Health Canada Reviewing Safety of BBQ Brushes, Says Nine Injured Since 2011

By Brennan Doherty, The Canadian Press

BBQ Wire Brush
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TORONTO – Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the summer.

The agency said the risk assessment on the brushes comes after it has received nine reports of injuries from wire bristles since 2011.

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