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Deadly Midway Accident in U.S. Prompts Edmonton Fair to Shutter Ride

Deadly Midway Accident in U.S. Prompts Edmonton Fair to Shutter Ride

By The Canadian Press

Fire Ball Ride
The Fire Ball ride at Ohio State Fair, where one person was killed and seven injured on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP / THE TELEGRAPH)

EDMONTON – A popular midway ride at this week’s K-Days fair and exhibition in Edmonton has been shut down as a precaution after a deadly accident involving the same attraction at the Ohio State Fair.

North American Midway Entertainment, the company that provides attractions to K-Days, says in a statement released Wednesday night that the ride, called the Fire Ball, has been closed until further notice.

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Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

By The Canadian Press

Wildfire
A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. For the first time in days, a new evacuation order has been issued for homes near one of the scores of wildfires raging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an “imminent threat” to people and property.

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Via Rail Seeks to Limit Scope of Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Policy

Via Rail Seeks to Limit Scope of Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Policy

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

VIA Rail Churchill
A VIA Rail train sits idle at the train station in Churchill, Man., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex de Vries)

TORONTO – Via Rail is trying to limit the scope of a policy to make its trains more accessible to travellers using wheelchairs and mobility aids.

The national rail provider had revised its policy in May in compliance with an order from the Canadian Transportation Agency, which directed Via to double the number of mobility devices that could be tied down on trains from one to two.

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McDavid Disappointed at NHL Decision to Not Participate in 2018 Olympic Games

McDavid Disappointed at NHL Decision to Not Participate in 2018 Olympic Games

By Brennan McDougal, The Canadian Press

Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid competes against Aaron Sanchez and Eugenie Bouchard in a “60 Second Scramble” promotional event ahead of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

TORONTO – Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he’s disappointed that the NHL won’t be sending players to the Winter Olympic in South Korea next year.

McDavid told reporters at a charity event Wednesday that Team Canada will not have the same talent at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, thanks to the lack of NHL players.

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Loblaw Expects Higher Minimum Wage Rules Will Increase Its Labour Costs by $190M

Loblaw Expects Higher Minimum Wage Rules Will Increase Its Labour Costs by $190M

By Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press

Galen Weston
Galen G. Weston, Executive President and Chairman of Loblaw Limited poses for a photo at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill)

TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canada’s largest grocery and drug store operator, warned Wednesday that minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta threaten to harm its bottom line and it will have to find ways to cut costs.

The company, which owns Shoppers Drug Mart and grocery chains including Loblaws and No Frills, estimates that the wage hikes will mean its labour expenses will balloon by about $190 million next year.

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Saskatchewan Reserve to Get Clean Drinking Water After More Than Five Years

Saskatchewan Reserve to Get Clean Drinking Water After More Than Five Years

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

Carolyn Bennett - Perry Bellegarde
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett speaks as AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde looks on at the Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Regina, Sask., Tuesday July 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor)

REGINA – Plans are underway to get a Saskatchewan First Nation clean water after more than five years under a drinking water advisory, and to meet a pledge to end such advisories on all reserves.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced $9.2 million to replace the water treatment system on the White Bear First Nation, southeast of Regina.

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Canadian Airlines Aiming to Become a Biofuel Superpower, Reduce Carbon Footprint

Canadian Airlines Aiming to Become a Biofuel Superpower, Reduce Carbon Footprint

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

WestJet
WestJet takes off at Abbotsford International Airport. (WESTJET)

MONTREAL – The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has the potential to become a biofuel superpower by transforming forest residue and agricultural crops into energy that can help the industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Canada actually has an opportunity like no other country where it can displace large amounts of fuel and reduce large amounts of carbon,” Mena Salib, Air Canada’s manager of aircraft noise and emissions, said Tuesday after speaking to a global biotech conference.

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Cannabis Executive Says Producers Unlikely to Meet Demands of Consumer Market

Cannabis Executive Says Producers Unlikely to Meet Demands of Consumer Market

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

Marijuana
Products and types of marijuana are shown at The Dispensary, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

MONTREAL – An official with a large Canadian producer of medical cannabis is confident consumers will be adequately supplied come next July, but says production will need to be increased.

“Right now, the existing capacity and what is already envisioned will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the adult consumer market,” Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in an interview Monday.

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Missing Non-Lethal Grenade Launcher, Ammunition Found: B.C. Police

Missing Non-Lethal Grenade Launcher, Ammunition Found: B.C. Police

By The Canadian Press

Grenade Launcher
A 40MM Abrams Airborne Mfg Inc. Less Lethal Multi-Launcher (gas gun) is seen in this undated handout photo. Mounties in British Columbia are searching for a missing non-lethal grenade launcher that appears to have fallen off the back of a truck. RCMP spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says in a news release that the force is looking for a 40 millimetre Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher and some related ammunition. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP)

VANCOUVER – Mounties in British Columbia say a missing non-lethal grenade launcher has been found.

The force released a plea Monday looking for anyone who had information about a missing 40-millimetre Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher and some related ammunition.

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Mint Apologizes for Commemorative Coin Veterans’ Group Calls Flawed

Mint Apologizes for Commemorative Coin Veterans’ Group Calls Flawed

By The Canadian Press

Silver Collector Coin
A Canadian silver collector coin that is being issued for the 75th anniversary of an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe during the Second World War is seen in this undated handout photo from the Royal Canadian Mint. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Royal Canadian Mint)

DIEPPE, N.B. – It was officially code-named Operation Jubilee and the allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe was a pivotal moment in the Second World War. But 75 years later, a battle is brewing over just what to call the bloody assault that claimed the lives of nearly a thousand Canadian soldiers.

The Royal Canadian Mint issued a collector coin in May commemorating the Battle of Dieppe, prompting outcry from a New Brunswick veterans’ group that says the attack is called the Dieppe Raid.

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