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Cities Make Power Play for New Fiscal Order with Eye to 2019 Federal Election

Cities Make Power Play for New Fiscal Order with Eye to 2019 Federal Election

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 4, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Canada’s cities believe they will finally land easier and direct access to federal dollars in next year’s budget, or at least wrest a platform pledge from parties in the 2019 election.

A pre-budget submission from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities asks the Liberals to end the buffet of application-based programs, and instead put the money into predetermined, annual payment programs.

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Coaches, Players on Alberta University Rugby Team Buckle Up for the Broncos

Coaches, Players on Alberta University Rugby Team Buckle Up for the Broncos

By The Canadian Press

Neil Langevin
Neil Langevin, the head coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team, is shown in a handout photo. Langevin says he’s making it a habit to wear his seatbelt on the team’s bus. Other coaches and at least half of the players on his team at the southern Alberta school are also buckling up. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Neil Langevin)

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The head coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team says he’s making it a habit to wear his seatbelt on the team’s bus.

Other coaches and at least half of the players on his team at the southern Alberta school are also buckling up.

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Two Manitobans Named to Women’s FIVB World Championships Roster

Two Manitobans Named to Women’s FIVB World Championships Roster

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Team Canada will compete at the 2018 Women’s FIVB World Championships in Japan. (JAPAN2018.FIVB.COM)

Two Manitoba volleyball players are part of a 14-women roster representing Canada at the upcoming FIVB World Championships in Japan.

Alicia Ogoms of Winnipeg and Megan Cyr of St. Andrews, Manitoba are part of Canada’s pool B in Sapporo for the first round of the round-robin. Canada joins Turkey, Italy, Cuba, China and Bulgaria in the same pool.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Gets Medical Pot License from Health Canada

Shoppers Drug Mart Gets Medical Pot License from Health Canada

By The Canadian Press

Shoppers Drug Mart
The logo for Shoppers Drug Mart is shown in downtown Toronto, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart is getting Health Canada’s approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima)

TORONTO – Shoppers Drug Mart has received Health Canada’s approval to be a licensed medical marijuana producer, opening the door for the pharmacy giant to dispense medical cannabis to patients.

This comes after Shoppers in October 2016 applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.

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Passenger Rights Advocate Launches Complaint Against New Low-Cost Airline

Passenger Rights Advocate Launches Complaint Against New Low-Cost Airline

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press

Swoop Airlines
A Swoop Airlines Boeing 737-800 is on display during a media event, June 19, 2018 at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont. An air passenger rights advocate has filed a regulatory complaint against Swoop Inc. claiming the new low-cost airline is unlawfully charging baggage fees. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton)

An air passenger rights advocate has filed a regulatory complaint against Swoop Inc. claiming the new low-cost airline is unlawfully charging baggage fees.

In a complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Gabor Lukacs says the commercial carrier is flouting Canadian law by failing to offer passengers a basic fare that includes a carry-on and a checked bag.

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Rural Canada Post Carriers Could See 25% Pay Hike, Says Spokesman

Rural Canada Post Carriers Could See 25% Pay Hike, Says Spokesman

By The Canadian Press

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The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company’s Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA – An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post that gives rural carriers a hefty pay increase.

A spokesman for the Crown agency says a preliminary review of the ruling indicates rural and suburban postal workers, known as RSMCs, could see a 25-per-cent hike in their wages, plus increases in other benefits.

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Man Wins Five-Year Battle Over Pay Lost During Prince Edward Island Snowstorm

Man Wins Five-Year Battle Over Pay Lost During Prince Edward Island Snowstorm

By The Canadian Press

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

CHARLOTTETOWN – In what might be a moral victory for every Canadian who ever had to go to work in bad weather, a P.E.I. man has won a five-year battle to get 3.5 hours worth of pay after being unable to get to the office.

A labour panel granted Leslie Smith leave pay for time missed during a snowstorm, saying he was prudent not to endanger his life by driving in “very difficult road conditions.”

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Most Canadians Concerned About Young People Using E-Cigarettes, Survey Finds

Most Canadians Concerned About Young People Using E-Cigarettes, Survey Finds

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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A national survey looks at Canadians’ attitudes towards e-cigarette use and the apparent prevalence of vaping among different age groups. An electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago on April 23, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nam Y. Huh)

TORONTO – The majority of Canadians are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth, with almost 90 per cent backing a ban of the vaping products for those under 18, a national survey suggests.

The survey by the Angus Reid Institute, released Tuesday, found that support for prohibiting vaping among minors crossed all age and gender demographics, among tobacco smokers and non-smokers alike.

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