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In the news today: Uber, TIFF, David Eng, Oilers, and housing prices


 

Photographed at Dundas Square, Toronto, Uber taxi service is a new way to travel around the city. Request and payment are all made using an app. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star/Getty)

Photographed at Dundas Square, Toronto, Uber taxi service is a new way to travel around the city. Request and payment are all made using an app. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star/Getty)


AGREEMENT STRUCK IN UBER-QUEBEC DISPUTE

The Quebec government and ride-hailing service Uber have reached an agreement in principle on a pilot project that will allow the company to continue operating in the province. The agreement, announced early Thursday by Uber’s general manager in Quebec, came just hours after Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said discussions were stalled as a Wednesday midnight deadline loomed.

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR LOST N.L. FISHERMEN

The bodies of two fishermen have been recovered from waters off eastern Newfoundland, while search crews continue looking from the air and sea for two more men who were on board the boat. Sources who know the families involved say the recovered bodies are those of commercial fisherman Keith Walsh Jr. and Billy Humby. Walsh’s father and grandfather remain missing.

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LIBERALS SET TO LAUNCH NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEW

The Liberal government will launch the public phase of its long-awaited national security review today with the release of a discussion paper. The government has promised to repeal what it calls the problematic elements of omnibus security legislation, known as Bill C-51, ushered in by the previous Conservative government. The Liberals also plan to introduce new measures they say will do a better job of balancing collective security with rights and freedoms.

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JUDICIAL HEARING CONTINUES FOR JUDGE IN ‘KNEES TOGETHER’ CASE

A judicial hearing will continue today into a Calgary judge who chastised a sex-assault complainant for not keeping her knees together. Robin Camp’s remarks led to the Alberta Appeal Court ordering a new trial for the man Camp acquitted. Court transcripts show Camp, 64, questioned the complainant’s morals, suggested her attempts to fight off the man were feeble and described her as “the accused” throughout the trial.

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ENG LEADS CANADIAN TEAM IN PARALYMPIC GAMES OPENING

David Eng made sure Canada’s entrance to the Paralympic opening ceremonies was a memorable one. The Canadian flag-bearer, a two-time gold medallist in wheelchair basketball, knelt on one knee when he entered Rio’s Maracana Stadium and gave a fierce wave of the Maple Leaf. Canada has 162 athletes competing in 19 sports in Rio, and is gunning for a top-16 finish in the overall medals standings.

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OILERS SET TO TAKE KEYS TO SHINY NEW ARENA

The Edmonton Oilers officially sever ties with their old home today and take the keys to a new rink. Rogers Place replaces Rexall Place, home to the Oilers since 1974. It seats 18,641 built at a cost of almost $614 million _ a price tag shared by city taxpayers, ticket buyers and the Oilers. It is the centrepiece of a broad plan to revitalize the city’s downtown.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

Two Bathurst, N.B. police officers charged in the shooting death of a businessman appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison announces defence infrastructure investments in Greenwood, N.S.

Quebec Liberals wrap up a two-day caucus meeting in Gatineau, Que.

Tour operator Transat A.T. Inc. and printer-publisher Transcontinental Inc. release third quarter results.

Statistics Canada releases for July include building permits and the new housing price index.

Toronto International Film Festival begins.


 
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