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Canada briefs – July 14

The family of a young man swarmed by about 20 attackers and beaten to death with baseball and cricket bats was still trying to absorb the tragedy on Monday.

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Chretien joins exclusive club

OTTAWA — Jean Chretien joined the rarified company of humanitarians Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela on Monday as the Queen appointed the former PM to the exclusive Order of Merit.

Dutch reactor down

OTTAWA — The already shaky isotope supply may get a whole lot shakier.

Canada imposes visas on Czechs, Mexicans

OTTAWA — Travellers from Mexico and the Czech Republic will require visas to get into Canada, effective this week — a move that earned swift rebukes from both countries.

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Air Canada’s pilots, flight attendants approve new deal to avoid bankruptcy

Pilots with Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) have approved a new labour agreement by a thin margin that’s part of the money-losing airline’s efforts to reduce its costs and avoid having to seek bankruptcy protection.

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Feds invest $20m to trace livestock

Canadian farmers are skeptical that a $20-million federal investment announced Friday to track livestock from grocery stores around the world back to Canadian farms will help beleaguered producers.

Ontario reports two more swine flu deaths

Ontario is reporting an additional two deaths associated with the swine flu for a national total of 41.

Tornado kills two in Ontario

Two American men were killed and another was missing after a tornado uprooted two cabins and dropped the buildings into a northwestern Ontario lake.

Flu vaccine production hits snag: yield is ‘less than optimal’

Swine flu vaccine production has hit a snag, with manufacturers reporting a disappointingly low yield when vaccines viruses are grown in eggs.

Queen’s visit to Canada confirmed for 2010

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are set to visit Canada next summer. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean confirmed the mid-2010 visit in a statement Sunday.

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Emperor, Empress of Japan visit BC marine institute

SIDNEY, B.C. — Emperor Akihito of Japan thrilled Canadian marine scientists Sunday as he quizzed them with ocean-related questions during a visit to the Institute of Ocean Sciences near Victoria.

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Margaret Davis holds up an agreement between her and Earl Jones at an information meeting along with other investors in Montreal

Investors fear losses as search on for financial planner

MONTREAL — Bounced retirement home cheques. Tens of thousands in unpaid income taxes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in possibly lost life savings.

Margaret Davis holds up an agreement between her and Earl Jones at an information meeting along with other investors in Montreal

Layton calls for release of Canadian-Iranian reporter held in Iran

TORONTO — NDP Leader Jack Layton is urging Ottawa to send a senior member of Parliament to Iran to secure the release of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari.

Canadians growing weary of minority governments

OTTAWA — Minority-government fatigue seems to be setting in with voters.

Woman, 27, charged with murder after child dies in Winnipeg hospital

Winnipeg police have charged a 27-year-old woman with second-degree murder in the death of a 21-month-old child.

Tourists take in the views as Canadian flags blow in the wind at the top of Whistler mountain in Whistler

Checking out Olympic venues

Tourists take in the views as Canadian flags blow in the wind at the top of Whistler mountain in Whistler, B.C., on Thursday. Whistler is the host mountain for the alpine events at 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Tourists take in the views as Canadian flags blow in the wind at the top of Whistler mountain in Whistler

Two pilots die as cargo plane slams nose-first into Richmond, B.C., parking lot

A twin-engine cargo plane was transporting blood for Canada Blood Services when it crashed, killing two pilots just kilometres shy of the runway at Vancouver International Airport.

Power transmission problems speed up time in B.C.

In the 2007 movie Next, Nicolas Cage plays a man who can see several minutes into the future.

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Canada briefs – July 10

The Roman Catholic archbishop who administered holy communion to the prime minister last week says he believes Stephen Harper meant no disrespect when he consumed a communion wafer during the funeral of former governor general Romeo LeBlanc.

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Scientists warn of pig pandemic

OTTAWA — German scientists are warning of a pig pandemic after tests suggested the swine flu can pass from humans to hogs and then infect a whole herd.

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