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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.

Heavy rain knocks out power lines and floods part of Winnipeg hospital

Winnipeg was hit Thursday by rain so heavy it knocked down power lines, flooded streets and sent water spilling into part of a hospital.

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Don’t get mad, make a video

When Halifax’s Dave Carroll got off his United Airlines flight last spring and discovered his $3,500 custom-made guitar was severely damaged — allegedly by overzealous luggage handlers — at first he was mad.

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New flu virus has experts’ attention

A brand new virus diagnosed in at least two Saskatchewan hog farm workers will likely burn out with those cases, but public health authorities need to keep a wary eye on the virus in case it spreads, a leading Canadian infectious disease expert warns.

Sask. premier eyes new reactor to produce isotopes

REGINA — Building a small reactor that focused on nuclear research and medical isotope production would be costly, but it could also be the answer to the isotope shortage, says Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

Gay festival organizer defends Conservative government

The director of one of Canada’s premier gay and lesbian festivals sprang to the defence of the Conservative government Wednesday, saying she has received even more stable support since the Tories took power.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay

Feds to spend $5B on combat vehicles

OROMOCTO, N.B. — The federal government is spending more than $5 billion to upgrade the Canadian army’s combat vehicles, including improvements for its existing light armoured vehicle fleet.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay

Chalk River reactor down for months

OTTAWA — The Chalk River reactor will be down until the end of year.

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Royal visit

Emperor Akihito of Japan visits the National Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa on Tuesday. The Emperor and Empress are on an 11-day visit to Canada where they will visit Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.

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Speaking tour a suitable fraud sentence: lawyer

Two theatre heavyweights convicted of a massive fraud spanning nearly a decade should be spared jail time and instead embark on speaking tours to inspire and instil ethics in students, their lawyers told court Tuesday.

Abousfian Abdelrazik  goes through the metal detector as he arrives at Federal Court for a routine appearance in Montreal Tuesday.

Canadian seeks to clear his name, pursue justice

A Montreal man who returned home last month after a six-year exile in Sudan says he wants those behind his ordeal brought to justice.

Abousfian Abdelrazik  goes through the metal detector as he arrives at Federal Court for a routine appearance in Montreal Tuesday.

Chronic seatbelt problem caused Snowbird crash

A faulty seatbelt left unrepaired for several years and the failure of the pilot to ensure that he was strapped in properly led to the fatal crash of a Snowbird jet two years ago, says the final report on the May 2007 crash.

Master Cpl. Patrice Audet

Chopper crash claims two Canadian soldiers

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A helicopter crash possibly caused by mechanical failure claimed the lives of two Canadian soldiers on Monday, bringing Canada’s death toll from the Afghanistan mission to four in as many days.

Master Cpl. Patrice Audet

Deficits could reach almost $156 billion

OTTAWA — The recession will sink the federal government into a $155.9-billion hole over the next five years and cost hundreds of thousands of Canadians their jobs, the parliamentary budget officer predicts.

Flu toll rises to 36

Three new deaths from swine flu were reported Monday — one in each Prairie province — increasing the known number of people who have succumbed to the virus in Canada to 36.

Bombings spark tips

Police are hoping a new spate of tips will help them crack what appears to be the longest string of bombings since the FLQ terrorized Quebec in the 1960s.

Polar bear numbers melting with the ice

A major international report says the increasingly rapid loss of Arctic sea ice is already taking a toll on polar bears and Canada should reconsider its decision not to include the predators on its list of endangered species.

Domestic ‘terrorism’ frustrates Mounties

It’s been nine months since the first explosion targeting EnCana’s (TSX:ECA) natural gas operations in northeastern B.C. — the start of six attacks the RCMP are now labelling “domestic terrorism.”

RCMP ask for public’s patience after sixth B.C. pipeline bombing

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — It’s been nine months since the first explosion targeting EnCana’s (TSX:ECA) natural gas operations in northeastern B.C. — the start of six attacks the RCMP are now labelling “domestic terrorism.”