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Fire out at Saskatchewan gas facility

Saskatchewan residents wait for all-clear after natural gas fire extinguished
The Canadian Press

PRUDHOMME, Sask. - A fire that burned for almost a week at a natural gas pumping station in Saskatchewan is finally out, but affected residents are still waiting for the all-clear before they can return home.

SaskEnergy spokeswoman Casey MacLeod says the flames at the facility near Prud'homme, northeast of Saskatoon, were extinguished after work began Friday night to replace a damaged wellhead.

But MacLeod says on Sunday the workers will install a plug further down the well to seal it off, and residents won't be permitted to return until that job is completed.

Gonzalo could hit Newfoundland on Sunday

Gonzalo could make landfall in southeastern Newfoundland early Sunday
Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Many Newfoundlanders prepared for wild weather as forecasters warned Gonzalo could still be hurricane strength when it nears the southeastern tip of the island early Sunday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre said Saturday there is about a 20 per cent chance the storm will land on the southern Avalon Peninsula. It said Gonzalo could track toward St. Mary's Bay or about 150 kilometres southeast of Cape Race.

Couillard says he won't back down on reforms

Couillard says he won't back down on financial reforms despite protests
Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - The Quebec government won't back away from reforms aimed at balancing the province's books despite opposition and protests, Premier Philippe Couillard said Saturday.

In a speech, Couillard told party members gathered for a meeting in Trois-Rivieres not to be distracted by those fighting the changes.

9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard toll to 38

Nepal snow storm death toll reaches 38 as rescuers spot 9 more bodies
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation.

The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, said Yadav Koirala from the Disaster Management Division in Kathmandu.

10 things memoirs reveal about Justin Trudeau

Memoirs contain some surprising revelations about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's new memoir, Common Ground, contains a number of surprising revelations about the Liberal leader and his family that aren't generally known, despite a lifetime lived in the public eye.

Here are 10 things you probably didn't know:

Trudeau memoir recalls often painful youth

Trudeau memoir paints frank picture of privileged but painful childhood
Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau projects the image of a self-assured, impeccably turned-out, celebrity heart throb. But it wasn't always that way.

By the Liberal leader's own account, he was an awkward, insecure, pimply-faced youth who was traumatized by his parents' very public split and his mother's mental illness, an indifferent student who struggled in the shadow of his famous father to find his own metier.

Warning issues about Miracle Mineral Solution

Health Canada issues warning about Miracle Mineral Solution, seizes product
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Health Canada says anyone who bought a product called Miracle Mineral Solution should stop using it immediately.

The agency says the unauthorized product, sold over the Internet as a treatment for serious diseases such as cancer, poses serious health risks if ingested.

It says MMS contains sodium chlorite, a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant.

Canada to start shipping Ebola vaccine Monday

Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday, government says
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The federal government says Canada will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday.

The government says in a release the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying the vaccine to the UN body in Geneva in its role as the international co-ordinating body for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It says Canada will ship 800 vials of its experimental vaccine in three separate shipments, as a precautionary measure.

Nepal official: Most stranded trekkers rescued

Nepal official says most trekkers stranded in blizzards rescued, search continues
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - Most of the trekkers stranded by deadly blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued or moved to safer ground, but efforts to reach those left behind will continue along the popular route where they were trekking, an official said Saturday.

Coast guard tethers to Russian cargo ship in B.C.

Coast guard tethers to disabled Russian cargo ship off B.C. coast
The Canadian Press

OLD MASSETT, B.C. - Members of British Columbia's Haida Nation are breathing a little easier, hoping they have avoided an environmental "catastrophe," now that a Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel is under tow.

The Canadian Forces' joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria reported the Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia.

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