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Pan Am cleanup involves hauling tonnes of sand

Pan Am cleanup involves hauling 3,000 tonnes of sand to North Bay, Ont.
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Cleaning up after the Pan Am Games means dismantling bleachers, tearing down stages — and finding a new home for about 3,000 metric tonnes of sand.

When Games organizers built five beach volleyball courts in a downtown Toronto parking lot, they brought in about 80 truckloads of sand from Muskoka, Ont., especially configured for the sport, their supplier said.

Child stands to inherit everything with DNA test

Baby to inherit millions if proven progeny of murdered West Vancouver man
Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A Chinese woman trying to prove her baby daughter has sole claim to the fortune of a murdered West Vancouver millionaire has won her bid for a paternity test.

A new British Columbia law says the child stands to inherit everything if the results match.

The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered DNA testing on the remains of Gang Yuan, whose body was found chopped into more than 100 pieces. A man has been charged with second-degree murder.

Sutherland rails against federal voting rule

Donald Sutherland rails against federal voting restrictions for expats
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - One of Canada's most famous expats is railing against the Harper government over a federal law that takes the right to vote away from citizens living abroad for more than five years.

Donald Sutherland attacks the policy in an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Globe and Mail titled, "I'm Canadian – and I have a right to vote."

It follows an Ontario Court of Appeal decision earlier this month that upheld federal voting restrictions.

Damaged assessed after Manitoba tornado

'Incredible' Manitoba tornado lasted up to three hours: Environment Canada
Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Officials were tallying damage Tuesday from a tornado that hit rural areas of southwestern Manitoba and lasted up to what Environment Canada called an "incredible" three hours.

Video and photos taken by storm chasers showed a wide-based, wedge-shaped tornado near the community of Tilston, as well as a multiple-vortex system swirling through nearby farmland just as the sun was setting Monday night.

Summer rerun: a look at Olivia Chow

A look at Olivia Chow, seeking another stint as NDP member of Parliament
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Former New Democrat MP and failed Toronto mayoral hopeful Olivia Chow, currently a visiting professor at Ryerson University, is planning to run in the riding of Spadina-Fort York as she mounts a bid to return to federal politics under the NDP banner. Some personal background:

Born: March 24, 1957 in Hong Kong.

Education: Honours bachelor's degree in fine art, University of Guelph.

NDP's Olivia Chow running in riding she quit

Mulcair thrilled as ex-New Democrat MP Olivia Chow tries political comeback
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - New Democrat stalwart Olivia Chow said Tuesday she wants to unseat the Liberal MP who won the byelection she forced last year in her failed bid to become mayor of Toronto.

With NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at her side, Chow announced her candidacy in the downtown riding by echoing the words of her late husband and party icon, Jack Layton.

"We have a chance to replace fear and division with hope and optimism," Chow, 58, said at a child-care facility. "Change is only one election away."

Pssssst, wanna buy a used fire hall?

Not a cosy starter-home. Heritage fire hall in Cranbrook, B.C., up for sale
The Canadian Press

CRANBROOK, B.C. - If you are looking for a heritage property with lots of character, the City of Cranbrook may have the listing for you — as long as you're in the market for a fire hall.

Councillors in the southeastern B.C., city, about 900 kilometres east of Vancouver, have set the price for Fire Hall No. 1, a two-storey, 640-square-metre brick building built in 1929.

Council hopes to fetch $349,000 for the hall, which comes with three large truck bays, a smaller adjoining garage and a separate side entrance, but no word on a fire pole.

Manitoba pipeline had crack before explosion

Manitoba natural gas pipeline that exploded had pre-existing defect, report says
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Transportation Safety Board says a natural gas pipeline that exploded in Manitoba last year had a crack that formed at the time of its construction more than 50 years ago.

The federal agency launched an investigation after a TransCanada pipeline (TSX:TRP) near the southern Manitoba community of Otterburne ruptured on Jan. 25, 2014, allowing natural gas to escape and burn for 12 hours.

Five homes were evacuated in the area, located about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, but no injuries were reported.

63 per cent of Canadians watched Pan Ams: CBC

Nearly two thirds of Canadians watched at least some Pan Am Games coverage: CBC
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - New data show nearly two-thirds of Canadians tuned in to televised coverage of the Pan Am Games, with an average audience of almost 2.2 million watching Sunday's closing ceremony.

Numbers released by the CBC, the official broadcaster for the Games, show more than 22 million Canadians, about 63 per cent, watched at least some coverage of the international competition between July 10 and 26.

Callers flood CRA with benefits questions

Calls on child benefit flood revenue agency offices
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency says it fielded more than a million phone calls on the day that increased child benefits took effect.

An agency spokesman says many callers had to be directed to check their mailboxes when they called to ask about their money, which in some cases amounted to more than $500.

Philippe Brideau says the majority of callers wanted to know how they were going to be paid — especially if they received other benefits through direct deposit.

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