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US judge awards $134M in suit against Khadr

US judge awards $134M in lawsuit against Omar Khadr
The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - A U.S. judge has granted $134.2 million in damages to the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade in their lawsuit against former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.

In their lawsuit, Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris, alleged a teenage Khadr was responsible for the death of Sgt. Christopher Speer and Morris's injuries in Afghanistan in July 2002.

Corporate Calgary cuts back at Stampede

'Party like it's 2014!' Corporate Calgary cuts Stampede spending amid oil gloom
Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - This time last year David Howard was getting ready to host a number of high-profile corporate parties as part of Calgary's Stampede, but that's not the case this time around.

"Basically, it's gone from where last year we were producing two events a day to where we're out of the game completely," said Howard, president of the Event Group.

His company is one of many feeling the bite of low oil prices as energy companies cut back spending on this year's Stampede, which kicks off Friday.

Woman heads out to sea after human rights win

N.S. woman heads out to sea after human rights complaint win
Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

A Nova Scotia woman who won a human rights complaint against her home community for denying her a fishing license because of her gender is heading out to sea after all.

Stacey Marshall Tabor says the Millbrook First Nation informed her that she would be sailing as a deckhand on a snow crab boat on Tuesday.

The assignment came after years of infighting that culminated in a discrimination finding by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Quebec bar can challenge minimum-sentence law

Quebec bar can proceed with challenge of minimum-sentence law
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Quebec's bar association has been given the green light to proceed with its challenge of a federal law that provides for mandatory minimum sentences.

The federal government argued in two different courts in Quebec that the bar's request for a judgment on the constitutionality of the law was inadmissible.

Ottawa said the bar did not have sufficient standing to undertake the legal challenge but lost in both courts.

The Supreme Court announced Thursday it has refused to hear the case, paving the way for the bar to go ahead with its court challenge.

Calgary man fined for designer dog distress

Calgary man fined and faces lifetime pet ban for abuse in designer dog case
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - A case of designer dogs gone wrong has led to a fine and lifetime ban on pet ownership for a Calgary man.

Chun Fat (Darren) Law was charged by the Calgary Humane Society in June of last year after 13 dogs were seized under Alberta's Animal Protection Act.

Law was convicted and fined $4,000 and has a lifetime prohibition from owning or caring for animals.

The dogs were in distress for various reasons including unsanitary conditions, lack of water and medical concerns.

Election nominations filled with controversy

Ches Crosbie among many would-be candidates with controversial nomination bids
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Ches Crosbie, the son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, isn't the only would-be 2015 federal election candidate whose nomination has been surrounded in controversy. Some other recent examples:

Ford Canada recalls 52,000 vehicles

Ford recalls 2015 Focus, C-MAX, and Escape models for ignition problem
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ford says it is recalling 52,180 vehicles in Canada because of a software bug that could leave the car running after the ignition is switched off.

The automaker says the 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape models have an issue affecting the body control module and it is recalling 433,000 vehicles across North America for free dealer servicing.

The company says it is possible for the engine to continue running even after the ignition is switched off and the key is removed, a problem that could cause the car to roll away or be stolen.

Five stories in the news today, July 2

Five stories in the news today, July 2
The Canadian Press

Five stories in the news today, July 2 from The Canadian Press:

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ANOTHER THREAT DIVERTS WESTJET FLIGHT

A bomb threat WestJet says was a hoax prompted the airline to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary on Wednesday night. The flight was cleared by police and the 30 passengers were placed on other flights to Toronto. It was the fourth time in five days that a WestJet flight had been the subject of a threat and the fifth such incident involving a Canadian airliner in a week.

Math teachers debate best methods

Old school or new? Math teachers debate best methods as scores fall
Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Don't get math teachers started on best teaching practices.

The discussions are emotional, heated and they don't agree on much — except that Canadian kids are falling behind their peers in other countries, and there's no clear solution.

There are generally two camps: those in favour of the old-school method to lecture kids with a "drill-and-kill" format that preaches practice, and another, ever-growing group that believes a more creative approach is needed to engage students.

Another threat diverts WestJet flight

WestJet plane diverted following threat; company believes it's a hoax
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - A bomb threat believed to be a hoax prompted WestJet to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary on Wednesday night.

WestJet said flight WS722 landed safely and the 30 passengers and five crew members on board exited the aircraft via stairs.

The airline said it had diverted the Boeing 737-700 "out of an abundance of caution" and later said the flight had been "cleared as safe by Calgary police" and no explosive device was found.

WestJet said the passengers were to continue to Toronto on other flights later in the evening.

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