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Chief objects to posting salaries online

N.W.T. political leader objects to posting chiefs' salaries online
The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE - A political leader in the Northwest Territories says there are concerns over the federal government's new law requiring the salaries of First Nations chiefs be posted online.

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, who is also the Assembly of First Nations' regional chief for the Northwest Territories, says his people are not opposed to the concept of accountability and transparency.

B.C. approves $5.3-billion copper-gold mine

B.C. government approves $5.3-billion copper-gold mine in province's north
James Keller, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world and has already received support from local First Nations.

The provincial environment and mines ministers issued an environmental assessment certificate Wednesday to Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA) for the company's KSM project, also known as Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell.

B.C. evacuation order lifted after two years

B.C. evacuation order lifted two years after B.C. landslide killed four people
The Canadian Press

JOHNSONS LANDING, B.C. - Two years after a landslide tore down the slopes of Johnsons Landing, B.C., claiming the lives of four people in a wave of mud, trees and rock, the last of the evacuated residents are finally being allowed to return home.

But the Regional District of Central Kootenay in southeast B.C. is cautioning residents that risks and hazards remain and those problems will have to be weighed when the evacuation order is finally lifted on Thursday.

Two patients want to sue Montreal hospital

Two patients seek to launch class-action suit against Montreal hospital
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Two women are trying to launch a class-action lawsuit against a Montreal-area hospital which is testing patients who underwent bariatric surgery and might have contracted HIV or hepatitis from an improperly sterilized surgical tool.

The women are among 150 patients who received a letter last February from the Lachine Hospital suggesting they get tested.

It was not immediately clear if the women, who were treated in 2013 and 2014 respectively, are infected.

Lac-Megantic engine pulled from auction block

Lac-Megantic locomotive pulled from U.S. auction after request by Quebec police
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The lead locomotive in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster has been yanked from a U.S. auction following a request by Quebec provincial police.

News of the police demand surfaced last week after a report by The Canadian Press revealed that locomotive MMA 5017 was slated to be sold off Aug. 5 at a Maine rail yard.

The locomotive played a key role in the sequence of events that led to the July 2013 oil-train derailment, which destroyed part of the Quebec town and killed 47 people.

MacKay won't make Nadon repay salary

Federal justice minister won't make Marc Nadon repay Supreme Court salary
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The justice minister's office says the government won't make Marc Nadon repay any monies he collected during his ill-fated appointment to the high court.

The elevation of Nadon from the Federal Court of Appeal was ruled invalid in March on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of the Supreme Court Act.

Alberta claims 3rd big lotto prize in a week

Think I'll go out to Alberta: province claims 3rd big lotto prize in a week
The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta. - It's three times lucky for Alberta in lottery games in the last week.

Emery and Lorraine Cressman of Calgary are the latest multimillion-dollar winners in the province with their Lotto 6-49 ticket worth $7 million.

Emery says he thought he and his wife had won $70,000 when he checked the ticket for the July 19 draw.

It wasn't until he got home and checked the numbers on a computer that he realized the prize was much, much more than that.

Harper: Hard line on Hamas, Russia and China

Harper continues to take hard line on Gaza, Ukraine conflicts, Chinese
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his government's hard line on Wednesday on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks.

Harper said Hamas is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants.

Mountie injured in shooting returns to work

RCMP officer wounded in shootings in Moncton, N.B., returns to work
The Canadian Press

MONCTON, N.B. - One of the two RCMP officers in New Brunswick wounded in shootings last month in Moncton says he has returned to work.

Const. Eric Dubois spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since the June 4 shootings while he was participating at a golf tournament at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Moncton.

The tournament was organized in memory of the three other Mounties who were killed in the shootings.

New authority will oversee Canada-U.S. bridge

New authority will oversee Detroit-Windsor bridge project, officials say
The Canadian Press

WINDSOR, Ont. - A new U.S.-Canadian authority will oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of a proposed six-lane bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., officials from both countries announced Wednesday.

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