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Harper could be Duffy trial witness

Prime witness: Duffy lawyer won't rule out calling Harper to testify at trial
Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Mike Duffy's lawyer says he doesn't want the suspended senator's upcoming trial to become a political circus — but he wouldn't rule out the possibility Tuesday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be called to testify.

"We're considering any potential witness," Donald Bayne said after the long-running Duffy saga-turned-criminal-proceeding had its first day in front of a judge.

First five jurors chosen in Magnotta murder trial

First five jurors selected to hear murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The justice system moved quicker than expected on Tuesday as the first five jurors were selected to hear the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta.

While the court had expressed concern the process would be a lengthy one given the bilingualism prerequisite, all involved said they were pleasantly surprised by how quickly it went on Day 1.

The Crown prosecutor in the case expressed confidence at the end of the day that a jury could be selected by week's end.

Firms handed customer info to Environment

Telecom firms handed customer info to Environment Canada, other federal agencies
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Newly disclosed records show Environment Canada obtained information from telecommunications companies about hundreds of subscribers in the last five years.

Employment and Social Development Canada, the Competition Bureau, Justice Canada, the military police and the Transportation Safety Board also say they request subscriber details in the course of their work.

A legislative move by the federal government to make it easier for authorities to find out more about Internet users has heightened concerns about online privacy.

Kenney says foreign workers changes a success

Kenney: Foreign workers overhaul a success as applications plummet
Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says there's been a significant decrease in applications for temporary foreign workers since the government announced an overhaul of the troubled program earlier this year.

Rob Ford health update expected Wednesday

Hospital to provide update on Rob Ford's health Wednesday: Doug Ford
Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Doctors are expected to provide an update on ailing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's health Wednesday, his brother said Tuesday as speculation continues to swirl about the gravity of the controversial mayor's condition.

The news conference will take place at Mount Sinai Hospital where Ford is undergoing tests after a tumour was discovered in his abdomen last week, Coun. Doug Ford said as he entered the facility.

Wind Mobile gets new wind in its sails

Wind Mobile will need more money to progress to next level, analyst says
David Paddon, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Buying out Wind Mobile's European-based majority owner is only the first step and more financing will be needed if the small wireless carrier is to progress to the next level by improving its network and attracting significantly more customers, telecom industry analyst Mark Goldberg said Tuesday.

Canada: America's sweetheart, survey suggests

Canada, you're No. 1 in America's heart, U.S. online survey suggests
The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Canada, you're apparently America's sweetheart — or so says a new survey.

When Americans were asked to rate their favourite nations, the cold country to the north elicited the warmest feelings.

Conducted since 1974, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey asked respondents this year to rate their feelings for other countries — with one being the coldest and 100 being the coziest.

Cops hunting for whoever stole $25K in beer

Cops on the hunt for whoever stole $25,000 worth of beer from Ontario business
The Canadian Press

NORWICH, Ont. - Police in Ontario are searching for whoever stole $25,000 worth of beer from a business east of London, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police say freight carrier Country Transport was broken into in Norwich Township overnight between Wednesday and Thursday last week.

A tractor-trailer filled with thousands of bottles and cans of beer was then stolen from the business.

Police say the beer stolen includes 144 cases of Dos XX Amber Beer, 576 cases of Dos Equis Lager and 600 cases of Sol beer.

Bank reinforces hands-off approach to loonie

Currency markets no place for Bank of Canada to intervene, Poloz says
Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - The Bank of Canada vowed to continue taking a hands-off approach to influencing the Canadian dollar, saying it can't replace markets in determining the appropriate level of the loonie.

Targeting the exchange rate would see the bank lose its ability to pursue an independent monetary policy and cause more harm than good, governor Stephen Poloz said Tuesday in a speech to business leaders in the export-oriented central Quebec region near the U.S. border.

'Dumpcano' fire in Iqaluit quenched

Smoke clears as crews quench long-smouldering 'dumpcano' garbage fire in Iqaluit
The Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut - A long-smouldering dump fire in Iqaluit, dubbed the "dumpcano," is finally out.

The smoky blaze had been burning on the south side of the Nunavut capital since May.

The city had initially planned to let the fire burn itself out because fighting the hot and unstable pile was too dangerous.

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