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Lise Thibault's fraud trial to resume Oct. 2

Fraud trial of ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault to resume Oct. 2
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - The fraud trial of former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault will resume Oct. 2.

The date was set in Quebec City this morning.

Thibault's trial was interrupted at the beginning of August after she suffered an epileptic seizure.

The 75-year-old is on trial after being charged with fraud and breach of trust in connection with more than $700,000 in alleged improper expenses.

Thibault held the provincial vice-regal post between 1997 and 2007.

Applications up, approvals slow for med weed

Applications up, approvals slow for Health Canada medical marijuana licences
Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called "greenrush" continues to overwhelm Health Canada.

So far, only two new licences have been approved this summer even as the department tightens the application rules — and as nervous investors await decisions on their multimillion-dollar bids.

Back to school to find a treatment for cancer

Widower, 60, goes back to university to study the cancer that killed his wife
Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Powel Crosley was lost after his wife died of a rare form of ovarian cancer.

But he felt compelled to carry on her fight somehow against the disease and to help find a treatment for others — so he went back to school.

Harper off to London, Wales for NATO summit

Harper airborne en route to London and Wales for NATO summit meeting
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is airborne on his way to a NATO summit in Wales.

The summit agenda includes a proposal to organize a new military force to give the alliance a fast-reaction capability.

The meeting will also look at the continuing crisis in Ukraine and the end of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

The meeting comes as the U.S. and Britain lean on Canada to increase defence spending to meet NATO's benchmark of two per cent of gross domestic product.

Parliamentary precinct gets first green roof

Copper no longer only reason for green roofs around Parliament Hill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Oxidized copper is no longer the only cause of green rooftops around Parliament Hill.

The parliamentary precinct got its first live green roof last week.

Hundreds of sprigs of stonecrop, a low-growing, low-maintenance ground cover, were planted on the roof of the newly constructed annex to the Sir John A. Macdonald building, just across Wellington Street from the Hill.

And there'll be more rooftop greenery planted atop the historic Wellington Building — once extensive renovations are completed.

Montreal bar makes amends after homophobia charge

Montreal bar owner, students make amends following homophobia charge
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - A Quebec student association which had accused a popular Montreal bar of homophobia says it's satisfied with the response from the owner.

Vincent Fournier Gosselin, an executive with the group and student at Universite de Montreal, had asked Bar Le Saint-Sulpice for an apology after a bouncer allegedly kicked out two male students for kissing.

Gosselin said the incident happened during a medical school orientation event last Friday night.

B.C. daycares swamped because of teachers' strike

Parents scrambling for daycare spaces as B.C. teachers' strike delays school
Steven Chua, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Daycare operators in British Columbia are scrambling to keep up with increased demand for child support as more parents need places to babysit their kids because schools will not open.

Janos Stiasny, owner of Wise Owl Montessori Child Care, said spots in his daycare have filled right up because of the ongoing teachers' strike.

He said he normally gets more than 65 children, but after the strike his care centres are looking after about 90 kids in total and about 14 children remain on the wait-list.

Quebec elementary school bans homework

Less work, more play: Quebec elementary school bans homework for the year
Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Students at a Quebec elementary school may be some of the happiest in the country as they prepare for another year in the classroom.

College de Saint-Ambroise, a school of 339 students in the province's Saguenay region, has introduced a near-complete ban on homework.

Every class from Grade 1 to 6 will take part in the one-year pilot project.

Thousands turn out for Labour Day Parade

Mulcair has harsh words for Harper, Trudeau at Labour Day Parade in Toronto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Thousands of people marched Monday in Toronto's annual Labour Day Parade to show their support for local unions, with more than 30 labour organizations taking part in the festivities.

Joining them was federal Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who took shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for what he called their shortfalls on the labour file.

Think-tank gets CRA audit because of 'bias'

Left-wing think-tank targeted for tax audit because its research shows 'bias'
Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided."

That partial rationale for launching the controversial audit appears on a newly released document that the think-tank, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, obtained under the Access to Information Act.

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