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Feds vow 'ambitious' phase-out of unsafe rail tank cars amid industry questions

OTTAWA - The federal government announced an aggressive - some say unrealistic - plan Wednesday to phase out within three years tens of thousands of older tank cars used to transport oil and ethanol by rail.

Canada poised for an export boom as U.S., global economies improve: EDC

OTTAWA - A new forecast from the federal export agency predicts Canada's economy is on the threshold of stronger growth thanks to a long-awaited recovery in the export sector.

Ontario lawyers to debate, vote on accrediting B.C. Christian law school

TORONTO - Ontario's law society is set to vote today on whether to accredit a British Columbia law school with a controversial policy on homosexuality.

Oregon asks firm to stop using fetal tissue from BC to generate power

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

6.7 earthquake rattles area off northern Vancouver Island; no tsunami expected

PORT HARDY, B.C. - Glass rattled, buildings swayed, but no damage was reported after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit off the northern coast of Vancouver Island on Wednesday night.

Opposition parties demand more details on CF-18 deployment to eastern Europe

OTTAWA - Federal opposition parties are demanding to know where the country's CF-18s are headed in eastern Europe and what they'll be doing as tension rises throughout the region.

McDonald's restaurants put foreign worker program on hold, conducts audit

VICTORIA - McDonald's Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary part of the fast-food chain's business model, but its use of the federal jobs initiative is now on hold until the company satisfies itself and Canadians that it doesn't abuse the program.

Calgary stabbing victim's keen fashion sense shines through at his funeral

CALGARY - Even in death, stabbing victim Lawrence Hong's keen sense of fashion shone through.

Ottawa to propose new pension scheme, but not budging on CPP expansion

OTTAWA - Ottawa is preparing to announce a proposal to create yet another new pension scheme designed to occupy a middle ground between defined-benefit plans, generally favoured by workers, and defined-contribution plans favoured by employers.

Gairdner winner, 5 others named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

TORONTO - The recently named winner of a prestigious Gairdner award and five other leaders from the field of medicine will be inducted Thursday into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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