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senateGOVERNMENT REJECTS SENATE CHANGE TO C-14

The Trudeau government is insisting that medical assistance in dying should only be available to Canadians near death, showing no inclination to accept a Senate amendment to expand the right to those suffering from non-terminal conditions. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Senate amendment upsets a delicate balance between respecting personal autonomy and protecting the vulnerable. The Senate is expected to continue debating the bill and voting on other amendments into next week.

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GM-Oshawa-Car-AssemblyGENERAL MOTORS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE UP TO 1,000 NEW JOBS

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will visit General Motors today in Oshawa, Ont., where the automaker is expected to make a jobs announcement. Published reports earlier this week said GM Canada would announce up to 1,000 new jobs at its engineering centre in the Ontario city. The reports say the new jobs would eventually be spread out at a number of GM research and development facilities.

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LATEST JOBS FIGURES OUT TODAY

Statistics Canada will release the latest labour figures today. The Canadian labour market as a whole was essentially stuck in neutral in April with the national jobless rate unchanged at 7.1 per cent. Overall employment saw a small net loss of 2,100 positions. Alberta, which has been hit hard by the oil slump, lost 20,800 positions in April.

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JURY TO GET LEGAL INSTRUCTIONS IN BOSMA-TRIAL

A Hamilton jury will receive legal instructions before deciding the fate of two men accused in the slaying of Tim Bosma. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have both pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in the killing of the Hamilton man. Bosma took two strangers out for a test-drive in his pickup truck and never returned — his remains were found near Waterloo burned beyond recognition.

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fort mcmurrayFIRST FIRE, NOW HEAVY RAIN IN FORT McMURRAY

After weeks of coping with a massive wildfire and smoke, resdients of Fort McMurray area have a new concern — rain. Environment Canada said up to 66 centimetres of rain was expected in the Alberta city and warned of possible flash floods. The Alberta government said the rain would increase hazardous conditions by eroding soil around damaged trees.

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BRAD WALL PUSHING PIPELINE ON EASTERN TRIP

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is taking his push for the Energy East pipeline to a place where it may not be welcome — Quebec. Wall is to be in Montreal next Thursday to discuss the pipeline and other matters with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. The Saskatchewan premier is also to travel next week to Toronto and Saint John to speak in support of the $15.7-billion project proposed by TransCanada.

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ANTHEM BILL: TORIES REJECT LESLIE AS SPONSOR

Government whip Andrew Leslie says he will make sure a proposed bill that would render the national anthem gender-neutral will proceed. He made the remark Thursday after failing to obtain unanimous consent to become the bill’s sponsor when the Conservatives balked at the idea. The legislation was tabled by Mauril Belanger, the longtime Ottawa-Vanier MP whose health has been deteriorating since his diagnosis last fall with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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