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Rotaryfest 2015WET START TO ROTARYFEST?  Sault Ste. Marie’s summer festival , Rotaryfest, kicks off today with the opening of the midway park and grounds at Clergue Park. The three day festival lasts through to Saturday night. The annual parade is slated for Saturday at 11am. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday afternoon and possibly Friday before clearing for Saturday. The downtown assoication is also holding their annual Downtown Street Party Thursday evening.

 

missing calgary motherCALGARY POLICE REVEAL NEW DETAILS IN AMBER ALERT CASE

Calgary police say a girl matching the description of missing five-year-old Taliyah Leigh Marsman was spotted about nine hours before her mother was found dead and they have reason to hope the child is being cared for, wherever she is. Insp. Don Coleman says witnesses saw a girl who looked like Taliyah on Monday around 11:30 a.m. with a stocky, black male.

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FLOOD SITUATION IMPROVING IN SASKATCHEWAN

Floodwater is receding in several Saskatchewan communities following widespread, heavy rain that forced about 400 people from their homes. But there could be some isolated thunderstorms over the next few days. In the wake of the storm, five communities declared states of emergency: the city of Estevan, the towns of Carrot River and Arborfield, the Rural Municipality of Arborfield and the Shoal Lake Cree Nation.

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ARMY CAN HANDLE NATO, PEACE MISSIONS: GENERAL

Canada’s army can help its NATO allies deter Russia while launching a substantial U.N. peacekeeping mission, top military officials and experts say. The government’s decision last week to contribute 450 soldiers and equipment to Latvia for a multinational NATO force has raised questions about whether the Canadian Forces can still make good on the goal of mounting a major UN peacekeeping mission.

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FINANCIAL CONFIDENCE WANING, POLL SUGGESTS

A new poll from CIBC suggests that some millennials and Generation Xers are losing confidence in their ability to meet their financial goals over the next year. CIBC says 73 per cent of the Canadians it polled say they are confident they will meet their financial goals over the next 12 months — down from 80 per cent in December when the bank conducted a similar poll.

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HEALTH CANADA APPROVES HEPATITIS C DRUG

Health Canada has approved a drug being touted as a cure for hepatitis C, a disease believed to have infected hundreds of thousands of Canadians, many of whom are unaware they harbour the virus. The drug, sold under the brand name Epclusa, is a once-daily pill taken for 12 weeks that can rid the body of all six strains of hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can lead to severe liver damage and liver cancer if left untreated.

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EU STALLS ON REQUIRING VISAS FOR CANADIANS

The European Commission has again pushed off a decision on whether to require Canadians to have a visa to enter the EU. The commission says it’s now looking ahead to the Canada-EU summit this fall to see more progress on the issue of Canada removing visa restrictions on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria. The EU insists that since Canadians don’t require visas to go to Europe, EU citizens should not need them to come to Canada.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for May.

— SaskPower will release its annual report today in Regina.