Headlines this morning

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PENNY OLELSIAKPENNY OLEKSIAK GOLDEN IN THE RIO POOL FOR CANADA

Toronto teenager Penny Oleksiak is the proud owner of Canada’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics. The 16-year-old swimming sensation stormed back from seventh place to share the gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle with American Simone Manuel. Oleksiak is the first Canadian to win four medals at a single Summer Games after a butterfly silver and a pair of bronze in the freestyle relays.

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terrorist videoRCMP DESCRIBE RACE TO THWART TERROR ATTACK

An early-morning tip from FBI investigators triggered a “race against time” as police scrambled to identify and locate a balaclava-wearing would-be suicide bomber they feared was on the verge of killing innocent Canadians. Within three hours, they believed they had found their man: Aaron Driver, 24, a known terrorist sympathizer who was living in the southwestern Ontario town of Strathroy, under court-imposed conditions.

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potFEDS SET RULES FOR GROWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Revamped federal rules to allow Canadians to grow their own medical marijuana are likely to form part of the government’s overall plan for legalization of the drug, the federal justice minister says. The new rules will allow people who have been authorized by their doctor to use medicinal cannabis to grow a limited amount of marijuana for their personal use, or designate someone else to grow it for them.

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fighter jetF-35 STEALTH FIGHTERS LAND IN B.C. FOR DEBUT

The new-age fighter jet once poised to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet, but whose ballooning price tag and controversial selection process threw its purchase into doubt, has made its inaugural visit to Canada. A pair of F-35 stealth fighters roared into British Columbia on Thursday in preparation for the annual Abbotsford International Airshow.

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BLACK SMITHMONTREAL BLACKSMITHS TOILING AWAY IN OBSCURITY FACE EVICTION

A group of blacksmiths has been teaching their trade in Montreal for years, but now they face eviction. While blacksmithing classes exist in certain parts of the country, Mathieu Collette says his non-profit group and the building from which it operates is the only place in North America dedicated to teaching the ancient techniques of forging metal. Collette and other blacksmiths say the city is trying to kick them out over a lease dispute.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— U.N. secretary general Ban Ki Moon will speak to an invitation-only audience at the University of Calgary.

— Companies reporting results today include Hydro One Ltd., Aimia Inc., Metro Inc., the Caisse de depot, Desjardins Group and Timmins Gold Corp.

— Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will deliver the keynote address at the Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference in Ottawa.