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Judicial council to probe allegations of illegal financing against Quebec judge

OTTAWA - The Canadian Judicial Council says it will hold an inquiry into allegations of illegal political financing levelled against Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Deziel.

Some key dates in the life of former finance minister Jim Flaherty

TORONTO - A look at the life of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who died last week at the age of 64:

Out-of-pocket health costs rising; low income homes face biggest pinch

TORONTO - A new report says out-of-pocket health expenses rose sharply from 1997 to 2009 with low income households taking the hardest hit.

BoC shaves 2014 growth rate to 2.3%, keeps policy interest rates unchanged

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada says it sees solid signs that the global economy is picking up steam and will take Canada along for the ride, but still expects that it will take some time for this country to fully recover from the crippling effects of the recession.

BoC shaves Q1 growth to 1.5 per cent, keeps policy interest rate unchanged

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada says it is keeping interest rates at historically low levels for the foreseeable future while shaving its previously posted expectation for the economy's performance in the first quarter and 2014 as a whole.

Supermarket chain Metro reports Q2 profit of $96.9 million, sales rise 1.7%

MONTREAL - Supermarket chain Metro beat analyst expectations as it benefited during the second quarter from a "slight" increase in its prices for the first time in a year.

Canadian Press NewsAlert: BoC lowers forecast for Q1 economic growth to 1.5%

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada said Wednesday it is keeping trendsetting overnight interest rate at one per cent, where it has stood since September 2010. The bank also lowered its forecast for first quarter growth this year to 1.5 per cent, from 2.5 per cent, but attributed the downgrade mostly to temporary impacts of a unusually severe winter.

Grief from Calgary's worst mass murder sinking in with U of C students

CALGARY - Students at the University of Calgary are struggling to cope following the worst mass murder in the city's history that left five young people dead and another facing five counts of first-degree murder.

Four people injured in random stabbing in Regina, youth suspect in custody

REGINA - An average day in a downtown Regina shopping centre turned terrifying Tuesday when a young man in a red bandana started randomly stabbing people near him.

High river levels force evacuations in several Quebec communities

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes in Sherbrooke, Que., as the Saint-Francois River continues to swell.

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