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Oct 23, 2014

Canada’s parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed in incidents that may have been linked to Islamic militants.

Oct 23, 2014

Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted.

Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building.

Oct 22, 2014

Shooting locks down Canadian parliament; one suspect reported dead

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

CBC TV said that a suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting alone.

Oct 22, 2014

Soldier shot; gunman enters Canadian parliament, many shots fired

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

Parliament was locked down and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had left the building safely as police converged on the area.

Oct 22, 2014

Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament; shooter at large

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian soldier was shot at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and a shooter was seen running towards the nearby parliament buildings, where more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

The buildings were put on lockdown as police and tactical teams converged on the area. The wounded soldier was taken into an ambulance where medical personnel could be seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Oct 22, 2014

Canadian retail sales unexpectedly drop 0.3 percent

OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Canadian retail sales dropped
unexpectedly in August as consumers pulled back for the second
straight month, heightening uncertainty about broader economic
growth and weighing on the Canadian dollar.

Retail sales dropped 0.3 percent in August, pulled down by
lower gasoline prices and weaker sales of new cars, food, and
housing-related items, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.
Analysts forecast sales would be unchanged from July.

Oct 21, 2014

Canada police kill ‘radicalized’ driver after he rams two soldiers

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec “had become radicalized,” the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

The Canadian government did not specify what it meant by radicalized but in the past has used the term to refer to Canadians who become supporters of militant Islamic groups.

Oct 10, 2014

Canada adds more jobs than expected, jobless rate near 6-yr low

OTTAWA/TORONTO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Canada added a
significantly more-than-expected 74,100 jobs in September and
the jobless rate fell to a near six-year low of 6.8 percent,
according to data that was met with some skepticism but also
helped boost the currency.

Analysts had forecast a gain of 20,000 positions and said
the jobless rate would remain at 7.0 percent. Unemployment last
hit the 6.8 percent mark in December 2008.

Oct 8, 2014

Canada seeks to jail 80 who took part in foreign terror plots

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada wants to arrest 80 people who returned to the country after taking part in suspected terrorism-related activities, the public safety minister said on Wednesday.

Canadian security officials have fretted for years about the number of young men traveling abroad to join militant groups, including Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 7, 2014

Canada to badly miss 2020 emissions-cut target -official watchdog

OTTAWA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Canada is set to badly miss a 2020
target for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, in part
because of its failure to regulate the booming oil and gas
sector, Parliament’s environmental watchdog said on Tuesday.

The scathing report by Environment Commissioner Julie
Gelfand will add to the political challenges faced by the
right-leaning Conservative government, which polls show could
lose power in an election set for 2015.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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