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Jan 30, 2014

Canadian police charge Justin Bieber with assaulting limo driver

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian police charged Justin Bieber on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December, the latest in a string of legal troubles for the young pop star.

The incident happened in the early hours of December 30, when the limousine picked up six people including Bieber, 19, outside a Toronto nightclub, police said in a statement.

Jan 30, 2014

Justin Bieber in Toronto police station; report of assault charge

TORONTO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber
appeared at a Toronto police station on Wednesday after reports
that he would be charged with assault over a December incident
in the city involving a limousine driver.

Bieber arrived in a black SUV and was met by a crowd of
journalists as well as screaming fans braving temperatures of
minus 10 Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).

Nov 3, 2013

Another Canadian freight train derails in Alberta, no injuries

TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying lumber and sulfur dioxide derailed in the Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday, but there were no injuries or spills of dangerous goods, a spokesman for the railway said.

Rail safety has become a central issue in Canada since a runaway Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train carrying crude oil exploded in the center of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in July, killing 47 people.

Nov 3, 2013

Toronto mayor urges police to release video, apologizes for ‘mistakes’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Sunday urged his police chief to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and issued an apology for unspecified “mistakes” in his past.

But Ford, who has previously said he does not use crack, and who did not discuss the content of the video, also said he would not step down and planned to run in the next election.

Oct 8, 2013

Canada blocks network sale to Egypt’s Sawiris, citing security

TORONTO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The Canadian government said on
Monday it blocked a bid from a company controlled by Egyptian
telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris to buy a fiber optic network,
citing national security concerns.

The surprise move by the country’s Conservative government
was made with little explanation and comes as many question its
appetite for foreign investment in sectors ranging from
telecommunications to oil sands.

Sep 11, 2013

Documentary ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ argues case for lost masterpiece

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – In 1974, cult director
Alejandro Jodorowsky set out to make a film of the science
fiction novel “Dune,” with music by Pink Floyd, a cast that
included Mick Jagger, and the goal of letting the audience
experience an LSD hallucination without drugs.

The movie was never made. But “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a
documentary shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on
Tuesday, argues the film is not only a lost masterpiece, but
that it helped spawn the popular “Alien” movie franchise and
left its mark on many science-fiction film classics.

Sep 11, 2013

Canada, Ontario sell part of GM stake for about $1.1 bln

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The Canadian and Ontario
governments said on Tuesday they would sell nearly a quarter of
their common shares in General Motors Corp, part of a
longer-term plan to shed the stock they acquired in 2009 when
they helped the U.S. government bail out the automaker.

The two governments will sell 30 million GM common shares in
a block trade to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and RBC
Capital Markets, a unit of Royal Bank of Canada.

Sep 10, 2013

Canada sells part of its GM stake for about $1.1 billon

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian government said on Tuesday it had a deal to sell nearly a quarter of its common shares in General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), part of a longer-term plan to shed the stake it acquired when it helped bail out the automaker.

The government said in a statement it will sell 30 million GM common shares in a block trade to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and RBC Capital Markets, a unit of Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Sep 8, 2013

Firth tackles story of torture, forgiveness in ‘Railway Man’

TORONTO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Actor Colin Firth said on
Saturday he felt a special sense of obligation portraying the
true story of a British soldier who was tortured and then
suffered for decades before finding the strength to forgive his

In “The Railway Man,” which had its world premiere at the
Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Firth portrays
World War Two veteran Eric Lomax, who was captured by the
Japanese and spent years as a prisoner of war.

Jul 9, 2013

Canada housing starts top forecast in latest sign of rebound

TORONTO, July 9 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts were
stronger than expected in June and May figures were revised
higher, according to data released on Tuesday, the latest report
to show the property market rebounding from last year’s
government-induced slowdown.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
was 199,586 units in June, according to data from the Canadian
government’s housing agency. Analysts polled by Reuters had
expected 187,000 starts in June.

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