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Nov 20, 2014

Exclusive – Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting towards downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 20, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting toward downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 20, 2014

Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators
that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its
oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s
largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with
complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most
populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting toward
downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 19, 2014

You’ll shoot your eye out: Watchdog lists ’10 worst’ holiday toys

BOSTON (Reuters) – A plastic battle hammer for 3-year-olds, a glow-in-the-dark bow and arrow set, and a pencil that doubles as a slingshot are on the short list of the most dangerous children’s toys this holiday season.

The annual “10 Worst Toys” list published by the U.S.-based consumer watchdog World Against Toys Causing Harm is meant to ward parents off of impulse buying for their children ahead of the holiday shopping surge.

Nov 12, 2014

Lawyers for Boston bomb suspect want triple murder evidence

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued on Wednesday that his trial should not start until prosecutors hand over all evidence they have about a 2011 triple murder that may have involved Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he and his brother placed bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260. His trial is due to begin in January. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed days after the bombing in a shootout with police.

Oct 30, 2014

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Oct 30, 2014

Canada arrests Pakistani gun owner, alleges security threat

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Police have jailed a Pakistani gun collector living in Ontario, alleging he is a terrorist threat to Canada, his lawyer said on Thursday, days after attacks in which two Canadian soldiers were killed.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, a 30-year-old software designer, was arrested on Monday on allegations he has ties to militants in Pakistan, has amassed an arsenal of firearms, and has expressed extreme views on Twitter, his lawyer, Anser Farooq, said.

Oct 30, 2014

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks, group says

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment have risen in Canada after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by militant group Islamic State.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it had seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Oct 29, 2014

Canada toughens train brake rules, to impose ‘audit blitz’

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has issued an emergency order to railways detailing how many handbrakes they must set on unattended trains to prevent deadly runaways, and will hire new staff to conduct an “audit blitz” of rail companies’ safety systems.

The changes are the latest in a slew of regulatory moves in North America since a train carrying crude oil crashed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last year, killing 47 people and highlighting the dangers from a surge in oil transport by rail.

Oct 29, 2014

Canada’s plan to defang would-be jihadists at home

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian law enforcement officials plan to use counseling to help stop would-be jihadists and could even help them find jobs – an effort that has added urgency after Muslim converts killed two soldiers in separate attacks in Canada last week.

The effort is being modeled on Britain’s de-radicalization program, dubbed Prevent, which was implemented after the 2005 London bombings in which four young Britons killed 52 people. Prevent, however, has been widely criticized as ineffective.

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