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Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million, auditor general says

By Jordan Press THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- The federal government’s chronic salary struggles could be on the verge of ballooning into a billion-dollar boondoggle, the auditor general says in a scathing review that hints the entire system should be scrapped. Michael Ferguson’s review of the disastrous Phoenix pay system reveals ...

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Inquiry into overruns at Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject to begin in January

By Sue Bailey THE CANADIAN PRESS JOHN’S, N.L. -A public inquiry into how the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador went billions of dollars over budget will report by Dec. 31, 2019, just after the next provincial election. Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said Monday the governing Liberals had other ...

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Nebraska approves alternative route for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

By Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY -Nebraska regulators approved passage of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline Monday, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10-billion project but creating a new wrinkle by choosing an alternative route. The milestone comes after close to a decade of development on the ...

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New Brunswick says it’s the first province to ‘fully secure’ marijuana supply 

ATHOLVILLE, N.B. -New Brunswick says it has become the first province to fully secure its supply of recreational marijuana. It announced a memorandum of understanding with Zenabis to provide four million grams of cannabis and derivative products with a retail value of about $40 million. The province previously signed similar ...

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Northern Quebec police force’s only female Inuit officer beating the odds 

THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- Though she’s only 22, Constable Pamela Stevenson is undoubtedly one of her northern Quebec police force’s most coveted new recruits. When she joined last month straight after graduation, Stevenson became one of three Inuit officers on the 70-person Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), whose vast territory ...

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South Dakota pipeline spill will take months to clean up

By Nia Williams, Kevin O’Hanlon  CALGARY, Alberta/LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) – The crude oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota will take months to clean up, a state official said on Friday, just days before Nebraska was due to decide on another pipeline project by the owner, TransCanada Corp. Canadian ...

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Ottawa say Fairfax Financial Holdings interested in broken Churchill rail line

OTTAWA-The federal government says a Toronto-based holding company is interested in becoming a new partner in a possible deal for a takeover of the broken rail line that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Fairfax Financial Holdings Inc. has expressed interest in the Hudson ...

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Infrastructure bank could help build Indigenous projects, chairwoman says 

By Jordan Press THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA -The chairwoman of a new federal agency that will help finance the construction of new highways, transit systems and electricity grids says it could also help fund multiple, smaller projects that are badly needed across Indigenous communities. The needs in some Indigenous communities ...

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