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Canadian musical 'Come From Away' to launch North American tour in 2018
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Canadian musical "Come From Away" will embark on a North American tour beginning next year.
The award-winning show will launch its tour at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in October 2018.

No charges after police investigate case of badly injured muskrat in Ontario
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ont. - An investigation into a badly injured muskrat found in a diaper box by an Ontario lake has ended with no criminal charges laid.
Ontario Provincial Police had been looking into the circumstances that prompted three teens to drop off the wounded animal in a Huggies box on the shore of Rice Lake in Gores Landing, Ont., on Monday evening.

Inflation rate 1.6% for second month amid higher energy prices, lower food costs
OTTAWA - The country's annual inflation rate once again rang in at 1.6 per cent last month as higher energy costs offset a seventh consecutive decline in grocery store prices, Statistics Canada said Friday.
The agency's consumer price index for April identified higher prices for gasoline and natural gas as the biggest upward drivers in year-over-year inflation.

QuickList: April inflation rate for selected Canadian cities
OTTAWA - Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in April, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):
— St. John's, N.L.: 3.5 per cent (4.0)

Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Ambrose took on the job of interim Conservative leader with the goal of identifying and developing the party's future leaders ?
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose won't vote for her replacement
OTTAWA - Rona Ambrose took on the job of interim Conservative leader with the goal of identifying and developing the party's future leaders — but apparently, that doesn't include voting for one.
Ambrose is not taking part in the voting, which has been underway by mail for weeks and will culminate May 27 when the party gathers in Toronto to announce the winner.

Ontario teen wins award named in honour or Princess Diana
LONDON, England, United Kingdom - An Ontario teenager is one of 20 young people from around the world who were awarded the inaugural Diana Award by Prince William and Prince Harry at St. James Palace in London on Thursday.
The award was established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, receives a standing ovation as she addresses the Conservative National Caucus for the final time as Leader of the Official Opposition, in Ottawa, Wednes
Six stories in the news today, May 19
Six stories in the news for Friday, May 19

A small group of demonstrators protesting Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion chant as Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a hotel steps away following a meeting Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle. Trudeau met with Washington state Gov. Jay
Trudeau talks tech at top studio in B.C. after meeting with Washington governor
BURNABY, B.C. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated a new virtual camera used by game makers at an Electronic Arts Canada studio near Vancouver on Thursday after promoting the country's technology sector to officials in Washington state.
Trudeau held the camera on his shoulder as two actors wearing special suits pretended to box at the company's Capture Lab, an animation facility in Burnaby.

Stormy weather leave thousands in dark in Ontario and Quebec
TORONTO - More than 120,000 homes and businesses in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick were without power late Thursday after thunderstorms and powerful winds swept through the provinces.
Hydro-Quebec was reporting more than 66,000 outages, with about half of them in the Laurentians north of Montreal and about 8,000 each in Western Quebec and in the Montreal area.

Defence in trial of Hannah Leflar's killer wants client to get into rehab
REGINA - A defence lawyer is arguing a decision to deny one of Hannah Leflar’s killers entry to a rehabilitation program for violent young offenders should be reconsidered.
The 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of Leflar, his former girlfriend.

Confident McNeil fends off attacks in Nova Scotia leaders' debate
HALIFAX - Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil fended off multiple attacks on his record Thursday as Nova Scotia's major-party leaders clashed over health care, education and the economy during the first televised leaders debate of the campaign.
During the 90-minute back-and-forth, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill targeted McNeil's broken promises on doctors and the film tax credit.

Victoria police chief quits as watchdog conducts investigation involving tweets
VICTORIA - Victoria's suspended police chief quit Thursday amid an investigation into his sexually charged Twitter messages to the wife of a subordinate officer.
The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board said in a statement Frank Elsner resigned from his position as chief constable and will no longer receive his salary or other benefits after his suspension a year ago.

Sexual assault education now required for new Ontario judges
TORONTO - Training on sexual assault issues will now be required for new provincial judges in Ontario, following outcry over judges' comments about complainants in other parts of the country.
A recently updated Ontario Court of Justice plan specifies that an education program for newly appointed judges is now mandatory.

B.C. parties leave door open to electoral reform without a referendum
VANCOUVER - Neither of British Columbia's two main political parties are ruling out changing the province's electoral system without holding a referendum.
The New Democrats' campaign platform included putting the question of electoral reform to voters, but party leader John Horgan said Thursday he's open to compromising with the Greens, who want the change introduced without a vote.

Crown Prosecutor Lloyd Stang speaks to media after day one of the sentencing trial for a teen who killed four people, in Meadow Lake, Sask., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Brothers Drayden Fontaine, 13, Dayne Fontaine, 17, teacher Adam Wood, 35, and teacher's a
'I'm sorry man:' Teen gunman in La Loche school shooting had regrets
MEADOW LAKE, Sask. - A teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in northern Saskatchewan told police he had regrets about the shooting.
Dayne and Drayden Fontaine were killed at their house in La Loche in January 2016 before the shooter went to the high school, where he killed a teacher and a teacher's aide, and wounded seven others.

Three B.C. dairy workers who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty get jail time
CHILLIWACK, B.C. - British Columbia's provincial court says three dairy farm workers from the Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail for causing distress to an animal after an undercover video showed several employees abusing milk cows.
The Chilliwack provincial court registry confirmed Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days each in jail, while Travis Keefer must spend seven days in jail after they pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Jennifer Callihoo is seen in this undated police handout photo. Police in Edmonton have issued Canada-wide warrants for two women allegedly involved in a national auto-theft ring targeting luxury vehicles. Police say the ring originated in Ontario and invo
Robbers hit the road: Canada-wide warrants issued for luxury car thieves
EDMONTON - Police in Edmonton have issued Canada-wide warrants for two women allegedly involved in a national auto-theft ring targeting luxury vehicles.
Police say the ring originated in Ontario and involves dealerships across the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland talks to reporters about NAFTA outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, May 18, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
U.S. fires starter's pistol on NAFTA; length of negotiation ahead: undetermined
WASHINGTON - The United States has officially served notice of its intention to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before talks begin later this summer with Canada and Mexico.
The Trump administration rang the opening bell Thursday with a letter to the key congressional power-brokers who must now be consulted as U.S. negotiators prepare their list of priorities.

Members of British Columbia vigilante group face assault charges: RCMP
SURREY, B.C. - RCMP say two men associated with a vigilante group in Surrey, B.C., have been charged with assault.
Police say Ryan LaForge is charged with one count of assault and one count of uttering threats related to an alleged incident on April 3.

Alberta Wildrose leader Brian Jean, left, and Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney announce a unity deal between the two in Edmonton on Thursday, May 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
'A way forward:' Alberta PCs, Wildrose to form United Conservative Party
EDMONTON - Alberta's two conservative parties have taken the first step toward ending a decade of bitter feuding by signing a proposal to merge and become the United Conservative Party.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney announced the details of their unity deal Thursday at an Edmonton hotel.