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Appeal Court blasts judge for failures to give reasons; quashes verdict
TORONTO - Ontario's top court sharply rebuked a prominent judge on Thursday for repeatedly failing to explain why she had acquitted a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman.
In setting aside the acquittal and ordering the man face a new trial, the Appeal Court expressed dismay at the conduct displayed by Superior Court Justice Susanne Goodman.


Olympian, Pan Am champion Karine Thomas retires from synchro swim team
OTTAWA - Two-time Olympian Karine Thomas has retired after a 10-year career with the Canadian synchronized swimming team.
Thomas and Jacqueline Simoneau won duet gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Thomas also won gold in the team event.


James Lopez, Tembec president and CEO, comments on the forest products manufacturer's financial report prior to their annual meeting, Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Montreal. Tembec Inc. has received a friendly takeover offer from Rayonier Advanced Material
Florida-based Rayonier makes US$807-million friendly takeover offer for Tembec
MONTREAL - A Florida-based company is moving to buy Tembec Inc. in a friendly takeover deal that values the Quebec-based forestry company at US$807 million, including assumed debt.
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., says the proposed deal announced this morning would create a more diversified company with a Canadian headquarters in Montreal.


The Jean Paul Riopelle painting
CP NewsAlert: Jean Paul Riopelle painting sells for more than $7.4M
TORONTO - A painting by the late Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle has sold for more than $7.4 million, good for second on the list of Canada's most expensive works of art.
Going into the Heffel Fine Art Auction House's spring sale on Wednesday, the painting "Vent du nord" had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.


Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, is seen walking on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The Auditor General's 2017 Spring Reports was tabled today in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Highlights from auditor general Michael Ferguson's spring 2017 report
OTTAWA - Some of the highlights from auditor general Michael Ferguson's spring 2017 report, tabled Tuesday:
— The RCMP is failing to meet the mental health needs of its members, with new mental health programs only partially implemented, poorly staffed and inadequately funded; one in six members in need of help failed to get it in an easy and timely way.