Another day off for some students as elementary teachers are hitting the picket lines en masse  today in their second provincewide strike to put pressure on the government in contract talks.

The elementary teachers’ federation of Ontario is also using the other four days of the week to stage rotating strikes, ensuring each board is hit twice a week.

All four major teachers’ unions are engaging in strikes as bargaining appears to be at an impasse.

Teachers in the French system are holding a provincewide strike on Thursday, and high school teachers are staging a one-day strike at select boards that same day.

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An expected 13 trains will be operating again this morning on the LRT.

Transit boss John Manconi says they have been told 13 will operate along with special bus service.

If passengers wish, they can take an express bus from three stations to the downtown.

They are Blair and Hurdman from the east and Tunney’s Pasture from the west.

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Blockages of rail lines are expected to continue today.

They’re part of protests in solidarity with opponents of a BC natural gas pipeline that have spread across the country.

Due to the protest, trips leaving prior to 2:00pm today will be cancelled from Ottawa and Toronto…..Montreal and Toronto  and Toronto and Kingston.

Trains expected to still run between Ottawa and Montreal.

Via says they will give an update this morning at 8:00 to on whether trains will run after 2:00pm.

Via is providing refunds to anyone who had their service disrupted.

The coastal Gaslink pipeline project crosses the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en first nation in northwestern British Columbia.

Nearly 50 people were arrested in Vancouver and nearby Delta yesterday after police executed a court injunction against demonstrators blocking busy ports in both cities.

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Another huge concert for Bluesfest, and the trickle of band announcements turns into a flood next Tuesday.

Rage Against The Machine will  take the main stage on LeBreton Flats on the second  last night of the festival, Friday July 17th.

The band has recently reunited and included the Ottawa stop on their 20-20 tour.

Rage Against The Machine joins other acts already announced like Jack Johnson and Lil Teeca.

The entire festival line-up to this point will be released Tuesday morning, with a one day pre-sale Wednesday.

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Premier Doug Ford’s government says it is considering allowing cannabis lounges and cafes as it moves toward an open market for pot in the province.

The government says it will consult on the possibility of so-called consumption venues and special occasion permits that would apply to outdoor festivals and concerts.

It wants to hear from the public before committing to any direction.

It gave no timeline to make changes.

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Ontario has launched a project to let paramedics treat palliative patients on scene.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it’s part of the government’s plan to ease hospital overcrowding.

The one-year pilot will be run in Ottawa and start in April.

Other pilot projects are in the works to allow paramedics to take patients to mental health and addictions crisis centres.

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R-C-M-P in northern B-C have enforced the court injunction against protesters of the Coastal GasLink pipeline work site in Houston.

The Mounties say Coastal GasLink employees removed a barricade, and they will continue to monitor the road to ensure it stays open.

Opponents of the L-N-G pipeline say they believe protesters across the country are sparking a growing awareness of Indigenous rights.

They support Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs who are defending their territory against the pipeline.

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Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr has made a rare public speaking appearance in Halifax.

The 33-year-old took part in a panel discussion on child soldiers last night hosted by the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

Khadr says the discussion was a safe place to be with people who — quote — “understand people like myself.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is travelling to Dakar, Senegal for an official visit today.

It is the second stop in an African country since a trip to Ethiopia on the weekend.

On Friday he will attend a security conference meeting in Munich before returning to Canada on the weekend.

Trudeau made a surprise visit to Kuwait yesterday to visit Canadian troops.

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China now says more than a thousand people have died from the new coronavirus.

The update follows the visit of leader Xi Jinping to a health centre to rally public morale.

Authorities in Hong Kong evacuated an apartment block after two cases among its residents raised suspicion the virus may be spreading through plumbing.

Britain has declared the virus a serious threat to public health after five British tourists contracted it at a ski resort.

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Prosecutors in the U-S are asking a judge to sentence a confidant of President Donald Trump to between seven and nine years in federal prison.

Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction last November.

The conviction relates to the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russia in the 2016 election.

Stone was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges resulting from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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U-S President Donald Trump tried to rattle Democrats at last night’s rally in New Hampshire.

It comes hours before the Democratic presidential candidates first primary in the state.

Trump launched an assault on the Democrats who tried to remove him from office, calling the episode a partisan crusade.

He also laced into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her performance during his State of the Union address last week.

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South Africa is marking is a critical anniversary today.

Thirty years ago, Nelson Mandela was released from prison by the apartheid (a-‘PAR-tide) regime and galvanized the country to dismantle the brutal system.

He made it clear he was committed to establishing majority rule and rights for all in South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa held the microphone during Mandela’s address.

He’s set to speak to the country today about the speech that birthed the nation.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke today in Tehran to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

He denounced the U-S and encouraged Iranians to vote in upcoming parliamentary elections.

Iran is hoping for a high turnout in order to show support for its Shiite theocracy.

This comes as public anger in the country still simmers of the accidental shootdown of the Ukrainian jetliner last month, killing 176 people.

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