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In the news today, July 16

Last Updated Jul 16, 2018 at 8:00 am EST

Shipping containers are seen at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal in in Halifax on August 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Four stories in the news for Monday, July 16

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THE HAZARDS OF DIVERSIFYING AWAY FROM THE U.S.

More Canadian companies are looking to diversify as increasingly tense trade relations with the United States have emphasized the need to compete globally. An Export Development Canada survey of 1,000 exporters suggests 64 per cent are planning to export to new countries, up from the below 50 per cent the proportion has generally hovered at for the past five years. But experts warn that the road to diversification can be slow and rocky.

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HOW TO BUY CANADIAN AT THE GROCERY STORE

Some consumers are vowing to take their patriotism to the supermarket and buy only made-in-Canada products now that Ottawa has slapped tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods as part of the escalating trade war with our biggest trading partner. But avoiding American products on the tariff list is easier said than done, as many companies don’t clearly label where their products are made. The Canadian Press has some tips from retail experts about how to ensure products are home grown.

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FIREARMS PANEL MEMBER CLEARED BY LOBBY CZAR

A federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving on the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee. Federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger ruled that Nathalie Provost’s work on behalf of the group PolySeSouvient, which pushes for stricter gun control, did not breach lobbying laws because Provost is not paid by the group.

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BANFF HOLDS BISON CEREMONY WITH INDIGENOUS ELDERS

Several Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free. The trip, organized by Parks Canada, is part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone on the eastern slopes of the park later this summer. The animals had disappeared from the region before the park was created back in 1885.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball attends a Pride Week flag-raising ceremony in St. John’s.

— Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier takes command of the Canadian Army during a ceremony on Parliament Hill.

— Canadian Real Estate Association expected to release June home sales results.

— CUPE holds Toronto news conference on Premier Doug Ford government’s “back-to-work” legislation.

— B.C. Premier John Horgan makes an announcement in Burnaby about workers.

— Sentencing hearing in Surrey for former Vancouver detective James Fisher who pleaded guilty to breach of trust and sexual exploitation.

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