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Three stories in the news today, Feb. 16

02/16/2015 04:04 EST | Updated 04/17/2015 05:59 EDT
Three stories in the news today, Feb. 16, from The Canadian Press:

HARPER GOVERNMENT TO FLEX MUSCLES IN RAIL STRIKE

The federal government is poised to force striking workers at Canadian Pacific Railway back to work today. A government source tells The Canadian Press that legislation is to be tabled this morning. More than three-thousand locomotive engineers and other train workers walked off the job Sunday morning after talks failed to produce a deal by a union imposed strike deadline. The Teamsters, which represents the workers, is condemning the use of legislation as disappointing and premature.

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HIGH COURT TO HEAR CHALLENGES IN HUMAN SMUGGLING CASES

Legal arguments are due to begin before the Supreme Court of Canada today in a series of cases related to human smuggling. Most of the cases involve people connected to the arrival of ships filled with Sri Lankan migrants off the B.C. coast. One of the issues is the constitutionality of a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that criminalizes anyone who knowingly helps an undocumented person enter Canada. The issue gained widespread attention in 2010 when Canadian authorities intercepted Sun Sea, a vessel that had nearly 500 migrants on board.

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CANADA OPPOSES MORE THAN A DOZEN PALESTINIAN EFFORTS TO JOIN UN TREATIES

The Palestinians' chief envoy to Canada is accusing the Harper government of denying the Palestinian people their rightful place in the family of nations. Said Hamad says Canada has opposed Palestinian attempts to join 15 different United Nations treaties. Canada has objected in writing to the UN, maintaining Palestine is not a legal state. Hamad says Canada should pursue its own position rather than parrot policies developed by Israel's right-wing Likud Party.

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ALSO COMING IN THE NEWS TODAY...

Maritimers dig out today from another severe winter storm that pounded much of the region Sunday.