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Five stories in the news today, May 11

05/11/2015 09:33 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, May 11, from The Canadian Press:

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ROB FORD UNDERGOING TUMOUR SURGERY TODAY

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford will undergo intensive surgery in Toronto today to remove a cancerous tumour from his abdomen. The Toronto city councillor will undergo what he described last month as a "very serious operation," which is expected to last up to 10 hours and could put him out of commission for as long as four months.

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MORTGAGE LENDERS GET CREATIVE AS HOME BUYERS SEEK THE LOWEST RATES

Online comparison shopping is changing everything from how we buy a new television set to how we select a mortgage, and it's causing some mortgage lenders to get creative in order to compete. In some instances, in exchange for a lower rate, lenders are adding steeper penalties for paying off a mortgage early.

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QUEBEC'S PREMIER TO ADDRESS ONTARIO LEGISLATURE

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is set to speak to the Ontario legislature today, the first such speech in more than 50 years. Couillard and Wynne have banded together to press Prime Minister Stephen Harper on climate change. Ontario and Quebec are working on a cap-and-trade system on carbon in which businesses will have a greenhouse gas quota and will be able to buy and sell credits.

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MAN WHO PRETENDED TO BE A SOLDIER TO BE SENTENCED TODAY

A Quebec man who pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully wearing a military uniform and medals is scheduled to be sentenced today in an Ottawa courtroom. Franck Gervais pleaded guilty in March to the allegations. But additional charges of impersonating a soldier are expected to be withdrawn at his sentencing hearing. Gervais appeared in a televised interview on Remembrance Day wearing a Canadian Armed Forces dress uniform.

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THE HARPER GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF FALLING SHORT ON PROTECTING UNPAID INTERNS

The New Democrats say measures announced in last month's budget to protect unpaid interns have turned out to be far less potent than advertised. NDP MP Andrew Cash says he was disappointed to find the Harper government is doing nothing to protect interns from sexual harassment, being forced to work unlimited hours or being otherwise exploited as unpaid labour.

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