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Five stories in the news today, July 1

07/01/2015 04:39 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 05:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, July 1 from The Canadian Press:

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FOURTH CANADIAN FLIGHT THREATENED

For the fourth time in less than a week, a Canadian passenger jet has had to make an emergency landing because of a threat. On Tuesday night, WestJet said a Toronto-to-Saskatoon flight had received a bomb threat. The flight landed safely in Saskatoon and there no injuries among the 113 passengers and five crew members.

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SASKATCHEWAN FIRES FORCE MORE THAN 3,000 FROM HOMES

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes. Evacuations started late last week in about a dozen communities around La Loche and La Ronge, which Wall tried to fly into Tuesday. A heavy haze blanketing the sky kept him in Prince Albert.

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CANADIANS BLESSED, SAYS HARPER IN CANADA DAY MESSAGE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadians are "blessed to live in the best country in the world," and in his annual statement marking Canada Day, he says that good fortune is not an accident. Harper says it is the result of visionary leaders, courageous men and women in uniform, waves of industrious immigrants, decorated athletes who unite us and Canada’s families.

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ACTORS, AUTHORS, ATHLETES ON ORDER OF CANADA LIST

The man who helped create the BlackBerry is among the many Canadians appointed to the Order of Canada today. Douglas Fregin, who co-founded Research in Motion with Mike Lazaridis, designed the first circuit board the company used to run early versions of its wireless technology, then helped choose materials that are still found in BlackBerry devices.

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POLL: SUMMER PRICIEST SEASON FOR MANY CANADIANS

A new poll from CIBC says nearly half of Canadians will need to dip into their savings or take on debt in the coming months as they look to make the most of the warm summer weather. Of those surveyed, 40 per cent said summer is the most expensive season, while 36 per cent said they spend the most in winter. Another 17 per cent singled out spring as the costliest season, while only six per cent said their household spending spikes in autumn.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

— The Bloc Quebecois will hold a meeting to confirm Gilles Duceppe as leader.

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper will join Gov. Gen David Johnston and other dignitaries on Parliament Hill for a noon show celebrating Canada Day. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will attend Canada Day events in southwestern Ontario and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will take part in various festivities in Toronto.

— The Canadian Olympic Committee will introduce Canada's Flag Bearer for the 2015 Pan American Games as part of the Canada Day noon-hour celebrations on Parliament Hill.