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Five stories in the news today, July 2

07/02/2015 04:09 EDT | Updated 07/01/2016 05:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, July 2 from The Canadian Press:

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ANOTHER THREAT DIVERTS WESTJET FLIGHT

A bomb threat WestJet says was a hoax prompted the airline to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary on Wednesday night. The flight was cleared by police and the 30 passengers were placed on other flights to Toronto. It was the fourth time in five days that a WestJet flight had been the subject of a threat and the fifth such incident involving a Canadian airliner in a week.

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SALMONELLA PROMPTS RECALL OF CHICKEN BURGERS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says several frozen uncooked breaded chicken products made by Sofina Foods Inc. are being recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. The agency says there have been illnesses linked to eating the products. Loblaw is also recalling some No Name chicken burgers that were distributed in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec.

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METRO VANCOUVER TRANSIT TAX VOTE RESULTS DUE TODAY

The results of a vote to determine if the sales tax should be raised to fund major transportation upgrades in Metro Vancouver are expected to be released later today. Residents used a mail-in ballot between mid-March and late May to support or reject a half-per-cent tax hike.

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UPSTART STOCK MARKET TO MEET GOALS, SAYS CEO

The head of the Aequitas NEO Exchange says the upstart stock market is on track to reach its goal of snatching 20 per cent of Canada's trading volume within three or four years. Company president and CEO Jos Schmitt says the exchange is definitely ahead of what it had anticipated.

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MATH TEACHERS DEBATE BEST METHODS AS TEST SCORES FALL

Don't get math teachers started on best teaching practices. The discussions are emotional, heated and they don't agree on much — except that Canadian kids are falling behind their peers in other countries, and there's no clear solution. Some favour old-school methods, while others support a more creative approach.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— In Montreal, Red Cross officials and Lac-Megantic, Que., Mayor Colette Roy Laroche will discuss the 2013 rail tragedy.