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Four stories in the news today, July 22

07/22/2015 04:10 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 05:59 EDT
Four stories in the news today, July 22 from The Canadian Press:

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JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO GIVE HIS FAMILY'S UCCB TO CHARITY

Justin Trudeau is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the Conservative government's newly enhanced universal child care benefit. The Liberal leader maintains it's wrong to give the benefit to wealthy families that don't need help raising their kids. And to underscore that point, he's going to give his own family's windfall to charity.

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NEXEN ENERGY TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON OIL SPILL

Nexen Energy is scheduled to give an update today on its cleanup efforts following a major oil pipeline leak last week in northern Alberta. The spill of about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered by a contractor last Wednesday near Nexen's Long Lake oilsands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.

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ANONYMOUS GROUP THREATS TAKEN SERIOUSLY: MINISTER

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has shrugged off questions about his government's response to threats against the RCMP by the hacktivist group Anonymous, saying he fully trusts law enforcement to investigate. Blaney said all threats are taken seriously but provided few details of how his government is responding, days after Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the RCMP website.

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TORONTO APP PAIR DRIVERS WITH PARKING SPOTS

The taxi and hotel industries are still reeling from Uber and AirBnB's arrival, and now Toronto's lucrative sharing economy has found a new target: empty parking spots across the city. Rover, an app matching drivers with owners' unused parking spaces, launched in the Apple App Store earlier this month, has already been downloaded more than 1,000 times, its founders said. But the City of Toronto is skeptical of its legality.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

— Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to make an announcement in Ottawa related to cyber security.

— Decision will be released in Toronto on whether a new mental health assessment for Chiheb Esseghaier should be ordered. He was found guilty in a terror plot to derail a passenger train.

— The case of Merouane Ghalmi, a Montreal man accused of violating terms of a terrorism-related peace bond, returns to court.

— The Parliamentary Budget Officer will post a new report entitled “Update of the Budget 2015 Fiscal Outlook” on its website.

— The CRTC releases a decision following the review of wholesale services framework and associated policies.