Four stories in the news today, June 26 from The Canadian Press:———HARPERPAC GROUP SHUTS DOWNHarperPAC, a conservative third-party group, has announced it is shutting down operations less than a week after its launch. The group was formed by a team of Conservatives including several former political staffers. Its efforts included a radio ad that targeted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.———CSE: SNOWDEN LEAKS ERODING SPY AGENCY'S ADVANTAGECanada's electronic spy agency says leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have "diminished the advantage" it enjoyed over terrorists and other targets, both in the short term and — of more concern — well into the future. The Communications Security Establishment says Snowden's disclosures about CSE's intelligence capabilities and those of its allies "have a cumulative detrimental effect" on its operations.———JUDGE TO RULE ON SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSEA Toronto judge is expected to rule today in the case of a project manager who oversaw a construction crew involved in a deadly scaffolding collapse in 2009. Vadim Kazenelson faces four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He has maintained his innocence.———AIR CANADA STAFF RATIFY NEW DEALAbout 4,100 customer service and sales agents at Air Canada have ratified a new five-year contract. No details were released, but Unifor says the agreement includes a significant hourly wage increase for those at the lower end of the salary grid. Air Canada says its board of directors has also approved the new agreement, which was reached on June 14.———ALSO IN THE NEWS ...— Ali Omar Ader, a Somalian national, faces a criminal charge in Ottawa in the hostage-taking of former journalist Amanda Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan.— Military personnel command change of command ceremony. Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross assumes the role of Commander of Military Personnel Command from Lt.-Gen. David Millar.— Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair visits a housing co-operative in Montreal.— Statistics Canada releases the national tourism indicators for the first quarter.— The two-day NHL Draft begins in Sunrise, Fla. The Edmonton Oilers have the first overall pick and are expected to select junior hockey phenom Connor McDavid.
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