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The Friday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm MST

Outgoing Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin arrives for a news conference on her retirement, in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Highlights from the news file for Friday, Dec. 15

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APOTEX FOUNDER HAS DIED: Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says the billionaire founder of drug company Apotex and his wife are dead. Hoskins tweeted on Friday that Barry and Honey Sherman are “wonderful human beings” and leaders in health care. Toronto police said they were investigating two bodies that have been found at a home, but won’t identify them.

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LABRADOR MAYOR HAS DIED AFTER A HUNTING ACCIDENT: The mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., has died almost a week after an apparent hunting accident. The Labrador town issued a statement on Friday saying John Hickey was surrounded by his family when he died late Thursday in a St. John’s hospital. The Speaker of the legislature has said Hickey was out alone with a shotgun checking rabbit snares when he was shot in the face. He managed to get to a nearby highway and get help, but wasn’t able to say exactly how he was wounded.

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TV NETWORK APOLOGIZES FOR REPORT ON MONTREAL MOSQUES: French-language network TVA has apologized for a report that said members of two Montreal mosques asked for female construction workers to be excluded from a nearby site. The network posted a short statement online Sunday a day after mentioning the baseless story on the air. Mosque officials dismissed the report and said they had only asked for parking to be available on Fridays. The Quebec Construction Commission looked into the matter and concluded there was absolutely no evidence that mosque members asked for female construction workers to be excluded from the nearby site.

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CANADA’S TOP JUDGE STEPPED DOWN ON FRIDAY: The outgoing chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada says more must be done to ensure the justice system is accessible to everyone in a timely way. It has been a message that Beverley McLachlin has been repeating often in recent years. McLachlin is stepping down after 28 years on the high court, including almost 18 years as chief and Friday was her last day on the job.

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FEDS SET TIMELINE ON IMPOSING CARBON TAX: The Trudeau government says a national price on carbon won’t be imposed on any province for at least another year. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says provinces have until the end of 2018 to submit their own carbon pricing plans before a national price is imposed on those that don’t meet the federal standard.

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ONTARIO UTILITY GROUNDS CHOPPERS AFTER DEADLY ACCIDENT: Ontario electrical utility Hydro One has grounded its helicopter fleet in the wake of Thursday’s crash that left four workers dead. The eight helicopters will not operate until there is a thorough review of safety protocols and equipment. The four men died when the chopper went down northwest of Kingston. Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt said on Friday that it is a time of emotion and shock.”

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EARTHQUAKE HITS JAVA IN INDONESIA, TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED: A strong earthquake has shaken buildings in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other cities on the country’s most populous island of Java. Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java’s coastline but no injuries from the temblor were immediately reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake which struck just before midnight Friday had a magnitude of 6.5 and was about 91 kilometres deep and located inland. Indonesian authorities reported a quake of similar magnitude offshore of Java.

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ACTOR BRUCE GRAY DEAD AT 81: Canadian actor Bruce Gray has died. Gray’s roles included an investment banker on the series “Traders” and the hapless father of the groom in the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” A friend says Gray died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.

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DUSTIN HOFFMAN ACCUSED OF NEW INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Another woman is accusing Dustin Hoffman of exposing himself to her when she was 16. Playwright Cori Thomas tells the trade outlet Variety that Hoffman exposed himself to her in 1980 in a New York hotel room. In an email to The Associated Press, she confirmed the story that was first reported by Variety. Thomas says she has told the story about her encounter with Hoffman to friends and associates for years, but chose to speak publicly about it to support the handful of others who have accused Hoffman of sexual misconduct. Emails to Hoffman’s publicist and attorney were not returned Thursday.

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