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Four stories in the news today, Dec. 1

Four stories in the news for Thursday, Dec.1

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'60S SCOOPS CLASS ACTION BACK IN COURT TODAY 

The '60s Scoop class action returns to court in Toronto today, with the federal government asking a judge to toss the claim. The lawsuit seeks $1.3 billion on behalf of 16,000 indigenous children in Ontario who ended up in non-aboriginal homes from 1965 to 1984.

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EI SYSTEM IN NEED OF REDESIGN: DUCLOS

The federal minister in charge of the employment insurance system says the program needs a serious redesign in the next few years to meet changing economic and social conditions. In a roundtable interview with The Canadian Press this week, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said he believes the EI system should be simplified, include better work incentives and improve the quality and the availability of services that people expect.

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DOG CAUGHT UP IN LEGAL BATTLE

A Labradoodle has become the centre of a legal battle between a breeder and a family in British Columbia. Carolyn Hopkinson says she had never heard of so-called guardian homes for breeding dogs when she got the gentle black pup in 2013 to help with her son's post-concussion syndrome. In February, Hopkinson and her son were stunned when the breeder abruptly took the pooch back, saying a contract she signed had been broken. Hopkinson has filed a lawsuit in small-claims court, alleging the breeder seized the dog to make more money, while the breeder has filed a counter-suit, alleging the family failed to follow the pup's care requirements and broke the agreement in a number of ways.

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BALONEY METER: ELECTORAL REFORM

During last year's federal campaign, Justin Trudeau promised that if elected, the Liberals would ensure that 2015 would be the last election in Canada under the so-called "first-past-the-post" system. Now Trudeau's Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says the Liberals have insisted "from the very beginning" on having the "broad support" of Canadians before going ahead. Monsef's comment is the topic of The Canadian Press baloney meter.

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