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Protests In Canada Turn Violent

She was 47. Tennis Canada said she died Thursday in Chicago after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Simpson made her first Grand Slam appearance at the 1989 Australian Open. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 70 that year and advanced to the third round at the French Open. In doubles, she was ranked as high as No. 32, won three titles and was a U.S. Open quarterfinalist. She won three singles tournaments and four doubles titles on the lower-tier ITF circuit. Simpson was a regular on Canada’s Fed Cup team in the 1990s and was captain from 2001 to ’09. Private memorial services will be held in Chicago and Toronto.

Canada PM Heads to Brussels to Conclude EU Deal

The Czech Republic, which had threatened to block the free trade deal over the visa issue, welcomed the announcement. Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada’s Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his government wants to re-establish visa-free status “in the earliest possible term.” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in an e-mail that the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” Harper posted on his official Twitter account that Canada will “soon” complete negotiations. His office said he will meet with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said he’s been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Union’s 28 members and Canada’s 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. We’re more than disappointed,” Leduc said. “It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada.” Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as the bloc embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S. If a U.S.-EU trade deal is reached, it could be the world’s largest free trade pact. Canada hopes to become less reliant on the U.S., the country’s largest trading partner. Canada’s finance minister has said despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class.

At least one shot was fired by someone other than police, and at least five police vehicles were set on fire, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement . “The RCMP has worked diligently with all parties involved in hopes for a peaceful resolution. Those efforts have not been successful. Tensions were rising, and serious criminal acts are being committed,” said Constable Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the New Brunswick RCMP. Elsipogtog First Nation Chief Aaron Sock was among those arrested in the clashes. According to CBC News , he is the leader of a group of that has been blockading Route 134 near Rexton since September 30. Protesters are reportedly angry about the government and shale gas companies moving forward with work in the area. “The more the government ignores the situation, the greater the potential for this to escalate,” said T.J. Burke, a lawyer for the Elsipogtog First Nation. Police said they were investigating suspected explosive devices at the scene. Molotov cocktails were thrown, they said. Those arrested were detained for various offenses, including firearms offenses, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief and refusing to abide by a court injunction on Route 134.