Distributing the lion’s share of Canadian news releases means we see some major news cross the CNW newswire every day.

Here’s a selection of releases that received significant media coverage last week:

AMBER ALERT: NAPANEE – As an important part of Ontario’s Amber Alert program, CNW transmits details of an abducted child on behalf of the Sault Saint Marie Police Service. The CNW-transmitted message helps trigger an all-points media alert across the province.

PLAYBOOK LAUNCHED: TORONTO – Retailers, banks and telcos were quick off the mark last week to provide compelling reasons why customers should buy RIM’s new BlackBerry PlayBook. Joining the fray to attract business were Sears, Staples, Future Shop, OnX Enterprise Solutions, Mobilicity, and ING DIRECT

PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING: NAPANEE – The Ontario Provincial Police issue a public safety warning in the wake of two sexual assaults on young girls in two local hotels. Police suspect the assaults are connected.

HUMAN RIGHTS CASE: MONTREAL – The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal, orders a Ville Saint-Laurent-based employment agency and a company to pay $150,000 for moral and punitive damages to 15 workers of Chinese origin who were victims of discrimination.

POSTAL STRIKE VOTE: OTTAWA – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers votes in favour of striking if a collective agreement with Canada Post is not reached by May 24. Canada Post remains optimistic that a negotiated settlement can be reached without a work stoppage occurring.

SHORTS GOING TO CANNES: MONTREAL – Telefilm Canada announces that two Canadian shorts have been chosen as Official Selections at the Cannes Film Festival: Nicolas Roy’s Ce n’est rien and Jefferson Moneo’s Big Muddy. In addition, the film At Night, They Dance (La Nuit, elles dansent), by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, will be screened during the Directors’ Fortnight.

Visit the blog every Monday for a recap of the most interesting news off the CNW newswire from the previous week.


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