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Quebec: On the rails

A new rail excursion that promises panoramic vistas of the St. Lawrence River's north shore will be offered until Oct. 16. Then, in February, the Train of Le Massif de Charlevoix will return for its winter season.

The 10-hour fall trips to the Charlevoix start and end in Quebec City and feature a three-hour stopover in La Malbaie. The three-course lunch and four-course dinner menus served en route were created by Jean-Michel Breton, executive chef of Le Fairmont Manoir Richelieu. Details:

Britain: At the airport

Secret cameras designed to function as lie detectors are to be tested by immigration officials at an unnamed British airport. According to the inventor, Hassan Ugail, the cameras can identify liars by monitoring increases in body temperature and tiny changes in facial expressions.

Those centred out by the cameras will undergo deeper scrutiny. If the test proves successful, the system could be installed at other British airports. Critics have denounced the hidden cameras as an invasion of privacy.

Pacific Ocean: Under the sea

A visionary plan by Pacific Ocean nations and territories to protect their surrounding marine environment has received a boost on two fronts. The Cook Islands announced plans for what will become the world's largest marine park. Meanwhile, Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand, has designated its waters as a sanctuary for marine animals, turtles and sharks.

The moves are part of Pacific Oceanscape, a regional commitment to preserve a marine territory larger than the land mass of Canada, the United States and Mexico combined.

Sources: Le Massif de Charlevoix, Daily Mail, Pacific Oceanscape

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