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  • Maclean’s on the Hill – Episode 45

    Matt Krupovich @1310Matt

    Each week, the Maclean’s politics team and Cormac MacSweeney sit down to hash out the week’s news in Ottawa. This week, we discuss the defection of former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault to the provincial Liberals, and the mass floor-crossing of nine Wildrose MLAs in Alberta—including former leader Danielle Smith.

  • Women’s recreational hockey league in Yukon adopts transgender policy

    Marcel Vander Wier, Whitehorse Star, The Canadian Press

    WHITEHORSE – A recreational women’s hockey league in the Yukon has adopted a policy to accommodate transgender players. The Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association released the policy on its Facebook page Friday morning, explaining that any player who was either born female or identifies as a woman would be permitted to play in the league. That

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  • Regina high school exchanges Redmen nickname for Bears after consulting elders

    The Canadian Press

    REGINA – A Regina high school has a new name. Starting next year, Balfour Collegiate’s sports teams will called the Bears. Balfour retired its previous name, the Redmen, after Regina Public Schools decided to make the change after consulting community elders. The school’s previous name — Redmen — was seen as controversial and inappropriate. Principal

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  • Alberta extends climate change rules, including $15 tonne carbon levy, to June

    The Canadian Press

    EDMONTON – Alberta is extending its climate-change regulations, including the carbon levy on large emitters, for another six months. The regulations, set to expire at the end of the year, will now be kept in force through June 2015. Premier Jim Prentice had promised the changes by the end of the year, but now says

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  • Mavis McArdle speaks to the media at the Royal Victoria Hospital on the 20th anniversary of her liver transplant Friday, December 19, 2014 in Montreal. McArdle was kept alive for several hours with the use of a pig's liver until a human liver was available.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Woman saved by pig liver 20 years ago reunites with medical team

    Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

    MONTREAL – Mavis McArdle says she doesn’t feel weird at all that a pig’s liver helped save her life. “No! It helped me live, I am alive because of that!” exclaims the 76-year-old Montreal native, who went through a pioneering medical procedure 20 years ago. McArdle reunited Friday with her old medical team to celebrate

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  • Ethics watchdog starts preliminary probe into pair of Conservative MPs

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – The House of Commons ethics watchdog is reviewing a potential conflict of interest case involving Conservative MPs Rob Clarke and Rod Bruinooge. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s office says it is conducting a preliminary review into the facts around a complaint brought against the two by Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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  • President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes today disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline project. He then kept it alive with five words. "I'll see what they do." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama on whether he’d consider Republican Keystone bill: ‘I’ll see what they do’

    The Canadian Press and Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes today disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline project. He then kept it alive with five words. At a White House news conference, Obama played down project’s job potential, insisted it would not lead to lower gas prices and described it as better for

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  • Minister of Foreign affairs John Baird holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    Russians face oil-sector sanctions, new travel restrictions, over Ukraine

    The Canadian Press and Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Canada is once again imposing new sanctions against Russia in response to its incursions into Ukraine. The latest sanctions target 20 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and include new export restrictions on technologies used in Russia’s oil sector. The sanctions against individuals involve freezing of assets and travel bans. But it’s the oilpatch sanctions

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  • Canadian Press NewsAlert: Edmonton authorities issue Amber Alert for 3 children

    The Canadian Press

    EDMONTON – Authorities in Edmonton have issued an Amber Alert for three children. They say the boys, who are two, eight and nine, were abducted from a north Edmonton home at 9:45 a.m. today. Police are looking for 50-year-old Leonard Hutchinson, who is described as Caucasian, about six-foot-one and weighing 300 pounds. He is bald

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  • Kermode bear, Clover, is seen in this undated handout photo. When Clover the Kermode, or spirit bear, wakes up from his winter nap he'll have a new $700,000 home, featuring a den, two ponds and a creek. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Kamloops This Week

    Rare white kermode bear will get new Kamloops, B.C., home this spring

    Andrea Klassen, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A rare, white kermode bear will have a new home in Kamloops, B.C., waiting when he wakes up from hibernation this spring. The rescued male bear named Clover was given to the B.C. Wildlife Park in 2012 after it became habituated to humans and several attempts to relocate him to the wild

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  • Protesters demand male dentistry students be expelled over sexist Facebook posts

    The Canadian Press and Alison Auld, The Canadian Press

    HALIFAX – Hundreds of people marched in silence to the office of Dalhousie University’s president to demand the expulsion of dentistry students accused of posting misogynistic messages online. The group of about 200 gathered in front of the university’s dentistry school at noon in Halifax today to read speeches panning the university’s response to messages

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  • Saskatchewan senator apologizes for ‘white man’ comment directed at MP

    The Canadian Press

    LA RONGE, Sask. – Senator Lillian Dyck is apologizing for suggesting an aboriginal Conservative MP from northern Saskatchewan was behaving like a “white man” during a debate in the Senate earlier this month. Dyck, who is also Cree and from Saskatchewan, says she was exasperated during discussions Dec. 9 on a private member’s bill from

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  • A Military Police officer walks near a C-17 Globemaster cargo plane after Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson made an announcement at Canadian Forces base Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on Friday Dec. 19, 2014. Nicholson announced that Canada will be getting a fifth C-17 Globemaster cargo airplane. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

    Canada buys additional massive military cargo jet as C-17 production wraps up

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has formally announced that the air force will get a fifth C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift transport plane. The federal cabinet recently signed off on the proposal, which the military has been pushing for, calling it a uniquely time-sensitive opportunity because Boeing aircraft, the U.S. manufacturer, has closed the assembly line.

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  • B.C. poultry infected with avian flu virus never before seen in North America

    The Canadian Press and James Keller, The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER – Scientists say an avian flu virus that has resulted in the destruction of nearly 250,000 birds in British Columbia is affecting poultry in North America for the first time. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that an outbreak at B.C. poultry farms is highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2. The strain has now

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