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  • Anti-seal hunt group says it will stay off ice, focusing instead on politicians

    The Canadian Press and Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – For the first time in almost 20 years, the International Fund for Animal Welfare won’t be sending a team of observers out on the Atlantic sea ice during the spring seal hunt. The long-standing opponent of commercial sealing is instead planning to refocus its efforts on politicians who are trying to keep afloat

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  • Environment minister nixes roundtable’s information transfer plan

    The Canadian Press and Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Environment Minister Peter Kent has pulled the plug on a plan by the controversial National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy to ensure 25 years worth of research gets posted on the Internet. A spokesman for Kent, however, insisted Tuesday that the minister is committed to ensuring all of the information

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  • NDP Member of Parliament Paul Dewar speaks during a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill Tuesday March 26, 2013 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    NDP introduces conflict minerals bill to battle resource exploitation in Congo

    The Canadian Press and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar has introduced a bill to fight the spread of so-called “conflict minerals” in the Democratic Republic of Congo — key components for cellphones, computers and a myriad of devices. Dewar said that minerals from the war-ravaged nation have been used to fund an armed conflict that has

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  • Rob Harris, who was parole officer for Ashley Smith, is seen outside coroner's court in Toronto on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Harris, who worked at Nova Institution in Truro, N.S., said he always expected the teen, who later choked herself to death in her cell, would be released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

    ‘No alternative’ to ongoing isolation for Ashley Smith, parole officer says

    The Canadian Press and Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – Prolonged segregation was detrimental to a teenaged inmate who went on to choke herself to death in her cell, her parole officer testified on Tuesday, but he felt there was nowhere else to put her. Rob Harris told an inquest into her death that he recommended Ashley Smith be placed in segregation on

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  • Police search for car that drove off ferry and plunged into Cape Breton bay

    The Canadian Press

    ENGLISHTOWN, N.S. – An RCMP dive team was hampered by fast-moving waters Tuesday as it searched for a car that drove off a ferry into a Nova Scotia bay with at least one person inside. Four divers were scouring St. Anns Bay in Cape Breton for the sunken car, which plunged into the water the

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  • Langley MP’s scheduled speech on abortions pulled

    News1130 Staff

    Conservative MP Mark Warawa was ready to make a speech in the House of Commons on sex-selective abortions but his name was removed from the speaker’s list.

  • The CIBC (bottom) and Scotiabank (lower left) buildings are seen from Bay Street in Toronto's financial district, on June 16, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrien Veczan

    OSFI, Bank of Canada act to make financial system safer, lessen system risk

    The Canadian Press and Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – The federal financial supervisor has slapped a too-big-to-fail label on Canada’s six largest banks, declaring they will need to carry a bigger capital buffer and be subjected to stricter supervision than their smaller peers. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Tuesday that the “systemically important” designation stems from a framework

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at an event in Toronto on Tuesday March 26, 2013 where boxing great George Chuvalo was presented with the key to the city.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    Toronto mayor Rob Ford denies published report he was intoxicated at event

    The Canadian Press and Paola Lorrigio, The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – Toronto’s embattled mayor is denying allegations that he showed up drunk for an official function last month, dismissing the latest controversy to plague his mayoralty as “lies after lies and lies.” An agitated Rob Ford addressed the allegations briefly at a news conference Tuesday honouring former boxing champion George Chuvalo, blasting the Toronto

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  • Coal-fired power likely to cause thousands of deaths in Alberta: study

    Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

    EDMONTON – A study says coal-fired power generation is likely to cause thousands of early deaths in Alberta and cost the province hundreds of millions of dollars before government regulations force plants to reduce emissions. The study also says the plants — many of which have decades to comply with new federal emissions rules —

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  • Possible breach of Parliament delays release of B.C. auditor’s report

    Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press and The Canadian Press

    VICTORIA – A possible breach of Parliament prompted the Speaker of the British Columbia legislature to put a highly-anticipated report from the auditor general on hold. On Tuesday, a statement from the Speaker said John Doyle’s report on the government’s on-going carbon neutral initiative would not be released as planned. “Concerns have been raised in

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