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  • St. John’s Telegram denies defamation lawsuit from ex-premier Danny Williams

    The Canadian Press

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The St. John’s Telegram in Newfoundland is denying accusations from former premier Danny Williams that one of its editorials defamed him. The newspaper has filed a statement of defence in response to a statement of claim from Williams that alleges an editorial published on Sept. 19 wrongly implied he influenced St.

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  • B.C. man first known fatality linked to enterovirus D68 in Canada

    The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER – A young man from Metro Vancouver is the first known fatality in Canada linked to the enterovirus D68 infection. Dr. Danuta Skowronski (skov-ron-ski) of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the man in his early twenties had a prior history of severe asthma, and it’s not known how the virus contributed to

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  • No agreement on legal-aid funding at justice ministers meeting

    The Canadian Press and Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

    BANFF, Alta. – Federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers have been unable to reach a deal on increased funding from Ottawa for legal aid. Ottawa used to pay half the cost, but now chips in about 16 per cent. Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis (rhymes with TENNIS) says legal-aid funding was a key concern for

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  • Federal government restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries

    The Canadian Press and Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

    The federal government has announced it won’t allow any new commercial fisheries in the Beaufort Sea without further research. The move was immediately applauded by environmental groups, who have been calling for Canada to match a similar policy in the United States. Scientists say Arctic fisheries may benefit as climate change forces commercial fish species

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  • Paradis says Canada spending $8M to help kids affected by fighting in Iraq

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Canada is donating $8 million to a UNICEF effort to meet education and protection needs of Iraqi children. International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the No Lost Generation initiative will help up to 200,000 children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict. Paradis says the money will help keep the children in school

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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at an event Friday October 17, 2014 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    Harper cites spectre of long-dead gun registry, fears ‘back door’ resurrection

    The Canadian Press and Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

    SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. – He says he doesn’t want to sound paranoid, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is concerned his own federal bureaucracy is trying to bring back the long gun registry “through the back door.” Harper courted gun owners and anglers today in northern Ontario with a carefully stage-managed question and answer session

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  • Tina Fontaine is pictured in an undated photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Winnipeg Police Service

    Chief has asked Crown if officers should face charges in Tina Fontaine probe

    The Canadian Press and Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

    WINNIPEG – Winnipeg’s police chief says he has asked the Crown whether charges are warranted against two officers who didn’t take a missing 15-year-old girl into custody shortly before her death. An internal investigation was launched into the actions of the two officers after it was discovered they had found Tina Fontaine during a traffic

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  • New Canadian take the oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Dartmouth on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    On Twitter, Kenney defends his ‘no veils’ policy at citizenship ceremonies

    The Canadian Press and Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Jason Kenney is publicly defending his directives while immigration minister to forbid women from wearing niqabs while taking the oath of citizenship. In a tweet, Kenney — now employment and social development minister — says he believes people taking the oath should do so publicly, with their faces uncovered. A Mississauga woman is

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  • If you really love animals, you shouldn’t own one: Canadian vet

    Simon Druker

    In a column in the Montreal Gazette last week, Dr. Charles Danten says pets don’t understand we’re well-intentioned. While he isn’t telling people to set their animals free, he’d ideally like to see the end of the pet industry.

  • Sentencing hearing underway for Michael Sona, convicted in robocalls scandal

    The Canadian Press and Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press

    GUELPH, Ont. – A sentencing hearing for the Conservative staffer convicted in the 2011 robocalls election fraud scandal is underway. In August, Michael Sona was found guilty of wilfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector from voting, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. On the morning

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  • Canada’s annual inflation rate at 2% in September

    The Canadian Press

    Statistics Canada says prices rose in all consumer categories it looks at in the 12 months leading up to September, with higher housing and food prices leading the way.

  • Magnotta jury watches so-called murder video published on the Internet in 2012

    Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

    CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT MAY DISTURB SOME READERS MONTREAL — Luka Rocco Magnotta hunched as low as he could in the prisoner’s box Thursday as the jury hearing his murder trial viewed a graphic and gruesome video depicting the death of Jun Lin. The jurors had been warned from the beginning of the trial they would

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  • Former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien speaks in Toronto on January 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Ex-PM Chretien backs Trudeau position on Iraq, criticizes Harper in column

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – Former prime minister Jean Chretien says he supports Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s decision to oppose Canada’s air combat mission in Iraq. In a column for the Globe and Mail Friday, Chretien calls the deployment of fighter planes a “very marginal” response to the crisis caused by Islamic State militants. Chretien writes that he

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  • Hurricane Gonzalo, right, is pictured as it approaches Bermuda at 11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday Oct. 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NOAA

    Newfoundland readies for wind, rain as Gonzalo takes aim at Bermuda

    The Canadian Press and Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

    HALIFAX – Canadian forecasters will provide an update today on hurricane Gonzalo, which is now a mighty Category 4 storm barrelling toward Bermuda. The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says Gonzalo will likely transition into a strong post-tropical storm as it races toward North Atlantic waters Saturday. The most punishing winds will be felt to

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