• A Canadian who left his valuable collection of rare coins to a U.S. neo-Nazi group may not get his bequest fulfilled after all.

    Chemist Robert McCorkill's sister, Isabelle, has won a New Brunswick temporary court injunction preventing the transfer of the collection to the National Alliance — a Mill Point, West Virginia, white-supremacist organization.

    According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group was founded in 1970 by William Pierce, whose dystopian novel The Turner Diaries, served as an inspiration to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

    McCorkill, who also spelled his name McCorkell, apparently joined the National Alliance in the 1990s. When he died in 2004 in St. John, N.B., his will bequeathed his collection of ancient coins to the organization but the estate has remained unsettled.

    In May, a New Brunswick judge gave his executor, who is also tied to the alliance, the power to deliver McCorkill's assets to the group.

    The collection has an estimated value of $250,000,

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  • A deer stops in Pinawa, Man., for a photo in February. Photo courtesy CBC.After a disastrous incident in which a pet deer names Bambi was shot dead in front of residents of its adopted community, Manitoba has implemented a few new guidelines, ostensibly saying: try really hard not to shoot deer in front of people.

    New protocol for Manitoba conservation officers were announced on Tuesday to "make euthanasia a last resort" and promote the humane handling of wildlife whenever possible.

    Let's flash back to February, when the Hutterite colony of Windy Bay was receiving regular visits from their beloved Bambi. The deer had been abandoned as a fawn and left to be raised by the locals.

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    But, as animals tend to do, Bambi grew larger. When Manitoba Conservation was called to move the animal to a sanctuary, they ended up shooting it instead, in front of several residents who had spent years doting over the dear deer.

    In hindsight, that didn't go exactly by book. So here we are, five months later,

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  • Canadian Passports are shown in Montreal, Thursday, February 02, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Sheila Boardman.They call themselves the "lost Canadians," citizens in their hearts but not, apparently, in the eyes of the federal government.

    They may number in the thousands and we may get a better idea of how many there are if a B.C. woman is successful in launching a class-action court case over their status.

    Jackie Scott discovered 10 years ago that she wasn't officially Canadian because of a legislative anomaly. The 68-year-old woman was born in Britain to a Canadian soldier and British mother during the Second World War.

    But Canada didn't pass its first citizenship law until 1947, which meant apparently that her father was technically a British subject and her birth outside Canada meant she wasn't entitled to citizenship.

    Scott was raised by her father in Ontario but only learned of her stateless situation while living in the United States with her husband, CBC News said. She applied for a citizenship certificate and to her surprise was turned down.

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  • A man gives blood in Montreal, on November 29, 2012.The long shadow of Canada's tainted blood scandal receded a little further Monday as new rules governing blood donations by gay men took effect.

    The former lifetime ban on men who'd had sex with other men anytime since the late 1970s has been lifted in favour of rule barring those who've had sex in the last five years.

    The rules covering donations via Canadian Blood Services and HEMA-Quebec were announced earlier this year to some controversy.

    The lifetime ban on sexually active gay men was imposed more than 20 years ago after the Canadian blood system, then administered by the Red Cross, was rocked by revelations that at least 2,000 people had been infected with HIV and perhaps 30,000 with hepatitis C from transfusions of tainted blood and blood products.

    The AIDS epidemic mushroomed in the 1980s, but the Red Cross did not begin testing for HIV until 1985 and hepatitis C until 1990 (there was no effective test before then). By then, Canada and other countries were reporting disease

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  • Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications Inc. waves to the audience of the Economic Club of Canada on October 6, 2008.Today, an act of misguided hubris will take shape in Toronto when a bronze statue of a local legend is unveiled outside the Rogers Centre (nee SkyDome) baseball stadium.

    Toronto is far from the first city to post a statue outside a sports facility; the world of athletics is ripe with glossy heroes and local champions. But Toronto's sculpture is different in that it will be of a man who did not earn his stripes with a baseball bat or hockey stick, but with a pen and a pair of reading glasses.

    Ted Rogers, the founder of Rogers Communications, will be memorialized in a 12-foot statue, set to be unveiled Tuesday evening.

    Here is the announcement:

    To celebrate the legacy of one of Canada's most innovative leaders, a 12-foot bronze statue of Edward S. "Ted" Rogers will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony.

    Rogers died in 2008 after building Rogers Communications into a dominant force in Canada's communication industry. He was the fifth richest person in the country at the time of his passing. A

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  • A boy runs past a sculpture by Indian artist Sudarshan Pattnaik to mark the birth of Britain's royal baby.
    You’ve got to hand it to Quebec; it sure knows how to make an entrance. Hours after Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, went into labour on Monday, the province that is least enthralled with the Royal Family announced it would join a constitutional challenge against changes to Canada’s succession laws.

    Those laws, enacted earlier this year and recently challenged by two constitutional experts, mean that William and Kate’s child would be treated equally when it came to becoming head of the British monarchy, regardless of whether it was a boy or a girl. (Spoiler alert, it’s a boy.)

    According to the Canadian Press, the Canadian government will defend its new royal succession laws against the legal challenge, supported yesterday by the Quebec government.

    Here are the details of the challenge. But in short, Canada and 16 other members of the Commonwealth updated their succession rules earlier this year. One key change was to allow a first-born daughter to ascend to the throne, rather

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  • Sam Mellace tends some of his nearly 300 marijuana plants at a legal grow-op.We are going to witness over the next year or so the emergence of a potentially big and lucrative new commercial industry — medical marijuana.

    At the same time it's been growling about illicit drug use and sales, the Conservative government has been moving to clamp down on legally sanctioned medical marijuana production.

    The old system of allowing home grow-ops for those licensed to use medical pot, along with some commercial production, is being replaced with a system where only licensed, regulated commercial operations will be allowed.

    Health Canada statistics as of the end of last year revealed 28,115 people were authorized to possess dried marijuana, with roughly 18,000 licensed to produce it for personal use. About 5,300 received seeds from Health Canada.

    The current system was open to abuse, with some licensees caught growing way more pot than the amount authorized for personal medical use.

    Some grow-ops also drew complaints from neighbours because of the stench and there have been

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  • Baristas of the world unite!

    Union activists are keeping a close eye on a drive to organize workers at some Halifax coffee bars, The Canadian Press reports.

    "We're seeing a real phenomenon in Halifax of coffee shop workers coming together and organizing," Tony Tracy, Atlantic representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, told CP. "In terms of the coffee shop industry, Halifax has been a bit of an anomaly."

    The restaurant and food services sector traditionally has been one of the hardest to unionize. Many eateries are small businesses with a history of low wages, where tipping is considered part of an employees' overall income.

    According to CP, staff at Just Us!, a local fair-trade coffee chain in Halifax, successfully joined Local 2 of the Service Employees International Union. That was followed by word that employees at two Second Cup outlets in the city had voted to join the union, though CP said the results have not been released.

    The union said this was the first time Canadian

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  • Ring the bells, sound the horn and celebrate like you’re a card-carrying member of the Royal Family: The long-awaited arrival of William and Kate’s first child is finally here.

    Prince William and his glowing wife Kate Middleton have announced the birth of their first child — the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. The declaration is bound to set of celebrations across the Commonwealth, from England to Australia to here in Canada.

    An official announcement reads:

    Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.

    The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.

    The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

    The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

    Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.

    Prince Charles said he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were overjoyed over the birth of his first

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  • Canadians might have listened with detached interest to U.S. President Barack Obama's personal observations about experiencing racial profiling last week in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case.

    But I don't think we have any reason to be smug about our own track record on racial profiling in Canada. It may not reach the extreme levels alleged in Martin's shooting death at the hands of neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. But should we doubt it exists here?

    Obama recalled that as a young black man, he was often viewed with suspicion and mistrust, asserting few African-American men have escaped the the experience of hearing car doors lock as they approached, or having a woman clutch her purse nervously when a black man stepped into an elevator with her.

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    Douglas Todd, who writes about religion, spirituality and ethics for the Vancouver Sun, printed a letter on his blog Sunday from an African-Canadian man who

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