• U.S. calls Chinese death sentence against Canadian 'politically motivated'
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    U.S. calls Chinese death sentence against Canadian 'politically motivated'

    OTTAWA — The United States has denounced a death sentence imposed on a British Columbia man in China as "politically motivated," adding heft to Ottawa's effort to intensify international pressure on Beijing to spare his life and to release two other detained Canadians.U.S. Secretary of

  • Canadian mining employee kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso: local officials
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    Canadian mining employee kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso: local officials

    A Canadian national has been kidnapped in Burkina Faso's northern Sahel region, government officials said Wednesday. A spokesman for Burkina Faso's security ministry identified the man as Kirk Woodman, who works for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company. Spokesman Jean Paul Badoum

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    B.C. chief says they didn't give up rights for pipeline to be built

    A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief told a crowd of First Nation leaders gathered in Smithers, B.C., that no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over the land. Chief Na’Moks says the rights of the hereditary chiefs to the land have never been extinguished. Chiefs and elected council

  • Fortified Arctic infrastructure needed in face of climate change: study
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    Fortified Arctic infrastructure needed in face of climate change: study

    The impact of climate change on roads and other crucial structures in Canada's North is likely to be even greater than feared, says new detailed research. "These are greater impacts than anything I'm aware of," said John Pomeroy, head of the University of Saskatchewan's Global

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    Four men charged in Manitoba for night hunting with lights

    WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says four men have been charged with  hunting at night with lights.

  • Police found ammunition but no guns in Danforth shooter's room: docs
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    Police found ammunition but no guns in Danforth shooter's room: docs

    TORONTO — Police officers who searched the bedroom of a shooter shortly after he carried out a deadly attack in Toronto's Greektown last summer found a stockpile of ammunition and gun accessories but no firearms, newly released court documents show.Investigators accompanied by an explosive-sniffing

  • Quebec comic Mike Ward in court defending joke about disabled singer
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    Quebec comic Mike Ward in court defending joke about disabled singer

    Quebec's Appeal Court is hearing arguments about whether a comedian who joked of drowning a disabled boy should have to pay damages to the child and his family. The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that Mike Ward made discriminatory comments about Jeremy Gabriel's disability during

  • New advisory board to help RCMP modernize amid history of bullying, harassment
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    New advisory board to help RCMP modernize amid history of bullying, harassment

    OTTAWA — The federal government is creating an external board of civilian advisers to help the RCMP modernize after years of grappling with internal bullying and harassment.The long-anticipated move follows numerous calls stretching back over a decade for more outside input and expertise to transform

  • Police chief confirms all three dead were on the bus when it crashed
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    Police chief confirms all three dead were on the bus when it crashed

    Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says all three people killed in last week's deadly bus accident were on the bus when it crashed.Bordeleau says police initially believed two of the victims were on the double-decker bus and a third was on the station platform, but it is now clear all three were

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    Defence chief Vance slated to testify this month in Vice-Admiral Norman case

    OTTAWA — Canada's top military officer is expected to take the stand later this month in a pre-trial hearing for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Norman's lawyer, Marie Henein, said Gen. Jonathan Vance was subpoenaed by Norman's legal team and is scheduled to testify when the hearing resumes at the

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    Liberal bows out of Burnaby byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh's race

    The Liberal candidate running against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Metro Vancouver byelection has bowed out of the race after singling out Singh's ethnicity in an online post. Karen Wang apologized Wednesday for her comments, saying that the diverse character of Burnaby South is a real source of

  • Murder trial hears that woman with Alzheimer's was not at end of life
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    Murder trial hears that woman with Alzheimer's was not at end of life

    A physician says a slain Montreal woman who was receiving treatment for late-stage Alzheimer’s was not deemed to be at the end of her life. Dr. Micheline Pelletier is testifying today at the second-degree murder trial of Michel Cadotte. The 57-year-old is accused in the killing of his ailing wife,

  • Nova Scotia judge to deliver verdict in British sailor's gang rape case
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    Nova Scotia judge to deliver verdict in British sailor's gang rape case

    A decision is expected Thursday in the high-profile case of a British sailor accused in a gang rape at a Halifax-area military base, even as the Crown mulls whether to reinstitute a sexual assault charge against a second member of the Royal Navy. Darren Smalley, who is in his late 30s, is charged with

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    Sentence issued by B.C. judge who refused recusal after crying during statement

    KELOWNA, B.C. — A British Columbia provincial court judge who teared up over a victim impact statement in a sex crimes trial has sentenced the accused to 14 months in jail.Jeremy Carlson, also known as Rhiley Carlson, pleaded guilty to sexual interference involving a minor.The victim in the case was

  • U.S. says China's death sentence against Canadian 'politically motivated'
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    U.S. says China's death sentence against Canadian 'politically motivated'

    A Chinese court resentenced Robert Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial of a drug-smuggling case on Monday. Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been talking to world leaders about Schellenberg's case and the cases of two Canadians arrested in China in apparent retaliation for the

  • National dementia strategy should include input from patients, caregivers: report
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    National dementia strategy should include input from patients, caregivers: report

    An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for the federal government's long-promised national strategy on the progressive brain diseases. The report by the Canadian Academy

  • Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has case put over to end of January
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    Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has case put over to end of January

    An alleged serial killer who faces murder charges in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto's gay village has had his case put over to the end of January. Bruce McArthur made a brief appearance in court Wednesday where his next hearing was set for Jan. 29, when his pre-trial discussions are

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  • Lametti appointment raises hope for less restrictive assisted dying law
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    Lametti appointment raises hope for less restrictive assisted dying law

    The appointment of David Lametti as Canada's new justice minister has given new hope to those who believe the Trudeau government's law on medically assisted dying is too restrictive. Lametti was one of just four Liberal MPs who voted against the government's 2016 legislation that made it

  • Burgess Shale fossils add branches to tree of life, says Royal Society report
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    Burgess Shale fossils add branches to tree of life, says Royal Society report

    VICTORIA — The tiny remains of an extinct bug-like creature discovered at British Columbia's 500-million-year-old Burgess Shale fossil deposit add a new branch to the evolutionary tree of life, says a PhD student who tracked down the organism's development.The discovery of fossilized soft tissue

  • Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale
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    Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

    REGINA — Canada's minister for public safety says right-wing, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups are an increasing concern and threat to Canadians.Ralph Goodale said the groups promote hate, which manifests itself in violent anti-Semitism or in other crimes."The van attack along Yonge Street

  • Trudeau fields range of questions on immigration and foreign policy at townhall
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    Trudeau fields range of questions on immigration and foreign policy at townhall

    ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday slammed what he called the dictatorship of Venezuela as he tackled audience questions ranging from Canada's approach to Indigenous issues to immigration and foreign policy.Speaking at one of a series of election-year townhall meetings

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    Supreme Court dismisses appeal filed by former Winnipeg firefighter for theft

    The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal filed by a former Winnipeg firefighter who was convicted of stealing from a dead woman's apartment. Darren Fedyck was found guilty in 2017 of theft under $5,000 and sentenced to six months in jail. The trial judge acknowledged the case was built

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    Board finds man fit to stand trial in girl's death at B.C. high school

    PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. — The British Columbia Review Board has found a man mentally fit to stand trial in the death of a 13-year-old girl at a high school in Abbotsford more than two years ago.The board heard Tuesday that Gabriel Klein's mental health has improved during his stay at the Forensic Psychiatric

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    Quebec professional orders ask province to challenge assisted dying law

    MONTREAL — Six Quebec professional orders are calling on the province to challenge the constitutionality of federal legislation on medical assistance in dying.The orders representing physicians, nurse, lawyers, pharmacists, notaries and social workers issued a statement Tuesday saying the status of the