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    Mandatory payments for minor offences unconstitutional, top court rules

    The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes people convicted of crimes pay surcharges to helps victims is unconstitutional. In a 7-2 decision delivered this morning in Ottawa, the Supreme Court found the mandatory victim surcharge amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The decision means no

  • Tourism minister postpones trip to China amid tensions between two countries
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    Tourism minister postpones trip to China amid tensions between two countries

    Tourism Minister Melanie Joly won't go to China to mark the end of a special year of tourism exchanges, while the two countries argue over Canada's arrest of a Chinese business executive. "Canada and China mutually agreed to postpone the Canada-China Year of Tourism Closing Ceremony and

  • In the news today, Dec. 14
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    In the news today, Dec. 14

    Canada's transportation safety board is scheduled to release recommendations today after a plane crash last year near a remote northern Saskatchewan community. All 25 people on board the West Wind Aviation plane escaped when it crashed near the Fond du Lac airstrip soon after takeoff on Dec. 13.

  • Closing arguments expected in sex assault trial of former gymnastics coach
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    Closing arguments expected in sex assault trial of former gymnastics coach

    Closing arguments are expected today in the sexual assault trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach. Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial in Sarnia, Ont. The charges relate to alleged incidents

  • 'Both things are true:' Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground
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    'Both things are true:' Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground

    When elders from Fort McKay near Alberta's oilsands went to their traditional picking areas, things just didn't feel right. The First Nation's questions eventually grew into a collaboration with university-based researchers that brought botanists out on traditional berry-picking trips in

  • Safety board making recommendations after Saskatchewan plane crash
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    Safety board making recommendations after Saskatchewan plane crash

    Canada's transportation safety board is scheduled to release recommendations today after a plane crash last year near a remote northern Saskatchewan community. All 25 people on board the West Wind Aviation plane escaped when it crashed near the Fond du Lac airstrip soon after takeoff on Dec. 13.

  • Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss 'hoax'
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    Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss 'hoax'

    Police forces in cities across Canada investigated multiple bomb threats on Thursday as authorities in the U.S. said similar threats sent to dozens of locations appeared to be a hoax. Police departments in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as RCMP detachments in B.C. and Manitoba

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    Absolute discharge for B.C. man who is also accused of assaulting sex workers

    The Crown says a man who faces a series of charges including alleged assaults of sex workers has been given an absolute discharge in a separate allegation against him by a judge in Vernon, B.C. The B.C. Prosecution Service says Curtis Sagmoen pleaded guilty to a single count of mischief Thursday and

  • Tory senators stalling laws for political advantage, Independents say
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    Tory senators stalling laws for political advantage, Independents say

    Conservative senators are being accused of deliberately stalling Liberal government legislation to keep it in the public eye for political benefit. "This is a bill that could generate a lot of political attention and it is in the interests of some senators to use the bill as political hay,"

  • Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says
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    Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says

    Canada's largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as the most efficient way for the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says there is general consensus in Canada that something needs to be done about climate change, and

  • 'My life is held in suspension:' Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions
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    'My life is held in suspension:' Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

    Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr says he will continue to fight for his freedom. Khadr, 32, was in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday to apply for changes to bail conditions which were imposed on him while he appeals war crimes convictions by a U.S. military commission. "When I initially

  • Man on trial for killing Calgary woman and her daughter fabricated story: Crown
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    Man on trial for killing Calgary woman and her daughter fabricated story: Crown

    Edward Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman. "You killed Sara because you hated her," prosecutor Carla MacPhail told Downey on Thursday. "You killed Taliyah because she knew you and she could tell,"

  • Canada's extradition act on display with world watching Meng case: experts
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    Canada's extradition act on display with world watching Meng case: experts

    Canada's cumbersome extradition system means Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou could wait years before her case is resolved even if she will inevitably be committed to stand trial in the United States, legal experts say. Diab was extradited to France on charges he bombed a Paris synagogue

  • Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted
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    Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

    A former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault told his trial Thursday that when he apologized to his accuser for "crossing the line," he wasn't referring to any sexual transgressions. Dave Brubaker said he wrote a letter expressing his regret to a former trainee because

  • Supreme Court won't hear case involving facts used in assisted-dying case
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    Supreme Court won't hear case involving facts used in assisted-dying case

    The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a severely ill woman who wants to accelerate a lawsuit that argues the right to assisted dying is unfairly limited by federal government law. The plaintiffs asked a lower court to prevent Canada from relitigating facts already decided in the Supreme

  • Scheer blames Trudeau's 'naive approach' to China for Huawei crisis
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    Scheer blames Trudeau's 'naive approach' to China for Huawei crisis

    The dilemma Canada finds itself in over its arrest of top Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou is a result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "naive approach" to China, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer insisted Thursday. Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael

  • Mark Norman was doing his job, had not 'gone rogue' on ship deal: lawyers
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    Mark Norman was doing his job, had not 'gone rogue' on ship deal: lawyers

    The Crown alleges Norman tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet's decisions on a $700-million naval project by leaking government secrets to the shipyard and media for more than a year. "This is information we need to show that he did not try to undermine the cabinet process,&

  • Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos
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    Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos

    Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga, Ont., under a mediated settlement before the province's human rights tribunal, the complainant said on Thursday. "(The settlement) recognizes

  • Quebec theatre incensed by $500 fine for fake cigarette smoked by actor
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    Quebec theatre incensed by $500 fine for fake cigarette smoked by actor

    Health inspectors who showed up at a recent Quebec City theatrical production took no issue with the actor centre stage in a giant penis costume. "It was hardly 30 years ago that it was the penis that would have shocked everyone, and the priests would have mounted the barricades," Gourdeau

  • Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer
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    Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

    Sharing a computer with someone does not mean giving up privacy rights over the material stored on the machine, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court restored the acquittal of Thomas Reeves of Sudbury, Ont., on child-pornography charges — even though his common-law

  • Vancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shops
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    Vancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shops

    Vancouver says a court decision has reaffirmed the city's authority to shut down illegal marijuana dispensaries.

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    B.C. man, companies face 38 charges alleging harm to chickens

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has laid 38 charges against a man from Chilliwack, B.C., and two companies over allegations of undue suffering to chickens. The agency alleges that Dwayne Dueck, Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods Inc. unlawfully harmed chickens during a loading or unloading

  • Several potential leads not pursued after Oland murder, investigator admits
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    Several potential leads not pursued after Oland murder, investigator admits

    Several potential leads that were not pursued by police investigating Richard Oland's murder have been raised by the defence at Dennis Oland's second-degree murder trial. Defence lawyer Alan Gold cross-examined Const. Stephen Davidson, lead investigator of the murder for the Saint John police

  • Alberta premier says oil cut plan working, takes yuletide jab at prime minister
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    Alberta premier says oil cut plan working, takes yuletide jab at prime minister

    Premier Rachel Notley says her recent decision to cut oil production seems to be working. "It wasn't an easy decision," Notley said of the oil cut. Earlier this month, Notley ordered companies to cut production by almost nine per cent starting in the new year to close the price gap between

  • Saint John deputy mayor calls for ban on bad news, wants more positivity
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    Saint John deputy mayor calls for ban on bad news, wants more positivity

    The deputy mayor of Saint John is calling for a four-month ban on negative news about New Brunswick's port city. Shirley McAlary said the city of about 67,000 people has a great quality of life, and city council, the public and the media need to tell a positive story to convince others to move there