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  • Significant events related to a tailings spill at B.C.’s Mount Polley mine

    The Canadian Press 0

    VICTORIA – A timeline of events related to the failure of a tailings dam at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine southeast of Quesnel, B.C.: Aug. 4, 2014: The mine’s tailings dam bursts without warning at 1 a.m., sending 24 million cubic metres of mine silt and water spilling into nearby lakes and rivers.

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  • Five things to know about the anti-terrorism measures tabled Friday

    The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – The Harper government introduced a new anti-terrorism bill on Friday that will beef up the powers of the country’s spy agency and give police more tools to tackle terror plots and plotters. Here are five things to know: — The Canadian Security Intelligence Service will get new powers to actively disrupt terrorism plots,

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  • Calgary defence lawyer Tonii Roulston speaks to reporters about her client, former Canadian soldier Glen Gieschen, in Calgary on November 27, 2014. Sentencing for a former Canadian soldier who admitted to planning an attack on the Calgary office of Veterans Affairs has been delayed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

    Sentence delay for former soldier who planned attack on Veterans Affairs office

    Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press 0

    CALGARY – The lawyer for a former soldier who planned an attack on a Veterans Affairs office is concerned that a sentencing delay will further harm her client’s failing health. Glen Gieschen, a 45-year-old former intelligence officer, had a beef with the department over coverage for multiple sclerosis he believed was caused by a flu

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  • A aerial view shows the damage caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., on August, 5, 2014. A government-ordered report says a tailings spill at a B.C. mine was caused by an inadequately designed dam that caused its foundation to fail. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    NewsAlert: Inadequate design blamed for failure of B.C. tailings dam

    The Canadian Press and Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press 0

    VICTORIA – A government-ordered report says a tailings spill at a B.C. mine was caused by an inadequately designed dam that caused its foundation to fail. The tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine burst last August, sending 24 million cubic metres of mine silt and water gushing into nearby rivers and lakes. Norbert Morgenstern,

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  • A police officer secures the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    CSIS to get more anti-terror powers under new federal bill

    The Canadian Press 0

    The Conservatives have tabled anti-terrorism legislation in Parliament designed to counter terrorist threats.

    The bill would give Canada’s spy agency more power to thwart a suspected extremist’s travel plans, disrupt bank transactions and covertly interfere with radical websites.

  • Ensaf Haidar, wife of blogger Raif Badawi, takes part in a rally for his freedom, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in Montreal. Amnesty International says today's scheduled flogging of blogger Badawi was postponed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Saudi blogger spared flogging for at least another week: Amnesty

    The Canadian Press and Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press 0

    MONTREAL – Amnesty International says today’s scheduled flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was postponed. Badawi is serving 10 years in prison and has also been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for a blog criticizing Saudi Arabia’s clerics. The first 50 lashes were delivered three weeks ago and he was expected to receive 50 more every

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  • Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz chairs a meeting during Canada's premiers meeting in Ottawa on Friday, January 30, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    Premiers gather in Ottawa to discuss trade, climate, health care

    The Canadian Press and Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – Canada’s premiers meet today to discuss a range of issues that include climate change, infrastructure, internal trade barriers and the health-care needs of the country’s seniors. The premiers — all but Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall — are gathering at a conference centre just a few blocks from Prime Minister Stephen

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    Conservative government tabling new anti-terrorism legislation

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    OTTAWA – The Conservative government will table legislation Friday, that if passed, would make it a criminal offence to encourage someone to carry out a terrorist act.

    The legislation would create a new Criminal Code provision against advocating an act of terrorism.

    A government source says an internal review of fatal attacks on Canadian soldiers last October identified the absence of a measure to prosecute those who encourage others to wage terrorism.

  • Supreme Court decides right to strike in Saskatchewan essential services case

    The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada rules later today on whether the charter protects the right to strike, a decision that could affect public sector employees across the country. The high court will decide an appeal by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour of the province’s controversial essential services law that restricts who can strike.

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  • Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient

    Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press 0

    TORONTO – A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada’s second case of H7N9 bird flu. The unidentified man and his wife are believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to China. They are the first North Americans known to have been infected with this virus. B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer

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