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  • Today on the Hill: Victims speak up as watchdog reacts to Victims Bill of Rights

    Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Crime and its victims will be in the spotlight today in Ottawa. Sue O’Sullivan, Canada’s federal ombudsman for victims of crime, will release her response to the recently introduced Victims Bill of Rights. Later, the Commons justice committee will hear from the parents of Canadian teenagers who took their own lives because they

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  • Former Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. employees Thomas Harding, right, Jean Demaitre, centre, and Richard Labrie are escorted by police to appear in court in Lac-Megantic, Que., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The Crown announced late Monday that Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. and three employees of the insolvent railway will each face 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Sympathy greets three suspects in Lac-Megantic disaster

    Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press, The Canadian Press, and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

    LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – A striking silence greeted three men accused in the deadly Lac-Megantic rail disaster as they were marched past victims’ families on Tuesday to a courtroom in the devastated Quebec community. Little could be heard as they emerged before the gaze of townsfolk, aside from the clicks of news cameras — and a

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  • The World Health Organization headquarters are seen in Geneva, Switzerland, April 27, 2009. The World Health Organization has convened its Emergency Committee, which will decide if MERS should be deemed an international public health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP - Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

    Expert panel convenes to advise WHO on whether MERS is a public health emergency

    Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

    Has the mushrooming outbreak of the new MERS coronavirus reached the point where it is an international public health emergency? That is the question a panel of outside experts considered Tuesday as the World Health Organization’s so-called emergency committee on the MERS virus convened for the fifth time. Dr. Theresa Tam, head of the Public

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  • Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, centre, celebrates his goall against the Boston Bruins with teammates Brendan Gallagher, left, and David Desharnais during second period NHL playoff hockey action on Monday, May 12, 2014 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    Montreal Canadiens give fans reason to cheer after forcing Game 7 against Boston

    Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

    MONTREAL – For Montreal Canadiens and their rabid fans, it’s seventh heaven. In a fight for their playoff lives, the Montreal club pulled off a convincing 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins on Monday night to force a seventh and deciding game in their Stanley Cup playoff semifinal series. To hear their fanbase, a do-or-die

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  • Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Crown says three people and a train company will face criminal negligence charges stemming from a railway disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Que., last summer. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

    Three people, rail company face charges in Lac-Megantic railway disaster

    The Canadian Press and Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

    MONTREAL – The Crown says three people and a train company will face criminal negligence charges stemming from a railway disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Que., last summer. The prosecutor’s office said on Monday that 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death have been filed against Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie

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  • Saskatchewan changes election rules to allow soldiers to vote sooner

    The Canadian Press and Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

    REGINA – Saskatchewan is overhauling election rules to allow soldiers coming from outside the province to immediately be able to vote in elections. Justice Minister Gord Wyant says the Election Amendment Act will make Saskatchewan the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide special residence recognition to those in the Canadian Armed Forces. Wyant says men

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  • Amid questions about Highway of Tears response, minister insists highway safe

    The Canadian Press and James Keller, The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s justice minister insisted Monday that a notorious section of highway in the province’s north known as the Highway of Tears is safer today than it has been, though she gave no indication about what more her government intends to do to protect vulnerable women in the region. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton

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  • Laureen Harper, back left to right, Minister of Health Rona Ambrose, Sgt. Bart Lawczynski and Prime Minister Stephen Harper watch a police dog demonstration during a photo op at the Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit in Edmonton on Monday, May 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

    Harper introduces legislation dubbed Quanto’s Law to protect police dogs

    The Canadian Press

    EDMONTON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the Alberta capital on Monday to meet with police canine units and to announce the introduction of new legislation dubbed Quanto’s Law. The proposed Justice for Animals in Service Act calls for tougher penalties for anyone who harms a service animal, including those working for police and

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  • B.C. to encourage HIV tests as part of medical routine for adults

    The Canadian Press and Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

    VICTORIA – Once labelled absurd, the idea of mass testing of adults for HIV and AIDS is now part of the routine in British Columbia, proving the province is showing the world how to control and defeat the cruel disease, says the doctor leading the program. The B.C. government announced Monday it will become the

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  • B.C. questions Kinder Morgan on Trans Mountain spill prevention, response regime

    The Canadian Press and Dene Moore, The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government has questions for Kinder Morgan about the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline through the province. After reviewing the company’s application to the National Energy Board, the province submitted 70 requests Monday for more information on oil spill prevention and response plans on land and at sea. “Our

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