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Ex-Saudi spy urges Canadian court to free up assets; says he's victim of death plot

Ex-Saudi spy urges Canadian court to free up assets; says he's victim of death plot

TORONTO — A former top intelligence agent who alleges Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler sent a hit squad to Canada to kill him urged a court on Friday to free up his assets, saying the judge who froze them wasn't given all the relevant facts.
'Act of extreme violence:' Alberta man gets life in prison for killing two children

'Act of extreme violence:' Alberta man gets life in prison for killing two children

EDMONTON — A man who admitted to assaulting his girlfriend and killing her two daughters in "an act of extreme violence" has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.
Canada's top public health doctor says vaccine results so far are very encouraging

Canada's top public health doctor says vaccine results so far are very encouraging

OTTAWA — Canada's struggling COVID-19 vaccination efforts saw multiple positive signs Friday, with further evidence one dose of a leading vaccine could be almost as good as two, news that Pfizer's vaccine might not need to be kept extraordinarily col
Businesses that opened during pandemic lament lack of access to government aid

Businesses that opened during pandemic lament lack of access to government aid

OTTAWA — The sounds of baseballs hitting bats and gloves are fewer these days at Robert Johnston's training centre in Toronto because of public health restrictions.
Search on for Ontario judge to succeed Justice Rosalie Abella on Supreme Court

Search on for Ontario judge to succeed Justice Rosalie Abella on Supreme Court

OTTAWA — The hunt is on for a new judge to sit on Canada's highest court, in preparation for the mandatory retirement of Justice Rosalie Abella. Abella, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice, will retire July 1, on her 75th birthday.
Feds urged to speed up tech bill as Facebook retaliates against Australian law

Feds urged to speed up tech bill as Facebook retaliates against Australian law

TORONTO — Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault's promise to introduce legislation that would force tech giants like Facebook to pay Canadian media companies for their content is taking far too long, experts say.
'He saw dead people.' Inquiry learns about the mental decline of Lionel Desmond

'He saw dead people.' Inquiry learns about the mental decline of Lionel Desmond

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Lionel Desmond experienced severe mental decline and horrible visions after he served as an infantryman in the Afghanistan war, a fatality inquiry in Nova Scotia learned Friday.
Trudeau pledges more cash as G7 leaders aim for wider COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Trudeau pledges more cash as G7 leaders aim for wider COVID-19 vaccine distribution

OTTAWA — The federal government has agreed to boost its funding for vaccine rollouts in lower-income countries, pledging $75 million more to the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program as other wealthy countries step up their commitments as well.
Quebec debt underestimated by $12 billion: auditor general

Quebec debt underestimated by $12 billion: auditor general

Quebec's auditor general says the province has underestimated the size of its debt by $12 billion. Guylaine Leclerc told a legislative committee today she plans to table a report on the situation in March.
Provincial opposition won't deter federal action on municipal handgun bans, PM says

Provincial opposition won't deter federal action on municipal handgun bans, PM says

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled Friday the federal government won't let provincial opposition stand in the way of municipalities that want to work with Ottawa to ban handguns.