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New snow plowing program unveiled

City of Red Deer unveiled a new snow plowing program on Thursday that will see streets cleared sooner, faster and more often.

A new coloured route system has been adopted to streamline snow clearing and make it easier to let residents know when they can expect the plows. READ

CBC offers counselling to employees in wake of Jian Ghomeshi affair

The CBC offered counselling to its employees Thursday as more women stepped forward to allege “abusive behaviour” by Jian Ghomeshi, and announced it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation into accusations against the former “Q” radio host. READ

RCMP hunting for man who robbed liquor story with a screwdriver

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Sylvan Lake liquor store on Monday with a screwdriver. READ

More lives lost on northern Alberta road, dubbed 'highway of death’

Two people have been killed and another person has life-threatening injuries after a collision involving a shuttle bus in northern Alberta. READ

Justin Bourque faces precedent-setting sentence for RCMP shootings in Moncton

Justin Bourque’s killing of three Mounties has been described in court as one of the worst crimes in Canadian history, prompting recommendations from Crown and defence lawyers for the harshest sentence in more than 50 years. READ

Harper unveils controversial marquee tax relief for Canadian families

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing ahead with income splitting for families with kids under 18 — a multibillion-dollar Conservative election promise from 2011 that critics have said would benefit too few Canadians. READ

Bacon the pig’s brief breakout bid cooked by Quebec police dragnet

Bacon the pig is no longer a ham on the lam. READ

Perjury trial hears of alleged meeting between Mounties in Dziekanski case

The trial for a former RCMP officer charged with perjury has heard allegations that the four Mounties involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death met before testifying at a public inquiry. READ

Lawyer for former archbishop wants to file new evidence in sex assault appeal

A lawyer for a former archbishop convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s says he has fresh evidence that could have exonerated his client during his trial. READ

Delay in executing judge’s refugee health-care ruling dangerous, court told

Any delay in implementing a judge’s ruling that struck down the Harper government’s severe restrictions on health-care coverage for refugee claimants and their families would put lives at risk, a court heard Thursday. READ

Tim Hortons takeover by Burger King may prove stale for Canadians: study

Widespread layoffs and strict cost-cutting measures could befall Tim Hortons if Burger King’s parent company takes over the chain, says a study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. READ

United Nations official praises Canada’s stand on human rights in Iran

A top United Nations official praised the Harper government Thursday as a global champion for human rights in what amounted to a strong rebuttal to critics of the government’s foreign policy. READ

Top Ebola officials in Liberia and Sierra Leone describe successes amid looming danger

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said. READ

Small plane crashes into Kansas airport building after losing engine power; at least 4 dead

A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people, injuring at least five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said. READ

Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden after Stockholm recognizes Palestinian state

Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. READ

New Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley rejigs critic assignments

New Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley has rejigged critic assignments for her four-person caucus with an increased emphasis on housing and status of women. READ

Mulcair deems last week’s Ottawa shooter a criminal, but not a terrorist

The shooter in last week’s deadly attack in Ottawa was a criminal, but not a terrorist — according to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. READ

Don’t trample on civil liberties in fighting terrorism, say privacy czars

Canada’s information and privacy commissioners are urging the federal government not to trample on civil liberties in fighting terrorism. READ

New set of rail safety rules announced in wake of Lac-Megantic report

The Conservative government has unveiled a new set of rules aimed at improving rail safety in Canada. READ

Add $46 a year per Canadian to housing budget, cut homelessness: report

Spending an extra $46 per Canadian a year on affordable housing could dramatically reduce homelessness, a new research report concludes. READ

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