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Alberta Health Services postpones surgeries after residue found on instruments

LETHBRIDGE — Alberta Health Services says it has postponed almost five dozen surgeries at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge after a dark residue was found on some instruments.

The fine residue appeared after the equipment was cleaned and sterilized. READ

Pricier bacon and butts help push Canada’s annual inflation to 2.4 % last month

The climbing costs of bacon, smokes and natural gas helped propel the country’s annual inflation rate to the unexpected mark of 2.4 per cent last month, its fastest clip in since early 2012, Statistics Canada said Friday. READ

Pipeline protesters in conservation area vow to fight on as survey work begins

First Nations vowed to stand in unity with anti-pipeline protesters as police kept up the arrests Friday in a Metro Vancouver conservation area where crews resumed survey work for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. READ

Intelligence agency’s case disclosures rise in fight against terror, dirty cash

New figures show Canada’s financial sleuthing agency disclosed more than 1,000 pieces of intelligence to police and security agencies last year. READ

Status of Women Canada approved few projects focused on aboriginal women

The federal agency that’s supposed to promote the equality and advancement of women has only approved a handful of projects in recent years that had anything to do with aboriginals. READ

Canadian mining company Nevsun says allegations of human rights abuses unfounded

A Vancouver-based mining company says allegations of human rights violations at the Bisha open pit mine in northeastern Africa are unfounded and it will defend itself from a civil suit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. READ

New York Thruway reopens as snow ends in Buffalo

A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. READ

A divided Republican party searches for an answer to Obama on immigration

Sputtering with indignation, the Republican party promises there will be consequences for U.S. President Barack Obama’s sweeping, unilateral move on immigration. READ

Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola

It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. READ

Edmonton recycler fined for waste-water dump into North Saskatchewan River

An Edmonton company has been fined for dumping industrial waste water into a storm sewer that flowed into the North Saskatchewan River. READ

Alcohol believed factor in one of two fatal collisions on Alberta’s highways

Two people have been killed in separate highway crashes in central Alberta. READ

Oilsands firms not at fault in deaths of 196 waterfowl in northeast Alberta

The Alberta Energy Regulator says three oilsands corporations did nothing wrong when 196 birds died after landing in wastewater tailings ponds earlier this month. READ

Veterans groups demand answers from Tories for $1.13 billion in lapsed funds

Veterans groups are responding angrily to news that the federal department responsible for their care and benefits was unable to spend upwards of $1.1 billion of its budget over seven years. READ

Seventeen Canadian veterans decorated with the French Legion of Honour

Seventeen Second World War veterans in Montreal were awarded the French Legion of Honour on Thursday, including one who will turn 100 next year. READ

Supreme Court to hear landmark case involving Metis, non-status Indians

The question of whether the federal government has the same responsibility to the country’s Metis and non-status Indians as it does to status Indians and Inuit has fallen to the Supreme Court of Canada. READ

Magnotta jury puts questions to witness on Day 33 of first-degree murder trial

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial sought clarification on various issues Thursday as they asked questions of a witness for the first time in 33 days of testimony. READ

Teen who was assaulted, left for dead by river to meet men who found her

A teen who was viciously beaten, assaulted and left to die beside a Winnipeg river was planning Thursday to meet the men who rescued her. READ

Ex-Liberals in Senate offer legal arguments for missing, murdered women inquiry

Former Liberals in the Senate are offering up ready-made legal arguments to anyone willing to take the federal government to court in order to force a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. READ

Last year’s passport fee hike poured millions more into federal coffers

A hike in passport fees has become a cash cow for the federal government. READ

Egypt’s president says pardon for Canadian journalist 'under discussion’: report

Egypt’s president is reportedly considering a pardon for three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Cairo, including Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy. READ

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