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Ex-Alpine Canada ski coach Bertrand Charest now facing 57 sex-related charges

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — A new charge has been laid against a former national ski coach who is already facing a host of sex-related accusations.

The Crown introduced the single charge, involving a new alleged victim, during Bertrand Charest’s brief court hearing Friday. READ

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of Surrey, B.C., hockey mom

The man who has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of hockey mom Julie Paskall hit her with a rock but didn’t intend to kill her, a Crown lawyer says. READ

Restorative justice complete for dentistry students behind misogynistic comments

A report into sexist online posts by dentistry students at Dalhousie University has found that a Facebook page at the centre of the scandal began as a bonding exercise, but turned offensive. READ

Court orders feds to turn over files on leak about former terror suspect

A Canadian man the federal government once accused of terrorism has won a small victory in his ongoing legal battle for compensation for damaging leaks of government documents to the media. READ

Boss of biggest oilsands player calls for tougher action on climate change

Calls for tougher carbon pricing are coming from what may, on the surface, seem like an unlikely source: Calgary business leaders, including the boss of Canada’s biggest oilsands player. READ

Major oil spill could cost Vancouver’s economy $1.2 billion: city report

Vancouver’s economy could suffer a $1.2-billion blow in case of a major oil spill caused by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, concludes a new report released by the city. READ

Harper not interested in national English debate proposed by TV consortium

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reiterated he will not take part in a national English debate that would be broadcast by the major TV networks. READ

Supreme Court orders new trial in case of runaway teens in porn video

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial in the case of two Edmonton men who made child pornography after videotaping two 14-year-old girls performing sex acts. READ

Aboriginal jury numbers not grounds for overturning conviction: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the manslaughter conviction of an Ontario aboriginal man should not be overturned because of a lack of aboriginal jurors. READ

Mediocre efforts by Canadian cities to prepare for floods: study

A new study concludes that major Canadian cities have done a mediocre job of preparing for floods. READ

Game of election debate chicken continues: opposition parties agree to TV debate

The game of election debate chicken continues, this time with the opposition parties agreeing to a pair of debates on the major TV networks and the Conservatives snubbing the talks. READ

Legal experts decry retroactive Conservative law but say it can’t be stopped

Legal and parliamentary experts say there’s nothing to stop the Harper government from retroactively rewriting a law to absolve RCMP wrongdoing and stuffing the changes in an omnibus budget bill — even as police investigate. READ

Harper announces extra money for RCMP and border services to fight terrorism

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there is “no legitimate reason of any kind” for any Canadian to become involved in jihadist or terrorist movements. READ

Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. READ

Canadians warned of scams with RCMP and Do Not Call List impersonators

Canadians are being warned about two telephone scams that involve impersonation of the RCMP and the National Do Not Call List. READ

U.S. House to consider repeal of meat labelling law

A U.S. House of Representatives committee is moving swiftly to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. READ

Canadians dealing with debt prudently despite record levels: Fraser Institute

Canadians are carrying record amounts of debt, but they are managing their finances prudently, according to a report by the Fraser Institute. READ

Conservatives give green light to third election debate

The Conservatives are keeping their grip on the pre-election steering wheel, agreeing to a third national debate — one to be held on Stephen Harper’s home turf in Calgary and focused on the economy. READ

Recording device failed at key time, cop tells accused terrorist hearing

A secret recording device somehow failed during a key interaction in which a Pakistani man discussed blowing up buildings in downtown Toronto, an undercover RCMP officer testified on Wednesday. READ

RCMP arrest 10 youths suspected of wanting to join jihadists overseas

Ten young people suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups overseas were arrested last weekend at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, the RCMP said late Tuesday. READ

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