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Accused Winnipeg bomber entangled in divorce that includes accusations of theft

WINNIPEG — Court documents show a man accused of sending letter bombs to Winnipeg lawyers and his ex-wife has been in a decade-long battle with his former spouse that includes accusations of theft, impersonation and a wedding ring being flushed down a toilet.

Police allege Guido Amsel, 49, became so enraged over perceived mistreatment at the hands of his former wife and lawyers who had been involved in the dispute, he sent explosive devices to their offices though Canada Post. READ

Lac-Megantic marks sombre anniversary of 2013 rail disaster that killed 47

Church bells rang 47 times in Lac-Megantic on Monday as locals gathered to honour the victims of a rail disaster two years ago that forever changed the Quebec town. READ

Some ethnic groups tell government they’re fearful of stigmatization

A new law allowing the government to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens convicted of certain serious crimes is prompting fears among some ethnic communities that they’ll be unfairly stigmatized. READ

Ottawa poised to defend rights record on aboriginals, terrorism at UN committee

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has told a United Nations panel that the plight of Canada’s aboriginal people is one of the country’s most urgent civil rights issues. READ

SNC-Lavalin says Ottawa not going far enough in changes to anti-corruption rules

SNC-Lavalin says the federal government’s softening of anti-corruption rules doesn’t go far enough and raises new legal questions. READ

Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber in TPP trade talks, documents show

One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned. READ

Bank of Canada survey points to regional divide in confidence amid low oil

There is a divide in business confidence across the country as low oil prices weigh on the outlook for some regions more than others, according to the latest reading from the Bank of Canada. READ

Smoke-filled air envelopes southern B.C., as provincial wildfires turn deadly

A heavy blanket of stagnant grey haze has settled over British Columbia’s south coast as winds push smoke south from the many forest fires burning across the province. READ

Importers of Greek food stockpiling products amid economic turmoil

Major Canadian importers of olive oil, sea salt, preserved vegetables and other delicacies from Greece say they’ve been stockpiling goods in their warehouses in anticipation that the economic turmoil overseas will get worse. READ

Tories, NDP use situation in Greece to spar over economic credentials

The situation in Greece became domestic political fodder on Monday for the Conservatives and NDP as the two parties used questions about Greece’s future in the Eurozone to attack one another on their respective economic platforms. READ

Voter information cards as valid ID could lead to fraud, government argues

Fraud and reduced public confidence in the electoral system could result if voter information cards are used as valid ID at the polls, lawyers for the federal government argued in court Friday. READ

Canadian spies relied on ’assurances’ from foreign agencies not to torture

Newly released memos show Canada’s spy agency revealed its interest in people to foreign partners in two cases after receiving assurances the individuals would not be tortured — a practice human rights advocates say shirks the law and puts vulnerable detainees at risk. READ

Paul Bernardo applies for day parole in Toronto; families of victims devastated

Paul Bernardo has applied for day parole in Toronto, though lawyers say he has almost no chance of succeeding. READ

Lawyer suffers serious injuries in explosion at Winnipeg law firm

Winnipeg police say they don’t know if an injured lawyer was the specific target of a bomb that exploded at a family law firm in the city. READ

Eligible voters could be disenfranchised by stricter ID rules, groups say

An advocacy group and a student organization say not allowing people to use voter identification cards as valid ID at the polls could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters in the upcoming federal election. READ

Quebec bar can proceed with challenge of minimum-sentence law

Quebec’s bar association has been given the green light to proceed with its challenge of a federal law that provides for mandatory minimum sentences. READ

Asbestos revisions on Health Canada website not significant, government says

The federal government is playing down recent changes to the way Health Canada describes the perils of asbestos exposure online, even as experts hail the significance of the update. READ

Crown prosecutor says she wants hard evidence that Arthur Porter is dead

A Crown prosecutor in Quebec says she wants concrete evidence that Arthur Porter is dead before dropping fraud charges against him. READ

Fires, smoke force 5,000 out of homes in northern Saskatchewan, one house lost

Emergency officials in Saskatchewan say wildfires have forced at least 5,000 people from their homes in the northern part of the province. READ

Veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw to carry flag for Canada at Pan Ams

When veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw carries Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games, he’ll be thinking about his grandfather. READ

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