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Mandatory minimum sentence not mean to apply to cops: Forcillo lawyer

The mandatory minimum prison sentence for attempted murder with a restricted firearm was never intended to apply to police whose job is to protect the public, a lawyer for a Toronto officer found guilty in the shooting death of a troubled teen argued Thursday.

But the judge who will decide Const. James Forcillo's sentence for attempted murder said he saw no reason why police officers should be exempt from the minimum of five years behind bars. READ

Board gives Trans Mountain pipeline conditional OK, opponents promise fight

The National Energy Board says the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in Canada's best interests, despite increased greenhouse gas emissions and threats to killer whales off British Columbia's coast. READ

Security agencies flag possible pitfalls of heightened scrutiny

As the Liberals prepare to bolster a review of national spy services, two federal security agencies have flagged serious headaches that might come with more scrutiny, internal documents show. READ

Government trump card would make oversight 'a mirage': information commissioner

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says giving the government a veto over the release of files would turn her federal watchdog role into "a mirage." READ

Sen. Pamela Wallin won't face charges in Senate expense scandal, RCMP says

The RCMP closed another chapter in the long-running Senate expense saga Thursday by declaring they won't charge Sen. Pamela Wallin after an extensive criminal review of her travel claims — a probe some senators say went on too long. READ

Liberals drop controversial motion as Trudeau's Commons fracas reverberates

The federal government is bowing to opposition demands and backing down on a "draconian" motion that critics say would have given the Liberals too much control over the ins and outs of parliamentary business. READ

Liberal majority wants greater control over timing in House of Commons

The Liberals are trying to change the rules of the parliamentary game to give their majority government even more power over how and when things happen in the House of Commons. READ

RCMP officers reprimanded for unauthorized spying on reporters, minister says

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says RCMP investigators have been reprimanded for conducting unauthorized surveillance on two journalists nine years ago. READ

Parliament apologizes for 1914 Komagata Maru incident

There's a Punjabi phrase shouted to give thanks for victories: the truth will always prevail. READ

Amid opposition protest, Liberals cut short debate on assisted-death bill

The Liberal government has successfully cut short debate on its controversial assisted-dying bill — but not without a whole lot of protest from opposition MPs. READ

First retail licence granted to Vancouver marijuana dispensary

The City of Vancouver has issued its first business licence to a medical marijuana dispensary in its plan to manage the proliferation of illegal shops. READ

Eighteen-year-old man granted bail in alleged murder conspiracy at high school

An 18-year-old man has been granted bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a case where police say weapons were found near a Halifax high school. READ

Yatim's injuries not an aggravating factor since he was already dying: lawyer

The lawyer for a Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager says injuries the victim suffered from a second round of bullets should not be a significant aggravating factor in determining the officer's sentence. READ

Montreal latest Canadian city to test body cameras for police officers

Montreal has become the latest Canadian city to equip its police officers with body cameras. READ

B.C. premier says climate change is sparking need for national forest fire plan

Climate change is leading to more wildfires and the country needs a national forest firefighting strategy, says B.C. Premier Christy Clark. READ

Allow advance requests for assisted-death, forget June 6 deadline: senators

Senators say there's no way they'll pass the federal government's medically assisted dying bill by the court-imposed deadline of June 6 — and they may not pass it at all if it isn't amended to allow advance requests from those diagnosed with competence-eroding conditions like dementia. READ

Toronto still a safe city, police chief says days after pregnant woman killed

Toronto's police chief said the city remains "the safest in North America" despite a spike in homicides this year, including a recent shooting that killed a pregnant woman in a car. READ

Liberals unveil plan to outlaw transgender hate speech, discrimination

For years, transgender Canadians had to come up with creative arguments in front of courts and commissions to link discrimination against them with existing human rights laws. READ

'He is not a criminal,' Const. Forcillo's wife writes in letter to judge

The wife of a Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting death of a troubled teen says her husband doesn't deserve to go to jail because he isn't a risk to society. READ

Canadian trucking industry struggles to attract next generation of drivers

After 40 years as a truck driver, Jack Fielding says it's easier to name the places in North America where he hasn't been than the ones he has. READ

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