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Pardon backlog denies social reintegration to thousands of former offenders

OTTAWA — Almost 7,000 outstanding pardon applications are in limbo as the Parole Board of Canada struggles to clear a backlog created when the Conservative government changed the rules in 2010.

The parole board has announced it is not currently processing old pardon applications for more serious, indictable offences, but rather is focusing its efforts on lesser, summary convictions. READ

Supreme Court agrees to hear pair of cases dealing with impaired driving

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a pair of cases involving drivers stopped by police at roadside checks. READ

Government wants integrity czar's probe of alleged RCMP wrongdoing tossed out

The Conservative government is trying to quash a finding of the federal integrity commissioner concerning alleged wrongdoing within the RCMP. READ

Peladeau throws his hat in Parti Quebecois leadership race

Media magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau is entering the Parti Quebecois leadership race in a move that could eventually have major consequences on national politics. READ

Kenney calls social security backlog unacceptable, accused of dragging heels

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the massive backlog plaguing the government's social security tribunal is unacceptably large. READ

Prime minister appoints Quebec lawyer Suzanne Cote to Supreme Court

An experienced Quebec trial lawyer has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada. READ

Canadian CF-18s conduct "secret" humanitarian air drop escort mission

Canadian warplanes conducted a humanitarian escort flight into Iraq, but the military is refusing to say how many were involved, where it took place, when it happened — or who it benefited. READ

Canadian Forces medical team to be deployed to Ebola-plagued Sierra Leone

Canada is sending a team of military medical specialists to Sierra Leone to help combat the spread of Ebola in that country. READ

More than 300 snakes found in Saskatchewan home, some slithering off to school

A Saskatchewan family has captured more slithering snakes in their home. READ

Man charged with murder in lobster dispute told police he intended to kill him

A man accused of murdering another man at sea in a dispute over lobster told police he intended to kill Phillip Boudreau when he shot at him in a Cape Breton harbour. READ

Crown psychiatrist suggests it's possible Magnotta was sane, aware during slaying

A psychiatrist hired by the Crown says it is possible Luka Rocco Magnotta was sane and aware of his actions the night he killed Jun Lin. READ

In wake of interviews, NDP now embracing neutral probe of misconduct complaints

The NDP is embracing the idea of a neutral third-party investigation of misconduct complaints against two Liberal MPs, now that one New Democrat complainant has said she'd be willing to participate. READ

Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to sexual assault charges: Lawyer

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi plans to plead not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, his lawyer said Wednesday. Marie Henein made her comments just moments after Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail at a Toronto courthouse. READ

Veterans needing PTSD benefits face dizzying paperwork, lengthy delays

Many of Canada’s battle-scarred veterans wait up to eight months to find out if they are eligible for long-term, mental-health disability benefits and the department responsible for their care has no idea if its treatment programs are effective, the auditor general said Tuesday. READ

Second young man accused in prominent child porn case in Halifax pleads guilty

A second young man accused in a prominent child pornography case pleaded guilty in youth court Monday to distributing a sexually graphic image of a 15-year-old girl who later died following a suicide attempt. READ

Coroner's inquest into Quebec seniors' fire hears dramatic 911 calls

The coroner's inquest into the fire that killed 32 people at a seniors' residence in Quebec last January has heard dramatic 911 calls from the night of the deadly blaze. READ

City, police sites in Ottawa hacked amid claims teen suspect is being framed

A statement posted online says attacks on the Ottawa police website are in retaliation for what it claims are police efforts to frame an innocent teen. READ

Conservatives brace for bad news auditor general report on veterans care

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the controversy over unspent funds at Veterans Affairs. READ

Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarrassing Tories

The latest Conservative sting operation aimed at discrediting a prominent Liberal candidate has instead wound up embarrassing several Tory MPs, including senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney. 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

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