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Child care, benefits, affordable housing on agenda for social services ministers

OTTAWA — The federal families minister is heading west to meet his provincial and territorial counterparts to talk about the path forward on a national child-care system.

The meeting comes more than 10 years after former Liberal minister Ken Dryden and nine provinces agreed to create a national daycare program, only to watch the Conservatives end those agreements when they took office in 2006. READ

RCMP's portrayal of Islam in terror sting 'dubious,' 'eyebrow raising': expert

An Islamic expert says police involved in an undercover terrorism sting were wrong in preventing a British Columbia man with radical Muslim views from reaching out to mainstream, moderate religious leaders. READ

Man pleads guilty in crash that killed three kids and grandfather gets bail

A man returning from his Miami bachelor party last year was so drunk that he had urinated on himself following a collision that killed three young children and their grandfather in a case that culminated in a guilty plea on Thursday. READ

Federal prison workers brought kids to work, endangering their safety: watchdog

A federal watchdog says a Saskatchewan prison repeatedly allowed employees to bring children to work, endangering their safety. READ

Anti-poverty activists ask Liberals for $3.2B in budget for affordable housing

Anti-poverty advocates are asking the federal government to invest $3.2 billion annually starting next year to update old and build new affordable housing units across the country. READ

Aid group calls on Canadians to step up their response to Syrian crisis

As world leaders met Thursday to raise billions in new aid for relief efforts in Syria and surrounding countries, a coalition of Canadian aid agencies said ordinary citizens must also step up. READ

Trailer Park Boys' Lucy on stand at Jian Ghomeshi's sex assault trial

"Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere told Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial Thursday that the former broadcaster suddenly choked and slapped her while they were kissing at his home, and a year later joined her in a karaoke version of the Britney Spears song "(Hit Me) Baby One More Time." READ

Danier Leather enters insolvency as it seeks a buyer

Danier Leather Inc. said it has entered insolvency proceedings in order to protect itself from creditor lawsuits as it seeks a buyer. READ

Shell postpones LNG Canada final investment decision as profits plunge

Royal Dutch Shell is postponing a final investment decision on its proposed liquefied natural gas mega-project in British Columbia as it grapples with plummeting earnings due to low energy prices. READ

Crash victim who crawled up snowbank to save daughter loses feet to frostbite

An injured Manitoba woman who crawled up a snowbank to seek help after spending overnight in a frigid ditch trying to keep her young daughter warm has lost her feet to frostbite. READ

Move to proportional rep might require constitutional amendment: Senate expert

The federal Liberal government was warned Wednesday that its plans to overhaul Canada's electoral system could wind up plunging the country into constitutional wrangling — a spectre Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to avoid. READ

Needs of some Syrian refugees higher than expected, analysis finds

As the Liberal government's target date to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees inches ever closer, a government analysis of those who've already arrived paints a sobering picture of the resettlement challenge ahead. READ

U.S. Senate scrutinizes Canada's refugee plans

American senators are looking at Canada's plans to resettle Syrian refugees. READ

Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta's owed economic payback from Ottawa

Alberta has done "a lot of heavy lifting" for Canada for many years, and now it's time for some payback from Ottawa, says Premier Rachel Notley. READ

U.S. giant Lowe's to buy Rona in deal that would shake up home improvement sector

U.S. giant Lowe's has proposed to buy Rona in a $3.2-billion friendly deal that would shake up Canada's home improvement industry. READ

Quebec taxi industry seeks injunction against Uber

Quebec's taxi industry went to court Tuesday to seek a permanent injunction against Uber that is also aimed at deactivating the company's app throughout the province. READ

Canada asked to double aid for Syrian crisis at upcoming donor conference

Canada is being asked to double the amount of financial assistance it will provide to help ease the humanitarian crisis brought on by the Syrian civil war. READ

Canada military ill-prepared to resume mantle as world's peacekeeper, report

The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task. READ

Auditor slams delays, arduous, outdated paperwork process for disability appeals

Canadians with terminal illnesses are waiting too long for disability pension benefits from the federal government, and those with grave conditions are being snowed under with paperwork, Canada's auditor general says. READ

Oil industry group says Trans Mountain panel subjected to 'abuse' from opponents

A vice-president at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has lashed out at opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline review process, calling much of the criticism "shameful" and "abusive." READ

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