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Canada will change in wake of shooting: former MP

A former Central Alberta Conservative MP said the country will change in the wake of the shooting on Parliament Hill on Wednesday.

Myron Thompson, 78, the MP for the riding of Wild Rose for 15 years before he stepped down in 2008, lives in Sundre. READ

Canadian soldier killed in shooting in Ottawa

A gunman turned the nation’s capital into an armed camp Wednesday after he fatally shot an honour guard at “point blank” range at the National War Memorial before setting his sights on Parliament Hill. READ

Winnipeg police make an arrest in discovery of dead infants in storage unit

Police have charged a woman who was renting a storage locker where the remains of six babies were found, but they say it could be months before they know who the infants were or how they died. READ

B.C. mom says No to sexy Halloween costumes for four-year-old girls

Halloween costumes for preschool girls that depict police officers and firefighters in sexualized skin-tight uniforms have a Victoria mom fuming at thrift store Value Village. READ

Ottawa should be wary of turning surplus into tax cuts: budget watchdog

Canada’s budget watchdog says the country is on track to run a $3.6-billion surplus in 2014-15, delivering a balanced budget a year earlier than government predictions. READ

More than 800 foreign scientists urge Canada to loosen funding and freedoms

More than 800 scientists from around the world have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper decrying what they call a rapid decline in funding and freedoms faced by Canadian government scientists. READ

Magnotta murder trial hears from British reporter who interviewed accused in 2011

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial heard testimony Wednesday from an English journalist who met the accused less than six months before Jun Lin’s slaying. READ

Winnipeg police discover remains of as many as 4 dead infants in storage locker

Police say the discovery of as many as four dead infants in a storage locker is “tragic beyond belief” but it was not yet clear Tuesday if the deaths were homicides. READ

Attack on soldiers in Quebec linked to terror ideology: public safety minister

Police say a car was driven deliberately into two soldiers, killing one of them in what Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney called an act of violence against Canada that was “clearly linked” to terrorist ideology. READ

Another potato found with sewing needle, bringing number of cases to seven: RCMP

The RCMP in Prince Edward Island say another potato with a sewing needle inside has been discovered in Atlantic Canada, bringing the total number of such cases to seven. READ

B.C. police officer charged with second-degree murder in fatal standoff

A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal standoff outside a casino two years ago. READ

Magnotta first-degree murder trial hears from Harper’s deputy chief of staff

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s deputy chief of staff testified at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial on Monday about the day her office received a parcel containing the foot of victim Jun Lin. READ

Closing arguments begin in case of feds paying less for aboriginal kids in care

A First Nations activist who was under surveillance by the federal government says she hopes her fight with Ottawa over funding for kids in care serves as an inspiration. READ

Canada wins a round in ongoing trade battle with U.S. over meat-labelling laws

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. READ

Canada won’t send medical staff to West Africa without evacuation plan: Ambrose

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says Canada is looking at options for sending medical personnel to West Africa. READ

No deal on legal-aid funding at federal-provincial justice ministers meeting

Federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers were unable to reach a deal in meetings this week on increased funding from Ottawa for legal aid. READ

Container ship full of oil, diesel adrift off British Columbia coast

A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia’s northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its “worst fear.” READ

Magnotta murder trial hears from Karla Homolka’s sister, ex-PM’s son

Relatives of a former prime minister and a notorious killer testified at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial Friday after their names and return addresses were listed on packages sent by the accused. READ

Harper cites spectre of long-dead gun registry, fears 'back door’ resurrection

He says he doesn’t want to sound paranoid, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is concerned his own federal bureaucracy is trying to bring back the long gun registry “through the back door.” READ

On Twitter, Kenney defends his 'no veils’ policy at citizenship ceremonies

Jason Kenney took to Twitter on Friday to publicly promote his directives while immigration minister to forbid Muslim women from wearing niqabs while taking the oath of citizenship. READ

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