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Quebec man was stark naked when he burned stop sign and tried to ram cruiser: cops

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — It’s unclear if it was his special day of the year but a Quebec driver was in his birthday suit when police arrested him today following a brief chase.

Police say the driver was stark naked when they finally stopped him south of Montreal for allegedly running a stop sign and ramming a cop cruiser. READ

Suspect in deadly Moncton RCMP shootings found fit to stand trial

A New Brunswick man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others last month in Moncton has been found fit to stand trial. READ

IMF calls on Canada, others to raise carbon taxes, cut income taxes

The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes — while cutting them on people and capital. READ

Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo weighs appeal

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo is weighing whether he will appeal his conviction and go through the “circus” of a retrial. READ

Man jailed for 31 years before conviction thrown out can sue police, Crown

The longest-serving inmate in Canada to have a murder conviction quashed can sue those involved in his prosecution, Ontario’s top court ruled Thursday. READ

Cyberattack breached system holding personal data: privacy watchdog

Hackers who targeted Canada’s National Research Council infiltrated a system containing personal information, the federal privacy czar says. READ

High court warns against ’Mr. Big’ stings, says they’re presumed inadmissible

Confessions extracted through so-called Mr. Big police sting operations tend to produce unreliable confessions, are open to abuses and must be presumed inadmissible in court, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. READ

Manitoba premier says August civic holiday will be renamed Terry Fox day

The Manitoba government plans to change the name of the province’s August civic holiday to Terry Fox Day. READ

Halifax lawyer sentenced to three years in jail for sexual assault

A Halifax lawyer convicted of sexual assault was sentenced to three years in jail in a case that sparked protests from some who say it reflects the justice system’s bias against black men. READ

Rob Ford nemesis, police Chief Bill Blair, losing job when contract expires

Toronto’s police Chief Bill Blair, who was in charge during the widely maligned G20 mass arrests four summers ago and has been a frequent target of Mayor Rob Ford’s wrath, will lose his job in April after his request for a contract renewal was rejected Wednesday. READ

Supreme Court to rule on admissibility of confessions from Mr. Big police stings

Canada’s Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday on whether evidence collected using a so-called Mr. Big police sting operation is admissible in court. READ

Yukon man fined $31,500 for illegal guiding

A Yukon man who once made his living working for an outfitter has been ordered to pay a hefty fine for illegally guiding non-residents on various hunting trips. READ

Family credits hungry cat with saving them from fire

Brian Young gave his cat Berkeley a hearty scratch on the back and a few extra cans of tuna after the hungry feline awakened him just before a fire raced through his home, leaving little time to get his family out. READ

B.C. cyclist made tourniquet from pants to survive after being shot

A cyclist who was shot during an overnight race in British Columbia says he fought to survive by turning his pants into a tourniquet as blood flowed from his arm. READ

Ontario family recovering after being stranded at sea for 17 hours

An Ontario family is recovering in Boston after spending the night at sea aboard a whale-watching boat that was stranded for 17 hours off the coast of Massachusetts. READ

Soldiers in Newfoundland rescue woman in overturned truck before it explodes

A group of current and former military members who were on vacation in central Newfoundland put their rescue training to use as they pulled a bleeding woman from a burning truck. READ

ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight

The UN body that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. READ

National Defence looking to protect VIPs from heat-seeking missiles

The Canadian military is looking for an air defence system to protect its VIP aircraft, including the one used by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, from surface-to-air missiles. READ

Canadian spy agency says Chinese hacked into NRC computers, network shut down

Chinese hackers have infiltrated the computer systems at the National Research Council, forcing it to shut down its IT network for an extended period, the federal government revealed Tuesday. READ

First Nation says report shows government played down scope of mercury poisoning

For years, the federal and provincial governments have known members of a northern Ontario First Nation suffered from mercury poisoning but failed to provide adequate compensation or health care, band members said Monday. READ

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