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Police charge man in deaths of young brothers who were asphyxiated by python

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — Police in New Brunswick have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death after two young brothers were asphyxiated by a python.

The RCMP said in a release Tuesday that a charge against Jean Claude Savoie, 38, was laid in provincial court on Monday in Campbellton, N.B. READ

Canada’s gross domestic product fell 0.1 per cent in January: Statistics Canada

The Canadian economy took a step back in January, but the 0.1 per cent decline in gross domestic product was a slightly better result than economists had expected. READ

U.S. Coast Guard tracks crippled Nova Scotia tall ship after rescuing crew

The U.S. Coast Guard was tracking a crippled Nova Scotia tall ship off Massachusetts on Tuesday, a day after nine people were rescued from the schooner replica when its engine failed in towering waves and stiff winds. READ

Tender call finally issued in decade-long plan to replace military search planes

The Harper government has issued a long-awaited call for tenders to replace Canada’s aging fixed-wing search planes, more than a decade after the project was first proposed. READ

Jamie Oliver expands food crusade to G20, cites diet problems in Canada

Jamie Oliver, Britain’s celebrity chef, has thrown down the gauntlet — or maybe it’s an oven mitt — to Canadian politicians to join his international campaign for mandatory diet education in rich countries. READ

Who gets the biggest share of the benefits from Tory 'family tax cut?’

Just over half of the money the federal government is set to spend on child care will go to parents of teenagers or families who do not pay to put their kids in daycare, says a new report by the parliamentary budget officer. READ

Bring all branches of government under information law, watchdog urges

A federal watchdog says the Access to Information Act should be extended to all branches of government — including the offices that support Parliament and the courts. READ

Canadian investment in renewable energy up 8 per cent in 2014, sixth in world

A United Nations-sponsored report says Canada remained among the top 10 countries in the world for investment in renewable energy last year. READ

B.C. MP Lunney quits Tory caucus to defend his views on evolution

British Columbia MP James Lunney quit the Conservative caucus Tuesday so that he can more freely defend his religious beliefs. READ

Commons committee report calls for a better strategy to combat ISIL

As Canada prepares its next forays in the fight against ISIL, the Conservative-dominated foreign affairs committee is calling on the government to develop a strategy that goes beyond the military campaign. READ

Conservatives studying anti-terrorism bill reject opposition changes

The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill. READ

Municipality’s software violates employees’ privacy rights: B.C. commissioner

British Columbia’s privacy commissioner says a Vancouver Island municipality violated privacy rights by secretly installing computer spyware the mayor alleged was used to bug his computer. READ

Chaotic morning at Montreal prison led to Francis Boucher’s release, lawyer says

A chaotic morning at a Montreal prison may have contributed to the son of a former Hells Angels boss being prematurely released from detention, his lawyer suggested Monday. READ

Future Shop closure illustrates challenges facing Canadian retailers

The sudden closure of Future Shop electronics stores demonstrates the evolution taking place in the Canadian retail space amid increased competition from online shopping, analysts say. READ

U.S.-Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid

The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United Nations climate conference at the end of this year. READ

NDP MPs face questions about alleged partisan use of riding offices

A third front has opened up in the war between the NDP and rival parties over the allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources — this time involving questions about partisan activity in taxpayer-funded constituency offices. READ

Federal anti-terrorism bill changes not enough to satisfy concerns

A Conservative plan to amend the federal anti-terrorism bill hasn’t squelched opposition to the sweeping security legislation. READ

Vote expected late Monday on military mission against ISIL in Iraq, Syria

Federal MPs in Ottawa have resumed their debate about the Conservative government’s plan to extend and expand Canada’s military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. READ

Investigators sifting through plane wreckage, interviewing witnesses

Transportation Safety Board investigators were spending most of Monday sifting through debris and documenting the site of an Air Canada flight that crashed Sunday at Halifax’s airport. READ

Canada Post returns to profit in 2014; revenue higher, costs lower than 2013

Canada Post Group returned to profitability last year as the postal service cut costs and raised revenue with higher stamp prices and increased demand from Canadians having their online purchases shipped to them. READ

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