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Man accused in deaths of two boys killed by python elects for jury trial

A man charged in the deaths of two boys who were killed by a python in northern New Brunswick has elected for a jury trial. READ

Nunavut grapples again with retail alcohol sales, considers loosening rules

Canada’s most restrictive liquor laws may be about to loosen as Nunavut politicians grapple again with the emotional issue of whether to allow the territory’s first retail store for alcohol. READ

Winnipeg police looking for ’person of interest’ in deaths of two street men

Police in Winnipeg have removed trash bins from a downtown alley as officers investigate the weekend deaths of two men who spent much of their time on the streets. READ

Promised federal consultation on doctor-assisted dying hasn’t materialized

Two months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to consult widely on doctor-assisted dying, the federal government has yet to reveal how it intends to canvass Canadians’ views on the emotional issue — much less how it intends to legislate on the subject. READ

Former Harper aide comes up during Duffy trial

Why did suspended senator Mike Duffy’s living expense claims in Ottawa land him in a criminal trial, while those of Conservative colleague Carolyn Stewart Olsen never seemed to raise an eyebrow? READ

Parliament’s omission of Srebrenica from genocide motion raises Bosnian eyebrows

Bosnian Muslims say they’re surprised that the House of Commons did not include the 1995 Srebrenica massacre last week during its acknowledgment of 20th-century genocides. READ

New CSIS powers not as scary as they seem: Harper’s security adviser

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national security adviser says planned new powers for Canada’s spy agency seem more frightening than they really are. READ

Conservatives commit $13.5 million to April and May ad blitz on budget measures

New documents reveal the Conservative government has booked $13.5 million for an all-out blitz in April and May to advertise its 2015 pre-election budget. READ

Former Kandahar combat commander named as Canada’s next defence chief

A former combat commander who has led operations at home and overseas has been appointed to the country’s top military job. READ

Canadian stranded in Nepal says Ottawa not doing enough to bring citizens home

Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-struck Nepal, promising to match donations to a fund specifically set up to help — and defending itself from claims that affected Canadians aren’t getting the assistance they need. READ

John Kerry thanks Canada for Arctic Council leadership

The United States assumed leadership of the Arctic Council on Friday and made it clear that the attention of the eight countries that ring the North Pole has shifted from economic development to climate change. READ

Speaker Nolin’s death leaves Senate without a leader in midst of crisis

The Speaker of Canada’s Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin, died Thursday after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer, leaving the much-maligned institution without a leader in the midst of its greatest crisis. READ

U.S. border officers could face Canadian justice for serious crimes under pact

A U.S. border officer who commits an on-duty crime in Canada would generally face justice in an American court under a new binational agreement. READ

Senate staff made time to help cops but not for Mike Duffy, lawyer says

Mike Duffy’s defence began what’s likely to be a lengthy — and testy — cross-examination Friday of the Senate official overseeing the upper chambers’ expense regime during the allegedly free-spending days of the senator from P.E.I. READ

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits British Columbia’s north coast, no tsunami

Billy Yovanovich was about to rise from bed when his house started trembling from a powerful earthquake on British Columbia’s north coast. READ

Feds to appeal after Omar Khadr wins bail while he fights war-crimes conviction

Almost 13 years after American soldiers captured him as a grievously wounded 15-year-old boy in Afghanistan, Omar Khadr found himself tantalizingly close to his first taste of freedom on Friday after a judge granted him bail. READ

Hundreds attend forum on gun violence in Surrey after string of shootings

More than 700 people who attended a forum on a recent spate of gunfire in Surrey, B.C., have been told they must speak up if they want to end the violence in their community. READ

Nine arrested, one still sought in national human trafficking ring

Nine people have been charged and another is sought in a national human trafficking ring that Toronto police allege saw gang members romance teen girls and women to lure them into prostitution. READ

Trudeau to reveal major economic plank now that fiscal landscape clear

Justin Trudeau is starting to show some of his economic cards now that the Conservative government has laid its election hand on the table. READ

Tory proposal for ethical procurement regime could further muddle defence buys

The Harper government’s proposed new integrity regime, aimed at ensuring it only does business with ethical companies, could inadvertently shrink an already shallow pool of defence contractors, observers warn. READ

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