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Federal program focuses on “root causes” of missing aboriginal women

One of the Conservative government’s key programs on missing and murdered aboriginal women includes a focus on “addressing the root causes,” despite the prime minister’s suggestion that sociology isn’t the right lens to use. READ

Harper to address UN General Assembly, attend special kids and moms summit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York City. READ

Leader of suit against prostitution law kicked out of committee studying new law

The woman at the centre of the Supreme Court case which overturned the country’s prostitution laws has been thrown out of a Senate hearing studying a proposed replacement law. READ

Prison suicide report harshly critical of Corrections Canada procedures

The federal prison watchdog says Corrections Canada must stop isolating mentally ill, suicidal or self-harming prisoners, saying inmates in segregation units are all too easily able to kill themselves. READ

First Nations take federal, Ontario governments to court over $4/year benefit

A group of First Nations is taking the federal and Ontario governments to court, arguing that a $4-per-year annuity they receive is inadequate. READ

GM Canada accused of ambushing dealers with wind down agreement in 2009

A lawyer for former GM Canada dealers says the automaker deliberately ambushed and misled them in 2009 when it downsized its retail network in the wake of the financial crisis and recession. READ

Battle over Canada’s controversial prostitution bill spilling into the Senate

The second stage of the federal government’s race to pass a bill governing prostitution by the end of the year begins today. READ

Special forces advisers already on the ground in northern Iraq: Nicholson

Two senior Conservative cabinet ministers are laying out the government’s case for deploying special forces to northern Iraq, calling the threat of Islamic extremists this generation’s great struggle. READ

One of the lost ships from Sir John Franklin’s expedition has been found

A Canadian search team has unlocked one of the world’s great exploration mysteries with the discovery of one of two lost ships from Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition. READ

Google says no to online regulations as CRTC starts hearings

Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed — as would consumers — if regulations for Canada’s broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada. READ

Lawyer for Luka Rocco Magnotta looking for intelligent and open-minded jurors

Luka Rocco Magnotta’s lawyer says he is looking for open-minded and intelligent people to serve as jurors in his client’s first-degree murder trial. READ

Skilled newcomers face 'huge’ hurdles trying to find jobs, says government report

The Conservative government says recognition of foreign credentials for new immigrants is a top priority, but skilled newcomers say they face other obstacles to getting hired in their fields. READ

Plans for Arctic naval base scaled back after costs soared: document

A new document shows the Defence Department balked after the price tag for a long-delayed docking and refuelling station in the Arctic ballooned to more than twice the original estimate. READ

Baird and EU foreign policy chief Ashton cautious on Ukraine ceasefire

Canada won’t hesitate to level additional sanctions against Russia if the current fragile ceasefire with Ukraine does not hold, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday. READ

Jury selection in Luka Rocco Magnotta’s long-awaited murder trial set to begin

One of Canada’s most publicized and shocking criminal cases resumes Monday when jury selection begins in the first-degree murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta. READ

Economists question new August job numbers after last month’s botched effort

Canada’s economy unexpectedly shed jobs in August due to heavy losses in the private sector, raising the eyebrows of economists who widely expected a modest gain in Statistics Canada’s flagship monthly report. READ

Poor handling of seized guns, drugs could endanger criminal court cases: review

Court cases against accused criminals could be tossed out because of improper control and handling of seized goods — from drugs to firearms — by Canada’s border agency, says an internal federal audit. READ

Harper/Mulroney relationship appears icy once again after former PM’s slams

What had been a renewed political friendship between Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney could be back on the rocks. READ

Liberals want hearings on Islamic radicals who have returned to Canada

MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic. READ

Canada sending several dozen military advisers to Iraq as NATO ramps up defences

Prime Minister Stephen Harper quietly bowed out of the NATO Summit on Friday, announcing a commitment of military advisers for Iraq but skipping a photo-op meant as a display of solidarity in the face of growing international threats in eastern Europe and the Middle East. READ

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