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Dean of diplomats sees a historic 'cool’ in Canada-U.S. relations

The elder statesman among all former Canadian ambassadors to the United States says he’s never seen the relationship between the two governments quite this cool. READ

Ottawa ignoring ways to reduce number of missing, murdered native women: study

A new study says the federal government is ignoring dozens of recommendations on how to reduce the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women. READ

Case postponed for Montreal man RCMP says it fears will commit terrorism offence

A Montreal man who the RCMP says it fears will commit a terrorism offence has made a brief court appearance. READ

MPs squabble over how best to review controversial Conservative anti-terror bill

MPs from all parties say they’re willing to devote extra hours to study the Conservative government’s controversial anti-terror bill. READ

Tim Hortons co-founder, son, sued for $5.75M for alleged sex assault on yacht

The billionaire co-founder of the Tim Hortons chain is among the targets of a lawsuit that alleges his son sexually and physically assaulted a woman on his luxury megayacht in Florida, according to her unproven statement of claim. READ

Four children die, mother saves 3 in southern Manitoba house fire

A mother was able to save three of her children, but four others died in an early-morning house fire Wednesday in a southern Manitoba rural municipality. READ

Bill to empower MPs is proof the public can sway legislation, says Chong

His zigzag journey has lasted more than a year, but Michael Chong is about to cross one critical finish line in his bid to rebalance power between MPs and party leaders. READ

Early projections suggest hike in some vets programs as overall budget shrinks

The Harper government’s road map to this year’s federal budget suggests it is prepared to pour more money into programs and services for the country’s veterans, while largely holding the line on defence spending. READ

Tories scramble to address complaints and fix veterans complaints ahead of vote

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole is urging the Senate to pass a government bill fast-tracking wounded ex-soldiers into federal jobs, saying an ongoing reorganization will address the concerns of military watchdogs. READ

Auditor general’s fall report will look at CPP disability benefits

The plight of some applicants seeking Canada Pension Plan disability benefits has apparently caught the eye of the country’s auditor general. READ

RCMP says it fears Montreal man will commit terrorism offence; seeks peace bond

The Crown is seeking a peace bond against a Montreal man the RCMP says it fears will commit a terrorism offence. READ

Work on better spy monitoring still underway four years after promise: feds

The Conservative government says it is working on more comprehensive monitoring of Canadian intelligence agencies — over four years after committing to do so. READ

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the privately funded Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline. READ

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says impact of oil drop still unclear

The impact of lower oil prices and how much they will hurt Canada’s economy remains unclear, but last month’s surprise rate cut gives the Bank of Canada time to figure out how best to steer the country back toward stability, bank governor Stephen Poloz said Tuesday. READ

Two studies warn against increasing TFSA contribution limits

Two studies on tax-free savings accounts sound alarm bells about their long-term fiscal impact if the Conservative government keeps a 2011 campaign promise to allow people to park almost twice as much money in the popular savings vehicles. READ

Conservatives back off on asking for extended doctor-assisted death deadline

Confusion reigned Tuesday over how the Harper government intends to respond to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the ban on doctor-assisted dying. READ

Alleged NDP misuse of taxpayer dollars could yet be turned over to police

Police may yet be called in to investigate dozens of New Democrat MPs who used taxpayers’ dollars to pay the salaries of aides working in satellite party offices. READ

Mentally ill soldiers with Afghan-related experience more often declared unfit

New research by National Defence shows that soldiers with mental health conditions, especially those with Afghan war illnesses, are far more likely to be declared unfit for military service and almost 70 per cent of them can expect to be mustered out within 10 years of deployment. READ

Ontario revises sex-education curriculum for first time since 1998

The first update of Ontario’s sex-education curriculum since 1998 will bring it in line with other provinces, but could lead the way in teaching the concept of consent, Education Minister Liz Sandals said Monday. READ

Four B.C. patients challenge medical marijuana regime in Federal Court

A lawyer representing four patients has told a Federal Court judge that Canada’s new rules governing medical marijuana are forcing them to choose between their health and their liberty. READ

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