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Pilot, plane OK after CF-18 hit by lightning near Whitecourt

The pilot of a CF-18 on its way to an air show in northwestern Alberta landed safely Thursday morning after it was struck by lightning. READ

RCMP officers injured in Moncton shootings thank public for support

The two RCMP officers in New Brunswick who were wounded in shootings last month that also killed three of their colleagues are expressing gratitude for the public’s support. READ

Sweeping report released on Toronto police encounters with those in crisis

A report by a former Supreme Court of Canada justice into the use of lethal force by Toronto police has made 84 sweeping recommendations which, if implemented, would mean far more training and support for officers dealing with those in crisis. READ

Air Algerie flight ’probably crashed’; 5 Canadians among 116 on board: officials

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital that disappeared from radar over northern Mali during a rainstorm carried 116 people, including five Canadians, officials said. READ

Bail system set up to punish innocent people with pretrial detention: report

A new report says Canada’s bail system is set up to punish innocent people because of an increasing use of pretrial detention. READ

Oliver rejects report calling for spending to create jobs, less focus on deficit

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit. READ

Now that Duffy’s charged, ethics commissioner should investigate, says Regan

The Liberals called on the federal ethics watchdog to re-open her investigation into the Senate expense scandal on Wednesday, a scenario Mary Dawson’s office suggested wasn’t on the immediate horizon. READ

B.C. man faces terror charge, accused of joining Islamist fighters in Syria

The RCMP has charged a British Columbia man for leaving Canada to take part in a terrorist activity. READ

Fewer crimes being committed, and they are less severe, say number crunchers

Statistics Canada says the number of crimes committed was lower last year, but so was the severity of those criminal acts. READ

Restrictions on transporting firearms to be eased under federal proposal

The Conservative government is proposing new legislation that would ease restrictions on transporting firearms, make firearms-safety courses mandatory for first-time gun owners and prevent people convicted of spousal assault from legally owning guns. READ

Parents devastated over theft of necklace containing son’s ashes

EDMONTON — The parents of a nine-year-old boy killed in a plane crash are hoping a thief will return a cross necklace that holds some of their son’s ashes. READ

Greenpeace, Inuit join to fight Arctic seismic testing

OTTAWA — Greenpeace and the Inuit have joined forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning that plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity sound waves in Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait pose grave dangers to marine life. READ

Canada deports 20 members of human trafficking syndicate

HAMILTON, Ont. — Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. READ

Charges withdrawn for four men arrested in police investigation linked to Rob Ford

Charges have been dropped against the man who reportedly tried to broker the sale of an infamous video in which Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine. READ

Wife of Canadian teacher detained in Jakarta pleads for husband’s release

The wife of a Canadian teacher detained in Indonesia on allegations of child sexual assault is pleading for her husband’s release. READ

Manitoba orders independent investigation into police shooting at ball tournament

Manitoba is bringing in an independent investigator after a man was shot by the RCMP during a baseball tournament on a First Nation. READ

Pen Canada hit with political-activities audit by Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a political-activities audit of Pen Canada, a small charity promoting freedom of expression that has criticized the Harper government in the past. READ

Not in the brochure: Special federal site would warn of terror risks abroad

The federal government is looking at creating a special web page that underscores the risks of travelling to parts of the world where there is a high risk of terrorist activity. READ

Duffy accused of charging for travel to funeral, ceremonies in Ottawa

Sen. Mike Duffy is now accused of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and giving money to three people under the guise of a consulting contract. READ

Mayor of Montreal-area community dies after being stung by wasps

The mayor of a Montreal-area community has died after being stung by wasps. READ

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