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Next phase of coalition anti-ISIL campaign might involve training Iraqi troops

Canada’s bombing campaign against Islamist insurgents could eventually lead to an Afghan-style mission to train the Iraqi army, but it’s an open question whether the Harper government will commit to such a venture. READ

Magnotta jury watches so-called murder video published on the Internet in 2012

Jurors hearing Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial remained largely impassive this afternoon as they watched a graphic video depicting Jun Lin’s corpse being dismembered. READ

Quebec woman tells harrowing tale of surviving avalanche and blizzard in Nepal

A Canadian survivor of the Nepal avalanche that has killed 27 people is telling a harrowing tale of survival and being buried waist-high in thick, heavy snow. READ

Union, seniors, disabled plan legal challenge over end of home mail delivery

Union, seniors, disabled plan legal challenge over end of home mail delivery READ

Federal bill to expand anti-terror powers through tracking, source shield

The Conservative government plans to amend the law governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to give the spy agency more authority to track terrorists overseas. READ

Government ads promoting Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 already on the air

The Harper government has launched a $4-million national ad campaign celebrating the fathers of Confederation and a country that has become “strong, proud and free” more than two years in advance of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. READ

Minister downplays missed deadline in Canada-U.S. border-security pact

The public safety minister is downplaying the Conservative government’s failure to introduce a system designed to track potential terrorists who are joining overseas conflicts. READ

Magnotta murder trial hears how homicide detectives tracked down victim’s head

Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial has heard that a cryptic fax from a Toronto lawyer led homicide detectives to his victim’s head. READ

Greed, incompetence, neglect behind deadly mall collapse, inquiry finds

Decades of incompetence, neglect, greed and dishonesty by a succession of owners, engineers and municipal officials led to the deadly cave-in of a northern Ontario mall two years ago, a judicial inquiry reported Wednesday. READ

Avalanche and blizzard in Nepal kill 12 people, including 4 Canadians

Officials say an avalanche and a blizzard in Nepal’s mountainous north have killed at least 12 people, including four Canadians. READ

Supreme Court confronts question of whether Canadians can seek help to die

Parliament’s inaction in the face of changing opinion on the right of Canadians to seek help ending their lives means the Supreme Court of Canada must weigh in, the court was told Wednesday. READ

Warning issued to drug users as 31 people in Vancouver overdose on potent heroin

Toxic heroin has resulted in 31 overdoses in two days at Vancouver’s safe injection site — believed to be a record for the facility that opened 11 years ago. READ

Study finds Canadians are still paying too much for generic drugs

A new study has found that Canada is still paying far more than other industrialized countries for generic drugs, despite recent efforts by the provinces and territories to cuts costs by bulk-buying six particularly costly medications. READ

B.C. police watchdog probe death of shootout suspect

British Columbia’s police watchdog is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a suspect who triggered an extensive manhunt in the southern community of Slocan. READ

Magnotta murder trial hears biologist found victim’s blood all over apartment

A forensic biologist has told the jury in Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial that after watching a so-called murder video, she was able to know where to look for blood stains that turned out to be Jun Lin’s. READ

NDP proposes $15-a-day child care, with million new spaces, long-term financing

An NDP government would spend $5 billion a year to create a million daycare spaces that parents could access for no more than $15 a day, Tom Mulcair promised Tuesday. READ

Finance Minister hints tax cuts on the table for fall update; no date announced

Tax relief is on the way for Canadians, and Finance Minister Joe Oliver hinted Tuesday it could arrive as early as the annual fall economic update. READ

Canadians suffering at the end of their lives need top court’s help, lawyer says

A lawyer set to argue at the Supreme Court of Canada this week for the right to assisted suicide says it would be a travesty if politicians simply ignore the issue. READ

Suspect in Slocan shootout dead: RCMP

The subject of a massive police manhunt in southern British Columbia after an exchange of gunfire in the tiny community of Slocan last week is dead, RCMP said late Monday. READ

Climate change forcing fish stocks north: study

A study has produced the strongest evidence yet that climate change is forcing hundreds of valuable fish species toward the poles. READ

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