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Safety hazards plague small border posts, federal evaluation says

Canadian border officers at small and remote crossings face hazards including high levels of radon gas, pests, poor heating and even lack of drinking water and proper shelter, says a federal evaluation. READ

White-powder envelopes prompt warning to MPs, senators: don’t open dubious mail

Members of Parliament, senators and their staff are being told to be leery when opening packages. READ

Harper meets NATO chief to talk about war against ISIL, crisis in Ukraine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg met today to discuss the war in Iraq and the crisis in Ukraine. READ

All-party support for ISIL mission hanging on text of motion, opposition says

Opposition MPs will get a briefing Wednesday on the government’s plans to extend and expand Canada’s role in the global fight against Islamic extremists in Iraq — and possibly in Syria. READ

Andrews astounded to hear through media that he and Pacetti to be ousted

OTTAWA — Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews says he was “astounded” to learn through the media that he and fellow Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti are about to be turfed permanently from the Liberal fold over allegations of sexual misconduct. READ

Feds put protest activity under microscope in compiling national ’risk forecast’

OTTAWA — Use of social media, the spread of “citizen journalism,” and the involvement of young people are among the key trends highlighted by a federal analysis of protest activity in Canada over the last half-decade. READ

Canada, U.S. sign new border agreement to speed crossings

WASHINGTON — Travel to the United States by road, rail and sea could undergo a major revamp as the result of a new agreement between Canada and the U.S. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have signed a customs pre-clearance agreement that was years in the making. READ

Devil’s Brigade veteran honoured by Edmonton for Second World War service

EDMONTON — A former member of an elite Canada-U.S. army unit has been honoured by the city of Edmonton for his service during the Second World War. READ

Businesses expect a slower Stampede this year as oilpatch pulls back

CALGARY — This was supposed to be the year that the “ranch” would be booked up again for the Calgary Stampede — but then oil prices fell by more than half. READ

Quality over quantity: CRTC to lower quotas on Canadian content on the tube

OTTAWA — The country’s broadcast regulator is planning to significantly ease rules governing Canadian content on TV — in hope of boosting the quality of local programming. READ

Ensuring veteran amputees don’t have to justify wounds easier said than done

OTTAWA — Making sure wounded ex-soldiers — most notably amputees — don’t have to repeatedly verify their injuries to retain their benefits is proving much easier said than done for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole. READ

Alberta couple who witnessed fatal Mountie shooting disappointed with support

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — An Alberta couple who witnessed the shooting of two Mounties say they didn’t get enough help to deal with what they experienced. READ

Company offering free cruise in exchange for answering survey fined by CRTC

OTTAWA — The U.S.-based company responsible for those pesky calls proclaiming that you’ve won a cruise has been fined $200,000 for breaking telemarketing rules. READ

Kingston, Ont., girl home after liver transplant, twin sister waiting for donor

A three-year-old girl from Kingston, Ont., is back home after spending a month in hospital following a liver transplant surgery, but her ailing twin sister is still waiting for a liver donor, the girls’ father said Monday. Michael Wagner said Phuoc left Toronto’s SickKids hospital on Friday — a month after receiving a part of her father’s liver — and is now spending time with her family, playing like a healthy little girl. READ

Tentative deal reached in billion-dollar Nunavut lawsuit

IQALUIT, Nunavut — A tentative settlement has been reached in a billion-dollar lawsuit that alleges the federal government has never lived up to terms of the Nunavut land claim. READ

Decision date set on media request for warrants in Calgary mass murder

CALGARY — A date has been set for a ruling on a media request that evidence be released in Calgary’s worst mass murder. Matthew de Grood, who is 23, is accused of stabbing five young people at an end-of-school house party last April. READ

Substance in envelopes sent to offices of federal ministers harmless: police

The white powder found in envelopes sent to the riding offices of the four federal cabinet ministers from Quebec was harmless, police said Friday. READ

Lawsuit by ex-medical examiner in Alberta alleges security gaps, missing guns

EDMONTON — Alberta’s former chief medical examiner says the coroner computer system is so flawed, staff can go in and change a cause of death without a trace. READ

UN committee calls on Canada for inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

A United Nations committee has joined the chorus of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. READ

Toronto judge tells jury to consider all evidence with open mind in terror trial

The jury that will determine the fate of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. was warned Friday that it must carefully consider all evidence in the case with an open mind before coming to a verdict. READ

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