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Conservatives crank up the cultural identity heat before final French debate

Campaigning Conservatives continued to press the hot buttons Friday, highlighting what they call "barbaric cultural practices" and Muslim facial coverings amid evidence the tight, three-way election race may be starting to break loose. READ

Premiers of Ontario and Alberta to meet in Toronto today

The premiers of Ontario and Alberta meet in Toronto today and their approaches to dealing with climate change could be among the topics up for discussion. READ

Investigator tells Oland murder trial rear exit from office building was locked

The lead investigator in Richard Oland's murder has testified that a rear exit from the businessman's office building was locked from the inside the morning Oland was found dead in his New Brunswick office. READ

PM's mailbox brims with angry missives about anti-communism memorial

Stephen Harper's mailbox is filling up with messages from Canadians upset about the concept, size, location and cost of a national memorial for victims of communism, newly released correspondence shows. READ

TPP: 'We believe we are on track' toward a trade deal, Canada's envoy says

The Canadian government is eager enough to complete a historic trade agreement this week that the country's lead minister has no idea when he'll be back home campaigning in the federal election. READ

Ex-CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi pleads not guilty to five charges

Disgraced former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi pleaded not guilty Thursday to five charges against him. READ

Case of accused man in off-duty police officer's death adjourned to December

The case against a 27-year-old Halifax man charged with second-degree murder in the death of an off-duty police officer has been adjourned for two months to give lawyers time to review various pieces of evidence. READ

Toronto cop pleads not guilty in death of 18-year-old on streetcar

A Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of a teenager on a streetcar two years ago has pleaded not guilty in the case. READ

Guy Turcotte's murder trial loses a juror and then there were 11

The trial of a former Quebec doctor who is charged with murdering his children has lost a juror. READ

Ford issues second recall for rear axle problem on 342,000 older Windstar minivans

Ford is recalling nearly 59,000 older Windstar minivans in Canada as part of a wider safety notice because the fix used in a previous recall for a rear-axle repair might not work. READ

Low levels of 4 key types of bacteria in baby's gut may lead to asthma: study

Canadian researchers have discovered that babies at high risk of developing asthma have low levels of four types of bacteria in their gastrointestinal tracts — and replacing those microbes might prevent the disease. READ

Statistics Canada says gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in July

Looking to shake off its slump, the Canadian economy grew for a second consecutive month in July, helped by a continuing rebound in the oilsands following slowdowns related to maintenance and forest fires. READ

Moving forward: Winnipeg lawyer who lost hand in letter blast thanks supporters

A Winnipeg lawyer who lost her hand when a letter bomb exploded in her office says she didn't know if she was going to be OK in the early minutes after the blast, but first responders made her feel safe. READ

Conservatives duck and weave over Trans-Pacific deal and 'caretaker convention'

The Conservatives are conducting negotiations toward a massive 12-country trade deal — that could well prove to be their campaign centrepiece — in secret in the middle of an election, the Liberals and NDP charged Wednesday. READ

Nova Scotia man gets overly comfy in B.C. home after stealing truck in Ontario

He fed the cats, prepared a meal, shaved, showered and even took meat out of the freezer to thaw. READ

Sports and theatre worlds unite to pay tribute to tenor Michael Burgess

His powerful voice enthralled theatre and sports fans alike, and on Tuesday, stars from both worlds offered a chorus of tributes to tenor Michael Burgess. READ

Police investigating possible cases of animal cruelty in Fredericton

Shaun Nixon's concern for his family's missing pet cat named Cuddles turned to anger when he saw her remains -- cut in half and posed to look like she was sleeping. READ

Medical marijuana seems to help chronic pain patients, appears to be safe: study

A benchmark study has found that patients who use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain don't have more serious side-effects than sufferers who don't use the herb. READ

Latest XPrize offers $20 million to find new uses for carbon emissions

Asking the public to "reimagine carbon," a group of oilsands companies is helping to launch a $20-million XPrize competition to find innovative ways to address carbon emissions. READ

Suspected drunk driver's family 'deeply saddened' by crash that left 4 dead

One of Canada's wealthiest families expressed sorrow and sympathy Tuesday after one of its own was accused in an alleged drunk driving incident that claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather. READ

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