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Federal taxman gets caught with pants down in battle against ex-stripper

MONTREAL — In a legal showdown against a tax-wary former stripper, it’s the Canada Revenue Agency that’s been caught with its pants down.

Terror case in jeopardy over secrecy

OTTAWA — The federal case against a Montreal man accused of terrorist ties could be on the verge of collapse due to a dispute over secrecy. The government says it has withdrawn evidence against Adil Charkaoui because disclosing related information to him would endanger national security — a move that might scuttle the entire proceeding.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with sisters Suzie and Andre Dialla as he arrives in Pangnirtung

Arctic social, economic needs not overshadowed by military: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the military commitment of his Conservative government to the Arctic is not overshadowing the region’s social and development needs.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with sisters Suzie and Andre Dialla as he arrives in Pangnirtung

Manitoba spending $21M to shore up dams, drains and ring dikes against flooding

Manitoba is spending $21 million to drain water-logged fields and repair damage from last spring’s flood.

Hurricane may be headed for Canada

Hurricane Bill is headed toward Canada’s East Coast, but it’s too soon to predict if the storm will make landfall, Environment Canada says.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Harper travels, above, below and on waves in Arctic exercise

HMCS TORONTO — The military put on a thunderous display of naval and air prowess in the Arctic for Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday in an unmistakable exercise of political and international power.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Neighbour of autistic Grand Forks, B.C., boy charged with second-degree murder

GRAND FORKS, B.C. — In a small subsidized rental complex, an impromptu memorial outside the home of a slain 12-year-old boy sits just a few doors down from an identical townhouse that is surrounded by police tape, the place where his body was found.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq tour the Arctic Winter Games hockey arena before making an economic announcement  in Iqaluit

Harper announces assistance for Canada’s Far North

Stephen Harper talked economic growth and the merits of seal meat during his Arctic tour Tuesday, but his message was blunted by a communication bumble and a heart-breaking photo.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq tour the Arctic Winter Games hockey arena before making an economic announcement  in Iqaluit

Window washer dead after falling 20 storeys

A Montreal window washer plunged to his death Tuesday after his platform gave way and crashed into the roof of a restaurant about 20 storeys below. “We heard a big bang,” said waiter John Henry, who ran outside, heard cries for help from the washer’s co-workers and ran up onto the roof of the restaurant.

RCMP arrest woman in boy’s killing

GRAND FORKS, B.C. — Police acting on a 911 call arrested a mentally ill woman Tuesday, hours after urging residents of this small community to be wary of her because a 12-year-old autistic boy living a few doors down was found slain in her home.

Tooryalai Wesa (right)

Afghan-Canadian governor keen about election

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Tooryalai Wesa knows all too well the dangers of being a politician in Afghanistan.

Tooryalai Wesa (right)

Roads sign proposed for Prince Rupert warns hitchikers of possible serial killer

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — The City of Prince Rupert is hoping a sign warning would-be hitchhikers of the potentially deadly consequences of begging a ride will make them think twice before getting into a strange car.

Girl allegedly sexually assaulted by man in his 30s denies she was drunk

A girl who was 12 when she was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man in his 30s said Tuesday she doesn’t remember anything about that night and countered testimony from friends that she was drunk.

Two men dead after light plane crashes near Saskatoon

A flight instructor and a student have been killed in the crash of an ultra-light plane south of Saskatoon.

Association calls for flu health czar

Canada needs an independent health czar to co-ordinate the country’s response to the swine flu pandemic, the Canadian Medical Association Journal said Monday.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff pauses as he comments on the Government's Economic Progress Report during a news conference in Ottawa

Anonymous political prankster uses BBC address to harass Ignatieff

An anonymous opponent is targeting Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff with a rather pricey political prank laundered through a BBC mailing address.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff pauses as he comments on the Government's Economic Progress Report during a news conference in Ottawa
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Canada Line inaugural run

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, left to right, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games CEO John Furlong, Minister of International Trade and the Asia-Pacific Gateway Stockwell Day and wheelchair basketball athlete Richard Peter, bottom, prepare to depart the Olympic Village station aboard a Canada Line rapid transit train during its inaugural run in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday August 17, 2009. The train which links Vancouver with Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport officially opened Monday. It will play a key transportation role during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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Hundreds evacuated, 13 treated for minor injuries after Via train catches fire

Hundreds of Via Rail passengers were evacuated from a burning locomotive and forced to trudge about two kilometres through the bush near Ottawa on Sunday, a journey that saw more than a dozen treated for minor injuries.

Wife stands by Ont. man charged with sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

The wife of an eastern Ontario man charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl said Monday that she stands by him and is optimistic as his trial gets underway.

NDP leader

Time runs out on New Democrats for name change talks

HALIFAX — NDP Leader Jack Layton was left to deal with questions surrounding his party’s direction Sunday as New Democrats headed home from a weekend convention without debating one of the more contentious issues on the agenda.

NDP leader