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Canadian battlegroup members listen as Padre Normand Cholette eulogizes their comrade

Canadian soldier succumbs to wounds suffered in Afghanistan

MONTREAL — A deadly improvised explosive device of the type that has slashed into the ranks of Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan has claimed another victim, bringing the Canadian military death toll in the war-weary country to 122.

Canadian battlegroup members listen as Padre Normand Cholette eulogizes their comrade

Police, family hope BBQ boosts awareness of Sask. girl who vanished from home

REGINA — Relatives of a young Saskatchewan girl who disappeared from her home five years ago say they thought they’d have answers to her whereabouts by now.

A man covers his mouth and nose while walking past a mountain of rotting garbage at the Christie Pits Park outdoor hockey rink in Toronto on Sunday. The City of Toronto is entering the third week of a garbage strike after city employees walked off their jobs.

TO sprays pesticides on parks-turned-dumps in labour dispute

TORONTO — As the stench of rotting garbage wafts over a downtown Toronto neighbourhood on a balmy summer day, residents scrawl a message in multi-coloured chalk on the adjacent street: “Parks are not dumps.”

A man covers his mouth and nose while walking past a mountain of rotting garbage at the Christie Pits Park outdoor hockey rink in Toronto on Sunday. The City of Toronto is entering the third week of a garbage strike after city employees walked off their jobs.
Cpl Nicholas Bulger from the 3rd Battalion

Canadian soldier killed when commander’s convoy hits IED in Afghanistan

A Canadian soldier travelling behind the senior commander in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was killed today when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Cpl Nicholas Bulger from the 3rd Battalion
Flower sit near the Kingston Mills locks on the Rideau Canal

Family of four victims of submerged car mystery in Ontario shattered by deaths

The girls’ father, Mohammed Shafee, says the family was returning from a five-day vacation in Niagara Falls, Ont., and had stopped for the night in a Kingston hotel to break up the long drive back to Montreal.

Flower sit near the Kingston Mills locks on the Rideau Canal
Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

142 years young

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaelle Jean shook hands Wednesday with the crowd as tens of thousands of Canadians — many dressed in red and white — celebrated Canada Day on Parliament Hill,

Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Trooper James Lavoie

Soldiers in a festive mood

Even though Canada Day meant more missions to hunt for insurgents and roadside bombs along with an ambush for the commander of the forces in southern Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers still found peaceful ways to mark the country’s special day.

Trooper James Lavoie

Garbage stinks as Toronto strike continues

Family parks have become makeshift dumping grounds, irate residents are facing off against each other and tourists are thinking twice about the pristine place called Toronto as the most populous city in Canada enters into its second week of a stinky summertime strike.

High court clarifies rights of minors to make medical decisions

A young Jehovah’s Witness who challenged a Manitoba law that forced a blood transfusion on her won a partial victory and hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs at the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday.

Veiled voting OK

The federal government has quietly dropped the idea of forcing veiled women to show their faces if they want to vote in Canadian elections.

Artist's sketch shows accused serial killer Robert Pickton sitting in the prisoner's box as he listens to closing arguments at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster

B.C. Appeal Court denies appeal for convicted serial killer Robert Pickton

The B.C. Court of Appeal has rejected serial killer Robert Pickton’s appeal of six second-degree murder convictions.

Artist's sketch shows accused serial killer Robert Pickton sitting in the prisoner's box as he listens to closing arguments at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster
Cpl. Matthew Wilcox of Glace Bay

Soldier playing a game when shot from pistol kills comrade, court martial told

A Canadian soldier charged with fatally shooting a fellow reservist in Afghanistan was playing a game with a loaded weapon when the firearm went off and killed his comrade, the lead prosecutor in a court martial told a military panel Thursday.

Cpl. Matthew Wilcox of Glace Bay
Vancouver artist Pamela Masik poses with “Mona”

Artist unveils portraits of city’s missing women

A Vancouver artist has unveiled the first in a series of portraits chronicling the city’s missing women, a “violent” depiction complete with bloody slashes along the female subject’s face.

Vancouver artist Pamela Masik poses with “Mona”

Chiefs want apology for sanitizer slight

WINNIPEG — Canada’s health minister must apologize on behalf of Health Canada for withholding hand sanitizers from flu-stricken reserves because they contained alcohol, one of Manitoba grand chiefs said Tuesday.

Feds appeal Khadr order

OTTAWA — The courts should not force Canada to ask the United States to return Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay, federal lawyers argued Tuesday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Harper, Chinese foreign minister share warm moment

OTTAWA — If there was a chill in relations between the Conservative government and Beijing before, you’d never know it by the blast of warmth that filled the room as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met Tuesday with the Chinese foreign minister.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Ottawa has no policy to govern hired guns

OTTAWA — Canada has no overall policy or legislation to govern the use of hired guns in war zones, much to the alarm of human-rights groups and opposition parties who say the country has been left dangerously exposed.

Parents whose children were seized praised Hitler, denounced Jews: psychologist

WINNIPEG — Racist slogans and symbols written on the skin of a young girl last year may have been just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of what she was being taught by her parents, a psychologist testified Tuesday.

Feds appeal court order to bring Khadr home

OTTAWA — The courts should not force Canada to ask the United States to return Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay, federal lawyers argued Tuesday.

Saad Khalid is seen in this 2004 high school yearbook photo.

Terror plot sought to hurt economy

A foiled terror plot targeting the Toronto area sought to destabilize the economy by attacking targets including the Toronto Stock Exchange with three truck bombs set off over several days — possibly starting on Sept. 11, a court heard Monday.

Saad Khalid is seen in this 2004 high school yearbook photo.