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  • Woman sentenced to four years in death of husband

    December 10, 2013 2:03 PM 7

    A 63-year-old woman, convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband, has been sentenced to four years in jail. Heather Wilson-Duncan was convicted of manslaughter in November in the death of 68-year-old Barry Duncan on December 10, 2010. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder, but she and her lawyer maintained that the whole

  • Ten-year-old missing in Old Longueuil

    December 10, 2013 12:49 PM 13

    Longueuil police are looking for a ten-year-old girl who went missing Monday afternoon. She was last seen on Truteau St. near Toulouse St. in Old Longueuil when her school bus driver dropped her off at her door, however it does not appear that the girl ever made it inside her house. Police set up a command post near her home and are searching the neighbourhood

  • Without a safety net: Canadians still in dark about budget cuts, says parliamentary watchdog

    December 10, 2013 11:01 AM 39

    Conservative promises of open government long forgotten, Critics say. OTTAWA—Canada’s budget watchdog, created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006, has taken to filing $5-dollar-a-pop Access to Information requests as a last-ditch way to try to find out how Conservative budget cuts will impact the public. That Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis

  • Federal funding not a problem for First Nations as yearly spending has risen to $9,056 per capita, study finds

    December 10, 2013 11:01 AM 20

    Poor living conditions on native reserves are more the product of their remote locations than of insufficient increases in federal funding to those reserves, a new study suggests. The Fraser Institute study, to be released Tuesday, says spending on Aboriginal and Indian Affairs increased by 882% in the past six decades, rising to $9,056 per capita in 2011-12. By comparison

  • St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School

    December 10, 2013 6:14 AM 27

    More than 100 St. Nicks made up the most recent class of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. The Santas, as well as some Mrs. Clauses, received instruction on makeup, wardrobe, sign language, reindeer care and communication during the three-day seminar. The Howard school bills itself as the longest continuously running Santa Claus

  • Fat CPP is a tempting target for political raids

    December 10, 2013 3:22 AM 17

    The more the debate on CPP reform drags on — a motion in Parliament here, a threat that Ontario might go it alone there, all leading up to next week’s meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers — the more baffling it becomes. Years later, it’s still not exactly clear what problem reformers are trying to solve. And it’s even less clear “a bigger

  • Hungarian Jew ordered deported before he could deliver lecture

    December 10, 2013 3:11 AM 18

    One of the founders of far-right, overtly anti-Semitic, Jobbik party MONTREAL - Forgiveness was never going to be an easy sell for Csanad Szegedi in Montreal’s Jewish community. Szegedi, one of the leaders of Hungary’s far-right, overtly anti-Semitic, Jobbik party until he discovered his Jewish ancestry, was booked to tell his story of “return, reparations

  • Canada’s youngest multiple killer denied curfew change for dance activities

    December 9, 2013 11:21 PM 23

    MEDICINE HAT - A request from Canada’s youngest multiple killer to have her curfew lifted so she can travel out of the city for dance activity has been denied. However the 20-year-old has already had an overnight leave and was allowed to stay out past midnight on another occasion in recent months. It is the second time the 20-year-old woman lost a request

  • China’s treatment of minorities troubles Canada’s religious freedom ambassador

    December 9, 2013 10:42 PM 19

    OTTAWA — Canada’s religious freedom ambassador says he is deeply troubled about the Chinese government’s “egregious” treatment of religious minorities, and that he won’t hold his tongue despite growing trade ties between the two countries. Since becoming Canada’s inaugural ambassador for religious freedom in February, Andrew Bennett has condemned attacks

  • Father of British tourist missing in Vancouver appeals to public for help

    December 9, 2013 10:12 PM 32

    The British tourist was set to return to the U.K. on Dec. 7 but there has been no sign of him. His family is now in Vancouver to help with the search. Sgt. Randy Fincham with the Vancouver Police says Tom’s story running in the media has led to a number of tips about where the young man may have gone. Tom’s father, Martin Billings, appealed to the public