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Court hears from convicted killer Nicholas Butcher's former girlfriends

Court hears from convicted killer Nicholas Butcher's former girlfriends

HALIFAX — Two former girlfriends of a Halifax man convicted in the violent death of a Montreal-born businesswoman and yoga instructor testified Friday at his parole eligibility hearing, describing him as controlling and prone to radical mood swings.

Canadian agriculture ministers briefed on trade-war contingency plan

VANCOUVER — Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay emphasized the importance of the provinces working together as an escalating trade war with the United States puts some farmers on edge.
'I can do great things': Toronto refugees and asylum seekers want voices heard

'I can do great things': Toronto refugees and asylum seekers want voices heard

TORONTO — Inside a large brick home in midtown Toronto, people pore over documents needed to file refugee claims, discuss the legal aid system, and work through the challenges of finding housing.

Beluga rescued from N.B. river last year spotted alive and well: group

MONTREAL — A young beluga that was rescued from a New Brunswick river and released in Quebec last year has been spotted alive and well off the coast of Nova Scotia, a marine mammal research group said Friday.
Manitoba court rejects demand from unions for injunction against wage freeze

Manitoba court rejects demand from unions for injunction against wage freeze

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's public-sector unions lost a bid Friday for a temporary court injunction against a provincial government bill that would freeze wages for 110,000 workers.

Quebec pilot project to introduce sexual education to daycare-aged kids

MONTREAL — Sexual education, usually reserved for elementary and high school students, will be offered to some 1,200 Quebec daycare and kindergarten students beginning this fall as part of a pilot project.
Canadian consecrated virgins welcome Vatican directive on their order

Canadian consecrated virgins welcome Vatican directive on their order

TORONTO — Rose Marie Fowler was in her 40s when she decided to live a life in the service of God, becoming what the Catholic Church calls a consecrated virgin. It was a deeply personal decision reached after years of contemplation, she says.
New infrastructure minister eyes ways to speed up Champlain bridge work

New infrastructure minister eyes ways to speed up Champlain bridge work

OTTAWA — Canada's new infrastructure minister says he plans to meet with the people overseeing construction of a new $4.2-billion bridge in Montreal to figure out if — and how — the project can be done on time.
Hoffman's fiancee asks to see all evidence she cyberbullied Erik Karlsson's wife

Hoffman's fiancee asks to see all evidence she cyberbullied Erik Karlsson's wife

TORONTO — The fiancee of former Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman has made a legal request to see all evidence related to allegations that she harassed and cyberbullied the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson.
Ottawa announces $26M for noise reduction research to help right whales

Ottawa announces $26M for noise reduction research to help right whales

HALIFAX — Sound-seeking gliders will cruise the habitats of North Atlantic right whales in a bid to capture their calls and learn more about how noises in the ocean may affect the health of the endangered species.