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In the news today: Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney dead at 84, tributes pour in

In the news today: Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney dead at 84, tributes pour in

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed on what you need to know today...
House of Commons silent, Parliament Hill flag at half-mast after death of Mulroney

House of Commons silent, Parliament Hill flag at half-mast after death of Mulroney

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament are absent from the House of Commons as Canadians mourn the death of former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
What are the next steps on the Liberals' long road to a national drug plan?

What are the next steps on the Liberals' long road to a national drug plan?

OTTAWA — The bill Health Minister Mark Holland tabled in the House of Commons Thursday is only the first step toward a possible pharmacare program. But the legislation does lay down a road map for how the federal government plans to get there.
A way with words: Political leaders past and present pay tribute to Brian Mulroney

A way with words: Political leaders past and present pay tribute to Brian Mulroney

OTTAWA — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney was remembered by politicians of all political stripes Thursday as a "giant" and a "visionary," as the country absorbed the news of his death at the age of 84. "Mr.
Jury in Saskatchewan mass killer inquest makes recommendations to improve arrests

Jury in Saskatchewan mass killer inquest makes recommendations to improve arrests

SASKATOON — Community members hugged the mother of a mass killer after jurors at a Saskatchewan coroner's inquest determined he died from an accidental overdose following a high-speed police pursuit.
Law to protect long-term funding of federal child-care system passes final hurdle

Law to protect long-term funding of federal child-care system passes final hurdle

OTTAWA — Legislation that commits the federal government to long-term funding of the national child-care system is poised to become law. The bill aims to enshrine the system into law, making it harder for future governments to defund it.
What Canadians are saying about the death of former prime minister Brian Mulroney

What Canadians are saying about the death of former prime minister Brian Mulroney

OTTAWA — Brian Mulroney is dead at 84. His family announced late Thursday that Canada's 18th prime minister died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. Here's a sampling of how Canadians are responding to the news.
Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister and Progressive Conservative titan, dead at 84

Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister and Progressive Conservative titan, dead at 84

OTTAWA — There was no in-between with Martin Brian Mulroney. Canadians loved him: In 1984, they handed the youthful charmer a blank cheque and the largest majority mandate in history so he could change the country.
Mom says novice martial arts bout in B.C. put son in vegetative state, sues organizer

Mom says novice martial arts bout in B.C. put son in vegetative state, sues organizer

VICTORIA — The mother of a University of British Columbia doctoral student is suing organizers of a martial arts tournament where she says he was "battered" by an opponent before falling into a vegetative state.
Virani says new measures meant to help prevent hate crimes will come with safeguards

Virani says new measures meant to help prevent hate crimes will come with safeguards

OTTAWA — A series of steps would need to happen before a judge can restrict a person's movement because of fears they could commit a hate crime, federal Justice Minister Arif Virani said Thursday as he defended a suite of tougher penalties to combat