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Defence lawyer wants suspended sentence for former B.C. government aide

VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer for a former British Columbia government communications director says his client had "an enthusiasm for recklessness" but accepts responsibility for partisan work aimed at winning ethnic votes for the Liberal party.
Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates

Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates

TORONTO — Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province's human rights commission.

U of T drops international fees for most PhD scholars

TORONTO — The University of Toronto is stepping up efforts to lure top global scholars by slashing tuition fees for most international PhD students.
Study defines link between fracking, earthquakes in northern Alberta

Study defines link between fracking, earthquakes in northern Alberta

EDMONTON — Scientists have figured out how hydraulic fracking causes earthquakes in northern Alberta, but they have a way to go before they can use that knowledge to predict if it will cause temblors in other areas.

Gas plants verdict expected Friday; ex-premier's top aides to learn fate

TORONTO — Two former top political aides will find out on Friday whether they are criminally responsible for the destruction of documents related to Ontario's gas plants scandal.
Trees being burned on border of Jasper park to combat mountain pine beetle

Trees being burned on border of Jasper park to combat mountain pine beetle

EDMONTON — Foresters and provincial officials are burning tens of thousands of trees along the boundary of Jasper National Park to try to slow the spread of mountain pine beetles.
Whales, dolphins will no longer be displayed at Vancouver Aquarium

Whales, dolphins will no longer be displayed at Vancouver Aquarium

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium has announced that it will no longer display whales or dolphins.
Trudeau meets with Quebec City mayor ahead of evening town hall meeting

Trudeau meets with Quebec City mayor ahead of evening town hall meeting

QUEBEC — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Quebec City today as part of his cross-country town hall tour. Trudeau's busy schedule began with radio interviews this morning and was followed by a meeting with Mayor Regis Labeaume at city hall.
Wettlaufer killing inquiry: 17 groups can take part, commissioner rules

Wettlaufer killing inquiry: 17 groups can take part, commissioner rules

TORONTO — A surviving victim, relatives of murdered seniors, and advocacy and health-care groups are among 17 groups and entities granted permission to take part in a public inquiry sparked by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who is serving life for killi
Global poll: Plummeting views of U.S. under Trump, notably in Canada

Global poll: Plummeting views of U.S. under Trump, notably in Canada

WASHINGTON — A new global survey suggests the world's impression of the United States is plummeting under President Donald Trump, with Canada registering the largest such decline of any country within the Western Hemisphere.