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Lone Innu in cabinet, Peter Penashue, won't be at talks with aboriginal leaders

OTTAWA - Absent from Friday's meeting between the federal government and First Nations leaders will be one of two aboriginals in the Harper cabinet: Peter Penashue.
Family of murdered Langford teen seeks changes to protect society from dangerous youth

Family of murdered Langford teen seeks changes to protect society from dangerous youth

The family of murdered Langford teenager Kimberly Proctor hopes her death will rally government and public support to reform the young-offender system, including imposing a minimum sentence of 25 years with no chance of parole on youths convicted in
Demand for Johnston meeting rooted in symbolic value of Crown to First Nations

Demand for Johnston meeting rooted in symbolic value of Crown to First Nations

OTTAWA - The insistence of some native leaders that Gov. Gen. David Johnston take part in their meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and government officials is rooted in a symbolism that reaches back to another time.

Canada gets foreign-language Oscar nod; Toronto composer gets 2 noms

TORONTO - The secret to Canada's recent Oscar nomination streak appears to be the sugary breakfast cereal Lucky Charms.

Nanaimo woman not badly hurt when car hit by train, but she was fined $109

A Nanaimo woman has been given a $109 ticket after her car was struck by a train on Tuesday.
U.S. urges Canada to stay the course in Haiti, UN saddened by Fantino's remarks

U.S. urges Canada to stay the course in Haiti, UN saddened by Fantino's remarks

OTTAWA - The U.S. State Department and the United Nations chided Canada's international co-operation minister Wednesday over his controversial remarks about re-tooling aid to impoverished Haiti.
'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo' look for big Oscar hauls

'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo' look for big Oscar hauls

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Crusaders for good, old-fashioned Western democracy look to be the key figures vying for this year's Academy Awards.

More study needed before CRD changes structure: directors

A proposal to revamp the Capital Regional District committee system — giving more directors more of a say on more issues — needs more study, CRD directors decided Wednesday.

Esquimalt moves to put lockboxes on buildings to aid firefighters

Not wanting firefighters wasting time fumbling through crowded key rings, Esquimalt will require lockboxes to be installed on all commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. Esquimalt fire trucks carry keys coded to various buildings.

Arrest warrant issued in bus-assault case at Uptown

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man charged with assaulting a B.C. Transit driver last month. Joseph John Janzen failed to appear Wednesday in Victoria provincial court.