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Intimate meeting without Governor General was critical for Harper: sources

OTTAWA - When it comes to big conferences brimming with long speeches, pomp and circumstance, Stephen Harper's never been much of a fan.

Agreement to talk some more leaves First Nations protests up in the air

OTTAWA - "I have no idea what it'll do." John Duncan's frank, if less than illuminating, assessment of the impact on aboriginal protests of Friday's hard-won negotiating skirmish may have been the most honest assessment of the day.
Drug-dealer suspect arrested at gunpoint; yacht, businesses, homes searched

Drug-dealer suspect arrested at gunpoint; yacht, businesses, homes searched

A 40-year-old man was arrested at gunpoint at Douglas and Finlayson streets this week in the dramatic culmination of a drug investigation that involved searches of a 33-foot pleasure craft, two businesses and a pair of residences.
Canada's first PM pulled into modern-day politics on his birthday

Canada's first PM pulled into modern-day politics on his birthday

OTTAWA - Canada's first prime minister appears to have been dragged into another political fight, just as the current government details how it plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth two years from now. A statue of Sir John A.

Federal agency loses data on more than half a million student loan borrowers

OTTAWA - A federal agency has lost a portable hard drive containing personal information about more than half a million people who took out student loans — prompting investigations by the RCMP and the national privacy watchdog.

Accused in Quebec election death wants cash to fight 'separatist government'

MONTREAL - Declaring himself "75 per cent fit" to stand trial, the accused in Quebec's election-night shooting called on the public Friday to start a website on his behalf to help raise money to fight the "separatist government.

'Super mom' who starved one-year-old daughter sentenced to two years in jail

HALIFAX - A Halifax woman known as a "super mom" before she nearly starved her adopted baby girl to death trembled in Nova Scotia Supreme Court as she was sentenced Friday to two years in jail.
Savile report says entertainer targeted vulnerable youth in 50 years of 'unprecedented' abuse

Savile report says entertainer targeted vulnerable youth in 50 years of 'unprecedented' abuse

LONDON - Patients in hospital beds; star-struck teenagers in a TV show audience; pupils at a school for troubled girls; a 10-year-old autograph hunter.

Yacht, businesses and homes searched as police make arrests in lengthy drug investigation

A 33-foot yacht, two businesses and two homes have been searched by Victoria and Saanich police as part of a lengthy drug investigation.

Experts examine push by Kimberly Proctor's family for tougher punishment

Good government policy should not be based on crisis events — including a grisly murder — says a University of Victoria criminologist.