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Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

VANCOUVER — Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama opened a two-day "peace summit" here Sunday, urging an audience of some 1,200 people to nurture a spirit of "warm-heartedness" to help foster world peace.

A man and child with a group from Canada smile during the weekly general audience at the Vatican April 29. Members of Canada's Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Catholic officials later met with Pope Benedict XVI regarding the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools, many of which were run by Catholic dioceses and orders. (CNS/Emanuela De Meo, Catholic Press Photo)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a step toward reconciling a long-standing historical injustice, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow for the suffering of Canadian aboriginal children over decades in church-run residential schools.


Gordon Brown in retreat after Gurkha manoeuvres

Philip Webster The Times 04/29/2009
Gordon Brown in retreat after Gurkha manoeuvres

Gordon Brown was struggling to maintain his authority over Labour MPs last night after suffering a shock Commons defeat on restricting the right of former Gurkhas to settle in Britain.

Aisha Al Megrahi, wife of convicted Lockerbie bomber Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi joins a march

TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya and Britain on Wednesday signed a judicial cooperation agreement, a Libyan official said, after Tripoli indicated it would seek the extradition of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet.


Pallbearers carry the casket of Ted Rogers at St. James Cathedral Church in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada's prime minister and a number of other dignitaries were on hand Tuesday morning to say a final goodbye to one of the country's most prolific entrepreneurs.

Women place roses at the memorial for the Polytechnique massacre in Montreal Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Ryan Remiorz)

Nineteen years to the day Marc Lepine gunned down 14 women in a shocking act of violence at Montreal's Ecole polytechnique, people gathered for a memorial service to remember the victims in Montreal on Saturday.


The remains of one the latest three Canadian soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan is carried across the tarmac during a ramp ceremony at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Comrades carried the caskets of three slain soldiers to a waiting military plane at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday, as 2,000 soldiers from a dozen countries stood at attention.

Plane-wreck survivor can go home soon

Wendy Mclellan The Province 11/19/2008
Michael Wilson speaks with the media yesterday at Vancouver General Hospital.
Arlen Redekop, The Province

Thomas Wilson walked away from the wreckage of a deadly plane crash with only second-degree burns and some bumps and bruises. The sole survivor of Sunday's crash on South Thormanby Island on the Sunshine Coast that killed six other passengers and...


Seven dead, one survivor in plane crash off Canada's west coast

VANCOUVER, Canada (AFP) — Seven people died and one man survived a plane crash on an island off Canada's rugged west coast, a rescue center spokesman told AFP.

The parents of Brandon Crisp walk into the funeral home for services in Barrie, Ont., Friday, Nov. 14, 2008.

The four remaining members of the Crisp family attended the funeral for their son and brother Brandon, sobs breaking the silence as they filed into church to say their final goodbyes.


Teenager found dead after dispute with parents over Xbox

A teenage boy who ran away from home last month after his Xbox was confiscated has been found dead in Canada. Brandon Crisp, 15, went missing on October 14 after his father forbade him from playing his video game console after becoming concerned a...

Renowned peace activist from N.S. turns 100, friends and colleagues pay tribute

HALIFAX, N.S. — At 100 years old, Muriel Duckworth's voice may have diminished to a whisper, but her simple, pacifist message - "war is stupid" - is as potent as ever.


New ID card threatens our privacy

ANTONELLA ARTUSO Toronto Sun 10/23/2008
New ID card threatens our privacy

Ontario's information and privacy commissioner is warning a new enhanced driver's licence to be used as proof of citizenship when crossing the U.S. border carries potential privacy risks.

2.7M Canadians caring for seniors

Shannon Proudfoot Canada.com 10/22/2008
2.7M Canadians caring for seniors

Canada is a nation of caregivers, according to a new report from Statistics Canada, and a rapidly aging population means the number of people needing a helping hand could eventually exceed the ranks of those able to provide one.


Alberta leaving children at risk, says NDP

Sarah O'Donnell Calgary Herald 10/21/2008
Alberta leaving children at risk, says NDP

The Alberta government is knowingly leaving vulnerable children in unsafe situations, the provincial New Democrats charged Monday, releasing a series of quarterly reports from the province's child and youth advocate that had previously been secret.

Victoria police to add wake-up calls for homeless to morning rounds

A court ruling that struck down a Victoria bylaw will mean extra work for police, who now have to add early morning wake-up calls for homeless people camping in city parks to their morning rounds, a police spokesman says.


$100M for poor nations fighting climate change: PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper closed the Sommet de la Francophonie in Quebec City on Sunday by announcing $100 million in aid for developing countries to fight climate change.

Power back on for 200000 on Vancouver Island

Officials with BC Hydro have yet to determine the cause of a power outage on Vancouver Island that left nearly 200,000 customers in the dark Sunday.


Morgentaler receives Order of Canada in Quebec City

QUEBEC -- Abortion rights activist Henry Morgentaler was awarded the Order of Canada on Friday as a few protesters voiced their opposition outside the Citadel in Quebec City. Morgentaler was one of about 20 recipients who received the award Friday...

RCMP tried to discredit injection site, renowned AIDS researcher says

VANCOUVER — Newly released e-mails show the RCMP tried to discredit Vancouver's supervised-injection clinic and are part of a pattern of interference in science by the federal government, a renowned AIDS researcher says.



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