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Heavy rainfall floods Winnipeg underpasses, streets, part of mall

WINNIPEG—Heavy rain has caused roads, neighbourhoods, basements and part of Winnipeg’s major shopping mall to flood. Environment Canada says the storm dropped about 50 millimetres of rain in an hour in the southwest part of the city. The south end of Polo Park mall was full of water and some stores had to close. Traffic …

3 hold woman against her will, beat her for hours at southern Alberta farm

LETHBRIDGE, Alta.—An 18-year-old woman is recovering after allegedly being held against her will and assaulted for several hours at a farm in southern Alberta. Police say the victim went for a drive with another woman and was taken to a farm outside Lethbridge. The pair was joined by two other women and the three beat …

Parole board says panel gave Manitoba killer unfair hearing; should get new one

WINNIPEG—The National Parole Board has found its members did not provide a fair hearing to a Manitoba killer seeking leave from prison on compassionate grounds. Michael Bridges appeared before a two-person federal panel in June, asking for escorted absences to visit a dying family member in hospital. He isn’t eligible to apply for parole until …

Commercial vehicle safety blitz in Toronto targeted minorities: lawyer

TORONTO—A commercial vehicle safety blitz that led to the arrest of 21 people for immigration offences targeted minorities and amounts to racial profiling, a lawyer involved in the case alleged Wednesday. Macdonald Scott, who represents two of the people arrested, said Canada Border Services Agency officials aggressively demanded identification from members of visible minorities during …

Manitoba bans feeding deer, elk to keep chronic wasting disease out of province

WINNIPEG—Manitoba has extended a ban on hunters feeding deer, elk and moose in western Manitoba to better control the threat of chronic wasting disease. Richard Davis of Manitoba Conservation says chronic wasting disease is common in Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta, but so far has not been detected in Manitoba. It’s typically spread animal-to-animal through saliva, …

Orphaned grizzly released back into the wild as part of B.C. pilot rehab project

VANCOUVER—An orphaned grizzly cub named Littlefoot has been released back into the wild in southeastern British Columbia, part of a pilot project aimed at saving bears who have come out on the losing end of interactions with humans. Conservation officers from the Ministry of Environment found the yearling severely undernourished this spring in an area …

John Baird’s Twitter activity prompts scrutiny of Canada’s language commissioner

OTTAWA—When a minister tweets, is it ever really a personal account, or should he or she be required to abide by federal laws and responsibilities? Those blurred lines around government information have raised questions since social media came on the scene, and are now getting a closer look from an unexpected corner. Canada’s commissioner of …

Spy agency improperly handled some information about Canadians: watchdog

OTTAWA—Canada’s electronic spy agency intercepted—and kept—several private communications of Canadians last year in violation of internal policies on personal information. In his annual report, the watchdog that keeps an eye on Communications Security Establishment Canada says while many of the 66 intercepts involving Canadians were handled properly, some were not. The findings prompted several recommendations …

Several people stranded on Highway 99 near Lillooet, B.C., following mudslides

LILLOOET, B.C.—Three people have been stranded overnight on Highway 99 north of Lillooet, B.C., after their vehicles got caught between two mudslides that closed a section of the road. A storm hit the region at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. Transportation Ministry spokesman Dan Palesch said Wednesday that 10 to 12 smaller slides came …

Imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy files appeal

Lawyers for an Egyptian-Canadian journalist convicted in Cairo of terrorism charges have filed an appeal in an effort to secure a new trial, his family said Wednesday. Mohamed Fahmy was working for Qatar-based satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29 along with two colleagues—Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, …

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