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Canadian couple detained in China ‘very frustrated and confused,’ son says

TORONTO — Two days after their arrest in China on suspicion of stealing state secrets, a Canadian couple was able to tell their children Wednesday that they weren’t under any physical duress, but remained confused and upset about the allegations. It was the first message 54-year-old Kevin Garratt and 53-year-old Julia Dawn Garratt were able …

Serious charges laid in music festival fatality in southwestern Manitoba

MINNEDOSA, Manitoba — A 39-year-old man is facing serious charges after one pedestrian was killed and two others injured outside of a music festival in southwestern Manitoba. Christopher Palaschuk was charged Wednesday with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm and leaving the scene of an accident. Police allege a driver plowed into …

Park board takes action to restrict cetacean breeding at Vancouver Aquarium

VANCOUVER—New restrictions adopted by Vancouver’s park board mean only threatened species of whales and dolphins will soon be bred at the city’s aquarium. The unanimous vote Thursday saw park-board members amend a bylaw that will prohibit the breeding of all other captive cetaceans at the facility. Elected members also decided to form a committee of …

Saskatchewan man faces multiple charges after police pursuit on highway

VEGREVILLE, Alta.—A Saskatchewan man is facing charges after RCMP in Vegreville, Alta., had to deploy a spike belt to stop a suspected impaired driver who was speeding at an excessively high rate down the Yellowhead Highway. RCMP say they got several calls about the incident Thursday and tried to pull the vehicle over but failed. …

Cross stitch pattern seized at Edmonton airport a cover for oxy pills

EDMONTON—Customs officials at Edmonton International Airport have intercepted a cross-stitch pattern that your grandmother probably didn’t order. Upon closer examination, officers discovered the item declared as “cotton cross stitch” was actually a sealed package containing 275 oxycodone pills. Insp. Gary Peck of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says Canadian Border Services Agency notified them …

Harper stands with top leaders to address concerns about Russia

Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken a stand with the leaders of ” France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission” to address their concerns about Russia’s “continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.” Below is …

Harper continues to take hard line on Gaza, Ukraine conflicts, Chinese

OTTAWA — An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his government’s hard line on Wednesday on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks. Harper said Hamas is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. His remarks, made following a job training announcement in northern …

IMF calls on Canada, others to raise carbon taxes, cut income taxes

OTTAWA — The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes — while cutting them on people and capital. In a new book, Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice, the IMF essentially endorses policies at times advocated by the federal Liberals and NDP …

Failure not an option; Harper may need to compromise to get European trade deal

OTTAWA — It’s an open question whether Canada needs a free trade deal with Europe, but it is more certain that the Harper government does. With a cloud suddenly appearing over the Stephen Harper’s “historic achievement” because of German concerns over a clause that allow firms to sue governments, free trade advocates are advising the …

Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video

TORONTO — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor’s order: five espressos in one cup. Deadmau5 posted a YouTube video of his coffee run with Ford, who left a rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction last month. The Canadian …