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Following the money in U.S. politics: Group maps out special-interest cash

WASHINGTON — These are busy days for a group that works to map out the money ties in a U.S. political system covered in special-interest cash. In an office tower about five blocks from the White House, the team at the Center for Responsive Politics has been hard at work this week, following the money trail. Its employees helped provide financial...

New medical pot regime sees quick growth, but beset by complaints

VANCOUVER — Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache. For years, Simpson took a dozen or more Tylenol 3 pills a day,...

Parents accused of malnutrition appear in court following boy’s death

CALGARY — The parents of a Calgary boy are scheduled to be in court today after police alleged the child's death was related to malnutrition. Jennifer Clark, 38, and Jeromie Clark, 34, of Calgary, were both charged with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessities of life after their 14-month-old son, John, died in hospital in November...

Access to palliative care needed for all those nearing end of life, says report

TORONTO — Dramatic improvements are needed to provide quality palliative care for all patients facing the end of their lives, including boosting the number of health providers trained in specialized care of the dying, says an Ontario health advisory agency. In a report released Monday, Health Quality Ontario said that although Canada ranks relatively high on an international index measuring...

Oliver says Ottawa exploring ‘steps’ for hot housing market as ministers meet

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the federal government could take "moderate steps" to address Canada's strong housing market as he began two days of meetings on Sunday with his provincial counterparts. The two-day gathering is also expected to reveal the latest figures on federal transfer payments to the provinces as well as explore the effect of plunging oil...

Canada closely monitors apparent hostage taking situation in Australia

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian government officials were closely watching what was being described as an apparent hostage taking in Australia's largest city. "Canada's thoughts and prayers are with our Australian friends," Harper tweeted. Police in Sydney said they were dealing with "an armed incident," but wouldn't confirm hostages were being held inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe...

Denmark claims North Pole through Arctic underwater ridge link from Greenland

COPENHAGEN — Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard says Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of...

Second Alberta crash in a month kills multiple foreign workers from Philippines

RED DEER, Alta. — A highway crash in Alberta has claimed the lives of more foreign workers from the Philippines. RCMP say one woman and two men died when the Ford Mustang they were in lost control on Highway 11 between Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House on Saturday and collided with a five-ton truck heading the other way. The driver...

Nunavut’s hunger problems, by the numbers

IQALUIT, Nunavut — High food prices and pervasive poverty in Nunavut mean hunger is a fact of life in the territory, despite an array of services, a revival of country foods and a strong spirit of community co-operation. Some numbers: Number of families using the Niqinik Nuatsivik Food Bank every two weeks in 2001: 30 Now: 120 Population of Nunavut in 2014:...

Food fight in Ottawa feeds hope that North’s hunger pains will eventually ease

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The line-up for Iqaluit's soup kitchen stretches out the door, down a flight of wooden steps and onto the icy street. Dozens of people wait patiently in -40 C cold, braced against the gusting shards of wind. Inside, Cathy Sawer stirs an industrial-sized pot brimming with chicken soup, enough for 200 servings. The 65-year-old and her fellow...

Keystone, Mexico’s energy moves, on the agenda during continental talks

OTTAWA — The falling price of oil and what to do about it, the Keystone XL pipeline, and Mexico's major oil and gas shake-up will be on the table as North American energy ministers meet Monday. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford is set to meet with his counterparts Ernest Moniz and Pedro Joaquin Coldwell from the U.S. and Mexico respectively...

‘Focused, consistent’ financial education program needed in schools: money guru

TORONTO — Educators across Canada are increasingly seeing the value of teaching kids the basics of money management at a young age, but some experts warn the patchwork of programs being offered in schools can only go so far in helping students avoid major money pitfalls down the line. School systems in several provinces _ including Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan...

Once more, with feeling: many rookie NDP MPs to run again in 2015

OTTAWA — In 2011, Mylene Freeman became a New Democrat member of Parliament almost by accident. In 2015, she intends to be elected on purpose. Freeman, 25, is one of a half-dozen MPs who were barely in their 20s in 2011 when a surge of support for the NDP in Quebec saw them become MPs, despite never having set foot...

No winner for Saturday`s Lotto 649 jackpot

TORONTO — The $5 million jackpot in Saturday night`s Lotto 649 draw went unclaimed. That means the jackpot for the draw next Wednesday will be approximately $7 million.

15-year-old dies after assault by group in Surrey, B.C.

SURREY, B.C. — A 15-year-old boy has died after being assaulted by a group of people in Surrey, B.C. RCMP say the youth was critically injured in the attack involving four to five people that occurred overnight. Insp. Bruce Stuart says police and emergency responders were called about 2:45 a.m. after a report that two teenage boys ran to a home...

Calgary police say parents charged in death of infant related to malnutrition

Calgary police say charges have been laid against the parents of an infant whose death was related to malnutrition. Police say a 14-month-old boy died a day after being taken to a Calgary hospital by his parents in November 2013. Investigators say an autopsy and other tests determined that John Clark's death was related to malnutrition. Police say the boy's parents were...

Jury in fourth day of deliberations in Jennifer Pan murder trial

NEWMARKET, Ont. — A Toronto-area jury is in its fourth day of deliberations in the trial of a woman accused of plotting to have her parents killed in a phoney home invasion because they disapproved of her boyfriend. Jennifer Pan, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the attack that killed her mother, 53-year-old Bieh Ha Pan,...

Chinese hackers installed malware on National Research Council computers

OTTAWA — Chinese hackers used tempting emails, malware and password theft to worm their way into National Research Council computers in pursuit of valuable scientific and trade secrets, a newly released federal analysis reveals. The attack, which prompted a shutdown of the government research council's computer network in July, relied on textbook moves commonly seen in state-sponsored digital assaults, says...
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