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‘Buy-bust’ or execution? How this man survived when a ‘death squad’ came after him in the Philippines MANILA — Francisco Santiago is a rare and dangerous thing in a state-led killing rampage: a witness. In the early hours of Sept. 13, on a dark street in the heart of the city, Santiago was shot through the chest and arms in what...

Indigenous Affairs to provide missing documents to PBO Despite having originally denied their existence, the federal Indigenous Affairs Department says it will hand over to the parliamentary budget office a number of relevant documents pertaining to First Nations education. The office requested the information last month after learning from the federal auditor general that it was both available and relevant to...

Evening Brief: Wednesday, September 5, 2016 Tonight’s Evening Brief is brought to you by Elmwood School, the National Capital Region’s premier school for girls, pre-school to Grade 12. Interested families are invited to the upcoming Open House on Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. Click for more info. _______________________ The Lead: After a relatively quiet day on the domestic front, we begin tonight with a...

Could the UN make history this year? There’s another election fraught with gender politics and global consequences, with one candidate braced to become a world leader—and no one is talking about it. This summer, outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon publicly called for his successor to be a woman. In a body of 193 nations, the secretary-general of the United Nations is both...

‘Shining a light on the hypocrisy’: Canada urged to vote against human rights abusers OTTAWA — A former Liberal justice minister is raising concerns over human rights abusers on the UN’s Human Rights Council, and urging the Canadian government to vote against their re-instatement in the UN General Assembly’s secret ballots.  Former justice minister and long-time Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, who founded the Raoul...

DNA test dashes Montreal mother’s hopes that U.S. woman is long-missing daughter MONTREAL — A Montreal mother’s two-month wait to find out if an American woman who contacted her this summer was, in fact, her long-missing daughter has ended in disappointment. Liliane Cyr’s daughter, Yohanna, then aged 18 months, went missing from the family’s apartment in 1978. On Aug. 5, Cyr received...

Conservative candidates back bill to impose criminal penalty for killing ‘preborn’ Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer scrums with media in Ottawa on Oct. 5, 2016. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood Several Conservative leadership candidates are throwing their support behind a contentious private member’s bill that deals with the criminal consequences of killing a pregnant woman — a bill which critics say could reopen the abortion...

Stéphane Dion’s thumbs-down gesture upsets mother of abducted kids: ‘I felt truly disrespected and dishonoured’ OTTAWA – A B.C. woman whose four children were abducted by her ex-husband to Iran says she was shocked to see Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion make a dismissive thumbs-down gesture when her ordeal came up in the House of Commons. Alison Azer, who was sitting in...

Air Miles adjusts rewards program as lawsuit looms Air Miles has rejigged its rewards program just months before its controversial expiry rules go into effect.

Federal Conservative environment critic points to B.C.’s revenue-neutral carbon tax as ‘right thing’ OTTAWA – The Conservatives’ environment critic says British Columbia “did the right thing” by adopting a revenue-neutral carbon tax, although he doesn’t necessarily believe it’s the right environmental policy and says the party is leaving lots of leeway for leadership candidates to debate the matter. B.C. MP Ed...

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