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  • Calgarians unplug, join people around the world for Earth Hour

    stephanie.froese

    Calgarians don’t have to spend Earth Hour sitting at home in the dark.

  • Foreign Minister John Baird speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Feb. 3, 2015. Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has become a special international adviser to Barrick Gold Corp. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    John Baird lands job as international adviser to Barrick Gold, company says

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has become a special international adviser to Barrick Gold Corp. The Toronto-based mining giant (TSX:ABX), in its annual report issued Friday, lists Baird as a member of its international advisory board. Baird, 45, announced in February that he was leaving cabinet. He also said he would not

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  • Gerald Bouchard, left, and Charles Taylor arrive to testify at a legislature committee on immigration, Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the legislature in Quebec City. Taylor says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment with inflammatory comments about the face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women and that, in turn, makes alienated Muslim Canadians easier targets for recruitment by radical Islamist terrorists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

    Harper’s anti-niqab rhetoric helps terrorist recruiters: philosopher Taylor

    The Canadian Press and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Philosopher Charles Taylor says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is playing into the hands of terrorist recruiters with inflammatory comments about the face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women. Taylor, who co-chaired Quebec’s 2007 commission on reasonable accommodation of cultural and religious minorities, says Harper is fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment. Taylor says that makes Muslims

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  • Wintry weekend expected for Atlantic Canada, warnings issued for Newfoundland

    The Canadian Press

    HALIFAX – Environment Canada says parts of the Atlantic region are in for another dose of winter weather this weekend. Warnings for heavy snow and freezing rain have been issued for eastern Newfoundland on Saturday. Up to 20 cm of snow is expected to fall in some parts of the province by Sunday morning. In

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  • Mandatory and costly meal plans often fail to satisfy, student leaders say

    Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A social media eruption this week over raw meat and mouldy food at Memorial University of Newfoundland highlights growing frustration across Canada with mandatory meal plans, say student leaders. “There’s certainly a trend with privatized food services on campus not meeting the needs and requirements of the campus community,” said Bilan

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  • Woman, four children critically injured in east end townhouse fire

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – A woman and four children are in critical condition after a townhouse fire in Toronto’s east end. Paramedics say the five were pulled from the Scarborough residence early this morning. They say the woman and three of the children had no pulse when they were rushed to hospital, but two of the kids

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  • No winning ticket for Friday night’s $12 million Lotto Max jackpot

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – No one has the winning ticket for the $12-million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. The jackpot for next Friday’s draw on Apr. 3 will be approximately $17-million. Lotto Max’s main prize was last won Mar. 20, when the ticket for the $50-million jackpot was sold in Hamilton. —

  • Maclean’s on the Hill – Episode 57

    Andrew Pinsent @1310Pinsent 0

    Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac MacSweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, we talk to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg about the situation in Ukraine, sit down with former NDP leader Ed Broadbent to discuss progressive hopes for this year’s federal election, and discuss budget politics and the battle against ISIS.

  • U.K. endorses Harper govt’s proposal for anti-ISIL air strikes over Syria

    The Canadian Press and Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Britain’s foreign minister is praising the federal government’s proposal to conduct air strikes over Syria against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Philip Hammond, the U.K.’s secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, says he welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s intention to expand the Canadian operations against

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  • Maple Lodge Farms launches probe after allegations of animal cruelty

    The Canadian Press and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – An animal rights group alleges that one of Ontario’s top chicken producers is engaging in inhumane practices despite a court order to treat their poultry with more care. Mercy for Animals say it has obtained hidden camera footage of slaughtering practices at Maple Lodge Farms, a major provider of chicken products located just

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