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'The system is broken:' Many can't afford lawyers, don't qualify for legal aid

'The system is broken:' Many can't afford lawyers, don't qualify for legal aid

CALGARY — Legal experts say the justice system is failing Canada's working poor, many of whom are unable to afford lawyers and end up pleading guilty or representing themselves in court.
Consensus comes 30 years later that Montreal massacre was an anti-feminist act

Consensus comes 30 years later that Montreal massacre was an anti-feminist act

MONTREAL — Thirty years after the worst mass shooting in Canadian history, official acknowledgment has come that what happened on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique was an attack on feminists.
Liberal throne speech pledges to work with opposition parties, welcome their ideas

Liberal throne speech pledges to work with opposition parties, welcome their ideas

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ushered in a new era of minority Liberal rule Thursday with a throne speech brimming with humility, goodwill and promises of collaboration with opposition parties whose support he needs to ensure his government's survival.
Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China's new ambassador to Canada is threatening "very firm countermeasures" if Parliament adopts a motion calling for sanctions over alleged Chinese human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Ford government's anti-carbon tax TV ad cost Ontario taxpayers $4M: Auditor

A controversial television ad that aimed to denigrate the federal carbon tax but was roundly mocked for sending the opposite message cost Ontario taxpayers $4 million.

B.C. to eliminate Medical Services Plan premiums not paid by residents elsewhere

VANCOUVER — British Columbians will ring in the new year by joining all Canadians in not paying monthly rates for health care. Premiums under the province's Medical Services Plan will be eliminated on Jan.
Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Anthony Rota has been elected Speaker of the House of Commons, beating out fellow Liberal Geoff Regan, who was Speaker during the last session of Parliament and wanted to continue.
Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority isn't giving enough training to staff working with patients in areas struggling with high suicide rates, the provincial auditor said in her latest report.

Montreal Children's Hospital employs medical hypnosis to reduce anxiety, pain

MONTREAL — A Quebec hospital is touting the use of medical hypnosis after the results of a pilot project suggested it can reduce pain and anxiety in patients.
Manitoba NDP seek honorary premier title for Louis Riel

Manitoba NDP seek honorary premier title for Louis Riel

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Opposition wants to give the title of honorary first premier to Metis leader Louis Riel.