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Oscar nods shine spotlight on Canadian animation films

The Canadian domination over the Oscars' animated short category this year isn't a surprise to How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker Dean DeBlois. 
Award-winning animation is part of our cinematic heritage, according to the Canadian director and two-time Oscar nominee, whose blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon franchise launched its final chapter this weekend with The Hidden World.
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Victoria may lose cherry blossoms as city pushes ahead with tree management plan

Victoria's trademark cherry blossoms may be lost in a few years as the city goes ahead with a plan to replace aging non-native trees with native species.
City councillors in the B.C. capital this week approved a spending increase for Victoria's Urban Forest Master Plan, which one councillor said could result in a loss of a number of flower-bearing trees in the city.
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Nova Scotia SPCA investigating after cat, three kittens found dead in plastic bin

The Nova Scotia SPCA is asking the public for information after a cat and its three kittens were discovered dead inside a plastic bin.
In a Facebook post on Friday, the animal welfare organization said someone found the deceased animals inside the tote bin in the area of Albro Lake Park in Dartmouth, N.S.
 

Canadian sex abuse survivors march in Rome to demand 'zero tolerance'

Canadians who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests marched in Rome on Saturday, demanding a zero tolerance approach from the Vatican.
Gemma Hickey of St. John’s, N.L., took part in the protest.
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Quebec police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Police in Quebec are appealing to the public for help in locating a 17-year-old girl who has been missing for two days.
Laval police said Kelly Martin Nolet was last seen leaving for work on Thursday, but she never showed up.
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'Horror-struck' family calls for release of Canadian detained in Egypt

The family of a Canadian man detained in Egypt is calling for the highest level of intervention from the Canadian government after he disappeared from the Cairo airport on Monday.
Yasser Ahmed Albaz has been in Egypt for business since December.
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Montreal man convicted of manslaughter for killing wife who had Alzheimer's

A jury has opted for the lesser of two possible verdicts suggested by a judge, finding Montrealer Michel Cadotte guilty of manslaughter for the 2017 death of his ailing wife.
The jurors began their deliberations on Feb.
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Court rejects B.C.'s request to declare Alberta oil export law unconstitutional

CALGARY -- A judge has dismissed the British Columbia government's request to declare an Alberta law that could restrict the flow of refined oil products to B.C. as unconstitutional.
The attorney general of B.C.
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Hundreds gather at celebration of life for former MP Paul Dewar

Hundreds of people are filling an Ottawa church to say their final goodbyes to former MP Paul Dewar.
Dewar, who represented the riding of Ottawa-Centre for almost a decade, died earlier this month from brain cancer. He was 56.
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Fire plan being made for Banff, Kootenay and Yoho Lakes National Parks

Parks Canada is looking for public input on a Fire Management Plan for Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.
Spokesperson Jane Park says the plans are typically re-worked every 10 years and this is the first time the three parks will be combined for the plan.
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Hundreds of people filled an Ottawa church to capacity on Saturday to say their final goodbyes to former MP Paul Dewar.
Dewar, who represented the riding of Ottawa-Centre for almost a decade, died earlier this month from brain cancer.
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Fire plan being made for Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks

Parks Canada is looking for public input on a Fire Management Plan for Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.
Spokesperson Jane Park says the plans are typically re-worked every 10 years and this is the first time the three parks will be combined for the plan.
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As U.S. plans in Syria shift, Canada tries to plan for own forces in Iraq

OTTAWA -- The commander of Canada's special forces says officials are watching closely to see what impact U.S. plans to withdraw hundreds of soldiers from Syria could have on Canada's mission in neighbouring Iraq.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Maj.
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