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Calgary man convicted of murder for second time after new trial ordered

CALGARY -- A Calgary man has been convicted of the killing of a University of Calgary student -- for the second time.
A jury convicted Mitchell Harkes Thursday of the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Brett Wiese, who was fatally stabbed in the back at a party in January 2013.
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OTTAWA -- Applications for temporary resident visas issued to visitors, students and temporary workers in Canada have more than quadrupled since 2015, stretching the Immigration Department's ability to process them, according to a federal report.
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Keep guard up against hurricanes in 2019, Canadian forecaster says

HALIFAX -- It has been years since a major tropical storm wreaked havoc in Canada, but the Canadian Hurricane Centre is warning against complacency.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane outlook Thursday, predicting nine to 15 named storms this season, with four to eight becoming hurricanes and two to four being major hurricanes.
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Journalists question Liberal government's $600M media bailout plan

The federal government's plan to support Canadian journalism is being questioned by some Canadian journalists.
The Liberals have set aside nearly $600 million over the next five years for tax credits and other incentives aimed at propping up struggling news outlets.
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Federal government stops sending photos of Queen to Canadians

Canadian monarchists say a new federal government policy to stop mailing out prints of the Queen’s portrait to her subjects here is "unhelpful" to our identity as a constitutional monarchy.
The Monarchist League of Canada said it was informed by the Canadian Heritage department that it will no longer print portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, and the image will be available by download only.
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Prince Andrew arrives in Halifax for brief, private working visit

HALIFAX -- Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, arrived in Halifax on Thursday for a brief, low-key visit.
As the colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a Halifax-based reserve unit, Andrew took part in a military ceremony outside Government House, the official residence of Lt.
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Four charged in human trafficking probe that freed alleged 'modern-day slaves'

Four people have been charged in a human trafficking investigation that freed dozens of alleged "modern-day slaves" in Barrie, Ont., earlier this year, provincial police said Thursday.
The charges relate to a probe unveiled in February, when authorities said they had rescued 43 people who were allegedly forced to work as cleaners at vacation properties in Ontario for as little as $50 per month.
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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to drop pledge to balance budget in 2 years

Canada's Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer on Friday plans to drop a previous pledge to balance the budget within two years if elected, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has made it impossible to do so responsibly.
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Scheer promises mandatory sentence of five years for child abuse

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pledged Thursday to get tough on crime with mandatory minimum sentences of five years for anyone convicted of abusing children.
Scheer, who made the announcement in the Montreal suburb of Delson, Que.
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Off-duty police officer charged with impaired driving in Calgary

Calgary police say an off-duty officer has been charged with impaired driving after a traffic stop in the city's southeast.
Police received reports of a potentially impaired driver around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.
They say they responded to the call, located the vehicle and arrested the driver.
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Scheer promises mandatory sentence of 5 years for child abuse

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pledged Thursday to get tough on crime with mandatory minimum sentences of five years for anyone convicted of abusing children.
Scheer, who made the announcement in the Montreal suburb of Delson, Que.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the leaders of the three other provincial parties are offering an olive branch to the Trudeau government on C-69, saying they're now prepared to accept the controversial overhaul of Canada's environmental assessment process — as long as the Senate's amendments are part of it.
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Border agents say man swam across Niagara River to enter U.S.

A citizen of Spain has been arrested, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents say, after swimming across the Niagara River to illegally enter the United States.
"This individual placed himself in extreme danger by swimming across the Niagara River .
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