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Quebec and Ontario to be 'block of influence'

Premiers of Quebec and Ontario warn others not to write off Central Canada
The Canadian Press

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. - It's time to "put Central Canada back at the centre of the map," Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday as he vowed to work with Ontario to restore the influence of the country's two most populous provinces.

"This is what my message is all about," Couillard told the Ontario Economic Summit in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

B.C. Muslim Association speaks out on gunman

B.C. mosque not the locale for gunman's radicalization, says Muslim association
The Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C. - The B.C. Muslim Association says it is troubled to learn that the man who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial once attended one of its mosques.

Michael Zehaf Bibeau shot the soldier on Wednesday and then entered Parliament's Centre Block, where he was shot and killed.

The B.C. Muslim Association says Zehaf Bibeau once attended one of its mosques, but it says the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque is not the locale for what the association believes was the man's radicalization.

Cadet and Ranger activities put on hold

Activities for Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers on hold as a safety precaution
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - All Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger activities across the country have been put on hold after two deadly attacks against members of the military.

The moves comes at the direction of the chief of reserves and cadets after the attacks in Ottawa and Quebec.

National Defence spokesman Daniel Blouin says while there is no indication that cadets or rangers are at risk, the precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the youth entrusted to their care.

He says the activities are on hold through the weekend and the situation will be re-evaluated next week.

Redblacks, Sens hope to lift Ottawa's spirits

After brazen attack in Ottawa, Redblacks and Senators help healing process
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - On Friday night, the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks will return to the field. The NHL's Senators will take the ice Saturday.

Neither game has much significance in the standings for either team — the Redblacks are playing out their disappointing inaugural season while the Sens are just getting their campaign started.

Terror turns triumphal as Parliament unites

Parliamentarians show unity in aftermath of 'senseless act of violence'
Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Peace, order and good government returned to the national capital Thursday with a back-slapping flourish of fortitude and common purpose, but a persistent shadow loomed — one of unsettling memories and unanswered questions.

Lawyer, passersby go to fallen soldier's aid

'You are so loved': Ottawa lawyer describes trying to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo
Laura Eggertson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Lawyer Barbara Winters was headed to a meeting Wednesday near her office at the Canada Revenue Agency when she passed the National War Memorial, stopping to snap a few pictures of the two honour guards standing soberly at attention.

Moments later, after passing by a Canada Post office at the corner of Elgin and Sparks streets, she heard four shots. For Winters, a former member of the Canadian Forces Naval Reserve, the sounds were unmistakable.

Magnotta jury views more video and photos

Magnotta jury watches original images used to create so-called murder video
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press


MONTREAL — Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta's murder trial saw video clips Thursday of a man bound, gagged and unresponsive with the accused brandishing a saw over him.

The video was shot in May 2012 in Magnotta's apartment, where Jun Lin was killed and dismembered a week later.

Tories table another massive budget bill

Conservatives introduce thick budget bill that includes unrelated items
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has introduced another mammoth omnibus budget bill that includes a grab-bag of measures, ranging from tax breaks for beekeepers to provisions banning cable companies from charging for paper bills.

Much of the 458-page bill involves the complicated implementation of tax changes and other budget measures, including revisions to the Investment Canada Act.

There are some tax breaks for families and students.

Khadr wins right to expand suit against feds

Omar Khadr wins right to sue feds for conspiring with U.S. in expanded suit
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr should be allowed to claim the Canadian government conspired with the Americans to torture him and breach his rights, a Federal Court judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling by Judge Richard Mosley means Khadr can significantly expand his $20-million civil lawsuit in which he accuses Ottawa of complicity in what he claims was his arbitrary detention and cruel and inhuman treatment at the hands of the Americans.

Alberta stays lucky: couple win $30M lotto jackpot

Thanksgiving gravy train: Edmonton couple wins $30M on harvest holiday weekend
The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta. - An Edmonton couple had plenty to be thankful for on the Thanksgiving weekend after winning a lottery jackpot worth almost $31 million.

But Joan and Wade Lidkea (LIHD'-kee) didn't let on at the family dinner because they wanted to confirm the Oct. 10 winning Lotto Max numbers first.

The couple are the latest winners in an Alberta lucky lotto streak that has yielded 38 million-plus jackpots so far this year worth more than $172 million.

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