OTTAWA - It was a day of talks punctuated by powerful symbols.
Beating drums. Tearful family testimonials. Protesters raging against their exclusion from the table. A police officer hugging a protesting victim of violence, who burst into tears.
VULCAN, Alta. - The tiny town of Vulcan, Alta., virtually tripled in size the day that actor Leonard Nimoy detoured from a comic book convention in 2010 to visit the community that has cosmically connected itself to his Star Trek character, Mr. Spock.
And so it was fond memories of the man, and his humanity, that prompted feelings of personal loss in residents upon learning of his death on Friday, at age 83.
MONTREAL - There was widespread outrage and condemnation from civil rights groups, politicians and others Friday in reaction to a Quebec judge's refusal to hear a woman's case unless she removed her hijab.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard called the decision "disturbing," while the Canadian Civil Liberties Association deemed it troubling, discriminatory and a violation of the Canadian Charter right to freedom of religion.
Justin Trudeau declared it to be "just plain wrong."
OTTAWA - New Democrat MPs want to take the battle over their allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Their lawyer, Julius Grey, wrote Justice Minister Peter MacKay on Friday, asking him to refer the matter to the top court.
The NDP wants the court to advise whether the rulings of the secretive, multi-party board of internal economy are subject to judicial review.
WINNIPEG - WINNIPEG — A list of decisions made by the court and Criminal Code Review Board in the case of Vince Li:
July 30, 2008 — Tim McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker is sleeping on a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man., when he is savagely stabbed to death by his schizophrenic seatmate Vince Li. Li beheads and mutilates McLean's body as police and horrified passengers watch from the side of the road.
TORONTO - It's so CSI.
Laboratory testing has solved the mystery of how a little girl from Elliot Lake who had not travelled outside Northern Ontario contracted measles.
The answer: She didn't.
Work done at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg showed that the measles virus that had been picked up by a swab inserted into the little girl's nostril was actually the strain contained in the measles vaccine.
Measles vaccine contains a live but weakened virus that induces an immune response but does not trigger the disease.
VICTORIA - The force of the blowback of air from two simulated torpedo launches from Canadian Navy submarine HMCS Victoria sends hats, cameras and notebooks flying, leaving observers gasping in amazement.
"It's quite spectacular," said Cmdr. Alex Kooiman aboard the 70-metre-long, 2,400-tonne submarine, following the massive thrust of water fired from its torpedo tubes to simulate test shots.
EDMONTON - The federal government is warning Canadians of what it calls the "extreme danger" of using unregistered products to fight bedbugs.
The Health Canada warning comes after two children from northern Alberta died from a toxic insecticide thought to be aluminum phosphide brought back by the family from Pakistan.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose expressed her condolences to the family, who was attending the funeral of son Zia, 2 on Friday. His eight-month-old sister died Sunday.
OTTAWA - Canada's food safety organization says two cows discovered to have mad cow disease in the last five years were born on the same Alberta farm.
Paul Mayers of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the most recent case detected earlier this month involves a cow born in 2009.
Another cow born on the same farm in 2004 tested positive for the disease in 2010, Mayers said. No parts of the cows got into human or animal food, the agency has said.
MONTREAL - Adil Charkaoui said Muslims in Quebec are targets of a "witch hunt" as he blasted a decision by two Montreal junior colleges to suspend leases granted to his Arabic schools.
The Moroccan-born Montreal educator who was once accused by Ottawa of being a terrorist and spent several years living under tight restrictions, said Friday his schools were unfairly tied to a group that left the country for Turkey and may have joined jihadist groups in the Middle East.