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Beaten teen meets one of the men who found her

Teen who was assaulted, left for dead by Winnipeg river meets rescuer
Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - A 16-year-old Manitoba teen who was viciously beaten, assaulted and left to die beside a river has met one of the men who rescued her and thanked him.

Rinelle Harper gave Sean Vincent a soapstone sculpture of a polar bear and a painting from her First Nation at a downtown Winnipeg hotel on Thursday. Rinelle, who didn't speak at the meeting and appeared embarrassed at all the attention, looked down and fiddled with her hair.

Police chief concerned over terrorism

Edmonton police chief wants officers trained in counter-terrorism
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Edmonton's police chief says he would like more front-line officers trained in counter-terrorism tactics.

Chief Rod Knecht says he would like to think his officers are ready if something catastrophic happened.

It has been almost a month since gunman Michael Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo while he was on ceremonial guard duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Bibeau then stormed Parliament where he died in a gunfight in the Centre Block.

The RCMP has said it has evidence indicating Bibeau was driven by "ideological and political motives.''

Quebec to increase daycare fees

Quebec to hike daycare costs and base fees on family income
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Quebec will introduce sliding-scale fees in its public daycare program, meaning higher payments based on family income, Premier Philippe Couillard announced Thursday.

While the current fee of $7.30 will remain in place, at least symbolically, families will pay more tax when they send in their annual return.

Families earning less than $50,000 as well as those on welfare will be spared any hikes.

Obama makes big move on immigration

Obama to millions of undocumented immigrants: 'You can come out of the shadows'
Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - If you took the millions of people touched by U.S. President Barack Obama's immigration announcement Thursday and gathered them together, their ranks would rival the population of Canada.

The president announced legal rights for almost five million people who are undocumented immigrants — a move that would impact not only them, but also their families, communities and workplaces.

Pipeline protesters arrested; injunction enforced

Mounties arrest pipeline protesters in B.C., enforcing court injunction
James Keller, The Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C. - Anti-pipeline activists camped out on a mountain near Vancouver clashed with police Thursday, as the RCMP enforced a court injunction ordering protesters to clear an encampment and allow work related to a proposed expansion project by Kinder Morgan.

People on plane that made forced landing safe

People on plane that made forced landing near Yellowknife rescued, back in city
The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE - The pilot and passengers on a small plane that made a forced landing Thursday in bad weather on the ice of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories have been rescued.

RCMP Cpl. Todd Scaplen said no one was seriously hurt and the six were flown out by helicopters to Yellowknife after huddling for hours around a campfire they built on a nearby island to ward off the cold.

Keystone: One more victim of US Senate rules

How the U.S. Senate got its famous filibuster rule that frustrated Keystone
Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Proponents of Canada's Keystone XL pipeline might be scratching their heads raw this week wondering how they got 59 per cent support in a U.S. congressional vote and still didn't get a pipeline law.

If it's any consolation, their pet legislative cause is now added to the abundant annals of bills that have bitten the dust in the U.S. Senate despite clear majority support.

Airstrikes following international law: DND

Canada's fighters hitting only select targets in Iraq, says National Defence
Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Canadian military insisted Thursday that its bombing campaign in Iraq is being conducted according to international law, which means there are some targets that Canada's aircraft will not hit.

However, Navy Capt. Paul Forget, a spokesman for the country's operations command, said Thursday there's no way to know for certain if Canada's most recent two missions caused any civilian casualties.

17 Canadian veterans get French Legion of Honour

Seventeen Canadian veterans decorated with the French Legion of Honour
Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The painful memories of the Second World War are hidden under the Royal Canadian Navy beret that Allan Bolduc proudly wore Thursday as he and 16 other veterans were awarded the French Legion of Honour.

At first, Bolduc jokes about wanting to join the French Foreign Legion at the age of 15 but his smile quickly disappears when he starts talking about enlisting and heading off to war.

Brrr! Frosty relations between Liberals, NDP

Is it chilly in here? Relations between Liberals, NDP frosty on Parliament Hill
Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - For anyone who wonders why the New Democrats and the Liberals never seem to want to talk about a merger, try spending a little time with them on Parliament Hill these past two weeks.

The recent allegations of personal misconduct levelled by two unnamed female NDP MPs against two of their Liberal counterparts has added another layer of frost to the long-standing animosity between the two parties.

Each camp is accusing the other of playing politics with the issue, and the cases themselves seem to have suddenly taken a back seat to the rivalry.

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