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Victims of mass murder case fondly remembered

Friends mourn five bright futures cut short in Calgary mass killing
Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - As a funeral director, Ernie Hagel knows how to deal with death.

But the loss of a promising employee — one of five young people stabbed to death in Calgary's worst mass murder — has hit him hard.

Jordan Segura, 23, worked part time for McGinnis and Holloway Funeral Homes while majoring in religious studies at the University of Calgary.

Man, 19, charged in Heartbleed privacy breach

Police charge man, 19, in Heartbleed privacy breach at Canada Revenue Agency
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday.

A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment.

Canadian flight simulator instructor who appeared on CNN fired

uFly fires Canadian flight simulator instructor who appeared on CNN
Rob Gillies, The Associated Press

TORONTO - A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for his refusal to dress professionally and making Canadians "look very bad all over the world."

Casado's relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted attention during CNN's constant coverage of the search for the missing flight.

Aggravated assault charges in Regina stabbing

Aggravated assault charges laid against teen in random Regina mall stabbing
Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

REGINA - A 15-year-old boy is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon after four people were injured in a stabbing at a mall in downtown Regina.

Police say a teenager entered the Cornwall Centre on Tuesday evening armed with a knife and began randomly attacking people who were nearby.

Deputy police chief Bob Morin says police don't know what prompted the attack.

"This was a very spontaneous, unpredictable event," Morin said Wednesday at a news conference at police headquarters.

Carter has it wrong on Keystone XL: PMO

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over position on Keystone XL pipeline
Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government.

The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline.

Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone XL.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office responded with a warning: Remember 1979.

Manitoba girl dead in attack by dogs

Manitoba girl, 10, killed after being mauled by 2 large dogs; dogs then killed
The Canadian Press

LAC BROCHET, Man. - Mounties say a 10-year-old girl has been killed by two dogs in a remote community in northern Manitoba.

Thompson RCMP say it happened on Tuesday around 6 p.m. in Lac Brochet, a fly-in community nearly 900 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

A 10-year-old girl was rushed to rushed to the local nursing station, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police say residents of the community killed two large dogs of unknown breed.

The dogs belonged to a Lac Brochet resident, but the girl did not know them.

Police say the girl's name will not be released.

Woman pleads guilty to four poisonings

Ontario woman accused of poisoning 8 kids and 1 adult pleads guilty to 4 counts
The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont. - An Ontario woman who had been accused of poisoning eight children and an adult with eyedrops has pleaded guilty in four of the cases.

Brendan Crawley of the attorney general’s ministry says Christine Allen, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kitchener, Ont., to four counts of administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm.

The judge accepted the resolution jointly proposed by the Crown and defence, and Allen was sentenced to six years in prison less time in pretrial custody, leaving four years and 11 months to be served.

Political powers gather for Flaherty farewell

Political players of all party stripes gather for fond farewell to Jim Flaherty
Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jim Flaherty was remembered Wednesday with equal measures of laughter and tears as Canada's political elite gathered to set aside their partisan differences and pay their final respects to the former finance minister.

Mourners donned green scarves, a tribute to Flaherty's Irish heritage, inside the majestic St. James Anglican cathedral in downtown Toronto as they celebrated the diminutive, combative politician, who died of a heart attack last week at the age of 64.

Provincial engineer admits corruption

Ex-government engineer accepted trips, golf and cash in exchange for contracts
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - A former Transport Quebec engineer says he was routinely bribed by construction and engineering firms in exchange for help with lucrative government contracts.

Guy Hamel told the Charbonneau Commission on Wednesday he accepted numerous gifts and favours in exchange for favourable decisions from his position on a selection committee for government contracts.

He also helped firms through his role as a project manager for provincial works projects.

Ex-Quebec deputy premier denies helping engineering firm

Former Quebec deputy premier says she didn't help engineering firm win contract
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Former Liberal deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau is rejecting allegations she helped an engineering firm obtain a lucrative contract to build a water treatment plant in exchange for fundraising donations.

Normandeau, who served in the post under Jean Charest, says she is willing to meet with investigators from the Charbonneau Commission corruption inquiry and Quebec's anti-corruption police squad.

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