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Finance minister defends military budget; forces 'appropriately provisioned'

Finance minister defends military budget; forces 'appropriately provisioned'

OTTAWA — The federal finance minister is standing by the amount of money the Liberal government currently spends on defence, saying the military is "appropriately provisioned" to address Canada's needs.

Animal cruelty charges stayed against Bowmanville Zoo owner due to stroke

An Ontario man accused of whipping one of the tigers at his zoo will not face trial after he suffered a stroke last month. Michael Hackenberger, who owns the now-closed Bowmanville Zoo, had five animal cruelty charges stayed in a Whitby, Ont.

Former Quebec ski coach facing sex assault charges will learn his fate in June

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — A judge will hand down his verdict in June in the case of a former national ski coach charged with dozens of sex-related offences against girls and young women.
Hubbub in House of Commons over how the place works, inflames partisan tensions

Hubbub in House of Commons over how the place works, inflames partisan tensions

OTTAWA — The customary grilling of government that follows the tabling of a federal budget was all but shoved aside Thursday as opposition MPs pressed the Liberals not on their fiscal balance, but their work-life one.

Commons votes by 2-1 margin to pass motion condemning Islamophobia

OTTAWA — The House of Commons has passed a Liberal backbencher's motion calling on federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia.
The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

Highlights from the news file for Thursday, March 23 ——— KEYSTONE DECISION IMMINENT: It appears the Keystone XL pipeline project is about to be approved by the U.S., some eight-and-half years after TransCanada Corp. applied for a permit.

Halifax police charge N.B. man with murder in death of woman 12 years ago

HALIFAX — A New Brunswick man has been charged with second-degree murder almost 12 years after the body of a 26-year-old woman was found in a Halifax apartment.

Feds can keep border agency info secret in Chinese refugee-claim case

OTTAWA — The federal government can keep a lid of secrecy on information a Chinese refugee claimant says could be vital to his case.
Quebec national assembly adopts motion critical of federal budget

Quebec national assembly adopts motion critical of federal budget

QUEBEC — The Quebec national assembly adopted a motion Thursday expressing the province's "great disappointment" with the federal budget. It passed by a 95-0 margin, with two abstentions.
Trial hears arguments over whether 'child-like' sex doll constitutes child porn

Trial hears arguments over whether 'child-like' sex doll constitutes child porn

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A sex doll at the centre of a trial in Newfoundland had some "breast budding" but is still "child-like," a forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday. Dr. Peter Collins said under cross-examination at provincial court in St.