Canada Mar. 11th, 2010 (10)

#1 — CBC | Murder charge laid in deadly police shootout

Ontario Provincial Police have charged former township leader Fred Preston with first-degree murder in death of a constable who was killed in a shootout on a rural road in southwestern Ontario.

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#2 — CBC | Federal contractor racks up hefty bills

Federal contract workers charged the government $5,266 to install six potlights and $1,000 to replace a light switch.

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#3 — Globe | Aboriginals in Canada face ‘Third World’-level risk of tuberculosis

It’s been more than 100 years since Peter Bryce, former chief medical officer at Indian Affairs, sounded the alarm over shockingly high rates of deadly tuberculosis in government-funded Indian residential schools.

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#4 — Globe | Aspers bid to reclaim newspaper chain

The Asper family is attempting to regain control of the newspaper assets that slipped from their grasp when their media empire crumbled last year under $4-billion in debt.

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#5 — Globe | Stephen Harper to reach out to Canadians on YouTube

Stephen Harper has befriended Canadians on Facebook and followed them on Twitter. He’s posted videos of campaign announcements and clips of public appearances on YouTube.

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#6 — NP | Tories revive random roadside breath test

The Harper government appears ready to move ahead with imposing random roadside breath testing, which a new federal discussion paper says has produced “remarkable results” in catching drunk drivers in other countries.

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#7 — NP | Levant says libel suit aims to ‘chill’ debate

Free-speech blogger Ezra Levant has accused anti-hate activist Richard Warman of exploiting court processes to publicly “scandalize” him with “wholly irrelevant” allegations, and to discourage his “public service journalism” against human rights commissions.

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#8 — OC | Defence industry urges single minister for military procurement

One minister, not three, should oversee the billions of dollars worth of future equipment purchases for the Canadian Forces, a new report to the Harper government recommends.

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MG | Canadians split on potential military spending cuts: Poll

#9 — MG | Canadians, Afghans beat back Taliban in ‘crazy’ fighting: Soldier

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — “It was crazy,” was how Capt. Terry MacCormac described the fighting that he and several dozen other Canadians were involved in while mentoring Afghan troops who took part in the biggest offensive of the eight-year war against the Taliban in neighbouring Helmand province.

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#10 — Star | 35 charged in Ontario child porn bust

Millions of images have been seized and 35 people arrested in a province-wide crackdown of child pornography.

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