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International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland talks to reporters about the Canada-European Union trade agreement in the foyer outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, October 24, 2016. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected
Trudeau plans cabinet facelift, impacting up to a third of portfolios
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give his year-old cabinet a facelift on Tuesday, shifting some weak ministers, promoting strong performers, bidding adieu to some veterans and injecting new blood as his government braces for Donald Trump's imminent ascension to the U.S. presidency.
Sources tell The Canadian Press that the shuffle will involve up to a third of Trudeau's cabinet posts.



Ex-medic in military court to face charges of sex assault, breach of trust
GATINEAU, Que. - A former Canadian Armed Forces medical technician appeared today in military court for pre-trial arguments on charges stemming from examinations he performed at Ontario recruiting centres.
Retired petty officer James Wilks faces one charge of sexual assault and seven charges of breach of trust involving six complainants related to incidents in London, Thunder Bay and Windsor.



Dr. Robert Bristow, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, is shown in this undated handout image. Canadian researchers have identified a genetic fingerprint that explains why up to almost a third of men with potentially curable localized prostate cancer develop
Researchers discover genetic fingerprint identifying how prostate cancer spreads
TORONTO - Canadian researchers have identified the genetic signature that explains why up to 30 per cent of men with potentially curable localized prostate cancer develop aggressive disease that spreads beyond the gland after treatment with surgery or radiation.
The discovery means doctors may be able to predict at an early stage whether a prostate tumour will become aggressive and potentially deadly, allowing for more personalized treatment from the moment a man is diagnosed, said co-principal investi



Border agency weighed torture risk before allowing Chinese official's testimony
OTTAWA - Canada's border agency looked at whether China's Public Security Bureau had used torture to extract information before allowing a Shanghai police officer to testify at a refugee hearing in Canada.
The Canada Border Services Agency also scrutinized Wei Huang's history to see if he should even be allowed to enter Canada to testify in the case of Shiyuan Shen, a refugee claimant wanted in China for alleged fraud, court documents show.



The Monday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Jan. 9
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The Arca 1 is shown in a handout photo after it ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia, Sunday, Jan.8, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard says it will attempt early Tuesday to free a tanker that ran aground off Cape Breton.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Depratment of
Coast Guard hopes to free tanker that ran aground off Nova Scotia coast
SYDNEY, N.S. - The Canadian Coast Guard says it will attempt early Tuesday to free a tanker that ran aground off Cape Breton.
The Arca 1 grounded just north of Sydney Mines on Sunday after losing engine power, and its six-member crew was rescued later that day.



Survey of Supreme Court cases shows large majority of consensus rulings
OTTAWA - One of the critical issues American voters considered in choosing president-elect Donald Trump last November was the incoming leader's power to choose the next justice for the deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court — a factor almost totally absent from Canadian general elections.
A new analysis of judgments delivered over the last 16 years by the Supreme Court of Canada helps highlight just how unified Canada's top court has been, despite a shifting roster of justices appointed by both Liberal and



Montreal police officers ordered to remove labour stickers from cruisers
MONTREAL - An arbitration tribunal has ruled that Montreal police officers must stop plastering their cruisers with labour-related stickers and also pay for the removal of current ones.
The stickers have been a staple on cars since July 2014 as a protest against a provincial law aimed at overhauling municipal pension plans.



A counterfeit bar of gold is shown in an Edmonton Police Service handout photo. Police in Edmonton are warning the public of an offer that is definitely not worth its weight in gold.Investigators say they got wind late last year of counterfeit gold bars be
All that glitters is not gold: Edmonton police warn of precious metal scam
EDMONTON - Police in Edmonton are warning the public of an offer that is definitely not worth its weight in gold.
Investigators say they got wind late last year of counterfeit gold bars being sold to residents and merchants across the city.



$460K award for cops' disclosure of secret informant's identity upheld
TORONTO - A police service that failed to keep an informant's identity secret and then failed to take the violation seriously lost its bid Monday to overturn a $460,000 damages award to the victim and her family.
In siding with the informant, Ontario's top court found Durham Regional Police Service promised Margaret Stack anonymity but went ahead and disclosed her identity anyway.



Flowers and photos lie on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following a memorial to Nazzareno Tassone, who was killed on Dec. 21 while fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Defense Units, Monday January 9, 2017 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Memorial held for Canadian man killed fighting ISIL in Syria
An Ontario man who died fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria was remembered as a hero by members of Canada's Kurdish community who gathered Monday in Ottawa to honour him.
Nazzareno Tassone, 24, was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa, while fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Defense Units, a U.S.-backed group that's also known as the YPG.



John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, watches a video of 2010 Olympic moments before addressing a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015. Furlong will be back at
Apology accepted: John Furlong to speak again at University of B.C. fundraiser
VANCOUVER - Former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong will be back at the podium for a University of British Columbia fundraising event after the abrupt cancellation of his speech and subsequent apology from the university.
University president Santa Ono announced Monday in a statement that after apologizing to Furlong he wanted to correct the fundamental wrong at the heart of the issue — the cancellation of the speaking engagement.



Certification of RCMP sex-harassment suit now awaiting judge's signature
TORONTO - Women who were sexually harassed as RCMP employees will soon receive letters letting them know they are eligible for compensation if, as expected, a judge certifies a class action against the police force.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs and government told Federal Court on Monday that certification will allow a publicity blitz to reach the affected women and set the stage for final settlement of the lawsuit.



'Little connection to reality:' Manitoba teen sentenced for pro-ISIL remarks
BRANDON, Man. - A Manitoba teenager who pleaded guilty to counselling terrorism will spend no more time in custody, but will have to live under strict curfew conditions and wear an electronic monitoring device for more than two years.
The teen, who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was 16 when he was charged with posting pro-terrorism comments on social media.



The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. A greater number of Canadian firms expect to benefit from what they anticipate will be stronger post-election growth in the United States, a new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday. T
Canadian firms expect post-election US growth despite uncertainty: central bank
OTTAWA - A greater number of Canadian firms are expecting to benefit from what they foresee as stronger post-election growth in the United States, a new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday.
However, the central bank's latest business outlook survey also found when it came to exports many Canadian companies remained concerned about uncertainty linked to the possibility of new protectionist measures in the U.S.



One Angry Bird: Toronto cops seek man in costume who allegedly beat up other man
TORONTO - Toronto police are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted someone while wearing an Angry Birds costume.
Police say on Oct. 30, around 2:30 a.m., a 24-year-old man was walking on a downtown street with friends when they were approached by someone wearing an Angry Birds costume.



Anne Norris, 28, appears via video link from the Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, N.L., on Tues. May 24, 2016. The daughter of a one-time top public servant in Newfoundland and Labrador has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. THE CANADI
Former Newfoundland star athlete pleads not guilty to first-degree murder
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The daughter of a one-time top public servant in Newfoundland and Labrador has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Five weeks have been set aside for the trial of Anne Norris, a 29-year-old former leading athlete, to start on Jan. 15 of next year.



Wael Mudhaffer, a family friend, signs a memorial book at the service for Alaa Al-Muhandis, 29, held at the Shahrayar Centre in Mississauga, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Al-Muhandis was killed in the Istanbul terror attack at the Reina nightclub. THE CANADIAN
Memorial service held for Ontario woman killed in Istanbul terror attack
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A cousin of the Ontario woman killed in the New Year's Eve terrorist attack in Turkey says his family feels empty without her.
Ammar Abdul-Raheem spoke outside the memorial service of Alaa Al-Muhandis Sunday, who was one of 39 people killed when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's Eve celebrations.



RCMP say murder suspect died after shooting that happened during his arrest
MORLEY, ALBERTA, - RCMP say a murder suspect has died after a shooting that occurred when officers went to arrest him on a First Nation west of Calgary.
Police say Ralph Stephens, 27, was one of three suspects in the death of Lorenzo "Billy" Bearspaw, whose body was found Friday on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.



Three stories in the news today, Jan. 9
Three stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 9
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