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Magnotta trial hears from Harper aide

Magnotta first-degree murder trial hears from Harper's deputy chief of staff
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT MAY DISTURB SOME READERS

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Stephen Harper's deputy chief of staff testified at Luka Rocco Magnotta's first-degree murder trial on Monday about the day her office received a parcel containing the foot of victim Jun Lin.

Jenni Byrne was the Conservatives' director of political operations when a partially opened package arrived at party headquarters in Ottawa on May 29, 2012.

B.C. police officer charged with murder

B.C. police officer charged with second-degree murder in fatal standoff
The Canadian Press

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal standoff outside a casino two years ago.

B.C.'s criminal justice branch said Const. Jordan MacWilliams is charged in the death of Mehrdad Bayrami, 48, who was shot in November 2012. MacWilliams, who works for the police force in Delta, south of Vancouver, appeared in court Monday and was released on bail.

Sentencing postponed for mother of abused twins

Sentencing hearing postponed for Edmonton mother who starved, abused twin girls
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - A sentencing hearing has been postponed for an Edmonton mother who starved and abused her two-year-old twin daughters before one of them died in hospital.

The woman, who can't be named, pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Defence lawyer Chady Moustarah told court Monday that he has an "ethical conflict" and must withdraw from the case. He said his client has the option of asking a new lawyer to file an application to strike her guilty pleas but didn't indicate if that is her plan.

Canada wins meat-labelling dispute trade ruling

Canada wins a round in ongoing trade battle with U.S. over meat-labelling laws
John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries.

The World Trade Organization released a ruling Monday that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico.

The rules, which went into effect in 2008 and were updated last year, are blamed by the Canadian meat industry for reducing exports to the U.S. by half.

B.C. Liberals set to table LNG green law

B.C.'s LNG green law expected, followed by tax legislation
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak is set to introduce environmental rules governing the development of liquefied natural gas in British Columbia.

The Liberal government has consistently promised to develop the cleanest LNG in the world despite concerns from environmental groups about increased greenhouse gas emissions associated with extracting and burning natural gas.

Another potato found with sewing needle: RCMP

Another potato found with sewing needle, bringing number of cases to seven: RCMP
The Canadian Press

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - The RCMP in Prince Edward Island say another potato with a sewing needle inside has been discovered in Atlantic Canada, bringing the total number of such cases to seven.

The Mounties say someone in Labrador City, N.L., found the tampered potato on Sunday.

Police say the consumer bought a bag of potatoes containing the tampered vegetable about two weeks ago, prior to a recall.

Investigators say all of the affected potatoes came from Linkletter Farms, based in Summerside, P.E.I.

Canada urged to rescind Ebola vaccine license

Canada urged to cancel Ebola vaccine licence, transfer rights to bigger company
Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A prominent law professor is urging the federal government to terminate an American company's licence for a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine.

The company, NewLink Genetics, doesn't have the capacity to develop the much-needed vaccine, argues Amir Attaran, a professor of law and population health at the University of Ottawa.

Bear entered woman's home before fatal attack

Grizzly bear entered Yukon woman's home before fatal attack: coroner
The Canadian Press

JOHNSONS CROSSING, Yn - Yukon's coroner's service says a grizzly bear that fatally attacked a woman had climbed inside her home before chasing her outside and mauling her.

Claudia Huber, who was 42 years old, died of her injuries on Saturday following the attack near Johnsons Crossing, located about 136 kilometres southeast of Whitehorse.

The coroner's service says the family dog started barking when it saw the bear approach the property, alerting Huber's spouse and prompting him to grab his rifle.

Drainville to run for PQ leadership

Bernard Drainville to run for the Parti Quebecois leadership
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The man behind Quebec's doomed values charter is confirming he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois.

Bernard Drainville said today he will officially launch his campaign next Sunday in his Montreal-area riding of Marie-Victorin.

The 51-year-old Drainville picked up his candidacy papers at PQ headquarters today and said he made the decision to run after a long period of reflection.

Old naval anchor unearthed in Halifax

Canadian naval anchor from early 1900s unearthed in Halifax harbour
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX - The federal Defence Department says an anchor believed to have been used on a Canadian military vessel in the early 1900s has been unearthed in Halifax.

The department says the anchor was found by an excavation crew working at a demolition site at HMC Dockyard on the Halifax harbour last Tuesday.

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