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Montreal police to charge 44 protesters

Montreal police charge 44 people for raucous pension protest inside city hall
Melanie Marquis and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Montreal authorities struck back Friday with a barrage of suspensions and criminal charges against municipal employees accused of storming city hall during a pension protest.

The city's police force announced that 44 people will face charges in connection with the Aug. 18 demonstration that saw a mob of about 250 unionized workers barge into the building, where they tossed paper, threw glasses of water and smashed windows.

One elected official has alleged he was assaulted amid the tumult that broke up a council meeting.

Porter puts Toronto terminal up for sale

Porter Aviation puts Toronto island terminal up for sale; eyeing expansion plans
Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Porter is looking for buyers for its passenger terminal at the island airport in Toronto.

Porter Aviation Holdings, the parent company of the regional airline that is the main tenant at the Billy Bishop airport, said Friday a sale-leaseback deal would allow it to focus on its core business.

"The proceeds from the sale will help the airline invest in growth opportunities going forward," said Michael Deluce, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Porter.

Life sentence for man who killed ex

Man who killed and dismembered ex gets life without chance of parole for 18 years
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont. - A Toronto man who brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend and then carved up her body and scattered the pieces to cover up his crime may not have acted entirely alone, an Ontario Superior Court judge said Friday in sentencing him to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 18 years.

While the jury found Chun Qi Jiang was the one to fatally stab 41-year-old Guang Hua Liu two years ago, evidence presented at trial suggests his late mother helped in the cleanup, Judge Gisele Miller said in her decision.

Mistrial could happen because of Mr. Big ruling

Mistrial could be declared in Saskatoon murder case after Mr. Big ruling
Darren Steinke, The Canadian Press

SASKATOON - The spectre of a mistrial hangs over a high-profile murder case in Saskatchewan after a Supreme Court ruling on undercover police stings.

Justice Gerald Allbright was ready to deliver a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Douglas Hales, who is accused of strangling and beating Daleen Bosse, a woman he had met at a bar where he worked as a bouncer.

The case against Hales included evidence from a so-call Mr. Big sting, in which undercover RCMP officers posed as members of a criminal organization trying to recruit Hales.

Do more to fight homegrown terror: imam

Calgary imam urges feds to do more to fight terrorist recruiters in Canada
John Ward, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The federal government must step up its efforts to counter the radicalization and recruitment of young Canadians by extremist Islamic groups, a Calgary imam said Friday.

And Syed Soharwardy said people who return from abroad after a stint with radicals in Syria or Iraq should be under a police microscope as soon as they land.

Soharwardy made the comments following a CBC report that identified Calgary brothers Collin and Gregory Gordon as two more young men who have recently left Canada to join Islamic fighters in Syria.

Mint unveils new Superman coin collection

Royal Canadian Mint unveils new, limited-edition Superman coin collection
Abdul Latheef, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Royal Canadian Mint on Friday unveiled four limited-edition Superman coins, reproducing colourful iconic images from DC Comics' book covers.

Three of the new coins have been minted in silver, with face values of $10, $15 and $20 and the fourth in gold with a face value of $100. The mint is only producing 10,000 of each silver coin, and the gold coin is limited to a run of 2,000.

Group plans to dredge Red River for bodies

Volunteers hope to bring closure to families of missing and murdered women
Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - A woman whose sister vanished six years ago is leading a group of volunteers who plan to dredge the Red River for missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Bernadette Smith of Winnipeg said she felt compelled to do something after the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found wrapped in a bag in the river earlier this month. Smith's sister, Claudette Osborne, 21, disappeared in 2008 and Smith doesn't know if she is alive or dead.

Liberals pondering mandatory voting

Federal Liberals ponder mandatory voting, testing grassroots reaction
Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - With voter turnout plunging to new lows, Liberal MPs are pondering the idea of legally requiring Canadians to cast ballots in federal elections.

They're road testing the idea of mandatory voting in a survey emailed to party members, which seeks grassroots input into some of the "new ideas" explored by MPs during their summer caucus retreat last week.

Whether mandatory voting is adopted as part of the eventual Liberal election platform remains to be seen.

GDP grows at 3.1 per cent annual pace in Q2

Canadians spend economy to 3.1 per cent annualized pace in second quarter
Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - With last winter's harsh weather behind them, Canadians opened their warmed up wallets in the second quarter, spending the economy to an annual growth rate of 3.1 per cent that easily exceeded analyst expectations.

Statistics Canada said Friday that the increased gross domestic product was the strongest pace in nearly three years and compared with a 4.2 per cent rise in GDP south of the border.

The jump came as the agency updated its result for the first quarter to an annual pace of 0.9 per cent growth compared with an earlier reading of 1.2 per cent.

Canadian aid flowing into Iraq: minister

Canadian relief supplies going to Iraq, RCAF flies in donated weaponry
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canada is sending relief supplies to Iraq from a newly established warehouse in Dubai.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the Dubai stockpile includes including tents, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and jerry cans.

"We are dealing with persecuted religious minorities," Paradis said. "There are very, very basic needs to be addressed."

So far this year, Canada has earmarked $21 million for humanitarian needs in Iraq.

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