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Top job split at health agency

New president to oversee public health agency
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen Krista Outhwaite, a veteran public servant, as the first president of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

It's a move to split responsibility at the top of the agency at a time when concerns like Ebola have put the organization in the spotlight.

As president, Outhwaite will manage the agency and its day-to-day operations, while Dr. Gregory Taylor, the chief public health officer, remains as the top health professional.

The reorganization was approved by Parliament earlier this year.

Honour guard restored at National War Memorial

Harper on hand as honour guard resumes post at National War Memorial
Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Hundreds of Canadians gathered at the National War Memorial on Friday to witness the return of the ceremonial honour guard, breaking into applause for military personnel and later carpeting the monument with flowers.

It was a spontaneous show of solidarity and support for the Canadian Forces, given that the resumption of duties at the memorial had not been publicized.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was shot and killed Wednesday as he stood guard by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Shootout puts gun bill debate on hold

Debate on controversial gun bill on hold after Parliament shootout
Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - This week's traumatic shootout on Parliament Hill has prompted the Harper government to put off debate on a controversial gun bill.

Debate on Bill C-42 had been scheduled to take place in the House of Commons on Thursday — just one day after Parliament's Centre Block was sprayed with bullets as security officials confronted a gunman who had just killed an honour guard at the National War Memorial.

The government quietly dropped the bill from Thursday's lineup; it is not clear when the debate will be rescheduled.

Tory promises 'new era' in Toronto if elected mayor

John Tory promises 'fresh new era' at Toronto city hall if he is elected mayor
Paola Loriggio and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A former CFL chairman and telecommunications executive who left the world of business for politics only to fall flat in both municipal and provincial elections could finally achieve his goal of leading the country's largest city, more than a decade after his first bid for the job.

John Tory, the former leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, has been out of the political arena since he gave up the leadership in 2009 after failing to regain a seat in the legislature.

Ford opts for Mexico for engine plant: Unifor

Ford opts for Mexico instead of Ontario for engine plant, union says
Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ford Motor Co. has decided to build its new engine in Mexico after it was unable to reach a deal with the federal and Ontario governments to bring the investment to Windsor, Ont., Unifor said Friday.

Both levels of government suggested that they would not provide public money for the project because the automaker wouldn't make certain job and economic commitments.

Justice comes 150 years after war hangings

Justice for Tsilhqot'in finally arrives 150 years after war hangings
Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Grand Chief Ed John was a young lawyer when he spoke more than 30 years ago at the University of Victoria's new law-school building named after Matthew Begbie, British Columbia's hanging judge.

International scholars were present to discuss aboriginal issues and rights, but John said he was compelled to tell them they were gathered in a building named after the judge who sentenced many First Nations to hang, including Tsilhqot'in chiefs after the Chilcotin War.

28 kilos of cocaine seized at Pearson

28 kilos of cocaine found in suitcase at Pearson Airport
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Canada Border Services Agency says 28 kilograms of cocaine was found in a suitcase at Pearson International Airport.

The agency says officers spotted a shrink-wrapped suitcase in baggage that was being removed from a flight that arrived from Cancun, Mexico on Oct. 19.

Officers found 25 bricks containing a substance the agency says tested positive for cocaine.

The packages were turned over to Peel Regional Police, who continue to investigate.

Magnotta trial hears from European witnesses

Magnotta murder trial hears from European witnesses
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - People who crossed paths with Luka Rocco Magnotta in France and Germany while he was the subject of an international manhunt were heard from Friday at his first-degree murder trial.

The testimony, presented in the from of videotaped interviews, was gathered by the court during a trip to Europe in June.

It provides the jury with insight into Magnotta's movements once he left Canada on May 26, 2012, two days after Chinese engineering student Jun Lin was last seen alive.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Lin.

Legion says it can't move up poppy campaign

Legion says it can't move up poppy campaign even as Canadians demand poppies now
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Legion says Canadians have been clamouring for poppy lapel pins early this year due to the murders of two soldiers this week.

But the veterans organization says its traditional poppy campaign formally starts Oct. 31, adding it would be very difficult to move up the date.

It says the opening of the poppy campaign is determined by more than 300,000 members of the legion through a democratic convention process every two years and is passed by vote into the legion general bylaws.

Olivia Chow returning to political roots

Olivia Chow returning to political roots with Toronto mayoral race
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - For Olivia Chow, taking the reins of Canada's most populous city would mark a triumphant return to the halls where she honed her political skills years ago — and to the social issues that first lured her into public office.

The former First Lady of the federal NDP started her political career as a Toronto school board trustee in 1985 before switching to city hall, where she became known for her work on homelessness and other urban issues.

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