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Baird meets with detained journalist's family

Baird meets with detained journalist's family; Fahmy in Cairo prison since Dec.
Will Campbell, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The family of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist held in a Cairo prison for months and now standing trial say they've met with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and were assured Canada will keep pressuring Egypt on the case.

Mohamed Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29 along with his colleagues — Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed — and has been detained since then.

RCMP lay charges in Amanda Todd case

RCMP lay charges against Dutch man in case of dead B.C. teen Amanda Todd
James Keller and Keven Drews, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Five charges including child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring have been laid by RCMP against a man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case, an online bullying story that captured the attention of millions across the world.

The 15-year-old British Columbia girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly after detailing in an Internet video her story of unrelenting harassment by an Internet predator.

Vigilance urged after New Brunswick flooding

New Brunswickers keep watchful eye on water levels as flood cleanup continues
The Canadian Press

PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - While some New Brunswick communities were still cleaning up Friday after flooding earlier in the week, others were nervously watching water levels and bracing for their turn.

In the northwestern village of Perth-Andover, municipal officials warned flooding was possible by early Saturday as water levels continued to fluctuate.

Village spokeswoman Justine Waldeck said the breakup of ice along the St. John River and at the dam at Grand Falls was a cause for concern.

Laureen Harper heckled at cat video festival

Laureen Harper interrupted by protester at Internet cat video festival
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - An activist heckled Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen about missing and murdered aboriginal women while she spoke at a Toronto film festival devoted to online cat videos.

Laureen Harper was introducing the "Just for Cats" Internet video festival Thursday night when activist Hailey King shouted out from the crowd and demanded Ottawa take action on the aboriginal women issue.

Mobilicity announces proposed sale to Telus

Mobilicity says Telus to acquire company for $350 million in proposed sale
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Mobilicity says it has agreed to be purchased by Telus Corp. (TSX:T) for $350 million.

Mobilicity says the proposed sale is subject to approval by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, and Mobilicity's debtholders.

Telus has twice tried to buy struggling Mobilicity, but both times the deal was rejected by Industry Canada.

Canada signs aid partnership with U.A.E.

Canada development partnership with U.A.E. builds bridges into Arab world
Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canada has a new development partner in the Arab world, and the foreign-aid minister says it could help the Harper government navigate the complex Middle East in the fight against poverty.

Canada signed a development co-operation agreement with the United Arab Emirates this week at a major international development meeting in Mexico.

The deal's main goals are to reduce poverty, support economic growth and promote human rights.

Sister describes brother's stabbing in Regina

Sister of man stabbed in Regina mall attack says he was lucky despite wounds
The Canadian Press

REGINA - The sister of a man stabbed in a random attack at a Regina shopping mall says his life was saved by a woman who stopped and applied pressure to his wound.

Although police have said the attack is not believed to be gang-related, the woman says she doesn't want her name used because she and her family fear gang retaliation.

She says her brother, who is 47, had stopped to get coffee while waiting for a bus in the Cornwall Centre mall earlier this week.

That's when he and three other people were stabbed by a teenager wearing a red bandana.

Toronto Mayor Ford holds re-election launch

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign
Adam Miller, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto’s controversial Mayor Rob Ford threw a large party _ complete with recorded music and a live band _ for the official launch of his re-election campaign.<

Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, held the event at the Toronto Congress Centre in the west-end Etobicoke area he previously represented as a city councillor.

Cardinal suspends federal political run

Lewis Cardinal suspends federal run for NDP, citing personal, health reasons
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Aboriginal activist and educator Lewis Cardinal says he's not going to run for the NDP in the next federal election after all.

Cardinal issued a statement on Thursday saying he will be stepping down as the party's candidate in Edmonton Centre "due to personal and health reasons" without specifying what those reasons are.

It was just a few weeks ago that federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made a stop in Edmonton to mark Cardinal's nomination.

Rocket man Hadfield flies paper planes

Astronaut Chris Hadfield thrills B.C. kids by flying paper airplanes
The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C. - Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's passion for space travel isn't limited to rockets — he was just as happy flying paper airplanes with a bunch of giddy Grade 5 kids in Coquitlam, B.C.

Hadfield joined 60 students at a theatre where the youngsters later joined an audience of high schoolers who heard the high flyer talk about the importance of teamwork, science and technology training.

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