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Names in the mix: a list of potential Conservative leadership contenders

OTTAWA — The Conservative leadership race has begun and the deadline to register as a candidate and meet the first round of requirements is Feb. 27.
'I'm in': Peter MacKay confirms he's seeking Conservative leadership

'I'm in': Peter MacKay confirms he's seeking Conservative leadership

OTTAWA — "I'm in. Stay tuned." Four words Peter MacKay posted to his social-media accounts Wednesday ended months, if not years, of speculation about whether and when he'd run to lead the federal Conservative party.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister plans to discuss carbon tax with prime minister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister plans to discuss carbon tax with prime minister

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is hoping to discuss carbon taxes and climate change with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when the federal cabinet holds a retreat in Winnipeg next week.
Competition watchdog probes complaint about political parties' data use

Competition watchdog probes complaint about political parties' data use

OTTAWA — Canada's competition watchdog is looking into a complaint about the data-harvesting practices of the main federal political parties.
Sadness and silence grips Canada's universities in honour of plane crash victims

Sadness and silence grips Canada's universities in honour of plane crash victims

A sombre silence fell across Canadian university campuses Wednesday as the institutions honoured the 176 lives lost in a plane crash in Iran last week.
'I feel that I'm free.' Refugee and chocolate maker Tareq Hadhad becomes citizen

'I feel that I'm free.' Refugee and chocolate maker Tareq Hadhad becomes citizen

HALIFAX — After he took a solemn oath and received his Canadian citizenship Wednesday, Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad said he was looking forward to becoming an unofficial ambassador for Canada.
Canadian firefighters expect to use tailored tactics to battle Australia blazes

Canadian firefighters expect to use tailored tactics to battle Australia blazes

HALIFAX — As Canadian firefighters boarded flights Wednesday to battle blazes in Australia, they noted they will likely have to employ some different tactics than they do to fight local fires.
Man convicted of sexually abusing 18 boys over three decades released on parole

Man convicted of sexually abusing 18 boys over three decades released on parole

The man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sexual abuse scandal has been released on day parole after officials found he presents a low risk of reoffending.

Smart lockers for online purchases coming to Vancouver transit stations

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Transit and online shopping might not seem connected but the organization that manages transit across Metro Vancouver believes the two can be wrapped together in a way that keeps parcels safe while enhancing the daily commute.

Toddler reunited with mother after found wandering streets in just a diaper

OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after he was found wandering a street in Oshawa, Ont., while wearing only a diaper.