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Ex-SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud, corruption won't present defence

Ex-SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud, corruption won't present defence

MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption has opted not to present a defence. Lawyers for Sami Bebawi informed the jury of their decision on Tuesday, meaning the evidence is complete and the accused won't testify.

Canadian students performed better than OECD average in international test

A new report shows Canadian students are performing as well, if not better, than their American, Australian and British peers even though the country spends less per student on education.

Ontario coroner gathering data for massive analysis of child and youth deaths

TORONTO — An Ontario youth court judge has granted the coroner's office access to justice records that will be reviewed as part of a pilot project looking into thousands of deaths of children and young adults in the province.
Enhanced camera surveillance, stiffer panhandling fines floated in safety report

Enhanced camera surveillance, stiffer panhandling fines floated in safety report

WINNIPEG — A recent spike in crime in downtown Winnipeg could be reversed with high-tech public surveillance cameras, a crackdown on panhandlers and other measures, the Manitoba Police Commission said in a report released Tuesday.
Federal government says its surplus and forfeited goods make great holiday gifts

Federal government says its surplus and forfeited goods make great holiday gifts

MONTREAL — The federal government is reminding Canadians about some great holiday gift ideas hidden among the items it seizes at the border or doesn't need anymore.
Old-age benefits have dramatic effect on poverty for immigrants, study says

Old-age benefits have dramatic effect on poverty for immigrants, study says

OTTAWA — Recent immigrants who are seniors when they arrive in this country are far less likely to live in poverty if they have access to federal old-age benefits, Statistics Canada says in a newly released study.
Male-dominated Iraqi military getting used to female soldiers: Canadian general

Male-dominated Iraqi military getting used to female soldiers: Canadian general

OTTAWA — Iraq's male-dominated military may slowly be getting used to dealing with high-level female counterparts, suggests the recently departed male commander of Canadian Armed Forces trainers in that country. Maj.-Gen.
Poem gives fresh voice to African-Canadian pioneer of song and stage, Portia White

Poem gives fresh voice to African-Canadian pioneer of song and stage, Portia White

HALIFAX — As a boy, George Elliott Clarke browsed a family album and marvelled at the "shimmering career" of his great aunt Portia White, an African-Canadian woman who became an acclaimed classical singer in the 1940s.

Canadian organizations distancing themselves from disgraced royal

A prominent member of the Royal Family has little ground left to lose in Canada even as he faces fresh scrutiny and public rebukes closer to home.
Toronto affordable housing agency no longer allows window a/c units

Toronto affordable housing agency no longer allows window a/c units

Toronto's affordable housing agency says it will no longer allow tenants to install window air conditioners, nearly a month after a toddler was struck and killed by a falling unit.