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John Baird Treads Carefully at Religious Freedom Meetings

Federal bureaucrats told Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to tread carefully in a meeting last month at the Vatican about his plan to set up an office of religious freedom within his department.

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Conservative Majority Gives Crime Bill the Green Light

The opposition has called it misguided and at least two provinces have vowed not to pay for it. Still, the omnibus crime bill cleared the Commons on Mon-day evening, just 45 sitting days after it was tabled.

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Montreal Police Make 14 Arrests in Drug Raids

Police have arrested 11 men and three women following a series of drug raids in Montreal, Charlemagne, L’Assomption and St-Hubert Tuesday morning.

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Bank of Canada Holds Rates, Cites Deeper Euro Crisis

The Bank of Canada kept its overnight interest rate at 1 percent on Tuesday, as expected, and gave no suggestion of an impending rate cut even though its view of the European debt crisis has clearly darkened.

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Black Friday Sales Entice U.S., Canadian Shoppers

Black Friday, the biggest U.S. shopping day, got underway officially at midnight ET, as stores such as Best Buy, Target, and Abercrombie & Fitch opened their doors to shoppers at the end of the American Thanksgiving. Pictured: People shop for electronics during Black Friday sales at the Best Buy store in Westbury, N. Y. on…

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Canadian Judge Upholds Ban on Polygamy

Polygamy is so harmful to women, children, society and the “institution of monogamous marriage” that it can be outlawed, even though it offends certain religious beliefs, a Canadian judge said in an unprecedented ruling Wednesday.

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Tony Clement Under Fire for Hiring $90,000-a-day Consultant to Suggest Savings

Treasury Board president Tony Clement came under fire Thursday for the government’s plans to find billions of dollars in cuts – including from the auditor-general’s office – but still spend millions on external consultants.

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University Holds Lecture Series to Boost Muslim-Christian Ties

Bridging the gap between the country’s Muslims and Christians, a Canadian university center will be holding a series of lectures this fall on the relationship between the two main faiths inside the community.

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Occupy Calgary Shut Down, Others May Soon Follow

The clock continued to tick down for Occupy demonstrators to leave their camps Tuesday, with one camp being dismantled and others around the country on edge that any police presence might mean their time is up. Pictured: Occupy Calgary protestors stage a sit-in in one of the tents as Calgary Bylaw Services dismantle and remove…

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Report: Ontario Falls Behind On Innovation

Ontario gets by on hard work, rather than innovation, according to a new report that says Ontario’s economic stature continues to slip within North America.

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Heralding ‘New Era’, Legault Launches Political Party

Saying it’s time for a “new era”in Quebec politics, airline founder Francois Legault launched a different kind of venture Monday: the province’s newest political party.Picture: Former Parti Quebecois minister Francois Legault says the economy, education and government inefficiencies are on the agenda for the CAQ. Photograph by: Mathieu Belanger, Reuters, Postmedia News

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Alberta’s Redford Elbows her Way Into Washington

Premier Alison Redford landed an elbow in Washington Monday, even as she talked softly about letting the Americans work out the Keystone XL pipeline for themselves. Pictured: Alberta Premier Alison Redford, shown on Thursday, is in Washington, selling government officials on the merits of the Keystone XL pipeline project proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (Larry…

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