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at 18:03 on March 05, 2015, EST.

B.C. man accused of terror plot pleaded with undercover cop for explosives

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man accused of plotting to attack the provincial legislature on Canada Day pleaded with an undercover officer to give him explosives, promising that the alleged plan was coming "from his heart."

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at 18:01 on March 05, 2015, EST.

As government considers extension, Nicholson says Canada in Iraq for long term

OTTAWA - The Harper government is laying the groundwork for what has all the appearances of an extension of Canada's combat mission against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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at 18:01 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Conservative party helped piece together Duffy activities for RCMP

OTTAWA - The Conservative party helped the RCMP piece together Sen. Mike Duffy's whereabouts when he attended events with Tory MPs and candidates across Canada, details that could form part of the Crown's case when the trial opens next month.

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at 18:01 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Envelopes with white powder found at offices of federal ministers in Quebec

MONTREAL - Envelopes containing white powder were found in the riding offices of the four federal cabinet ministers from Quebec on Thursday.

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at 18:00 on March 05, 2015, EST.

NDP asks federal info watchdog to probe email deletion by former Kenney aide

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate a former Conservative ministerial staffer's systematic deletion of emails.

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at 17:59 on March 05, 2015, EST.

The thousand-day access request: long delays must be justified, judge rules

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has sent a stern message to government institutions: you can't just make up any old deadline for responding to requests under the Access to Information Act.

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at 17:59 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Chief investigator feared operational woes over move from Elections Canada

OTTAWA - Canada's chief elections investigator pushed hard against moving his operations out of the same building as Elections Canada, fearing it would interfere with his ability to investigate electoral wrongdoing and could taint evidence needed to prosecute offenders.

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at 17:58 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Mother of slain Winnipeg girl 'terribly surprised' top court orders new trial

WINNIPEG - The mother of a Manitoba girl killed 30 years ago expressed surprise Thursday following a Supreme Court decision that ordered a new trial for the man she firmly believes killed her daughter.

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at 17:55 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Saskatchewan reserve pays bills, signs contract with volunteer fire crew

LOON LAKE, Sask. - A Saskatchewan reserve where two children died in a house fire has a new contract with the volunteer fire department in a neighbouring village.

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at 17:56 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Mail carriers on edge in Montreal after a dozen attacks since January

MONTREAL - Some Montreal letter carriers are on edge after several armed attacks involving two men who use knives and scissors to steal keys to mail boxes.

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at 17:54 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Alberta plans huge energy lease sale on range used by caribou

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is holding a huge new sale of energy leases more than 10 times the size of previous offerings on endangered caribou habitat.

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at 17:40 on March 05, 2015, EST.

CRTC issuing first fine under anti-spam law, $1.1M penalty for Compu-Finder

OTTAWA - The CRTC is preparing to mete out a $1.1 million fine against a company it accuses of "flagrantly" flouting Canada's anti-spam legislation.

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