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Suspect arrested in connection with right-wing group storming Vice Quebec office

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MONTREAL — Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with an incident in May when members of a nationalist, far-right group stormed the Montreal newsroom of Vice Quebec. Montreal police spokeswoman Veronique Dubuc said today the suspect is facing charges of breaking and entering, mischief, criminal harassment and intimidation.…

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Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

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OTTAWA — Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit, new government figures show. The numbers released Tuesday came as the federal government announced plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The…

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Yves Giroux, career public servant, nominated to be new budget watchdog

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Yves Giroux, a career public servant, as the new parliamentary budget officer. The budget watchdog is an independent officer of Parliament whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate and House of Commons. Giroux, a graduate of the University of Montreal, has…

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Global refugee numbers reach record high, U.S. and Canada take in record numbers

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OTTAWA — A new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency shows 2017 broke global records for displaced persons, with Canada becoming the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in the world. The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows 68.5 million people fled their home…

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