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Rob Ford feels his name is cleared as OPP step back from 'Project Brazen 2'

TORONTO - Rob Ford feels his name has been "cleared" now that the Ontario Provincial Police have stepped back from a lengthy criminal investigation into the Toronto mayor's activities.

Canada needs to provide U.S. more access to agriculture market: trade rep

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government says it's been pressing Canada to offer agricultural concessions in trade talks, without much success so far.

Ferries in Cabot Strait need coast guard help getting through ice

NORTH SYDNEY, N.S. - Marine Atlantic says an icebreaker is on its way after two of its ferries carrying hundreds of passengers were slowed by extreme ice conditions in the Cabot Strait.

Canada records rare trade surplus, but exports recovery still at formative stage

OTTAWA - Canada posted its first trade surplus in five months in February - only the third in more than two years - but the rare feat still leaves the key export sector in the hole so far this year.

Halifax nurses swap scrubs for picket signs in strike over patient safety

HALIFAX - Nurses in Halifax walked off the job Thursday as the Nova Scotia government prepared to push a law through the legislature to end the strike.

Spouses would be compelled to testify under bill that codifies rights of victims

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's long-awaited victims' rights bill would force people to testify in court against a spouse.

Provinces want U.S. pharma company to finalize price for cystic fibrosis drug

TORONTO - Provincial governments are banding together to pressure a pharmaceutical manufacturer to finalize a price for a drug that treats a rare form of cystic fibrosis.

Spouses could be compelled to testify under bill that codifies rights of victims

OTTAWA - The government's long-awaited victims' rights bill would force people to testify in court against a spouse.

Income inequality nothing compared to wealth inequality in Canada: report

OTTAWA - While politicians in Ottawa still can't decide who is in the middle class, a new analysis suggests wealth is increasingly gravitating to the very top.

Corrective to Halifax nurses dispute story moved April 2

HALIFAX - The Canadian Press erroneously reported on April 2 that Dr. Patrick Ward is the chief of critical care at the Capital District Health Authority. In fact, Dr. Ward Patrick is the chief of critical care.

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