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What You Need to Know for Friday, August 26

Harper resigns

The riding of Calgary Heritage will need a new MP as Stephen Harper is walking away from politics. The former prime minister has issued a social media video giving his ``eternal thanks'' to constituents and Canadians for allowing him to serve ``the greatest country in the world.'' He stepped down as Conservative leader after the party lost the federal election 10 months ago to the Liberals, but continued to sit as an MP. At age 57, he will now be a consultant on international issues with his own company.

Peacekeeping

The Liberal government has announced the Canadian Armed Forces are ready to put on the blue beret again. Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan have put the United Nations on notice that Canada will provide up to $450-million over three years for peacekeeping missions around the world. They also unveiled plans to commit up to 600 Canadian soldiers -- including engineers and medical units -- for future peacekeeping operations, as well as equipment such as helicopters and planes. It represents a dramatic increase over the 19 Canadian troops deployed on peacekeeping missions at the end of July. (Photo: AP)

Market patrol

Enhanced police presence will continue in the Byward Market this weekend. Ottawa Police released a statement this morning, confirming they will continue stepped-up patrols which began last weekend, and this will be the status quo for the next several weeks. The process began after four shootings happened in and around the downtown core on Sunday, August 14th. Police say there were a total of 36 provincial offence notices issued last weekend, most of which were alcohol-related.  Read more...

What You Need to Know for Thursday, August 25th, AFTERNOON

Ottawa Police officer involved in controversy promoted to superintendent Read more...



What You Need to Know for Wednesday, August 24

Italy earthquake

Rescuers have pulled dozens of people young and old from the rubble of Italy's powerful earthquake, while trying to keep some victims calm as they waited to be pulled to safety. One ranger had to persuade an 80-year-old woman trapped under the debris of her home to go ahead and urinate where she was since they couldn't get her out anytime soon. The ranger said: ``Listen, I know it's not nice to say but if you need to pee you just do it.'' The woman was later taken to the Ascoli Piceno hospital. Her 47-year-old daughter who lived with her was killed. At least 73 people have died. (Photo: AP) Read more...

What You Need to Know for Tuesday, August 23rd, AFTERNOON

Volunteers called off; search continues for Rebecca McCaffrey Read more...


What You Need to Know for Monday, August 22nd, AFTERNOON

Former Ottawa E.A. in court for sexual exploitation of student Read more...


What You Need to Know for Friday, August 19th, AFTERNOON

Waterloo MP named new government House leader Read more...