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Beetles eyed in blasts

VANCOUVER -- Workplace safety officials are looking into whether dry wood ravaged by pine beetles might be responsible for deadly sawmill explosions in Prince George and Burns Lake over the past three months.

The Coroners' Service confirmed Wednesday Glenn Francis Roche, 46, died in Edmonton after being transferred there from Prince George for treatment of burns sustained in the blast. Alan Little, a 43-year-old shift supervisor, died Tuesday morning in Prince George.

Eagle trade illegal: judge

VANCOUVER -- A man who told a judge he had an aboriginal right to trade eagle parts that he kept stashed at a North Vancouver workshop has lost his argument in court.

Judge Jim Jardine of the Surrey, B.C. provincial court ruled James Carl Joseph failed to present evidence such a right is central to the culture of his Tlowitsis First Nation.

The trading in illegal eagle parts came to light in 2005, with the discovery of 50 butchered eagles on Tsleil-Waututh Nation land in North Vancouver.

Phone records sought

ELECTIONS Canada investigators are seeking phone records to trace live calls seemingly designed to send Northern Ontario voters to the wrong polling stations in the last federal election.

Investigators recently contacted voters in the Nipissing-Timiskaming constituency with specific questions about their home telephone providers, in an apparent attempt to electronically trace incoming calls they received leading up to the May 2 vote.

Study fingers Canadian

A Canadian now in his nineties participated in a 1943 massacre of villagers by Nazi collaborators in what is now Belarus, according to a newly published paper based partly on declassified Soviet documents.

The paper in the latest edition of Holocaust and Genocide Studies has prompted Jewish organizations to ask Ottawa to reopen the case of Vladimir Katriuk, who arrived in Canada in 1951 and now lives southwest of Montreal.

Pro-choice forces cry foul

OTTAWA, Ont. -- A House of Commons debate Thursday triggered by a backbench Conservative MP has led pro-choice forces to accuse the Harper government of trying to resurrect a divisive national discussion about abortion.

Kitchener, Ont. MP Stephen Woodworth will ask for a special parliamentary committee to discuss the definition of a human being when he rises in the House. He takes issue with Canada's Criminal Code, which states that human life begins when a child emerges from its mother's body.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly said his Conservative government will not reopen the abortion debate.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2012 A13

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