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Judge to probe corruption
MONTREAL -- The woman who put away Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher is now being called upon to tackle a far bigger foe: corruption in Quebec's multibillion-dollar construction industry and its ties to politics and organized crime.
Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau has been given a two-year mandate to wade through the web of corruption that has reportedly ensnared many of the province's institutions.
She was the prosecutor who won a murder trial in 2002 against the once-powerful Boucher.
Charbonneau's new mandate requires her to produce a final report by October 2013 -- almost certainly after the next provincial election -- although she can table interim reports before then.
Limits to Charbonneau's power instantly became a source of controversy. There was angry opposition reaction Wednesday and one Montreal newspaper columnist dismissively declared his references to a "public inquiry" would come with quotation marks.
B.C. feet identified
RICHMOND, B.C. -- Feet that washed ashore in Richmond in 2008 are those of a New Westminster, B.C., woman who committed suicide by jumping into the Fraser River in April 2004.
The B.C. Coroners Service said Wednesday it made the identification after a post-mortem investigation, which included a DNA analysis. The woman's next-of-kin have been notified but at the request of the family, her name is not being made public.
The woman's right foot was found in May 2008 on Kirkland Island, in the Fraser River in Richmond.
The left foot was found in November the same year on a beach along the Fraser River, also in Richmond.
Eight feet belonging to six different people were discovered along the B.C. coast between August 2007 and August 2011.
Six of the feet have since been identified as belonging to four people. The remaining two appear to belong to two males whose identities are yet to be determined.
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has launched a public-relations counterattack in response to a campaign by Quebecor's media holdings to cut funding to the public broadcaster.
In an unusual move, the CBC posted a "Get the Facts" news release on its website that alleges the Quebecor chain has received more than $500 million in public grants and subsidies over the past three years.
The charge is meant to blunt continued calls by critics, led by Quebecor's new TV network, to reduce or eliminate the $1.1 billion the CBC receives from taxpayers each year.
"Quebecor has received more than half-a-billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years, yet it is not accountable to them," it reads.
Links to libel OK: court
OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld a lower court's ruling that linking to a website containing libellous material does not in itself constitute libel.
The top court ruled Wednesday against Wayne Crookes, a former Green party campaign manager who argued posting links to sites with defamatory statements was the same as publishing the defamatory material.
The website in question did not reproduce any of the disputed material, nor did it make any comment on it.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court said there is a difference between simply linking to a website and actively encouraging someone to follow a link to a website with defamatory content.
-- from the news services
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