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Alistair MacLeod, the renowned Canadian author who wrote about Cape Breton, has died. CBC
Alistair MacLeod, acclaimed Canadian writer, dead at 77

Alistair MacLeod, one of Canada’s greatest short story writers whose work detailed the people and culture of Cape Breton, has died. He was 77.



  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter stands over welterweight champion Emile Griffith after a first round punch, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 20, 1963. Associated PressRubin 'Hurricane' Carter dead at 76 - 2014-04-20 9:54 AM

    Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, the former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died Sunday. He was 76.

  • Foreign Minister John Baird, left, offers a gift to Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, in Tripoli in late 2011. Ministers and other senior government officials who exchange gifts with foreign dignitaries have their own official store of Canadian items to draw on. Sean Kilpatrick Canadian Press PoolCanada's official gift store only for the political elite - 2014-04-20 2:11 PM

    Canada's official gift shop is tucked into the fourth floor of a government building in Gatineau, Que., but you won't see any tourists lining up at the cash register. This taxpayer-funded store carries only high-end souvenirs, reserved for the elite ranks of the federal government.

  • A bear got his head stuck in a jar near Sudbury, Ont., on Easter Sunday. Police were called to deal with the situation, but had to call in help from the Ministry of Natural Resources, so that the bear could be tranquilized, have the jar removed and be relocated. Greater Sudbury PoliceBear gets head stuck in plastic jar in Greater Sudbury - 2014-04-20 4:25 PM

    A bear spent part of Easter Sunday with its head stuck in a plastic jar, until officials in Sudbury, Ont., were able to free the animal from its predicament.

  • IstockAir Canada flight from Vancouver carried child with measles - 2014-04-20 3:07 PM

    Health officials in Edmonton are issuing warnings after a passenger who arrived in the city on a flight from Vancouver was later diagnosed with measles, but similar warnings have not been issued in Vancouver.

  • Walt Natynczyk, the president of the Canadian Space Agency, told an audience in Montreal last week his appointment as president of the federal department last summer does not signal a direction toward militarization. Ryan Remiorz Canadian PressSpace agency boss Walt Natynczyk says militarization not his goal - 2014-04-20 2:50 PM

    The head of the Canadian Space Agency, a former top general, insists his appointment as president last August does not signal the militarization of the federal department.

  • A number of Montrealers gathered at the Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier monument at the foot of Mont-Royal to observe 420, a code used in popular culture to signify marijuana use.Montreal marijuana enthusiasts celebrate 420 on Mont-Royal - 2014-04-20 3:46 PM

    Montreal marijuana enthusiasts congregated at the Sir George Etienne statue on Mont-Royal Sunday afternoon to partake in a popular event called, simply, 4/20.

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  • Amanda Todd extradition a legal muddle - 2014-04-20 1:58 PM

    VANCOUVER - Authorities in British Columbia are anxious to bring a Netherlands resident to a Canadian courtroom on cyberbullying charges in a teen suicide case, but legal experts say it's unclear when or even if they might get the chance.

  • Former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter diesFormer boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies - 2014-04-20 11:55 AM

    TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer who became a global champion for the wrongfully convicted after spending almost 20 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday.

  • River stabilizing in New Brunswick village - 2014-04-20 10:38 AM

    PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - The northwestern New Brunswick village of Perth-Andover is breathing a sigh of relief now that water levels have stabilized in the community, which was devastated by flooding two years ago.

  • Only the elite shop at Canada's gift store - 2014-04-20 10:30 AM

    OTTAWA - Canada's official gift shop is tucked into the fourth floor of a government building in nearby Gatineau, Que., but you won't see any tourists lining up at the cash register to buy coffee mugs adorned with Mounties.

  • Anti-prohibition pot protesters hit the Hill - 2014-04-20 10:11 AM

    OTTAWA - An annual day of celebrating cannabis culture is ramping up into mainstream political activism as the pot-smoking 420 movement takes on marijuana prohibition with rallies across Canada.

  • Author Alistair MacLeod dies at 77 - 2014-04-20 10:02 AM

    Alistair MacLeod, the Prairie-born author who won one of the world's most lucrative literary prizes with his only novel, has died. He was 77.

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