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NDP used voters list to mail Christmas cards

OTTAWA—Canada's election watchdog said the NDP did nothing wrong when it used the national voters list to send Christmas cards from Jagmeet Singh.

Still, a spokesman for the NDP leader is apologizing and said it won't happen again.

Under the Canada Elections Act, parties are authorized to use the list of electors to communicate with voters, including to solicit donations.

Man arrested after assault

GUELPH, Ont.—Police in Guelph, Ont., say they've charged a man with aggravated assault after he allegedly attacked his roommate with a glass bong last night.

Investigators say the roommates got into a fight over one of the men playing video games too loudly at around 11 p.m.

They say the smoking pipe shattered during the attack.

Police say one man was taken to hospital.

LifeLabs pays ransom after cyber attack

TORONTO—Government privacy commissioners are investigating a data breach at LifeLabs, one of Canada's largest medical services companies, after hackers gained access to the personal information of up to 15 million customers.

Most of its customers are in B.C. and Ontario, with relatively few customers in other locations, the company said Tuesday.

CAMH to make changes after patients escape

TORONTO — A prominent Toronto psychiatric hospital vowed Wednesday to implement all recommendations made by an external panel that probed recent cases of patients with a violent history escaping the facility.

Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said the hospital will build new infrastructure and change its system of patient passes.

Alberta carbon tax challenge in court

EDMONTON—Allowing Ottawa's carbon tax law to stand would give the federal government a tool it could use to repeatedly chip away at provincial powers, lawyers for the Alberta government argued yesterday.

“If you uphold this legislation, you're opening the door to exactly that type of thing,” Peter Gall told a panel of five Alberta Court of Appeal judges.