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Wrong people were on trial, families say

MONTREAL—A Quebec man whose kid sister was one of 47 people killed in the Lac-Megantic tragedy says the three men acquitted Friday never should have been put on trial.

“I think, very sincerely, that since the day of the accident, these people have been living in purgatory and it must have been extremely difficult,” Bernard Boulet told The Canadian Press.

Women's march tweet sparks debate in Alberta

EDMONTON—A minister in Alberta's NDP government has chastised a tweet by the Opposition's communications chair that slammed women's marches held over the weekend.

Status of Women minister Stephanie McLean was responding to a Twitter post on Saturday from Sonia Kont of the United Conservative Party, who stated that “ideological marches like the one in Washington” do not empower women.

Feds quietly exploring paternity leave options

OTTAWA—Shortly before the 2015 election, a group of Liberal policy advisers took a long look at how to create dedicated leave for new fathers—but once in office, opted instead for allowing all new parents extra time off without an increase in benefits.

Now, after that plan received a cool reception, the governing Liberals appear to be going back to their original idea.

Aquarium ditching whales, dolphins

VANCOUVER—Whales, dolphins, and porpoises no longer will be kept at Vancouver's aquarium—a move animal advocates say is a step toward the end of cetaceans in captivity.

The Vancouver Aquarium announced yesterday it is ending the display of cetaceans following a long and controversial battle with animal activists and the city's park board over the issue.

Fireball was a meteor

EDMONTON—A fireball that lit up the evening sky over parts of Alberta on Wednesday was a meteor.

Frank Florian, an astronomer at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton, said the meteor streaked across the northeast part of the province.

Corbet Kratko said he captured an image of the ribbon of fire with his dashboard camera as he was driving in the city.