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Liberal MP stresses aboriginal policies

OTTAWA—A former Assembly of First Nations regional chief-turned-federal MP says she’s confident the Liberal government can reshape Ottawa’s strained relationship with Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was elected last week in the riding of Vancouver Granville, says aboriginal affairs remain among the biggest public policy issues that must be addressed.

Pennies turn into windfall

RUSTON, La.—After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in.

The News-Star reports 73-year-old Otha Anders, of Ruston, took 15 five-gallon plastic water jugs full of the coins to the bank on Tuesday.

His grand total: a deposit of $5,136.14 into his account.

He says it will go toward a recent dental bill.

Brazeau granted unconditional discharge

GATINEAU, Que.—Sen. Patrick Brazeau said yesterday he’s focused on getting back to the upper chamber “as quickly as possible” after a Quebec judge agreed to grant him an unconditional discharge on assault and drug charges.

The decision means Brazeau avoids the prospect of jail time and even a criminal record—despite having pleaded guilty to the charges in September.

Doer’s post ending

WASHINGTON—It’s the end of an era for Canada’s most important diplomatic post as Gary Doer confirmed yesterday that his longer-than-usual stint as ambassador to the United States is about to conclude.

The popular former premier said he’ll help prepare the transition to a new Liberal government and will leave it to the incoming government to pick the specific departure date.