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Unions shorted millions

OTTAWA—The federal government says it's trying to figure out how much its troubled electronic pay system has short-changed the unions representing thousands of civil servants facing pay problems.

But officials aren't saying whether the unions will be granted emergency payments like those being offered to workers who have been paid improperly through the Phoenix pay system.

University's goose cooked by bird cull

WINNIPEG—The University of Manitoba is pondering its next move after students' feathers got ruffled over a decision to smash the eggs of nesting Canada geese on campus to control their population.

The U of M got a federal permit and hired a contractor to destroy the nests and get rid of the eggs after getting complaints about rising numbers of the migratory waterfowl.

Pardon fee a 'significant' barrier

OTTAWA—The $631 fee to apply for a criminal pardon poses a substantial hurdle for people trying to turn their lives around, said a large majority of those who responded to a federal consultation.

Eighty percent indicated the fee is a significant barrier while 16 percent considered it a modest barrier, says a newly-released briefing note about the consultation results.

Sask. woman charged with human smuggling

REGINA—A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling after RCMP intercepted a vehicle carrying nine refugee claimants who authorities believe crossed the border from the United States.

Mounties say a woman was stopped last Friday on the Canadian side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate crossings—the legal entry points into Saskatchewan from North Dakota.

Centre cures porcupine's snoring

CALGARY—A Calgary wildlife centre has cured a porcupine with a snoring problem.

The Kyne family has shared their backyard with the rodent they named “Billy Jo” for the past several years.

They recorded video of him sleeping and when staff at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society watched it, they realized the porcupine's problem was more than a sleep disorder.