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Feds toy with DIY science

VANCOUVER—In a community laboratory she co-founded, Alaina Hardie isolates and sequences sections of her own DNA though she has no formal education in biology.

The Toronto software developer believes that “citizen scientists” like her have potential to make breakthroughs as significant as universities or big corporations.

It appears the federal government thinks so, too.

Mulcair recalls moment of clarity

OTTAWA—Tom Mulcair was leaving the national capital—his devastating federal election defeat still stinging—when he realized he wanted to stay on as leader of the NDP.

Mulcair, having just wrapped up a post-election event in Ottawa with defeated colleague and “extraordinary friend” Paul Dewar, was returning to his hometown of Montreal with his deputy chief of staff Chantale Turgeon.

Homeless men arrive in B.C.

VANCOUVER—Two homeless Saskatchewan men who say they were given one-way bus tickets to British Columbia have arrived in Vancouver.

Charles Neil-Curly, 23, has been homeless for about five months and living in a North Battleford, Sask. shelter.

But he says the province cut his funding—forcing him to find somewhere else to go.

Lethbridge cops take ‘shot’ at recycling guns

LETHBRIDGE, Alta.—Three close calls that could have ended in tragedy spurred the Lethbridge Police Service to rethink how it was responding to troubled individuals causing a disturbance.

Officers were dispatched to deal with reports of armed persons who were suffering from a mental crisis.

In each instance, they were taken into custody safely.