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Judge approves landmark 'gay purge' settlement

OTTAWA—A federal judge has approved a landmark deal to compensate members of the military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.

Cheers of joy and celebratory hugs greeted the decision of Federal Court Justice Martine St-Louis after hours of testimony yesterday from class-action members.

Jehovah's Witness cannot appeal expulsion

OTTAWA—A Jehovah's Witness who was expelled from a Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

In a 9-0 decision today, the high court said the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has no jurisdiction to review the congregation's decision to shun Randy Wall over alleged drunkenness and verbal abuse.

Dark web triggering illicit gun sales: RCMP

OTTAWA—Criminals are using the darker corners of the internet, hard-to-track digital currency, and creative shipping techniques to sell illicit guns to Canadians, the RCMP is warning.

The message comes as thousands of young people across North America demand an end to gun violence, and the Trudeau government moves to tighten laws on the licensing, sale, and tracing of firearms.

Short pot 'implementation phase' planned

OTTAWA—People shouldn't “jump to conclusions” about when they'll be able to buy marijuana legally as a key federal bill makes its way through Parliament, Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale says.

There will be an implementation phase that takes a “short period of time” after passage of the bill legalizing recreational marijuana use, Goodale noted yesterday.