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Mia Rabson

Monarch butterfly population dives

OTTAWA—Right about now, the kings of the butterfly world are emerging from hibernation in Mexico looking for love and ready to make more butterflies.

But scientists said the number of monarch butterflies that will start their annual, 5,000-km migration north to Canadian gardens and wild flower patches this summer is down sharply thanks to extreme weather last fall.

PMO rescinds invitation to Sikh extremist

NEW DELHI—A man who was convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 should not have been invited to receptions held in Delhi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

His statement came after a senior official in Trudeau's office said an invitation issued to Jaspal Atwal for a reception was a mistake and was rescinded as soon as it was discovered.

Feds to meet needs of indigenous kids

OTTAWA—The federal government says it immediately will begin fully funding the actual costs for child welfare agencies to allow them to help indigenous families without having to take kids away from their parents.

Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott has written to 105 indigenous child welfare agencies to make the commitment, which she says will be retroactive to Jan. 26, 2016.

May taps lawyer to probe bullying claims

OTTAWA—Green Party leader Elizabeth May says she asked for an independent investigation into allegations she harassed and verbally abused former staff in a bid to prove she's done nothing wrong.

The party yesterday hired Toronto lawyer Sheila Block to undertake the investigation after three former staff told The Toronto Star and The Hill Times that May was a bully.