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Three stories in the news today, March 16

03/16/2015 04:00 EDT | Updated 05/15/2015 05:59 EDT
Three stories in the news today, March 16, from The Canadian Press:

AFGHAN AID PROGRAMS ONLY PROVIDE SHORT-TERM BENEFIT: AUDIT

An internal government audit of Canada's $2.2 billion aid to Afghanistan achieved impressive, but only short-term results. The report found that Canadian officials left Afghanistan assuming the Americans would carry on, but the U.S. pursued its different priorities leaving Canada's legacy in the dust. The report is the federal government's final review of what was the largest aid program in its history.

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PARDON BACKLOG UNLIKELY TO THIN OUT SOON

Thousands of people are being left in legal limbo because the national Parole Board says it can no longer dedicate resources to clearing a backlog of pardon applications. The board says thousands of applications received before the rules were changed in 2012 will be processed as soon as resources permit, but some applicants have been told their files are effectively dead. The Harper government overhauled the pardons system to make it more rigorous after The Canadian Press reported in 2010 that serial sex predator Graham James had been granted a pardon.

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PASSENGER RIGHTS CRUSADER TAKES FIGHT AGAINST AIRLINE INDUSTRY TO NEW TERRITORY

Gabor Lukacs' successful regulatory challenges have forced airlines to compensate passengers who are the victims of overbooking. Now the Nova Scotia man is taking on the agency that regulates the airline industry. He contends the Canadian Transportation Agency's failure to disclose evidence it received in the review of passenger complaints violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He'll be in a Halifax court tomorrow making his case.

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Also in the news...

The jury hearing the case of two men accused of plotting to attack a Via Rail passenger train continues its deliberations

A man accused of plotting bomb attacks on downtown Toronto faces a detention review today.