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(Vice-Admiral-Charged)

A high-ranking member of the navy who'd been under investigation on suspicion he leaked cabinet secrets to a Quebec shipyard has been charged.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is facing one count of breach of trust.

Court documents released last year showed the Mounties were investigating Norman on suspicion he leaked cabinet documents over fears the Liberal government would cancel a key shipbuilding project.

He was suspended as the military's second-in-command in January of last year but has denied any wrongdoing. (12)

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(Polygamy-Appeal) (Audio: 98)

A judge in B-C has rejected a challenge of Canada's polygamy laws that was launched after two men were found guilty of the offence in Bountiful, B-C.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler were found guilty last July of having multiple wives, but a lawyer argued the polygamy law infringes on the charter right to freedom of religion and expression.

Justice Sheri Ann Donegan dismissed all arguments today in a court in Cranbrook -- agreeing with a 2011 reference case that a charge of polygamy is not unconstitutional.

Donegan did not set a date for sentencing in the case. (12)

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(RCMP-Commissioner) (Audio: p03)

The new female head of Canada's national police force is calling this "a great day."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Brenda Lucki will be the new commissioner of the R-C-M-P.

Trudeau says he's confident Lucki will restore the faith and confidence of Canadians in the Mounties, which have been shaken amid accusations by women on the force that they face sexual harassment and bullying.

A year ago former commissioner Bob Paulson apologized for discrimination against female officers and agreed to a 100-million dollar settlement of two class-action lawsuits. (12)

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(Metal-Tariff-Uncertainty)

Canadian aluminum and steel producers have dodged U-S tariffs -- but they say there is still uncertainty. …

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