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In Winnipeg, Manitoba the Court of Queen’s bench is dropping the landmark assisted-suicide case against an ailing Winnipeg senior. Bert Doerksen, 83, was to go to trial Tuesday for allegedly helping his wife, Susan, 78, take her own life in November 1997. Provincial justice officials said they dropped the case since Doerksen is near death with terminal cancer. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Conservatives in Canada are concerned that the notoriously liberal media giant CanWest Global has purchased most of Hollinger’s newspapers, owned by conservative Conrad Black. The deal for $3.5 billion includes 13 big-city dailies, plus a half-interest in the National Post. Black will become the second-largest shareholder in CanWest, after the Asper family. He’ll also have a seat on the board.

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