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Ottawa has confirmed the death of Canadian mining executive Kirk Woodman in Burkina Faso. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is working on the investigation with authorities in the west African country. (The Canadian Press)

Demonstrators at Ontario’s legislature protested the Tory government’s efforts Saturday to push through a bill that cuts the size of Toronto's city council. One protester says the bill sets a “terrible precedent” for the future. (The Canadian Press)

Toronto City Hall has asked the federal government to use its disallowance powers to stop Ontario from cutting the city’s council by nearly half. Toronto city councillors spoke about the move after an emergency session on Thursday. (The Canadian Press)

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says resumed NAFTA talks with the U.S. on Tuesday were “cordial” and “constructive.” Freeland says she remains focused on efforts to save the trade deal, which have dragged on for 13 months. (The Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Ontario has the authority to use the Constitution's notwithstanding clause to cut the size of Toronto city council. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was more critical of Premier Doug Ford.  (The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in an armchair discussion with journalist Katie Couric and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde at the Women in the World Canada summit in Toronto. (The Canadian Press)

The families of five young people killed by a Calgary man found not criminally responsible for the deaths say Matthew de Grood should never be freed. Victims’ parents spoke after a Friday hearing on de Grood’s progress. (The Canadian Press)

The foreign affairs minister continued to sound upbeat on Thursday over ongoing NAFTA renegotiations with the U.S., which she says will continue. Chrystia Freeland says “goodwill” was shown by both sides in Washington this week. (The Canadian Press)

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is taking legal action after the provincial government repealed a modernized sexual-education curriculum. The union’s president says the government’s move “undermines” the well-being of students. (The Canadian Press)

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his lawyer, Marie Henein, spoke to reporters after appearing in an Ottawa court. (Canadian Press)

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