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RCMP officer's wife speaks out about his suicide and the need to fight PTSD stigma

Retired RCMP officer Ken Barker with his former dog Axa.  Photo courtesy Shari Barker.

Retired RCMP officer Ken Barker with his former dog Axa. Photo courtesy Shari Barker.

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Ken Barker was a retired RCMP officer who had suffered with PTSD for many years. A week ago, Mr. Barker, who was a police dog handler, killed himself at his home in Winnipeg. Thirteen first responders in Canada have taken their own lives in the past 10 weeks. And Mr. Barker's wife, Shari, says it's time for first responders to get the support and help they need.

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Tuesday: NYPD choke hold death, portage fight, Cornwall beach Lego, and more...

Tuesday: NYPD choke hold death, portage fight, Cornwall beach Lego, and more...
Accusations fly after a video shows NYPD officers putting what appears to be a forbidden choke hold on a suspect, who later dies...an Ontario upper court rules that canoeists can't automatically use a historic portage route between two waterways...and children delight in a tide of Lego toys on an English beach, courtesy of an abandoned offshore shipping container.

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Lego beach: for years toy pieces have washed-up on a British beach

Lego beach: for years toy pieces have washed-up on a British beach
Residents in Cornwall are collecting more than seashells on the beach. In 1997, a container of nautical themed Lego went overboard at sea. Since then, cutlasses, flippers, seaweed and even coveted octopus Lego have washed ashore.

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Iroquois lacrosse team takes bronze at World Championships

Iroquois lacrosse team takes bronze at World Championships
For the Iroquois Nationals, it's redemption time. The team competed as a sovereign nation at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. And after a decade away from the tournament, they definitely made an impression.

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Up in smoke: Australia repeals carbon tax

Up in smoke: Australia repeals carbon tax
The Australian government has made good on its election promise to get rid of a controversial carbon tax -- which had been hailed as a progressive way to combat climate change.


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Monday: downed Malaysia airliner - Dutch lawmaker, Gaza doctor, Iroquois lacrosse team, and more...

Monday: downed Malaysia airliner - Dutch lawmaker, Gaza doctor, Iroquois lacrosse team, and more...

A Dutch MP urges rebels guarding the site of the Malaysian Airlines crash site in Ukraine to release all the remaining bodies, many of which are from the Netherlands...a doctor at Gaza's al-Shifa hospital tries to tend to the wounded -- with too few resources -- as war wages around him...and playing against 37 other countries, and using traditional equipment, the Iroquois Nationals place third in the World Lacrosse Championships -- their best finish ever.

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A survivor of nutrition experiments in B.C.'s residential school system, Alvin Dixon has died

A survivor of nutrition experiments in B.C.'s residential school system, Alvin Dixon has died
Alvin Dixon remembered being so hungry as a child that he had to steal food. Mr. Dixon was a survivor of the residential school school system, and a victim of a government-run malnutrition experiment. He died yesterday at the age of 77. 

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Senior doctor at Gaza hospital says mass casualties are creating a desperate situation

Senior doctor at Gaza hospital says mass casualties are creating a desperate situation
A neurosurgeon at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital says patients are having complicated surgeries and being moved out of the hospital after as little as one day. Dr. Basil Baker says the large number of casualties coupled with diminishing supplies means doctors cannot hang on to patients for very long.

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Friday: Downed Malaysia Airlines plane, Ethiopian farmer, Rick MacInnes-Rae retires, and more...

Friday: Downed Malaysia Airlines plane, Ethiopian farmer, Rick MacInnes-Rae retires, and more...

Renowned Dutch AIDS researcher Joep Lange was among the 298 people who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down...The British government gives millions to Ethiopia every year -- and now, one Ethiopian farmer is suing the U.K. for helping fund what he says is a cruel campaign of forced relocation...and after a stellar 37-year career at the CBC that took him all over the world, Rick MacInnes-Rae retires.

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Dispatches from the edge of retirement: A look back at the career of CBC's Rick MacInnes-Rae

Dispatches from the edge of retirement: A look back at the career of CBC's Rick MacInnes-Rae

After 37 years in front of a microphone, and often in front of a camera, Rick MacInnes-Rae has decided to ride off into the sunset. The veteran broadcaster is retiring today and finishing his award-winning career at the CBC as guest host of As It Happens.

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Ethiopian farmer gets his day in court, alleging Britain is funding human rights abuses

Ethiopian farmer gets his day in court, alleging Britain is funding human rights abuses
An Ethiopian farmer, known only as "Mr. O", says the British government is funding a brutal forced-resettlement program in his country. He's now convinced the high court in Britain that his case has merit.

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