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Na­tive rights ad­vo­cate An­gus seeks top NDP job

North­ern On­tario MP Char­lie An­gus has of­fi­cially en­tered the NDP lead­er­ship race — a com­pe­ti­tion that’s likely to start gain­ing steam with a de­bate next month in Ot­tawa. An­gus says the lead­er­ship race will be about re­new­ing the NDP — a party punted to third-party sta­tus in the House of Com­mons af­ter the 2015 elec­tion. An­gus, long an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate on indige­nous is­sues, joins B.C. MP Peter Ju­lian in the race to re­place Tom Mul­cair. The first lead­er­ship de­bate will be held in Ot­tawa on March 12, with vot­ing in Oc­to­ber. CAL­GARY

WestJet to pay for re­pairs af­ter ice falls from plane

WestJet says early re­sults of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an ice chunk that crashed through a Cal­gary home in­di­cate that the ice fell Fri­day evening from a WestJet plane on ap­proach from Regina. Cal­gary’s fire de­part­ment says the in­ci­dent was orig­i­nally re­ported an ex­plo­sion, but the res­i­dents found a hole in their ceil­ing and frag­ments of ice on their base­ment stairs. John Lee, of the Trans­porta­tion Safety Board, said planes don’t dis­charge toi­let wa­ter dur­ing flight, but do eject wa­ter that’s used for hand­wash­ing. No one was in­jured and WestJet will con­tact the home­own­ers and pay for the re­pairs. TORONTO

Sun­rise Records mov­ing into for­mer HMV stores

Sun­rise Records is open­ing stores in 70 Cana­dian re­tail spa­ces be­ing va­cated by HMV Canada. The On­tario-based mu­sic re­tail chain says it has ne­go­ti­ated leases with land­lords at malls across the coun­try. The deals will have Sun­rise move into most of the stores this spring. But Sun­rise pres­i­dent Doug Put­man says it won’t take over all of the clos­ing HMV stores. Sun­rise was un­able to reach new terms at about 30 of the HMV lo­ca­tions. That in­cludes street-level spa­ces like HMV’s flag­ship at Yonge and Dun­das streets in Toronto.

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