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EDMONTON – Thousands of  temporary foreign workers hoping to stay permanently under Alberta’s special nominee program lost their chance this fall.

The province announced last month wait times of more than two years in some categories to process applications for the 5,500 spots — and by that time any two-year work permits will have expired, making those workers’ applications invalid. “People are shocked because many were told about the provincial nominee program when they were deciding whether to come to Alberta,” said Marco Luciano of Migrante, a TFW advocacy group.

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By Andrew Duffy
of Ottawa Citizen
Soldier, gunman who died in Ottawa rampage identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
Suspect, reportedly Canadian born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, killed in Centre Block shootout.
Three victims treated at Ottawa Hospital Civic campus

A terrorist struck at the heart of the nation Wednesday, gunning down a sentry at the National War Memorial and wreaking havoc on Parliament Hill where the marble and stone halls echoed with gunfire and ran with blood. The gunman was shot and killed near the Library of Parliament, reportedly by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former RCMP officer, and the man responsible for security on the Hill.

It appears the gunman walked right past the Centre Block’s Reading Room, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with his caucus Wednesday morning.