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Canada Revenue Agency apologizes as online services go down

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OTTAWA — The websites Canadians use to file their taxes online went down Monday and the Canada Revenue Agency isn’t saying when the services will be back online.

A spokesman for the  agency said there is a “computer hardware issue” and apologized for the cut in services.

He called the disruption “temporary” but couldn’t say how long it would take to repair.

The spokesman said the CRA is working with Shared Services Canada, the federal government’s centralized information technology shop, to do everything it can to get the sites restored.

Some Twitter users say the agency’s services appear to have been down since last night.

Currently both the “My Account,” “My Business Account” and “Represent a Client” are unavailable, along with online services to file income tax returns or change your address or direct deposit information.

Mobile apps are also down, the CRA said.

The services are used heavily at this time of year for Canadians filing their taxes.

The deadline to pay any taxes owing is April 30.

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Amber Alert issued for baby boy believed abducted by father in Alberta

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FAIRVIEW, Alta. — Police in northwestern Alberta have issued an Amber Albert for a seven-month-old boy believed to have been abducted by this father.

RCMP say Jameson Sundby was taken about 9:45 a.m. from his home in Fairview, about 550 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Police say he has blond hair and blue eyes, and was wearing a blue T-shirt with a star on it and grey sweat pants with cars on them.

His father, John Sundby, is five-foot-11 and 230 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

They were last seen travelling in a 2012 black Dodge Ram 3500 with Alberta licence plate CBF 3313.

Police say the truck was last seen leaving Fairview in an unknown direction.

They are urging the public not to approach the suspect.

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Tax credits, penalizing big polluters, key to Conservative climate plan

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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to give corporate tax breaks to companies that develop and patent green technology in Canada and introduce another federal tax credit for residential energy-efficiency projects.

Scheer is unveiling his long-awaited climate plan later today in a speech in Gatineau, Que.

It is the last of five big policy pronouncements he is making this spring in the lead-up to the fall election campaign.

A party official says the Conservatives intend to scrap the federal carbon tax but keep a price on pollution for heavy industrial emitters.

However their plan won’t tax emissions from major polluters, but will require them to invest in clean technology as a penalty for exceeding emissions limits.

Scheer intends to use his plan to reduce emissions in line with Canada’s targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the Conservatives have been hinting that their plan will include taking credit when Canadian products reduce emissions overseas.

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