CTV News - Top Stories Partisan interests at play in lack of role for independent senators 2016-10-28T10:00:00.000000Z When it comes to Canadians' worst perceptions of the Senate, André Pratte is playing against type: he's begging for more work. Pratte is calling for his Conservative and Senate Liberal colleagues to let more independents sit on committees. State memorial set for Jim Prentice in Calgary 2016-10-28T08:13:20.000000Z A state memorial service will be held in Calgary today for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month in British Columbia. Noose put on 15-year-old by classmates left emotional scar, mother says 2016-10-28T07:46:00.000000Z The mother of a black 15-year-old in Mississippi says when white schoolmates put a noose around her son and pulled it, they didn't leave a physical scar, but may have left a life-changing emotional wound. Police arrest, evict oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota 2016-10-28T05:23:00.000000Z A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property. Filipino mayor among 10 killed by anti-drug police 2016-10-28T03:57:00.000000Z A Philippine town mayor who was publicly identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as a drug trafficking suspect was gunned down Friday with nine of his men at a police checkpoint, in one of the bloodiest operations since the crackdown was launched. Federal lobbying watchdog sets its sights on Liberal fundraising 2016-10-28T02:49:00.000000Z The federal Commissioner of Lobbying Karen Shepherd said on Thursday she is investigating allegations that lobbyists are paying to rub elbows with top Liberal cabinet ministers. Deadly doses of insulin likely impossible to detect in bodies of 8 seniors: lawyer 2016-10-28T02:08:00.000000Z It may be medically impossible to prove that deadly doses of insulin were administered to eight elderly patients who police believe were murdered by a nurse. Countries reach agreement on world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica 2016-10-28T01:22:00.000000Z The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. After Tori Stafford murder and teen suicides, Woodstock again reeling 2016-10-28T00:04:18.000000Z The tight-knit town of Woodstock, which was the site of Tori Stafford's abduction and a recent spate in teen suicides, is under the national spotlight again after local nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer was charged with eight counts of murder. A closer look at nine Canadians recommended to Senate by Justin Trudeau 2016-10-27T21:40:00.000000Z A social worker, an art historian and a Mi'kmaw leader are among the new senators named Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. CTVNews.ca has a closer look at the nine new parliamentarians.