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One cent cheque mom gets apology

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has spoken directly with the mother of a dead Canadian soldier who was issued a government cheque for one cent.

A spokeswoman for the minister says Nicholson called Denise Stark earlier today, and the two spoke for about 10 minutes.

It's not known what Nicholson said during the call, other than that he apologized for what he has already described as an "insensitive bureaucratic screw-up."

Stark is expected to speak later today at a news conference in Hamilton, Ont., at 5 p.m. ET.

Twice this week, Nicholson apologized in the House of Commons for the one-cent cheque, which was issued by the Public Works department and carried the notation, "CF Release Pay."

Cpl. Justin Stark took his own life in October 2011 after a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Canadian Press

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