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Right-to-die debate

Sep 1, 2014 / 7:38 pm

A chronology of the major events in the right-to-die debate: January 1992 - Quebec Superior Court rules in case of Nancy B. that turning off her respirator at her request would not be a criminal offence. August 1992 - Toronto nurse Scott Mataya, charged with first-degree murder is death of a...

Teen completes Erie swim

Sep 1, 2014 / 7:32 pm

Sixteen-year-old Annaleise Carr completed her marathon swim across Lake Erie on Monday after returning to the water overnight to finish the exhausting final leg of her journey. In the first leg of the 75-kilometre crossing in late July, the teen swam from Erie, Pa., to Long Point Ont., a...

Bar owner, students make up

Sep 1, 2014 / 6:16 pm

A Quebec student association which had accused a popular Montreal bar of homophobia says it's satisfied with the response from the owner. Vincent Fournier Gosselin, an executive with the group and student at Universite de Montreal, had asked Bar Le Saint-Sulpice for an apology after a...

Mulcair harsh on Harper, Trudeau

Sep 1, 2014 / 2:31 pm

Thousands of people marched Monday in Toronto's annual Labour Day Parade to show their support for local unions, with more than 30 labour organizations taking part in the festivities. Joining them was federal Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who took shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and...

Think-tank targeted for tax audit

Sep 1, 2014 / 11:49 am

A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided." That partial rationale for launching the controversial...

Quebec school bans homework

Sep 1, 2014 / 10:54 am

Students at one Quebec school can expect to have a little more free time on their hands this year. An elementary school in the province's Saguenay region has decided to ban homework in all classes from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Some 339 students at College de Saint-Ambroise will take part in...

Canada to cut defence by $2.7B

Sep 1, 2014 / 10:36 am

Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected...

Grain cars derail

Sep 1, 2014 / 8:04 am

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a CN freight train derailment in northern Alberta. CN spokeswoman Lindsay Fedchyshyn says 15 grain cars went off the track near Hondo, approximately 180 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, early Sunday. Fedchyshyn says no hazardous goods were...

Coffee and kittens in Montreal

Aug 31, 2014 / 9:32 pm

Would you like a cat with your coffee? A new Montreal cafe is hoping plenty of people do. The Cafe des Chats, which opened its doors on Saturday, is a lot like a regular coffee house — except it's home to eight cats. Along with the usual tables and chairs designed for human...

WWI Blue Puttees still revered

Aug 31, 2014 / 7:50 pm

Diana Snow's grandfather was among hundreds of Newfoundlanders who lined up a century ago to fight in the First World War as part of a fervent bid to help Britain. The former British colony and dominion raised the volunteer Newfoundland Regiment or First 500 without official government...

Aussie drug trade lucrative

Aug 31, 2014 / 3:56 pm

There is an increasing Canadian presence in the Australian drug scene, where traffickers brave harsh enforcement for large profits in a "high-risk, high-reward" market, authorities say. The Australian Crime Commission reports that most of the cocaine brought into the country comes from...

NATO calls for crisis brigade

Aug 31, 2014 / 8:31 am

Canada will send troops, jets and warships to participate in a massive NATO training exercise next year in a deployment that could be the first step towards deeper involvement in the alliance's long-term strategy to counter a resurgent Russia. The units will participate in a test of the...

Canada, US closer to harmony

Aug 29, 2014 / 9:16 pm

The Canadian and American governments have announced a new step toward constantly co-ordinating their regulatory environments across a broad range of industries. Federal agencies will work with their cross-border counterparts to produce, within six months, public statements explaining how...

Mountie-killer arrested again

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:17 pm

One of two men convicted in the shooting deaths of four Alberta Mounties in 2005 has been arrested and charged with a drug crime. Dennis Cheeseman was released from prison last November after serving two-thirds of his sentence for manslaughter. RCMP Staff-Sgt. Ron Campbell said Cheeseman was...

New Tim's donut revealed

Aug 29, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The Burger King buyout was not the only big news coming out of the Timmies oven this past week. On Thursday the Canadian coffee giant crowned Jennifer Brown of Glencoe, Ont. as this year's Duelling Donuts Contest winner. Brown's peanut butter and chocolate entry, the 'Love...

Ebola drug's Canadian roots

Aug 29, 2014 / 1:20 pm

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp was able to save infected monkeys even when treatment was started five days after the animals were infected, when some were suffering from advanced disease, a new study shows. This is the first research to demonstrate that an Ebola therapy could save primates if...

No parole for 18 years

Aug 29, 2014 / 1:08 pm

UPDATED A Toronto man who brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend and then carved up her body and scattered the pieces to cover up his crime may not have acted entirely alone, an Ontario Superior Court judge said Friday in sentencing him to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 18...

Mint unveils Superman coins

Aug 29, 2014 / 12:51 pm

The Royal Canadian Mint on Friday unveiled four limited-edition Superman coins, reproducing colourful iconic images from DC Comics' book covers. Three of the new coins have been minted in silver, with face values of $10, $15 and $20 and the fourth in gold with a face value of $100. The mint...

Borders opened to wine and spirits

Aug 29, 2014 / 12:35 pm

An agreement between the provincial governments of BC and Saskatchewan will see trade barriers lifted on locally produced wine and craft spirits. That means consumers will soon be able to order wines or spirits directly from the producers in those provinces and have them delivered to their...

Libs consider mandatory vote

Aug 29, 2014 / 12:25 pm

With voter turnout plunging to new lows, Liberal MPs are pondering the idea of legally requiring Canadians to cast ballots in federal elections. They're road testing the idea of mandatory voting in a survey emailed to party members, which seeks grassroots input into some of the "new...

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